Moms and kids are feeling more anxiety and stress in their daily lives than ever before. Rather than be prescribed medications, more and more people are searching for alternative ways to manage their anxiety. Whether you have daily anxiety, situational anxiety, panic attacks, or you simply have a hard time managing stress in your life, there are some great alternatives for everyone.
For many people anxiety can be alleviated by simply living a healthier lifestyle. I use essential oils to help anxiety and provide emotional support. (The information in this article does not take the place of a doctor’s advice. Please work with your doctor to find the best solutions for you and your family–as I do!)
One of the most important things to remember when using essential oils is quality. If you are not using quality oils you will not see results with oils. Most Aromatherapists will only recommend you use therapeutic grade essential oils on your body (topically) or ingesting them. My family doesn’t ingest oils. We diffuse or use them topically.
Just as with over the counter medications, essential oils work differently for everyone, so often you have to try several different kinds before you find the right blend for your anxiety or stress.
The Five Most Commonly Used Oils for Emotional Support:
1. Lavender – We use this one the most. Thank goodness it is one of the more cost effective essential oils. We purchase it is larger bottles but it can be purchased in small bottles for under $10. A little goes a long way!
5. Roman Chamomile
The Five Most Commonly Used Oil Blends for Anxiety
How do I use essential oils to alleviate anxiety?
Every oil has different therapeutic properties that help when applied both topically and diffused (aka aromatherapy). There are many different places you can put essential oils topically to help soothe you during moments of anxiety. The following are ways you can use both the single oil and the blends listed above.
1. Wrists, neck, behind ears, jaw line, and forehead
2. The vita flex points on your feet and shins, including your big toe and inner ankles. These areas are said to directly affect your nervous system. Often, these vita flex points are where massage therapists, aroma therapists, and acupuncturists focus for people suffering from anxiety. There are many visuals out there to help you find where is best for you to use essential oils topically.
3. Lastly, you can apply oils directly on your forehead and jaw line (apply to both places for best results).
Diffusing essential oils can sometimes work better than applying topically when dealing with daily anxiety. When you wake up in the morning make it you first priority to drink a tall glass of water and place some soothing oils in your diffuser. This sets you up for an anxiety free day.
I use essential oils in place of air fresheners and candles to bring peace and a pleasant atmosphere in my home and in my car!
If you want to learn more about essential oils,†register now for my free 14 Day email course: Essential Oils 101
As I said earlier, lavender is my favorite scent. I find it relaxing and it smells so good! I love it so much that I make farmhouse gnomes filled with lavender buds instead of stuffing for my nightstand!
You can find them in my etsy shop Hanging with my Gnomies or you can make your own lavender gnomes with this tutorial I wrote for Ruffles and Rainboots!