Feelings of stress and anxiety have become far too common in our fast-paced lives, and this has never been more evident than it is today. Everyone continuously scrolls news sites where they read about the increasing impact of COVID-19 around the world. So what routines can we get into while self-isolating to help relieve these negative emotions?
Something as simple as diffusing essential oils can add a touch of relaxation and positivity to our day as Aromatherapy has been used since ancient times to promote feelings of calm and relaxation. Inhaling and topically applying pure essential oils can help us by stimulating the areas of the brain that are responsible for our emotions, which is why we have compiled a list of our top oil picks to minimise stress and anxiety.
10 of the Best Essential Oils for Stress and Anxiety
#1 Lavender – Its relaxing floral aroma calms the mind and body, eases tension and is an excellent sleep aid. Considering that so many illnesses are stress-related, lavender holds a special place in both preventative health care and in the treatment of tension-related illnesses. Apply a single drop to your temples and wrists, diffuse around your home or combine with a carrier oil for a relaxing massage oil.
#2 Rose – Its scent is renowned for soothing emotions, headaches and balancing hormones. Rose is known for strengthening the heart in periods of high stress, grief, and depression. It takes about 60 roses to create a single drop of this exquisite, exotic, sweet, floral oil, so it’s definitely an investment oil. Use in a warm bath or apply a single drop directly on the skin to help with mood swings, hormones and emotions. It’s also lovely to diffuse around the home.
#3 Ylang Ylang – This oil promotes feelings of comfort and joy. It is uplifting and encourages deep breathing while lifting you out of a depressed state. It can reduce anger and tension while stabilising moods and is commonly used as an aphrodisiac. This oil is beautiful as a natural perfume, added to a bath or diffused around your home.
#4 Clary Sage – With a beautiful earthy smell, Clary Sage is effective in calming stress and anxiety. The oil acts as an antidepressant by promoting feelings of wellbeing and inner peace. It is also known to act as a great hormone balancer and helps to reduce symptoms of PMS. Apply one drop directly to feet or pulse points to help balance hormones, or combine with a few drops of german or roman chamomile in a hot bath. Use it in a diffuser to help alleviate symptoms of nervous tension, stress, depression and anxiety.
#5 Jasmine – Used around the globe as a natural remedy for anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression. It acts as a natural sedative as well as having stimulating effects on the brain improving mood and energy levels. It is harvested by hand at night or early morning before the sun comes up in order to get the highest yield of essential oil from the flower. Plus it takes 5kg of flowers to make one of our 5ml bottles, so you can see why it has a higher price tag, but it has a long-lasting aroma and is so powerful that one drop in a 1oz (30ml) blend is often enough. Apply directly to your wrists or neck to promote relaxation or add a few drops to a hot bath.
#6 Melissa – Also referred to as Lemon Balm, it’s known for its medicinal and uplifting qualities. Melissa essential oil calms the mind, boosts immunity and strengthens the nervous system. It can act as an antidepressant and releases feelings of sadness and worry. Add to a warm bath or massage directly on the skin with a carrier oil to promote deep relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety. It’s also great to diffuse and has been known to help relieve headaches.
#7 German Chamomile – If you love chamomile tea, you will appreciate the calming effects of this oil. It is very soothing and calms feelings of anger or frustration and is used when dealing with stress-related conditions. German Chamomile is one of the gentler essential oils and is often used when treating children for injuries and stress relief. For stress relief, combine chamomile essential oil with a carrier oil to create a great massage oil. Or combine with a few drops of lavender essential oil for a blissful soak in the tub.
#8 Bergamot – Bergamot is known for its powerful effect on the nervous system and can help to relieve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, fear and insomnia. Use it in a diffuser when feeling blue, or simply remove the cap of the bottle and deeply inhale. Let the antidepressant properties of this oil bring nourishment to your nervous system and lift you away from negative feelings.
#9 Geranium – Commonly used to support the nervous system and restore balance to the body; it helps to calm nerves and reduce feelings of stress. Geranium has been referred to as a “women’s oil” because it can help to balance hormones, reducing symptoms of PMS, mood swings and menopause. This is a great oil to add to your diffuser, or blended in massage oil, cream, or lotion. Try adding a few drops to a foot soak with Epson salts – BLISS!
#10 Vetiver – Known to calm and soothe anxious feelings, dispel anger and irritability and reduce tension and stress. This oil is excellent to diffuse if you’re mentally and physically exhausted. It is also known as an immune system booster when you apply it to your skin. It is a great choice for people suffering withdrawal from nicotine and alcohol as it helps to quill jitters and provides peace of mind. Add a few drops to your wrists and neck for a calming and grounding all-natural perfume or take a few drops and rub this oil onto your palms and soles of your feet to help alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety. It’s also another great option to add to your bath for a relaxing soak.
Our sense of smell is a very personal thing, so an oil that helps to relax one person, may not be as relaxing for another. These ten oils are a great place to start when searching for that perfect essential oil to give you a calm, chilled feeling and melt the stresses of the day away.