The 10 Best Essential Oils For Alleviating Anxiety, According to Science (2022)

Throughout our lives, most of us will experience some anxiety. Whether caused by specific stressors or more pervasive and chronic, unchecked anxiety can deplete your total wellness, including your emotional, personal, social, and professional relationships and health. Luckily, there are natural remedies to help combat anxiety.

Essential oils have been used over the years to address various health concerns - including anxiety. Aromatherapy is inhaling the scent of essential oils, which is widely used as a natural remedy to reduce stress and anxiety.

Sick of feeling anxious? You should consider adding an essential oil to your daily routine! Keep reading on to learn more about the top ten essential oils you can use to help keep your anxiety symptoms in check.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are aromatic compounds found in nature, such as flowers, leaves, seeds, tree bark, fruits, and seeds. For centuries, humans have used herbs, essential oils, and aromatherapy as natural remedies for managing anxiety. Specifically, the scents of essential oils have a strong influence on mood and have also been studied for helping treat anxiety.

The oils now come in various forms, and the applied method depends on the desired effect and essential oil (EO) being used. For example, some essential oils (EOs) need more dilution if applied topically or are more effective when diffused in the air.

A person often finds an essential oil scent pleasant and associates it with an emotional state that they want, such as invigoration or tranquility.

Lavender

Lavender is one of the most well-known essential oils known for its relaxing and soothing effects. With its lovely floral aroma and high content of linalyl acetate and linalool, multiple studies suggest that lavender effectively eases anxiety. When using lavender oil to alleviate anxiety, applying it topically is the fastest way to reap the benefits.

Recommended use: Massage

(Video) Best Essential Oils for Anxiety & Panic Attacks

The 10 Best Essential Oils For Alleviating Anxiety, According to Science (1)

The therapeutic properties of lavender EO become apparent in as little as five minutes after rubbing it onto the skin.

Did you know?Inhaling lavender EO for four weeks can prevent anxiety, stress, and depression after childbirth.

Orange oil

Orange essential oil has an intense citrus fruit fragrance that carries powerful and uplifting benefits. Inhaling orange oil has been found to children's anxieties at the dentist, help women overcome anxiety during labor, and even curb feelings of pain in patients with broken bones in the emergency room.

Recommended use: Diffuse

Chamomile

Chamomile is popular for its calming properties and being an effective natural sleep aid before bedtime in its tea form. While research is still limited on chamomile essential oil, some research has pointed to chamomile helping manage mild to moderate generalized anxiety disorder.

Recommended use: Inhale

Rose oil

Rose essential oil comes from the petals of a rose flower. Numerous studies have shown its mesmerizing floral scent may help relax the senses and combat anxiety. One 2014 found that using rose oil in a foot bath may help lower anxiety in pregnant women during labor.

Recommended use: Bath

(Video) Tools for Managing Stress & Anxiety | Huberman Lab Podcast #10

The 10 Best Essential Oils For Alleviating Anxiety, According to Science (2)

Valerian

Valerian essential oil comes from an herb that has been shown to have intense calming and sedating effects, making it a good EO to use at the end of the day. Research has shown that giving patients aromatic hand massages using valerian EO has a calming and de-stressing effect.

Recommended use: Massage

Bergamot oil

Bergamot oil helps invigorate the senses, stimulate blood flow, improve mood, and relieve anxiety symptoms. A study from 2005 findings suggested bergamot essential oil - when diffused in a room- makes for a very effective adjunct treatment to improve individuals' mental health and well‐being.

Recommended use: Diffuse

The 10 Best Essential Oils For Alleviating Anxiety, According to Science (3)

Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang is a fragrant essential oil often used aromatically to spread a strong feeling of calm and confidence. A 2006 study found that inhaling ylang ylang helped improve professionals' sense of self-esteem. (19)

Recommended use: Inhale

Frankincense

Frankincense has a musky, sweet aroma that has been shown to help melt away stress, anxiety, and pain. One study found massaging with frankincense EO can help manage anxiety and pain levels in terminal cancer patients.

(Video) Best Essential Oils for for Relieving Anxiety in Kids and Adults

Recommended use: massage

The 10 Best Essential Oils For Alleviating Anxiety, According to Science (4)

Jasmine

Jasmine EO not only has been shown to help alleviate anxiety, but it also helps you get better quality Zs. One study focused on heart patients in the ICU found that Jasmine EO can help reduce anxiety, increase sleep, and stabilize blood pressure.

Recommended use: Inhale

Sandalwood

Looking for more clarity, peace, and focus? Sandalwood EO has been shown to have a powerful therapeutic effect on the brain. One study found sandalwood effectively reduced anxiety levels in people living with severe, life-threatening illnesses.

Recommended use: Massage

7 Ways to use essential oils to manage anxiety

Diffuse

Add 3-4 drops of essential oil to a room diffuser and inhale. Room diffusers are a great way to spread the therapeutic fragrance throughout a room - for example, to enhance relaxation at the end of a long day to fall asleep.

Steam

Boil some water on the stove and add no more than two drops of essential oil into a bowl. Then drape a towel over your head, keep your eyes closed, and inhale deeply with your head over the bowl.

The 10 Best Essential Oils For Alleviating Anxiety, According to Science (5)

(Video) Best Essential Oils For Anxiety And Stress Relief In 2021

Shower

Add no more than 20 drops of essential oil to a washcloth and place it on the ground of the shower where the water hits. You can also take the oil, sprinkle some against the walls, and turn the shower for steam to build up before getting in.

Massage

Add in no more than two drops per two tablespoons of essential oil to your massage oil or lotion choice. Use it for massage and also take it on the go for neck aches and muscle pains.

Inhale

Place no more than 1-2 drops of essential oil on a cotton pad or tissue, take a deep breath, or inhale directly from the bottle.

Bathe

Add 6-12 drops to your bath once the tub is filled before getting in. Sensitive skin? Dilute the essential oil in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and add to warm water.

Spray

Fill a 2oz spray bottle with distilled water. Then add 10-15 drops of essential oil to a spray bottle and one teaspoon of salt or vinegar to emulsify the oil to the water. To use, shake and spray throughout the air.

Did you know?Undiluted essential oils should not be applied topically because they can irritate and burn skin, nor are they supposed to be ingested.

The 10 Best Essential Oils For Alleviating Anxiety, According to Science (6)

The bottom line is - Ask your doctor about essential oils and other natural ways (like drinking matcha tea!) to combat anxiety

Although safety testing has shown essential oils have few side effects when used as directed, it's always best to consult with your practitioner first. This is because there are many essential oil qualities and concentrations.

If you're thinking about giving one of these essential oils a try, connect with a trusted health professional you're currently seeing for anxiety. Your practitioner can help you get started, show you how to find quality EOs, and alert you to any potential side effects or interactions that could put you at risk.

(Video) Why Aroma Therapy Is Powerful? According To Science || Aromatherapy for Anxiety & De-Stress

Consider drinking matcha tea to help alleviate your anxiety

Drinking matcha or other green tea varieties from the camellia sinensis plant can promote a very relaxing sensation that alleviates anxiety. Matcha, compared to other green tea varieties, contains notably high amounts of L-theanine, which is a unique amino acid shown to help combat anxiety. Want to learn more about what matcha is and how it can help produce a calm, meditative state?


You may want to consider drinking matcha tea to help combat your anxiety naturally. Read more about it in our article on matcha for anxiety here.


References

  1. Al-Yasiry, A. R. M., & Kiczorowska, B. (2016). Frankincense – therapeutic properties. Postępy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej, 70, 380–391. https://doi.org/10.5604/17322693.1200553
  2. Amsterdam, J. D., Li, Y., Soeller, I., Rockwell, K., Mao, J. J., & Shults, J. (2009). A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Oral Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) Extract Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 29(4), 378–382. https://doi.org/10.1097/jcp.0b013e3181ac935c
  3. Cho, M. Y., Min, E. S., Hur, M. H., & Lee, M. S. (2013). Effects of Aromatherapy on the Anxiety, Vital Signs, and Sleep Quality of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Patients in Intensive Care Units. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013, 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/381381
  4. Gnatta, J. R., Piason, P. P., Lopes, C. D. L. B. C., Rogenski, N. M. B., & Silva, M. J. P. D. (2014). Aromatherapy with ylang ylang for anxiety and self-esteem: a pilot study. Revista Da Escola de Enfermagem Da USP, 48(3), 492–499. https://doi.org/10.1590/s0080-623420140000300015
  5. Han, X., Gibson, J., Eggett, D. L., & Parker, T. L. (2017). Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) Essential Oil Inhalation Improves Positive Feelings in the Waiting Room of a Mental Health Treatment Center: A Pilot Study. Phytotherapy research : PTR, 31(5), 812–816. https://doi.org/10.1002/ptr.5806
  6. Hekmatpou, D., Pourandish, Y., Farahani, P., & Parvizrad, R. (2017). The effect of aromatherapy with the essential oil of orange on pain and vital signs of patients with fractured limbs admitted to the emergency ward: A randomized clinical trial. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 23(4), 431. https://doi.org/10.4103/ijpc.ijpc_37_17
  7. Hongratanaworakit T. (2010). Stimulating effect of aromatherapy massage with jasmine oil. Natural product communications, 5(1), 157–162.
  8. Kheirkhah, M., Vali Pour, N. S., Nisani, L., & Haghani, H. (2014). Comparing the effects of aromatherapy with rose oils and warm foot bath on anxiety in the first stage of labor in nulliparous women. Iranian Red Crescent medical journal, 16(9), e14455. https://doi.org/10.5812/ircmj.14455
  9. Kianpour, M., Mansouri, A., Mehrabi, T., & Asghari, G. (2016). Effect of lavender scent inhalation on prevention of stress, anxiety and depression in the postpartum period. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 21(2), 197. https://doi.org/10.4103/1735-9066.178248
  10. Koulivand, P. H., Khaleghi Ghadiri, M., & Gorji, A. (2013). Lavender and the Nervous System. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/681304
  11. Kyle G. (2006). Evaluating the effectiveness of aromatherapy in reducing levels of anxiety in palliative care patients: results of a pilot study. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 12(2), 148–155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2005.11.003
  12. Linck, V. M., da Silva, A. L., Figueiró, M., Caramão, E. B., Moreno, P. R., & Elisabetsky, E. (2010). Effects of inhaled Linalool in anxiety, social interaction and aggressive behavior in mice. Phytomedicine : international journal of phytotherapy and phytopharmacology, 17(8-9), 679–683. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phymed.2009.10.002
  13. Malcolm, B. J., & Tallian, K. (2017). Essential oil of lavender in anxiety disorders: Ready for prime time? Mental Health Clinician, 7(4), 147–155. https://doi.org/10.9740/mhc.2017.07.147
  14. Mohebitabar, S., Shirazi, M., Bioos, S., Rahimi, R., Malekshahi, F., & Nejatbakhsh, F. (2017). Therapeutic efficacy of rose oil: A comprehensive review of clinical evidence. Avicenna journal of phytomedicine, 7(3), 206–213.
  15. Peir Hossein Koulivand, Maryam Khaleghi Ghadiri, Ali Gorji, "Lavender and the Nervous System", Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2013, Article ID 681304, 10 pages, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/681304
  16. Pour, F., Arman, S., & Jaafarzadeh, M. (2013). Effect of aromatherapy with orange essential oil on salivary cortisol and pulse rate in children during dental treatment: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Advanced Biomedical Research, 2(1), 10. https://doi.org/10.4103/2277-9175.107968
  17. Ramsey, J. T., Shropshire, B. C., Nagy, T. R., Chambers, K. D., Li, Y., & Korach, K. S. (2020). Essential Oils and Health. The Yale journal of biology and medicine, 93(2), 291–305.
  18. Reis, D., & Jones, T. T. (2018). Frankincense Essential Oil as a Supportive Therapy for Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Case Study. Holistic nursing practice, 32(3), 140–142. https://doi.org/10.1097/HNP.000000000000026
  19. Rombolà, L., Tridico, L., Scuteri, D., Sakurada, T., Sakurada, S., Mizoguchi, H., Avato, P., Corasaniti, M., Bagetta, G., & Morrone, L. (2017). Bergamot Essential Oil Attenuates Anxiety-Like Behaviour in Rats. Molecules, 22(4), 614. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules22040614
  20. Shinjyo, N., Waddell, G., & Green, J. (2020). Valerian Root in Treating Sleep Problems and Associated Disorders—A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, 25, 2515690X2096732. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515690x20967323
  21. Tabatabaeichehr, M., Rashidi-Fakari, F., & Mortazavi, H. (2015). The effect of aromatherapy by essential oil of orange on anxiety during labor: A randomized clinical trial. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 20(6), 661. https://doi.org/10.4103/1735-9066.170001

FAQs

The 10 Best Essential Oils For Alleviating Anxiety, According to Science? ›

Healthline's picks for the best essential oils for anxiety
  • Valerian. Valerian is an herb that has been used since ancient times. ...
  • Jatamansi. Jatamansi is in the same plant family as valerian. ...
  • Lavender. Lavender is one of the most popular aromatherapy oils. ...
  • Jasmine. ...
  • Holy basil. ...
  • Sweet basil. ...
  • Bergamot. ...
  • Chamomile.

Are essential oils effective for anxiety? ›

Some of the most popular essential oils include: Lavender oil: Many people find the lavender scent relaxing. It's often used to help relieve stress and anxiety and promote good sleep. Tea tree oil: Also called melaleuca, this essential oil was used by Australia's aboriginal people for wound healing.

What essential oils help with anxiety and panic attacks? ›

Scents for Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
  • Lavender: Known for its soothing effects, lavender oil is often used to help one relax and unwind. ...
  • Bergamot: The smell of bergamot oil can help one feel refreshed and energized. ...
  • Ylang-ylang: This fragrant oil comes from the beautiful flowers of the ylang-ylang tree.
Apr 15, 2020

What smell calms anxiety? ›

What's considered a calming scent will vary from person to person, but Newton recommends the following scents based on their well-documented calming properties:
  • Lavender.
  • Bergamot.
  • Vetiver.
  • Ylang Ylang.
Jan 23, 2020

What is the best calming oil? ›

Lavender is probably the best-known calming essential oil. Its soothing aroma can help relax the nervous system, and is great for relieving restlessness, irritability and insomnia. Try sprinkling a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow before bed to help you drift off into a natural, peaceful sleep.

Does frankincense help with anxiety? ›

Frankincense, made from the resin of the Boswellia tree, has been one of the golden ingredients in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It helps quiet and focus the mind, which is important during an anxiety attack.

Does eucalyptus calm anxiety? ›

Summary Eucalyptus oil is associated with decreased blood pressure and anxiety. It's believed to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation.

Is there a smell that instantly relaxes you? ›

Lavender is one of the most popular scents for relaxing and falling asleep, and with good reason. This fragrance oil has many calming properties, and it can help release tension, soothe racing thoughts and help you unwind.

Which of the following scents has been scientifically proven to be calming? ›

Citrus scents work wonders at calming work stress. Lemon and other citrus fragrances improve concentration and have calming properties.

What is the most powerful essential oil? ›

Frankincense. Often referred to as the “king of oils,” frankincense or Boswellia is one of the most potent and medicinally useful essential oils on the planet.

How does Melissa oil help with anxiety? ›

Melissa oil is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antispasmodic and antidepressant properties. It has a delicate and lemony aroma that promotes emotional balance and boosts skin health. One of the main benefits of melissa oil is its antioxidant property, which is due to the presence of special compounds.

Is Lemongrass good for anxiety? ›

It has many other potential health benefits, too. In fact, lemongrass essential oil is a popular tool in aromatherapy to help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.

How do you rewire an anxious brain? ›

Carving out time for your hobbies can be a great form of self-care if you live with anxiety, but there's another benefit too. Each time you learn a new skill, you're increasing your brain's ability to rewire itself. Any new skill you learn will help with this.

How do I overcome anxiety without medication? ›

Anxiety Treatment Without Medication: 7 Holistic Ways to Cope
  1. Keep Your Blood Sugar in Check. ...
  2. Avoid Stimulants. ...
  3. Get Enough Sleep. ...
  4. Just Breathe. ...
  5. Practice Mindfulness. ...
  6. Exercise. ...
  7. Do What You Enjoy.
Dec 6, 2017

How can I calm my anxiety fast at night? ›

How Can I Overcome Anxiety at Bedtime?
  1. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene. Dr. ...
  2. Practice Meditation. According to Dr. ...
  3. Exercise. ...
  4. Set Aside Time for Winding Down. ...
  5. Avoid Stressful Activities Before Bed. ...
  6. Write Down Your Worries on Paper. ...
  7. Avoid Lying in Bed Awake. ...
  8. Limit Screen Time.

Do essential oils actually work? ›

The National Institute of Health provides a thorough summary via the US National Library of Medicine of research conducted into the efficacy of essential oils. Currently, there is no evidence-backed research showing any illnesses that can be cured through the use of essential oils or the practice of aromatherapy.

Where do you put essential oils for stress? ›

Mix one drop each of the three essential oils in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and dab on pulse points (behind the ears, temples, wrists, ankles, over heart, etc.) and down décolletage. Avoid rubbing near the eyes. Throw in your deep breathing for the ultimate aromatherapeutic stress and tension relief.

Essential oils for anxiety have direct effects on the parts of the brain that control anxiety, stress, depression, and fear. Live a stress-free life.

Essential oils for anxiety have direct effects on the parts of the brain that control anxiety, stress, depression, and fear.. Lavender oil can adapt to any mood that is why it is one of the best and most popular essential oils today.. Lavender oil is a perfect pick-me-up essential oil to provide a deliberate and therapeutic effect to the body that in turn relieves mild anxiety.. How to use: You can blend this essential oil with any carrier oil and use it for full body massage.. How to use: You can directly inhale a few drops of lime essential oil for an instant uplift.. Cedarwood essential oil has an abundance of health benefits such as promoting calming effects on the mind, stabilizing the mood, preventing common scalp problems, reducing joint pains, treating minor cuts , providing pain relief leading to a balanced state of mind.. Out of the countless essential oils for anxiety available, it is entirely up to you which essential oil you should choose.

Did you know there are essential oils for anxiety? Learn how to use these 7 oils to help relieve anxiety.

Essential oils are also prevalent in aromatherapy, which was advanced by French surgeon Jean Valnet, who learned that essential oils could help treat soldiers during World War II — a time when medications were scarce.. The essential oil blend consisted of these essential oils in equal ratios of bergamot, frankincense and lavender.. Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia ) Considered the most common essential oil, lavender oil benefits include having a calming, relaxing effect.. “The Handbook of Essential Oils: Science, Technology, and Applications, Second Edition” that there have been a number of clinical trials involving the inhalation of lavender essential oil that indicate a reduction in stress and anxiety.. It pairs well with many essential oils, including geranium oil, ylang ylang oil and chamomile oil.. A 2006 study conducted by Geochang Provincial College in Korea found that using ylang ylang oil, along with bergamot and lavender oils, once a day for four weeks reduced “psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension.”. The blended essential oil consisted of lavender and bergamot oils.. Compared with the placebo, blended essential oil caused significant natural ways to reduce blood pressure and pulse rate, and participants in the blended essential oil group rated themselves as “more calm” and “more relaxed” than the control group.

7 Essential Oils that Actually Helped with My Anxiety Anxiety is a normal human response to stressful events and situations; but, in many people, anxiety can become overwhelming and even debilitating (I’ve been there myself). Fortunately,

Bergamot Essential Oil Lavender Essential Oil Chamomile Essential Oil Rose Essential Oil Orange Essential Oil Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Clary Sage Essential Oil. Eating Low Carb, Moderate Protein, High Fat (sometimes in ketotosis, but not constantly) Exercising Just 2 Days out of every 10 Days (one day is resistance training, the other is extra-low intensity cardio/movement) Implementing a Strategic Regimen of Essential Oil Use (Diffused, Topical and Occasionally ingested ). Studies have shown that using lavender essential oil prior to expected stress-inducing events, such as giving a presentation, going to the dentist or going for a surgery, can help reduce stress and anxiety.. Regarding anxiety and related concerns, rose essential oil has been proven to help induce feelings of calmness and relaxation.. While many oils on this list are wonderful when combined into a custom blend, orange essential oil is definitely one that can work wonders all on its own!. If your anxiety commonly includes an element of fear, ylang ylang essential oil might be perfect for you.. Finally, never ingest any essential oil unless you are sure that the oil is pure, organic and meant for internal use…and even then, I recommend consulting a professional healthcare practitioner before swallowing any essential oil.. In closing, I hope that, as they have for me, these essential oils help you with occasional feelings of stress and anxiety.

Our whirlwind lifestyle leaves many of us exhausted at the end of the day, while still anxious about tomorrow. To find some relief from those racing thoughts, we often turn to prescription medications or supplements. However, certain essential oils can help ease anxiety as well. Here are the best ones to have stocked and ready for

Unlike prescription medication for anxiety, studies show that using essential oils for anxiety won’t leave you feeling drowsy or tired.. The next time you’re feeling anxious, consider investing in any of these calming essential oils to reduce your anxiety levels at work and at home.. Similar to lavender, jasmine essential oil can help reduce anxiety without making you tired or drowsy.. Studies show that bergamot oil, which is a type of citrus, helps ease anxiety and stress.. One study found that women in labor who received a footbath with rose essential oil reduced their anxiety more than a control group.. While research on chamomile essential oil is fairly limited, numerous studies show that the compounds in chamomile act as a sedative, and can significantly reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.. Like sweet basil, animal studies found that Vetiver essential oil contains anti-anxiety effects similar to the diazepam.. Remember, when you do this, it’s important that the essential oil is always diluted with a carrier oil, like olive or coconut oil.. This equals to about 12 drops of essential oil per fluid ounce (or 30 ml) of carrier oil, lotion, butter, or other natural moisturizers.. Start by adding three drops of essential oil to your carrier oil, then dab gently on your inner arm.

Lorna McCormack is back with us today with an article on the best essential oils to use for anxiety. PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently receiving cancer treatment, you must check with your medical team before beginning the use of…

There are so many wonderful and therapeutic reasons to use essential oils but in this post we are going to talk about my top 10 essential oils specifically for anxiety and stress.. Research has also shown that lavender helps to reduce anxiety ( study ), depression and can even help manage pain ( study ).. Research has shown that Bergamot essential oil is a big deal for people under a lot of stress or who have mood disorders ( study ).. The mild sedative and relaxation properties of Roman chamomile essential oil makes it ideal for calming nerves and reducing anxiety.. Rose is a beautiful smelling oil but it is also very effective in reducing anxiety and depression ( study ), inducing relaxation and reducing emotional distress ( study ).. Check the labels: There is no government regulation of essential oils, therefore any oil can be called “pure” regardless of the quality of its ingredients.. Do you use essential oils for emotions?

Learn about the top 10 Essential Oils for Anxiety and Stress Relief, as well as the incredible benefits essential oils have to offer!

Please keep in mind that not all essential oils are created equally , as some have been filtered down or have been cut with chemicals to reduce cost for the company, so I’ll link the brand I’ve been using for years and fully trust as I list each oil below.. Essential oils have the ability to provide much needed relief and healing for a variety of ailments, and in this post, I’ll be listing the top 10 essential oils that are best for reducing anxiety !. First, let’s get into some aromatherapy properties and briefly review what aromatherapy actually is and how it functions in the body to produce these purported effects that I’ll list in further detail down below.. In a nutshell: essential oils have the ability to calm our minds, uplift our spirits, give us a grounding sense, which is incredibly helpful when suffering from anxiety due to stressful situations and/or chronic, generalized anxiety.. Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia ) : I’ve actually dedicated a full, detailed post with 30+ Benefits of Lavender Essential oil because it truly is one of the most multifunctional oils out there!. Lavender, in particular, has numerous studies to back up it’s anxiety reducing effects in various scenarios, as it has an overall calming, relaxing effect.. Rose ( Rosa damascena ) : Rose is one of the most highly prized essential oils and has been found to be incredibly helpful for reducing stress, tension, and overall anxiety levels when inhaled and/or applied topically.. Bergamot is a very calming scent and is often used to treat depression due to it’s uplifting aroma; however, it can also help with insomnia, induce relaxation, and reduce feelings of agitation, which is how it provides relief for symptoms of anxiety.. Most notably, clary sage has been found to help control cortisol levels in women.. Basil is from the mint family and has an uplifting scent that is unique in that it not only possesses calming properties, it also increases mental focus, which can be very helpful when battling anxiety.. Nature has so many truly amazing plant-healing medicines and essential oils are the perfect example of the possibilities nature has to offer in dealing with life’s challenges!. Don’t miss these related posts to address the other aspects of anxiety in a safe, effective, and natural way:

Do you suffer from anxiety? Our ultimate guide to the best essential oils for anxiety may help you in finding the relief that you need. Includes how-to info.

Effective Ways to Use Jatamansi Essential Oil: Make a massage oil: Mix 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil with 6 drops of jatamansi essential oil to create a massage oil.. Effective ways to use frankincense essential oil: Diffuse: Add several drops of frankincense essential oil to your diffuser, inhale, and relax.. Inhale: Carry a bottle of sweet basil essential oil with you.. You’ll feel less anxious and your fragrance will be alluring on your skin.. Let the aromatics release into the air and take deep breaths to inhale the fragrance and calm down your anxious thoughts.. Be mindful of the fragrance as you feel yourself relax.. Grapefruit essential oil contains healthy compounds that create a positive impact on mental alertness and your mood: citronellal and limonene.. It can be challenging to get children to accept new routines, so start off with familiar smells that your child may have experienced around the household.. Lavender essential oil Sweet orange essential oil Cedarwood essential oil (which also helps calm ADHD) Peppermint essential oil Geranium essential oil. Essential Oil for Depression + Anxiety: A custom roll-on blend 3 drops of ylang ylang essential oil to stop the anxiety in its tracks 3 drops sweet orange essential oil that elevates your mood sweet almond oil. 5 drops of valerian essential oil 5 drops of lavender essential oil 2 drops of bergamot essential oil 1 cup of distilled water. Essential oils for anxiety can facilitate fast relief from panic attacks, feelings of overwhelm, and the tension that goes hand-in-hand with the disorder.

Have you ever wondered which essential oils can make you feel happy? What’s the best essential oil for anxiety? Which essential oil helps with depression? Well, you’re about to discover 17 essential oils which help with anxiety and depression, including instructions of how to use them. So, let’s get started!

What’s the best essential oil for anxiety?. Do you want to calm and uplift your your mind and body whilst alleviating fatigue, anxiety and tension?. Then, Bergamot essential oil may be exactly what you need because it is one of the best essential oils for depression and anxiety .. HOW TO USE CEDARWOOD OIL: Diffuse 3-4 drops in an oil diffuser or inhale directly from the bottle.. Or, diffuse 2 drops of Clary Sage combined with 2 drops of your favourite citrus oil.. HOW TO USE FRANKINCENSE OIL: Diffuse 3-4 drops in an oil diffuser or inhale directly from the bottle.. HOW TO USE LAVENDER OIL: Diffuse 3-4 drops in an oil diffuser or add 1-2 drops to your pillow, pyjamas or nightie before bedtime to help you have a restful nights sleep.. HOW TO USE PATCHOULI OIL: Diffuse 3-4 drops in an oil diffuser or inhale directly from the bottle.

Have you experienced rapid heartbeat? Does fear for no definite reason constantly knock at your door? If you have experienced all these, then, you might be struggling with anxiety. What is anxiety? Anxiety is normal emotion that causes increased alertness, fear, and physical signs, such as a rapid heart rate (1). It is a normal […]

A 2015 study in the journal “Research in Complementary Medicine” reveals that people who inhaled bergamot essential oil, diffused with water vapor, had reduced levels of stress hormones, improved mood, and reduced fatigue when compared with a control group ( 7 ).. Chamomile has a calming effect and is effective in relieving anxiety and stress, according to another study ( 12 ).. A single observational pilot study in postpartum women with anxiety demonstrated reduced anxiety levels using a lavender oil blend for 15 minutes twice weekly during the course of 4 weeks ( 17 ).. A 2013 study conducted at the University of Melbourne found that this essential oil helps to improve anxiety, depression, neuroprotectivity and cognition ( 20 ).. In a study of women who were pregnant, the aromatherapy and footbath with this oil reduces anxiety in active phase in nulliparous women ( 24 ).. In a small 2015 study involving 34 nurses, researchers found that aromatherapy with ylang ylang may not have a significant effect on anxiety but did improve the participants’ self-esteem ( 27 ).

Discover the science behind the best essential oils for anxiety and how to use essential oils for stress relief at home.

In most cases, essential oils for anxiety relief can be used interchangeably with those labelled as essential oils for stress.. You might need to try a few different essential oils before discovering what essential oil is good for anxiety in your life.. Bergamot Essential Oil Chamomile Essential Oil Frankincense Essential Oil Lavender Essential Oil Neroli Essential Oil Patchouli Essential Oil Ylang Ylang Essential Oil. A study investigating the levels of anxiety in a dental office lobby, noted that the aroma of lavender essential oil was more effective at decreasing patient anxiety than the aroma of orange essential oil , music, or nothing at all.. For readers wondering how to use lavender oil for anxiety relief, it can be inhaled using a diffuser or add the essential oil to a carrier oil, and massage into the skin.. Among neroli essential oil’s many benefits , its sedative and anti-stress properties suggest that it’s an effective essential oil for stress relief.. Blending essential oils for anxiety and stress relief not only provides richer and more complex aromas, it may help enhance the effects of each essential oil.. For another essential oils anxiety relief blend, combine patchouli, orange, and lavender essential oil in a diffuser or with a carrier oil .. Aromatherapy massage combines the essential oil with a carrier oil such as almond oil , olive oil , or jojoba oil .. Using an essential oil diffuser to diffuse an essential oil for anxiety relief is considered to provide the fastest stress-relieving results.. Lavender essential oil to ease anxiety and restlessness Bergamot essential oil to ease fear and anxiety

12 Best Essential Oils for Anxiety: Feeling Anxious? If you are struggling with feelings of anxiety from time to time, you're definitely not alone. Life can often be very difficult and sometimes it can feel like we're just trying to keep our heads above the water. Everyone copes with their anxiety in different ways, but

If you are struggling with feelings of anxiety from time to time, you’re definitely not alone .. The essential oils used in the blend were bergamot, lavender, and frankincense.. The study showed that those patients in group 1 which received hand massages, coupled with essential oils, experienced significant positive differences in pain and depression over group 2, the control group.. Therefore, this study shows a significant decrease in anxiety with those patients given lavender inhalation therapy over those given the placebo before undergoing surgery.. We’ve discussed 3 separate studies that show essential oils to be very effective at reducing these feelings.. The study concludes that rose oil likely has a relaxing effect in aromatherapy inhalation as well.. This study found that there were no significant increases in anxiety with the group of men that were given the sweet orange essential oil as there were in the other groups.. Also, one final tip: Don’t merely find time to relax during stressful times in life, but find time to relax before they happen so that you’re better prepared for how to deal with your anxiety in those times.

Some of these anti-anxiety oils are just as effective as prescription meds.

Get these essential oils for anxiety into your diffuser ASAP to feel naturally calm.. However, certain essential oils can help ease anxiety as well.. Unlike prescription medication for anxiety, studies show that using essential oils for anxiety won’t leave you feeling drowsy or tired.. The next time you’re feeling anxious, consider investing in any of these calming essential oils to reduce your anxiety levels at work and at home.. Similar to lavender, jasmine essential oil can help reduce anxiety without making you tired or drowsy.. Studies show that bergamot oil , which is a type of citrus, helps ease anxiety and stress.. One study found that women in labor who received a footbath with rose essential oil reduced their anxiety more than a control group.. While research on chamomile essential oil is fairly limited, numerous studies show that the compounds in chamomile act as a sedative, and can significantly reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.. Like sweet basil, animal studies found that Vetiver essential oil contains anti-anxiety effects similar to the diazepam.. Remember, when you do this, it’s important that the essential oil is always diluted with a carrier oil , like olive or coconut oil.. This equals to about 12 drops of essential oil per fluid ounce (or 30 ml) of carrier oil, lotion, butter, or other natural moisturizers.. Start by adding three drops of essential oil to your carrier oil, then dab gently on your inner arm.. Certain essential oils are a fantastic tool for reducing anxiety.

Here are the ten best essential oils to tame your anxiety and stress, without medication or a doctor's office.

Since the Limbic region is directly connected to areas of the brain that control blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, the benefits of these essential oils also reach other functions that it controls.. Many aromatherapy products that advocate the use of essential oil have synthetic aromas instead of pure oils, which cause more harm than relief.. Let us now take a look at some of the best essential oils to beat stress and anxiety.. The Roman variation of the oil also helps to reduce anger and bring down anxiety levels.The oil can be diffused or applied to the back of the neck or on the temples during times of stress.. A study in Korea on a group of women showed this essential oil to have hormone balancing effects, reduction in the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase in the levels of mood and sleep regulator serotonin.. A study of 52 people in Korea showed that inhalation of the blend of the essential oil helped reduce psychological stress and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with hypertension.

Anxious or feeling low? If you had a rough day or if you suffer from stress day in and day out, having a natural go-to solution, like an essential oil on hand, can help to relieve stress symptoms (without the side-effect of drugs) and do wonders for calming your anxiety and relaxing the mind. Read on to discover our picks for the top 17 best essential oils for stress and anxiety...

Lavender Essential Oil Lavender is perhaps one of the best and most commonly used "adaptogens" today - meaning it can adapt to any mood.. How to use lavender essential oil for stress and anxiety:. Inhale lavender oil directly for an immediate calming effect. How to use eucalyptus essential oil for stress and anxiety:. How to use orange essential oil for stress and anxiety:. Jasmine oil not only alleviates feelings of depression but it stimulates the mind and helps uplift the mood and produce feelings of confidence and optimism.. How to use peppermint essential oil for stress and anxiety:. fine-mist spray bottle 6 tablespoons of distilled water 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil 6 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Essential oils for anxiety and other ailments have been used by many cultures dating as far back as 4500 BCE in Egypt and 2697 BCE in China.

This is the most common method for most essential oils, and it uses steam, steam and water, or just water, plus pressure to distill the oil from the plant.. Citrus oils are often extracted through expression, or cold pressing.. The mechanism of action that allows essential oils to help treat anxiety all has to do with the limbic system in the brain.. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and helps with sleepless nights, restlessness, panic attacks, irritability, and overall nervous tension.. Rose has calming effects on what people refer to as the “emotional heart.” It eases menopausal and menstrual irritability, and is the second most popular essential oil after lavender for easing anxiety and panic attacks.

Anxiety disorders affect millions of Americans. Discover the best essential oils for anxiety that positively impact your physical and mental health.

Did you also know that for centuries, essential oils have been used for supporting health… including for helping reduce anxiety?. Among its benefits, lavender has been shown to support pain relief.. When it comes to oils for anxiety, lavender is the best essential oil for anxiety across the board .. In fact, it’s even been put into capsule form and sold as a natural anti-anxiety supplement.. One study published in the Japanese Journal of Pharmacology that elicited anxiety responses in mice (alarm periods), went so far as to say, “lavender oil increased the response rate during the alarm period in a dose-dependent manner in the same manner as diazepam.” [Note: Diazepam was first marketed as valium and is a drug commonly used to treat anxiety disorders.]. Both lemon oil and orange oil can be used via inhalation and skin application.. Several studies have shown rose oil to posses the power to “significantly lower” anxiety.. A 2015 study reported, “The mean anxiety score decreased significantly after inhalation of the aroma of geranium essential oil.. Last, but far from least, is the essential oil of frankincense.. Among its known healing benefits, frankincense oil has been shown to help with arthritis pain, balancing hormones, encouraging skin health, providing neurological support, and aiding digestion.. Pure, top quality supplement grade frankincense oils are ingestible when indicated on the label.. Research shows the positive effect orange essential oil has on the anxiety levels of patients.. Rose essential oil can act as an antidepressant.. Peppermint, eucalyptus, and frankincense oils also have anti-anxiety benefits.

Are You Unable to Have a Peaceful Sleep Due to Anxiety? Consider These Top Essential Oils for Anxiety. These Oils Tend to Generate a Calming and Relaxing Effect on the Body and Restores the Nervous System’s in Peace. Read More to Find out Effective Ways of Using Lavender Oil for Anxiety.

Lavender oil will help you get rid of panic attacks, tension, sleeplessness, irritability, restlessness, and nervous stomach.. Frankincense oil is usually consumed in aromatherapy as its aromatic effect tends to work the most in treating anxiety disorders.. Rose oil helps in settling the sentiments of an emotional heart and helps cope up from the anxiety and panic attacks.. The oil is believed to have uplifting effects as well as calming effects on the body of the person suffering from anxiety.. The oil brings in a lot of energy and makes the anxiety feel go away.

Feelings of stress and anxiety have become far too common in our fast-paced lives, and this has never been more evident than it is today. Everyone

10 of the Best Essential Oils for Stress and Anxiety. Apply a single drop to your temples and wrists, diffuse around your home or combine with a carrier oil for a relaxing massage oil.. This oil is beautiful as a natural perfume, added to a bath or diffused around your home.. The oil acts as an antidepressant by promoting feelings of wellbeing and inner peace.. Use it in a diffuser to help alleviate symptoms of nervous tension, stress, depression and anxiety.

Aromatherapy is a proven technique for relieving anxiety and stress. Try these 6 essential oils to relax, relieve anxiety, and sleep better at night.

Aromatherapy with essential oils has been used for treating a number of ailments, from reducing stress to relieving sleep disorders.. Another study on rats found bergamot oil to have significant positive effects on anxiety and stress, further suggesting its effectiveness in relieving anxiety and stress through aromatherapy treatment.. You can massage the diluted essential oil on your skin to let it relax your nerves, calm your anxiety, and enjoy a restful sleep at night.. Dilute it and apply on your skin or sprinkle a few drops onto a cloth or a tissue and inhale the sweet aroma of the ylang-ylang essential oil to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.. Inhale the rich aroma of clary sage oil to calm your anxious mind or massage a few drops of the diluted oil on your skin to relax and sleep well.. Dilute the essential oil by mixing it with a carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, etc.

It is increasingly common knowledge that essential oils can be used as part of a massage. They are especially good at inducing calm. However, they are

Meanwhile, essential oils for anxiety and spiritual cleansing can help to remove negativity from your body, your mind, and your space.. In this basic guide, we'll explore essential oils for cleansing the home and the spirit, and we'll consider a range of mood-boosting oils that can help you achieve your goals and improve your well-being.. First, let's explore the key underpinnings of the practice of using essential oils to reduce anxiety.. You can buy candles including particular oils, you can mix blends of oils at home, and you can also tab oil-based perfumes onto your pulse points (e.g. at the wrists and at the base of the neck).. Some people carry scented cloth when they anticipate entering a stressful situation, and others apply essential oils in their bedroom in order to help induce restful sleep.. Click here to claim your FREE copy of 'Clearing Negativity In Your Life' With a sense of how and why you might want to use essential oils in mind, we can now turn to the specific properties of eight of the very best oils and consider when you might want to use them.. Once you know what oil or oils you'd like to use, be sure to discuss your plan with your doctor so that they can give you any further information you may need to know (e.g. any potential interactions between oils and specific medications that you're taking).. Another earthy scent, rosemary essential oil is good for treating fatigue and generally lifting mood during times of depression.. If you’re wondering about essential oils for mood swings or essential oils for uplifting mood, vanilla can provide a quick and powerful fix.. Now that you know more about using essential oils to ward off negativity, why not discover even more powerful ways to clear negativity from your life?

Find out which are the best essential oils for anxiety relief! These essential oils can reduce restlessness and bring you back into balance.

Patchouli Essential Oil Patchouli essential oil fights depression and anxiety, helps in balancing emotions, banishes lethargy and increases intuition and imagination.. Neroli Essential Oil (Citrus Aurantium Essential Oil) Neroli essential oil improves mood, relieves depression, stress and tension and increases blood circulation.. 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.. Vetiver Essential Oil (Vetiveria Zizanioides Essential Oil) Vetiver Essential Oil stabilizes emotions, calms a hyperactive mind, fights insomnia and boosts self confidence.. BergamotEssential Oil ( Citrus Bergamia Essential Oil ) Bergamot Essential Oil is soothing, dissipates fear and reduces stress, anxiety and anger.. Lime essential oil blends well with essential oils of clary sage, lavender, neroli and ylang ylang.. 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.. Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia Carterii Oil) Frankincense Essential Oil is soothing to the nervous system, clears the mind and also causes deeper breathing.. Frankincense essential oil blends well with sandalwood, sage, lavender, myrrh, pine, orange, bergamot and lemon essential oil.

We all get overwhelmed sometimes. Life can be stressful, and when it persists for a long time, it can begin to take a serious toll on how you feel day-to-day -- anxious, fearful, ungrounded, and struggling to find a sense of peace. I work with a lot of clients who struggle with stress and anxiety, and my go-to recommendation is that they incorporate essential oil therapy as a daily practice. Learn the 5 best essential oils for stress in this article.

I work with a lot of clients who struggle with stress and anxiety, and my go-to recommendation is that they incorporate essential oil therapy as a daily practice.. Dr. Dee and I discussed our favorite essential oils for supporting the relief of stress and supporting a sense of calm, relaxed clarity.. Here’s a look at our top five essential oils for stress relief, and how each one can help you feel more zen, even when life gets overwhelming.. Lavender is one of the best essential oils for stress and anxiety.. Lavender primes your nervous system for relaxation, making it a go-to essential oil for stress relief[1].. Stress Away is a good essential oil blend you can use for stress relief.. Stress Away’s ingredients work in harmony, creating what I think is one of the most effective essential oils for relieving stress and promoting a sense of easy relaxation.. It promotes mental clarity, and is perfect for days when you want to get a lot done without feeling stressed.. Peace & Calming is another great essential oil blend to help with relaxation.. Diffuse 5-10 drops of Peace & Calming for relaxation.. My favorite essential oils are made by Young Living, a company that, in my opinion, creates the finest essential oils in the world.. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, this Stress Relief Essential Oil Starter Kit is a perfect place to start with essential oils.. “Relaxing effect of ylang ylang oil on humans after transdermal absorption.” Phytotherapy Research: An International Journal Devoted to Pharmacological and Toxicological Evaluation of Natural Product Derivatives 20.9 (2006): 758-763. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16807875 Goes, Tiago Costa, et al. “Effect of sweet orange aroma on experimental anxiety in humans.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 18.8 (2012): 798-804. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22849536 Swamy, Mallappa Kumara, and Uma Rani Sinniah.

These are the most powerful essential oils for anxiety to calm your mind + 5 ways to use them, including anxiety diffuser recipes, DIY Blends & more...

Anxiety is a complex condition that affects our mental, physical, and emotional health.. Often several different treatments must be tried to determine which works best for our particular type of anxiety.. The uplifting spicy citrus scent of bergamot gifts us with happiness while simultaneously calming and relaxing our bodies.. Vetiver works subtly and gently to calm and relax us.. Ylang ylang is another well-rounded oil that helps to relax and calm both our bodies and minds.

Videos

1. Essential Oils For Anxiety - 6 Natural Oil Remedies To Relieve Anxiety
(Healthy Natured)
2. BEST ESSENTIAL OILS for Stress, Anxiety & Brain Fog | LoveCentered
(LoveCentered)
3. How essential oils can relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia
(Happiness Makes Scents)
4. Ways to Relieve Anxiety and Stress!
(Kendall Rae)
5. The 10 Best Incense for Anxiety. Which incense will relieve your anxiety?
(Predict My Future)
6. Top 7 Benefits of Chamomile for Anxiety | How Chamomile Helps to Relieve Anxiety & How to Take it
(Amosuir)

You might also like

Latest Posts

Article information

Author: Horacio Brakus JD

Last Updated: 09/14/2022

Views: 6348

Rating: 4 / 5 (71 voted)

Reviews: 86% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Horacio Brakus JD

Birthday: 1999-08-21

Address: Apt. 524 43384 Minnie Prairie, South Edda, MA 62804

Phone: +5931039998219

Job: Sales Strategist

Hobby: Sculling, Kitesurfing, Orienteering, Painting, Computer programming, Creative writing, Scuba diving

Introduction: My name is Horacio Brakus JD, I am a lively, splendid, jolly, vivacious, vast, cheerful, agreeable person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.