Non Fiction Review: Essential Oils for Soothing Anxiety

Essential Oils for Soothing Anxiety by Christina Anthis
Essential Oils for Soothing Anxiety: Remedies and Rituals to Feel Calm and Refreshed
by Christina Anthis (Goodreads Author)

5 out of 5 stars

The first section in this book focuses on general information about essential oils, their uses, history, and how they are made. There is also information on other self-care practices that can lower stress and soothe anxiety to be done in conjunction with aromatherapy and essential oils. These include meditation, massage, reflexology, and setting up a calm space with pillows, candles, and soft music.

Then there is a section with more details about the 10 most common essential oils used in this book. This gives more specific information about the benefits of each oil, the applications and uses, and precautions for allergies or skin sensitivities. The oils include Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Coriander, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, and Neroli.
The next sections give recipes for aromatherapy blends, bath salts, body scrubs, linen sprays, face masks, perfumes, hair conditioners, massage oil, and even a sewing craft for a lavender eye pillow. Each recipe comes with a helpful hint or tip that gives some good ideas for substitutions if you don’t have all the ingredients.

There are many self-care rituals to practice for the most soothing experience. There are instructions for breathing meditations, and even a yoga mat spray for enhancing your yoga practice. There is a meditation for bedtime and another for walking, and journal prompts to help reduce stress.
There is an entire chapter devoted to self-massage, with massage oils for upset stomach, headache, and back tension, and many others. There are recipes for aromas to calm your nerves, help you focus, calm nightmares in children, lower blood pressure, release angry feelings, and get rid of nausea.

I am so impressed with how knowledgeable and reliable this author is. Just reading through the book made me feel calm, and each recipe and meditation sounds so lovely and soothing.

The book design is graceful with soft pastel colors and pretty drawings of the flowers and plants of the essential oils.

The instructions for recipes are easy to follow and simple to put together without needing a ton of extra materials or ingredients. The meditations are calming and really help to harness the breath and release tension in the body.

I definitely suffer from high levels of anxiety, and I rely on things like mediation and aromatherapy to help me control my stress. I keep a lavender roll-on in my purse at all times. This book is perfect for beginners who know nothing about essential oils or aromatherapy, or for people like me who already rely on essential oils but want to step up their game and learn some new recipes and relaxation techniques!

I especially want to try the recipe for the “Take a Chill Pillow Spray”. I might give this one to my nieces too, since it’s perfect for children.

I love this book from start to finish!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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