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The Top 7 Essential Oils for Anxiety

(A) study conducted in Taiwan in 2011…found that even a 10-minute-long weekly inhalation of aromatherapy resulted in a significant reduction of blood pressure and heart rate, and drove autonomic nervous activity toward a balanced state…participants with moderate and high degrees of anxiety benefited more than the light anxiety group. – American College of Healthcare Sciences

The history of essential oils is as long as it is varied. Originating many centuries ago, essential oils have been used by numerous cultures for purposes such as healing the sick; during religious ceremonies, and even as first aid for soldiers in combat.

Essential oils are typically extracted from plant tissue, flowers, leaves, or bark. Of course, this is a completely natural manufacturing process. The benefit of this is that (in most cases) no artificial substances (e.g. additives or chemicals) have been used – all natural properties of the plant have been maintained. This is a refreshingly welcome shift from the prescription-laden healthcare we’ve become accustomed to.

One area of research gaining ground is the use of essential oils for mental health purposes. The practice of aromatherapy, for example, has been shown in many studies to improve conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and others.

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