From my understanding, the total number of oils is not the safety concern, it’s the total amount of EOs used (the final dilution) that matters. While there are various dilution guidelines, these are the most recent recommendations from aromatherapists I respect. Products that cover large portions of your body and sit on the skin for long periods of time (like lotions) need to be diluted more (1-2% depending on the strength of the EOs used). Products that don’t sit on the skin for long (like body washes) can be diluted less (around 5-10%, again depending on the strength of the oils used). Products that cover larger portions of skin (salve with EOs) should be more diluted (2-3%) compared to products that cover smaller portions of skin (roller bottle spot applications) which can be less diluted (5%). Age and health will also be a factor in dilution amounts. Children and the elderly need their EOs to be diluted more as their livers are slower at metabolizing EO chemicals than a healthy teenager or adult liver. Dilution also depends on the strength of the oil. For example, cinnamon bark requires more dilution than cinnamon leaf. Does this make sense? A lot of EO books (like this one) give recommendations and guidelines for this sort of thing.

I just happened upon your site and I really like it. Everything is researched and well written. I’m saving this to come back again 🙂 I totally agree with you on cost not necessarily reflecting the quality of oil. While I agree that a low cost essential oil will usually indicate an adulteration, there are many smaller companies that have pure essential oils with reasonable prices.

I’ve heard some really good things about CBD oil. I haven’t studied it enough to have an opinion, but it looks promising. As far as using essential oils for your autism goes, I’d suggest talking with a clinical aromatherapist as they’ll be the best person to help you identify the right oils to help you move in the direction you want to go. Best of luck, and thanks for your comment!

We all know from experience that scents can have a powerful effect on our emotions. The mechanism of action of essential oils is not fully understood, however it is believed that the active compounds are carried via smell directly to the brain. There they act on the area controlling basic emotions such as fear, anger and depression. It follows that the right blend of oils can help to lift our mood. (sources 1, 2, 3)
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Middle notes are like the “ties that bind” only they are binding your other essential oils together into a harmonized blend. These are the oils that complete your blend by balancing the light top notes with the deep base notes. The aroma of middle notes lasts longer than those of top notes, but not as long as base notes. These oils can vary in consistency and are often derived from whole herbs and spices.
Asking these questions can help you to know whether you’re finding accurate information that you can trust or not. There are plenty of websites out there dedicated to teaching others about essential oils and aromatherapy whether it’s a school for essential oil studies, a company that sells essential oils, or a blogger who loves to share what she’s learning about them (and references her sources!).
Back in the early days of Growing Up Herbal, I made herbal skincare products for children and sold them on Etsy. Those days were full of hurdles… learning about setting up shop, getting comfortable marketing my business, and refining my product line. Business was slow, and I felt like I’d never get ahead and have a successful shop. Sales trickled in sporadically. Customers would make small purchases, but they rarely came back to buy again. My products were never featured anywhere, and traffic to my shop was pitiful.
Glad to hear you’re finding the info helpful. I’ve never heard of the Majestic Pure brand before so I can’t comment on how strong it is. I always look for EOs from brands I know and trust that are high-quality, pure oils. If you can’t smell your blend well once it’s added to your alcohol, it could be that your dilution rate is off. I’m not sure. If you’re looking for a good company with a lot of oil choices, be sure to check out Edens Garden essential oils. They offer pure EOs, and they carry a ton of scents!
For sleep: A body of research shows that essential oils can provide relief for disrupted sleep and improve sleep quality in adults. A 2017 study compared the effects of aromatherapy and acupressure massage on sleep quality and overall quality of life in women. Researchers found that a blend of sleep-promoting essential oils worked more effectively to improve both sleep quality and quality of life than acupressure. The blended oil was also more effective at improving sleep than a single essential oil, lavender.
Honestly Tori, I’m new to using roller bottles. I normally just put my essential oil blends in a bottle with a dropper top and use them that way, but I’ve recently gotten some roller bottles and started trying them out. My only thought would be that moisture got into the bottle somehow and it’s trapped in there by the roller ball. Other than that I’m no help. I’m so sorry!

Hi Rachael. Great questions! Those high dilution rates (20% and 10%) are just so you can smell your EO blend mixed with a carrier oil to see if you like it or not. All carrier oils smell different, and they can effect how your blend smells in the end. That’s why I recommend testing your EO blends in different carrier oils at different dilutions to see what you like best. And, because the smells of EO blends change depending on what they’re mixed with, it’s always a good idea to test them in small batches before making bigger batches (hence using drops and not teaspoons or ounces!). Once you know what you like, you can then move on to making larger amounts of preblended oils (EO blend + carrier oil) for skin application using a lower dilution rate (3-5% for adults and anywhere from .25-1% for children depending on their age). This is my article on using EOs for children safely. There is a lot of different opinions on using EOs for kids. Since I’m not a trained aromatherapist, I tend to take the safe route with it comes to EOs. Hope this helps answer your questions a bit!! PS. Just for the record, higher dilution rates are often used in bath products (body wash, shampoo, shave creams, etc.) as they don’t sit on the skin, but are washed off fairly quickly. This decreases the amount of EO absorption you would have, therefore, higher percentages of EOs can go in those products so they smell stronger.
For stress and anxiety: Stress and anxiousness are frequent obstacles to sound, restful sleep. People who experience stress and anxiety symptoms often have trouble falling asleep and sleep restlessly throughout the night, leaving them tired and fatigued the next day. There’s a body of research indicating that aromatherapy using essential oils can help to relieve stress and anxiety symptoms, which may help improve sleep indirectly.
Thanks for sharing these resources, Susan. I’ve read through them, and although there’s some really valuable and helpful info here, I don’t believe this settles the issue that a lot of people have with these big MLM companies. I mean, these sources are from YL distributors so they’re biased. Sure the information is good and possibly true, but it just seems like it’s better to get info from unbiased sources. Right?
I hear what you’re saying Scott, and I’m not disagreeing with you. I don’t know a whole lot about the process, but I do know that bigger companies follow harvesting, storage, and extracting guidelines that not all home distillers follow. I also know that bigger companies have their oils routinely tested by 3rd party labs to check them for certain things. Again, not all home distillers do that. I’m sure that’s why people trust bigger EO companies, but if I were making and selling my own oils from home, I’d be sure I did those things and shouted it from the rooftops so people would know my oils were top notch. Thanks for sharing your process!
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I hear what you’re saying Scott, and I’m not disagreeing with you. I don’t know a whole lot about the process, but I do know that bigger companies follow harvesting, storage, and extracting guidelines that not all home distillers follow. I also know that bigger companies have their oils routinely tested by 3rd party labs to check them for certain things. Again, not all home distillers do that. I’m sure that’s why people trust bigger EO companies, but if I were making and selling my own oils from home, I’d be sure I did those things and shouted it from the rooftops so people would know my oils were top notch. Thanks for sharing your process!

ROSE and GERANIUM. These two essential oils have similar floral scents, and both have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, on their own and in combination with other essential oils. Some sleep experts recommend valerian as an essential oil for sleep aromatherapy. Valerian taken as a supplement can be highly beneficial for sleep. I wrote about valerian’s benefits for sleep and stress, here. But the smell of valerian is highly stinky! I recommend trying geranium or rose instead.


Essential oils can act by triggering the central nervous system and circulatory system to promote sleep in the body. To test these effects, an increasing amount of scientific studies have been conducted to evaluate their effectiveness on humans. The following are considered the best essential oils for sleep due to their sedative, calming or stress-reducing properties.
I posted a reply comment regarding the price of essential oils stating that in most cases you do get what you pay for but some companies are overpriced. This was obviously a comment that you did not want read and felt threatened by the content. Obviously your philosophy is based financially and not in the best interest of what is good for the consumer. Shame on you!

Humm, I can’t tell you much without seeing the version of the EO you purchased, Valerie, but one reason why they could have said that is that the EO you bought is a cold-pressed orange EO which can cause photosensitivity after sun exposure. Cold-pressed citrus oils are known to do that, as well as a few others. Here’s a great post on this topic. What you can do is use it for flavoring things, cleaning, diffusing, or in your skin care products during the winter months when you won’t get as much sun exposure and purchase a steam-distilled orange EO to use during the summer months. Hope this helps!
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:
Hey, Rachel. It looks like you may have too many top note EOs in your blend which is why you’re not getting that long-lasting scent from it. Rosemary is the only oil you listed that is a middle note, but it’s also considered a bit of a top note too. In all the blending formulas, the middle notes make up the largest portion of your blend with top notes coming in second and base notes coming in last as they mainly ground or stabalize your blend. If I were you, I would go through the process again, adding in more middle note oils and maybe taking out some top note oils. Or, you could always find some middle note oils that fit with the purpose of your blend and blend well with the oils you’re already using. In that case, all you’d need to do would be to adjust the amounts of each oil in the final blend (using the suggested formulas) so that your middle note oils make up the largest portion of the blend. Hope that helps! PS… There are also some essential oils that stimulate nerves that allow you to smell them once and then you can no longer smell them until the nerves are destimulated. I can’t remember which exact EOs that do that, but I read about it from an aromatherapist a while back. I’ve not looked into it much, but I thought that was interesting.
I have several models of diffusers, and I can tell you hands-down the best is Young Living. I use their oils in the diffuser too. But what I love about them (over the ones from Target or Amazon) is that the Young Living diffusers disperse way more essential oils into the air. You can literally smell the difference. The diffusers also come with a one-year product warranty, so you can easily get a part replaced or the entire unit if you need to. I had several diffusers from other online stores stop working within a couple of months with no replacement.
In fact, the benefits of diffusing essential oils into the air are one of the main reasons I’m loving these essential oil recipes. When you apply heat to essential oils, many studies show it can actually denature many of the most important chemicals and compounds, so you are essentially just diffusing the oils for scent, and not for the beneficial aspects.
Oh you’re so welcome!! I LOVE diffusing citrus oils, some of my favorites! I’ve never had an issue with our diffusers that way… but to clean them, fill it with half vinegar and half tap water and let it run a few hours. You can put it outside or in the garage or in a room you’re not using if you don’t like the scent 😉 Then in the morning or whenever you’re done, just wipe clean!! It keeps them running fresh! Hope that helps 😉
It’s best to start slowly. Start with 8-10 drops of essential oils in the diffuser. Over time, you could add more as needed, up to about 15 drops or as directed on your diffuser product manual. You can diffuse for as little as 15 minutes or a few hours. Set up the diffuser in your bedroom and let it run all night for a restful night’s sleep. You can run a diffuser in a child’s room too but be sure to use oils that are suitable for kids and leave the door open so the room can air out.
As a general rule always mix your essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to your body!!! There are VERY FEW exceptions to this rule and many company’s out there will lead you to believe it safe and even teach their sales people that it is. Essential Oils even though they are natural are still chemical cocktails and can cause injury and irritation when not used properly. So if you are not a trained Aroma-therapist then always dilute to be safe.

So again, I don’t know how to figure out the ratios except that the first ingredient is supposed to be the largest and they work their way down to less and less. You definitely could follow this as a guide and try blending small amounts of oil until you find a combination you like and seems to be effective on him. If it were me, I’d try to work through the process to come up with a good blend. I also have a post coming out in February that walks you through exactly how I blend oils. Maybe that will help you out some. Stay tuned, and thanks for your comment Tania!
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Because vetiver essential oil is distilled from the roots of the plant, it smells very rich and earthy. This is another great oil to try for sleep because it is psychologically grounding, calming and stabilizing. It can take you awhile to get used to the smell, so if you are a vetiver newbie, you can try mixing it with a floral or citrus oil, such as lavender or bergamot.
FYI: under the blend for deodorizing animal accident odours, you have listed lemon , tea tree among other citrus oils known to be VERY toxic. I know Young Living touts their oils as “safe” for pets but it’s simply not true. Just ask my neighbour who killed her cat thinking that because she was using “Young Living” it would be fine. Limonene and other components are TOXIC in these oils for cats, they simply cannot metabolize them with their liver. I cringe when I see people gleefully telling how tea tree oil has prevented fleas in their cats..yeah, pretty soon they won’t have a cat for the fleas to bite. Do your research please! Aromatherapy is great but certain oils, tea-tree, clove, citrus oils for example are downright dangerous and can cause toxic overload or death. Regardless of brand used. Sorry I just felt I needed to post this to spare even 1 person heartache over losing a pet just not realizing the extreme potency of EO’s on pets/cats.
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.

I just happened upon your site and I really like it. Everything is researched and well written. I’m saving this to come back again 🙂 I totally agree with you on cost not necessarily reflecting the quality of oil. While I agree that a low cost essential oil will usually indicate an adulteration, there are many smaller companies that have pure essential oils with reasonable prices.


To me, blend #1 sounds amazing! I imagine it to be fresh and sweet smelling with a touch of spice to ground it. Blend #2 feels like spring to me because it’s a pure floral blend. I can’t imagine preferring this blend over blend #1 because I tend to not like heavy floral scents, but you never know. Blend #3 sounds interesting, but I can’t say for sure what I think about it because I’m not familiar with angelica essential oil. The peppermint and pine sound like a great combination, but I’d have to test this to see what I thought of them alongside the angelica.
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