The Best Essential Oils For Anxiety, Stress And Depression
Scents can have a very powerful effect on our emotions and mood. Essential oils are volatile oils that contain aromatic molecules that are able to cross the blood/brain barrier. Hence their direct effect on the parts of our brain that control stress, anxiety, fear, and depression.
Although severe cases of depression or anxiety cannot be cured through the use of essential oils alone, they can definitely help you on your way to reduce stress and relax body and mind.
Always contact your doctor before you decide to stop your medication and solely rely on aromatherapy to ease your symptoms and negative emotions. You can also refer to my previous article about stress and anxiety, as well as my article about depression for more natural options to treat these issues.
Essential Oils For Anxiety, Stress And Depression
There are many EOs (Essential Oils) available that can help you to ease symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety. It is important though that you use the ones you like the most. Scents are very personal and they mustn’t upset or stress you even more because they don’t smell right or make you too emotional.
Here’s a list of essential oils and their benefits. Don’t let the list overwhelm you! Try the ones you enjoy most.
Bergamot –Bergamot has a refreshing scent that uplifts the spirit and helps with feelings of pain, anxiety, depression, and sadness.
Basil -Uplifting refreshing scent that works against depression, fatigue, and anxiety.
Clary Sage – Clary sage can help with insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
Frankincense – One of the best essential oils to slow down your breathing which helps to reduce feelings of fear, nervous tension, stress, and anxiety.
Geranium – Works as a natural sedative to lift the spirit and release negative emotions. It works great to ease symptoms of depression and stress.
Jasmine – Jasmine has a relaxing flowery scent that is known for its antispasmodic and uplifting properties.
Lemon – Lemon’s refreshing scent has purifying and uplifting properties. It helps to combat negative emotions, stress, depression and boost your immunity. Read more about the amazing uses of lemon EO here.
Lavender -Lavender is a true cure-for-all. It helps with headaches, migraine, fear, anxiety, depression, nervousness, hypertension, and insomnia. It has a calming and relaxing effect on body and mind. Read more about the uses of lavender EO in my previous article.
Mandarin – Mandarin has antispasmodic properties and works emotionally to uplift the spirit.
Marjoram – Marjoram has been used for ages to ease feelings of fear, loneliness, grief, rejection, and anxiety.
Wild Orange – Just as all the other citrus EOs, orange has a refreshing, energizing, and mood lifting effect. It works great to ease feelings of panic, anger, irritation, and nervousness.
Palmarosa – Palmrosa can help you reduce nervous tension and anxiety.
Rose – Its great fragrance has a stimulating effect on the entire nervous system and helps to create a sense of well-being.
Roman Chamomile -Works calming and relaxing for body and mind. It is often used to treat depression and stress.
Sandalwood – Sandalwood’s comforting scent has sedative properties that can help you to ease tension and fight inner stress. For more information, read my post about the best uses for Sandalwood essential oil.
Ylang-Ylang -Has a relaxing scent that balances male and female energies. Its scent restores confidence and equilibrium and can be used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
Patchouli – Patchouli oil may help to alleviate depression. A hot relaxing bath is a great antidote for a stressful day and adding a few drops of patchouli oil to your bath can help to alleviate depression and to relieve the stress.
How To Use Essential Oils For Anxiety, Stress And Depression
Add a few drops to your diffuser and diffuse throughout the day to uplift your spirit or calm your mind. Diffuse at night in your bedroom to promote a better night’s rest or to ease your thoughts. Or add a few drops to your pillow to inhale while you sleep.
Add 1 to 2 drops of your favorite EO into the palms of your hands and rub them together to spread the oil. Cup them over your nose and take 4-6 deep and slow breaths to reduce feelings of stress, depression, or anxiety.
Add 2 to 4 drops of EO(s) on a cotton ball and secure in a zip lock bag to take with you or take a small bottle of EOs with you to take a sniff whenever you need.
Add 10-12 drops of your favorite EO or EO blend to 2 oz. carrier oil (sweet almond, jojoba, or grapeseed oil are all good examples) for a relaxing and uplifting massage.
Calming EO Rub
Add 5 to 10 drops of EO to 2 tablespoons carrier oil or natural unscented lotion. Rub the mixture onto your neck, chest, bottoms of your feet, wrists, and behind the ears to find relief.
Add 5 to 10 drops of EOs to your bath tub to alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression. If you have a sensitive skin, dilute the EOs in 1 tablespoon carrier oil of your liking before adding them to your bath tub.
This will give your bath an added moisturizing effect and protect your sensitive skin. Do not add the oils to running water as they will evaporate at a higher rate. Add them after you have run the bath and gently mix them in by hand.
Surround Yourself With The Fragrance Of Healing EOs
- Add a few drops to your favorite lotion.
- Add a few drops to a tissue or cotton ball and place in your car.
- Add 2 drops of your favorite EO on a cloth and put it in the dryer for nice smelling clothes.
- Add 2 to 3 drops on a cotton ball and put in the vacuum cleaner.
Powerful Essential Oil Blend For Anxiety, Stress And Depression
- 4 parts ylang-ylang EO
- 4 parts clary sage EO
- 2 parts basil EO
- 3 parts geranium EO
- 1 part sandalwood EO
Combine these EOs into a small glass bottle, use dark glass to avoid oxidation. Whenever you feel the need, open the bottle to take a sniff or add 1 to 2 drops to the palm of your hands and inhale the vapors. You can also use this blend in your massage oils or add them to your bath tub.
If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.