Evaluation of Aromatherapy in the Management of Generalized Anxiety
Sarah Kepple, Dana Song
Anxiety is the most common psychiatric disorder in individuals across the world. It affects everyone differently in terms of symptoms and severity, but the focal points are characterized by an excessive feeling of worry or impending doom. Anxiety can be managed pharmacologically with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). There are non-pharmacologic practices, however, that people can utilize that date back to the Ancient Egyptians. However, there are non-pharmacologic practices dating back to the Ancient Egyptians that people can also utilize. Aromatherapy is a holistic medicine practice that utilizes scents to stimulate sensations for the management of certain conditions. There are many essential oils on the market for the management of anxiety. This article will discuss anxiety, pharmacologic therapies for anxiety, holistic medicine, and the uses and benefits of aromatherapy on anxiety symptoms.