More and more people opt for alternative therapies or natural remedies when it comes to combating anxiety problems. Without prejudice to conventional medical treatments, nature can provide us with the relaxation we need to calm our nerves and restlessness. And essential oils are one of those natural remedies against anxiety that we like the most and that we can easily make at home.
Essential oils for anxiety
To combat anxiety comes aromatherapy that uses the essential oils of some plants for their relaxing and calming properties. It is one of the remedies for anxiety that we like the most because it is a treatment full of well-being, a gift for the senses and a revealer of positive emotions.
Also, essential oils for anxiety can be used in many different ways. Although the most usual way is to enjoy them by inhaling their aroma in an essence burner, you can also add a few drops of the essential oil to the bath water in one of the most pleasant and beneficial experiences for any state of anxiety or stress.
In the case of anxiety, we can take note of the most appropriate essential oils to combat nerves. Chamomile, lemon balm, bergamot, sage, sandalwood, thyme and, of course, lavender, which is the star of anti-anxiety therapies, are the plants that can help us find a certain emotional balance.
How to make essential oil at home?
The essential oils that we buy in herbalists or perfumeries are usually quite expensive, which is why we have joined the DIY or “do it yourself” trend to make our own essential oils against anxiety. It is a simple and economical process that will allow us to have at hand the essences of the most relaxing plants.
To make essential oil from, for example, lavender, we are going to need a few dried lavender flowers. We crush them in a mortar and put them in a small glass jar. In a saucepan, heat oil, which can be olive, almond or sunflower, and add it to the lavender flowers? For a couple of days, we shake the jar, and then transfer the mixture to another amber jar through a fine strainer or coffee filter.
This is the easiest way to make our own essential oil, which can be lavender or any other plant. But it should be remembered that essential oils should never be ingested, since some plants contain toxic substances. In any case, it is better to do a test with the essential oil that we have prepared by putting a few drops on a cotton ball and massaging the forearm with it.