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Aromatherapy Tips for Anxiety & Stress

Essential oils are a tool to help you balance your mental and emotion outlook through intention and positive thoughts. The use of aromatherapy helps you focus so you can manifest your heart’s desires. Each essential oil helps you to achieve spiritual, mental, and emotional balance. Use them as allies to assist you in staying focused on your intentions to escalate your self-awareness, achieve a state of balance and well-being, and create and maintain positive change in your life.

Aromas influence our moods, decisions, and our ability to comprehend, remember, and process feelings and emotions. The limbic system of the brain is responsible for interpreting signals and influencing mood and emotion as well as serving as a storage area. Essential oils have potent attributes. Through personal experience with aromatherapy, I have found relief from mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges, and I have witnessed the same in my clients.


Essential oils contain powerful chemical components. There is a considerable amount of scientific research supporting the ability of essential oils to deter a wide range of bacterial, fungal, viral, and/or other disease-causing microorganisms through the diffusion of oils into the atmosphere. Essential oils also work on an energy level to rebalance us spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, and offer many physiological benefits. Emotional and mental rebalancing includes raising our spirits when we are feeling down to clear out negative thoughtforms and psychic debris. Psychic debris are the energetic residue of unwanted negative thoughts, experiences, emotions, and feelings.


The vibration of an essential oil is stabilized by the Devic forces associated with mother plant, flower, root, or bark. Devic forces are elemental energies or spirits of a plant, which are responsible for holding the blueprint for which the plant will be used. On this blueprint is recorded the color of the leaves, the height, the chemical components, the flowers (if any), and the innate knowledge of whether the main part of the plant is aboveground or belowground and much more. The personality and traits of each plant, flower, bush, vine, tree is unique. The energy as maintained by the Devic force of the plant brings energy and assistance to humans. I recommend inhalation and diffusion as the preferred method of use until you get to know your essential oils better.


Essential oils have true chemical constituents with real effects on your body. Medical-grade essential oils are much more potent than a roll-on fragrance oil. Use them sparingly, as a little bit goes a long way. Once you know a particular oil well, you can then graduate to the next level by applying the essential oil in a carrier oil to the soles of your feet. Refrain from applying the oils directly on your body and do not take them internally. Other than that, have a good time exploring the many uses of nature’s aromatic gifts and turn to the myriad of vibrational support and create aroma-energetic blends with far-reaching beneficial effects to release anxiety and stress. One of my favorite combinations to release stress is a simple blend of lavender and chamomile essential oils. For example, approximately 1 ml of chamomile and 15 ml of lavender makes a good blend for relaxation and to sleep well. You can add about 5 ml of the formula to approximately 2 oz of water in a spray bottle. Shake it well and spray it around you or on your bed linens before bed to sleep well. As you inhale the clean, fresh, floral aroma, establish a clear intention to feel tranquil and serene. Use an affirmation like this one:


I am healthy, whole, and complete. Peace and serenity are mine. I relax and breathe deeply, knowing all is well. I am grateful for sound sleep and pleasant dreams.


The cleansing scent of lavender clears and calms the mind and brings about mental clarity, helping you to sort out the details and release chaos, relieves mental exhaustion, stress, and anxiety. Lavender gets its name from the Latin lavare, which means “to wash.” Thieves who robbed plague victims during the Middle Ages used lavender as one of the ingredients in their vinegar-based concoction to protect them from becoming infected. (The other ingredients were garlic, rosemary, and thyme.)


There are many essential oils that relieve stress and bring about calm including, but not limited to, chamomile, clary sage, lavender, spikenard, sweet marjoram, and ylang-ylang. Here are a few recipes to try. Over the years, I’ve taught many classes on aromatherapy. Everyone’s favorite part of the class is the time spent concocting formulas based on the goals and intentions of the participant. You will need to have good-quality bottles and caps (1 dram, 5 ml, and/or 10 ml), pipettes, and the chosen essential oils on hand (formula below). The quantities given reflect how many drops to use. Feel free to adjust the recipes according to your needs and chosen oils, if desired.




  • Bergamot to maintain mental clarity and good focus = 8 drops
  • Frankincense to align with the spiritual nature of the person being cared for = 30 drops
  • Orange for joy and encouragement = 34 drops
  • Ylang-Ylang to maintain calm and inner peace =  3 drops
  • Vetiver to encourage focus and to stabilize the aroma = 2 drops


Stress Reduction & Muscular Discomfort Relief


  • Bergamot to amplify self-confidence and raise self-esteem = 18 drops
  • Chamomile to release stress, encourage peaceful sleep = 1 drop
  • Geranium to induce a sense of peace = 4 drops
  • Lemongrass to relieve muscular pain = 13 drops
  • Lavender to calm and relax =  45 drops
  • Patchouli to improve self-worth and strengthen the emotional body = 3 drops


Peace & Serenity


  • Clary Sage to release stress and bring about a sense of serenity = 6 drops
  • Frankincense to increase spiritual connection and protection = 4 drops
  • Lavender to bring calmness = 60 drops
  • Hyacinth to add floral scent while releasing feelings of sadness = 16 drops
  • Sweet Marjoram to release fears and phobias and increase protection = 16 drops


Establish your goals on each level — spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. Be sure to take note of any contraindications of a given essential oil. There are many choices, so there is no need to use one that might not be appropriate for your particular health condition. It is important to note that thoughts create, or form our reality. The power of thoughts and intentions creates the world around us and within us. As you inhale the essential oils, make a clear intention and state a positive thought, either out loud or to yourself, to firmly establish the reason you are working with the essential oil.



Margaret Ann Lembo
Author: Margaret Ann Lembo

Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; Crystal Intentions Oracle; The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing; and Animal Totems and the Gemstone Kingdom. Find out more at thecrystalgarden.com and her website.

Website: https://www.margaretannlembo.com