In this article you will discover some natural remedies for rapid action against anxiety. For a quick action I have selected some of the best essential oils against anxiety, because their volatile form makes them particularly suitable for this purpose1.
- 1 ESSENTIAL OILS: DELIVERY SERVICE TO THE BRAIN
ESSENTIAL OILS: DELIVERY SERVICE TO THE BRAIN
Smell the essential oil as needed and the action is almost immediate.
In a previous article on essential oils we treated the characteristics and benefits of essential oils in general. The article was "Essential Oils: what they are, what they are for, how they are used and which are the safest (brief introductory guide)"
And we were left hanging on what is considered the most powerful essential oil against anxiety.
Drum roll ... tum! you m! you m! you m!
Is called Neroli (Citrus Aurantium or Bitter Orange).
Now we will better discover the characteristics of neroli and other anti-anxiety essential oils. The action relaxing and anti-stress meets in some specific essential oils including ...
- Neroli (Citrus aurantium there. bitter)
- Lavender (Lavandula true)
- Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
- Lemon (Citrus limon)
- Rose wood (Aniba duckei)
Let's see them one by one so it will be easier to find the one that best suits your needs. If necessary, it is also possible to use more than one in combination, even mixing them together.
ANXIETY AND NATURAL REMEDIES: NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL
The neroli or Citrus aurantium is relatively famous because it is often included in the formulations of supplements to lose weight (the so-called thermogenic). But its action in the form of essential oil has nothing to do with weight loss, I'm sorry
Traditionally in aromatherapy it is used for its function relaxing2. It tones up the nervous system and is also considered helpful against depression. Indicated for insomnia and nervous exhaustion.
On central nervous system exercises above all the following actions:
- Relaxing activity
- anti stress
How to use?
Via oflattiva: you can smell it as needed or as a preventive use compared to anxiety problems.
Transdermal route: gently massage the solar plexus area in the evening. In this case the pure essential oil must be diluted in vegetable oil (such as wheat germ oil or other) in an 1: 10 report approximately.
The 1: 10 dilution ratio means that you dilute a drop of pure essential oil in ten drops of vegetable oil. Similarly you can dilute ten drops of pure essential oil in a hundred drops of vegetable oil, and so on.
This essential oil is also promising for other areas related to health. The pharmaceutical industry is also investigating its effects anti-inflammatory and anticancer drugs3.
ANXIETY AND NATURAL REMEDIES: LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Some of the synonyms of this plant are: Lavandula angustifolia Mill., Lavandula officinalis Chaix, Lavandula spica L. var angustifolia Auct.
To appreciate the extraordinary nature of this plant, he thinks that most essential oils contain about fifty different molecules. Lavender contains it 200 diverse!
All these molecules work in a harmonious concert all together. If they were "played" individually (by removing them from the complex and using it as a separate molecule) they would not produce any sound.
Indeed, it often happens that the industry tries to extrapolate a certain active principle from a plant that has proved effective for a given disease. But if the active principle to which the effect was attributed is removed from the complex of molecules present in the plant (phytocomplex) then this often loses its effectiveness.
Why does this happen?
Because the therapeutic essence of a certain plant is often determined by its integral form (in the phytocomplex) and not thanks to one and only its active principle.
Who knows when we will accept this fascinating truth instead of always challenging the scientific arrogance that is expressed in wanting to extract at all costs the active principle X to be used in pharmaceutical form for the disease Y?
Anyway, back to our lavender ...
One of the tastiest things is to lie down wrapped in the fragrance of lavender. Try to put 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil on the pillow in the evening going to bed. It is a pleasant and effective way to relax and rest better during the night.
Lavender essential oil is one of the best natural remedies to reduce theanxiety. On the nervous system (central and peripheral) it performs the following actions:
- Fights anxiety4
- Reduces stress4
- Local analgesic5
To use it as a local anesthetic it goes diluted 1: 10 in vegetable oil and applied locally in case of rheumatism, muscle pain, tension headache, etc.
Lavender also has another action associated with the nervous system: action neuroprotective6. The essential oil of lavender for inhalation also seems to be able to protect the health and functions of the brain.
ANXIETY AND NATURAL REMEDIES: ESSENTIAL MELISSA OIL
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) is very useful in states of anxiety and stress manifestations also in the form of essential oil for inhalation.
Is it able to balance the emotional state and produce relaxation with reduction of psychic tensions. It also increases concentration, so it is excellent for those who must study, prepare for exams or sustain prolonged cognitive efforts.
The combination of lemon balm with neroli and lavender is recommended to achieve a more powerful synergy against insomnia and as an antistress.
Thus, on the nervous system the lemon balm performs the following actions:
- Relaxation7 (calming action)
- Increased concentration
- Help good sleep
Moreover it would seem to play an analgesic function in the neuropathies. Some studies have also identified an effect antitumor8 and antioxidant.
Notes: the use of lemon balm is not recommended for people with glaucoma.
ANXIETY AND NATURAL REMEDIES: ESSENTIAL LEMON OIL
Other synonyms with which the lemon is indicated: Citrus limon L., Citrus medica e Citrus limonum.
The lemon in the form of essential oil is one of the most suitable plants to reduce all the events related to anxiety and stress. His actions9 on the nervous system are the following:
These three main actions indicated above the lemon also performs them with only inhalation (pure essential oil).
1: 10 diluted essential oil in vegetable oil can be used to massage muscle contractions. In fact used locally it helps relax the muscles and tendons.
ANXIETY AND NATURAL REMEDIES: ESSENTIAL ROSE WOOD OIL
It is not the common rose that we all know. The name is misleading but it is a tropical tree that has the botanical name of Aniba rosaeodora o Aniba duckei Kosterm.
This essence used for inhalation performs an action rebalancing on the nervous system, resulting therefore very useful in the conditions of:
As frequently happens with essential oils, rosewood has also been shown to possess an action antitumor10 in vitro.
Merit honor for all other activities of these OEs ...
Consider that of these five essences I reported only the actions related to the central nervous system: action calming, relaxing, anxiolytic, anti-stress and so on.
In fact this article is focused on natural remedies for anxiety. But in reality these actions represent yes and no one fifth of all the health benefits of these essential oils.
Each essence has a spectrum of extraordinary actions, including:
- Benefits for the epidermis (neroli, melissa, rosewood)
- Benefits of the respiratory system (neroli, lavender)
- Benefits for the digestive system (Lemon balm)
- antibacterial (neroli, melissa, rosewood)
- Benefits for the venous system (lavender)
- Antioxidant (neroli, lemon balm, lemon)
- antiinflammatory (lavender, lemon balm)
- Analgesic (lavender, lemon)
- antifungal (lavender)
- Cellulite (lemon)
- Antiviral (Lemon balm)
... And these would not even be all the actions that these 5 essential oils express. I made a summary only to show you the abundance of benefits that each essential oil can give, not only in relation to anxious states.
In fact, think of the natural composition of any essential oil ... as you know it also consists of hundreds of different molecules. So it is clear that the phytocomplex action spectrum is very broad.
If you want to learn more about the subject (for example with the texts I have reported in the "sources and resources" section) you will find that every single essential oil often acts on different systems and organs: nervous, circulatory, epidermis, immunity, etc. etc.
The duration of use of essential oils for therapeutic use unless otherwise indicated by the doctor it should not exceed 8-10 days consecutive followed by a fortnight of rest.
Essential oils have a very broad spectrum of action on health, but one of the most immediate, direct and useful actions is expressed at the level of nervous system.
This happens because the volatile components of the essential oils reach and stimulate the nerve pathways through theolfactory access.
If you suffer from any problems with anxiety, nervousness or stress, all you have to do is try to smell one of these 5 essential oils that I presented to you here and find the one that's right for you.
You can also think of mixing two or three together to get one synergy more powerful. If you use essential oils for a decontracting or analgesic massage, remember to dilute them in vegetable oil with a proportion 1: 10.
Finally, remember that not all essential oils have an adequate quality for health purposes. For a brief guide to the quality characteristics of essential oils, I will indicate the article in which I have addressed this topic:Essential Oils: what they are, what they are for, how they are used and which are the safest (brief introductory guide)".
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1. 'Fragrance compounds and essential oils with sedative effects upon inhalation"of Buchbauer G. et al.
2. 'The psychophysiological effects of aromatherapy massage following cardiac surgery"of Caroline Stevensen
4. 'Biological activities of lavender essential oil”By Cavanagh HM. and coll.
6. "Neuroprotective effects of inhaled lavender oil on scopolamine-induced dementia via anti-oxidative activities in rats" by Hancianu M. et al. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23351960)
7. "Relaxing effect of the essential oil of Melissa officinalis and citral rat ratum contractions" by Sadraei H. et al. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12837359)
8. "Melissa officinalis L. essential oil: antitumoral and antioxidant activities" by de Sousa AC. and coll. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15142347)
9. "Natural bioactive compounds of citrus limon for food and health" by González-Molina E. and coll. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19748198)
10. "Selective cytotoxicity of Aniba rosaeodora essential oil towards epidermoid cancer cells through induction of apoptosis" by Sœur J. et al. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21070863)
The Essential Oils Today - scientific aromatherapy manual by Paolo Campagna - ed. Flora
The Magic Essential Oils ed. Riza
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