A panic attack is a vigorous wave of terror. It is consuming and heart- wrenching. Moreover, sometimes it causes paralysis. People might mistake being stressed out or having an intense emotional and overwhelming moment a panic attack. Some might have a onetime experience; usually induced by a situation (e.g. public speaking). However, others often have to go through repeated episodes.
Panic attacks hit without warning, and their symptoms vary in intensity. Expect increased heart rate, sweating, choking, nausea, faint, numbness or shaking, and shortness of breath. Some people might feel like they are going crazy and have absolutely no control. These symptoms usually last for about 20 minutes. Overall, it’s an involuntary physiological reaction to a dangerous situation.
How to Treat Panic Attacks?
There are different medications that help with treating a panic attack. However, natural remedies offer a different way to deal with them and spare you the unpleasant side effects.
Essential Oils Can Help!
After a panic attack wears off completely, you’re left with depression, terror or an unexplained feeling of helplessness. It’s such a terrifying experience! The worst of it is that you’re afraid of it happening again. This state of mind is tiring and consuming, and that’s when essential oils can come to use. Their relaxing and calming properties will help to bring comfort to your mind and body. However, do realize that counselling and medical help is something that you truly need. Essential oils are just the tools to help you relax. In reality, to deal with the problem, you first have to find the root of it and tackle it with someone’s help. What are the best essential oils for panic attacks?
Here is a list of essential oils that can help you relax and get into a peaceful state of mind. You can use these oils for massaging too!
Lavender Essential Oil
It’s one of the most popular essential oils out there. It has a calming and relaxing effect and releases the tension from the nerves. It helps with sleep, irritability, nervous stomach and panic attacks. The “Handbook of Essential Oils: Science, Technology, and Applications, Second Edition” states that several studies using lavender essential oil as capsules or in aromatherapy discovered that it has a significant effect on heart rate. Using lavender essential oil regularly will help you to stay more relaxed and release nerve tension.
Rose Essential Oil
This essential oil doesn’t just smell good. That’s for sure. One of its most significant properties is that it soothes nervous system and helps with driving away panic attacks. According to a study that was published in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, if you inhale rose oil for ten minutes while bathing your feet in warm water with a few drops of the healing oil, you’ll get smooth feet and lower your anxiety levels. This experiment had two groups, each consisting of ten women. A group was given a placebo treatment; where they had a water footbath and performed breathing exercises. Rose essential oil showed benefits in reducing anxiety levels significantly.
Bergamot Essential Oil
This floral and aromatic oil often comes with Earl Grey tea. However, you can simply add a few drops of the oil in any hot drink of your choice and enjoy its benefits and an interesting smell. It improves blood circulation and therefore energizes both your body and mind. Bergamot oil becomes even more effective when blended with lavender oil. An interesting study that took place in 2011 showed that a blend of bergamot and lavender oils unlike a placebo oil was able to relieve anxiety. Due to its photosensitizing properties, bergamot oil can cause sunburn and increases the risk of rash. Therefore, it’s best to use it if you’re not planning on spending a lot of time in sun.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang Ylang essential oil eases heart palpitations and general tension. Moreover, it’s sedative and can beat insomnia in no time. In 2006 Geochang Provincial College in Korea conducted a study that showed a notable reduction in psychological stress, blood pressure, and serum cortisol levels after using ylang- ylang oil over the course of four weeks. Thereby, if you suffer from low blood pressure, it might be a good idea to steer away from this one. Additionally, skin irritations are possible.
Vetiver Essential Oil
This oil can bring you tranquility, calmness, and peace of mind. It tones up almost all the systems of the body; the circulatory, the digestive, immune, excretory, respiratory, endocrine and most importantly the nervous system. The oil also reduces hypersensitivity and aids in relaxing the nervous system. It’s a natural sedative that will send you straight to sleep. Therefore, it might be a good idea to use it in case you are having any trouble falling asleep.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Roman chamomile has a very distinguished yet subtle smell. It helps anxiety, overthinking, and stress. While it calms you down, it also has energizing properties. Ingesting Roman chamomile in the form of capsules eases panic attack symptoms. It’s also not irritative on the skin, and, in fact, it benefits it due to scar healing and antibacterial properties. There is a tiny chance of allergy though. Especially if you are allergic to ragweed.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is best used along with lavender and bergamot oils. You can always mix up oils of your choice until you get a blend that truly suits you. It has positive effects on depression and promotes feelings of ease, spirituality, and mental peace. When diffused into the air, it tones and opens up the respiratory system; which allows deep breathing and induces tranquility.
How to Use the Best Essential Oils for Panic Attacks?
Here are some of the ways you could incorporate essential oils into your life and use them when panic attacks seem to get over your body. The methods are quite simple and you don’t really need to overcomplicate anything.
Carry a Roll-on Bottle of Essential Oil
When buying the roll–on oil bottle, make sure to get one that’s opaque. Preferably, a travel sized one, because it is easy to carry around. You can either use one essential oil from the list, or make a blend of your favorite ones. Obviously, it’s also important to choose a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils. My favorite one is coconut oil, because it has a long shelf life. Additionally, it pampers skin and maintains the essential oils’ natural aroma. You can also buy fractioned coconut oil if you’re afraid to stain your clothes. For every spoon of carrier oil, add two drops of essential oil.
After you’re done mixing your favorite oils together, use a dropper to place the mixture inside the roll-on bottle. It’s a very convenient method for reaping the oils’ benefits throughout the day without causing any mess. Simply roll the oil blend on your wrists, neck, back, behind your ears and even at the bottom of your feet. If you keep on using these oils every day, you’ll systematically calm down your nervous system thus lowering the probability of panic attacks.
Consume Essential Oils Orally
Even though there are many essential oils that are safe to ingest, and even aid digestion, it is extremely important to make sure the oil you have is pure and safe. Some brands available in the market are blended with synthetic fragrances and are harmful when taken orally. Buy high- quality oils to prevent any unwanted side effects. According to “The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy” a highly effective way to ingest essential oils is to add only one drop of oil into a glass of water. You can also add a teaspoon of natural honey for extra benefits and sweetness. Some also place two drops of the oil under the tongue since the essential oil can get through the thin skin to capillaries. The oils then get distributed to the whole body without going through the digestion processes. Also, most essential oils are available in capsules for people who don’t like the real taste.
Diffusing essential oils is a very common way to treat anxiety and panic attacks. When you inhale the aroma of essential oils, tiny molecules enter your nasal cavities, then go to your lungs, alveoli, and then get into the bloodstream just like oxygen. Aromatherapy offers a fairly fast way to the essential oils to get into your system and work their magic. That’s why they’re usually good at regulating blood pressure, and overall tranquility. For maximum results, use essential oils in a humidifier, a vaporizer, a diffuser or hot water. If you don’t have any of the previous, you can simply place the oil blend in front of a fan! All you have to do is breathe!
Read More: How to Use Essential Oils at Home
The Best Essential Oil Blends for Panic Attacks
Here are some essential oil blends you may want to try. Each is for a different use.
This blend is specially made for a diffuser, because it has 20 drops of essential oil. If you want to use it in a roll-on bottle or for a massage, simply divide it by four (plus the carrier oil). It’s a strong sedative, so be ready to fall asleep!
I love to add this blend to the water in my tub. It energizes me in the morning while reducing the anxiety. You can also massage it into your wrists for extra benefits!
This is a general stress relieving blend that I use almost always. It simply keeps my anxiety levels down.
We all know how hard it is to fight the battle against anxiety, which can result in panic attacks. The experience is unforgettable, frightful and dreadful. Even though it lasts for 20 minutes, it lingers for hours and even days. A very natural way to deal with these things is to give yourself time to relax and use products to enhance that. I hope this list of the best essential oils for panic attacks will come to use in your life, because you can never spend too much time on taking care of yourself!
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