Anxiety Attacks Natural Treatments:
Aromatherapy and Herbs

Among the many anxiety attacks natural treatments available, Aromatherapy and herbs are the most helpful. This page focuses more on Aromatherapy, and here you will find a wealth of information on the many herbs available for anxiety.

So, what Is Aromatherapy?

aromatherapy for anxiety

Also referred to as essential oils therapy, aromatherapy uses the oils that a plant produces to treat diseases. It can come from the stalk, root, leaf, bark, flower or rind of the plant.

The oil is mixed with either alcohol, lotion or another oil and can be used in different ways.

It can be massaged into the skin, inhaled, sprayed in the air, or you can pour them in your bath water. It came from the Europeans who have been using aromatherapy since the early 1900's.

How Does Aromatherapy Work?

The belief is that the fragrance in the oils stimulates nerves by means of the nose. This sends impulses to the brain and can control memory and emotion.

Some oils are meant to calm your nerves down, others are meant to be stimulating. The oils also may stimulate hormones and enzymes and actually effect the pulse and blood pressure or other functions of the body. There are others that even claim to stimulate the body's own ability to fight pain.

In the area of anxiety attacks natural treatments, Aromatherapy has been used for many in reducing their insomnia and stress, promoted relaxation, and has even helped with depression as you will read below.

Is Aromatherapy Safe?

It is always best to check with your doctor first. There are many massage therapists, nurses and counselors that have training or experience in aromatherapy and may offer treatments.

It is extremely important NOT to take the oils internally. They should NOT be swallowed, they can be dangerous if ingested because they are potent.

They should also not be used near the eyes or mouth, this may cause irritation.

You should not use aromatherapy if you are pregnant, have a skin allergy, asthma, respiratory allergies, or lung disease.

And be sure to communicate with your doctor if you want to use aromatherapy. If you want to combine it with another medicine you are taking or use it instead, consult with them first to be sure it is safe for you.

This particular treatment I have not tried because I have asthma, but it may be helpful for you.

Which Essential Oils Are Good For Anxiety?

Well, here is a pretty exhaustive list of essential oils used not only as anxiety attacks natural treatments, but also other things related to anxiety.

* Nervousness, stress, tension-Coriander, Cypress, Dill, Frankincense, Galbanum, Hyssop and Lemon

* Nervousness with insomnia-Bay, German and Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Marjoram and Nutmeg

* Nervousness, insomnia, muscular relaxation-Vetiver

* Nervous conditions, sedative-Benzoin and Parsley

* Anxiety, insomnia, sedative, tranquilizer-Mandarin and Valerian

* Depression-Bois de Rose, Grapefruit, Immortelle(Italian Everlasting) and Pimento

* Depression, anxiety, sedative-Clary-sage, Orange, Rose Maroc, Sandalwood and Ylang-ylang

* Depression, anxiety with insomnia-Pettigraine

* Depression, anxiety, stress, nervous tension-Bergamot, Geranium, Jasmine, Lime, Neroli(Orange Blossom), and Rose Bulgar

Essential Oils Recipes

What combinations of oils should be used for anxiety? Here are a few recipes that work very well together. Again, as mentioned above, they are not to be ingested but should be mixed with a lotion or other oil and put in bath water, massaged into the skin, etc.

General Nervousness and Stress

(There are three basic options):

#1-Bergamot(9 drops), Geranium(11 drops), Ginger(10 drops)

#2-Grapefruit(15 drops), Rosemary(11 drops), Palma Rosa(5 drops)

OR #3-Neroli(7 drops), Lavender(3 drops), Lemon(20 drops)

Apathy, Helplessness

Grapefruit(15 drops), Rosemary(10 drops), Lavender(5 drops)

Depression, Guilt

Geranium(15 drops), Lavender(5 drops), Bergamot(10 drops)


Lavender(10 drops), Geranium(10 drops), Palma Rosa(10 drops)

(From "The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy" by Valerie Ann Worwood)

So, as you can see, there are many options out there with regards to aromatherapy. If you would like to read more about other anxiety attacks natural treatments that come in tablet or tea form, please click here.

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