We live in anxious times. This is an age where we seem to worry more and many of us feel that we need to work harder for longer just to keep ourselves afloat. The world outside our door can feel vast and impersonal, and it can seem as though everyone’s in it for themselves. Is it any wonder that around 3 million Brits are currently suffering from chronic anxiety. A little anxiety and stress can be a good thing. It can shake us out of our comfort zone, prevent us from becoming complacent and bring out the best in us. But when we are faced with anxiety on a daily basis, it can lock our brain into a permanent state of “fight or flight” response. We can start to see danger around every corner and start to second guess ourselves, our relationships and the world around us.

While your GP can prescribe you medications that can aid an anxious mind, it’s understandable that many of us would prefer not to resort to pharmacology to help us with anxiety issues. Especially when the natural world is filled with alternatives that people have been using for centuries.

If you’re looking for a natural way to wave goodbye to anxiety, aromatherapy may be the answer…

How it works

Aromatherapy is the practice of inhaling essential oils to improve your wellbeing. It has proven effective for many in combating anxiety, stress, lethargy and even depression. It is believed that the scents from essential oils stimulate the smell receptors in your nose and send messages to the central nervous system that help your body to relax.

Plan your therapy around your needs

The beauty of aromatherapy is that it can be administered in a number of ways to fit seamlessly into your busy lifestyle while also allowing you to experiment with therapy treatments that work for you.

For example, if a long soak in the tub usually helps you to relax after a stressful day at work, you may find that slipping some essential oils into your bath is the most effective form of aromatherapy. If you’re looking for a more intimate treatment, they can be rubbed into the skin along with other scented massage oils by your partner.

Alternatively, an essential oil diffuser on your desk at work can help you to stave off anxiety when your working day is particularly stressful. It’s all about finding the best method for you.

Which essential oils are best for aromatherapy?

First of all, it’s important to use only naturally sourced essential oils, and ensure that there are no potentially harmful artificial fragrances. Outside of that, it’s simply a matter of knowing which essential oils are known to ease anxiety and choosing the right ones for your personal tastes.

Some of the best essential oils for aromatherapy include;

  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Bergamot
  • Camomile
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Vetiver
  • Clary sage
  • Patchouli
  • Valerian

Feel free to experiment with combinations of the above oils to find the perfect, anxiety-relieving scent for your home or workplace. Let mother nature ease away your anxiety so you can face the day with a smile.