November 23, 2022
Mara Santilli, writing for Cosmopolitan, the best-selling young women’s magazine in the U.S., recently cited Dr. Leena Guptha, ND, DO, Pacific College’s Academic Dean of Online Education at length in a recent article on essential oils for anxiety and stress relief. Essential oils can be helpful for grounding, as scents often function on a more basic, fundamental level for our brains. Importantly, “essential oils do not take the place of medication treatment or therapy,” said Dr. Guptha, but they can help reduce levels of tension and blood pressure in combination with other practices such as breath work.
In an article on twelve different oils, Santilli included Dr. Guptha’s specific comments on four: jasmine, lemon balm, ylang ylang, and geranium. Dr. Guptha did, however, warn that while all of the essential oils discussed can help with relaxation, some can perk you up while others can make you sleepy. Some are best in a diffuser, while others shouldn’t be applied directly to your skin; it’s important to know which oils are best-suited for your purposes and setting.