21 Essential Oils For Anxiety Relief

By on 08/04/2013

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mind, mood, cognitive function or health.

Aromatherapy is one of the most effective natural remedies for anxiety and can be easily used in the privacy of your home.

Several studies have shown that certain aromatherapy essential oils reduce feelings of anxiety, bring emotional balance, decrease nervous tension and induce a state of relaxation.


The best essential oils for anxiety relief are:


1. Lavender Essential Oil


Lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant and stress reducing properties. It helps treat anxiety, insomnia and heart palpitations, reduces the intensity of migraines, decreases high blood pressure, improves breathing and stimulates memory. You can benefit from the effects of this essential oil by using a vaporizer or a diffuser. Use this oil two hours before bedtime to fight insomnia.


2. Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli essential oil fights depression and anxiety, helps in balancing emotions, banishes lethargy and increases intuition and imagination.

You can add it to bath water (10 to 12 drops) for a relaxing bath, dilute it in vegetable oil for massage or add it to diffusers for deodorizing room.

Things to consider:

• Used in small amounts it acts as a stimulant, providing a burst of energy, vitality and optimism

• Used in large amounts it acts as a sedative, calming the nervous system


3. Valerian Root Essential Oil


Valerian is an herbal remedy used for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, indigestion, migraines and nervous tension.

Valerian Root Essential Oil can be mixed with lavender, pine and patchouli.


4. Chamomile Essential Oil


The volatile oils obtained from chamomile are a reliable aid for insomnia. Specialists recommend Chamomile Essential Oil for its sedative and calming effects, which play a key role in managing depression and anxiety. This natural remedy is not recommended during the first four to five months of pregnancy.


5. Clary Sage Essential Oil (Salvia Sclarea Essential Oil)


Clary Sage essential oil is beneficial for alleviating depression and anxiety symptoms like restlessness and insomnia.

Add 6 drops in an essential oil diffuser and inhale the soothing vapors, or inhale the vapors right from the glass container. In both cases sleep disturbances should disappear after 14 days of use. Another way to use Clary Sage essential oil is to add 20 drops to the bath water.


6. Tangerine Essential Oil 


Tangerine Essential Oil has relaxing, calming and sedative properties, therefore helping to reduce irritability in adults by removing unjustified distress and agitation. Because it acts as a stress reliever and helps diminish hyperactivity, it has beneficial effects on insomnia and restlessness and can help establish a regular sleep pattern.

7. Lemon Balm Essential Oil (Melissa Officinalis Essential Oil)

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm essential oil is used in aromatherapy for nervousness, tension, stress, insomnia, but also as an antidepressant, sedative, hypnotic. It helps lower high pressure, defuses irritability, calms the mind and benefits the cardiovascular system.

To essential oil of lemon balm combines very well with lavender, neroli, rose, roman chamomile, bergamot, cedarwood, geranium, jasmine, lemon, marjoram, ylang ylang.


8. Neroli Essential Oil (Citrus Aurantium Essential Oil)

Neroli essential oil improves mood, relieves depression, stress and tension and increases blood circulation. The essential oil of neroli combines very well with chamomile, coriander, geranium, lemon, ylang ylang, lavender, jasmine, clary sage, sandalwood and bergamot.


9. Bay Laurel Essential Oil (Bay Leaf Essential Oil)

Bay Laurel Essential Oil helps mental balance, wards off feelings of melancholy and anxiety, reduces nervous exhaustion, boosts confidence and self-esteem and induces peace and harmony.

Dilute 15-20 drops in 100 ml of base oil or in your bathwater or use with an essential oil diffuser.

Laurel Essential Oil combines well with blood orange, lemon, lime, clary sage, cypress, hyssop, juniper, labdanum, olibanum, pine, rosemary and spice oils.


10. Magnolia Essential Oil


Magnolia Essential Oil helps relieve anxiety and nervousness. With its sweet, floral aroma, magnolia essential oil offers optimism for the future, relaxes the mind and removes the stress of everyday life.

Blends well with rise, sandalwood, geranium, and clary sage.

11. Vetiver Essential Oil (Vetiveria Zizanioides Essential Oil)

Vetiver Essential Oil stabilizes emotions, calms a hyperactive mind, fights insomnia and boosts self confidence. Vetiver helps coping with stress and recovery from emotional trauma and shock.

Blends well with bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, oakmoss, opopanax, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang.


12. Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum Basilicum Essential Oil)


Basil Essential Oil is refreshing and stimulating, which recommends it for relieving mental exhaustion. It fights anxiety, depression, irritability, mental fatigue and migraines and provides a state of emotional peace.

A mix that will surely stimulate and revitalize you is:

  • 7 drops basil
  • 7 drops bergamot
  • 1 drop of eucalyptus
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 3 drops peppermint


13. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Leaf

Eucalyptus Essential Oil strengthens the nervous system, fights extreme fatigue, anxiety, depression, stress and headaches. It has as calming and energizing properties.

Blends well with cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, pine, rosemary, thyme essential oil.


14. Coriander Essential Oil (Coriandrum Sativum Essential Oil)


Coriander Essential Oil has an uplifting effect, reduces excessive worrying,  fights mental fatigue, anxiety, depression and nervous tension.  It blends particularly well with bergamot, cinnamon, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, neroli and orange essential oil.


15. Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium Odoratissimum Essential Oil)


Geranium is recommended as a nerve tonic which relieves, anxiety, depression, stress and the feeling of  ‘being stuck’. By using geranium essential oil you will feel refreshed, relaxed and able to face matters with optimism.


16. Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus Bergamia Essential Oil)

Bergamot Essential Oil is soothing, dissipates fear and reduces stress, anxiety and anger. Besides treating emotional tension, it also helps with physical tension and jittery. Avoid applying it to the skin if you will be exposed to sunlight.

Bergamot essential oil blends with clary sage, frankincense, mandarin, jasmine, geranium, sandalwood, vetiver and ylang ylang.


17. Lemon Essential Oil


Lemon Essential Oil increases concentration, helps clarify ideas and make quick decisions, eliminates confusion and frees us from worries. Especially in winter, lemon essential oil provides us with metal energy, liberating us from depression and from the stress of everyday life. For quick anxiety relief use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water.


18. Lime Essential Oil (Citrus Aurantifolia Essential Oil)


Lime Essential Oil has an invigorating and stimulating effect helping to alleviate anxiety, depression and exhaustion.

Lime essential oil blends well with essential oils of clary sage, lavender, neroli and ylang ylang.


19. Spikenard Essential Oil (Nardostachys Jatamansi Essential Oil)

Spikenard essential oil is a rare, fragrant spicy oil with notes of musk, recognized in aromatherapy for promoting a Zen state, establishing emotional balance and inner peace. It is a precious ingredient for massage oils used to treat anxiety, insomnia and headaches, helping to release the stress of the day.

Blends particularly well with lavender, lemon, clary sage, neroli, patchouli and vetiver.


20. Jasmine Essential Oil (Jasminum Officinale Essential Oil)


Deeply relaxes, soothes the nerves, reduces fears and anxieties, helps in the treatment of depression, enhances self-confidence, optimism, exuberance and passion, revitalizes and restores energy.

Blends well with bergamot, cypress, sandalwood, lavender, rose, ylang ylang and neroli.


21. Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia Carterii Oil)

Frankincense Essential Oil is soothing to the nervous system, clears the mind and also causes deeper breathing. It reduces anxiety, fear, distrust, chronic fatigue, lack of vitality and it eliminates obsessive thoughts about past events.

Frankincense essential oil blends well with sandalwood, sage, lavender, myrrh, pine, orange, bergamot and lemon essential oil.

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