Tranquilizer drugs, mostly benzodiazepines, are used to treat the symptoms of anxiety. These drugs are very popular and go by such names as Valium, Librium and Ativan among others. Another smaller group of chemical drugs are also used to treat anxiety symptoms like sweating and palpitations. These drugs are very popular and thousands of people use them and become addicted after only a short time. Besides addiction, there are side effects like headaches, excessive fatigue, depression, menstrual and sexual dysfunctions as well as skin rashes, nausea and other problems.
Aromatherapy offers a safe, effective and natural alternative to the use of chemical drugs to treat anxiety and stress. It has also proven to be effective in assisting those addicted to chemical tranquilizers to stop their use, even after years. The best use of aromatherapy essential oils to help stress is before the person resorts to chemicals. There are many essential oils that can be used to reduce stress, especially when used in massage by an understanding massage therapist. The first oils to come to mind for this purpose are lavender, neroli and ylang-ylang. Others that are also excellent choices are bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, rose and sandalwood.