Scents can have a very powerful effect on our emotions and mood. Essential oils are volatile oils that contain aromatic molecules that are able to cross the blood/brain barrier which affect parts of our brain that control stress, anxiety, fear, and depression.
Essential oils can help you find your balance If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or are finding yourself unable to cope. Their healing power is unstoppable, so to invite yourself to really heal, it’s best to understand a few simple methods first.
Here are some of the best essential oils you can choose from that will definitely help you with stress and anxiety:
Frankincense is great for treating depression and anxiety because it provides a calming and tranquil energy as well as spiritual grounding. In aromatherapy, it helps deepen meditation and quiet the mind.
Mixed with bergamot and lavender oils in a 1:1 ratio in an aroma hand massage, according to researchers, frankincense was found to have a positive effect on pain and depression.
Considered as one of the most common essential oils, lavender oil benefits include having a calming, relaxing effect. It’s considered a nervous system restorative and helps with inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and general nervous tension. Lavender is widely appreciated for its ability to calm and relax and is often included in personal care items such as soap, lotions, shampoos, and massage oils.
You may be familiar with Bergamot as the unique ingredient in Earl Grey tea. Bergamot oil is calming and often used to treat depression by providing energy; however, it can also help with insomnia induce relaxation and reduce agitation.
A peaceful, calming scent, chamomile benefits inner harmony and decreases irritability, overthinking, anxiety and worry. Chamomile essential oil is so gentle it’s even safe to use with irritable babies (in a very diluted concentration).
A nervous system tonic, Vetiver decreases jitteriness and hypersensitivity and is also useful in panic attacks and shock. It has a tranquil, grounding and reassuring energy, often used in trauma helping with self-awareness, calmness and stabilization.
Ylang ylang helps with cheerfulness, courage, optimism and soothes fearfulness. It may calm heart agitation and nervous palpitations and is a moderately strong sedative, which can help with insomnia. This popular essential oil can treat anxiety and depression due to its calming and uplifting effects.
Geranium is commonly used as a holistic treatment to improve your physical, mental and emotional health. It helps to improve downward spiraling moods and it puts you on a blissful mood. This heart-center oil helps us to heal, tear down barriers, release anger, and manage overwhelming emotion.
Rose essential oil is very settling to the emotional heart and perhaps the second most popular after lavender for relieving anxiety and depression, helping with panic attacks, grieving and shock. It is the queen of oils to help with all stress issues.