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.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus fructicetorum) is useful for asthma, reducing swelling, stuffy nose, burns, ulcers, acne, bleeding gums, diabetes, fever, flu, loss of appetite, arthritis, and liver and gallbladder problems. Eucalyptus oil is unsafe when taken by mouth or applied directly to the skin without first being diluted. It is safe when consumed in the small amounts found in food.
It can be used in foods as a dried leaf, applied topically, used in a diffuser, or taken in small doses orally, when diluted first.