I may be somewhat amateur in the spiritual healing realm, but I cannot deny the gravitation towards engulfing myself into anything that is crystals, energy and, of late, essential oils. My first chakra healing sparked a spiritual side in me that I never thought possible, and only made me crave even more. If you are skeptical, it is only natural. Half of the battle is actually believing in order to be able to open yourself to accept the crazy, powerful stuff going on inside you. Last night, my niece called me in the middle of my perusing spiritual books about chakra work, and I was faced with laughter and the token “you and that hippie dippy stuff.” Make fun all you want, but to me, this is the real stuff.
Back on track, I have dipped my toe into the use of essential oils. Besides its spiritual powers, the major winning point is that it is a natural, safe and cost-effective therapy for certain health concerns. Essential oils have detoxifying, antibacterial and calming properties and can be used as aromatherapy, household cleansers, beauty care and even natural medicine treatments.
I am what you might call a “masked anxiety-driven person”. Unbeknownst to others – and even sometimes to myself – I develop anxiety from some of the most banal things that pop up in my daily life. My laid-back mentality, and therefore façade at times, have kept me from understanding the root of the problem. “Oh it’s ok, no worries” may be what is coming out of my mouth, but inside I am bursting with anger and anxiety. I know… it’s no way to live, and very unhealthy for me. Trust me, I am working on it. One of the ways I am putting this call into action is with the use of essential oils.
Are you struggling with similar anxiety issues? Looking for an easy aid to the problem without popping a Xanax? Try these six essential oils to help you deal with your anxiety in a natural way.
1. Clary Sage
It is considered an herbal antispasmodic, used for the relaxation of muscles. Anxiety can manifest in tightness of your muscles (i.e. myself with my shoulders touching my ears from my anxiety tension), Clary Sage can work through your body to smooth out that tension you may be holding onto.
Tranquility and calmness is what we all know chamomile to aide. Equating with the chill factor, it helps you quiet those emotional outbursts of anxiety and stress. Even given to babies for upset stomachs, chamomile is generally safe (aside from risk of allergy).
Probably the most common, but doesn’t discredit its powers. Lavender has an amazing calming and relaxing effect, which is why it is most commonly used in our baths. By helping restore the nervous system, it can aid with sleep, restlessness, and panic attacks.
Meditation can be the key to ridding yourself of your anxiety-driven days. Try deepening your meditation with Frankincense, which apart from having a tranquil energy has spiritual grounding (heavy ties to Egyptian and early Christian tradition).
5. Ylang Ylang
Not only does this essential oil have a soothing effect, but also it is also uplifting to help treat anxiety and depression. It can calm heart agitation while also helping with optimism and soothing fearfulness.
This essential oil has an antispasmodic effect as well, especially for the gastrointestinal tract. Research has been done that peppermint oil caused an improvement in your workout because of its positive effects on your tonicity of your bronchial muscle. So for those you that hit the gym to work out that stress, bring some peppermint essential oil with you.
How are essential oils actually made?
Essential oils are created by the process of distillation, which separates the oil and water-based compounds of a plant with the use of steaming. The particles that make the essential oils come from the different parts of plants – flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels. Just think that they are taking the highest concentration of the most powerful healing compounds and putting it into the oil.
Because of the major potency, depending on your use, the essential oils calls for a carrier oil in order to disperse the potency. This is normally done for when you use the oils in beauty. Adding your essential oils to jojoba, coconut, almond, and argan oil can work as carrier oils. When using the essential oils, make sure that it is safe to go directly on the skin, if not mix it with one of these carrier oils.
Making sure the environments that you frequent are diffused with these essential oils can immediately let your body feel the benefits. By simply smelling these essential oils, the molecules travel to our brain and directly affect our reactions and systems, emotions, heart rate, breathing, hormones and most of all stress. Placing a diffuser in your bedroom, workplace, in your car can support you to get those feel good serotonin and dopamine levels up.
Overwhelmed by a vast offering of diffusers? No worries, I’ve got you covered, Pretty Birds. It all depends on what you really are after. There are actually four different types of diffusers; nebulizing, heat, evaporative, and ultrasonic. I would suggest sticking to ultrasonic and nebulizing diffusers, as the heat and evaporative diffusers may change the properties of the essential oil and may be not as therapeutic.
These break down the essential oil using a high velocity, pressurized air stream and jet nozzle (no water or heat). It is then released into the air as a fine mist, but the chemical composition is not altered.
Probably most of the products you see on the market are Ultrasonic. This method uses water and electronic frequencies to create the mist from the essential oil mixed with water. A small disk under the water breaks up the essential oil and creates the vibrations.
Photos by Lynn Chaya