Using Essential Oils to Reduce Anxiety

By Kim Saeed | Living Joyfully after No Contact

Mar 24
Essential Oils to Reduce Anxiety

More and more people are turning to essential oils to address the spiritual, physical and emotional components of the body.  But because essential oils are natural and can’t be patented, there are no governmental bodies or organizations that approve or certify essential oils.  Because of this, they are not used in pharmaceuticals, nor recommended by mainstream medical doctors.

Unlike prescription medications for anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications, essential oils do not accumulate in the body over time – they are applied to the skin, absorbed into the bloodstream where they work their magic, and are passed through the body.  The great thing about essential oils is that they penetrate cell membranes almost immediately and travel throughout the body in less than a minute.  (**Please do not go off of any medication before consulting with your physician.  Some medications are necessary, such as those prescribed for Bipolar Disorder, high blood pressure, etc.).

Essential oils can be inhaled, diffused, applied to the body (neat), and some can be taken orally.  However, when it comes to applying them to your skin or taking them internally, it’s crucial that oils intended for these uses be therapeutic grade, such as those purchased from DoTerra or Young Living.  For diffusing, inhaling, and bathing I usually use organic oils from Mountain Rose Herbs, and for other uses such as applying to the skin or ingestion, I use oils from Young Living.

When one is in an abusive relationship with a Narcissist or other toxic personality, stress and anxiety become a part of everyday life.  These negative emotions result in the build-up of negative energy and negative emotions which later present as conditions such as depression, emotional instability, mood swings…as well as physical symptoms like hormonal imbalance, joint and muscle pain, and cardiovascular conditions.  Commonly, targets of Narcissistic abuse suffer from anxiety/panic attacks.  Some popular essential oils that address these conditions are:

  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Sandalwood
  • Lemon Balm
  • Frankincense

Personally, I like to diffuse oregano essential oil because it not only kills bacteria and viruses in the air, it helps instill feelings of safety, security, and lessens feelings of vulnerability.  (For this, I use the organic oregano oil from Mountain Rose Herbs).

I  absolutely love Frankincense…for everything.  Inhaling and diffusing Frankincense helps with feelings of insecurity and unworthiness and is very uplifting.  Not only do I love the smell of this oil, it is used for many health issues and is currently being studied for its role in reducing and curing cancer.  For topical application and ingestion, you’ll want to splurge on the therapeutic grade from Young Living. 

Important notes to keep in mind are that perfume oils are not the same as essential oils and usually don’t do well in diffusers because of their thickness.  Also, not all essential oils are meant for topical application or to be taken internally, so it’s crucial that you do your homework before using them.  Never use them on babies or children undiluted (and there are certain ones that should be avoided or diluted during pregnancy).

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[…] emotions and memories can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.  Essential oils can help us surface and release these negative emotions from wherever they are stored in our cells or energy field.  Each one has its own set of special […]

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essential oils are so popular nowadays, i have used them in cleaning cream and pain relief cream, by mixing a certain amount of beewax and coconut oil, and that works!

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Paul Bond May 13, 2014

Regular usage of essential oils will give the calm and sedative feeling and lowers the stress and anxiety levels. These improves the mood and overall health. You can try some massage with lavender, orange, vanilla, bergamot, and Roman chamomile.

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armyofangels2013 April 27, 2014

Kim, I was really healing nicely, but the finality of the divorce in mid-April, seems to have released a big new set of toxins into my body! I already take supplements of iron, D3, and B12. They made a huge difference earlier, but now I find myself with fatigue and chronic joint/back pain. I am going to do some health shopping…. AoA

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    Kim Saeed April 27, 2014

    AoA,

    I’m so sorry to hear about that. It happens sometimes.

    I can offer some suggestions. For joint/back pain, I take Krill oil supplements (don’t take if you’re allergic to shellfish). Krill has all kinds of wonderful benefits.

    I try to drink Kefir every day. It’s great for enhancing the mood. I don’t know how, but that last blueberry smoothie recipe I posted makes me feel awesome about half an hour after drinking it. Even more than when I drink Kefir alone…I think it’s the combination of the ingredients.

    For fatigue, make sure you are getting enough rest. Take naps if it’s possible. Camp out on the couch or on a park bench when you can. Getting enough sleep and rest is critical. It’s hard, especially when there’s so much to do, but I sometimes have to remind myself that my soul needs to rest even when I have a to-do list. (Ex: I used to post all my posts early morning, now it’s whenever I complete them. I’m still healing, too, so I have modified my schedule).

    If you aren’t already, do some guided meditations at bedtime. I try to do some during the day when I can, but bedtime seems to work best for me. (They are 100% better when you use headphones). This will help with mood and also there are some specifically for sleep. I did a meditation last night and didn’t get up until 9:30 this morning, which rarely ever happens.

    I’ve only written about this once or twice, but I also smudge my apartment every now and then to get rid of negative energy. I just did one on Friday. I do all the regular routine, but instead of praying to animal spirits, I pray to God…This can be done with any higher power you believe in. And of course, you know about aromatherapy and essential oils…if not, I can point you to the posts. In fact, I am planing a special page dedicated to oils. Maybe I’ll do that today.

    Hope you find some of those helpful. I hope you can get through this and come out even better than before! Hugs!

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      armyofangels2013 April 27, 2014

      You are awesome Kim! I’m going ingredient shopping this afternoon-looking for an uplifting week-3 more weeks of school here filled with testing and altered schedules for everyone! ???AoA

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        Kim Saeed April 27, 2014

        Oh, you’re a Teacher! I taught for three years in the local city schools. I loved it, but alas, it turned out to be too exhausting for me. (Oddly, most of the exhaustion came from absorbing the negative energy from the teachers. Here, they are very unhappy because they’re not appreciated, and they backbite with the turn of every corner)…and other stuff I won’t stir up.

        I genuinely hope that after a few days of pampering and caring for yourself, you’ll be good as new 🙂

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gertmcqueen March 25, 2014

Yes, it was because of all the toxic ingredients in commercial products that I learned about in a little workshop given at a local yoga studio…if you are thinking about how your ideas may go over…come up with a workshop idea and find a yoga studio or a local health food store. The woman I met and from whom I get my oils and other needed supplies started her own ‘home’ store and it has grown over the years.I don’t know how many people that ‘make’ their own body products. I don’t make soap. I just love my essential oils! keep up your good work!

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gertmcqueen March 24, 2014

great stuff! I’ve used essential oils for years now, I make my own blends and put them in bath-salts, body oils and cream, air-fresheners and more, great for colds and other ailments (physical and emotional). A person can start with just a couple of basic oils and a good carrier oil…so simple and I love being able to get LOST in a reference book about them! Yeah, it can be pricey so start small and learn and grow with what works for you. Great post

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    Kim Saeed March 25, 2014

    Interesting! I’ve been considering making my own bath products using essential oils. In fact, I’ve wondered about making a small business out of it, but I wonder how well it would be received. Many people are typically unaware of the toxic ingredients in mainstream personal care products. I avoid them like the plague. It certainly narrows down my selection, but many of the things we buy at our local market disrupt our endocrine and hormonal systems, and have dangerous chemicals in them that build up in our bodies over time.

    Thanks for the comment 🙂

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Paula March 24, 2014

I love all of these. I also use organic, non-animal tested lotions infused with these. Truly makes a difference, I think. Namaste! XOXO

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    Kim Saeed March 24, 2014

    I know…I wish I had about 500 to spend on oils! I just started using them seriously about two months ago and I am in LOVE.

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alienorajt March 24, 2014

Really helpful advice – thank you.

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    Kim Saeed March 24, 2014

    🙂 You’re welcome!

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