Essential Oils to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

3 powerful ways to relax with lavender essential oil.

Anxiety is a very common problem in today’s society, and may either be acute or chronic. Acute anxiety presents itself in episodes of intense and abrupt panic attacks, which is the body’s natural fight or flight response. However, it occurs at the wrong times. Chronic anxiety is a much milder form of the disorder.

With acute anxiety, the body prepares itself for an emergency when there is no emergency. This causes the body to produce more adrenal hormones, especially adrenaline.

Symptoms may include:

  • tensed muscles
  • rapid heartbeat and breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • smothering
  • claustrophobia
  • heart palpitations
  • chest pain
  • dizziness
  • hot flashes
  • trembling
  • numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • sweating
  • nausea

Even blood composition changes, making it more prone to clotting. These symptoms can be very distressing and scary as the person is overcome by a sense of impending disaster or death. These exhausting panic attacks can happen anytime day or night, and may last from a few minutes to an hour or more.

Chronic anxiety sufferers feel a general sense of anxiety much of the time, but the levels of intensity never reach that of a panic attack. The person may have a chronically uneasy feeling, especially in the presence of others, or may be easily startled. It’s possible they may also suffer the occasional panic attack.

This is no way to live. As a 20+ year sufferer of chronic anxiety, that, over the years escalated to acute anxiety, I can attest to the fact that it is a very debilitating condition. It can impose extreme life limitations to the point of agoraphobia, as well as a general decline in health. This causes excess stress in itself, which is a major cause of many health problems and diseases.

Since my own life was so deeply affected, I truly feel for anyone having to go through life with this problem. Thankfully, after years of struggle, I got my life back.

There are several strategies, remedies, and habits that allowed me to return to a normal life. The most powerful among these are essential oils. They were always a consistent go-to remedy for two reasons: (1) they are natural and healthy for us, and (2) they worked every time without fail.

As I was determined not to let anxiety continue to take over my life, I came up with some very effective ways to use these wonderful gifts of nature to get rid of a panic attack quickly. Don’t let the simplicity of these remedies make you think they can’t be effective. They helped me immensely!

How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety with Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Stress Relief
  1. Put a facial tissue inside a clean glass spice bottle. Add 6 drops each of Lavender and Vetiver essential oils onto the tissue. Replace the lid. Anytime you feel heightened anxiety or a panic attack coming on, take off the lid and inhale deeply through the nose for a count of 4. Hold your breath, also for a count of 4. Then, exhale slowly, again for a count of 4. Repeat as needed until the feeling has passed. This sounds so simple, yet it is highly effective, giving you a big dose of anxiety-relieving essential oils. Keep the lid on in a cool place when not in use, and it should last for a couple of weeks before it needs to be replaced with a new one. If you’re in a pinch and find yourself without the bottle, use 2-3 drops of each oil rubbed between your palms. Cup your hands over your nose and inhale deeply. This is effective as well. Rub the excess on the back of your neck.
  2. Diffuse Lavender and Vetiver essential oils, day and night if necessary. Use 2-3 drops of each oil in the diffuser and turn it on. Actually, using lavender oil in the diffuser at night when you go to bed, regardless of your level of anxiety, will help you sleep well and feel rested in the morning.
  3. Run a very warm bath. Add ½ cup Epsom Salt and 8-10 drops of Lavender essential oil to the bath water. Get in and let the anxiety drift away for about 20 minutes. This is useful anytime of day, but is preferable just before bed.

Be sure and use high quality pure essential oils, as they are the most effective.

Are you already using essential oils to ease the stress in your life? Comment below and let me know which ones you like and how you are using them!

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