Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils dates back 3,500 years to Ancient Egypt, where the Egyptians cultivated plants, extracted their oils and used them in cosmetic, religious and health rituals. Today, aromatherapy is an extremely popular alternative to mainstream medicine and is frequently used to alleviate anxiety.
Lavender and neroli oils are two of the most popular oils used by aromatherapists to help people with anxiety. Lavender oil is thought to have a mild sedating effect on the mind and body and is used to alleviate many ailments including anxiety, stress, insomnia and panic attacks. Neroli oil is extracted from the flowers of the bitter orange tree and is often used a base note in perfumes due to its known soothing effect. It is thought that inhaling neroli oil helps the brain to lower cortisol levels and increase the release of serotonin.
Have you heard of Dr Edward Bach’s 38 flower remedies? They were developed to help us maintain emotional balance and wellbeing. Each of the 38 flower remedies concentrates on a particular state of mind or character trait. The idea behind these is to develop your own remedy by combining those essences that correlate to your feelings and character at any particular time. ‘Rescue’ is the most popular Bach essence to help with anxiety.