Essential Oils for Anxiety and Depression

medium_8543552581I am a big fan of essential oils. The obvious reason being that they smell AMAZING. Seriously. The second reason being that I feel they have been helpful for my depression, anxiety, and headaches. They’re easy and enjoyable to use, and have numerous benefits.

Here are some EOs that are good for anxiety, depression, sleep, ect and which ones I have been using.

(I will be listing single essential oils as well as blends from the doTERRA and Young Living  brands)

Anxiety

  • Frankincense
  • Harmony **
  • Joy **
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Serenity *
  • Lemon
  • Elevation *
  • Balance *
  • Stress Away **

Depression

  • Balance*
  • Citrus Bliss*
  • Elevation *
  • Lemon
  • Joy**
  • Harmony**
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Bergamot
  • Ylang Ylang

Headaches/Migraines

  • PastTense*
  • Peppermint
  • Deep Blue*
  • Deep Relief**
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Tranquil**
  • Valor**

Insomnia

  • Dream Catcher**
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Serenity*
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Tranquil**
  • Peace and Calming**

That’s a lot. I know. I spent hours trying to decide which essential oils I wanted to try, because, lets face it, these aren’t always cheap. Here are some tips for narrowing it down though…

  1. SAMPLES! Find an essential oil representative in your town and ask for samples. I got a whole bunch of them and was able to try them out and see what I liked.
  2. If you don’t like how it smells it’s probably not for you. Apparently the ones you like the most are the best suited for you.
  3. Pick favorites! You’ll notice, for example, that Lavender is listed in all four categories. Pick multi-purpose oils that cover several of your needs.
  4. Do your research. Google, ask questions, try them out! It can be a process of elimination.

Here is an example of my essential oils routine…

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In the morning I apply Balance* and Elevation* to the bottom of my feet. This is one of the quickest ways for them to enter your bloodstream. These EOs help keep my moods level throughout the day.

During the day I diffuse Orange EO in my house to help fight any anxious thoughts that like to make themselves present (and it smells REALLY good! My boyfriend thinks it smells like tea. No idea where that came from but at least he likes it haha).

If I have a particularly bad headache I will diffuse Peppermint and apply Deep Blue* to my temples and neck.

At night I usually take a bath with a few drops of Lavender oil and then put a few drops of Serenity* on my pillowcase before going to bed.

So that’s how I do it and I have noticed a difference (and, possibly more importantly, so has my family). Let me know if you’ve tried essential oils! (:

* doTERA blend **Young Living blend
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10 comments

      1. I love it. Lavender is one of my all time favorite scents but for some reason this one is just extra special. It’s different than other Lavender scents, if that makes sense, haha. Interesting benefit for your acne. I have to research that :)

  1. I think that this list is great. Only problem we had is that for my daughter’s insomnia we tried the Lavender and unfortunately she was allergic to it. Oh well, back to the drawing board with something new.

    1. Aww! That’s discouraging ): I don’t actually liiike the smell of lavender, but at least I’m not allergic to it. Have you tried Valerian or Roman Chamomile? They are supposed to be calming and good for sleep. I hope you can find something that works for your daughter (:

  2. I am a big believer in essential oils as well! I love most scents and swear they have made a huge difference in my life since adding them to my regime. One of my favorites for an afternoon pick me up is diffusing grapefruit and peppermint together!

      1. I love them! Scents have always been a big part of my life and a great tool to battle the blahs. I have fours diffusers throughout the house. I used to have tons of candles and Scentsy pots going in every room and now I can just fire up the diffuser and add a few drops. There’s so many options and choices! I’ve been using essential oils exclusively since last June…off of all medications both OTC and prescriptions since August!

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