COMBAT ANXIOUS FEELINGS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
Written by Dr. Scott Johnson
Anxious feelings can strike at any moment. During a big test, driving in congested traffic, while completing a demanding work project, a trip to the dentist, or simply due to the everyday stresses of life. Unfortunately, these anxious feelings can reduce your focus and drive to accomplish goals set for the new year. Don’t fret, essential oils are highly-prized for their ability to modify our biochemistry and encourage a more relaxed state. Here are five essential oils that have clinical evidence to support their use in reducing occasional anxious feelings.
Lavender essential oil is considered the Swiss army knife of essential oils for good reason. As my 9-year-old daughter says, “Lavender is good for everything.” Inhalation of lavender is relaxing and calming, but the clinical evidence suggests that ingestion of lavender is also highly effective. Multiple clinical studies demonstrate that taking about 2 drops of lavender essential oil in a capsule significantly improves anxious feelings.[i]
Citrus essential oils are known for their uplifting aroma. They also promote a more relaxed state. Three clinical studies suggest that inhaling orange essential oil in the waiting room prior to a dental visit reduced anxiety associated with the visit.[ii] Another effective citrus essential oil is bergamot. Bergamot essential oil profoundly influences the nervous system to correct mild mood disturbances and reduce occasional anxious feelings according to clinical research.
Just about every woman feels some anxiety about giving birth, especially first-time mothers. An eight-year clinical study of the use of essential oils as part of midwifery practice suggests that the topical application of clary sage essential oil in a carrier oil helps reduce anxious and fearful feelings during labor.
Lemongrass essential oil is known to support oral health, aid normal immune function, and repel pesky insects. It is also helpful to improve mood state according to clinical research. Scientists reported that inhalation of 3-6 drops of lemongrass essential oil rapidly improved anxious feelings.
Don’t let anxious feelings prevent realizing your goals this year. Inhale some oils, relax, and achieve. In general, blends of calming and relaxing essential oils produce more rapid and long lasting results. Try inhaling a combination of a few of the above essential oils when you feel anxious and experience the calming effects that aromas have.
[i] Johnson SA. Medicinal Essential Oils: The Science and Practice of Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy. 2017 Aug. Scott A Johnson Professional Writing Services, LLC: Orem, Utah.
[ii] Johnson SA. Medicinal Essential Oils: The Science and Practice of Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy. 2017 Aug. Scott A Johnson Professional Writing Services, LLC: Orem, Utah.