Top 5 Essential Oils for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Updated: Feb 28, 2019

Whether experienced or new to essential oils, this blog will help you further understand aromatherapy and the different oils used for medicinal purposes.

In honour of National Stress Awareness Day (Nov.7), we want to share our top recommended oils for stress, anxiety, and depression. First, let's start with the various methods of use.

Ways to Unleash the Medicinal Powers of Essential Oils:

1. Inhale directly: Rub 1-2 drops in cupped palms and take a long, deep breath.

2. Massage directly: Rub 1-2 drops of oil into your temples, wrists, or anywhere else where there is tension, for full body relaxation.

3. Use On-the-Run: Put a few drops on a cloth, cotton pad, or scarf, and inhale as needed. You’ll feel an instant wave a calm to support you throughout your day.

4. Add to your shower: immerse yourself in essential oil steam by adding a couple of drops in your shower/bath with a plugged drain. Inhale deeply.

5. Use a diffuser: To get a long-lasting benefit, use a diffuser.

Top 5 Essential Oils for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Rose

More on their powers:

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the most commonly used adaptogens today – meaning it can adapt to any mood. Lavender is a good oil for a mid-day pick-me-up, as its profile is relaxing and calming. It is also a great aid in reducing stress, calming agitation, and alleviating insomnia. Hence why many pillows, sheets, blankets, etc., are now infused with a lavender scent.

In terms of stress and anxiety, research suggests that massaging essential oils into the skin is the most effective way to unleash its full benefits. A study has shown that the medicinal effects of lavender entered the bloodstream in under five minutes from massaging the oil into the skin vs. other methods.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Like Lavender, Ylang Ylang (pronounced EE-lang EE-lang) is another effective adaptogen when it comes to usage. The oil can be thought-provoking or calming dependent on what the person using it is feeling. It is especially useful when dealing with anger-induced stress and can bring a feeling of immediate peace and calmness.

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is a top note usually found in perfumes, as an essential oil, it provides help for freeing the mind from depression. A study from 2011 stated that the various components of bergamot oil (alpha-pinene and limonene), are antidepressant and stimulating in nature. Bergamot improves the circulation of blood, generating the feeling of freshness, job and energy (in the case of sadness and depression).


This essential oil is most widely known for its stress reducing and calming properties. Chamomile has several compounds within itself that give a sedative effect on the body. Like Chamomile tea, the oil is known to give relief and users have said they have experienced a deep sleep after topically using the oil.


Rose is a widely recommended oil for health concerns such as anxiety, depression, headaches, menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, insomnia, and migraines. It is also known to enhance your sex drive, reduce stress and stimulate circulation while boosting your mood.

Stop by the spa today to find your new favourite Doterra essential oil.

*Please note we recommend you speak to your general practitioner before using essential oils as a main treatment for stress, anxiety, depression or insomnia. It is best to always consult a professional before taking your health into your own hands. What works for others doesn’t necessarily work for you.

*If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health and needing someone to talk to or are feeling suicidal, please call Crisis Services Canada at 1 833 456 4566 (available 24/7), or visit their website for more resources. You are never alone 💚

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