As an anxiety sufferer and chronic stress-head, I understand the frustration of not being able to calm your mind or relax after a stressful day at the office.
Thoughts on constant churn, muscles tense, sweaty palms, a tightening chest or churning stomach.
Yep, it truly sucks!
But, thankfully I’ve found a solution that is natural and pretty easy to do – Boo-Yah!
It’s time to fill your room with the nourishing aroma of natural 100% pure essential oils…
I’ll talk in more detail about essential oils for anxiety below.
Essential Oils for Stress and Anxiety
I can tell you from my own first-hand experience, essential oils are a great natural remedy to reduce anxiety and stress-related symptoms.
Although there isn’t much scientific evidence available to consistently show the exact link between essential oils and anxiety / stress relief, I personally find essential oils have a really nice relaxing effect on me.
I guess it’s each to their own….
If you find that beautiful smells and aromas can have a soothing effect on your mind and your emotions, get on the essential oils train – I promise you won’t regret it.
Essential oils can be used in a diverse range of ways too. Whether it’s, diffusing them whilst you meditate, burning them whilst in the bath, diffusing them in your bed room to promote relaxation or dabbing them on your pillow to aid sleep.
If you prefer learning visually, you can watch a video version of this article below:
Here’s a list of 6 relaxing Essential Oils that you may love to add to your tool kit:
This essential oil is so versatile. I love it!
Not only is Lavender great for enhancing sleep, but clinical trials have revealed that it has relaxing and soothing properties that can help to:
- Relieve stress, depression and anxiety symptoms
- Reduce hypertension, muscle tension and panic attacks
- Reduce Irritability and restlessness
- Calm the nervous system and an overstimulated mind – which for us anxiety folk, is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!
And, if that isn’t enough, some say that it can even help people with migraines.
If you don’t have a lavender essential oils, this is a staple essential oil to add to your tool kit.
I have many essential oil blends containing Ylag Ylang, yet I am 100% certain that I mispronounce it every time I say it.
This weird-named essential oil comes from the native “Ylang Ylang” tree in Indonesia and is best known for its medicinal and cosmetic uses.
As an essential oil for anxiety, Ylang–Ylang is said to promote relaxation by reducing feelings of hypertension, stress and frustration.
It contains sedative elements that aid in reducing the levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body.
Interestingly, it can also be used as a/an:
- Insect repellent
- Antiseptic to prevent infections
- Treatment for insomnia
Cool huh!? Definitely worth adding this one to your Essential Oils stash too!
Lemon is another essential oil known to have relaxation inducing properties that:
- Fight stress, anxiety, and depression
- Improve your immune system
Some people don’t like the smell of lemon (Take exhibit A; my boyfriend), but personally, I find it refreshing and uplifting.
When meditating, my favourite essential oil blend contains lemon as a key ingredient and I find it really helps with maintaining concentration and focus.
Of the fragrance and oil blends I have, I actually don’t have Bergamot as an essential oil on its own.
It seems to be a popular one to blend with other oils – such as lavender, lemon and eucalyptus (which is a blend I have). Apparently, it can also be found in Earl Grey Tea.
The benefits of the Bergamot essential oil include its ability to:
- Ease stress, anxiety, agitation and insomnia
- Help soothe an anxious and busy mind
- Boost your mood
This is why it is often used as a natural remedy to treat depression.
I actually found out recently, that my mum has bergamot plants in our garden…Iif only I knew how to create my own bergamot essential oil concoction. hmmmm…
Frankincense, another very versatile essential oil.
Its sedative properties can be great for:
- Reducing irregular breathing or a tight chest due to fear, nerves or anxiety
- A natural anti-depressant
- Providing emotional relief
- Soothing the mind
- Increasing focus and patience
If you’re interested in meditation, it can be a great oil to burn or infuse during your practice.
6. Roman Chamomile
Mmmmm Chamomile...one of my favourites.
Many of you would know of Chamomile as being a delicious herbal tea, but did you know that it also makes a great essential oil for anxiety and stress relief too?
If you’re a herbal tea-lover like I am, you’d be familiar with some of the main benefits of Chamomile, such as:
- Relaxing muscles
- Calming the nervous system
- Promoting better sleep
It can also help to:
- Treat skin conditions
- Digestive issues
- and much more
According to Dr.Axe (a doctor of natural medicine), Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind.
What to Look Out For When Buying Essential Oils
Essential oils are now available all over the place. This can come in handy, but can also be a disadvantage.
Due to the growing popularity and demand for essential oils all over the world, there are more and more companies starting to sell “look-alike” and impure essential oils.
These companies of course continue to market their overly diluted and tainted oils as 100% pure, because the industry is not strictly regulated at the moment so they feel they can get away with it.
This can make things very confusing!!! Especially for beginners.
There’s a BIG DIFFERENCE between pure essential oils and fragrance oils.
If you’re a nature bum like me, you DON’T want to purchase some shitty fragrance oils that smell like fake rose, fake lavender or something that was whipped up at your grandma’s house… No offence grandma…
If you’re wanting top spec, high quality essential oils, be sure to look out for the following:
- 100% natural & pure –Find a brand that contains only aromatic plant compounds and not any additional fragrances, fillers, artificial ingredients or synthetic oils.
- Try to find essential oils that have been extracted using more natural methods.
- Purchase a brand with a good reputation
- Keep an eye out for sellers who reference the scientific botanical names of the oils rather than a generic name, but this can be a hit or miss with most companies not referring to scientific names.
- Check whether the oils are free of pesticides or other chemical residues
- The oils should by GC/MS Tested.This report shows all the chemical components that make up the oil. This should reveal oil there are any impurities in the oil.
+ MLM Companies
There’s also some essential oils brands that are network marketing companies. That’s why you may have noticed that DoTERRA is everywhere on Pinterest and the internet…because they have often bloggers, influencers and other people to act as reps for their products.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but does mean that it gives them an advantage over some of the other really good quality brands out there that are smaller. It also doesn’t mean that their products are better than everything else or the “be all, end all” for essential oils.
So, what brands are good options to check out???
I did some research and stalking on Amazon, and below have highlighted the Essential Oils brands I would go for personally (if you’re planning to take advantage of the convenience of buying online).
A Review of 5 Popular Brands on Amazon
At home, I have over 15 different essential oils and blends, of various brands, which I absolutely love!
If you don’t have any, looking at a package option can be a really great idea. Here are some of the top brands that stood out to me:
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Edens Garden is another pretty well known and growing brand in the essential oils space.
The have a beautiful 6-set of Essential Oils comes with Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Sweet Orange and Tea Tree. This gives you some great variety, especially if you are new to essential oils and are not quite sure what scents you life or dislike yet.
- Their mission is to sell products that are 100% pure and therapeutic grade.
- NO add bases, fillers, additives, etc to any of their oils! They try to keep the oils in their purest forms.
- All oils are GC/MS tested
- Their products are sourced from organic growers and distillers and extract the oils using steam distillation or cold pressed methods. They avoid synthetic additives – which is a good sign in my books.
- They don’t engage in MLM or pyramid selling and were actually voted the #1 Non-MLM essential oil company
- 10% of profits are given to organisations which they feel are helping to build a better tomorrow
- Customer reviews on Amazon say that the oils smell great and that they appear to be high quality.
- The price is also really reasonable.
- Some customers have complained about the smell of the oils saying that overtime they either disappear or start to smell chemically. But this seems to be a common trend with all oils really.
- Apparently, their customer service isn’t great, leaving some customers quite pissed off.
- Some have experienced issues with leaky bottles on delivery.
The Bottom Line
From what I can see, 81% of all customer reviews have been 5-Stars. This is a lot more compared to some of the other essential oil brands I looked at. The bottom line for me – the positives clearly outweigh the negatives.
In terms of the concerns regarding delivery (leaking or broken bottles), I think this is a common issue with Amazon and essential oil products in general. I’m not going to hold that against company itself. The changing smell comments are also interesting.
If you’re looking to get started with a reasonably priced, diverse and reliable essential oils product, I’d get started with these.
Plant Therapy is quite a well known brand for providing good quality essential oils. Their set contains 6 different essential oils including: Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree and Lavender.
This is again another diverse set of oils for anyone who is a beginner to essential oils, or is unsure what kinds of smells they like.
- Company claims that all oils are 100% pure and undiluted, except for their roll-on products which are diluted for safe use on skin.
- Oils are apparently non-GMO and USDA Organic – but not sure whether there are such things as GMO and non-organic oils! Haha 🙂
- Are GC/MS Tested
- Offer some “KidSafe”formulas and options in addition to their usual oils
- They have certified Aromatherapists on staff
- Plant Therapy offer a vast range of different sized oils – from 2.5ml-10ml and 10-30ml.
- Reasonable price and great reviews on Amazon.
- Many customers state that the quality of the oils is really good for the price and that they smell really nice too.
- On the contrary, some customers on Amazon have said that the oils smell bad, are really faint or disappear after a while when burning them.
- Some have mentioned leaking products on delivery which they found disappointing, but this a common problem with products bought online.
The Bottom Line
The Plant Therapy oils could be another good option to go for. They have many positives associated with their brand and products. The main negatives that customers highlight really come down to personal preference and opinion.
The “leaky” delivery concern is a common issue across many essential products on Amazon. This one could be a great on to consider for your essential oils purchase.
I personally hadn’t heard of Natrogix’s Essential Oils before doing my research on Amazon. Yet, they appear to be pretty popular. At the time of writing this article, they have almost 1,500 customer reviews with 74% positive. Jeeezus!
Natrogix offer a 9-set of Essential Oils which is think is great and really gives you a good diversity at a reasonable price. You get Tea Tree oil, Lemon, Lavender Sweet Orange, Rosemary Lemon Grass, Frankincense, Peppermint and Eucalyptus.
- They claim that their oils are 100% pure with NO pesticides, herbicides, GMOs or other additives.
- All oils are GC/MS tested and they give you codes and reports so you can see the results
- Have super cute packaging
- They include an e-book to help educate you about the oils, various recipes and general safety etc
- Supposedly have good customer service
- They have a really great and informative website: https://natrogix.com/about-us/
- Many have shared concerns regarding the quality of the oils. Some have stated that they appear to be highly diluted or impure.
- Some have complained about the oils pouring out of the bottles really fast which causes them to go through them really quickly.
- I can’t find any information about their extraction methods either, so not sure how natural their process is
The Bottom Line
The website, the e-book provided and so many other things make me want to buy this product. But, there are a few things including their extraction methods and the bad smelling reviews that make me unsure.
They also mention that “smell isn’t everything about essential oils”, which could put a lot of customers off buying. For me personally… I buy essential oils because I want them to smell good. Otherwise what’s the point! haha. I don’t want my house our bedroom to smell like “shite”…
Having over 1,000 5-Star Amazon reviews is pretty awesome in my eyes and must mean something. So, I’d probably give these guys a go.
“doTERRA” is one of the most popular brands of essential oils out at the moment. Some might say it has become a hip trend of it’s own.
This 10 essential oil set by doTerra contains Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano and Frankincense, as well as a few different essential oil blends; Deep Blue, doTERRA Breathe, DigestZen and doTERRA On Guard.
This would offer beginners some great diversity in trying different essential oils. But, do keep in mind that the bottles in this set are only 5mL rather than the usual 10mL of most gift sets.
- They pride themselves on providing high quality oils
- Classify their oils as being CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, but I think this may be based on their own criteria rather than being an industry-wide test.
- They extract their oils through steam distillation and cold pressing – which is good.
- Customers have said that they like how the gift set contains short descriptions about the products
- Comes in nice and secure packaging
- Not sure if GC/MS tested
- Some customers say it’s a waste of money
- Issues with some bottles not being full or of equal volumes
- The kit only comes with 5mL bottles, whereas many other kits contain 10mL.
- Although you may be getting a larger variety of oils they are all super tiny in size.
- They are a network marketing company.
The Bottom Line
If you’re after a reliable and quality essential oil for a pretty EXPENSIVE price, then go for it! There are many happy customers of doTERRA and they are popular, so I think in general, it is a pretty safe option.
Network marketing companies aren’t all bad and sometimes they do have really high quality products. But there are some dodgy brands on the internet too that unfortunately give the industry a bad name.
It’s just something to keep in mind compared to other brands.
Fabulous Frannie is a relatively popular essential oils brand on Amazon.
I had personally never heard of them before, but they have almost 1,000 customer reviews, which I guess, is a pretty good effort.
This 14 set of essential oils contains Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sweet Orange, Tangerine and Tea Tree.
For the super cheap price, I feel that this could be a bit too good to be true – but who knows.
- They claim that their oils are therapeutic grade with no fillers, additives or carriers added
- The oils are GC/MS tested
- Many customers on Amazon have commented that the oils have exceeded their expectations.
- Despite the cheap price, they also say that they love the smell and quality of the oils.
- Comes in cute packaging
- Responsive and helpful customer service
- I can’t find any information about how they extract the oils which is a red flag for me
- They claim they are vegan and cruelty free – but this is a bit odd given essential oils come from plants not animals. Therefore, of course they’re vegan!! Derrrr!!! Unless they are referring to the oils being tested on animals which if I’m honest, I have no idea about…
- Inconsistent volumes of essential oils in the bottles
- Inconsistency with the names of the oils – with the ads saying pine oil, but then the bottles saying “fir needle.”
- Customer complaints about leaking bottles on delivery (standard for oils it seems) and poor quality oils.
The Bottom Line
If these oils are legit, then they are at an incredible price! I’m not sure I’m convinced that they’re 100% pure essential oils. But, I could be wrong…
I can’t find any information about where they source their ingredients from, or how the oils are extracted. Their website really doesn’t have much detail about the products at all which does concern me.
My gut is telling me that there could be additional fragrances weaved in here, but it’s hard to know. Could be a good buy if you’re on a tight budget.
So, there you go!!
There are many other essential oils brands that you can research, but these are the main ones that stood out to me and were popular on Amazon.
It took me a ton of time putting this together, so I hope that you find the info helpfu and valuable so you don’t end up buying any dud oils.
All the best!!