Essential Oils and Reflexology for Anxiety /Nervous Tension


Anxiety is a vague, uneasy feeling, the source of which is nonspecific or unknown to the individual. The defining characteristics may be subjective or objective.


  • Increased tension and apprehension
  • Painful and persistent feelings of helplessness
  • Feelings of uncertainty and inadequacy
  • Fear
  • Feelings of over-excitedness, distress, jitteriness, or worry


  • Cardiovascular excitation
  • Superficial vasoconstriction
  • Pupil dilation
  • Restlessness, insomnia
  • Glancing about, poor eye contact, trembling and extraneous movements
  • Facial tension, quivering voice, continuous focus on the self
  • Increased perspiration and expressed concerns regarding change in life events

Essential Oils

Essential Oils:

Anxiety, agitation Angelica archangelica rad. [angelica]; Cistus ladaniferus [labdanum]; Citrus aurantium var. amara fol. [petitgrain bigarade]; Citrus aurantium var. amara per. [orange bigarade]; Citrus bergamia [bergamot]; Citrus sinensis [sweet orange]; Cymbopogon martinii [palmarosa]; Eucalyptus staigeriana [lemon scented ironbark]; Leptospermum scoparium [manuka]; Lavandula angustifolia [lavender]; Litsea cubeba [may chang]; Melaleuca alternifolia [tea tree]; Nepeta cataria var. citriodora [catnep]; Ocimum basilicum [basil]; Origanum majorana [sweet marjoram]; Pelargonium graveolens [geranium]; Pogostemon patchouli [patchouli]; Thymus vulgaris [thyme population]; Valeriana officinalis [valerian]

Nervous tension Citrus reticulata [mandarin]


Reflexology areas to emphasize:

  • Head/brain/neck – to ease tension
  • Solar plexus/diaphragm – to ease tension
  • Work in a lot of relaxing desserts/smooth techniques; - rub and slide over all areas of the foot; index clean, chest stretch, squeeze and release is free to access and use.
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