10 Aromatherapy Recipes for Anxiety

March 19, 2021
10 Aromatherapy Recipes for Anxiety

Anti-Anxiety Aromatherapy

The film director Ingmar Bergman likened anxiety to a toothache, but “without the conscientious dentist having been able to find anything wrong with the tooth”. Like toothaches, anxiety doesn’t just magically go away – it will tear painfully through the fabric of an ordinary day if left unmanaged. And far from being phantom triggers, what amouthful of anxieties a global pandemic has left on our plates! Fear for ourselves and our loved ones, economic pressure, home schooling, relationships tested by distance or proximity, epic anxiety dreams laden with a cinematic foreboding of which Bergman himself would be proud.

Woman affected by anxiety and isolation
Anxiety and Isolation

For many of us, isolation has not only added novel emotional stressors into our lives; it may also have dredged long-forgotten angst to the surface as we spend more and more hours lost in introspection. No doubt that by now we’ve all tried the entire menu (remember those?) of recommended stress-busting activities – the long walks, the yoga, the sourdough-making, the Netflix binges, the cat-face filter in Zoom meetings…


But don’t despair! There’s still an emotionally nutritious item on the menu you might not yet have tried. Essential oils have been used to treat physical and mental ailments for thousands of years; the scientific exploration of their psychological effects accelerated in the 1920s with the work of the Italian doctors Renato Cayola and Giovanni Garri, who measured their impact on blood pressure, breathing rate and circulation. A century later, an entire smorgasbord of aromatherapy options is available to us, many of which are known to bring genuine relief to those suffering from anxieties new and old. Left unaddressed, anxiety can lead to raised blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, so it’s important to take steps to dissipate the anxiety in our lives sooner rather than later.


Lavender Blends for Anxiety and Stress Relief

The hero ingredient of essential oil therapies is Lavender. A trace scent in Tutankhamun’s tomb, weaponized as an aphrodisiac in Cleopatra’s seduction of Caesar and Mark Anthony, and atomized liberally, like a territorial signature of genius, by the rock legend Prince, Lavender is universally loved for its calming properties and joyful lift. It’s the star of several of our ten aromatherapy recipes for anxiety below, which have been tailored here for use in diffusers, spritzers, and massage oils.

Ready to banish Bergman’s toothache forever? Our aromatherapy recipes for anxiety are ready to assist (and not a cat-face filter in sight)!


10 Calming Aromatherapy Recipes for Anxiety by LabAroma
10 Calming Aromatherapy Recipes for Anxiety by LabAroma

Relaxing Aromatherapy Recipes For Diffusers:

1)   Calming Anti-Anxiety Recipe

       Lavender partners wonderfully with Geranium, Lemon and Sandalwood for a calming blend with just a slight edge of positive alertness.

  • 3 Drops Lavender essential oil
  • 3 Drops Geranium essential oil
  • 2 Drops Lemon essential oil

2)   Perceptiveness Anti-Anxiety Recipe

       To further increase mental sharpness, try Sandalwood with the citrusy top notes of Bergamot, Grapefruit and Lime.

  • 2 Drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 Drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 2 Drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 Drops Lime essential oil

3)   Serene Anti-Anxiety Recipe

       Bergamot can also be combined with Clary Sage and Lavender for a blend, high in the calming chemical compound linalyl acetate.

  • 2 Drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 2 Drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 1 Drop Lavender essential oil

4)   Alleviating Anti-Anxiety Recipe

       For those darkest of days, try a gloom-busting combination of Geranium, Clary Sage, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang.

  • 2 Drops Geranium essential oil
  • 2 Drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 1 Drop Patchouli essential oil
  • 1 Drop Ylang Ylang essential oil


Aromatherapy Recipe for Anxiety
Aromatherapy Diffusion Recipe for Anxiety

Aromatherapy Blends For Massage Oils or Roll-Ons:

(dilute approximately 10 drops in 20ml of carrier oil, never use on broken skin, and stop use immediately at the onset of itching or a rash)

5)   Aromatic Anti-Anxiety Recipe

       Mix Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Sweet Marjoram and the floral punch of Neroli for an oil Prince could have written a whole album about.

  • 10 Drops Lavender essential oil
  • 7 Drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 5 Drops Sweet Marjoram essential oil
  • 1 Drop Neroli essential oil

6)   Relaxing Anti-Anxiety Recipe

       A slightly less Lavender-centric, gently exotic massage alternative is Bergamot, Mandarin, Lavender and Lemongrass.

  • 5 Drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 4 Drops Mandarin essential oil
  • 4 Drops Lavender essential oil
  • 3 Drops Lemongrass essential oil

7)   Comforting Anti-Anxiety Recipe

       For grief, stress or sadness, try the warm hug of Petitgrain, Frankincense, Marjoram, Jasmine and Vetiver.

  • 5 Drops Petitgrain essential oil
  • 5 Drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 3 Drops Marjoram essential oil
  • 1 Drop Jasmine essential oil
  • 1 Drop Vetiver essential oil

8)   Motivating Anti-Anxiety Recipe

       To help combat the loneliness of anxiety, a romantic blend of Sandalwood, Jasmine and Vanilla will remind you how valuable you are.

  • 8 Drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 3 Drops Jasmine essential oil
  • 2 Drops Vanilla essential oil


Calming Essential Oil and Stone for Aromatherapy
Calming Essential Oils and Stones

Aromatherapy Blends For a Quick Spritz:

(begin with approx. 20 drops of essential oil to 100ml of filtered water + 40ml alcohol)

9)   Blissful sleep Anti-Anxiety Recipe

       Spray a mix of Lavender, Vanilla and Vetiver promote restful, worriless sleep.

  • 12 Drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 Drops Vanilla essential oil
  • 3 Drops Vetiver essential oil

10)  Curative Anti-Anxiety Recipe

When anxiety those frowns leads to an inevitable tension headache, try Wintergreen, Peppermint , Chamomile and our trusted anti-anxiety ally Lavender to ease away the pain.

  • 5 Drops Wintergreen essential oil
  • 5 Drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 5 Drops Chamomile essential oil
  • 5 Drops Lavender essential oil


Woman with anxiety on the floor
Anxiety and Stress

 Want to learn about how CBD (cannabidiol) can be also used to manage anxiety? Read Covid, anxiety and CBD.


You can also find out about how plants have long been used to help put us tackle our anxiety by listening to an LabAroma podcast episode here.


Want to learn about the different essential oils you can use for anxiety? Check out the LabLearning Aromatherapy Material information by clicking here


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