10 Essential Oils for Anxiety

July 8, 2016
Tanja Alexandra Kern

When anxiety drags you down, allow the helping hand of Aromatherapy to support lifting you up. Stress is a big culprit in our lives and often leads to nervous tension, and anxiety. You may consider combining Aromatherapy with other therapies, yoga, meditation, etc. to get the best results.

When using essential oils please always make sure to not apply the oils directly to your skin and learn about their contraindications. Please don’t use Aromatherapy when pregnant unless you know which oils are safe for you. When in doubt please contact an Aromatherapist to assist you in choosing the right oils for your needs.

Let’s look at 6 Aromatherapy oils that can be used either alone or in combination with other oils and different ways on how to use them.

Methods of use:

  • Place 2-3 drops on a tissue or cotton ball and take long, deep inhales when in need for some calming and soothing aromas
  • For a fast anti-anxiety solution, take a few whiffs directly from the bottle
  • Diffuse the oils in your room
  • If you don’t have sensitive skin, you may consider to place a drop or two of the oil(s) in the palm of one hand, rub your palms together, close your eyes and inhale the calming, encouraging, soothing and relaxing aroma of your essential oils. Make sure to not touch your eyes, nose or sensitive areas of your body until you wash the oils of your hands.

  1. Lavender essential oil
    Let the soothing, calming and fragrant aroma of Lavender oil relieve anxiety, nervous tension, and depression. In addition the oil is also helpful for releasing headaches.
  2. Jasmine essential oil
    The delicate, floral and sweet scent of jasmine oil is very effective for restlessness, anxiety and tension while it restores energy and a positive outlook.
  3. Chamomile essential oil
    The healing, harmonizing and soothing Chamomile fragrance gently calms and soothes nerves. It promotes deep relaxation, serenity, and peacefulness.
  4.  Rose essential oil
    The aromatic, and deep floral Rose oil acts as a mild sedative with anti-depressant properties, relieving stress, tension and mild anxiety. On an emotional level we receive the properties of rose oil as comforting, loving, and caring.
  5.  Sandalwood essential oil
    This sweet-woody oil helps relieve chronic anxiety, fear, tension, and stress. It is calming and balancing, and encourages a deep meditative mental and emotional state.
  6.  Frankincense essential oil
    Frankincense oil promotes relaxed, deep breathing. It calms anxiety and encourages the mental release of past problems.
  7.  Neroli essential oil
    The floral and fresh fragrance of Neroli oil relieves anxiety, especially in cases of shock and severe stress. In addition, it is comforting, encouraging and boost confidence.
  8. Ylang Ylang essential oil
    This sweet-floral and exotic oil’s properties are very calming, and slightly sedating. It helps to slow down rapid heartbeat caused by anxiety attacks and gently lowers the blood pressure.
  9.  Clary Sage essential oil
    The sweet herbaceous aroma of Clary Sage oil reduces anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

  10.  May Chang essential oil
    This sweet-fruity, lemony, refreshing oil acts like a burst of sunshine for the soul. Let the cheerful fragrance relieve stress and anxiety while encouraging feelings of happiness, and joy.

May Aromatherapy help you when you need an emotional and mental pick-me-up.

Please share with your friends and let me know your thoughts!

Best wishes and many blessings,


Tanja Alexandra Kern


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