I’ve learned a very important lesson recently. A friend who sells young living told me that I could put a few drops of lemon oil in my water, as well as orange and grapefruit. Dummy me didn’t research this. You know, “well she’s a friend and seems to know a lot about oils. I can trust what she says”. One night I couldn’t sleep well, even had my lavender in my diffuser. I kept wondering “what the hheeeecckkk”. Prayed a bit, and then listened and read up on grapefruit oil. Wellllll that was my first lesson DO NOT TAKE OILS INTERNALLY and grapefruit oil is an energizer.

This reason alone makes it important to choose the right diffuser and my advice to reap all of the benefits of essential oils is to stick with a cold-air, nebulizing or ultrasonic diffuser. I DO keep a little plugin diffuser in my car, although that one does heat up, so I know I’m getting the calming benefits of the scents, but I may be losing out on some of the other aromatherapy effects. 


I made a sugar scrub for the first time this holiday and the scents are “off”. Could it be because I used too much oil? It is not pleasant at all. I know the oils are good quality. The peppermint does not smell refreshing at all nor does the lavender. I am guessing I used too many drops. Can I dilute by doubling the sugar and coconut oil? Any recommendations so I can save the 5 cups I have so far?

I’ve never used it before, Joan, but I would imagine a little would go a long way and that it would be a great addition to muscle blends! I’d also guess it would fall into the “spicy” category of essential oils, and I would also decrease its total amount in any blend I made it in as it’s probably a very strong oil. I do use cayenne along with some other essential oils in the muscle rub blend that I make for my medicine cabinet. You can find that recipe in my How To Make Herbal Ointments, Salves, and Balms: The Ultimate How-To Guide if you’re interested.
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But she is my sister, so I gave the oils a try.  I put 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil in a diffuser by my bed.  Turned the diffuser on.  Climbed into bed and drifted off to sleep.  Next thing I knew my alarm was going off.  I had slept straight through the night for a full 8 hours!!  “But how could this be?”, I thought.  It must have been a fluke.  Maybe I was just so exhausted from the day before and that’s why I didn’t wake up?
Essential oil diffuser blends work in diffusers of any size, you will just have to adjust how many drops of oil you put into your water tank if you have a larger diffuser with a bigger reservoir. The diffuser blends I mix are made for 150-200 ml sized diffusers. You’ll find a chart below that helps you figure out how many drops to put into your diffuser. Most diffusers also come with a water cup that lets you accurately fill the desired amount of water into your unit.
It’s important to note: sandalwood has also been shown to increase wakefulness and alertness, even when it is also triggering physical relaxation. Everyone reacts to scents differently. Sandalwood may deliver sleep benefits for some people, while for others, it may promote wakeful, attentive relaxation. If that’s the case for you, sandalwood isn’t right for nighttime, but you can use it during the day to feel relaxed and alert.
I have some laser burns on my face that I’m trying to get rid of (the “professional” used the wrong laser, and now I have reddish brown nickel sized burns on my face). I’ve researched and found that Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Neroli, and a few others are good for scars, burns, etc and they all blend well together. My question is can I blend them all (since they each have a unique power, if you will) and how much do I use of each?
It really depends on the size of your diffuser. The combination, I think is based on your preference, but the total drops should be 6-7 for a 100 – 150 ml water tank, and 8-10 for a 200-350 ml tank. I also have a 750 ml diffuser/vaporizer I haven’t used yet, so I am thinking I would use 15-20 drops in that. I would start on the lighter side, and then increase to the higher recommended amount based on your tolerance. I began using EOs starting with diffusing lavender and a Good Nite blend last summer to help me sleep, as I couldn’t fall asleep and stay asleep. Now I am educating myself in all the benefits, and am slowly becoming addicted.

You’ll also want to go back through your list and evaluate your essential oils for safety. The safety of an essential oil will largely be determined based on how it is used (inhalation, topical, internal), and this can be a complex topic that will require more research on your part. Most essential oil suppliers will have safety information in their product descriptions so this can be a good place to look as can other websites and books dedicated to essential oil safety.

Our sense of smell is directly wired to the brain’s centers of memory and emotion. Cells inside the nose detect smells in our environment, and send information to the brain, via the olfactory nerve. (We also have a cluster of cells the top of the throat that detect scents from the food we consume, and pass that information along the same olfactory channel to the brain.) The information about smell does immediately to the limbic system of the brain, which includes regions like the amygdala that control emotional reactions and memory.  
I’m a massage therapist and also a user of EOs. I really enjoyed reading this. I found it to be very helpful in understanding EOs and how to blend them by notes and by and by categories. This has been the most in depth I have seen anyone get into usage and blending. I apreciate how positive you are towards all brands of oils. I have bookmarked your page and will be back for more information.
fbq('track', 'PageView'); window.is_wp=1; window._izq = window._izq || []; window._izq.push(["init"]); HomeAboutCheck Out Habit Videos!Read Top-Rated Habit BooksContact 1 11 Best Essential Oils for Anxiety (2020 Aromatherapy Oil Review)Last Updated on December 12, 2019There might be affiliate links on this page, which means we get a small commission of anything you buy. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Please do your own research before making any online purchase.11K SharesPin7KShare4KBuffer3TweetRedditPocketImagine what it would be like to stand up in a crowd of people and give a speech…completely relaxed.Or come home from a long day at work and just be able to let it all go.Can you believe that using essential oils for anxiety can actually make a significant difference?In this article, I will detail the benefits of essential oils for anxiety. How they can help relieve your anxiety to the point where you can leave the prescriptions and their risky side effects behind.Don't have time to read the entire post?Here are our top choices for essential oils for anxiety (plus their Amazon links)!Go-to oil for anxietyGo-to oil for anxietyLavenderCLICK HERE FOR PRICE Calming scent benefits your inner harmonyCalming scent benefits your inner harmonyRoman ChamomileCLICK HERE FOR PRICE Gives you a quick burst of alertnessGives you a quick burst of alertnessPeppermintCLICK HERE FOR PRICE Works as an antidepressantWorks as an antidepressantClary SageCLICK HERE FOR PRICE Helps induce feelings of comfortHelps induce feelings of comfortYlang YlangCLICK HERE FOR PRICE Used to relieve anxiety, depression, and stressUsed to relieve anxiety, depression, and stressPatchouli OilCLICK HERE FOR PRICE Has a calming scent; natural perfumeHas a calming scent; natural perfumeGeraniumCLICK HERE FOR PRICE Proven to have positive effects on your moodProven to have positive effects on your moodLemonCLICK HERE FOR PRICE Helps to reduce anxiety Helps to reduce anxiety Rose OilCLICK HERE FOR PRICE Helps improve restorative sleepHelps improve restorative sleepSandalwoodCLICK HERE FOR PRICE Helps combat anxiety by relieving tensionHelps combat anxiety by relieving tension​Valerian RootCLICK HERE FOR PRICE What You Will LearnWhat causes anxiety and how can aromatherapy and essential oils reduce its effects?Causes of Anxiety We Can ControlSleepDrugs and AlcoholAttitudeOur Reactions in Social SituationsCaffeineWorryNutritionExerciseDeclutter Your MindStressTime-OutForget About PerfectionGive BackLearn and Manage your TriggersLet GoTalk to Someone11 BEST Essential Oils for Anxiety1. Lavender2. Chamomile3. Peppermint4. Clary Sage5. Ylang Ylang6. Patchouli Oil7. Geranium8. Lemon9. Rose Oil10. Sandalwood11. Valerian RootHow to Use Essential OilsTopicalAromaticFour Pre-Made Essential Oil Anxiety BlendsAnxiety Relief Essential Oil BlendAnxiety Ease Synergy Blend Essential OilRelax Synergy (Mental Relaxation)Mood Bliss for AnxietyFive DIY Essential Oil Recipes for Anxiety1. Last-Minute Anxiety Relief2. All-Day Relief3. If You Are Going Through a Stressful Time4. If Your Children Need Anxiety Relief5. If You Need a Mood BoostConclusionWhat causes anxiety and how can aromatherapy and essential oils reduce its effects?There are a lot of things that can lead to anxiety. Unfortunately, some of the factors are out of our control. One of these is your genetic predisposition.Studies have shown that when someone develops anxiety in their teens, it is likely that they have a close relative who also suffers from anxiety.Along with your genetics, your early life experiences and environment were likely out of your control, so those cannot be changed either. However, these can cause you to suffer from anxiety later on in life.The good thing is that there are many causes of anxiety that you do have control over, and with some conscious effort you can improve your well-being.Apply aromatherapy to all aspects of your life for your health, your home and your happiness. Before we continue, I wanted to recommend a FREE Udemy course called “FREE Aromatherapy-Using Essential Oils In Your Daily Life.” Learn what the oils are used for, how to blend them and which oils you can use for different ailments.Causes of Anxiety We Can ControlSleepDoes this sound like you? You can't sleep because you are anxious, and when you are anxious because you can't sleep.According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, your sleep and anxiety can go hand in hand, leaving you no choice but to get one issue under control to help the other. Learn More about Sleep Essential Oils Drugs and AlcoholDrugs and alcohol make any mental condition worse, yet anxiety and substance abuse are often coexisting problems.Have you ever noticed that having a drink or two temporarily relieves you, but a few hours later your anxiety is intensified?AttitudeI'm sure you have heard of the power of positive thinking. Ruminating on the fearful and negative aspects of our lives only increases anxiety.It is important to focus and try to pay attention to your rational thoughts, and make them positive, which will cause the good to outweigh the bad.Our Reactions in Social SituationsYou may not realize that other people feed off of your reactions. If you stay calm during a situation, other people around you are likely to do the same. Be mindful of your reactions to adverse situations to avoid heightening an issue.CaffeineAdmit it: Your first thought when you wake up in the morning is to reach for the coffee. But there are so many links between anxiety and the use of caffeine that you may need to weigh your options when it comes to your morning pick-me-up.WorryIt is hard to tell yourself to stop worrying. But try to remember that worrying will not get you anywhere. The outcome of a situation will not be affected at all by how much or how little you worry about it.NutritionDid you know that what you eat can affect your health, all the way down to your emotions? It's true. A diet that isn't benefiting your body is not going to benefit your mind either.ExerciseYou already know that exercise is beneficial to your body. However, it is important to note just how beneficial it is for your mind as well. Exercise helps you gain confidence, and also helps to release feel-good brain chemicals.Declutter Your MindI know you often experience information overload, whether with work stress or family issues. Sometimes you just need to purge some of the thoughts that are ruminating in your mind to help you relax.StressWe all experience stress in our lives, but during periods of elevated levels of stress you are likely to be more anxious. Try to be aware of your stress levels and control them when you can.Time-OutWe all need one. Sometimes you just need to take a breather. It may be five minutes or it may be an hour-long massage, but giving yourself a time-out to rejuvenate is crucial.Forget About PerfectionSound silly? It’s not.Don't aim for perfection in any aspect of your life. Instead, aim to do your best and be proud of what you're able to accomplish.Give BackI was always told while growing up that “What you keep you lose; only what you give remains your own.”If you feel anxious about money, give some away so you can see at the end of the month that you are still just fine. If you feel anxious about time, carve out some to volunteer to remind yourself that you have plenty of time on your hands.Learn and Manage your TriggersSounds simple, right? Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t. Try to get to the root of your anxieties so you can address the underlying problem.Let GoSorry to break it to you, but you can't always be in control. Let go of that need to control the world around you and try to go with the flow of others.Talk to SomeoneLastly, whether it is a trusted friend or a professional, find someone to talk to. You can release your thoughts and anxieties and talk through your problems. This can act as one of your greatest therapies.The point here is that there are variables that you can control that will cumulatively help to reduce your anxiety.Adding essential oils and aromatherapy to your routine along with these other practices can help you relax and decrease your levels of anxiety.11 BEST Essential Oils for AnxietyDifferent types of essential oils work with your body in different ways to control your anxiety. Studies have shown that using aromatherapy in conjunction with other therapies such as massage greatly reduced anxiety in psychiatric patients.Here's the thing: Essential oils can affect both your brain chemistry and your nervous system.Studies that have been done comparing the effects of essential oils with the effects of common central nervous system drugs that have already proven themselves to be effective have shown that aromatherapy can have a great impact on the central nervous system.Additionally, essential oils tap into the relationship between your sense of smell and your brain. Your scent receptors send chemical messages to your limbic system, which is the area of the brain that controls basic emotions and memories. These signals that are sent to your brain from essential oils impact your brain's chemical production, which then affects your mental and physical health.Speaking of mental health, pleasant smells can bring back vivid memories of pleasant times. I know that whenever I smell a rose scent, for example, it brings up positive feelings and instantly makes me relax. Scent and memory work hand in hand.Did you know essential oils also help with weight loss? Check out:
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I’ve searched all my favorite websites on essential oil dilution, and they’re all saying 2% max for skincare products on the face. If you can’t get it smelling the same, it could be that the product you’re referring to has a fragrance oil included? Maybe, maybe not. I’d try to make it as close as you can or change it up to make it your own. Best of luck! I’ve got a man with a beard who would love some beard balm. Let me know if you ever sell it, and I’ll buy some!
Hey! Sorry to be commenting on such an old post, I was googling and found you. =) You have a lot of helpful information posted, I really appreciate it! I am a nursing student and I’ve just started to use essential oils for studying and test taxing anxiety. I am using lavender and rosemary because I’ve read a lot of research on these and they seem to be scientifically proven to help with testing. I also have ADHD and of course like all nursing students, a ton of test taking anxiety. I am wondering if I could combine the two oils to help me with my exams? If so what would your ratio recommendation be? The rosemary alone seems to help me concentrate a lot (probably as much as my adderall) but I feel more anxious when using it (also like when I take my adderall). The lavender alone makes me so relaxed I’m a little on the fuzzy side. I have done both of these with the diffuser and applying topically with fractioned coconut oil. When I apply topically I make a rollerball with 10mL of fractioned coconut oil and 20 drops of essential oil. Any advice or tips you can give would be greatly appreciated!
I am enjoying learning about essential oils and am appreciating them so much! Thank you for this article. I do have a question for you … How do I choose and use a diffuser? I am currently using my old scentsy burner – water with a few drops of essential oil – as a diffuser, but it evaporates so quickly and the scent is so light. I’m guessing I need a diffuser, but there are so many, I don’t know what to buy. What do you suggest for longer lasting air diffusion? Thank you!
I almost always give my kids baths in the evening (same goes for me) as a way to relax before bed so we use a lot of relaxing oils like lavender and chamomile or grounding oils like patchouli and vetiver. If I give them a bath in the middle of the day for some reason I’ll use more uplifting/energizing oils. Citrus oils mostly, but there are others that work great in those blends too like mint oils. Of course I’m always careful about safety precautions with EOs and using the correct ones with my kids. Best of luck with your bath melts. I’ve never tried those before so I’ll have to put that on my to-do list. They look wonderful!
It’s worth it to have a high quality diffuser to diffuse essential oils. This Smiley Daisy Essential Oil Diffuser, Quite Cool Mist Humidifier, 350 ml has been around for a long while and has great reviews. Smiley Daisy is a cold air diffuser, as well as a humidifier, which is great because it releases moisture into the air and is helpful in providing relief for dry skin, dry throat and cold and flu symptoms such as irritated nasal passages and more. Order below:

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I’ve never used it before, Joan, but I would imagine a little would go a long way and that it would be a great addition to muscle blends! I’d also guess it would fall into the “spicy” category of essential oils, and I would also decrease its total amount in any blend I made it in as it’s probably a very strong oil. I do use cayenne along with some other essential oils in the muscle rub blend that I make for my medicine cabinet. You can find that recipe in my How To Make Herbal Ointments, Salves, and Balms: The Ultimate How-To Guide if you’re interested.
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