Treating Anxiety with Aromatherapy
To use essential oils for anxiety, the oils need to be diffused into the air and inhaled, or absorbed into the blood stream through the skin. There are many diffusers on the market, such as electric heat and fan diffusers. A simple method to use essential oils at home is to add oils to a bowl of hot water, or even to inhale the aroma molecules directly from the bottle. Keep a small bottle of ylang ylang or lavender essential oil in your purse or knapsack for quick anxiety relief.
Another excellent method for using essential oils is a hot bath. The medicinal properties will be absorbed through the skin, and inhaled through the nose. To make a bath, use ten drops of any combination of essential oils. Mix in a carrier, such as one cup of milk or water, or one ounce of almond or jojoba oil, and add to running bath water.
Aromatherapy oils are very powerful, yet their potency will diminish with heat, light, and exposure to air. Always keep bottles tightly sealed, and store in cool, dry, dark places. Essential oils are generally safe for everyone, but if pregnant or on any type of prescription medication, it is important to talk to a health care professional before using this alternative remedy.