The use of essential oils has skyrocketed in recent years due to more in-depth studies that have shown the numerous benefits most possess. People are using essential oils for everything from migraines to cleaning to anxiety management. It is a greener, more organic approach to the maintenance of good health and doesn’t come with the side effects that most medications do.
While the actual results of essentials oils like Doterra and Young Living and their ability to cure most common ailments is widely debated; it doesn’t stop people from incorporating these oils into their daily life. Most oils are too potent to be used in their natural state, so it is recommended that another organic compound (water, coconut oil, diffusers, etc.) are used as well for dilution.
Let’s break down the 23 best essential oil recipes for anti anxiety and discover how you can start managing your mental health organically today!
Easy Lavender Neck Rub
Do you want a natural neck rub that not only soothes and relieves aching muscles but also reduces the levels of anxiety and panic in your body? Do you want to feel a level of peace that was previously unattainable in your mental health but don’t want to turn to medications that carry their own side effects that can derail any progress you’ve made? Then look no further than a Lavender neck rub that uses only natural and organic ingredients to soothe the muscles and alleviate anxiety.
- 3 drops pure lavender oil
- 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil or almond oil
To make this easy lavender neck rub, simply take the three drops of pure lavender oil and teaspoon of coconut oil or almond oil and combined together in a small bowl. Spread the rub directly on the neck area to experience a mini massage and natural anxiety relief. This rub can also be used on the bottoms of the feet for moisture and relaxation.
Use this rub directly before bedtime or during the day when anxiety levels rise.
Do you prefer the smell of the earth and natural musk when using scented products? Do these smells bring about a sense of peace to your tired mind? If so, then the Overwhelm Reset is the essential blend for you to alleviate all symptoms of anxiety. This blend of oils can be used in two ways; the first is as a rollerball blend for those on the go and automatic relief and the other way is as a diffuser blend that coats the air in a soothing mash of smells.
- 2 drops of germanium
- 2 drops of clary sage
- 1 drop of patchouli
- 1 drop ylang ylang
To complete the Overwhelm Reset essential oil blend, it depends on the method of administration. While using this blend with a rollerball applicator, simply squirt 30 drops of the blend into a 10ml jar and fill the rest with almond oil. Proceed to roll the mixture on the tense parts of the body such as the wrists, feet, temples and neck.
When using this blend with a diffuser, simply add the blend to the diffuser pad or multiply it by 10 when using a cool air diffuser. This blend can also be used directly before bed and it is recommended that one or two drops is placed directly on the palms, rubbed together and left to soak into the sink while taking three to five deep belly breaths to calm the mind.
This wonderful little blend will soothe the ravage beast known as anxiety in any person. With a few simple ingredients and a couple of deep breaths, those anxious feelings become history and you are able to relax while calming the mind. Triggers for anxiety are found in day to day life all around the globe, so use this earthy, woodsy blend to keep them at bay.
- 2 drops of cedarwood oil
- 2 drops of wild orange oil
- 1 drop ylang ylang oil
- 1 drop of patchouli oil
This blend of oils works best when added to a diffuser and it is used to coat the air with its relaxing combination of scents. Just combine the oils into a small dish and swirl together. If using this blend in a cool-air nebulizing diffuser, multiply the recipe by 10 for a 15ml glass bottle and enjoy for anywhere from 30 minutes to a half an hour before bed.
Wake Up and Energizer Diffuser Blend
Most people find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, either due to anxiety or fatigue brought on by anxious thoughts. This blend of certain oils uses the power of citrus to ease the mind and bring it to a more alert state so you can easily face the day ahead. Peppermint and citrus both act as energy boosters, so this blend is powerful punch to the mind. As the title of the blend states, this is most effective when used properly in a diffuser and mixed into water to coat the air.
Combine the drops of essential oils into a small dish and stir until blended. Add the mixture to your diffuser pad and place into the machine. Turn on and breathe deeply while getting ready for the day ahead.
Fight Afternoon Fatigue Diffuser Blend
Find yourself losing energy by the afternoon and dreading the next three to four hours left in your workday? Do you watch the clock and count down the minutes until you can go home and relax on the couch? If so, try the Fight Afternoon Fatigue Diffuser Blend to make it through. This blend of peppermint and citrus, combined with hints of bergamot to ease tension and bring a sense of alertness to the mind. This blend will boost energy levels and elevate your mood while calming the body and mind to manageable levels.
Combine the above number of essential oil drops into a small dish or bowl and mix together until well blended. Pour the blended oils into the diffuser or on the diffuser pad to activate the mixture into the air.
This blend can also be diluted with coconut oil or almond oil and even water to be used in conjunction with a rollerball. Apply to tense muscles and massage into the skin to feel instant relief and relaxation.
Mental Focus Diffuser Blend
If you find yourself feeling anxious during the day and suffering from tense muscles because of these feelings, then why not try a blend of essential oils that target mental focus? This Mental Focus Diffuser Blend is used with a diffuser to coat the air with its energizing and uplifting scents. The dash of rosemary adds multiple benefits from encouraging the limbic system to stimulate the mind and body while soothing tension and anxiety so you can confidentially go about your day.
- 2 drops of rosemary oil
- 2 drops of peppermint oil
- 1 drop bergamot oil
Using a small bowl or dish, add each allotted amount of drops until finished. Stir the oils until an even blend has occurred and then place into the compartment on the diffuser to allow the air to be scented with uplifting notes of rosemary and energizing peppermint.
Superwoman Rollerball Blend
Want to feel as if you can take on the world without any worries? Want to feel as if you can overcome any hurdle tossed your way and step around any obstacles that could arise in your day to day life? Then try the Superwoman Rollerball Blend of essentials.
With a soothing mixture of woodsy, natural scents and the relaxing lavender undertones; it is no wonder that people choose to apply this mixture throughout the day and before a big task. It allows the body to relax to the point that the mind follow suits and anxious feelings are left behind.
- 12 drops clary sage
- 10 drops lavender
- 5 drops cedarwood
- 5 drops geranium
- 4 drops ylang ylang
- Carrier oil of choice (coconut or almond)
The listed amounts of key oils are best used with a rollerball application method and placed in a 10ml glass jar. Combine all the ingredients into the glass jar and shake until blended together. Use a carrier oil (think coconut or almond oils) for dilution purposes and roll over the neck, behind the ears and directly onto the ankles for a soothing scent that allows you to face any challenge head-on.
Always do a patch test on your wrist or other inconspicuous location before applying any essential oil blend.
Anxiety Blend #1
Want to safely and quickly remove anxious feelings and thoughts from the mind? Want to quickly soothe tense muscles and feel relaxation spreading from your head to your toes? Then try the Anxiety Blend #1 as the soothing notes of lavender work their magic with a little help from its friends, bergamot and clary sage.
- 2 drops bergamot oil
- 2 drops clary sage oil
- 1 drop lavender oil
Combine the wonderful oils into a small bowl and mix together until blended. This blend is best during aromatherapy and should be placed into a diffuser or breathed in until the desired relaxation has occur. The lavender notes will relax the mind and the citrus of the bergamot will boost both energy levels and moods to a more positive state.
Anxiety Blend #3
If being out in nature and breathing the woodsy scents of vegetation is your happy place, then why not recreate that scent in your home? You can by whipping up a concoction of key oils that combine citrusy scents with sweet floral ones while being toned down with a woodsy scent. This blend is used during aromatherapy and it is recommended that you take multiple deep breaths during the use of these essentials.
- 2 drops roman chamomile
- 2 drops petitgrain
- 1 drop atlas cedarwood
Combine the oils into a small dish or bowl and place your face directly over it while breathing deeply. Repeat this until you feel relaxation entering your system and repeat as many times as necessary throughout the day.
You can also put this mixture into a diffuser and allow the scent of the oils travel throughout a room or through the home for the ultimate relaxing experience.
Anxiety Blend #4
Perhaps you would love to lose yourself in rich citrus scents combined with the relaxing notes of lavender that has been heightened with the brightening scents of rose. If this sounds like it would be right up your alley, then mix together the Anxiety Blend #4 and transport your mind to a place where nothing bothers you or causes you stress. Use this blend as a part of an aromatherapy routine and try it just before bed to experience a relaxing night of slumber.
Add each essential oil and the appropriate amounts to a small dish and stir until blended together. Place your face over the oils and breathe deeply, inhaling and exhaling from the belly.
This mixture can also be used with a diffuser and placed in the machine as per the manufacturer’s directions for a long relaxing session.
Inhalation Formula #1
If the thought of sneaking away and taking a few quiet moments to yourself is intriguing, then an essential oil mixture that is directly inhaled should be right up your alley. The following inhalation formula is meant to be inhaled into the lungs and released in a slow and steady motion to encourage the user to fully relax and let go of tension that can cause stress, anxiety and pain.
- 5 drops of lavender
- 2 drops of roman chamomile
- 4 drops ylang ylang
- 1 oz. carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.)
There are two ways you can use this inhalation method:
- You can mix together the oils into a small dish or bowl and place your head directly over, but not into, it. Do this while breathing in deeply through the nose and exhaling through the mouth to encourage a relaxing of the mind and body.
- Mix the amazing oils together to form the base of the treatment and combine with an ounce of a carrier oil to dilute the pure strength. Place this mixture into a glass jar that can be opened easily to allow inhalation of the scents.
Inhalation Formula #2
The thought of inhaling the scents of these oils to effectively and naturally deal with daily stressors and constant anxiety is attractive to you but unlike the previous recipe, you would prefer a more musky combination over a sweet one. Then you want Inhalation Formula #2 to suit those desires and relax the stress of the day away; sometimes before it even begins!
- 5 drops bergamot oil
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops neroli oil
- 5 drops ravensara oil
- 1 oz. carrier oil
This formula can be used exactly as described in entry #11, either with a glass jar or directly from the source. Mix together all the essentials to form a mash of scents that enter the nostrils and start immediately reducing anxiety in the body. Either inhale this scents directly from the mixing bowl or instead place into an easily accessible jar for portable relief.
Diffuser Formula #1
Want to go about your day feeling utterly relaxed and no tension in your muscles? It’s easy, when you incorporate a diffuser that has been filled with the right combination of essential oils to boost your spirits and relax the mind. A diffuser adds a sense of ease to using these oils as it releases the mixture into the air at regular intervals, so you are breathing in relaxation without even being conscious of doing so.
Always follow the directions within the instruction booklet before introducing essential oils to your diffuser and ensure that it can be used with additives. Combine all the key oils into a small dish or bowl to release an earthy, natural scent that automatically starts to reduce stress. Up the ante by placing the mixture into your diffuser and let the machine infuse the air while taking deep breaths.
Diffuser Formula #2
If you want to incorporate a diffuser into your aromatherapy but instead of a natural woodsy scent; you want something a bit more energizing. Then use Diffuser Formula #2 as it features lemon essential oil to add a citrusy burst to the room. Combined with geranium and lavender, it is guaranteed to bring energy levels up while calming the mind so you can put your good mood to constructive use.
- 2 drops geranium oil
- 9 drops lavender oil
- 3 drops lemon oil
Mix all the stated amounts of essential oils into a small dish or bowl, stirring until each one is combined with the rest. Pour the mixture into your diffuser or on the diffuser pad, as per instructions. Sit back and breathe deeply to experience a boost of energy and a clear mind.
Bath Formula #1
As anyone with anxiety can attest, there is nothing better to soothe frayed nerves and a tired mind then a hot soak in the bathtub. It is easy to let your mind stop and body relax while focusing on absolutely nothing. So why not throw a combination of essential oils into the mix and reduce the level of anxiety left in your mind from the long day?
- 2 drops clary sage
- 3 drops lavender
- 2 drops marjoram
- 2 drops roman chamomile
- 3 drops ylang ylang
- 1 oz. carrier
Mix together with a wooden stick or stir all the essential oils listed above. Make sure to add a carrier oil of some kind, such as coconut or almond, the dilute the formula to avoid skin irritation. Stir together until well blended and slowly add to lukewarm to hot bathwater. Use your hand to gently mix the essential oils in the water and proceed to soak in the tub until you can feel the tension that comes from anxiety release from the body.
Massage Formula #1
Whether you seek out the services of a professional or you turn to a trusted partner, or even treat yourself; there is something about a massage that just melts anxious thoughts away. Releasing the tension held from anxious muscles allows the mind to slow down and relax. It only seems right that you add essential oils to the procedure. Mix together the right cocktail and you can be feeling those muscles loosen and the mind calm in no time!
- 3 drops clary sage oil
- 4 drops frankincense oil
- 12 of lavender oil
- 5 drops of ylang ylang oil
Mix together all the above essential oils, stirring until desired level of combination has been achieved. Place the mixture into a pump bottle or dropper for easy application to the skin. Work slowly but firmly into the muscles, allowing the oils to penetrate the skin. Check with your massage therapist to see if you can bring your own essential oils combination to a session.
Always do a test run on your wrist or inconspicuous area.
“Chill Out” Rollerblend Bottle Blend Recipe
Want to incorporate essential oils into your daily anxiety routine but are unsure how to go about it? Then look into using a rollerblend bottle to easily and quickly apply your blend to the skin, even when on the go. The Chill Out blend features hints of orange and grapefruit for an energizing but calming burst and a hint of bergamot to add sweetness. Always use a carrier oil to avoid irritation of the skin.
- 3 drops bergamot oil
- 3 drops wild or sweet orange oil
- 2 drops lemon oil
- 2 drops grapefruit oil
- Fill with carrier oil
Place the drops of oils into a glass rollerball bottle and fill the remainder to the top with a carrier oil for skin protection. Snap the rollerball into place and shake well until the essentials oils are fully distributed through the carrier oil. Apply with gentle but firm pressure onto the skin at the wrists and pulse points behind your ears.
“Frayed Nerves” Roller Bottle Blend Recipe
Feeling like you just can’t deal with anything else on your plate at the moment? Maybe there is a lot of pressure at work or there is personal reasons that are bringing you down. Whatever the reason, there is no need for frayed nerves or anxious behavior throughout the day when there are essential oils around. Whip up something that you can use however often you feel throughout the day, both quickly and discreetly.
- 3 drops lavender
- 3 drops of wild or sweet orange
- 2 drops germanium
- 2 drops clary sage
Combine ask ingredient together until well mixed. Use a carrier oil to fill only if desired and shake well once the rollerball is put in place. Apply to the wrists and pulse points located behind your ears to feel pressure relief.
If you use this essential oil mixture, please ensure that is isn’t on any skin in contact with the sun, as potential burns are common.
“Ditch the Witch” Roller Bottle Blend Recipe
Feeling a little irritated in the morning? Does the sun hurt your eyes instead of feeling great? You might need to relax and let go of some anxiety. With a roller bottle, you can use a little essential oil therapy in no time.
- 2 drops sweet or wild orange
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops calming blend
• 3 drops lavender oil
• 3 drops orange oil
• 2 drops cedarwood oil
• 2 drops frankincense oil
- 2 drops grounding blend
• 3 drops spruce
• 3 drops cedarwood
• 2 drops juniper berry
• 2 drops white Fir
- 2 drops invigorating blend
• 3 drops orange oil
• 3 drops white fir oil
• 2 drops rosemary oil
• 2 drops basil oil
Mix all ingredients into a 10ml bottle and shake until everything is combined. Add a carrier oil if desired for moisture to the skin. Apply to the wrists, pulse points behind the ears and over the heart.
DIY Calming Room Spray Recipe
Want to be able to walk into a room, inhale deeply and feel a calming sensation washing over your body? Want to add a refreshing scent to the air that doesn’t come from an aerosol can? If so, why not mix together some DIY Calming Room Spray. This spray features Indian sandalwood to regulate heart rates, Highland Lavender to bring a total sense of calm to the user, Frankincense to bring your mind back to focus, and Bergamot to reduce stress and anxiety.
- 10 drops Indian sandalwood essential oil
- 20 drops Highland lavender essential oil
- 20 drops bergamot essential oil
- 100 ml bottle of Frankincense hydrosol
To make a batch of Calming Room Spray and invigorate the air with a relaxing mixture of scents, simply combine all the essential oils directly into the 100ml bottle of Frankincense Hydrosol. Cap the spray bottle, shake gently but firmly and spritz the air of your home, office*, and car or even yourself!
*always check before using a scented product in the office as some people can have negative reactions to scents.
DIY Organic Body Cologne
Feeling a little down about yourself and feeling like you could use a boost in self-esteem? Essential oils can help when the right combination is used such a DIY Organic Body Cologne. This recipe will infuse the user with strength, security, ease and use citrus to boost energy levels while reducing any anxiety that is felt about the day ahead.
- 8 drops Indian Sandalwood
- 10 drops Frankincense
- 1 drop Clove Bud
- 10 drops Sweet Orange
- 100ml Rose Bulgarian Hydrosol
Simply combine all the above essential oils into the 100ml bottle of Rose Bulgarian Hydrosol to create your anxiety busting brew. Tighten the nozzle onto to the bottle and shake until all ingredients are combined.
Once shaken, spray around the room you are in while taking deep breaths or spray directly onto the body so it can be inhaled no matter where you are. Always test a blend of essential oils on an inconspicuous area to avoid skin irritation.
DIY Winter Shower Gel
Find yourself feeling a case of the winter blahs and you just can’t seem to shake the cloud of anxiety hanging over your head? Why not try an invigorating body wash that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or strong fragrances and instead whip together a blend of essential oils to boost your mood.
This DIY shower gel is made using essential oils that are proven to boost spirits, alleviate stress and brighten the skin. Bonus? A hot shower will relax you anyway so take it up a notch and use a shower gel formulated to give you results.
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops Highland lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Bergamot essential oil
- 100ml Lovefresh Unscented Hand & Body Wash
• Another unscented hand and body wash of your choosing – just ensure it is unscented
If you do not plan on using the Lovefresh brand of unscented body wash but instead something else; just ensure that the consistency is thick enough to provide moisture and exfoliation of the skin. You don’t want it thick to the point that essential oils cannot penetrate it, however.
Add the listed amounts of each essential oil to your unscented body wash and replace the cap. Tighten the cap to reduce spillage and shake vigorously until combined. Use as directed during your shower.
Massage Formula #2
To cap off this list of the top 23 best essential oil recipes for anxiety relief; we’ve chosen another massage formula that is guaranteed to loosen muscles, alleviate stress and tension and wash those anxious feelings away. Massages are proven mood boosters and there is nothing more relaxing than having a professional loosen tight neck muscles and work out the kinks throughout your back.
Using a formula that has floral scents for pleasure and uplifting, lavender for relaxation, and bergamot with germanium to tie it all together is just the icing on the cake.
- 2 drops Basil essential oil
- 2 drops bergamot essential oil
- 2 drops geranium essential oil
- 8 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 oz carrier oil
Using a carrier oil as skin protection (think almond or coconut, etc.), combine all the essential oils into the carrier and shake well. Test the formula on your wrist before using all over the body as a massage oil. Check with your massage therapist to see if they are willing to use your blend of oils instead of their own and feel that anxiety melt away!
Although the benefits of essential oils are still being proven daily, there is no denying that numerous people report the benefits that can be found through frequent use of essential oils. If you are looking for a more organic approach to managing anxiety and maintaining mental functions, why not try essential oils and see if you can reap the benefits. They are available online through select retailers and at most health stores.
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