The 2014 research by American College of Healthcare Sciences gave 58 hospice patients hand massages once a day for one week with an essential oil blend consisting of equal ratios of Bergamot, Frankincense and Lavender in 1.5 percent dilution with sweet almond oil. All patients who received the aromatherapy hand massage reported less pain and depression. The study concluded that aromatherapy massage with this essential oil blend is more effective for pain and depression management than massage alone.
* Chang, S.Y. (2008). Effects of aroma hand massage on pain, state anxiety and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi., 38(4):493-502.
Top 7 Essential Oils to calm Anxiety
1. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
With its distinctive floral taste and aroma, on one hand Bergamot oil is calming and often used to decrease feelings of depression by providing energy. On the other, it can also help with insomnia induce relaxation and reduce agitation. Applying Bergamot essential oils inducing feelings of being “more calm” and “more relaxed.”
2. Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Long known for its support to benefit inner harmony, Chamomile has been used in teas and tinctures. Like the peaceful, calming scent of the tea, Chamomile essential oil have been shown to ease anxiety symptoms, while also decreasing irritability, overthinking, anxiousness and worry. Interestingly, a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that Chamomile oil “may provide clinically meaningful antidepressant activity that occurs in addition to its previously observed anxiolytic activity.”
3. Frankincense (Boswellia carteri or boswella sacra)
Frankincense is great for easing depression and anxiety because it provides a calming and tranquil energy as well as spiritual grounding. In aromatherapy, it helps deepen meditation and quiet the mind. Combines with Bergamot and Lavender essential oils, Frankincense has been found o have a positive effect on reducing pain symptoms and depression. Many studies have shown how Frankincense produces changes in the brain chemistry, and produces feelings of comfort and happiness.
4. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
A most common essential oil, lavender benefits include having a calming, relaxing effect. Lavender helps with inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and general nervous tension, and is considered to be restorative for the nervous system.
5. Rose (Rosa damascena)
Like the flower it comes from, Rose essential oil is settling to the emotional heart and perhaps the second most popular after lavender for relieving anxiety and depression. In this way, Rose essential oil is helpful for panic attacks, grieving and shock.
6. Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)
Ahh, Vetiver oil has a tranquil, grounding and reassuring energy. A favorite for many, its often used after traumatic experiences, helping with self-awareness, calmness and stabilization. As a nervous system tonic, it decreases jitteriness and hypersensitivity and is also useful in panic attacks and shock syndromes.
7. Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
Ylang Ylang's calming and uplifting effects helps with increasing cheerfulness, courage, optimism and soothes fearfulness. It is considered calming for heart agitation and nervous palpitations. Moreover, it is a moderately strong sedative that may help with insomnia.
Roller Bottle Recipes
INSTRUCTIONS: Add the essential oil blend to a roller bottle and top off with your favorite carrier oil.
USE: Apply around nose, on neck, on back of neck, and on chest 2-4 times daily.