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Essential Oils & Brain Science To Relieve Fear and Anxiety


There are many reasons we feel fear and anxiety.  It might be from actual events, stories from others or our own imagination. Today in a world of uncertainty, many of us are experiencing fear and anxiety like never before and everyone is at risk.  Perhaps your clients are telling you of their own fear and anxiety.

This post will explain actions you can take to reduce your fear and anxiety. We will start with where these emotions begin and how they can escalate dangerously if not controlled by positive lifestyle changes and essential oils.

Witnessing the fear and anxiety of others can affect you as well. A fairly recent discovery in neuroscience (study of the brain) has revealed that we as humans (and all primates for that matter) have mirror neurons in our brains.

Has this happened to you: You’re at a gathering and a person yawns. Just as if on cue, you yawn also. It works the same way when someone smiles at you. In a moment you instinctively are smiling back. Have you ever cried over a movie during a sad scene? 

Your mirror neurons are responsible for your reactions. They help us be the social, empathetic, compassionate people we are.

This has even more implications with emotions. We might already be experiencing fear and anxiety emotions on our own. Then, when we see people around us or even on TV experiencing fear and anxiety, our own emotions become heightened as we subconsciously begin to mimic what we see.

According to research neuroscientist Dr. Giocomo Rizzolatti, “Our survival depends on understanding the actions, intentions and emotions of others. . . . Mirror neurons allow us to grasp the minds of others not through conceptual reasoning but through direct simulation. By feeling, not by thinking.” (Blakeslee)

“Living beings are genetically coded to mimic,” says Adi Jaffe, Ph.D.

You can now perhaps better understand why it is crucial to limit media consumption during these times. All types of media are vying for your attention, shock and reactions. The higher our emotional level, the more compelled we will be to watch and engage.

Media is chasing ratings because higher ratings translate to an increase in advertising revenue. So we can see how exploitation of dramatic events would naturally drive ratings wars.

Our job is to avoid their impact, if we are to lead peaceful, joy-filled, creative lives. And this is within each person’s reach.

Our Solution:  A Multi-Faceted Approach

During these times, we must take a multi-faceted approach. These include:

  • lifestyle modifications such as avoiding negative media
  • increasing our self-care regimens
  • prayer and meditation
  • reducing contact with toxic personalities (you know who they are) and …
  • using essential oils to reduce fear and anxiety.

Below I will list some excellent essential oils to relieve stress and reduce fear and anxiety.  It is recommended that these oils be blended with the carrier oil of your choice. 

You can also create custom blends with two or more of the oils below added to your carrier oil. (More information is provided in the Essential Oil Practitioner certification course about carrier oils, their selection and blending protocols.)

Top Essential Oils to Reduce Fear and Anxiety:

Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver has been popular in both India and the country of Sri Lanka.  This essential oils has often been referred to as an “oil of tranquility” and for good reason. Vetiver puts out a sweet and smoky fragrance that some users believe to be similar to the fragrance of sandalwood essential oil. Vetiver can help to relieve symptoms of anxiety, stressful emotions, panic attacks and even depression.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is truly the singularly most popular essential oil. This is because it has such a variety of helpful constituents and can be helpful for so many varying conditions.

Lavender can help ease fearful emotions and anxiety according to researchers at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust, Reading, who used it with patients in their intensive care unit.

Multiple research studies have demonstrated that lavender can be greatly beneficial for patients who when they lack sufficient sleep.

Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile has a slightly herbal fragrance reminiscent of chamomile tea. This essential oil can be massaged into your skin or inhaled when someone is feeling anxious or has headache symptoms. Another benefit of chamomile essential oil is that it can be used to treat numerous skin conditions including eczema.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

This essential oil produces both calming and energizing effects. It’s among the best essential oils to lift your emotions for a greater sense of wellness. Ylang ylang essential oil has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and is mildly sedative.

Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine oil has been used for hundreds of years to lessen anxiety symptoms. Research results show that Jasmine is able to stimulate your brain in order to improve your mood and energy levels. It can also calm the nervous system. Try it in the bath by combining a couple drops of jasmine essential oils with a tablespoon of witch hazel to emulsify the oil with water, then pour into your bath water. Soak for 15 minutes for a luxuriously relaxing experience.

Bergamot Essential Oil

According to a Health.com article, “A 2015 study in the journal Forschende Komplementärmedizin (Research in Complementary Medicine) found that people who inhaled bergamot essential oil (diffused with water vapor) had reduced levels of stress hormones, improved mood, and reduced fatigue when compared with a control group.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense can lift your mood and boost the oxygen supply to your brain. It can also stimulate one’s limbic system, helping to restore emotional balance. Diffusing or blending it for topical application will help relax both the mind and body.

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