Emotional concerns affect many people whether it’s just a bad slump, anxiety over a special circumstance, or straight-up depression. We have busy lives, and not feeling at your best emotionally can seriously impact you.
It’s easy to feel anxious, depressed or overwhelmed with busy schedules and hectic lives. We’ve all been there.
Can essential oils help with emotional issues like anxiety?
The short answer is: They might help, but they won’t cure.
Essential oils won’t cure your emotional issues (such as depression, anxiety or stress) but they can absolutely help boost your self-care routine. But before we get into that, check out our blog post on inhalation.
Which essential oils should I choose to help with anxiety, depression or stress?
These are the oils that are known to help with symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress.
Just remember: Scent is incredibly individual. We can make general statements about certain oils, like we did in What are Therapeutic Properties?. But that just gives us a good starting point. Your recipes may still need tweaking in order to work as desired.
The high linalool content of this oil makes it ideal for calming! Using Basil together with bergamot and/or citrus oils, basil can be useful in calming the mind and body.
An uplifting and balancing essential oil, Geranium is best blended with deep scents like Vetiver or Patchouli. This oil has a very strong, floral scent and when combined with either of those grounding, calming scents can create a very relaxing environment.
Lavender is the quintessential relaxing scent. Use Lavender together with deep, resinous scents like Frankincense to create calm and peace or with lighter citrus notes to provide a lift in mood.
Some quick and easy ways to use essential oils for relief of anxiety:
- Create a personal inhaler. We’ve done this for myself, my kids and several friends. Take it with you for an on-the-go pick me up.
- Take a nice bath, pamper yourself. Then get a good nights rest. Here’s a wonderful article, Creating an Aromatherapy Bath.
- Create your own personal diffuser blend to ward off anxiousness. Use a blend of oils you personally find uplifting, on days you feel overwhelmed or particularly stressed.
It’s important to remember that aromatherapy is just one tool in the toolbox to assist with emotional concerns like depression, stress and anxiety. A proper diet is another key factor, using herbal preparations is another and finally plenty of rest can be useful in the reduction of stressful or anxious feelings.