5 Best Essential Oils For Stress And Anxiety (and how to use them)

Sometimes our lives can feel like they are running away from us causing us to feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, and unable to focus.

It could be a family crisis or the holidays with all the activities, parties, shopping, and family gatherings.

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.

How to use essential oils for stress

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.


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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.

Six 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.

1. Inhale Essential Oils

You can add oils to your palms, rub them together then hold your hands 5 inches from your face and 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.

2. Diffuse Essential Oils

This is different than just inhaling the oils straight. Diffusers provide you with longer-lasting and intense benefits.

You can diffuse 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 more diffuser recipes

3. Add Essential Oils To Your Bath

Speaking of the spa.

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

Just add several drops of essential oils and Epsom salts to your bathwater then turn on some music and you’ve got a relaxing detox bath.

4. Apply Essential Oils To Your Skin

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

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

5. Create Stress Relieving Air Fresheners

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, onto fabric, or on your bed before you go to sleep.

Go here for fabric spray recipes to use instead of Febreeze

6. Wear A Diffuser Nose Ring

I know that sounds weird but they are actually little rings that you soak in essential oils and wear on your nose.

(think under a face mask if you are a nurse or your city requires masks)

These would be great if you get stressed when driving as I do!

I’ve seen other nose rings but the ones from Essence are the most affordable and made in the USA.  

You can buy them with essential oils (look under “Customize your own scent” for a stress relief ring”) or buy blank ones that you soak in your own essential oils (look under “Create your own“).

Five Most Popular Oils To Use When You Feel Stressed Or Anxious

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

Here are 5 of the most popular oils known for their ability to help you feel calm and balanced.

These oils can be used alone or combined with other essential oils.

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

Note: Many cats, dogs, and birds suffer from anxiety so be sure to check which oils are safe for them.

1. 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.

2. 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

3. 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.

4. 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

5. 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.

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Other Essential Oils For Your Mental Health

Aside from the 5 essential oils above, some of the other oils known to have a calming effect are lemon, rosemary, wild orange, peppermint, vetiver, patchouli,  bergamot, ylang-ylang, clary sage, sandalwood, chamomile, jasmine, and sweet marjoram.

If you don’t find help for your stress with essential oils please seek help from a professional.

I’ve known some people to turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to self-medicate when they had depression, anxiety, or other conditions. 

Please don’t do this.

Seek help if that is you because treatment for substance abuse disorder may be necessary. 

Essential Oil Diffuser Blends For Stress, Anxiety, Mental Health

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

If you don’t have any of these oils and 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 this blend).

Worry-Free Synergy Blend by Plant Therapy
go here to learn more about this blend or find it in my Amazon shop.

DIY Essential Oil Recipes To Relieve Your Stress

Try one of these recipes the next time you feel stressed, anxious, or just want to keep things calm. You may have to experiment to find what works best for you.

Diffuser Blends For Stress And Anxiety

The most popular way to enjoy essential oils is in a diffuser.

I usually have a diffuser going in my office all day long either to reduce stress, help me focus, or to boost my immune system.

Try some of these diffuser blends for stress.

essential oils for stress and anxiety. Keep calm blend

Inhaler Blends For Stress

Add the oils in the recipes to a blank inhaler.

If you prefer to use a premade blend (such as Tranquility) simply add 5-8 drops to the blank inhaler.

Click here for more DIY Inhaler recipes

Essential Oils for Panic Attacks - Inhaler recipe

Inhaler Blend For Stress using orange, frankincense and cedarwood

Massage These Two Oils To Help You Unwind

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

Soothe Anxiety And Panic Attacks In This Relaxing Bath

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

Add these 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

Essential oils in bath for stress and anxiety

Rose Hydrosol Relaxing Bath

This recipe uses rose hydrosol to soothe skin and help you destress.

Lower Your Stress And Detox In This Bath

This simple bath with Lavender essential oil, baking soda, and Epsom salt will help lower your stress and help you detox. 

I take one of these baths anytime I think I might be getting sick.

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

Stress and Anxiety Relief Roller Blends

Roller bottles allow you to take your oils with you anywhere you go. I’ve got more roller blend recipes here.

Combine the oils in a roller bottle and top with coconut oil.

Stress Relief Roller Blend

  • 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil

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 #rollerblendsAnxiety Roller Blend

This blend is from One Community

  • 2 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Ocotea Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Copaiba Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Vanilla Oleoresin Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop Lime Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop Lavender Essential Oil

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Keep It Simple

There are many oils known 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!

  4. I am relatively new to essential oils. You have provided me with a wonderful start on the benefits of these jewels of nature. Thank you.

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