October 15, 2017

Oils to Relieve anxiety

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Relieve Anxiety Naturally With These Oils
by Dr. Don Colbert

In a 2010 study by the American Psychological Association, more than 4 out of every 10 people surveyed admitted to lying awake at night worrying. Learning to become “stress free” has never been a more important challenge in our country. On your journey, let these oils help balance the stress responses in your body.

Fish oil – Fish can be a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are the “good fats” that promote health for your brain, heart, skin, hair and body. Recent studies suggest these fats may have an effect on stress levels as well. Researchers at Ohio State University found that participants who took omega-3 supplements reported a 20% reduction in anxiety levels compared with the placebo group2.

It is important to remember that much of the farm-raised fish, and many wild varieties, have become toxic due to unsustainable agriculture and pesticide use. Tongol tuna is a good alternative. It has lower mercury content than most fish, and can be found in many health stores. High-quality supplements are also an option.

Avocado oil – Avocadoes offer a good supply of monounsaturated fats (another “good fat” that nourishes our bodies), and they also provide potassium. Potassium has the ability to regulate your body’s sodium levels, which can help bring down blood pressure. This doesn’t mean you should take in large amounts of sodium and attempt to regulate it with avocado oil. But the oil can be effective in regulating small imbalances.

Walnut Oil – Many nuts, like avocadoes, are great sources of monounsaturated fats. Walnuts in particular have been shown to help reduce blood pressure, and even help keep levels stable in later times of stress3. They are also high in alpha-linolenic acid, which is something commonly left out of the Standard American Diet that can help reduce inflammation. Just be sure not to overdo it, as heightened levels of ALA are not good for your health. As with everything, moderation is key.

Essential oils – Used diversely in aromatherapy, a plant’s “essential oil” can be steam distilled, cold-pressed, or extracted with a solvent. The first two methods are preferred (the last can be toxic). Some oils are said to have relaxing properties, but these are not to be ingested. Instead a few drops can be added to clean, hot water for a calming bath or steam. As with good food, good essential oils come from organically grown plants or those that have not been developed with chemical pesticides.

Lavender oil – From the beautiful violet flower, this sweet smelling oil is often used in baby nurseries to bring sleep. The smell is said to calm nerves, fight anxiety, and ease tension.

Sandalwood oil – Sandalwood is harvested from trees, largely from India. It has a sweet, musky scent that is said to alleviate stress and help with depression. Many sandalwood oils on the market are loaded with pesticides so look for Western Australian sandalwood.

Frankincense – Frankincense is a powerful tree resin that was once a very expensive item, valued highly enough to be a gift to Christ. Today it is used in aromatherapy to ward off panic attacks and anxiety.