There are essential oils that can make a really bad day much better. Essential oils for anxiety and stress have a huge place in my collection of oils. Between Anxiety, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder in our family, we have a lot of different symptoms that find some relief with use of essential oils. Sometimes significant relief!
I have a friend who finds that many of the oils that work well for our family – do NOT work for her family with the same diagnoses or symptoms. This is why a DISCLAIMER is necessary (see the end of my post) because different people react to different oils in very different ways!
Some of these oils are listed in my Essential Oils for Sleep post, but depending on what issues you want to assist, there may be other oils listed which you might find helpful for your use.
Vetiver – attention, focus, racing thoughts
Cedarwood – insomnia, grounding and calming
Lavender – soothing, relaxing, and great in blends
Frankincense – this is one of my GO TO oils for so many things, I had to include it here. It calms my agitated daughter when nothing else will. It balances me when I’m feeling moody. It has been used for centuries in meditation and spiritual practice. And frankly, it smells delightful… (pun intended)
Ylang ylang – mmmm such a floral wonder. I usually only add 1 or 2 drops to a whole rollerball because it has such a powerful scent. Reminds me of the beautiful flower leis my parents brought me back from Hawaii…
Bergamot – a lovely oil with a hint of lemony goodness. It is the from the same fruit used to add flavor to Earl Grey tea, and it has a softer smell than lemon itself. This is a photosensitive oil, so you should not go outside within 30 minutes of topical application.
doTerra Balance – this is a preblended mix of oils by doTerra. Because we don’t know the specific amounts of each oil used in the blend, diluting safely can be tricky. I tend to go the “less is more” route where my kids are concerned, especially, but I have a rollerball of this in my little bag of oils at ALL times. It has a very lovely scent – one of my favorites!
doTerra Serenity – this is an oil blend that my friend Shelly gave me to use during my niece’s funeral and the family time surrounding that week. It has a softly sweet smell and I have used it as perfume, and well diluted as a face serum. It absolutely helps me settle and RELAX so much better than say, lavender alone. I will open a bottle of this in the car when the kids are super cranky and put it on myself and the airflow in the ar distributes it to everyone!
Remember that different people can react to different oils in different ways. While lavender alone can help one of my kids settle almost immediately, a blend of cedarwood-lavender-and-frankincense works better for another one of my kids, and doTerra’s Balance is an oil that helps my third whenever she is too tightly wound.
Diluted topical application is NOT the only use for essential oils. Diffusing essential oils provides an aromatherapeutic benefit that may be different from topical application. We have found that diffusing dT Balance for 30 minutes in our family room helps everybody feel more grounded and, well, balanced!