Essential oils have been around for centuries, dating back as far as Biblical times when Jesus was anointed with frankincense and myrrh at his birth. They are a wonderfully natural yet effective treatment for a wide variety of ailments and conditions. I use them in diffusers, topically, and I also take them internally to stay calm, centered, and healthy in body, mind, and heart.
Please note that many oils on the market are NOT safe for ingesting. Many oils found in stores contain artificial ingredients and fillers, so it’s important to buy your oils from a reputable source who employs regular testing to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their product. I only recommend using the purest therapeutic-grade oils you can buy. If you are considering taking oils orally, find a health professional schooled in the art of using essential oils who can safely guide you on how to do so.
In my personal struggle with anxiety, I have found certain essential oils to be especially helpful in calming the nervous system and settling an overactive mind. I use these on their own or in combination with other oils for greatest effect.
Here are my Top 5 Essential Oils for
Calming the Nervous System:
1. Lavender- Probably the most commonly used oil, lavender is well-known for its ability to calm anxiety and restore the nervous system. There are several scientific studies which have proven lavender’s therapeutic effects on anxiety and depression. Each night before bed, I put a drop of lavender oil in my hands and rub together. Then I place my open palms in front of my nose and inhale deeply for 5-10 breaths. You can also place a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow or in a diffuser for improved sleep.
2. Rose- In particular, rose oil is very calming and settling to the heart. Thus, making it especially helpful in treating panic attacks, grieving, and shock. It is also wonderful for lifting and healing depression. I find rose oil especially helpful when I am being overly critical or hard on myself. I will mix a few drops with coconut oil or avocado oil and rub on my heart center to relax and remind me to be more compassionate toward myself, which then emanates outward into the world.
3. Roman Chamomile- This oil has a very calming effect on the skin, body, and mind. It specifically helps to calm overthinking and worry. One scientific study also showed it has anti-depressant effects. Place 1-2 drops in herbal teas and hot drinks to soothe the body and mind.
4. Vetiver- A member of the grass family, vetiver oil has a reassuring, calming, grounding effect on the emotions. It is also useful for panic attacks and shock. It is ideal for massage therapy or for restful sleep. You can rub vetiver oil on the soles of your feet to help you feel more stable and grounded in mind and body.
5. Frankincense- The “king of oils”, frankincense is excellent for relaxation and balancing mood. It helps to deepen meditation and to quieten the mind. Frankincense promotes feelings of peace and total wellness. It also can be taken internally to support cellular function. Each morning when I wake up, I use frankincense as part of my morning meditation & prayer time. I place 1-2 drops in my hands and rub them together. Then I place my open palms in front of my nose and inhale deeply for 5-10 breaths.
Ideas for use:
Topical: rub any of the above oils on the soles of the feet to calm, soothe, and promote a restful sleep
Topical: combine with a carrier oil such as almond, avocado, or coconut and use for massage therapy
Diffuser: 5-10 drops of oil in aromatherapy diffuser in your room for a calming relaxing effect
Topical: Rub 1-2 drops in palms of hands and breathe in for 5-10 breaths, then rub hands on back of neck
Ingest: Place one drop in 4 oz of water or juice.
If you would like to learn a few healthful essential oil recipes I make and use regularly, I will be sharing these in next week’s blog post. Stay tuned & Be Well!
P.S. Coming up on June 27th, I will be a guest on the Aspire Natural Health podcast, talking to
Dr Tim Gerstmar about How To Calm An Anxious Mind. More details to come! :-)
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