But first, a question:
Do essential oils really work? And how?
The simple answer? Yes! Absolutely. You can read a more in-depth explanation on essential oils here, but the TL;DR version is that there are compounds within essential oils that interact with various systems in our bodies (depending on how we are using them) and can invoke certain responses. Consistency is super helpful here - you'll find the best results if you use your oils regularly. Making your interaction with oils a routine and/or ritual also creates a behavioural connection in your brain, which in turn will strengthen your response each time you use them!
How To Use Essential Oils
There are several ways to use essential oils, which can have different effects on our bodies. You can read more about the different methods here, but here are the three ways essential oils can benefit you:
- Inhalation (via breathing in)
- Absorption (internal/emotional benefits from being absorbed through the skin)
- Topical Application (physical/external benefits from being applied to the skin)
Please note, we do not recommend ingestion of essential oils; this is something that should only be done under the strict guidance and supervision of a qualified aromatherapist.
What Essential Oils Should We Use For Anxiety?
While it really comes down to personal preference, these are the essential oils considered to be the "best" for stress and anxiety. These oils tend to contain compounds that promote calm, relaxation, and grounding - as well as soothing the nervous system, which tends to be in a heightened state of panic when we are battling with anxiety.
Possibly the most well-known of all oils, Lavender is renowned for its calming properties, making it a go-to choice for anxiety relief. Its soothing aroma helps relax both the mind and body, promoting a sense of peace and serenity - as well as helping with sleep, which is vital for both physical and mental health. Diffuse a few drops of lavender oil in your bedroom or workspace, or dilute it with a carrier oil and apply it to your pulse points for quick relaxation on the go.
Uplifting Bergamot is known to uplift the mood and ease anxiety. It can help reduce stress levels, and promote relaxation - supporting you to ease into a state of gentle joy. Mix a few drops of bergamot oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut or jojoba, and massage it onto your temples or chest for an instant pick-me-up. Alternatively, add a few drops to your bathwater for a soothing and indulgent experience.
Known as the "King of Oils", Frankincense essential oil has been used for centuries in spiritual and meditative practices. Its woody, earthy, grounding aroma is known to induce a sense of tranquility and can help promote deep, conscious breathing. Diffuse frankincense oil during your meditation or mindfulness sessions to enhance your focus and create a peaceful atmosphere.
Calming and grounding, Cedarwood Atlas is a wonderful oil to support anxiety and promoting relaxation. It's known to support deep sleep and improve overall sleep quality, and can help ease nervous tension. Diffuse cedarwood oil in your bedroom or workspace, or mix with a carrier oil and apply to your pulse points and temples.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is known for its ability to reduce feelings of anxiety and promote a sense of inner peace. Its rich floral scent has a calming effect on the mind and can help uplift your mood. Diffuse ylang ylang oil in your bedroom or mix a few drops with a carrier oil and use it for a relaxing massage
Clary sage essential oil is renowned for its calming and balancing properties, making it a valuable tool for managing anxiety and emotional well-being. It's known to promote a sense of tranquility, help regulate emotions, and uplift the mood, making it beneficial for those experiencing anxious thoughts or low spirits. Diffuse or inhale directly from the bottle for instant relief during moments of anxiety, or dilute with a carrier oil and apply to wrists or behind the ears.
Can I Blend Essential Oils?
Yes, absolutely! For example, lavender, bergamot and frankincense work really well together - which is why we use them in our "Roll On Calm" essential oil rollers.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
It's important to note when using essential oils for anxiety, you should always choose high-quality oils and use them safely. Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to your skin (find our free dilution guidelines chart here), and perform a patch test to check for any allergic reactions. If you're pregnant, nursing, or have any underlying health conditions, consult with a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare professional before using essential oils. Please also look after yourself, and ensure that you're also receiving appropriate medical support.
Incorporating essential oils into your daily routine can be a simple but super effective way to manage anxiety and find moments of calm amidst the chaos of life. Experiment with different oils, scents, and application methods to work out what works best for you - it doesn't necessarily have to be the oils that are "known as" anxiety-busting essential oils. If a scent boosts your mood, calms you down, or brings you joy, then it's doing it Remember, self-care is a journey, and finding what brings you peace and tranquility is a beautiful process! With the support of these gorgeous gifts from nature, you can take conscious, actionable steps towards a more balanced, calm and enjoyable life.