Are you someone or do you know someone who suffers from anxiety or panic attacks? With all of the pressures of the modern-day environment more and more of us are beginning to suffer from problems with our mental health and especially anxiety. As a result, it is more important than ever to take time out for your mental health and embrace any anxiety-managing techniques that you find work for you. A common technique that is used by many to help to combat anxiety and panic attacks is aromatherapy. In this blog, I will talk you through some of the best essential oils for anxiety for you to try.
How to use essential oils
The best way to use essential oil for anxiety is to add a few drops of essential oil to a diffuser in order to allow yourself to inhale the relaxing scent naturally as you go about your day. However, you can also add up to 5 drops of essential oil to your hot bath to inhale as you relax. Of course, a hot bath in itself is another wonderful way to help yourself to relax after a long day or a stressful week!
Alternatively, if you would like to share your relaxing moment with a loved one, you can add 5 drops of essential oil to 10ml of the Valley Mist Pure Massage Oil, for a wonderful relaxing massage. For tips on how to make the most of our massage oils you can take a look at our previous blog post.
The Best Essential Oils for Anxiety
Perhaps the most well-known essential oil for helping with anxiety, Lavender earned its reputation for a reason. Lavender is known to both lower anxiety levels and have a slight sedative effect, also helping you to achieve a better night’s sleep.
Mandarin is probably not the first essential oil to spring to mind when you are considering aromatherapy for anxiety, but it is one of the most effective. With a wonderful mood-boosting, citrus scent, mandarin essential oil also contains sedative properties which can help with insomnia, as well as relieving stress and anxiety.
Frankincense’s calming and relaxing properties mean that it is one of the key essential oils associated with focusing the mind and stripping away all of those unnecessary worries. These wonderful mind-focusing properties have meant that Frankincense has been used for thousands of years in meditative practice to help to achieve that all important focus and relaxation.
It’s up to you which of these essential oils you are feeling most drawn to trying, whether it’s the uplifting citrusy Mandarin and Bergamot, or the more traditionally relaxing and soothing Lavender and Frankincense. Of course, aromatherapy is not intended as a replacement for seeking help from a professional if you are struggling with your mental health. However, it is a brilliant way of adding a little extra relaxation and self-care into your daily routine and helping you to control anxiety and stress on a daily basis.