Best Essential Oils + Technique for Anxiety
In my book “The Art of Stress-Free Living” (LINK) I go into detail on how to conquer stress and anxiety once and for all. No, I do not just teach my students and clients how to manage or reduce stress but how to eradicate it forever. We have gotten accustomed to thinking that anxiety is a natural part of our busy world, whether you are at a job interview, about to take an exam, give a big speech, or meet a deadline.
This unwanted state of anxiety can be conquered by taking simple steps and making changes to your mindset, behavior, habits, diet, and integrating specific techniques I developed and teach online and at live events at Rama’s Rooted Tree (LINK). Even if your personality makes you more prone to get anxious at this moment, you can still conquer this conditioned mental and emotional habit.
Firstly, it is important to recognize some of the symptoms of anxiety:
- Accelerated heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- Obsessive Thoughts
- Feeling worried
- Feeling Nervous
- Uncontrollable Energy
- Mental and Emotional Agitation
In this article, I will discuss a simple, yet effective way of navigating through these symptoms, should they arise, while you learn to master how to become free of anxiety once and for all. This article focuses on the use of anti-anxiety oils coupled with a mindful and loving breathing exercise that you can try at home or at work.
There are various essential oils that you can use to deal with anxiety. Today I will focus only on seven that are readily available for purchase. My goal today is to present you with a variety of oils that are easy to find and for the most part, reasonably affordable. Feel free to try whichever ones you like or the mix I describe below along with a useful breathing sequence that I describe as well, along with others in “The Art of Stress-Free Living.”
RECOMMENDED ESSENTIAL OILS
- Sweet Orange
RAMA’S RECOMMENDED ESSENTIAL OIL ANTI-ANXIETY BLEND
- 30 drops lavender
- 17 drops sweet orange
- 15 drops cedarwood
- 15 drops vetiver
- 7 drops chamomile
- 3 drops bergamot
- 3 drops ylang-ylang
Mix all essential oils in a 5 ml bottle. Shake to thoroughly combine.
If you are going to diffuse the blend, add 5-10 drops to your diffuser (depending on manufacturer’s suggestions) and diffuse intermittently as needed.
Sit down in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Bring your attention to your breath and observe it for one minute. Not your posture and make sure you are seated in a proud and open chest posture. Hold hands over the chest in a loving gesture that is reflected in your mood and demeanor, and observe the rhythmic rise and fall of your chest. Take in the delightful smells and/or soothing relaxing music or natural sounds. Resist the urge to move and satisfy the anxiety pangs. Welcome all sensations including those you may think of as negative.
TRY THIS BREATHING SEQUENCE FOR AT LEAST 5 MINUTES: Inhale through the nose, exhale through the nose. Inhale through puckered lips, exhale through a relaxed mouth. Inhale through the nose, exhale through a relaxed mouth. Inhale through puckered lips, exhale through the nose to complete one full cycle. Continue to repeat this sequence until agitation diminishes and you feel more relaxed and less overcome with fear, worry, or doubts. Make sure to lengthen the exhale to increase effectiveness. Note with your hands how your heart rate has changed and how you are feeling. Have the symptoms above improved?
NOTE: For more advanced concentration and meditation exercises, any type of external stimuli IS NOT recommended. You want to master withdrawal of energy and consciousness from the sense fields and external stimuli like the smell (oil/incense) or music are counterproductive.
How To Use Blend in Other Ways
Perfume: Add 10-15 drops to a 10 ml rollerball and fill the rest of the way with your favorite carrier oil. Apply to your wrists, neck, temples, and/or behind the ears.
Massage oil: Add 5-6 drops to one-teaspoon carrier oil and use to massage the head, neck, shoulders, or feet.
Inhaler: Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball, strip of paper, or a stick inhaler. Place under your nose and inhale as needed.
Bath: Mix 10-15 drops with 2 teaspoons coconut milk or oil and add to a warm bath. Soak for half an hour.
NOTES: VISIT an Ayurvedic specialist or PM me for oil ideal for your energetic constitution. Take in the scent and exhale as you sigh and mentally let go of your anxious thoughts and feelings.