Essential Oils For Anxiety

Essential Oils For Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling that happens when the body and brain experience a surge of the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Cognitive, emotional, somatic, and behavioral components all intertwine to cause a physiological state called anxiety.

It can be caused by a physical condition, mental condition, effects of drugs, or a mixture of these. While feeling anxiety on an occasional basis is normal, those who have anxiety disorders feel it constantly.

Anxiety can be overwhelming, disabling, and distressing when it is left untreated. Anxiety can cause you to have difficulty with sleeping normally and can cause you to isolate yourself from others. 

While there are several treatment methods out there to treat the symptoms of anxiety disorders, they will not be effective for everyone.

For some people, a diet change is not enough to help their anxiety, and medications have too many harsh and unpleasant side effects for the benefit to be worth it. Often times a better nights sleep can treat these conditions, and that can be difficult to achieve without pharmaceutical help.

Fortunately, there is another option to help treat anxiety symptoms that is a healthy and natural alternative. Essential oils may provide significant relief to those who regularly live with anxiety. 

 

Essential Oils For Anxiety

Lavandula Angustifolia Cherished for over centuries, lavender essential oil is renowned for its unmistakable aroma as well as myriad benefits. With topical, internal and aromatic applications, the oil definitely has a lot to bring on the table. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$28.00
Lemon Essential Oil - 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade for Hair Growth, Skin, Face Acne, Cleaning, Diffuser - 10ml
Lemon Balm Essential Oil
Citrus limonum - Strong, purifying citrus scent with vigorous notes of freshly grated lemon zest. Reinvigorates your mind, body and liberate negative thoughts with its refreshing, zesty aroma.
$6.99
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil Ultra-Premium 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade - 10ml By Avíanō Botanicals
Chamomile Essential Oil
Other chamomile essential oils may be blended with inferior oils which often mask the scent of the chamomile. Avíanō Botanicals Roman Chamomile is pure and undiluted so you can fully enjoy the sweet, soothing fragrance in its truest form.
$11.95
Valerian (60ml) 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil - 60ml / 2 (oz) Ounces
Valerian Root Essential Oil
The most UNIQUE and AMAZING SMELLING Valerian on the market, in our opinion. If you are not ABSOLUTELY amazed, receive a full refund from the manufacturer, Healing Solutions, no questions asked!
$67.99

 

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential OilLavender essential oil is one of the most widely used essential oils to help cope with stress and worries. Lavender oil contains two important medicinal compounds called linalyl acetate and linalool.

These compounds effectively help create an equilibrium of neurotransmitter levels in your brain. They also help balance the levels of neurotransmitters throughout the body. This natural mechanism has the ability to neutralize nerve cell over-excitation that has been precipitated by the release of cortisol and adrenaline.

The normalization of those hormones tends to successfully decrease levels of stress and anxiety. Lavender essential oil can help you get a good nights sleep by inducing a feeling of serenity and calmness prior to laying your head on the pillow. 

 

How To Use Lavender Oil For Anxiety

Lavender oil can be used externally as a topical massage oil or lotion, and it can be used as a bath enhancer. It can also be utilized aromatically in a diffuser, and orally to alleviate stress and stop sleep disruption.

 

Directions For External Topical Oil or Lotion Use

  • Mix 2 drops of lavender oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil or an unscented lotion or coconut oil 
  • Massage the mixture directly into the skin on the chest 
  • The mixture may also be applied to the temples 
  • May also be applied to the back of the neck or bottom of the feet

 

Directions For Bath Enhancement Use

  • Fill bathtub up with warm to hot water 
  • Add 10 drops of lavender oil with a dropper to the bath water 
  • Soak in the bath for a minimum of 20 minutes and rinse off with lavender oil water to help relax the body and relieve tense muscles 
  • Lavender bath also produces a vapor that will reduce feelings of anxiety and get you ready for a good nights sleep 

 

Directions For Internal Oral Use

  • Dilute 1 drop of lavender oil with 1 drop of food grade carrier oil 
  • Use a dropper to place the oil mixture into a veggie capsule 
  • Assemble capsule according to the manufacturer’s guidelines 
  • Swallow capsule whole with a glass of water or juice 
  • Alternatively, you can mix 1 drop of lavender oil in a cup of water or 1 drop of lavender oil in 1 cup of hot tea

 

Directions For Aromatic Diffuser Use

  • Fill an essential oil diffuser reservoir with water according to the manufacturer’s recommendation 
  • Add 5 drops of lavender oil to the water reservoir of the diffuser 
  • Diffuse on high setting overnight to help minimize sleep disturbances 
  • Diffuse on high right before bed to help ease restlessness

 

2. Lemon Balm Essential Oil

Lemon balm essential oil has a unique property that other oils do not, which makes it ideal for those who suffer from frequent anxiety and the symptoms that go along with it. At higher therapeutic doses, a sedative effect can be induced by lemon balm oil.

Lemon balm oil is especially helpful for anxiety disorders that are associated with sleep difficulties because of the potent medicinal compounds that naturally occur in it. Flavonoids are one of the compounds in lemon balm oil that work as an antihistamine which tends to induce drowsiness and relieve tension headaches.

Other polyphenols in lemon balm oil help decrease blood pressure and heart rate, effectively helping to neutralize the increase in both vitals which is a result of the cortisol and adrenaline excretion due to anxiety.

 

How To Use Lemon Balm Oil For Anxiety

Lemon balm oil can be used internally as an oral capsule or a drink enhancer. It can also be used sublingually or aromatically to decrease irritability and stress.

 

Directions For Oral Capsule Use

  • Mix 1 drop of lemon balm oil with 1 drop of food grade carrier oil 
  • Use a dropper to place the oil mixture into a veggie or gelatin capsule 
  • Assemble capsule according to the manufacturer’s instructions 
  • Swallow whole with a full up of water or juice 
  • Take twice a day for intervals of 7 days with at least 2 days between intervals

 

Directions For Oral Drink Enhancer Use

  • Fill a cup with cold water or juice 
  • Use a dropper to drop 2 drops of lemon balm oil into the water or juice 
  • Stir thoroughly and drink 
  • Can be repeated twice a day 
  • This method can also be used with hot tea

 

Directions For internal Sublingual Use

  • Mix 2 drops of carrier oil with 2 drops of lemon balm oil 
  • Use a dropper and place 1 to 2 drops under your tongue for at least 5 minutes but no longer than 10 minutes 
  • Rinse mouth out with water 
  • Can be swallowed if a full 8-ounce cup of water accompanies it 
  • Repeat up to 3 times daily as needed 

    Exercise caution when using lemon balm oil, as it will cause drowsiness. Recommended for use towards the evening hours.

 

3. Chamomile Essential Oil

For those who frequently experience an anxious upset stomach or a nervous upset stomach, chamomile oil can help soothe inflammation and nausea within the digestive tract. A sizable portion of the nervous system resides in the intestinal region that is called the enteric nervous system.

When the digestive system is working correctly, the enteric nervous system produces the majority of the body’s serotonin and half of the body’s dopamine. When the digestive tract is upset, it cannot make these two compounds properly which results in depressed mood and excessive anxiety.

Chamomile helps regulate and relax the intestines, which prevents stress and anxiety from the underproduction of dopamine and serotonin. Chamomile oil also helps modulate over two dozen other neurotransmitters that the nervous system depends on to regulate sleep patterns, mood, mental functioning, and stress levels.

 

How To Use Chamomile Oil For Anxiety

Chamomile oil may be used as a topical ointment or heat compress to help relax the intestines and reduce anxiety. It can also be used orally as a drink enhancer or in a capsule. In addition, chamomile oil may be used to enhance your bath to reduce irritation and help relax the mind. 

 

Directions For External Topical Ointment Use

  • Combine 2 drops of chamomile oil with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or an unscented lotion or carrier oil 
  • Apply generously to the abdominal area around the belly button for a nervous stomach 
  • Can also be applied to the bottom of the feet for a calming effect

 

Directions For External Hot Compress Use

  • Gather a small wash towel 
  • Fill a bowl up with two cups of hot water 
  • Add 3 drops of chamomile oil to the bowl of water 
  • Mix the water and oil thoroughly 
  • Soak the wash towel for at least 2 minutes 
  • Place on the abdominal area to soothe an upset stomach and provide relieve digestive distress

 

Directions For Oral Drink Enhancer Use

  • Fill a cup with cold water or juice 
  • Use a dropper to drop 3 drops of chamomile oil into the water or juice 
  • Stir thoroughly and drink 
  • This method can also be used with hot tea

 

Directions For Oral Capsule Use

  • Mix 1 drop of chamomile oil with 1 drop of food grade carrier oil 
  • Use a dropper to place the oil mixture into a veggie or gelatin capsule 
  • Assemble capsule according to the manufacturer’s instructions 
  • Swallow whole with a full up of water or juice

 

Directions For Bath Enhancement Use

  • Fill bathtub up with warm to hot water 
  • Add 10 drops of chamomile oil with a dropper to the bath water 
  • Soak in the bath for a minimum of 20 minutes and rinse off with chamomile oil water to help relieve tense muscles and prepare for evening sleep 
  • Chamomile bath also produces a vapor that will reduce feelings of anxiety and induce calmness 

 

4. Valerian Root Essential Oil

Valerian root essential oil stands out from the others that help with anxiety because of its ability to increase levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA. Gamma-aminobutyric acid works by blocking signals between brain nerve cells.

Valerian root stimulates the release of GABA from the endings of the nerves and then inhibits GABA from being reabsorbed back into the nerve cells. This increases the overall quantity of GABA in the nervous system.

Valerian root also contains a medicinal compound called valerenic acid, which effectively stops the action of an enzyme that eliminates GABA. Higher levels of GABA result in a decrease in nervousness, anxiety, and stress. Additionally, valerian root is an effective sleep aid and should be used in cases of anxiety that are accompanied by sleep difficulties. 

 

How To Use Valerian Root Oil For Anxiety

Valerian root oil may be used as an external topical rub and a bath enhancer. It can also be used internally in capsule form or as a drink enhancer. It may also be used sublingually as a sleep aid. 

 

Directions For External Topical Rub Use

  • Mix 3 drops of valerian root oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil or coconut oil 
  • Massage the mixture directly into the skin on the temples and forehead 
  • The mixture may also be applied to the bottom of the feet 
  • May also be applied to the chest to help induce drowsiness and relieve sleep inhibiting anxiety

 

Directions For Internal Drink Enhancement Use

  • Fill a cup with room temperature water 
  • Use a dropper to drop 3 drops of valerian root oil into the water 
  • Stir thoroughly and drink 
  • Use at night to help induce a restful sleep 
  • This method can also be used with hot tea

 

Directions For Internal Capsule Use

  • Mix 1 drop of valerian root oil with 1 drop of food grade carrier oil 
  • Use a dropper to place the oil mixture into a veggie or gelatin capsule 
  • Assemble capsule according to the manufacturer’s instructions 
  • Swallow whole with a full up of water 
  • Only use at night to help induce tranquility and drowsiness 

 

Directions For Bath Enhancement Use

  • Fill bathtub up with warm to hot water 
  • Add 8 drops of valerian root oil with a dropper to the bath water 
  • Soak in the bath for a minimum of 20 minutes and rinse off with valerian oil water to help relax the body and eliminate stress 
  • Valerian root bath also produces a vapor that will induce drowsiness and reduce nervousness

 

Directions For Sublingual Use

  • Mix 2 drops of carrier oil with 1 drop of valerian root oil 
  • Use a dropper and place 1 to 2 drops of the oil mixture under your tongue for at least 5 minutes but no longer than 10 minutes 
  • Rinse mouth out with water 
  • Use to relieve tension headaches and help with the induction of sleep

Exercise caution when using valerian root oil because it can be very potent as a sleep aid in higher doses. High doses of valerian root oil can also result in lucid and intense dreams. This oil should be used in moderation. 



The symptoms of excessive anxiety can negatively affect your everyday life and activities. Feelings of panic and fear can interfere with occupational and academic performance, while the high heart rate and restlessness can considerably interfere with being able to sit still and sleep well.

Anxiety causes tense muscles that result in headaches, while the digestive inflammation associated with it often results in chronic nausea. In order to treat these symptoms collectively, several pharmaceutical medications would need to be taken simultaneously that produce harsh adverse effects.

Those who experience problems with restful sleep may also end up with a hangover feeling in the morning from pharmaceutical treatment options. Essential oils are all natural and non-toxic. They will not leave you feeling like you cannot get out of bed in the morning and are known to be highly effective for reduction of anxiety. If you need help managing your anxiety disorder, essential oils may be immensely helpful and better for you then other treatment options.