The wonderful combination of bergamot, lavender and ylangylang essential oils have been found to lower high blood pressure and reduce anxiety.
The study The effects of the inhalation method using essential oils on blood pressure and stress responses of clients with essential hypertension was published in 2006 and looked at 52 people who were anxious and stressed, and had high blood pressure.
The participants were placed in an essential oil group, a placebo group, and a control group by random assignment.
The essential oil group used aromatherapy inhalation by blending lavender, ylangylang, and bergamot essential oils once a day for 4 weeks.
To evaluate the effects of aromatherapy, blood pressure and pulse were measured two times a week and serum cortisol levels, catecholamine levels, subjective stress, and state anxiety were measured before and after treatment in the three groups.
Here are the results of the study:
The blood pressure, pulse, subjective stress, state anxiety, and serum cortisol levels among the three groups were significantly statistically different.
The results suggest that the inhalation method using essential oils can be considered an effective nursing intervention that reduces psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension.
They did not see any significant differences in catecholamine levels among the three groups but keep in mind this was only a 4-week study. And to see those other results in just 4 weeks is very encouraging! A simple intervention and yet very profound.
Dietary changes and amino acids and other nutrients are my go-to approach for anxiety but I’m finding more and more of my clients benefit with the addition of essential oils.
Essential oils are also very beneficial in the following instance where amino acids and other supplements can’t be taken or are not tolerated:
- Young children (inhalation aromatherapy and creams/lotions work well here)
- Older adults (creams/lotions work well when there is loss of smell with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease)
- Someone going through benzodiazepine withdrawal and is too sensitive for supplements or can only tolerate small amounts
I talk about this research and other essential oils for anxiety and stress in the upcoming Essential Oils Revolution 2 summit which runs August 22 to 29. I’m thrilled to be part of this event!
People all over the world are scrambling to find the answer to health problems like diabetes, pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety, estrogenic cancers and more. Millions are turning to natural solutions and many have experienced great success with essential oils. Learn if oils could be the missing ingredient for you and your family! What you will gain from this event:
- Why essential oils are truly nature’s best medicine
- How to use essential oils safely and effectively
- Tips for regaining control of your health
- Home recipes, guides, safety protocols and best practices
- And so much more!
More than 165,000 people joined the 2015 Essential Oils Revolution. This year, the experts in aromatherapy, medicine and research will deliver in-depth discussion, debunk common myths and help you learn about the possibility of regaining your health using essential oils.
I can’t wait to learn more and hope you’ll tune in too. Here is the registration link:
Let’s get the conversation started now. Feel free to share which essential oils you use for anxiety and stress? And how do you use them?