Aromatherapy for Anxiousness in Kids & TeensAug 13, 2020
Timothy Culbert, MD, IFMCP
Making Sense of Scents: Aromatherapy Blends to Support Calm
Essential oils have been a part of human history for millennia and have been used throughout all major civilizations, with uses ranging from religious rituals and cooking, to various medicinal applications and perfumery.
Clinical Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing. Aromatic oil from many plants have healing properties. Oils are extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant one of two ways – either by steam distillation, or pressing.
Oils such as frankincense, sweet orange and lavender can be relaxing for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety and stress.
For agitation and/or GI upset associated with stress or anxiety, consider lemon, mint and ginger.
For irritability and negative thoughts associated with stress and anxiety, consider essential oils such as mandarin, vetiver or bergamot.
Consider essential oils such as lavender, bergamot and valerian for insomnia associated with stress and anxiety.