Best essential oils for stress

Terri FosterDecember 8, 2021

When you feel stressed or anxious you want to reach for something effective that doesn’t make you feel groggy in the morning. Stay tuned and learn which essential oils are best to help manage stress and anxious feelings and how to use them.

One of the most researched properties of essential oils is their ability to influence emotions. Our brain is designed to use aroma to soothe and protect itself. When we inhale an essential oil the aroma is processed through our olfactory system also known as the emotional brain. Certain aromas have the ability to promote feelings of calm and relaxation.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This includes some affiliate links and I may earn a small commission on products recommended at no extra cost to you.

What is an essential oil?

  • Essential oils are aromatic compounds found in plants, seeds, bark, flowers and trees.
  • Essential oils are concentrated and work best when they are used consistently in smaller amounts to support our body systems.
  • Pure essential oils are safe for babies, children, adults, elderly and animals.

Are essential oils safe?

Did you know? No one is regulating the essential oil industry. Most (over 90%) of what is available on the market today is full of synthetics and fillers for profit and can be harmful to your health. If you purchase oils on Amazon, you may be horrified to find out how easy it is to replace the essential oil in the bottle or add a dilutant and replace the cap (which costs .50 cents).

I choose doTERRA essential oils because they are the most trusted, tested and safe essential oils on the market.

Things to consider when choosing an essential oil brand:

  • Where is the essential oil grown? The soil and environmental conditions the plants are grown in effect the potency of the essential oil and its health benefits.
  • Are there use instructions on the bottle? Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the lemon fruit. Investigate if your bottle of lemon essential oil says “fragrance oil” or “not safe for internal use.”
  • Look at the ingredients list. You should only see the essential oil and its scientific name(s) listed. Some blends have added carrier oils such as fractionated coconut oil which should be clearly listed on the label.
  • Are you able to view the GC/MS reports on what exactly is in the bottle? Doterra has a website sourcetoyou.com . On the bottom of every bottle of essential oil is a code for the batch that essential oil came from. You can go to sourcetoyou.com and enter that code. You will see a report of every constituent in that batch. Transparency is important. You want to know the company doesn’t use fillers, dilutants or synthetic additives to increase profits and sell you an oil that isn’t pure.

This is for educational purposes only and not intended as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns regarding the use of essential oils, I encourage you to seek advice from your medical provider.

Essential oils for stress

  • Lavender is calming and soothing. Add a drop under your tongue, applied to pulse points and palms (cup them around your nose and inhale) or added to the diffuser.
  • Copaiba helps soothe anxious feelings. Add a drop under your tongue. Make a roller blend with Adaptiv and Serenity blends. Copaiba helps increase the benefits of the other essential oils.
  • Frankincense promotes relaxation and may help settle the mind. Add a drop under your tongue, apply to pulse points and palms (cup them around your nose and inhale) or added to the diffuser in your favorite diffuser blend.
  • Ylang Ylang calms and relaxes the mind and body. Apply to the skin along with a carrier oil for a relaxing massage.
  • Lemon reduces anxious and sad feelings. Add a drop of lemon to your water daily. Make sure you are using glass or metal as citrus oils will break down the plastic. Lemon is a great addition to your favorite diffuser blend for a fresh uplifting scent.
  • Roman Chamomile improves focus and promotes calming & relaxation. Make a tea or add Roman chamomile to a bath along with some epsom salts.
  • Melissa reduces stress without slowing down activity. Try the Melissa 21 day challenge to experience increased joy, better sleep, less stress and immune support.
    • Step 1: add a drop to your thumb and rub on the roof of your mouth every hour for 12 hours
    • Step 2: add a drop daily to your thumb and roof of your mouth for the next 20 days.
  • Wild Orange reduces anxiousness and uplifts our mood and can be your palms (cup them around your nose and inhale) or added to the diffuser.
  • Bergamot is soothing and calms agitation. Make a tea with a drop of bergamot in warm water. Earl Grey tea is bergamot! Add bergamot to the diffuser for a relaxing, calming scent.
  • Vetiver may ease nervous energy and stop the mind chatter. Apply Vetiver on the bottom of the feet at bedtime to help ease stressful thoughts.

Essential oil blends for stress (aromatic and topical use only)

  • Adaptiv™ Calming Blend: Wild Orange, Lavender, Copaiba, Spearmint, Magnolia, Rosemary, Neroli, and Sweetgum
    • Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil into your diffuser to promote a calm and centered mindset.
  • Balance grounding blend: Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.
    • Apply balance to the bottom of your feet to start your day grounded.
  • Serenity restful blend: Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood
    • Use Serenity at bedtime to relax and promote sleep

Roller blends for children

Does your child experience anxious feelings? These roller bottles can be very helpful and easy to slip into their backpacks.

  • Use Calmer roller at bedtime on the bottoms of their feet and roll it into their palms and inhale the calming scent.
  • Use Brave roller to start their day grounded. In the morning roll Brave on the bottom of the feet.

Supplements for stress and anxious feelings

  • Adaptiv Capsules: The Adaptiv™ Calming Blend Capsules have mood-boosting and tension-reducing effects of a blend of CPTG® essential oils Lavender, Coriander, Wild Orange, and Fennel along with Sceletium, GABA, and Ahiflower®
    • Take an Adaptiv capsule in the morning
  • Serenity Restful Complex combines Lavender essential oil and L-Theanine along with lemon balm, passionflower, and chamomile to gently promote relaxation and sleep.
    • Take a Serenity restful capsule 30 minutes before bedtime.

Protocols using the best essential oils for stress


  • Apply Balance on the bottom of your feet.
  • Take one Adaptiv Calming Blend Capsule daily to combat stress, tension, and occasional anxious feelings.


Use the Adaptiv Touch roller on your pulse points or add to diffuser jewelry


  • Add your favorite relaxing blend to the diffuser 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Take 1-2 Serenity capsules at bedtime or apply Serenity on your pulse points.
  • Use balance on the bottom of your feet to help quiet the mind.

Home Essentials Kit

If you want to try some of these suggestions for stress I recommend the Home Essentials Kit. The set comes with 10 essential oils in the large 15mL size and a diffuser. Included is a free wholesale membership $35 value (like a Costco card!). This way when you use up all that Serenity restful blend you can purchase a new bottle at 25% off retail. There are no auto-ship or future purchase requirements to enjoy wholesale pricing.

  • Peppermint essential oil 15 mL
  • Lemon essential oil 15 mL
  • Lavender essential oil 15mL
  • Copaiba essential oil 15mL
  • Adaptiv calming blend 15mL
  • Balance grounding blend 15mL
  • Breathe respiratory blend 15mL
  • DigestZen digestive blend 15mL
  • On Guard protective blend 15mL for immune support
  • Deep Blue soothing blend 5mL
  • The Petal diffuser

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