Lavender is one of the most commonly known essential oils. Known for its relaxation and calming effects, lavender oil can act as a nervous system restorative.This means that lavender essential oil can help with inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, nervous stomachs and anxiousness.
Lavender's unique calming effect has been researched in numerous studies; many have tested the positive effects of inhaling, ingesting or applying lavender to the body. The Handbook of Essential oils: Science, Technology, and Application, 2nd Edition, states a number of clinical trials that show the results of inhaling lavender essential oil can reduce stress and anxiety. Furthermore, studies have found that Lavender's main compound, Linalool Odoor, has an anxiolytic effect. Meaning, lavender can help suppress the nervous system, stabilize heart rate, and lower anxiety. In fact, another study published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, suggests that linalool effects the same parts of the brain as anti-anxiety drugs. This is significant, because just the smell and inhalation have the ability to help anxious feelings, unlike anti-anxiety drugs, which are absorbed into the bloodstream and can have negative side effects.
Orange essential oil has a powerful uplifting scent that can help improve mood and stress levels. According to a recent study, orange's aroma helped female patients by lowering the participants' state of anxiety and elevating levels of calmness compared to the control group who did not use orange. Another study tested the use of orange aromatherapy. The participants exposed to the aromatherapy of sweet orange showed to have less tension and higher tranquility levels in stressful situations than the control group. Researchers suggest that orange can have an anti-anxiety effect because of its calming and mood lifting compounds.
Rosemary essential oil has similar compounds as lavender, as they share the same plant family. Many studies suggest that the oral intake or inhaling of rosemary can have an anti-anxiety, mood boosting effect, while improving sleep-quality and memory performance. A study published in Holistic Nursing Practice, tested the effectiveness of inhaling rosemary before stressful situations; one test subject group was graduating nursing students taking an exam. Results reveal that those who used rosemary had a reduction in stress levels and pulse rates compared to those who did not use the essential oil. Many studies support this conclusion. One published by Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in 2018, tested the effects of oral administration of rosemary on anxiety, sleep, and memory. Results reveal that over a months period of using rosemary, participants had significant improved scores on all aspects tested. Participants displayed improved memory, better quality sleep, and lower stress and anxiety levels when taking rosemary essential oil. Therefore, supporting studies reveal that rosemary can be used to help with anxiety and improvement in stress and mood.
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Disclaimer: Essential oils cannot cure anxiety disorders. They can, however, help alleviate some of symptoms associated with stress and anxiety. If you do suffer from chronic stress or anxiety, please consult a trusted health care provider to ensure proper treatment. Only a health care professional can assess specific symptoms and recommend treatment. You can ask your physician if essential oils can work for you along side with medications.