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8 Best Essential Oils for Anxiety

Life today is busy and stressful. If you experience anxiety, then there are several essential oils that can help soothe those feelings. These essential oils not only smell amazing but can have a significant positive effect when you add them to a diffuser, burner, a warm bath, on your pillow or topically on your skin. In this post, we’ll take you through some of the best essential oils for anxiety to get you back on track.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant’s scent, flavour and “essence.”

Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence.

Essential oils are captured through mainly two key methods: distillation (using steam) or mechanical methods such as cold pressing.

Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that’s ready for use.

At Aubrey Bay, we consider essential oils obtained through chemical processes not to be true essential oils.

Here are our best essential oils for anxiety:

Lavender Oil

Lavender is the most popular of all essential oils. This big hitter on anxiety can help ease anxiety and stress, so much so that researchers at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust, Reading, used it on patients in the intensive care unit.

Research shows lavender has anxiety-reducing—or anxiolytic—effects, as well as beneficial effects on depression.

Lavender is one of the most rigorously studied essential oils.

Rose Oil

Inhaling rose oil promotes calmness and reduces any tension that you may be feeling.

Rose oil has a relaxing effect on many people.

In one study, researchers applied rose oil to the skin of each participant, and then measured its effects on the most common symptoms of anxiety.

Blood pressure, heart rates, breathing rates, cortisol levels, and blood oxygen levels all decreased. The subjects also reported feeling much more relaxed after the oil treatment.

Vetiver Oil

Popular in India and Sri Lanka, Vetiver essential oil is often referred to as the ‘oil of tranquillity’. It has a sweet, smoky scent that’s similar to sandalwood essential oil.

It can alleviate emotional stress, anxiety, headaches, depression and panic attacks.

Ylang Ylang Oil

This tropical scent is both calming and uplifting.

If you’ve ever suffered from insomnia, there’s a good chance that someone has suggested drinking a cup of warming chamomile tea.

While this can be beneficial, chamomile essential oil maybe even more effective. 

Chamomile can calm anxiety and promote better quality sleep. It is also reported to have the potential to reduce nightmares.

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense has a rich, warm aroma.

It can lift your mood, boost the oxygen supply to your brain and stimulate the limbic system, helping to bring your emotions back into check. 

If you add this one to your bath, it should help relax both your mind and body.

Geranium Oil

With a sweet scent similar to roses, geranium oil can help you replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

This is an excellent essential oil for reducing anxiety.

Jasmine Oil

This essential oil has been used for centuries to help reduce anxiety symptoms.

Studies have shown that Jasmine can stimulate your brain and improve your mood and energy levels.

It can also calm your nervous system. 

Chamomile Oil

If you’ve ever tried chamomile tea, you will appreciate the calming effects of chamomile essential oil.

Chamomile promotes calm, reduces anxiety and soothes the nervous system.

It can also be used to reduce inflammation of the digestive tract, help regulate mood and stress levels.

For stress relief, combine chamomile essential oil with a carrier oil and apply to the solar plexus and belly button.

Essential Oils for Anxiety at Aubrey Bay

At Aubrey Bay, we have done the hard work for you. Through extensive testing and a modern apothecary approach, we have created the perfect essential oil blend for anxiety reduction and stress relief.

If you are looking for essential oil for anxiety then our ‘relax range’ is the one for you – click on the image below and try us out today.

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