Essential Oils and Anxiety

I think it would be safe to say that I’m not the only one in the world that deals with stress on a pretty regular basis.  Well, I have some fantastic news for you!  I have discovered that essential oils make dealing with the stress of life so much easier!

So, what is anxiety anyway?  Anxiety is the way the body reacts in order to prepare for emotional battle (also known as the fight or flight syndrome.)  You might also recognize it as being called an adrenaline rush.  When our bodies recognize that we could be in any level of stress or danger, it feeds us what we need to get out of that situation.  Our heart rate increases to pump more blood through our bodies to give our muscles the strength they need to get us out of there!  It is a completely natural bodily reaction to stress and the way that God beautifully designed our bodies.  Wait, does that mean that we can blame God for having anxiety?  No way!  What we do and how we act when our body naturally responds to stress is fully in our control.  God designed our bodies for a purpose and he knew exactly what he was doing.

Anxiety can present itself in both physical and emotional symptoms.  These symptoms can include fear, nervousness, nausea, sweating, increased blood pressure, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and panic attacks, and can occur on a wide range of severity.  Well, (and here it comes) there’s an oil for that; actually, there’s more than one.

Basil is considered the oil of renewal.  The smell of basil can bring strength to the heart and relaxation to the mind.  It can strengthen the adrenals and restore the body to its natural rhythms of sleep, activity, and rest.  Basically, it brings balance to the mind and body.  The benefits of basil can be achieved by either inhaling it (putting a drop in your hands, cupping your hands over your face, and inhaling), or diffusing it into the air aromatically.

The Respiratory Blend includes the following oils: Laurel Leaf (Bay), Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Melaleuca, as well as other oils.  If you are using doTERRA essential oils, this would be the Breathe oil.  During excessive worry and even panic attacks, the lungs and air passages can become constricted, preventing air and emotion from being released.  This oil blend opens up the lungs and air passages and encourages deep breathing which is very helpful to someone struggling with anxiety.  The benefits of this oil blend are best achieved by applying topically around the outside of the nose, on the temples and the back of the neck, inhaling, and diffusing.

The Tension Blend includes the following oils: Wintergreen, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Cilantro, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, and others.  If using doTERRA oils, this is the Past Tense oil blend.  This oil blend assists in releasing stress and tension that can or already has produced tension headaches.  This oil can calm severe stress, soothe trauma, and bring balance to the body.  The benefits of this oil blend are best achieved by applying topically on the temples and back of the neck, as well as inhaling.

I also have been known to mix my own blend of oils for different purposes.  I mix them in a glass rollerball bottle and then apply as needed throughout the day topically.  By doing this, I am also able to get the benefit of inhaling the oil when it’s on my skin.  One of my favorite blends for anxiety includes these oils: Serenity (Calming Blend), Bergamot, Lavender, Balance (Grounding Blend), and Breathe (Respiratory Blend).  I mix these oils in a 1:1 ratio with fractionated coconut oil in the rollerball and use it in combination with the Past Tense (Tension Blend) oil.

So, when life is weighing you down, don’t stress.  There’s an oil for that!

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