There are medical treatments for anxiety disorders, however many people prefer natural remedies such as essential oils to relieve anxiety and stress because they are safer and cause fewer side effects.

What are the symptoms of stress and anxiety?

Millions of people suffer from an anxiety disorder. According to the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, this is one of the most common mental illnesses in most modern countries. Stress is part of everyday life for most people, but there are times when it gains the upper hand. If you have a constant, nagging feeling of worry or anxiety that seems groundless, it could be an anxiety disorder. Other common symptoms of an anxiety disorder are:

• Panic or discomfort
• Insomnia
• “Thought carousel” (about something negative)
• Difficulties to concentrate and focus
• Shortness of breath
• Fast / irregular heartbeat
• Dry mouth
• Sickness
• Muscle tension
• Nausea

Unfortunately, medical professionals and researchers still have no clear explanation for the underlying causes of mental problems such as anxiety. It probably stems from a combination of factors such as environmental stressors, genetics and chemical changes in the brain. It is difficult to say if such conditions can be cured and how long it might take. However they can often be controlled (or at least improved) with a variety of tools, including drugs, psychotherapy, natural remedies for anxiety and stress such as essential oils, an of course various relaxation techniques.

How can you use essential oils to relieve anxiety and stress?

There are medical treatments for anxiety, but pharmaceutical drugs often have negative side effects. If you prefer to go the natural way, you can try essential oils for anxiety instead. Essential oils have been used in alternative and non-Western medicine for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, including anxiety and stress.

The uses of essential oils against anxiety are extremely versatile, and so you can choose the option that works best for you. Aromatherapy against anxiety and stress involves inhaling soothing essential oils. You can also use the oils topically or orally. To maximize the benefits, you should also combine the essential oils with oils such as jojoba oil or coconut oil as well as other healthy substances such as magnesium oil. Magnesium is a relaxing mineral that can work well with essential oils.

The Top 7 essential oils for anxiety and stress

Many essential oils have a calming effect, but some are more effective against anxiety than others. The top 7 essential oils against stress and anxiety are:

1) LAVENDER

Lavender is the most effective essential oil against anxiety. In addition to its calming effect, lavender has healing properties and also supports healthy, restful sleep.

2) ROSE

Soothing Essential Oils – RoseDis floral fragrant essential oil is an antidepressant and soothes anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antiviral. It also strengthens nerves and reduces restlessness.

3) ROMAN CHAMOMILE

Chamomile is not only a soothing ingredient in hot tea, the essential oil is also excellent for reducing worries and stress. Roman chamomile essential oil can also help to reduce irritability and restless thoughts, and promotes a general sense of calm.

4) YLANG YLANG

The essential oil is very versatile and has an excellent effect on the blood circulation, soothes inflammations and promotes heart health. In addition, it is an excellent oil for anxiety. This oil is a natural mood enhancer and can help eliminate fatigue, often associated with anxiety.

5) CLARY SAGE

With its natural warming and soothing components, the essential oil of clary sage is ideal for combating stress and anxiety. This essential oil is also particularly beneficial for women, as it helps to promote hormonal balance.

6) FRANKINCENSE

Obtained from the Boswellia tree, essential frankincense oil supports healing and has a positive effect on the nerves. This essential oil can alleviate anxiety and depression and also promotes spiritual grounding.

7) BERGAMOT

With its light citrus aroma, essential bergamot oil has an uplifting scent that makes it an excellent essential oil for relieving stress and anxiety. This oil can also relieve the symptoms of depression such as fatigue, depression and disinterest.

In naturopathy the following oils can be used for anxiety, depressive mood and panic:

Fear: Cedarwood, Petitgrain, Rose, Frankincense
Shock and Palpitations: Petitgrain
Nervousness: Lemon, Roman Chamomile
Stress: Tangerine, Roman Chamomile,
Exam Nerves: Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Lavender
Tension: Wild Orange, Melissa
Depressive Mood: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cedarwood

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