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9 Essential Oils for Emotions and Stress

There are different degrees of emotional stress- all of which can cause unrest to the person experiencing the stress.

Essential oils can help support you during times of emotional stress- whether you are dealing with simpler stresses such as work or school demands or more severe stresses such as bullying, illness, or relationship stress.

What are some of the symptoms of stress? Irritability, loss of sense of humour, feeling angry, feeling blue or depressed, difficulty making decisions, physically and emotionally tired much of the time. Stress can also produce physical symptoms such as insomnia, headaches, or indigestion.

Below is a list of my favourite essential oils to use in times of emotional stress, and a little bit about each one and how they might help you.

Essential Oils for Emotions and Times of Stress


Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is probably the most well known essential oils for relaxation. This oil has a ton of uses, including emotional stress.

Breathing in lavender can help racing minds and help you fall asleep more quickly. It is also said to bring calm, relaxation, and stress relief.


Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens) is one of my personal favourite oils.


Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia) is a citrus oil with a very sweet, fresh scent.

It is very soothing and uplifting!

All citrus oils are photosensitive, so if you are using citrus oils on your body- in a massage oil or in the bath, don’t spend the day out in the sun right after!

Clary Sage

Clary Sage essential oil (Salvia sclarea) is great for relaxation and soothing the senses.

This oil can help support anyone with anxiety or depressive disorders. I use it monthly to fight symptoms of PMS/PMT and in the winter months, especially, for seasonal mood disorder.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata) is said to have natural sedative qualities which make it a great choice for anyone under emotional stress.

It has a sweet, flowery scent that just feels happy!


Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii) is said to be a great oil for the feeling of fear or worry. I use it in my diffuser blends all the time!

If your stress is in the form of anxiety due to worry or fears give frankincense a try and see if you can breathe a little easier!

Sweet Orange

Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) is, of course, a citrus oil. I love the smell of all citrus, and orange is no different.

Sweet orange is uplifting and cheerful and help support a more balanced self.

Remember, orange is a photosensitive oil, so not sunbathing after applying!

Roman Chamomile

Roman Chamomile essential oil (Anthemis nobilis) is a very calming oil and is said to act almost like a sedative. These properties make it a useful essential oil for emotional stress.

It can be effective for those with nervous conditions, depression, and insomnia.

It’s also a great choice when you feel angry or irritable!


Sandalwood essential oil (Santalum spicatum) is a very grounding oil that might help you reduce indecision and calm anxieties.

These scents can reach the part of the brain that controls your mood and basic emotions. This is said to release endorphins, increase focus, and improve your mood.

How to Choose the Best Essential Oils for You

These are of course not the only essential oils for emotions, but are simply my favourites. Others include: Jasmine, Mandarin, Vetiver, Melissa, Lemon, Grapefruit, and Rose oil to name a few.

How do you choose which oil will support you best?

One of the best ways, it to let your nose decide! Your body has a great ability to choose what it needs and craves the smell of. Open the bottle, and breathe in the scent. How does it make you feel? Do you like the smell? Does it give you a sense of calm? Or give you pleasure? If so, then that oil is a good choice for you.

However, if you dislike the smell or have some other negative reaction, it’s probably not a good choice for you.

Another thing to remember is that your sense of smell has a memory- so it’s best to use different oils or blends of oils for different tasks. For example, if you often use lavender to help you relax and fall asleep, your body will remember that and it might not be as effective at relieving other types of stress or emotional unrest.

After that, you can experiment with different oils and blends for different purposes and see which help you the most.

How to Use Essential Oils for Emotions and Stress

There are a few different ways you can use these oil to help support you emotionally in times of stress:

Massage: Mixing your chosen oils into a carrier oil and using it on your skin is a great way to surround yourself with the aromatic benefits of the oil. Using this oil together with a massage can help you even more. After all, we all know how relaxing a massage is!

Aroma Diffuser: Diffusing is a no-fuss way to get all the benefits of essential oils. Placing 6 drops or so of your chosen oils or blends in a diffuser can help create a calming atmosphere. Place the diffuser in your room to help you unwind after work or at bedtime. Or even place it in your office or main living space to get the effects all day long.

Inhaling: Sometimes, simply opening the bottle and breathing in the scent is enough to help reset your mind and your day and allow you to calm and reground yourself.

Bath/Shower: Baths and showers are a great way to relax and unwind, so adding in essential oils only compound that effect.

Natural Candles:  This is a great way to use essential oils, blended with natural wax and wicks and pouring into decorative vessels.  The joy of burning a candle is almost as soothing as the aroma of essential oils.

I use all of the above methods for my essential oils but tend to use my diffuser in summer and candles in winter.


Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Emotions and Times of Stress

Blend 1:

3 drops Geranium Oil
2 drops Bergamot Oil
2 drops Lavender Oil

Blend 2:

2 drops Roman Chamomile
2 drops Clary Sage
1 drop Geranium

Blend 3

3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Orange
2 drops Frankincense




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  • I love essential oils they have kept my hormones in balanced as well as my thyroid. I use them daily and love how my family all feel when using them.

    Ginger Hodnett

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