HERE ARE 7 SUCH ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ANXIETY:
1. BERGAMOT (CITRUS BERGAMIA)
In a fascinating study published by the US National Library of Medicine, researchers concluded that the essential oil Bergamot reduced the corticosterone levels of rats; thereby leading the researchers to deduce the presence of lower stress and anxiety levels.
In addition to reducing anxiety, Bergamot has been demonstrated to potentially reduce depression, treat insomnia, and induce relaxation. It is common for individuals that consume Bergamot (in tea) test for reduced blood pressure and pulse rate.
Bergamot is most commonly found in Earl Grey tea. It is considered very safe.
2. CHAMOMILE (CHAMAEMELUM NOBILE)
In a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, researchers determined that chamomile “may provide clinically meaningful antidepressant activity that occurs in addition to its previously observed anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) activity.”
Chamomile is perhaps best known for having an extremely calming aromatic effect. Many who prefer this oil for aromatherapy proclaim lower levels of anxiety, irritation and worry.
Chamomile is considered safe, sans a small minority that may experience an allergic reaction.
3. LAVENDER (LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA)
Lavender is perhaps the most common essential oil in use today. It has an extremely pleasant aroma that is effective for: reducing stress, promoting sleep, reducing irritability, settling the stomach, and more.
Like other oils on this list, clinical trials have continually reaffirmed the benefits of lavender – particularly as an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant agent. These studies have been conducted under a wide-range of provocative conditions; from patients prepared to undergo surgery, to moviegoers watching an anxiety-inducing movie.
4. FRANKINCENSE (BOSWELLIA CARTERI OR BOSWELLA SACRA)
In a study conducted at a hospice in South Korea, scientists reached the conclusion that frankincense – mixed 1:1:1 with bergamot and lavender – “had a positive effect on pain and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer.”
Frankincense is thought to be one of the more tranquil and calming oils – a powerful agent for the treatment of depression and anxiety (see a trend here?). The peaceful aroma of frankincense has resulted in it being used for aiding meditation.
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