17 of The Best Essential Oils For Anxiety & Depression

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In the busy world that we live in today, it’s common to experience feelings of stress, worry or even sadness. 

In fact, every week in the UK, 1 in 6 people experience common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Largely these issues are triggered by a build of intense emotions, mostly stress, which are often linked to work, family, finances and even social media. Whilst these figures continue to climb year on year, many of us are more aware of the state of mental health and consequently are much more proactive in looking after our general well-being. 

Whilst Aromatherapy has been used as alternative medicine for hundreds of years, more people are starting to realise  the wonderful benefits it can bring for coping with stress, pain and sleep issues.

Most commonly, Lavender is associated as a key essential oil for promoting feelings of relaxation, but the beauty of aromatherapy is that different scents can help people in various situations. Also, it’s important to remember that what works for one person, may not work for another. 

So to help you find your perfect remedy, we’ve listed our best essential oils for depression and to reduce anxiety.

Lavender Oil

With its herby and floral scent, this naturally balancing oil helps to control emotions and is particularly good at promoting a state of relaxation. At the same time, when blended and rubbed into the skin, it works wonders on reducing pains, strains and muscle tension. Combining these qualities together, it’s one of the best oils for overcoming anxious feelings and relaxing your mind and body.

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 Rose Oil

Distilled from delicate rose petals, this deep floral essential oil is wonderfully relaxing, calming and supportive of the mind. Besides being one of the most precious essential oils, Rose can help to soothe a busy mind and balance feelings of worry, unhappiness and upset. 

Rose is also a popular choice with women, especially older women, as it can help to balance hormones and strengthen the mind.

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Sweet Orange Oil

With a sweet and fruity aroma, Sweet Orange (Orange Sweet) is a wonderful oil for uplifting a low mood. As a naturally empowering essential oil it can often help in creating a stronger sense of confidence and giving you that extra boost to overcome mental challenges.

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Bergamot Oil

Highly energising, Bergamot is one of best essential oils for soothing feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. 

Studies have shown that when diffused into the air and so inhaled into the body, Bergamot oil can reduce levels of stress hormones. What’s more,  with a very fruit aroma, this oil is naturally uplifting and can often help to overcome a low mood and feelings of tiredness.

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Roman Chamomile Oil

As with popular Chamomile tea, Chamomile oil is often used to ease feelings of depression and worry. With naturally calming and stress relieving properties, this is a wonderful  essential oil to use within your nighttime routine.

By using a few small drops either during a bath or diffusing before going to bed, you can relax both your mind and body and prepare for a more peaceful night’s sleep. If you’re looking to enter the new day with a peaceful mind, Chamomile is the perfect essential oil to try.

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Cedarwood Oil

Distilled from the wood of the Cedar tree, Cedarwood essential oil can be used to bring a sense of calm and focus to an overactive mind. With a beautiful woody aroma, it is known to reduce emotional worries and can restore a sense of balance. 

Which such clarifying properties, is a wonderful essential oil for those looking to combat feelings typically associated with anxiety.

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Clary sage Oil

A sweet, herbaceous essential oil, Clary Sage is most commonly used to soothe nervous tension and reduce feelings of discomfort created by PMS.

However, with the ability to help naturally balance the mind, it can be a wonderful essential oil for anyone feeling tense or anxious. If you typically prefer more herby, fresh aromas over something more sweet and citrusy, then certainly give Clary Sage oil a try.

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Eucalyptus Staigeriana Oil

Steam distilled from the beautiful eucalyptus leaves, this light and lemony essential oil is renowned for being extremely uplifting. 

With the ability to not only lift a low mood, but also to relax the mind, eucalyptus staigeriana essential oil is one of the best for anyone experiencing feelings of depression, stress and anxiety. By diffusing a few drops into the air, you can start to bring your mind into a happier, healthier place.

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Frankincense Oil

Traditionally used in meditation, Frankincense is one of the best essential oils for calming emotions.

As a warm and penetrative oil, it is ideal for relaxing an overactive mind and promoting a sharpened sense of focus. With such a calming influence, we highly recommend using Frankincense oil to support the mind through life’s many ups and downs.

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Marjoram Sweet Oil

With a sweet, herby aroma, Marjoram sweet is a relaxing essential oil that only soothes the aches in the body but also soothes the mind. 

Naturally calming, many often use this oil to help ease anxious and stress minds. What’s more, Marjoram Sweet is a versatile oil that can be blended with other calming essential oils such as Lavender – creating a truly relaxing remedy.

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Melissa True Oil

Often chosen for its uplifting and calming properties, Melissa True is one of the best essential oils for supporting the nervous system. Besides having a beautiful sweet, lemony aroma, it is a wonderful oil for combatting nervous conditions such as depression, mental exhaustion and anxieties. 

Beyond this, Melissa True can also help to naturally address insomnia and allow the mind to deeply relax after a stressful event. With these qualities, it also allows the body to rest and restore its energy level – providing a natural energy boost when needed most.

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Neroli Oil

As one of the most hydrating essential oils, Neroli is often used in skincare to combat wrinkles and promote skin renewal. However, this floral and aromatic oil is also emotionally uplifting. 

When inhaled or diffused, neroli can be used to combat feelings of sadness, tension and general low moods. What’s more, with a rich, floral scent, it is an ideal choice for overcoming anxiety and depression.

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Patchouli Oil

Naturally grounding and calming, Patchouli is another wonderful essential oil for overcoming feelings of anxiety.  With such calming influences, aromatherapists often recommend this oil for therapeutic benefits to those who are experiencing a time of shock.

Besides being a good essential oil to use on it’s own, Patchouli oil can also be blended with Ylang Ylang and Lavender essential oils which all share the same relaxing properties.

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Petitgrain Oil

Loved by many for it’s fresh and floral aroma, Petitgrain is a highly comforting and uplifting essential oil. With such positive qualities, is it another great oil for lifting feelings of a low mood and calming a busy mind.

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Rhododendron Oil

Another popular essential oil for overcoming feelings of depression is Rhododendron.

Steam distilled from the beautiful flower, this sweet and floral scented oil is highly grounding and calming. Whether diffused into the air or massaged into the skin, this uplifting oil is a natural remedy for encouraging a more positive mindset.

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Vetiver Oil

Also known as ‘the oil of tranquility’, Vetiver is an extremely calming and grounding essential oil. With natural sedative qualities, it is often used to help ease anxious minds and encourage a most restful night of sleep. 

What’s more, with a strong earthy aroma, it can often be a popular oil to use during meditation and aromatherapy massages.

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Ylang Ylang Oil

Last but not least, Ylang Ylang is one of the best essential oils for combatting feelings of anxiety. Naturally balancing, this beautiful oil has a sweet floral aroma that helps to relieve tension and allows the mind to truly unwind. 

With such calming qualities and a wonderful aroma, Ylang Ylang essential oil is loved by both aromatherapists and enthusiasts across the world.

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If you are experiencing severe symptoms of either anxiety or depression, we recommend seeking medical advice. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine and can have varying effects on different people. 

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