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Essential Oils for Anxiety

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America:

  • Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States (or 18.1% of the population), making them the most common mental illness in the U.S.

  • Only 36.9% of those suffering from anxiety disorders receive treatment, despite them being highly treatable

  • People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.

  • Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

  • It’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.


Whether experienced severely as described above or low-level due to life’s stressors, anxiety symptoms can be eased with the help of essential oils. 



Using the power of plants in a habitual way is a good practice to start when feelings of anxiety arise. Relaxation techniques may produce modest short-term reduction of anxiety in people with ongoing health problems. These techniques have also been shown to be useful for older adults with anxiety. Adding aromatherapy via essential oils to your relaxation techniques is a great practice to start now and continue as a way to calm your emotions and feelings wherever you are feeling anxious.


While a bit of trial and error can be necessary for finding your essential oil go-to’s, here are a few popular individual oils recommended for stress and anxiety:

  • Lavender

  • Ylang Ylang

  • Bergamot

  • Clary Sage

  • Vetiver


While any of the above (and others!) are lovely essential oils for reducing anxiety, I like to have a few of my favorite anxiety reducing essential oil recipes already on hand and ready to go. I mix the oil blends in 10mL rollerballs, making topical application quick and easy  for when I need them. Then I can apply a rollerball to my temples and the back of the neck, then practice a breathing or mindfulness technique. Paired together, the two greatly reduce and ease my anxiety symptoms.



Below are two of my favorite oil recipe blends I always keep on hand for those moments of anxiousness. Add each of the below to a 10 ml rollerball, and fill ½ way with fractionated coconut oil before assembling the final product. 


Liquid Calm

4 Drops Serenity 

4 Drops Balance 

2 Drops Vetiver 


Extra Extrovert

2 drops Grapefruit 

2 drops Bergamot 

2 drops Lime 

3 drops Sandalwood



These blends also make great diffuser recipes so you can enjoy the benefits of your oils aromatically too. Aromatherapy is a powerful tool for boosting mood, promoting relaxation, and creating a calm environment.


Essential oils can help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and provide additional support in developing relaxation techniques. However, it’s important to remember that if you’re suffering from severe anxiety and depression symptoms to talk with your doctor or a healthcare professional to ensure you get the support you need.

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