Stress, Anxiety and Aromatherapy

Being a holistic oriented practitioner, I am always interested in safe, effective, natural adjunctives and alternatives to conventional treatments.

Aromatherapy is the use of the scents of essential oils of flowers, roots, leaves, and other plant parts to foster emotional and physical well being. The scents are diffused in an area through inexpensive aromatherapy diffusers. It is a natural, safe, and evidence based approach to anxiety and stress management. It can be a very helpful addition to traditional treatment. In my office I often use oils of Lavender and Geranium and occasionally I burn incense. They enhance the calm and comforting atmosphere of the office space. I also play soothing, natural music in my waiting room (from the NatureSpace app, which I highly recommend).

Sweet Orange Oil for anxiety reduction has been found effective at lowering anxiety levels. See this video by Dr. Gregor:
Sweet Orange Oil for anxiety

Other oils that have been associated with anxiety reduction are Lavender, Geranium, Ylang-ylang (a beautiful flower), Vanilla, and Bergamot  (which is actually what Earl Grey tea is scented with).

Aromatherapy Diffusers are available for home, car, and even to wear on a decorative chain.

Essential oil companies also sell blended oils for relaxation, anxiety reduction, and stress management. Go to a well stocked health food store and take a look at the aromatherapy section. There usually are test bottles you can sniff to see which ones may be most helpful to you.

Incense burning is another calming and stress relieving practice you may find helpful. Buy incense that is fair trade and from established reputable companies. Triloka is one company that is fair trade.

I am not suggesting anyone replace their medication or therapy sessions with aromatherapy but am suggesting it as a helpful addition to treatment.