Panic attacks can be extremely frightening for those who suffer from them. They are not always predictable and can occur completely out of the blue, for no apparent cause or reason. Prescribed medications can help to tackle panic attacks, but they can also cause nasty side-effects such as drowsiness, palpitations, dry mouth and constipation. That's why sufferers are also including natural aromatherapy treatments as part of their treatment regime in order to help them cope. So, if you're a panic attack victim, how can aromatherapy help you? Read on for more information.
Essential aromatherapy oils as a complementary therapy
It has long been recognised that aromatherapy products contain certain properties that can influence the mind and body in many different ways. When used in combination with counselling and drug therapy, aromatherapy when combined with massage can be extremely helpful in tackling panic attacks.
The right essential oils can help to relax the body, soothe the mind, and bring breathing back to a normal, resting rate, effectively stopping a panic attack from developing. The accompanying massage can also help to totally relax the sufferer's body through stimulating the production of 'feel-good' chemicals in the brain.
Which essential oils to use
A professional aromatherapist will use a blend of several different essential oils combined with neutral carrier oil. The following oils are known to induce a calming effect and may be chosen by your therapist, depending on the degree and severity of your symptoms and your preference for the scent produced by each oil:
- clary sage
- ylang ylang
You can also use these aromatherapy scents at home to support your professional therapy by choosing products that contain two or three of the above oils. For example, you could add a few drops of your chosen oils to a warm, relaxing bath, put some oil into a diffuser and place it in your bedroom or on your desk at work or choose a scented candle to enjoy while you're chilling-out during the evenings.
It's also a good idea to impregnate a cotton handkerchief with a few drops of your preferred oil so that you can carry it with you. Simply inhale the scent when you feel a panic attack coming on.
Aromatherapy is a very effective way of averting panic attacks when used in combination with drug therapy and counselling. Always consult with your GP before using any additional form of treatment and ask the advice of a trained, professional aromatherapist before embarking on any course of self-treatment.