Chamomile Rub to help with Anxiety

Sarah Baker of Good Day Chicago and the Balanced Babe writes about her use for the aromatic oil, Chamomile and shares here how she uses the ointment to relieve anxiety...

Many of my clients claim to be highly stressed, or have experienced anxiety and I suffer from anxiety at times, too. It is quite common.

Cortisol is increased when we are under constant stress and chronically raised cortisol levels can really harm our bodies. Concentration decreases, digestion fails, sleeping patterns lose their rhythm and menstrual cycles amiss.

As you know, I am 100% for holistic medicines and remedies when it comes to creating mental and physical health, without pharmaceuticals. One of my favorite ways to self-sooth is to incorporate essential oils into my day.

Essential oils for anxiety

I’ve written about essential oils before, so if you need a refresher check out my articles on essential oils you can use every day, essential oils to help you breathe easier,  essential oils for your skin,  so now I’m adding on to the resources to talk about essential oils that you can use when you’re stressed out or experiencing anxiety!

Inhaling essential oils will send specific signals to our brain which create reactions within our body that can be related to stress levels, hormones, heart rates and emotions. Essential oils that help with anxiety are intended to inspire our brain to create neurotransmitters that give us feelings of calmness or happiness like dopamine and serotonin. Here are a list of essential oils that can do just that!

  • Chamomile: A very soothing floral scent that brings upon feelings of being in balance and can help ease worries. And others...

  • Bergamot: Helps improve our mood and calm our mind. It can also help our response to stress and of course, anxiety.

  • Lavender: One of the most popular and widely known essential oils. Lavender inspires feelings of calm and acts as a natural sedative. It helps calm our nervous system and helps us achieve inner peace.

  • Frankincense: Besides helping with anxiety, it has been known to provide spiritual grounding energy and helps enhance meditation.

  • Ylang ylang: A wonderful floral scent that provides a feeling of tranquility and uplifting effects. It helps some feel optimistic, happy and may help coping with fears.

  • Vetiver oil: This oil has been used for trauma,  panic attacks, and to provide grounding energy to those who use it.

  • Rose: Has been used to help with depression, heartbreak, shock and even panic attacks.

How to use essential oils for anxiety

Aromatherapy diffusers: I keep one at home and the office and use it daily! Again, when we inhale essential oils, our limbic system of the brain becomes activated and sends signals to our heart, hormones, and so many other systems of our body that either help calm us down or energize us. Using a diffuser is a super simple way to get the effects of aromatherapy. All you do is sprinkle a few drops of your essential oil choice into the diffuser and turn it on.

Run a warm bath: You can add 10-12 drops of your essential oil of your choosing to your next bath and inhale as you relax.

Add to your oils for a self massage: You can add essential oils to massage oils like liquid coconut, almond, or jojoba oil and apply it directly to your skin for a calming self massage.

Incorporate into your breathing exercises: Practicing breathing exercises already helps calm down a frazzled person, but incorporating essential oils to your next breathing practice can up level your effort. Place a few drops in your hands and rub them together, and breathe in the aroma while you breathe. Here is a good breathing practice to try if you are a beginner.

Bethanie Ashton