People with anger management issues often find themselves doing or saying things they regret.
When caught up in the heat of the moment, you may find yourself saying some pretty harsh words to your loved ones and/or turning to harmful habits like smoking or drinking.
If you don’t want to smoke or drink, however, and you don’t want to take potentially habit-forming prescription drugs, it is possible to control anger and the problems that cause it with essential oils.
Pure Path is the internet's foremost authority on essential oils and in this article, we discuss the five best essential oils for managing your anger, including information on their role in controlling anger and how to use them.
We’ve also cited several studies which strongly support the use of essential oils for balancing negative moods such as anger.
Another thing to note is that these oils can be used as short or long-term remedies, as well as preventative measures for when you're about to interact with a known trigger for your anger.
Some may say that title belongs to lemon oil but all would agree that lavender is extremely versatile.
One of its major strengths is that it is an excellent mood booster and balancer which makes it an awesome choice if you have anger management issues.
Furthermore, its soothing and mild sedative nature helps relieve tension.
As mentioned previously, lavender is already great mood stabilizer but if your anger is rooted in stress (or how you respond to it), lavender oil can help to significantly reduce the effect it has on you and subsequently your anger, therefore allowing you to have a short and long-term approach to managing your anger.
Lavender oil can be used in a diffuser, or you can drop a few drops on a piece of cotton and inhale it for a few minutes to soothe your mind, and calm your anger.
Its selling point is that it is extremely calming.
In fact, it is so calming that it actually reduces heart rate and blood pressure when inhaled, confirmed by several studies (1) (2).
Furthermore, it is also regularly used as a mild sedative.
So if you're someone who gets red hot when angry, ylang-ylang is easily one of the top 3 essential oils you have on hand, and some would argue (credibly) that it should be number 1.
To use ylang-ylang oil for managing your anger, add a few drops to a diffuser of your choice and diffuse for 10-15 minutes.
This citrusy oil, extracted from the rinds of the Japanese fruit called yuzu has been used for ages to soothe anger, as well as worry and tension.
When inhaled, it quickly invokes a feeling of relaxed positivity and clearheadedness that allows you to let go of your anger without internalizing it.
In a 2017 study on women with PMS symptoms, 10 minutes of inhaling the scent of yuzu significantly decrease their heart rate, tension and most importantly, feelings of anger and hostility (3).
To take advantage of yuzu oil for managing your anger, add a few drops to a diffuser of your choice and diffuse for at least 10 minutes.
It is a unique oil in that it is energizing while also being very calming, as seen in its ability to reduce stress and anxiety levels in testimonials and organized studies.
Bergamot combats anger by reducing negative emotions and replacing them with positive feelings when inhaled for at least 15 minutes.
Studies that have investigated and shown bergamot’s impact on emotions and feelings mainly used diffusion as the application method so it may be best also abide by that formula (4)(5).
It also makes it easier for people to meditate by making it easier to breathe. This helps slow down the body and makes it easier for you to think more clearly, which can be hard when you’re upset.
Another positive of myrrh oil is that it also reduces pain from headaches and migraines; these can increase anger and tension even more.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile calms anxiety, stress, and tension.
It also helps relax muscles, soothe pain and helps you sleep.
The scent is different from lavender but it provides many of the same benefits and is often used as a viable substitute.
Catnip Essential Oil
Catnip helps treat anxiety and promotes relaxation.
How to get the most benefit from aromatherapy:
Make sure you’re using 100% pure essential oils.
Also, if you’re inhaling the essential oil, be sure you’re using a good diffuser.
You should be using a nebulizing diffuser; this type of diffuser releases the pure essential oils into the air, instead of burning them or diluting them with water, which changes their chemical structure.
These are just some of the essential oils that can be used to treat anger issues; there are many others but the key is to be consistent.
You can also blend different oils to get the compounded benefit of their individual strength areas.
And another thing: know your triggers and prepare yourself for when you sense or see them coming.
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