There is an epidemic of anxiety sweeping the Western World.
Work, family, financial, relationship pressures all seem to be sending people into anxiety-ville… population MILLIONS.
More than ever unfortunately we do not seek to understand where the anxiety is coming from and turn more and more to medications – both over-the-counter and prescription – or booze and the rest of course, to numb our true feelings and the true cause.
Anti-anxiety medications are being prescribed in record doses today, however there is a better way for most people to support themselves when they feel anxious in life. It starts with an intention for wellbeing and can be as simple as integrating some incredibly powerful therapeutic quality essential oils into your life.
The anxiety is not the problem, it is only a symptom of a greater disfunction in the whole body (emotional and physical) and making lifestyle and health changes are the most natural way to improve our state and environment.
There are three ways essential oils can be best used for anxiety: by inhaling aromatically, by ingesting, and by applying topically.
This is a popular option used by many to help alleviate anxiety because our sense of smell triggers powerful emotional responses. Our sense of smell helps us process so much information, in particular, in an area of the brain that is strongly linked to emotional processing and memory recall.
Upon inhalation of an essential oil scent, molecules that enter the nasal cavities stimulate a firing of mental response in the brain. This causes a stimulating effect to help regulate stress or calming responses, such as breathing patterns, blood pressure, production of hormones and heart rate. Such benefits via aromatherapy can be achieved using it in a vaporizer, bath, direct inhalation, hot water vapour or humidifier, perfume, cologne, fan, vent or aromatherapy diffuser.
Many essential oils offer great health benefit when ingested by mouth, however it is crucial to ensure that the oils you use are safe and of the purest form. There are many oils on the market that are diluted or blended with synthetics making them unsafe for ingesting.
According to “The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy”, the most effective way to consume them is to add a drop of oil in a glass of water or on a teaspoon with honey. Alternatively you can simply add a drop or two underneath the tongue, which is beneficial because the blood capillaries are so close to the surface of the tissue under the tongue, allowing them to be absorbed faster into the bloodstream. Other oral application options include making a tea, adding a drop or two to your cooking or favourite beverage and capsules.
Often people prefer the topical application of essential oils, where they apply an essential oil on the skin, hair, mouth, teeth, nails or mucous membranes of the body. When oils are applied to the skin, they penetrate rapidly making their healing benefits very readily available.
The high potency of essential oils makes it important to dilute and blend with carrier oils, such as jojoba, coconut, olive, avocado or sweet almond oil. Once essential oils are blended with a carrier oil, they can be applied directly to an affected area, rims of the ears, bottoms of the feet, using compresses, in baths or through massage.
Anxiety can be a tough little bastard to over-come, and so it’s imperative that you have a kit-bag of intentional, supportive means to help you feel good, in a natural and healthy way.
It is practices such as this that are not only positive towards your state when you are first using them, but that also add to a deeper, long-term lifestyle that supports over-all wellbeing in a much, much greater way than my merely band-aiding your emotions.
These recommendations are not for every person in every situation of anxiety. If you feel stressed and anxious every day and your anxiety is affecting your relationships or career or you are self-medicating with alcohol or drugs, or having feelings of struggling to cope, please reach out to Beyond Blue for assistance.