Aromatherapy A-Z: Anxiety

Aromatherapy A-Z: AnxietyA little anxiety occasionally is a natural response to concern or to various adrenal triggers when you are working to achieve something. However, when you feel anxious regularly or consistently in a way that is disproportionate or excessive, help is at hand. Aromatherapy is a real treasure trove and offers a natural approach for treating a variety of different emotional states.

Many of the powerful sedative essential oils are indicated for anxiety, so be led by what you are most drawn to.

Three key essential oils would include Neroli, Frankincense and Lavender.

Neroli is a supremely stress relieving, anti-depressant relaxant – helping all sorts of symptoms that can be triggered by anxiety, including difficulties in sleeping, digestion problems caused by nervous anxiety, shock and general sadness.

Frankincense: like a 'hug in a bottle', is warming, calming and comforting. It encourages deep breathing and can help lift the spirits and ease muscular tension and tense posture that can be the hall-mark of anxiety.

Lavender is such a versatile oil, it acts as a first aid kit all on its own! It is helpful for all states of nervous tension - it will encourage you to unwind, relax and loosen up – physically and emotionally. As with Neroli, it can help all sorts of symptoms of stress and anxiety – even palpitations, fluctuating moods and difficulty in winding down at the end of the day.

Aromatherapy blends:

Aromatic evening bath to ease tension, promote a peaceful night's sleep and help you feel calmer and less agitated. Blend 20ml of our SLS Free Bath & Shower Gel with 5 drops Lavender essential oil, 2 drops Neroli and 2 drops Frankincense.

Therapeutic aromatherapy massage to ease physical tension, calm an inflamed digestive tract and to help lift your spirits. Blend 30ml Sweet Almond Oil with 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, 3 drops of Frankincense and 2 drops of Neroli.

For vaporising in burner/diffuser or to use as a spray. Mix 100ml Orange Flower Hydrolat with 20 drops Lavender essential oil, 8 Frankincense and 4 Neroli. Inhale regularly throughout the day.

Other options: Whilst aromatherapy massage is particularly effective for anxiety, other forms of treatment that can be helpful (depending on the root cause of your anxiety) could include: Bach Flower Remedies, Thought Field Therapy, Hypnotherapy and Reiki.

Joannah Metcalfe
Consultant Aromatherapist

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