As someone who has dealt with anxiousness for over twenty years, I’ve always been drawn to lavender. It’s such a calming and attractive scent. I add it to my bath water, to my perfume, hell, I even add it to my deodorant. It is a deeply relaxing scent.
Bergamot is said to help relieve tension and stress (and is also great for the skin!). It has a citrus like scent and helps elevate the mood. Bergamot also promotes relaxation while reduces feelings of anxiousness. Bergamot is best applied to the skin or diffused in the air. It can also treat head tension and promote restful sleep.
Bergamot is commonly found in Earl Grey tea and has a distinctive floral taste and aroma. It is calming and often used to treat depression by providing energy; however, it can also help with insomnia induce relaxation and reduce agitation.
It’s been proven to reduce corticosterone response to stress in rats, and another interesting study conducted in 2011 hypothesizes that applying blended essential oil that includes bergamot to participants helps in treating depression or anxiety. The blended essential oil consisted of lavender and bergamot oils.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
This popular essential oil can treat anxiety and depression due to its calming and uplifting effects. This essential oil also helps with cheerfulness, courage, optimism and soothes fearfulness. It may calm heart agitation and nervous palpitations and is a moderately strong sedative, which can help with insomnia.
In a 2006 study conducted by Geochang Provincial College in Korea, using ylang ylang oil, along with bergamot and lavender oils, once a day for four weeks reduced “psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension.”
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri or boswella sacra)
This Frakincense Essential Oil is great for treating depression and anxiety because it provides a calming and tranquil energy as well as spiritual grounding. In aromatherapy, it helps deepen meditation and quiet the mind.
Mixed with bergamot and lavender oils in a 1:1 ratio in an aroma hand massage, frankincense was found to have a positive effect on pain and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer in a Keimyung University study in Korea.
Ptchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli essential oil fights depression and anxiety, helps in balancing emotions.