The Best Essential Oils for OCD

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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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    194 VOTES


    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.

    194 votes
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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.

    140 votes
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    Lemon balm essential oil (melissa officinalis) is a mild sedative and antibacterial agent. It is also offers cognition-enhancing properties and certain studies have shown it has antioxidant and anti-tumor qualities.

    Because consumption has side effects, it is best used in aromatherapy.

    15 votes
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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.

    88 votes
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    Issues with OCD sometimes result in depression. As such, treating OCD and depression at the same time can be something of a challenge. A study by the University of Pennsylvania has shown that chamomile capsules may help with sleep, anxiety and depression. 

    This essential oil can be used for aromatherapy and can be consumed in tea form or through supplements. 

    32 votes
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    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, liver and gallbladder problems. Eucalyptus oil is not meant for direct consumption or topical use. 

    It is best when consumed via professional supplements or used for aromatherapy purposes via an oil diffuser. 

    38 votes