It’s an assault on my sensibilities!
The label on this anxiety medication is giving me anxiety. Look--just look at it...
Alprazolam (aka 8-Chloro-1-methyl-6-phenyl-4H-s-triazolo [4,3-α] [1,4] benzodiazepine) which is a triazolo analog of the 1,4 benzodiazepine class of central nervous system-active compounds.
My father was a medical doctor. Like any good father, he made sure “normal” medical protocols were strictly followed like getting flu shots and taking antibiotics. But as a child I was also chronically sick, and the glass vials of concoctions and shots of modern potions didn’t prevent missed school days or overhearing my mother explain to my friends, “Sorry, but Hayley’s not feeling well and can’t play today.”
I would read the ingredients on the labels of over the counter medicines, squinting my eyes nearly shut and struggling to pronounce the hieroglyphics-- f-f-f a-a-z-O-d-Y-tin-ALL I want to know is exactly what is this ingredient and where did it come from.
By the time I was an adult, I had fallen into my father’s footsteps and was pumping my family full of meds like a good mother was expected to do. And even though I started my career as a trial lawyer and could dig for information and come back with answers faster than the CIA, I swear to vetiver, I still couldn’t figure out what exactly was in the western medicines.
When I started using Essential Oils, my body responded in a way that it never had to the synthetic, manufactured “medicine” I had been taking my whole life. I am a believer, because my life now is proof that quality oils can provide natural relief and help for a huge variety of ailments, including anxiety.
Essential Oils have been a part of human culture since before the Pyramids. Did you know we have evidence of Roman, Chinese, Egyptian and Greek civilizations using oils for everything from cooking to perfume to healing the sick and enhancing the mood dating as far back as 3000 years ago?
Why do you think essential oils been used for thousands of years and are growing in popularity today? It’s because they’re derived from plants, which means they’re natural and I can pronounce the words without calling on Alexa for help! And our bodies intrinsically know how to interact with plant based materials so no warning labels or scary side effects.
Here Are My 7 Favorite Essential Oils for Combating Anxiety.
Dating back to ancient times, waaaaaay before bath bombs and Chanel No. 5, Lavender remains the most popular essential oil. Centuries ago Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. When taken internally, its calming and relaxing qualities continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes. Add it to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. You can also add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, blankets, or the bottom of your feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep.
Ancient Romans used the oil for courage during war. Please don’t confuse Chamomile with the ‘liquid courage’ we reference today--that typically results in blackmail-worthy selfies and dolphin tattoos. This liquid courage is most commonly used in teas; Chamomile has a calming effect on the skin, mind, and body.’
A couple of years ago, a small study in the journal Phytomedicine determined that long-term chamomile use significantly reduces moderate-to-severe symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
The labor-intensive and delicate process of harvesting and distilling rose petals produces a sweet floral aroma that is known around the world to be one of the most emotionally uplifting oils
Second only to lavender, Rose is probably of the most popular oil for helping with anxiety and depression, relieving panic attacks, and uplifting the mood during periods of grieving or shock.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is derived from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Ylang Ylang tree. It is used to lessen tension and stress and to promote a positive outlook. It’s also one of the oils that has been used in the earliest mentions of traditional Chinese medicine.
Due to Vetiver’s calming, grounding effect on the emotions, it is an ideal oil to use in massage therapy. It can also be rubbed on the feet before bedtime to promote a restful night’s sleep. Research also gives credit to vetiver for helping to relieve symptoms of ADD and ADHD.
Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits. When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.
Bergamot is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both uplifting and calming, making it ideal to help with anxious and sad feelings.
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3 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Relieve Anxiety
There are three ways that you can incorporate the use of essential oils into your daily routine to combat anxiety. You can use aromatically, topical application, or ingestion
Simply put, one of the easiest and most effective ways to use essential oils is by smelling them. When the smell of an oil is inhaled through your nose, molecules enter the nasal cavities and start a firing of mental response in the your brain.
You can use oils aromatically by opening up a bottle and inhaling, or by using a diffuser. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal and allow you to enjoy the scent and the benefits of the oils on a longer term than smelling them from the bottle.
Essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, which means that they easily penetrate your skin. Once they’re absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit. You can also apply the oils with a light massage which stimulates blood flow and in turn improves the distribution throughout your body.
Safety is key once you start using the oils on your body. To diminish the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, it’s recommended that you use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) when trying an oil topically for the first time. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.
In their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.
Like everything that enters our bodies, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted naturally.
When ingesting oils, or anything else for that matter, proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and professional guidelines needs to be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
Want to Learn More About Essential Oils?
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