The Best Essential Oils for Anxiety and Depression


Best Essential Oils for Anxiety and Depression
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Many people suffer from anxiety and depression, this has skyrocketed even further unfortunately due to the pandemic and is only continuing to rise further. This is having such a huge impact on peoples day to day lives. There are a lot of people currently suffering in silence as it can be a difficult thing to talk about, especially as some people fear how people will react to them.
Anxiety and depression can often come hand in hand and it can feel like your constantly fighting an uphill battle. Sometimes they can lead to panic attacks which can be a very overwhelming situation. Panic attacks can vary in symptoms but often include the feeling of not being able to breath, a racing heartbeat, sweating, shaking and feeling like you might faint just to name a few. It is very difficult to try and explain a panic attack, anxiety or depression to someone who has never experienced it.
There are charity organisations out there such as Mind, Support Line and The Samaritans to mention a few, that offer help and support completely free of charge if you need someone to talk to. We would highly recommend searching online and maybe speaking out to your friends or family members for support, nobody should suffer in silence. 

Can Essential Oils Help?

Essential oils are not just used for top shelf perfumes and make-up, they also work on alleviating anxiety and depression. There are different types of essential oils, some of them can help make a huge difference to how you feel. An example of this is Peppermint oil, it has been used to relieve muscle spasms, headaches and to help relieve anxiety and depression.

A study published in the journal of AYMS/A and BASQ: An International Journal for Plant Sciences found that peppermint was able to reduce anxiety by 47%. That's a huge impact on peoples day to day lives. It alone may not fully resolve the issue surrounding anxiety completely, but combine the use of essential oils with opening up to people about how your feeling can make an even bigger difference. 

Here are some of the best essential oils for anxiety and depression that you can use to help relieve some of the symptoms you may be feeling. Please be aware they are not ranked in any particular order.

  1. Lavender
  2. Rosemary
  3. Patchouli
  4. Frankincense
  5. Peppermint
  6. Bergamot
  7. Sandalwood
  8. Ylang Ylang

How to use essential oils for anxiety and depression 

One of the simplest and most effective things that you can use essential oils is to get an oil burner. The reason why this way is so popular, is the fact that you can heat the oil in a diluted form to quickly get the aroma around the house very easily. Just fill the oil burner with water, then place a few drops of essential oil and then use a tea light candle to heat it up so it turns it into a vapour that gets inhaled.

Another way to make use of essential oils is to place a few drops in your bath, but please do a patch test with the oil you would like to use to make sure you do not have a reaction. Certain oils have many benefits such as being good for the skin as well as assisting with anxiety and depression. You can even mix oils but do not use more than a few drops and please be aware the oils may make the bath more slippery.

You can also diluted the essential oils with Base Oils other known as carrier oils to be applied directly to the skin. The reason for this is that pure essential oils can be very powerful and the base oils can help the body absorb the oil blend more quickly. This can be done a variety of ways, but as you will need to mix the oils together it will require more time and effort when compared to the previous ways.
You would want to use around 5 to 6 drops of essential oil to 100ml of a base oil to be safe, however, this can vary depending on which oils you use. You can of course use a few drops of different oils which may have multiple benefits, just be aware this will have an impact on the aroma. 

Conclusion

Essential oils have been used by therapists to help with both anxiety and depression as they have properties in them that can help us relax, enhance your mood, lower blood pressure, sleep better and reduce stress to name a few.

Anxiety and depression are becoming more common and we should take it very seriously. They can have a huge impact on how we feel and operate on a day to day basis. We should also help look after the people around us to help support them if they need it, just asking someone how they are feeling can make them open up to you. Simply talking about how you feel can help make a world of difference, and by adding in use of essential oils it may help you along the way.

If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, please know you are not alone and it nothing to be ashamed off. Please check out the charities mentioned above if you or someone you know may be suffering. By working together we can make a difference

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