Essential Oils for Anxiety - Wild Orange
Citrus oils are some of my favourite for anxiety. I first didn’t really understand how citrus oils could assist in anxiety as I find them to be uplifting, and therefore invigorating. But anxiety is, to me, an already overly energised state. This is not fully true, but that was my thinking. I thought the oils would only enhance this. Not so.
Wild orange is the oil of abundance. It is a very positive oil, as soon as yo smell it you feel positive, seriously! Right as I type this, I have orange and eucalyptus diffusing, heaven!
Here is some research on the oil:
Diffusing orange in the waiting room of the dentists reduced anxiety in all patients, including children.
Topical application of 10 drops, 3 times a day, of a 2% concentrated solution of orange oil reduced depressive symptoms better than Prozac, in a research that included 150 adults. Interestingly, 20 drops of same solution reduced its effectiveness. More isn’t always better!!
Inhaling orange showed that even animals felt the benefits and became calmer!
Orange has also lots of positive side benefits – its vapours hinder the growth of drug resistant and drug-sensitive strains of E.facealis (baceteria related to may infections especially in hospitals and when people have root canals) and E.faecium (bacetria connected to meningitis).
These finding are from: Evidence Based Essential Oil Therapy.
So how can you use it?
I put a drop in my palm with peppermint every morning to start the day
Diffusing is always a great way to spread the benefits of the oil
Put a drop in your water and drink a tasty orange drink
Put a drop into some coconut oil or your normal body lotion and use on your skin so you can smell it all day long
Put a drop in the bottom of the shower to infuse your whole space with the scent
Make a chocolate orange cheesecake, nutritious balls, smoothie or chocolate by adding a drop to your recipe (It goes so well with chocolate, don’t miss that trick!)