How to Relieve Anxiety With Essential Oils: An Overview

Updated on May 2, 2020
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As more and more people become aware of mental health, many are beginning to turn to more natural ways to help with their mood. Some use acupuncture, others use massage, while even others use meditation. All of these are great uses but are often enhanced through the use of essential oils. Essential oils are useful because they are easily absorbed through the skin or breathed in and help the brain to produce what is necessary to help calm the nerves or awaken the spirit.

Best Essential Oils for Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia

Reduces Anxiety
Relieves Depression
Helps Sleep
Clary Sage
Clary Sage
Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang
Wild Orange
Ylang Ylang

Ingredients for Calming Blend

  • 10-15 ml carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, grape seed oil, or sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit oil
  • 2 drops bergamot oil
  • 2 drops lime oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood oil

Ingredients for Relaxation Blend

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 1 drop cedarwood oil
  • 1 drop wild orange oil
  • 1 drop ylang ylang oil

Ingredients for Uplifting Blend

  • 10-15 ml of carrier oil
  • 2 drops orange oil
  • 2 drops lime oil
  • 2 drops tangerine oil

How to Make a Stress Relief Blend

  1. Using a glass roller bottle or empty essential oils bottle and possibly a funnel, pour 10- 5 ml of carrier oil of your choice.
  2. Add drops required for the particular blend of your choice
  3. Securely close roller bottle and rub bottle between palms of hand for thirty seconds.
  4. It is ready to use.

Where to Apply Essential Oils to Relieve Stress or Anxiety

Most oils are safe to be diffused, so a few drops diffused for an hour can give great benefits for the whole family. Another great way to administer essential oils, primarily if your aim is to relax, is diluted in bathwater. If you have a loving partner or a willing friend, essential oils are great to be massaged into the body. You want to dilute any oil that touches your skin with five drops of essential oil and 10 ml of carrier oil.

If you want quick stress relief using essential oils, you may choose to use a roller bottle with either a single oil or a blend like the one above. Make sure to use proper dilution. When using a roller bottle for stress relief or anxiety, there are several good spots to apply the blend.

  • the crown of the head
  • behind the ears
  • the neck
  • the temples

Be sure to steer clear of being too close to the eyes, especially when using potent oils like peppermint than can cause your eyes to sting. You also want to make sure your body does not have an allergic reaction before applying a significant amount. You may wish to first to try on a single spot of skin the first time you use and watch for redness or itching for twenty-four hours.

It is important when using essential oils that you buy them from a reputable source. You want to make sure that the company you buy from does several different tests to assure quality. The FDA does not regulate oils, so they can make claims that may not be true. It is also important to note that no essential oils have been proven safe to ingest. Since oils are incredibly concentrated versions of themselves, they need to be used with caution.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Angela Michelle Schultz


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