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Alleviating Anxiety Using Aromatherapy and Mindfulness Meditation

Monday, March 13th 2023 10:00am 5 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Anxiety is a common mental health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. If you’re struggling with anxiety, know that you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, including aromatherapy and mindfulness meditation.

Aromatherapy involves using essential oils to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Essential oils are derived from plants and are known for their calming and soothing properties. According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, inhaling lavender oil can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality (1). Similarly, a study published in the International Journal of Nursing Practice found that inhaling bergamot essential oil can help reduce stress and anxiety in patients undergoing dialysis (2).

How do essential oils help alleviate anxiety?

Essential oils can help alleviate anxiety in several ways. One of the primary ways that essential oils work is through their scent, which can activate the olfactory system and trigger a relaxation response in the brain. The olfactory system is connected to the limbic system, which is responsible for regulating emotions and stress response. When we inhale the scent of certain essential oils, it can have a calming and relaxing effect on the mind and body.

Additionally, many essential oils have specific chemical components that have been shown to have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties. For example, the essential oil of lavender contains linalool and linalyl acetate, which have been shown to have sedative and anxiolytic effects (1). Similarly, the essential oil of bergamot contains the compound linalyl acetate, which has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve mood (2).

Finally, the act of using essential oils can be a form of self-care and mindfulness, which can also help reduce feelings of anxiety. Engaging in a calming and soothing practice like aromatherapy with essential oils can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm and well-being.

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