Anxiety – troubled state of mind

AnxietyAnxiety is described in the Oxford English Dictionary as:” troubled state of mind; uneasiness”. Most of us have experienced feelings of anxiety at one time or another and it is often a normal healthy response to external stressors. These feelings of anxiety are usually relatively short-lived and are resolved once the external situation has been dealt with. For instance it is quite normal to feel anxious before standing up in front of a roomful of people to give speech or before that all important examination however, when anxiety is excessive (the response is out of proportion to the situation), prolonged or experienced without any objective, external reason, it becomes a problem. When anxiety becomes a problem it can, in addition to the feelings of uneasiness, manifest in a number of different physical symptoms which include migraine headaches, allergies, insomnia, digestive problems and tense muscles. When the underlying problem of anxiety is not dealt with these symptoms could develop into more serious illnesses.

Essential oils can be very helpful aids at times like these. We are fortunate in that a wide rage of essential oils can be effective in dealing with states of anxiety and therefor the final choice of the most appropriate oils will depend on the individual’s lifestyle, personality and individual preference for the aroma of the different oils. The essential oils most often suggested include bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, juniper berry, lavender, lime, marjoram, melissa (true), neroli, patchouli, rose and ylang ylang. In addition to using the essential oils one could consider avoiding stimulants such as tea, coffee or alcohol as well as incorporating some sort of relaxation technique such as tai-chi, yoga or meditation into their lifestyle.

Anxiety Blends

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3 drops of Lavender 3 drops of Bergamot 2 drops of Clary Sage 3 drops of Petitgrain
1 drop of Rom. Chamomile 2 drops of Lavender 2 drops of Mandarin 2 drops of Juniper
2 drops of Ylang Ylang 1 drop of Geranium 2 drops of Geranium 1 drop of Rose

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