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.
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.
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.
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.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga Odourata) can be either stimulating or calming and is useful for dealing with anger and stress. By inhaling the aroma one can stimulate circulation and lower blood pressure. It can be applied topically (on the feet, neck, wrists, and back) or diffused.