The use of essential oils is part of a natural health practice called aromatherapy. It can also be used as a part of the mindset technique known as anchoring. You can gain the benefits of both of these practices by adding essential oils to the porous lava stone beads of your anxiety bracelet.
These oils are concentrated essences that come from plant materials. Just as oils are pressed out of olives to make olive oil, for example, oils are extracted from various plants using certain methods. The oils come from different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, roots, bark, stem and/or fruit. The part(s) of the plant used varies by the type of essential oil. You can choose from a vast array of scents that share the essence of one type of plant or a blend.
Essential oils can be used for a variety of purposes, including for skin care and to alleviate pain. Aromatherapy focuses on using specific oils to target a certain purpose. In this case, you would want to use essential oils that are associated with alleviating anxiety or its associated symptoms.
Aromatherapy can be used in different ways depending on the goal. It is applied to the skin (usually diluted in a carrier oil), can be used in mouthwash, is added to baths and is used in other ways. You can also inhale the scents and gain certain benefits that way.
To gain the benefits of aromatherapy by inhaling essential oils, it’s common for people to add essential oils to a diffuser or spray to fill the air of your home with the aroma. But bracelets provide a convenient way to take the benefits of aromatherapy with you wherever you go. This is ideal for gaining the calming benefits of these scents when you’re dealing with anxiety-inducing situations, which often happen away from home. For example, you could be facing anxiety from a social situation or from riding on an airplane. In these scenarios, you’ll easily be able to bring essential oils with you through your bracelet. Just be mindful not to use too much if you’ll be in a tight space where other people could be irritated by the scent.
When the goal is to counteract anxiety and invoke a state of tranquility, many people turn to the relaxing standby of lavender oil. This is an effective choice for relieving anxiety. Nonetheless, many other essential oils have anxiety-relieving properties as well. You could try:
Give different oils a try to find your favorite.
How does inhaling a scent impact your health? One theory is that the scent stimulates receptors of your nose, which alert your nervous system to respond. This is why essential oils are connected with certain responses that can be impacted by the nervous system, such as anxiety, pain and stress.
Believe it or not, many scientific studies support health-related benefits of essential oils, including for mental health purposes. In relation to using lavender for anxiety, a study in the journal The Mental Health Clinician found lavender oil effective for short-term relief of anxiety disorders. The researchers found it a reasonable alternative to anti-anxiety medications because it works faster without the side effects that can come with this type of medication.
Why not learn how to make lavender oil yourself?
Aromatherapy is not the only benefit of adding essential oils to your anxiety bracelet. You can also use essential oils to anchor yourself through scent. This is part of a technique known as neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
When you listen to a meditation that puts your mind into a calm and tranquil state and then associate the smell of the oil with that state, you can later go back to that state of calmness just by smelling the scent again. When you add an essential oil to the lava stone beads of your bracelet, you are able to smell the bracelet to enter your tranquil state of mind. You can also achieve this effect by touching the main bead of the bracelet. The brain learns to associate the senses of smell and touch of the bracelet with the calm state you achieved during the meditation.
Read more about NLP and anchoring.
Overall, essential oils provide a powerful way for your anxiety bracelet to support you during times of anxiety or stress. This benefit is added to the potentially healing benefit of the gemstones and the anchor of touch to help you combat anxiety in numerous ways at once.