Xanax is prescribed for anxiety disorders and almost anything that requires sedation. As a drug, it can be very dangerous as it can also cause addiction. Fortunately, nature provides us with better options. You can use Aromatherapy and make your own liquid Xanax essential oil recipe.
This post will tell you all about:
- What Xanax is and what it contains.
- Why you should replace it with more natural ingredients like essential oils. What they can do to help with anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, depression, etc.
- Plus a comparison between the side effects of Xanax and essential oils.
- Best essential oils to use for your own liquid Xanax recipe. Plus tips on how to use them safely.
- A few good liquid Xanax oil essential oil recipes to try right away.
What is an Essential Oil Liquid Xanax? Xanax Drug vs. Essential Oils
What is Liquid Xanax, right? First of all, Xanax is a brand that sells Alprazolam pills. Alprazolam is the active substance of the drug. They are prescription drugs, part of a class of tranquilizers.
Tranquilizers are also known as benzodiazepines. It comes in 2 forms: tablets and liquid. Liquid Xanax is rarely prescribed though.
Being in liquid form, the drug is administered differently, but the results are all the same. Liquid Xanax is prescribed for anxiety related problems. They can be:
- Alcohol (or nicotine) withdrawal.
- Various forms of anxiety.
- Intense fear.
- Tension or pain in the muscles.
- Difficult surgery or other procedures.
This drug acts on the nervous system and sedates the body (muscles mostly and spasms). It also numbs the conscious mind, impairing certain functions. This is why Xanax is prescribed as a sedative or tranquilizer.
It is a short-acting medicine though, and abuse is very common. I will give you the side effects of liquid Xanax shortly. They’ll be compared to recommended natural substitutes.
Now that you know what liquid Xanax is, it’s time to find out more about its substitutes: the essential oils.
Why Use Essential Oils Instead of Liquid Xanax?
Essential oils are used in Aromatherapy, which is considered a good complementary therapy. This means that essential oils can be used in parallel with other medicines. They usually improve the quality of life of those who use them.
Aromatic oils are concentrated/potent plant extracts. They’re extracted with the help of steam from twigs, roots, bark, flowers, seeds, and resin. A drop of an essential oil can be equal to tens of cups of herbal teas.
Plants store these essential oils in special “chambers” that they use for many reasons. The oils can help the plant spread by attracting pollinators.
Or they can keep predators away by emitting a foul odor. But mostly, aromatic oils can help the plant regenerate and protect it from UV rays.
Today, we have many drugs that come from plants. We have aspirin from willow and morphine from poppy seeds, for example.
Essential oils are made of tens and even hundreds of active chemical constituents. They all interact with each other and help the body in many different ways. It can be done because of their different effects:
Each essence has a different chemical profile. It’s their constituents that set them apart. They make some oils more useful for certain conditions than others.
Mechanism of Action of Essential Oils on the Nervous System
Generally speaking, all essential oils have the same action mechanism. They all contain volatile, tiny molecules that evaporate into the air. They enter the body very fast via inhalation.
The nose picks up the molecules and stores them in the mucous membrane. It is thought that these active molecules act as hormones. Thus, they are able to send signals to the brain through various neurotransmitters. That stimulates certain responses.
The best oils for anxiety-related disorders are those that stimulate dopamine. Dopamine is a brain chemical or neurotransmitter. It affects the emotions and sensations along with other movements. The lack of dopamine leads to Parkinson’s disease.
When dopamine and other feel-good chemicals are released, you will feel it. Some oils can also inhibit the functions of the nervous system. That’s what makes them great for depression, anxiety, grief, spasms, etc.
The same active molecules will also enter the bloodstream and travel to places where the body needs them.
You can now see why essential oils are a good choice for a DIY liquid Xanax recipe. Next, I’ve made a comparison between the side effects of the actual liquid Xanax and essential oils as “liquid Xanax”.
Liquid Xanax vs. Essential Oils (Aromatherapy)
Check out these side effects and decide for yourself whether to ever use Xanax again or not. Keep in mind that the effects of essential oils can be controlled. It can be done by:
- Adjusting the dosage,
- Keeping a window open,
- Using progressive amounts, etc.
Xanax is prescribed at a certain concentration. That usually produces side effects that can’t be avoided.
Also, Xanax works only if taken internally. While essential oils work without having to ingest them. Internal treatment with aromatic oils must always be done with a doctor’s consent. I will never recommend using them internally without proper knowledge and medical supervision.
- It needs to be taken with food and drink to avoid stomach irritation.
- Measures need to be exact at all times.
- If it’s used regularly, you should not stop the treatment abruptly. It needs to be done gradually, by lowering the dose.
- Doses must not be missed during treatment. You should take the pill as soon as you remember it, but never 2 pills at once!
- Liquid Xanax interacts with other drugs.
- Most common side effects felt during the first week of treatment, are nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and drowsiness or even lightheadedness, difficulty in focusing or coordinating your movements. Liquid Xanax can also raise blood pressure and heart rate or cause memory problems. In very extreme cases, one could fall asleep while driving, cooking, eating, etc.
- The body develops tolerance and soon enough dependence and/or addiction.
- The drug must be taken exactly as prescribed to prevent complications.
- Long-term use of Xanax (Alprazolam) increases the risk of dementia.
- With long-term use, it can also build up in your body and cause an overdose.
- If ingested undiluted, they can also cause stomach irritation.
- Dosages must be respected at all times.
- Nausea or headaches can occur only if the room is not well ventilated during diffusion/inhalation.
- Some essential oils may also interact with medicines like blood thinners or hormones.
- Very large doses can induce coma or other serious health complications.
- Long-term use may cause the body to get used to the molecules. They can also cause sensitization.
- Some aromatic oils can also induce early labor or cause miscarriage.
As you can see, the side effects of essential oils are fewer than those of the liquid Xanax. The best thing about them is that all can be avoided. For example:
- Aromatic oils can be diluted with carrier oils such as Olive or Jojoba to prevent skin or mucous membrane irritation/burning.
- If the oils are used in high amounts, they can do more harm than good. That’s why you only need to use a few drops only to feel their benefits. That allows you to hold on to an essence for a long time and save money. Especially when you dilute them with carrier oils for topical use.
- Fortunately, you don’t have to use a single essential oil for a long time. You have a wide variety of oils to choose from and many act similarly with others. They’re never identical though, as each oil has its own unique chemical composition.
Best Essential Oils to Use in Your Liquid Xanax Recipes
Before learning how to make liquid Xanax with natural ingredients, you must know them. You should know your ingredients well, with pros and cons to using them safely.
I’ve selected a few aromatic oils that are also backed up by scientific research. But there are so many others available, which I’ll also list. More options mean more liquid Xanax essential oil recipes too.
1) Lavender Essential Oil
Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia.
- It has been proven that Lavender is great as anti-anxiety and depression ingredient.
- The oil can stabilize the mood and induce peace and relaxation.
- It has mild sedative effects and it can also relieve pain.
- Lavender protects the nerves and neurons (central nervous system).
- Lavender should not be used in a liquid Xanax essential oil recipe if you suffer from cardiovascular problems.
- People with asthma should also avoid its use unless they have their doctor’s approval.
- Don’t confuse angustifolia with other lavender species. The botanical name will help you distinguish between them.
Why I like it:
Not only does it soothe the mind and body, but Lavender oil is great at many things. It can help you get good quality sleep or speed up the healing process of a wound. It can also repel insects and soothe their bites among many others.
2) Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Botanical name: Citrus sinensis.
- As far as essential oils and Xanax go, Sweet Orange is a very good natural remedy.
- One study found this oil useful at reducing the level of anxiety during labor. Thus, the fear and panic that come with labor were also kept under control.
- Orange essential oil can lower the pulse rate and blood pressure. Its effects can be enhanced when combined with other sedating essential oils.
- The oil can be used to relieve tension and stress symptoms and lift up the mood. It is also useful in relieving mental or physical fatigue.
- If you suffer from asthma or diabetes, consult a doctor before using Sweet Orange oil.
- Seizure-prone or/and epileptic people should also use this oil carefully. Medical supervision is required.
- Unless it’s furocoumarins-free, avoid using it on your skin before sun exposure. Normally, citrus oils are phototoxic and cause skin reactions.
Why I like it:
Sweet Orange essential oil is great for liquid Xanax recipes. Its smell alone improves the mood and makes you feel better. Its constituents make it useful as beauty ingredient too.
3) Rose Essential Oil
Botanical name: Rosa damascena.
- Rose Otto or essential oil is a very feminine fragrance. It is warm, sensual and very floral. Besides smelling great (and strong!), this oil has proven relaxing effects.
- Rose oil can slow down breathing and induce peace and calmness.
- The blood pressure also decreases, which helps the body relax.
- Rose essential oil protects the nervous system too.
- The oil induces a less alert state, which makes it great for depression and stress symptoms.
- Avoid using more 5% of Rose oil in your liquid Xanax essential oil blends. It is a very strong essence.
- Pregnant women and children can only diffuse this oil.
Why I like it:
Rose is perhaps one of the favorites among most women. Besides its calming effects on the mind, it can also help the skin heal. Rose is a great anti-aging active ingredient. It can also be used to make personalized perfume blends.
Other sedating, soothing and/or uplifting essential oils:
Roman Chamomile –
This essential oil has mild sedating effects, with sleep-inducing effects. Its constituents (flavonoids and apigenin) bind to the benzodiazepine receptors. Chamomile essential oil can be used as an antidepressant and soothe convulsions.
Neroli (Orange blossom) –
This extract makes a great liquid Xanax essential oil. It can lower blood pressure and improve the heart rate. It can also be used at menopause to soothe its symptoms. Neroli can be used to reduce the stress level in your life and improve the endocrine system.
This is another great essence, with a very pleasant and warm fragrance. It improves the mood and relieves fatigue. Sandalwood can relieve muscle spasms and induce calmness and relaxation.
This oil is great for your hormones as it stimulates their production. It also improves the blood circulation. Vetiver calms the mind and strengthens the immune system too.
The oil has calming and sedating effects that make it useful in anxiety management. It decreases blood pressure and improves mood. It also improves the quality of sleep.
All essential oils need further investigation. It is especially true on long-term use and in various circumstances. All the data we have so far are not very conclusive. Not when it comes to taking them internally for neurological or psychological conditions.
But fortunately, what we know so far shows a lot of potential. This also shows that old traditions and folk knowledge on herbal extracts were quite accurate.
How to Use Essential Oils for Xanax Recipes
The same effects of Xanax (liquid or tablets) can be induced with Aromatherapy. It is safer this way, it doesn’t cost a fortune and the oils don’t cause addiction either.
Like I said, internal use of essential oils is possible only after checking with your doctor first.
- The next best method for fast results is their diffusion/inhalation. This ensures about 50 -70% of the oil molecules making it into the body.
Depending on the space and diffuser used, you can add up to 15 drops of essential oil into the reservoir.
A healthy diffusion session includes active diffusion for 20 – 30 minutes, every 2 hours. You should never diffuse aromatic oils continuously.
It has been shown that 60+ minutes of inhalation may have the opposite effect on the nervous system. Plus, your smell receptors become numb after about 20 minutes. Air saturation may cause headaches or nausea too. Always keep a window ajar while diffusing.
- Enjoy the benefits of essential oils as Xanax substitutes with topical applications. This method gets only a smaller percentage of oil molecules into the bloodstream. That is about 5%.
Mix about 6 drops of essential oils with an Oz (30ml) carrier oil for your massage blends. They can be stored in any type of bottle, though spray or roll-ons are the best. They are less messy.
You can increase the concentration of aromatic oils used. That usually depends on the purpose and the body area where it’ll be used on.
For the same Xanax effect, you could also mix the oils with salts and add them to hot bathwater. 10 drops per cup of salt (Mediterranean, Himalayan, Epsom, etc.).
Or you could use steam baths, where you’ll add 1 – 2 drops only. You must also cover your head with a towel to keep the steam and oil inside. Inhale for about 10 minutes.
Liquid Xanax Recipes
And now, to the most fun part: practicing with essential oils to make liquid Xanax! Pick whichever recipe you like and can make and start making your life easier, the natural way.
If you think of adding more essential oils to a base blend, keep it simple. Avoid adding more than 4 – 5 essences or the synergy will not be quite as effective.
If not otherwise specified, the name of the oil listed refers to the most common variety.
Liquid Xanax Anti-Anxiety Essential Oil Diffuser Recipe
- Lavender essential oil: 10 drops
- Bergamot essential oil: 15 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 15 drops
Add all these oils to a dark colored glass bottle. Pour only a few drops in your diffuser and turn it on for 20 minutes, every 2 hours. Inhale deeply and relax for a few minutes.
You can read or do something you like while inhaling that scent. In time, when you’ll sense that fragrance, your mind will associate it with a peaceful and relaxing moment.
Liquid Xanax Recipe for Phobia, Fear, and Panic
- Roman Chamomile essential oil: 6 drops
- Sandalwood essential oil: 6 drops
- Rose essential oil: 6 drops
- Jojoba/Macadamia/Olive carrier oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Give this blend a good shake to activate the oil molecules. Apply on the temples, chest, and wrists and/or back of the head. Massage it in gently and inhale deeply whenever you feel the need.
Liquid Xanax Essential Oil Recipe for Insomnia
- Lavender essential oil: 10 drops
- Rose essential oil: 5 drops
- Carrier oil (Optional): 2 tablespoons
Either add the necessary amount to the diffuser reservoir or mix the essential oils into some carrier. Inhale deeply for a few minutes before going to bed. Make sure you turn off the diffuser before falling asleep!
Liquid Xanax Aromatherapy Recipe for Fatigue and Exhaustion
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 10 drops
- Sandalwood essential oil: 8 drops
- Grapefruit essential oil: 20 drops
Mix them with a carrier oil or add a few drops to a diffuser and stop from what you’re doing. Inhale this very uplifting and stimulant blend to improve your mood and increase the level of energy.
You know what liquid Xanax is and what it is normally used for. You’ve also seen its side effects and they’re definitely not something to be easily overlooked. The fact that there is a natural alternative to this popular drug can only mean good things.
Making a liquid Xanax essential oil recipe is easy. You have many oil options for whatever you might be in the mood for. Or if you need to deal with certain feelings and emotions, it’s best to have an already made blend at hand.
What do you think about this natural alternative? Have you tried Aromatherapy for your emotions yet?