Essential Oils That Ease Stress -...

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1. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)Considered the most common essential oil,lavender oilbenefitsinclude having a calming, relaxing effect. It’s considered anervous system restorative and helps with inner peace, sleep,restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and generalnervous tension.“The Handbook of Essential Oils: Science, Technology, and Applications,Second Edition” states that there have been a number of clinical trialsinvolving the inhalation of lavender essential oil that indicate areductionin stressand anxiety. (2) One study using oral lavender essential oil viacapsules found that heart rate variation significantly increased comparedto the placebo while watching an anxiety-provoking film. (3) Thissuggested that lavender had anxiolytic effects.Further research demonstrates lavender’s ability to lower anxiety inpatients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery and in peoplevisiting the dentist. (4,5)2. Rose (Rosa damascena)One of thebenefits of roseessential oilis it’s very settling to theemotional heart and perhaps the second most popular after lavender forrelieving anxiety and depression, helping with panic attacks, grieving andshock. In study of women who were pregnant for the first time publishedin theIranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, one group of women wasreceived a 10-minute inhalation and footbath with oil rose, another groupreceived a 10-minute warm-water footbath, and they were compared to acontrol group. The findings showed “aromatherapy and footbath reducesanxiety in active phase in nulliparous women.” (6)3. Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)Vetiveroilhas a tranquil, grounding and reassuring energy, often usedin trauma helping with self-awareness, calmness and stabilization. Anervous system tonic, it decreases jitteriness and hypersensitivity and isalso useful inpanic attacksand shock. A study published inNatural
Product Researchexamining the anxiety-like behavior in rats concludedthat vetiver oil may be useful in lowering anxiety effects, though moreresearch is needed to confirm this finding. (7)4. Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)This popular essential oil can treat anxiety and depression due to itscalming and uplifting effects.Ylang ylanghelps with cheerfulness,courage, optimism and soothes fearfulness. It may calm heart agitation

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