Anxiety: Essential Aromatherapy

anxiety,anxiety and aromatherapy,anxiety and depression,anxiety and essential oils,anxiety coping,anxiety effects,anxiety reducing,aromatherapyAnxiety can happen to everyone, but when it reduces your quality of life, it ultimately results in immune system problems, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Things people can do to help with anxiety symptoms include avoiding and eating certain foods, exercising, and dealing with psychological symptoms. Another thing that may help anxiety is essential oil aromatherapy.

Essential aromatherapy involves using essential oils to soothe and reduce anxiety and stress-related symptoms. There are several ways you can use these oil. For instance, you can add them to your bath water, create massage oils from them, or make a compress. You can also use them in diffusers or inhale them. Here are eleven essential oils that people use for anxiety symptoms.

  • Bergamot.  Bergamot (citrus bergamia) has a fabulous citrus aroma and has been traditionally used to scent soaps and perfumes. Most people like the smell. It may help anxiety because it soothes, calms, and uplifts; however, bergamot can irritate the skin and causes phototoxicity when applied directly to skin.
  • Cypress.  Aromatherapists believe cypress can balance the sympathetic nervous system thereby relieving nervous tension, anxiety, and stress. For women, it also contains balancing properties that reducing PMS symptoms and menopausal hot flashes. Cypress is usually considered non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.
  • Frankincense.  This spicy and woody smelling oil has calming and relaxing properties. It is often used to deal with obsessive feelings, anxiety, panic, and other stress-related disorders. In addition, it is usually considered non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.
  • Lavender.  Lavender is popular for anything related to the nervous system. It treats nervousness, insomnia, anxiety, hysteria, shock, mood swings, and depression. Lavender is also generally considered non-toxic and non-irritating.
  • Jasmine.  This fragrant essential oil has calming, antispasmodic, and sedative properties. In addition, it’s known to lift a person’s spirits, alleviate depression, and reduce stress and anxiety. It may do this because it deepens breathing, which encourages calmness and relaxation. If you are allergic to perfumes, you should probably avoid jasmine because it may cause adverse effects.
  • Patchouli. Patchouli has been used in India to resolve nervous disorders. It has balancing and calming properties and alleviates depression and anxiety. In addition, it is usually considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.
  • Roman Chamomile.  Roman chamomile has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and relaxing properties. It seems to be effective in dealing with anxiety, anger, depression, and insomnia. It is usually considered non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.
  • Rose.  Rose is an aphrodisiac, antidepressant, and soothing oil that has been used since ancient times. In fact, ancient pharmacopoeias contain mountains of information on how to use rose for medicinal purposes. Rose is consider safe to use and benefits anxiety, anger, nervous tension, depression, and stress-related disorders.
  • Sandalwood.  Sandalwood has calming and sedative characteristics. Aromatherapists claim it relieves depression, nervous tension, neuralgia, and stress-related problems. It also reduces aggression and tension. It is usually considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.
  • Vetiver.  Vetiver has a woody, sweet, and earthy scent. In India and Sri Lanka vetiver is known as the “oil of tranquility.” It has calming, sedative and tonic characteristics, and it often used to deal with insomnia, physical exhaustion, depression, nervous tension, and stress-related disorders. It is usually considered non-toxic, non-phototoxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.
  • Ylang ylang. Ylang ylang comes from fragrant hanging flowers found on the ylang ylang tree. It is considered an aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, and antidepressant, and, in addition, it has sedative properties. Ylang ylang is often used for nervous tension, depression, impotence, anxiety, and stress-related disorders and is usually considered non-irritating, non-toxic, and non-sensitizing; however, when used excessively some people experience headaches and nausea.


People sometimes have allergic or adverse reactions to essential oils.
If you have not used an oil before, and, if you decide to, do so with
caution. Also, check to make sure you know what side effects or
adverse reactions can happen. For instance, if you have sensitivity
to ragweed, chamomile comes from the ragweed family. Additionally,
if you are breastfeeding or pregnant, you should check to
make sure which essential oils are safe. If you have any concerns
about essential oils, talk to your health care professional.



Besides using the essential oils individually, you can also create blends to deal with anxiety. Beverly Hawkins of the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy notes that people respond differently to blends and that blends are “very personal.” One popular blend created by Hawkins is

3 drops lavender
2 drops ylang ylang
1 drop Roman chamomile

If you’re interested, Hawkins also has three other anxiety blend recipes, so click here. If you want to know exactly how to create massage oils, compresses, or aromatherapy baths, click here. If you haven’t used essential oils before you need to be aware they have chemical properties and are highly concentrated. If applied topically, they can also enter the bloodstream. Therefore, before using essential oils, to ensure you use them safely, read Essential Oil Safety Tips.


  1. Anxiety is my worst problem. It’s also what I spend the most energy dealing with. So I’m always glad to find different things to try.

  2. sadly, i’ve never even heard of half of those oils! given the fact that the anxiety in my life seems to be increasing instead of going the other direction, i’m definitely taking some notes here!

  3. You can also make great smelling homemade soaps with them. I used to do that a lot but haven’t in several years. My very favorite scent, that I like to use on my linens, is Eucalyptus Spearmint. No one else in my family likes it though.

  4. I’m definitely going to look into this because the meds they have me on for the PTSD related depression do NOTHING for the frequent and severe panic attacks I’ve been having and I really don’t want to be on another medication. I know I joke about valium and xanax on the blog, but I don’t want to start relying on them in reality.

    Thanks for posting this. I’m hoping it comes in handy.

  5. We use a lot of Lavender oil for my 16 yr old son. He had awful migraines for many years and lavender oil was one of the many things we tried and it did seem to help a little, maybe as a comforting effect. I keep it in his room still even though he hasn’t had a headache in quite a while.

  6. I think that just taking a moment to stop everything and inhaling a drop of essential oil of lavender or a favorite blend is a big help for anxiety and stress because you interrupt the cycle and do something therapeutic that is also nice for yourself.

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