5 Best Essential Oils For Stress And Anxiety

Sometimes our lives can appear as though they are running away from us. It’s what some of us feel as anxiety, overwhelm, and a lack of focus.

You probably know the signs of stress and anxiety?

Racing heart?

Rising blood pressure?

Erratic mood swings?

Stress can trigger a myriad of physical and mental symptoms, adding to the chaos of an already hectic environment.

Essential oils are an exceptional, natural way to restore a feeling of calm and can have a positive effect on our body, stimulating the release of certain chemicals in our brain while also stimulating other parts of our central nervous system.

They can also help lower our blood pressure, decrease our heart rate while also relieving other symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Certain essential oils even change the way our body reacts to stressful situations.

Essential Oils for Anxiety. These oils can help you feel calmer and balanced. Try any of these oils by themselves at first and see how you feel. Layer on oils as needed.

Five Ways to Use Essential Oils For Stress

I’ve shared how to use oils in other posts but just for review here are the common ways you can use your oils at home.


You can add oils to your palms, rub them together than holding your hands 5 inches before your face, take a long deep breath.

As an alternative, you can add a few drops to cotton balls, or add a few drops to your essential oil jewelry.

Add To Your Bath

Inhaling the essential oils via the steam of a hot bath is another method for safely indulging in essential oils.

Add several drops of essential oils and Epsom salts to your bath water for a wonderful detox bath.

Detox Bath Recipe with epsom salt, lavender oil and baking soda

Add To Your Diffuser

Diffusers provide you with a long-lasting and intense benefit.

You can use them in your home, place of business or wherever…allowing others to partake in the joys of these potent oils.

You can create a spa-like environment in a matter of just a few minutes.

Go here for my post with diffuser recipes

Apply To Your Skin

You can apply essential oils to your temples or use them in a massage oil to promote full body relaxation.

As An Air Freshener

Create your own air freshener using water and essential oils.

You can mix three to five drops of oil with two ounces of water in a spray bottle and spray it in the air or on your bed before you go to sleep.

Go here for a great fabric spray recipe

*Test all oils on a small section of your skin before applying to a large area to be sure you aren’t sensitive to it. Many oils are best used on the skin diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil.

Five Oils To Use When You Feel Stressed Or Anxious

There are many oils that can be used to help ease anxiety and stress.

For simplicity’s sake, here are 5 of the most popular oils known for their ability to help you feel calm and balanced.

Read to the end for a few others that might help you plus some premade blends you might want to try.

Lemongrass Oil

If your nerves are feeling a bit frazzled or you have feelings of mental fatigue, lemongrass oil may prove useful.

Lemongrass oil (get it hereproduces an immediate stress-relieving effect on your senses, helping to calm your nerves and immediately drain tension from your body.

With as few as three drops, this oil can take effect in as little as three minutes.

Essential oils for anxiety and calming your nerves. Lavender Essential oil is a good one to try first.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil (get it here) is the quintessential scent of almost any spa you enter.

This oil can produce a sedative-like effect, helping to drive away stress and enable you to relax.

Lavender is a favorite agent for promoting sleep and improving your overall well-being.

Go here for 10 reasons you should always carry lavender with you

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit essential oil (get it heredemolishes stress and can help infuse energy where fatigue might be weighing you down.

This oil is useful in delivering headache relief and decreases symptoms of depression.

Rose Essential Oil is know for helping calm the senses and make you feel balanced.

Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil (get it here) is great for creating an environment of tranquility and peace.

It is even more effective than lavender in helping you to combat those doldrum feelings of depression.

Read more about Rose Essential Oil Here

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil (get it here) is another powerful oil with a reputation for improving your mood.

This oil is an excellent, supportive meditative oil that can assist in curing feelings that sometimes accompany panic.

Other Essential Oils That May Help

Aside from the 5 above, some of the others know to have a calming effect are wild orange, peppermint, vetiver, patchouli,  bergamot, ylang-ylang, clary sage, sandalwood, chamomile, jasmine, and sweet marjoram.

If you don’t have any of those oils on hand and need to purchase an oil you could start with a premade blend made specifically for stress/anxiety such as one of these:

Tranquility Blend by Simply Earth (go here to learn more about it).

Worry-Free Synergy Blend by Plant Therapy
 (go here to learn more about it).

DIY Essential Oil Blends To Try

Aside from using the oils on their own, you can also try blending them together.

Try these recipes for your diffuser, as a massage oil, or in your bath.

Diffuser Blends

Try this combination of oils or any in the image below.  You may have to experiment to see which oils work best for you.

4 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
2 Drops Rose Essential Oil

Try some of these diffuser blends for stress.

Massage Blend

Combine a few drops of Lavender and Frankincense with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and use as a massage oil.

Relaxing Bath For Panic Attacks Or To Soothe Anxiety

I found this recipe on  CushySpa.comKarolina suggests you can also massage this blend into your wrists for extra benefits.

Add the ingredients to your bath water and soak.

3 drops Rose Essential Oil
2 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
1 Drop Lavender Essential Oil
3 Tbs of your favorite carrier oil

Stress Relief Roller Blend

Essential oils for stress. Try this roller blend recipe the next time you need a pick me up or to help you feel calmer. #lavender #peppermint #doterra #youngliving #essentialoils #rollerblends

Keep It Simple

There are many oils know for their ability to help calm your nerves and help you relax.

If you are new to oils don’t overcomplicate things by buying a bunch of different oils.

It’s ok to start with an oil blend such as the ones I mentioned above or just a few single oils until you find what works for you. 

Let me know if you tried any of these oils to help you deal with stress or anxiety.

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Reader Comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    These oils are awesome! I just wish Rose and frankincense weren’t so expensive. I suffered with post partum anxiety and I can attest that these really do help. Diffusing lavender really helped me stay calm. I also love citrus scents, I find they help boost your mood and help you become more positive!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Yes! Essential oils were so helpful when I suffered post partum anxiety. Lavender is so essential in calming and I also think citrus is a great mood booster! Rose is lovely although pretty pricey. I love all these oils!

    1. Stacy Russell says:

      I agree about Citrus. It is the oil scent my girls gravitate to. They are always digging thru my new oils looking to see if I got a new lime or orange oil. They really like Blood Orange. I have a really small bottle of rose and I hide it. 🙂

  3. Stella says:

    This is a very informative article. Lots of helpful tips. Thanks for sharing!

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