Kandala Serenity Essential Oil Blend for Anxiety Relief
Anxiety is a wide spread problem in our society. According to the Anxiety Centre, more than 18% of all adults in the U.S. have some form of anxiety disorder. This percentage represents 40 million adults – a staggering number which is likely even higher because many people don’t admit to dealing with anxiety and never seek help.
A study by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) identified the economic costs of anxiety disorders as being more than $42 billion annually which includes health care services and expenditures and loss of work & productivity.
With such staggering numbers of anxiety’s impact on our society, the issue deserves attention and calls for easy access methods to address the problem for everybody, especially people that cannot afford comprehensive health care.
There are several types of anxiety disorder:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic Disorders
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Many people with anxiety disorders also suffer from depression, and vice versa. Treatments include therapy, medication, relaxation techniques, as well as acupuncture. Other inexpensive options available to everybody include lifestyle changes and mindful activities. To name a few:
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance
- Learn to manage stress at work and with family
- Regular exercise
- Yoga and meditation
- Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises (slowly breath in and out for 10 seconds each)
- “Let go” – accept that you can’t control everything and nothing is perfect.
- Proper and healthy diet, which includes limiting alcohol and caffeine
- Rest and sleep
- Be social and meet friends, or engage in some activity or group
- Take herbal supplements known to calm and relax.
- Use Kandala Anxiety Relief Essential Oil Blend and benefit from nature’s healing power.
Ingredients and Benefits
The Kandala Serenity Anxiety Relief blend contains essential oils of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Spanish Marjoram (Thymus mastichina), Cedarwood Himalaya (Cedrus deodara), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea), German Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla). The combination of all these oils makes this blend an excellent choice for anxiety relief.
Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
According to a study published by the US National Library of Medicine®, Lavender is proven to be effective in treating anxiety disorder as well as restlessness and agitation. It can also help with epilepsy and migraine attacks. Lavender has sedative and calming properties essential for calming down anxiety.
Spanish Marjoram (Thymus mastichina)
Spanish Marjoram essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowers and leaves of a plant that actually belong to the thyme family. It is calming to the mind and instills a feeling of relaxation and positivity.
Cedarwood Himalaya (Cedrus deodara)
Cedarwood essential oil is steam-distilled from the wood of the Cedar tree. This oil contains high levels of sesquiterpenes which are molecules that stimulate the brain, improve mood and calm the mind. Cedarwood relieves spasms and seizures and is quite effective for restless leg syndrome. It is also is known to reduce ADHD a disorder often going hand in hand with anxiety. Cedarwood is a sedative – the calming properties are quite help for chronic stress.
Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata)
Mandarin oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit. Mandarin oil has sedative properties that help calm nervousness, hysteria, stress and anxiety. Mandarin also contains folate which is known to help with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive issues.
Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea)
Clary sage essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowers and leaves of the sage plant. Clary sage calms nervousness and reduces convulsions. It is a sedative and helps with restful sleep. It also has an uplifting effect on the mind instilling confidence and boosting self-esteem which will help manage anxiety.
German Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla)
German chamomile relaxes nervous conditions such as spasms, restless leg syndrome, and convulsions. But it also acts as a stimulant for happy feelings where anxiety and fear may cause despair and sadness.
How to Use Serenity Anxiety Relief
Kandala Serenity Anxiety Relief Essential Oil Blend contains therapeutic-grade, pure essential oils that are too strong to be applied directly to the skin. It needs to be diluted with a carrier oil such as almond, argan, coconut, jojoba or olive oil. A 3-10% dilution is appropriate which equates to 3-5 drops drops for 1 teaspoon, or 5-10 drops for 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
Add 4-6 drops to a diffuser and go about your normal routine in this relaxing, anxiety relieving aura. Alternatively, dribble a couple of drops on a cotton cloth or tissue or in an aromatherapy necklace and inhale at your leisure.
Mix a couple of drops with your body lotion or a carrier oil such as jojoba, avocado, almond or coconut oil. Apply to your wrists, temples, neck, behind your ears, the top of your shoulders, or on the bottom of your feet. For a single application, dribble 2 drops directly onto your hand and add some carrier oil, mix the two by rubbing your hands together and apply to your skin.
Add 6-9 drops to a hot bath and sit back and relax while the natural scents surround your brain and your mood enhancing receptors. Mix the oil with some Epsom salt prior to adding it to the fully filled tub. Swirl the water with your hand to ensure that the salt dissolves and the oil is mixed well with the water.
The essential oils in the Kandala Serenity Anxiety Relief blend are of therapeutic grade, 100% natural and pure. They are unfiltered, undiluted, without additives, fillers, alcohol or any other synthetic ingredients. Strictest quality testing includes analyses for odor, color, specific- gravity, optical rotation, refractive index, flash point and solubility. The oils are non-GMO, but not officially certified.
A quick overview of the chemical composition of the essential oils in the Kandala Anxiety Relief Essential Oil Blend:
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): a-pinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, cis-ocimene, trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, caryophyllene, terpinen-4-ol and lavendulyl acetate.
Spanish Marjoram (Thymus mastichina): ethereal oil, tannins, flavonoids-glycosides (apigenins, luteolins and diosmetins), phenols (arbutin, methylarbutin, hydrochinone, triterpenes-ursolic, oleanolic acid).
Cedarwood Himalaya (Cedrus deodara): a-cedrene, b-cedrene, thujopsene, other sesquiterpenes, cedrol and widdrol.
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata): a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, sabinene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, y-terpinolene, linalool, citronellal, terpineol-4-ol, nerol and geranial.
Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea): linalool, linalyl acetate, caryophyllene, a-terpineol, geraniol, neryl acetate, sclareol and germacrene D.
German Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla): chamazulene, a-bisabolol, bisabolol oxide A, bisabolol oxide B and bisabolone oxide A.
As with any other natural product, some people may develop a reaction when exposed to even the most natural and pure source of a plant, flower, or tree. Likewise, with essential oils, which are the most concentrated form of its source material.
Some of the naturally occurring chemicals in essential oils could cause a skin reaction such as aldehydes (citronella) and phenols (eugenol). Citrus plants also increase the photosensitivity of the skin, so when applied topically, extended sun exposure should be avoided. Some of the known potential skin irritants include bay, cinnamon, clove, citronella, cumin, lemongrass, oregano and thyme.
Elderly, babies and children as well as pregnant women should be careful when using essential oils. These groups are generally more sensitive to essential oils. And while the effects are not documented well enough to be of any proof, it’s not worthwhile taking any risks. Pregnant women should avoid clary sage, rosemary and rose.
Avoid contact of essential oils with the eyes as it can cause severe damage to your eyes. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases. If in doubt about whether or how to use essential oils, consult your health practitioner for advice.
Check the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy website, which has a comprehensive overview of safety concerns of essential oils.