Top Tips for Anxious Feelings

One of the most common questions I get is what can I use for anxiousness, overwhelm and panic?

I can't say that I have suffered from medically diagnosed anxiety - I am quite obsessive, and I do get very overwhelmed and angry at times, to the point where I can't really control it. Maybe it's anxiety. I don't know.

But what I do know, is that I have used oils to support those feelings, and I know plenty of people on our team that suffer from anxiety and are turning to their oils for emotional support.

In case you missed my Instagram Live on Wednesday night, I talked about how I am much more attune to my emotions since using the oils. To be honest, I didn't start using essential oils for emotional support. I started using them because my daughter was sick. But then I started noticing changes...

Why was I feeling X and then suddenly feeling Y? How and why was this change happening?

So I continued to pay more attention, got slightly obsessed with the emotional benefits of essential oils and the rest is history! #Whoops.

Did you know that in a 2014 study by the American College of Healthcare Sciences, 58 patients were given hand massages once a day for one week with an essential oil blend in 1.5% dilution with almond oil. The essential oil blend consisted of these essential oils in equal ratios:

Bergamot (The Oil of Self-ACCEPTANCE)

Frankincense (The Oil of Truth)

and

Lavender (The Oil of Communication)

All patients who received the aromatherapy hand massage reported less pain and depression.

The result being that the massage with the addition of the essential oils was more effective for pain and depression management than massage alone.

So cool, right?!

Without further ado, here are some of our team's Go-To oils for anxious feelings:


Lavender

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OIL OF COMMUNICATION AND CALM

... super calming too

Lady Lav is arguably the most well-known and versatile of all essential oils. You can apply it to burns, cuts, scratches and even your hair!

But one of the main reasons I like to use Lavender, is because it is great for relaxation and well-being in general. There have been a lot of studies which show the effectiveness of Lavender on stress, depression and anxiety.

For example, one study showed that the use of Lavender essential oil aromatherapy reduced serum cortisol, which can play a role in a healthy cardiovascular system and how the body responds to stress. In this study, it was concluded that the "findings suggest that lavender aromatherapy has relaxation effects and may have beneficial acute effects on coronary circulation."

Another study concluded than Lavender is an effective substitute for anxiety medications when its use was investigation for Generalised Anxiety Disorder. An oral Lavender oil capsule taken over 6 weeks was shown to effective relieve generalised anxiety compared to Lorazepam, a powerful anti-anxiety drug.

This is why I love taking the Serenity soft gels when I start to feel overwhelmed.

I also love that Lavender helps you to communicate how you are feeling (it is the Oil of Communication and Calm).

If communicating your thoughts and feelings does not come easy to you, then try this blend:

10 Lavender

10 Spearmint (the oil of confident speech)

10 Copaiba (the oil of unveiling)

Top with Fractionated Coconut Oil


Vetiver

I have been starting to refer to Vetiver as THE oil for anxious feelings. 

It has been used traditionally in aromatherapy for relaxation and alleviating emotional stress, panicked feelings, trauma, anxiety, insomnia, hysteria and depression. We use it both in our sleep roller blends and also in our calm blends sometimes. 

It is the Oil of Centering and Descent and it is particularly good for those that scatter their energy around multiple priorities, people and activities. It is great at promoting self-awareness and brings you back to the present moment. 

One of my favourite recipes for grounding supporting is:

5 Vetiver

5 Patchouli (the oil of physicality)

10 Balance (the oil of grounding)

10 Lavender Peace (the oil of tranquility)

Top with Fractionated Coconut Oil


Frankincense

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oil of truth

... rids negative energy and increases clarity

I take Frankincense in a veggie capsule with Copaiba (3 drops each) morning and night. This is because it reduces anxious and depressed feelings, and provides overall cellular support and emotional balance.

Frank provides a really balanced and tranquil energy and keeps me spiritually grounded.

A study has also concluded that Frankincense, when mixed with Bergamot and Lavender in a hand massage, had a positive effect on pain and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer.

Frankincense is great to use for meditation and intention setting and a great recipe to use is:

7 Frankincense

5 Clary Sage (the oil of clarity and vision)

5 spearmint (the oil of confident speech)

3 Blue Tansy (the oil of inspired action

5 Litsea (the oil of manifestation)

2 Sandalwood (the oil of sacred devotion)

Top with Fractionated Coconut Oil


Wild Orange

At $14 wholesale, this is an oil that you should have plenty of in your cupboard.

Not only do I love purifying the air with this oil, and putting it in my water for a refreshing twist, but it uplifts your mood and increases feelings of energy.

It's great to use at the beginning of a stress-filled day to provide a revitalising aroma that will guide you through the day.

If you're feeling exhausted or low in energy in the late afternoon or early evening, you can diffuse Wild Orange to help lift your mood and increases awareness.

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One of my favourite diffuser blends for clarity, manifestation and invigoration is 3 drops each of Wild Orange, Peppermint and Frankincense


Balance

This blend has a number of emotionally beneficial oils that work together to create a sense of calmness and well-being (Spruce, Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile and Frankincense).

I like to put a drop on my wrists and on the soles of my feet every morning. This helps to ease anxious feelings and create a soothing and calming environment, which allows me to feel relaxed. It also smells delicious - sweet and woody at the same time.

I also love that it contains Blue Tansy - not only does Blue Tansy smell beautiful, but it is used by a lot of people to help with emotional issue like nerves, anxiety, stress and even cases of mild depression. Blue Tansy is also great for intention setting as it inspires action! 

A great roller blend with Balance in it is:

10 Balance (the oil of grounding)

10 Lavender Peace (the oil of tranquility)

10 Wild Orange (the oil of abundance)

top with fractionated coconut oil


Lavender Peace

Lavender Peace is know as 'Serenity' in the US (in case you come across Serenity and are confused as to whether its the same thing).

This is a great blend of essential oils which help to calm and relax you when stressful feelings arise. With so many high-stress moments in our lives these days, it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed at times (or in my case, multiple times a day).

I like to diffuse this, or use in a calming roller blend, to promote relaxation, encourage calm emotions, and lessen feelings of tension.

Not only is it great to diffuse at night to promote sleep, but it's also great to use during the day because it can reduce those everyday stressed.

It contains beautiful oils such as Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Roman Chamomile, which give it its soothing scent, while Hawaiian Sandalwood and Vanilla Bean offer a warm aroma.

I also love to use the Serenity soft gels- I often take one before bed, but also during the day if I'm feeling overwhelmed or stressed or feeling some anger coming on!

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If you suffer from stress and anxiety, the Mood Management Kit (Balance, Lavender Peace, Elevation and Citrus Bliss) is a great place to start.

Ylang Ylang

This baby is slowly making its way into my Top used oils - I am LOVING it!

Dr Eric Z has said on a number of occasions, "If Frankincense is the King of Oils, then Ylang Ylang is his Queen".

When used Topically (on your skin) and aromatically (in a diffuser or in the palm of your hand), the aroma is incredibly calming.

In fact, a 2006 study found that by massaging a 20% solution of Ylang Ylang oil in a carrier oil over the abdomen for 5 minutes resulted in "significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature."

When the temperature of your skin lowers, this is an indication of muscle relaxation and, therefore, a decrease in sympathetic nervous system function.

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To soothe the soul, try this recipe:

10 Lavender Peace

10 Vetiver

5 Ylang Ylang

5 Cedarwood

Top with Fractionated coconut oil


Bergamot

Bergamot is actually what makes Early Grey tea, Earl Grey tea! I love adding a drop to my tea every night, but that's not why I'm writing about it.

It is very calming and is used by a lot of our team members to help with depressed feelings because it is uplifting and provides energy. It is also great for insomnia because it promotes relaxation and reduces agitation - we diffuse it most nights when we are winding down.

A study conducted in 2011 concluded that applying an essential oil blend that contained Lavender and Bergamot helped in treating depression and anxiety.

It also reduced blood pressure and pulse rates of the participates, who rated themselves as "more calm" and "more relaxed" than the control group.


Rose

Rose is the highest vibrational oil on the planet and EXCELLENT to use for anxious feelings. It is emotionally uplifting, so I like to apply it to my pulse points throughout the day.

It assists to settle the emotional heart and helps to relieve anxiety and depression, panic attacks, grieving and even shock.

In a study of women who were pregnant for the first time, published in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, one group of women received a 10 minute essential oil inhalation with Rose, and another group received a 10 minute warm water foot bath. These two groups were then compared to a control group.

The study concluded that the two groups who received the aromatherapy and foot bath had reduced anxiety levels.

If you are interested in using essential oils to support yourself emotionally, then check out my Join page for more information.

Jazze xx