Can Aromatherapy Help Ease Anxiety?

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Anxiety is very common in today’s stressed out society. We have so much to deal with, from jobs to kids and social media angst that it is hardly surprising that many people, the younger generation in particular, are afflicted with varying degrees of anxiety at some point in their life.

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The problem with anxiety is that it affects every part of your life. Being anxious all the time is stressful, as you are constantly waiting for something bad to happen. Anxiety disorders can turn a sociable person into a recluse and make it impossible to do ordinary things such as shopping or talking to strangers. If your anxiety is really bad, you may not even want to leave your bedroom.

The good news is that you don’t need to suffer in silence. There are plenty of medications designed to help anxiety sufferers lead a normal life, but if popping a pill does not appeal, it is worth trying other treatments. One such treatment that many anxiety sufferers swear by is aromatherapy.

Long-term use of pharmaceutical drugs is not recommended. Patients become addicted to the drugs in the same way a drug addict becomes addicted to heroin. After a while, the brain becomes dependent on the drug and it causes impaired thinking and other side effects. Not surprisingly, it is better not to resort to drug treatments if at all possible.

Aromatherapy has been used to treat anxiety, stress, and depression for years. DoTERRA oils are an important tool for aromatherapists, as the right oil can work wonders with a patient suffering from anxiety.

The main aromatherapy oils used for the treatment of anxiety include:

  • Lavender
  • Bergamot
  • Sandalwood
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon
  • Rose
  • Sage

Aromatherapy Massage

A massage is a great tool for anxiety, but if you add aromatherapy oils to the mix, you get even better results. Aromatherapy oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil such as almond oil or coconut oil. Add a few drops of your preferred aromatherapy oil to your massage oil and make long, soothing strokes. Practice aromatherapy massage with your partner. A mutual massage is a great way to promote intimacy and make you feel less stressed and anxious. If you don’t have a partner, book an aromatherapy massage at a spa.

You can also add a few drops of essential oil to your favorite body lotion. Massage in after a hot aromatherapy bath (see below) and you will feel super chilled out and ready for a good night’s sleep.

Aromatherapy Bath

Hot water is immensely soothing and if anxiety is threatening to ruin your day, run a hot bath and add a few drops of lavender oil and lie back in the soothing water for half an hour. To make the experience even more beneficial, add some essential oils to a room diffuser in the bathroom and burn a few aromatherapy candles.

There are many ways to use aromatherapy oils, but it is worth taking advice from a qualified aromatherapist first. Some oils are not recommended under certain circumstances, for example, pregnancy, so be careful when experimenting with aromatherapy at home.

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