Essential Oils and Anxiety

1:58 PM Posted by jo

Irritability, procrastination, nervous tension, and negative thinking are some of the behaviors that are part of anxiety. Typical symptoms of anxiety are increased perspiration, palpitations, and high breathing.

It is important to consider each individual's personal preference when choosing oils. I choose the following oils based on their therapeutic properties and their historical uses.

Basil, Ocimum basilicum, equalizes the nervous system and it has historically been considered an ideal oil for nervousness and anxiety. It works as a tonic for the nervous system and builds people up when depleted since tonics are nourishing, restorative and supportive. As a nervine it will also strengthen the nervous system and act as a stimulant. It is an uplifting scent and gives the mind clarity. Basil's antispasmodic action may alleviate palpitations in an anxiety attack. Basil has historically been very useful for anxiety and other psychological disorders.

Bergamot, Citrus aurantium var. bergamia is a good choice for the nervous system. It is both uplifting and sedative, and has historically been useful for anxiety and other psychological conditions. The nervine action of bergamot strengthens the and tones the nervous system. As many nervines, bergamot is also an antispasmodic and a relaxant. Bergamot's antispasmodic action may relieve Tachycardia (rapid heart rate), one of the symptoms of anxiety. It is also a tonic and as mentioned above, tonics are restorative, supportive and nourishing and will benefit the nervous system. Bergamot's uplifting, slight spicy flowery citrus scent is well liked by most. It is also one of the most effective oils the nervous system.

Cedarwood, Cedrus atlantica, is a sedative and therefore suitable as a relaxant for anxiety and nervous tension. It's calming and soothing actions are comforting in anxiety.

Roman chamomile, Anthemis nobilis, has antispasmodic, sedative, and tonic actions. The antispasmodic action may help with symptoms like palpitations while the tonic effect may nourish and support the nervous system. The sedative effect makes it a calming but yet not depressive oil to use. Roman chamomile is a well known oil for the nervous system.

Anise, Pimpinella anisum, is another oil to consider. Anise is very comforting to the mind due to it's warm and spicy scent. It's antispasmodic effect may relax and prevent palpitations.

Let's not forget the other oils that historically been used for anxiety:
Ylang ylang, lavender, orange, frankincense, patchouli, jasmine absolute, and rose.

Thanks for visiting!


Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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