Aromatherapy for Anxiety: Photo Credit, ISP
Aromatherapy for Anxiety: Photo Credit, ISP

Given the high-pace, high-stress world in today’s world, it is likely that you will suffer from anxiety at some point in your life. There are different levels of anxiety – and different types of anxiety – but aromatherapy may help, in whatever shape or form anxiety strikes you. Today’s post takes a quick look at anxiety and a couple of aromatherapy recipes for help in managing the symptoms of anxiety. Remember to consult a qualified health care professional for further advice before use.

Types of Anxiety

Anxiety may be mild, moderate, chronic, or acute. An anxiety attack may occur due to various factors. Common anxiety disorders include:

  • generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

  • social anxiety disorder

  • panic disorder or panic attack

  • anxiety caused by a phobia

  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • separation anxiety.

Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety may be caused by a lot of different situations and factors including:

  • genetics

  • alcohol abuse

  • drug abuse

  • addiction

  • consequence of a traumatic event,situation, or life event

  • consequence of a car accident

  • death of a loved one

  • abuse

  • dealing with a high-stress situation for a long time

  • burn out

  • marriage, divorce, new baby, moving home.

Symptoms of Anxiety

Signs and symptoms of anxiety include:

  • headaches

  • migraines

  • nausea

  • digestive issues

  • palpitations

  • dizziness

  • sweating

  • irrational fear

  • fatigue

  • lack of concentration

  • insomnia

  • irritability

  • muscle pain and tension.

Aromatherapy for Anxiety

Many essential oils have a calming effect on the body’s symptoms and may help with an anxiety attack. If an attack occurs quickly, inhalation of essential oils is one of the best methods of administration as it is the quickest route to the brain.

It is wise to have a few aromatherapy blends prepared in case of an anxiety attack. Inhalation methods include:

  • aromatherapy diffuser

  • inhalation direct from the essential oil bottle

  • a few drops of essential oil on a tissue

  • balm stick (this method is discussed in greater detail in Authentic Aromatherapy)

  • roll-on oil – similar to a the balm stick method.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety you might find the following aromatherapy recipes helpful; both methods are portable and can be kept in your purse or at hand on your work desk in case of a sudden anxiety attack.

If you are unfamiliar with the use of essential oils consult a certified aromatherapist for further information before use. If you are pregnant, taking prescribed or natural medications for a health condition, or are elderly, note any additional contra-indications for use and remember to reduce amounts accordingly. In addition, these recipes are not recommended for use with babies and children, without the guidance of a certified aromatherapist (reduced amounts apply too).

Recipe #1

Roll-on Oil:

You will need a 0.33 oz roller-ball bottle. Add:

  • 0.33 oz jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 2 drops neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara flos) essential oil

  • 3 drops bergamot (Citrus bergamia) essential oil

Cautions: photo-toxic; do not use prior to going out in sunlight or in use with sun tanning units.

Apply to wrist and temple pulse points as needed.

Recipe #2

Balm Stick Base (there are various ways to make a balm base; consult Authentic Aromatherapy for more information on how to make a balm base):

You will need a 0.15 oz tube. Add:

  • 0.15 oz balm base

  • 1 drop vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) essential oil

  • 2 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

  • 2 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil

Cautions: possible skin sensitization in some individuals.

Apply to wrist and temple pulse points as needed.

Learn How to Use Essential Oils for Anxiety with Sedona Aromatherapie Courses

If you are interested in learning more about how to use essential oils for anxiety and other conditions, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy Home Study Program. To learn more, visit the courses home page.


  • Author is a certified aromatherapist

  • Falsetto, Sharon, 2014, Authentic Aromatherapy, US: Skyhorse Publishing

  • Lawless, Julia, 1995, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, UK: Thorsons

  • Author’s training, experience, and practice.

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