Essential oils may not be the best tool to use for some cases of anxiety and depression. If you have a mild case, calming (for anxiety) and uplifting (for depression) essential oils can be helpful, but in many cases, you will need to visit a professional (doctor or naturopath).

Anxiety and Depression are very real things and can be debilitating to some depending on the severity.  Essential Oils are not going to cure these things, but in times of stress and anxiety, the suggestions and tips below can help take the edge off so you can feel a little more in control of the situation and uplifted.

On this page you will learn:

    • How to effectively use essential oils for these issues.
    • Recipes
    • Anxiety Tips
    • Oils to help with Depression
    • Additional Oils for Calming

Always be sure that the oils which you choose are safe for your family's situation!

Much of the time for issues such as these, using your oils aromatically is going to be the most effective.

    • If you are not familiar with why inhalation is often the most effective and safest way to use essential oils you can find more information in the following link. Inhaling
    • Diffusing Guidelines, How to properly and safely diffuse: Diffusing FAQs
    • Personal Aromatherapy Inhalers, how to make & use an inhaler: Inhalers
    • And if you do choose to use topically it is a must that you know how to properly dilute! Diluting Essential Oils Safely

Everyone responds differently to EOs as they are not a one size fits all, so you may have to play around a bit to find out just which oil or blends work best to bring you back to you.
Here are some suggestions from Lea's Free EO classes as well as some suggestions which have been used successfully by members of our Using Essential Oils Safely Facebook Group.

Recipes & Suggested Oils

* Anxiety Blend #1 from UEOS member Kristi
The numbers in the front are for a master blend which you could use drops in your diffuser, a properly diluted roller ball or create a personal inhaler, etc. The smaller numbers behind each oil are broken down for if you just want to try one personal inhaler without creating the whole master blend.
50 drops Grapefruit 6
40 drops Nerolina 5
20 drops Cistus 2
10 drops Sandalwood 2
3 drops Roman Chamomile 2

* Anxiety Blend #2 for a Personal Aromatherapy Inhaler
Equal Drops of each or blend as works best for you.
Ylang Ylang
Roman Chamomile

* Anxiety Blend #3
40 drops of Bergamot
25 drops of Lavender
20 drops of Vanilla
15 drops of Roman Chamomile
For a personal inhaler: mix up the master blend and apply 10-15 drops to the cotton wick.
For diffusion: mix up the master blend and use 5-6 drops in your diffuser.

* Anxiety Blend #4 from UEOS member Krystal Jean
“I get really bad anxiety and EOs help me significantly!”
My favorite combos are:
2dr Bergamot
2dr Clary Sage
1dr Sweet Marjoram
1-2dr each floral (Bulgarian Rose, Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine)
1dr Ylang Ylang
1dr Cedarwood
1dr Sandalwood

Anxiety Tips

These tips would be helpful in a midst of an anxiety attack….even not done in the exact number as mentioned, but just thinking about these types of things can help focus and calm you as you get your mind off of the reason for your anxiety.

Some Additional Oils which would be helpful for depression.

Adding one or more of these oils to a personal inhaler or a diffuser would be helpful.

Calming Essential Oils

Here are some other calming oils which can be used in a diffuser, a personal inhaler or properly diluted topically.  You can create your own blends using some of the suggestions here.  To be certain of the safety of these oils you can cross reference using our blend safety info and search for the individual oils which are on the list below.  Blend Safety


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