Using Essential Oils to Relieve Fear
How to relieve fear by using essential oils
Fear ranges from mild consternation, through dread and alarm, right
up to sheer terror and panic. The physical symptoms include a racing
heart; short, quick, shallow breaths and sometimes a feeling of
paralysis, of being rooted to the spot; and faintness or dizziness. The
syndrome known as 'fight or flight' may occur, when you either become
aggressive or feel like running away.
All these physical manifestations of fear develop quickly, and are
unpleasant and debilitating. They need to be dealt with swiftly.
Useful Remedies to relieve fear with essential oils
- As an emergency measure, sniff essential oils straight from the
bottle. If there is time and availability, sprinkle a few drops on a
tissue and sniff that. Try to sit down as soon as possible.
- The best essential oils to treat fear are neroli and frankincense.
Neroli is one of the most calming oils and frankincense helps balance
and deepen the breathing. Lavender is calming too and gentle enough to
use neat on the skin on occasions like this. Apply a couple of drops
to each temple, and gently and slowly rub in a circular motion. Repeat
this procedure on the inside of the wrists.
- If fear is a recurring problem, with a known cause - for example,
a fear of public speaking - book a course of aromatherapy massage. The
aromatherapist will probably focus on the chest area, neck and
shoulder, to reduce tension caused by fear. She or he may also focus
on the abdomen to encourage deep breathing and to bring your attention
to your center. You can massage these areas yourself too.
- Choose a blend that includes some of the following oils: lavender,
rose absolute, melissa, benzoin, ylang ylang, jasmine and clary sage.
In addition to massage, use some of the above oils in the bath, both
before and after the fear-provoking event. If it is possible, diffuse
essential oils in the room or alternatively sniff a tissue sprinkled
with appropriate oils.
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