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The Best Essential Oils for OCD 

Bunny Brinkman
Updated April 2, 2019 1k votes 593 voters 110.5k views 17 items

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The most popular essential oils used to treat the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) include cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, patchouli, ylang ylang, bergamot, and sandalwood. Studies have shown these specific essential oils can significantly improve the symptoms and emotions caused by OCD. 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 causing sufferers to address tasks ritualistically. The person may well be aware of the cycle, but generally feel a strong urge to repeat them, most of the time even to the point of disrupting their normal life. 

However, there are many ways to treat the symptoms of OCD. Many individuals find essential oils effective, and the oils on this list are the best when it comes to OCD. And remember even before using homeopathic remedies like oils, it's always best to check with your doctor first to guard against any adverse interactions with other treatments/medications. 

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Frankincense
Frankincense is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Essential Oils for OCD
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Apply frankincense directly to the wrist or the bottom of the feet to significantly improve OCD symptoms. Repeat this process two to three times daily to help calm 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 with the fear and anxiety that leads to repetitive thought patterns. Place a few drops of geranium on the palms of your hands and rub them together. Deeply inhale for 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 calm nervous tension, a common OCD side effect. Studies done on massage show that patients receiving massages with lavender oil felt a sense of ease.

Researchers believe lavender changes brain waves and provides a sense of well-being.

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Patchouli
Patchouli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Essential Oils for OCD
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Apply patchouli topically or inhale its scent deeply to enjoy a sense of balance and well-being. This oil also offers a sense of focus to people who struggle with OCD. 

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