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Essential Oils and Anxiety

Essential oils and anxiety

AnxietyAnxiety is a mild form of fear where we react to a perceived threat. Fear is a necessary aspect of our lives as it alerts us to real danger and gives us a sense of self-preservation.

On the other hand anxiety is a reaction to an emotional threat that we don’t want to face such as grief, anger, embarrassment, perceived failure or guilt. Anxiety is our reaction to these emotions we believe will cause us harm and can manifest as a lack of self-confidence, a sense of apprehension or a feeling of insecurity or emotional unease. Some short term anxiety is natural as in the case of exam nerves or going for a job interview. Anxiety is only an issue when it becomes chronic or escalates into an acute state such as panic attacks where there is no real physical danger in most cases.

For many people anxiety is a future-oriented mood state in which they imagine all the negative scenarios and how they will react to them. For many this is a coping mechanism to deal with upcoming difficult situations or events. We don’t usually feel anxious if we are envisioning a positive outcome.

Worry is carrying

Anxiety may manifest physically as an elevated heart rate, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, upset stomach, diarrhoea, muscle tension, headaches, tiredness and difficulty falling or staying asleep.

Meditation is a no cost or low cost strategy that allows your body to relax, release the fear and anxiety and repair and heal itself. Meditation can be as simple as going outdoors, taking off your shoes and socks allowing your feet or body to rest on the grass, sand or other natural surface and breathing slowing and deeply for 5 or 10 minutes

Tap into your wise all-knowing self. Sit quietly and ask if this is a situation you really need to worry about or can you trust that all will be fine.

Nourish yourself by eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, maintaining healthy relationships, spending time in nature or the outdoors and doing the things that bring you joy.

Essential oils help you to relax as they go straight to the limbic brain the centre of our basic emotions and calm it down. They ground and calm you bringing you back to your body. You can try meditating with essential oils, vaporising them, using them in the bath or as a spray mist in your aura or on your physical body.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) deepens and slows the breath calming and centring the mind. She is particularly useful when the mind is overwhelmed by thoughts of what can go wrong. Frankincense will help you to access your wise all- knowing self allowing insight into your anxiety.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is a balancing oil useful for anxiety and panic attacks. Overachievers and perfectionists who worry about the outcome or not being good enough can benefit from this oil.

Jasmine flowers

Jasmine (Jasminum officinalis) calms the nerves, releases tension and uplifts the mind. Jasmine can be of particular benefit when anxiety alternates with depression.

Lavender (Lavandula officinalis/angustifolia/vera) is an oil that is readily available and is known as an aromatic “Rescue Remedy”. She eases nervous tension and can help ally feelings of panic as well as calm any strong emotions that threaten to overwhelm the mind.

Marjoram (Origanum marjorana) calms the mind when thoughts are going round and round in circles. She offers a sense of self nurturing especially when you are thinking that nobody cares.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara) reminds us that we always have a choice. She helps us to face painful emotions such as guilt, shame, hurt and anger and to find peace of mind once we have done so.

Rose (Rosa damascena) can assist those who suffer from deep anxiety caused by insecurity and a fear of losing control. Rose helps to heal deep emotional wounding and despair.

Kunzea (Kunzea ambigua)


Kunzea is one of my favourite oils for easing emotional pain.

Family: Myrtaceae

Synonyms: Tick bush, Ducane kunzea.

Aroma: Clean, fresh.

Colour: Pale to golden yellow.

Kunzea flowers 4Plant: Tall, up to 5 metres shrub with small dark green leaves on long arching thin branches. Flowers are small, white (rarely pink) and profuse being 1.5 cm in diameter and crowded along short lateral bracts.

Main Growing Areas: North East Tasmania, South East mainland Australia.

Major Constituents: alpha-pinene, 1,8 cineole, globulol, viridiflorol, biocyclogermacrene.

Interesting snippets: Native animals seek relief from infestations of ticks by brushing against, sleeping or lying under the trees.

Part of Plant used / Extraction: Leaves, stems and branches by steam distillation.

Therapeutic actions: Gout, insect bites, cuts, minor burns, muscular aches and pains, arthritis, flu, shingles, eczema.

Emotional and Spiritual: Nervous tension, stress, mild anxiety.
Robbi Zeck writes kunzea helps to defuse deep emotional pain that has grown solid as a result of suppression, creating internal blocks in the body’s meridian system. Pain and crisis are part of the human cycle and mindful awareness can transform pain. Pain in the body indicates that something is wrong. Pain can also activate growth and a potential for healing. Pain is often the opening through which you can learn to trust yourself and see yourself differently. Learn to breathe your spirit fully into life. Use your breath to move you through the fear of pain and the pain of fear. There is no such thing as an event or a pain without a feeling associated with it. Where there is pain in the body, there is always an emotion attached to the pain. Kunzea assists in the release of physical and emotional pain and in transforming the immediate shock of accidents.

Fragrant Change Healing Card: I acknowledge the pain I feel and gently realease it.


Contemplations for the Soul:


Have you been deeply hurt by the words or actions of others?
Have you done things that have hurt you on an emotional or spiritual level?
Have you suppressed or buried the pain so as not to feel it?
It’s time to acknowledge your feelings, forgive those who caused the pain and let it go.
Release those who are causing you pain in your life.
Find a place where you feel safe. This may include visiting a therapist or speaking to a trusted friend or family member.
Regain your confidence. Know that fear and pain are a part of life but dealing with them when they occur instead of supressing them will allow you to move on and enjoy life.

Safety: Non-irritating, non-sensitising, non-toxic.

Sources: Hodges C. Contemplations for the Soul (2016)

Hodges C, Fragrant Change Healing Cards (2015)

Webb, M, Kunzea Essential Oil Profile. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.21 (2002)
Zeck R, The Blossoming Heart. Aroma Tours (2004)