woman with anxiety worriedDefinition: A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is felt about something realistically intimidating or dangerous and is an appropriate response to a perceived threat. Anxiety is a normal human emotion that we all experience. But when panic and anxiety symptoms escalate into anxiety attacks and panic attacks, it may be an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and panic disorder. Essential oils can help calm anxiety attacks, as well as panic attack symptoms.

Suggested Oils to Use

Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, Marjoram


Suggested Ways to use

Topical application of one of these oils to the chest and/or wrists during the day. Some rotate the oils other find one is best. During evenings apply Lavender topically to the bottoms of the feet for improved sleep. For an anxiety attack put a few drops of suggested oils in a cup and inhale the aroma to get immediate relief.


What oils address the Emotional Symptoms?

Oils that have sedative properties will calm and settle the mind. These oils will address the emotional component of anxiety.

The top choices base on testimonials:

• Roman Chamomile – Used for restlessness, depression and insomnia.

• Geranium – Helps release negative memories and nervous tension. Uplifting.

• Lavender – Reduces mental stress, one of the most studied for relieving anxiety.

• Marjoram – Herb of Happiness. Calms the nerves.

• Sandalwood – Stimulates the limbic system of the brain, the center of emotions.

• Valerian – Very grounding, relaxing and emotionally balancing.

• Bergamot – Calming and uplifting. Known for its antidepressant properties.

• Jasmine – Uplifting and relaxing. Used for depression and nervous exhaustion.

• Black Pepper – Stimulating and energizing.

• Tangerine – contains esters and aldehydes that are sedating and calming, helping with anxiety and nervousness.

• Orange – (Citrus sinensis) is elevating to the mind and body and brings joy and peace. A 1995 Mie University study documented the ability of citrus fragrances to combat depression and boost immunity.

• Melissa or Lemon Balm – Releases emotions of the heart. It is used for depression, insomnia and anxiety.

• Neroli Absolute – Natural relaxant used to treat depression and anxiety. Uplifting.

Most oils listed here for anxiety will also be natural remedies for stress.


What Oils address the Physical Symptoms?

In alternative medical studies Kidneys and the Heart are considered to be out of balance in states of anxiety or stress. This is especially true in Oriental Medicine.

The oils that will assist with the physical symptoms of anxiety are listed here.

• Cypress – Eases loss, creates security by grounding.

• Lavender – Reduces mental stress, one of the most studied for relieving anxiety.

• Lemon – Improves memory, cleanses toxins in kidneys.

• Marjoram – Herb of Happiness. Calms the nerves.

• Rosemary – Brings mental awareness eases anxiety.

• Thyme – Releases fear of known cause. Rebalances water element.

• Vetiver – Very grounding. Restores stability.

• Patchouli – It is sedating, calming and relaxing helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Has a significant effect on sympathetic nervous system.

• Neroli Absolute – Natural relaxant used to treat depression and anxiety. Uplifting.