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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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    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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    Use cypress essential oil topically to relieved anxiety and symptoms of OCD.  You can also use it for oily skin and wrinkles and to help with blood circulation. It also serves as a decongestant and as a detox for water retention in the body.

    There are no known side effects for using cypress, but pregnant women should use caution. It is also ideal for aromatherapy via an oil diffuser. 

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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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    Lemon essential oil (bioflavonoid) aids in relaxation and is often used for the common cold (and a host of other ailments). There are many ways to use lemon essential oil, including in supplement form and via aromatherapy.

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