Let’s face it we have all been stressed and anxious at one point in our life. Different problems will make us stressed out or anxious. In this article, I am going to show you some essential oils that can alleviate your anxiety and stress levels. Different essential oils will react differently with different people. It’s important to test them out and see what works for you.
Down below are 10 essential oils that help combat stress and anxiety.
Lavender has been used for a long time to help alleviate stress and anxiety. It’s no surprise that this essential oil is used at so many spas. It’s a very relaxing essential oil. It’s been used to help people fall asleep for years, treat pain, etc.
The main way this works is by affecting the limbic system. This is the part of the brain that actually controls your emotions. Lavender contains linalool which does have some sedative effects. This will help relax your muscles, lower cortisol in your blood, and lower your blood pressure.
One study shows that patients that were suffering from anxiety disorders showed an improvement of restlessness, disturbed sleep, and had an increased quality of life when lavender was given orally.
Topically. To use it for topically, all you do is mix a few drops with a carrier oil. I recommend creating a roll-on this and rubbing into your skin for about 1-2 minutes.
Inhalation/Diffuser. For inhalation, you can inhale it right from the vial. If you want to use a diffuser, all you have to do is put a few drops in and let it run.
Hot Bath. Run a hot bath and put a few drops right in the water.
Ylang ylang has a floral smell and has been used in aromatherapy for many years. It’s great for helping people relax and ease anxiety. In addition, it can help lower things like blood pressure, which can help decrease your anxiety levels. Ylang lang lowers your stress responses and your cortisol which leaves you feeling much more relaxed.
Ylang ylang is a mild sedative. Those that are having feelings of anger, anxiety, and nervousness can experience the relaxing effects of this powerful essential oil. It’s commonly used along with meditation because it calms your mind and allows you to relax. Here is proof that it reduced stress levels and allowed people to feel more relaxed when being applied topically.
Topically. You can add a few drops to a carrier oil (3% – 5% dilution) and massage it right into your skin.
Diffuser. You can either put a few drops of just ylang ylang in a diffuser and let it run or you can mix it with some lavender and bergamot. Either way, it will help you relax and ease your anxiety.
Inhalation. You can inhale the essential oil right from the vial or from an inhaler to help get some quick stress relief.
Sandalwood is one of the more expensive essential oils. With anxiety and depression, you could have trouble focusing and experience mental fog. Sandalwood is great for helping with these things and it also works with the limbic system. This system is what helps stabilize your moods and keeps everything in balance.
Sandalwood is a mild sedative and can even be used to help you get a good nights sleep. It contains satasnols which are compounds which give it it’s sedative properties. Sandalwood has been burned in Hindu, Buddhist, and Ancient Egyptian ceremonies because it reduces restlessness and provides inner peace.
Inhalation. You can inhale the oil right from the vial or use an inhaler.
Diffuser. You can add 3-4 drops of sandalwood into your diffuser which will help you unwind when your mind is racing.
Topically. Rub the sandalwood oil into your wrists and ankles when you’re feeling stressed.
Massage. For a massage, you can make a mixture of 6 drops of sandalwood oil, 2 drops of rose oil and 4 teaspoons of carrier oil (recommend sweet almond with sandalwood).
Vetiver is an earthy essential oil that is very dense. It’s a grounding, calming, and stabilizing essential oil. People that are nervous and jittery and have frequent panic attacks will find vetiver to be a lifesaver. Along with helping with stress and anxiety it has been used to alleviate insomnia, depression, trauma, and even hysteria.
It’s a base note essential oil. Which means it has a low evaporation cycle. Meaning, the smell from vetiver sticks around for a couple of days. It has been studied extensively and has been proven to lower anxiety.
Diffuse. You can add 2 drops of vetiver and with 6 drops of lavender in your diffuser to help calm you down.
Inhale. Inhale vetiver right out of the bottle or use an inhaler to inhale throughout the day.
Topically. You can make a roll-on, lotion, or make a shampoo and apply it topically 3 times a day.
Orange essential oil is another one of those oils that smells like the real thing and can start working immediately. The way it works is by working with your brain to help stabilize your emotions and get you in a better mood. It’s a citrus oil that leaves us feeling happy, relaxed, and has been used as a mood lifter for years. A lot of people have used orange essential oil to relieve their depression symptoms.
Studies have been conducted on orange essential oil and it’s shown to reduce your pulse rate and salivary cortisol. Cortisol is released when our body is in a state of panic.
As an added plus orange essential oil is one of the cheaper essential oils that you can purchase.
Diffuser. You can put a few drops in a diffuser and let it run for a few hours.
Inhalation. You can inhale the oil right from the bottle to help you get almost instant effects.
Massage. To use it for massage, make a mixture of 6 drops of orange oil, 2 drops of lavender oil and 4 teaspoons of carrier oil.
How Should You Use Essential For Stress & Anxiety
There are three ways which are commonly used to help alleviate your stress and anxiety. Below I will discuss them.
First, let me start off with a little science on why inhaling different scents calms our body down. We process so much information through our sense of smell. It’s an area which is adjacent to our brain which is the limbic region. It is responsible for processing our memory and emotional well-being. Simply put, when we inhale essential oil molecules it comes in through our nasal cavities. This then fires a mental response in our limbic system. This will then stimulate our brain which will help control our heart rate, blood pressure production of hormones, and breathing patterns. Different scents will allow our body to relax. Essential oils can help relieve our anxiety and stress levels.
One common way that people use essential oils is to diffuse them in a diffuser. You can do this by adding 7-10 drops to your diffuser. Personally, I have used essential oils in my URPOWER 500 ml & InnoGear 150 ml diffuser. Additionally, you can use a heated tea light diffuser, too. It’s very common for people to take a hot bath and put in 10 drops of essential oil, too.
Lastly, you can use an inhaler ( I recommend Plant Therapy’s inhalers). You can carry this with you an breathe it in (for 1-2 minutes) whenever you want throughout the day.
You can apply essential oils topically. This isn’t as simple as just putting a couple drops of essential oil on your body and rubbing it into your skin. Instead, you want to use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil. It’s recommended that you use anywhere from 3% to 5% dilution. Some of the carrier oils that I recommend you use are jojoba, sweet almond, avocado, and my favorite coconut oil.
Essential oils that are applied topically get absorbed by the body quickly. You can apply these topically on the rims of your ears, behind your ears, temples, at the base of your skull (on the back), your neck, and even the bottoms of your feet.
There is a lot of debate on ingesting essential oils orally. The reason being is because the essential oils need to be pure if you want to ingest them. For instance, Radha Beauty and Green Health are examples of essential oils that are synthetic. They have been adulterated with chemicals.
Again, if you are going to take essential oils internally make sure they are pure. Don’t overdo it and only do it once a day. Some good brands that I recommend that sell pure essential oils are Plant Therapy, Aura Cacia, and Young Living.
To take essential oils orally you want to put a drop or two with raw organic honey. Additionally, you can put them in a capsule and swallow the capsule. Always make sure you drink an 8 oz glass of water after ingesting the essential oil, though. Many people think you can add essential oils to your water and drink them. However, this isn’t accurate because water and essential oils actually separate from each other. Meaning essential oils are not water soluble.