Anxiety and Essential Oils

Anxiety and Stress seems to be very prelevant in our modern day society. Mild stress can drive us and anxiety is useful to keep us safe. However extreme levels of these symptoms can over time cause long term health conditions as well as make us more suseptible to mential conditions such as panic attacks and depression.

So next time you feeling a bit overwhelmed or fatigued why not sit back and inhale a few drops of esential oil to help quickly relieve tension. Our olfactory system is one of the quickest ways to effect our brain and reduce anxiety and stress.

The use of essential oils in treating stress and anxiety issues has long been practised. And even science can prove it. Many studies have shown that certain essential oils can actually soothe stress and anxiety, and promote feelings of calmness.

Essential oils can be diffused in an oil burner or other diffuser, put on a tissue and inhaled or just put a few drops in the palm of your hand, cup them, place under your nose (not too close!) and breathe in their wonderful aroma to feel an immediate sense of calm.

Some of the best essential oils to use for anxiety and stress are :


Perhaps the most popular essential oil, lavender is best for relaxation. Many studies have shown that this oil is great for relieving stress, depression and anxiety. For instance, a 2007 study by Japanese researchers revealed that lavender essential oil helps reduce serum cortisol - the stress hormone which negatively affects the cardiovascular system and how the body responds to stress.

Sweet Orange

Who wouldn’t feel refreshed with the scent of oranges? According to a study by Mie University School of Medicine, depression patients who received citrus aromatherapy treatments required smaller doses of antidepressant medications after.


In 2011, researchers from China found that weekly inhalation of bergamot oil resulted in a significant reduction of blood pressure and heart rate. Bergamot oil resulted in a significant reduction of blood pressure and heart rate, which leads to lower levels of anxiety.

Clary sage

In 2010, Korean researchers found that clary sage essential oil has antidepressant-like effects useful after highly stressful situations. They found that clary sage may even be more powerful than lavender for anxiety. it is also believed to help relieve PMS and symptoms of the menopause.

Doterra essential oils are 100% pure and as such can be more potent then other oils which means less product is reuquired to produce the same results. They can also be used directly on the skin in most cases reducing the need to purchase a carrier oil.

For more details of the oils or to purchase any of these items please check out my doterra oil website: or check out my facebook page Amethyst Essential Oils

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