Uncontrollable panic over events that may or may not be under our control… To varying degrees, we’ve all experienced this type of anxiety. But did you know that there are several different forms of anxiety, ranging from specific phobias to generalized anxiety?
You may also be surprised to learn that nearly 18% of Americans over the age of 18 (that’s approximately 40 million people) live with anxiety, making it the biggest mental illness in the country! According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, this equates to $42 billion dollars in spending by the US government. While it’s great that the government is providing assistance, there are tools we can use to combat some of the signs and symptoms associated with anxiety.
One such tool is essential oils. Although there are many essential oils that help prevent and mitigate anxiety, I’m going to highlight 3 oils that I’ve found particularly beneficial for different symptoms of anxiety.
Anxiety and depression are closely linked. Nearly 50% of people with depression also suffer from anxiety. Bergamot is an uplifting oil that helps combat not only stress, but depression as well, which in turn can help ease signs of anxiety. This oil can be particularly beneficial for those with PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder and Persistent Depressive Disorder. How to use: Place a couple drops in a diffuser and use throughout the day. It is also great to combine with other uplifting oils like Basil and Lemon.
Increased breathing is often a byproduct of an anxiety attack. Frankincense helps slow down breathing which both mitigates the attack and reduces elevated levels of stress. This oil can be particularly beneficial for those with Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD. How to use: Use in an inhaler for easy on-the-go relief. Simply place up to 10 drops on the cotton wick and insert into plastic tube; make sure tube is properly fastened. You can also create a blend with other soothing oils like Lavender, Myrrh and Vanilla.
For many people, anxiety is triggered by fear. Sometimes this fear is connected to social interactions, whether it be fear of rejection or an overwhelming sense of loneliness. Marjoram helps alleviate these feelings and helps create feelings of comfort. This oil can be particularly beneficial for those with Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Panic Disorder. How to use: Add up to 12 drops to 2 Tbsp. of your favorite carrier oil and place in a roll-on. Use as needed. Combine with other relaxing and confidence boosting oils like Cypress, Grapefruit and Patchouli.
*For informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.