The One Essential Oil Science Actually Wants You to Use for Stress

Updated 04/22/19
Essential Oils for Anxiety
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Millions of Americans turn to essential oils as all-natural pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-inflammatories, but which ones are scientifically proven to work? When a practice is so heavily rooted in spirituality, it can be hard to decipher what is fact from what is merely the product of the placebo effect.

Fortunately, naturopath and certified essential oil specialist Scott A. Johnson, PhD, separates fact from fiction in a new article for MindBodyGreen. "Pioneering researchers are beginning to unlock the powerful influence the aromas of essential oils have on brain-wave activity," he writes. "Increasing theta brain-wave activity is a preferred state for meditation because it heightens receptiveness and provides access to knowledge and information that is normally beyond conscious awareness."

Essential Oils for Stress
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More specifically, a study published in Flavor and Fragrance Journal found that inhaling Siberian fir needle essential oil for 40 minutes increased theta brain waves and "promoted a more relaxed state," he explains. "Other essential oils that remarkably influence brain-wave activity include frankincense, balsam fir, copaiba, and lavender essential oils."

Johnson recommends turning to lavender, lemon, and rosemary to boost serotonin; ylang-ylang and bergamot to reduce cortisol; and lemongrass, citronella, and white verbena to ease anxiety. Check out the best essential oils for anxiety relief below and shop the one that suits your needs and preferences. 

Tata Harper Aromatic Energy Treatment $65
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Rocky Mountain Oils Calming Essential Oil Blend $33
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Edens Garden Bergamot 100% Pure Therapeutic Essential Oil $10
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Botanical Beauty Siberian Fir Needle Oil $9
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21 Drops De-Stress $20
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Plantlife Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil $51
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Now Foods Essential Oils Lemongrass Oil $6
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Edens Garden Ylang Ylang 100% Pure Therapeutic Essential Oil $11
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21 Drops Calm $10
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Edens Garden Citronella 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil $16
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Plant Life Rosemary 100% Pure Essential Oil $8
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Edens Garden Verbena 100% Pure Grade Essential Oil $28
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This was originally published on August 21, 2017, and has since been updated. 

Head over to MindBodyGreen for more from Johnson. 

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