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Nervousness, Anxiety and Panic – which are you experiencing?

by Penny Keay

First, Let us talk about Nervousness:

Everyone at one time or another will experience a feeling of nervousness. Now we are not talking about anxiety, but just that little feeling of uneasiness.

Sometimes it is caused by not knowing what is going to happen next in any given situation. Such as when going to a strange town or large building and not knowing exactly where you need to go for your meeting.

You might be a little nervous but as long as nothing appears to be wrong, you just keep feeling a little nervous inside, and you are okay. So, what if you have a feeling that something isn’t okay?

Essential oils to the rescue! You might want to begin to smell them before you get into a situation. As is with many things, prevention is always a better solution.

For me - getting up in front of a group will make me feel nervous. Smelling a few essential oils usually helps.

You might get relief with

Lavender, Bergamot, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Coriander, Geranium, Mandarin, Melissa, Jasmine, Cypress, Nutmeg, Vetiver, Neroli or combinations of a couple of these oils.

Try a couple of oils and use them about 1 hour prior to situations that make you feel nervous. Moreover, continue afterwards until you are feeling calm. Just remember to use them a little while longer!


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Here are a couple of our synergistic blends that may work for you. Calming blend and Meditation blend. These blends have several of the above listed oils. You may enjoy them over just smelling single oils.

Next is Anxiety to Panic

This can start with a simple little feeling of anxiousness or even something that might be causing us to feel a mild panic inside ourselves.

There are many causes of anxiety.

Again, the fear of the unknown and apprehension can be causes: some that come to mind include going back to school, or starting school, whether preschool or all the way to college; moving; stressful events at home or work.

Occasionally anxiety can even bring on a panic attack. Where you feel your chest tighten and heartbeat quicken, and breathing can be affected. Panic attacks like these are extreme.

Chronic anxiety though can weaken your immune system leaving you open for more illnesses and susceptible to diseases. Health concerns can cause tension and disturbed sleep.

The best way to avoid anxiety is trying to change the things that give you stress. This is not always possible. The next thing is trying to make things less stressful.

Using essential oils can help you prepare mentally for uncertainties by allowing you to relax and strengthen your emotional stamina. During times of stress, take time to relax and rest, to help calm your nerves.

Essential oils known to help reduce anxiety include

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Coriander, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper berry, Sweet Marjoram, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.

Anti-Anxiety blend

Neroli - 3 drops Vanilla - 2 drops
Geranium -2 drops
Rosewood - 2 drops
Ylang Ylang - 2 drops
Frankincense- 1 drop
Rose Otto - 1 drop

Mix in a small glass bottle, blend. Place these in an Personal inhaler to carry with you at all times.

This is a very powerful smelling blend so you only need to sniff a whiff occasionally.

Anxiety Blend (for use in Diffuser)

Clary Sage - 15 drops
Bergamot - 10 drops
Geranium - 10 drops
Roman Chamomile - 8 drops
Sweet Marjoram- 8 drops
Ylang Ylang - 5 drops in glass bottle.

Use in any diffuser. Again, a Nasal inhaler is a type of personal diffuser and allows you to use essential oils discreetly.


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Doctor and Dental offices or any office or work place that have people who may be more nervous than normal may consider diffusing some of these essential oils to calm clients.

My first suggestion would be Neroli – the smell of orange blossoms.

People would not have a clue that the scent they are smelling is working on their emotions to calm them.

Add a couple drops of another floral or citrus essential oil to the diffuser and you will have an amazing way to calm folks and have a pleasant smelling office.

Just recently, I spoke to a girl who gets very nervous, filled with anxiety and then panics when the weather causes the roadways to become covered with just a few flakes of snow. It gets worse when there is ice or heavy snows.

In fact, it causes her to become physically uncomfortable to get behind the wheel of the automobile. When she does, she ends up panicking to the point where when she is driving she is gripping the steering wheel so tightly that her knuckles are literally turning white. She is in a full state of panic.

Since she cannot avoid travel on slippery, snowy roads here in Minnesota, I suggested maybe she could try to use some essential oils prior to her driving.

I suggested she carry an inhaler with a few drops of essential oils. In particular, for her, would be Neroli.

Neroli can often relieve some of the nervousness. In the long run, it should help and hopefully prevent the panic attack.

Several essential oils can help with that anxious panicky feeling that comes when we are rushed or stressed. Neroli is one of the best essential oils to help you deal with that panic attack feeling.

There may be others that you have found that work just for you. We have many customers that swear by Neroli.

Other essential oils that can help calm you in a panic situation include (not listed in any particular order:

Lavender, Frankincense, Helichrysum , Sweet Marjoram, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Mandarin, Bergamot, Melissa, Spikenard, Vetiver, Rosemary and Valerian. (Do not use Valerian if you are going to be driving.)

We have several synergy blends that you might use too. They include Calming blend (although many folks use this to relax, the essential oils in this blend are really meant to help you calm down from within. The blend will help to ease the anxiety and panic feeling, which of course may help you to relax physically too.), Relaxing blend, Meditation blend, Take Five blend.

We have many synergy blends that have one or more of the above listed essential oils and may help to relieve that anxious, panic feeling you may have on occasion. Please look through our Synergy blends selections and find ones you might want to try when you are panicking.

So, find a blend of essential oils that you enjoy or a single one and have it handy. Carry it easily in an inhaler tucked in your purse or pocket.

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© 2013, 2015, 2017 Penny Keay All rights reserved Worldwide.
Please do not use my information without my permission.

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