alternative medicine The Best Essential Oils for OCD

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The most popular essential oils used to treat the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are: cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, patchouli, ylang ylang, bergamot, and sandalwood. Studies have shown that these specific essential oils can significantly improve the symptoms and emotions that OCD causes. What are the best essential oils for OCD?
 
OCD is an anxiety disorder that eventually leads a person into a circular cycle of thoughts and compulsions that make the person who suffers from it feel the need to be perform these cycles almost ritualistically. The person may well be aware of the cycle but often will feel a strong urge to repeat them, most of the time even to the point of disrupting their normal life. This causes a sense of isolation from normal activities and relationships, and a general feeling of hopelessness to change these patterns.

Some of the most common thoughts and feelings are the fear of germs or disease, a strong fear of failure, a need for normalcy and orderliness, a need to count repetitively or a need for reassurance and confidence. These thoughts can sometimes lead to compulsions like repeated cleaning during a day, a fear to touch others or things, constantly counting or rearranging items like furniture, and a need to do routine tasks in a specific routine order.

However, there are many ways to treat the symptoms of OCD and to live with the disorder. Many individuals find essential oils effective, and the oils on this list are the best when it comes to OCD.
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Frankincense


Frankincense is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Essential Oils for OCD
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When frankincense is applied directly to the wrist or the bottom of the feet it can significantly improve the symptoms of OCD. This process can be repeated 2 - 3 times a day and help to calm the nerves and provide greater focus.
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Geranium


Geranium is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Essential Oils for OCD
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Geranium helps ease the effects of OCD - specifically calming fear and anxiety that lead to repetitive thought patterns. Place a few drops of geranium on the palms of your hands and rub them together. Deeply inhale and the aroma will provide an instant soothing effect.
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Lavender


Lavender is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Essential Oils for OCD
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Apply a few drops of lavender behind the ears and on the wrists to instantly calm nervous tension, a common side effect of obsessive compulsive disorder. In a medical study, both massage oil and lavender oil were used to massage patients. Patients who received the lavender oil during massage felt a sense of ease from nervous feelings and anxiety. Lavender is believed to be able to change brain waves, providing a sense of calm and well-being.
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Lemon


Lemon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Essential Oils for OCD
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Lemon Essential Oil (Bioflavonoid) aids in relaxation and can be used for the common cold, Swine Flu, ringing in the ears, and kidney stones. It can be taken internally or applied externally in small doses. Lemon is safe in food amounts and may be safe in higher medicinal amounts as well. The side effects of higher amounts of lemon are not known. Applying lemon directly to the skin may increase the chance of sunburn, especially if you have lighter skin.
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Chamomile


Chamomile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Essential Oils for OCD
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When anxiety and trouble sleeping are linked together, depression is usually the result. Treating anxiety without treating sleeping problems may not be enough to provide emotional stability. A study by the University of Pennsylvania has shown that taking pharmaceutical grade chamomile capsules actually reduces the effects of anxiety and helps people sleep through the night.
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Patchouli


Patchouli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Essential Oils for OCD
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Apply patchouli topically or inhale its scent deeply and it will instantly bring a sense of balance and well-being to the emotions. Using this oil can bring a sense of focus to people who struggle with OCD. 
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Cypress


Cypress is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Essential Oils for OCD
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When cypress is applied topically by placing a few drops behind the ears, it has a calming effect that relieves anxiety. This can be especially beneficial for relieving common symptoms of OCD. It is also useful for oily skin and wrinkles, helps to circulate and regulate blood flow, and serves as a decongestant and a detox for water retention in the body. There are no known side effects for using cypress, but pregnant women should use caution. It can be used topically or in a diffuser.
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Valerian


Valerian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Essential Oils for OCD
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Valerian is believed to have a significant impact on the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. It significantly improves sleep and calms anxiety. When used as a supplement it can impact the brain and provide a sense of well-being in the emotions.