Anxiety is how your body prepares itself to deal with a threat or stressful event. It’s much like our innate ability to go into ‘flight or fight’ mode. While anxiety is a natural response to stress, it can also occur at any time or much more often than it should – especially if you have an anxiety disorder, experience a traumatic event or live in a stressful environment.
Anxiety can lead to feeling fear, nervousness, nausea, sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate plus difficulty concentrating, restlessness, irritability and panic attacks.
Before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I would wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I was having a heart attack. Later, I discovered that these were panic attacks that my body was using as a response to my undiagnosed autoimmune disease.
Now, if I’m ever feeling anxious, I use my essential oils. The best essential oil for anxiety is lavender. Researchers have studied it’s ability to decrease anxiety and found a greater improvement in mood and perceived levels of anxiety over those that received a massage. Other essential oils for anxiety include orange, lemon, ylang ylang and sandalwood.
doTERRA also has some amazing blends that work wonders to reduce anxiety like In Tune, Serenity, AromaTouch and Elevation.
Living in New York, I never lived in an apartment that lent itself to a long, relaxing bubble bath. Since getting a house in New Hampshire, I make it a priority to spend at least an hour in the tub every time we get to escape from the city. I mean, look at this gorgeous tub! Wouldn’t you?
My favorite way to reduce anxiety with essential oils is to add one to two drops of lavender essential oil to 1/4 cup of bath salts and then dissolve them in bath water.
I’d love to hear how you’ve used essential oils to reduce anxiety in your life. Post a comment below on how essential oils have improved the quality of your life.
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