Aromatherapy for Stress

In this post I give the essential oils, recipes, and method of use for general stress and by stress level.


 Air Diffusion, bath, Inhalation, Massage, and Rub

Essential Oils for Stress

In the below list of essential oils, the ones in bold are considered the best choices.

  • Basil: Environmental and mental.
  • Bergamot: Emotional, environmental, mental,
    performance, and physical
  • Cedarwood: Environmental.
  • Chamomile G/R: Emotional, environmental, and physical
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage: Chemical, emotional, and performance.
  • Clove
  • Cypress: Environmental.
  • Fennel: Physical.
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium: Chemical, emotional, environmental, mental, and
  • Ginger: Performance.
  • Grapefruit: Chemical, mental, and performance.
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper
  • Lavender: Chemical, mental, and physical.
  • Lemon: Chemical and performance.
  • Litsea Cubeba
  • Mandarin: Performance.
  • Nutmeg: Performance.
  • Palmarosa: Emotional and performance.
  • Patchouli: Chemical and mental.
  • Petitgrain: Chemical.
  • Pine
  • Rosemary: Chemical, performance, and physical.
  • Sandalwood: Emotional, and mental.
  • Thyme: Physical.
  • Yarrow
  • Ylang Ylang

Performance Anxiety:
Adult: 2Tbsp oil + 15dr Palmarosa + 10dr Bergamot + 5dr Clary Sage

Children: Bath: 3dr Clary Sage + 3dr Geranium + 3dr Mandarin. 3dr of blend in bath.


WARNING: Do not use where it can affect others

Instructions: Use oil below for Massage or rub, or use 6-8dr neat blend in a bath, 3dr on a tissue to inhale before stressful event, or use in air diffuser. Better yet, do all 3 and put 5dr of the blend in a tsp of oil for massage/rub. For lvl 3, use 7 dr per tsp oil.

Level 1:

Starts as tiredness and develops into irritability, headaches, and insomnia.

Essential Oils:

(Low levels only or they are stimulants: Geranium, Lavender, Lemon), Chamomile, Clary Sage, Nutmeg, Petitgrain, Sandalwod

  • General: 2Tbsp oil + 15dr Clary Sage + 10dr Lemon + 5dr Lavender
  • Irritability: 2Tbsp oil + 12dr Petitgrain + 10dr Nutmeg + 8dr
  • Tiredness: 2Tbsp oil + 15dr Lavender + 10dr Lemon + 5dr Clary Sage
  • Headaches: 2Tbsp oil + 10dr each Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender
  • Guilt: 2Tbsp oil + 20dr Sandalwood + 5dr Chamomile R + 5dr Clary Sage

Level 2:

Depression, anxiety, muscle pain, chronic aches, persistent infections, guilt, apathy, helplessness.

Essential Oils:

(Low levels only or they are stimulants: Geranium, Lavender, Lemon), Bergamot, Cypress, Ginger, Grapefruit, Palmarosa, Rosemary

  • General 1: 2Tbsp oil + 11dr Geranium + 10dr Ginger + 9dr Bergamot
  • General 2: 2Tbsp oil + 15dr Grapefruit + 11dr Rosemary + 5dr Palmarosa
  • Anxiety: 2Tbsp oil + 10dr each Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa
  • Apathy/Helplessness: 2Tbsp oil + 15dr Grapefruit + 10dr Rosemary + 5dr Lavender
  • Depression/Guilt: 2Tbsp oil + 15dr Geranium + 10dr Bergamot + 5dr Lavender

Level 3:

Persecution complex, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, despair, increasing guilt and depression, susceptibility to viral infection and bacterial invasion.

Essential Oils:

(Low levels only or they are stimulants: Geranium, Lavender, Lemon), Chamomile, Clary Sage, Sandalwod

See Level one blends, but increase 15dr to 20dr, 10dr to 13dr, 5dr to 7dr and apply more often.

Here is a short article that supports this article: Link to Psychology Today

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