Top 10 Essential Oils to Support Anxiety


Mrs. Crimmins, I’m sorry to say that you will need to be on anti-anxiety medicine for the rest of your life. Sadly this is a chemical imbalance in your brain and medicine is the only option.

Wow, that was my diagnosis about 5 years ago after finally seeing a psychiatrist about my crippling anxiety that I have dealt with my whole life.

About 8 months ago, after having been introduced to Essential Oils, and with a steady yoga practice I decided I was sick of being dependent on a pill. Without telling my friends, and even my husband I began weaning off my medication. It was an experiment. Could I survive without my Zoloft? Could I function in my day to day life? Afterall, I had been emotionally numb for about 4 years. The short answer is yes.

With the support and direction of my doctor, I was able to support my body naturally and assist it back into balance with essential oils. I am now medication free, panic attack free and can approach life with joy and grace.

Disclaimer: I do not suggest going off your meds, and in no way offer this advice as a treatment for psychological disorders. My advice is to use these essential oils as a complimentary therapy for whatever medication you are currently on. Only you know your body. This is simply my story and journey. None of the statements on this post have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent disease. If you have a serious medical condition, or have questions about your health and the use of essential oils, please consult your doctor. 

Below I’ve compiled a list of 10 different Certified Pure essential oils you can use to support your anxiety in a natural way. You do not have to use them all together. What works for one person may not work for the next person. The most important thing you should know is to use them with consistency. They are not a magic potion, but instead is a beautiful process of bringing your body back to health and vitality.

10 Oils to Relieve Anxiety:

#1 The Grounding Blend is a beautiful blend of spruce, howood, blue tansy and frankincense. It is grounding blend that creates a sense of calm and well being. It is know to be mood lifting, stress reducing, a nerve tonic and a good cell re-generator.

Apply the Grounding Blend on the feet daily, back of the neck, over the heart and on the wrists – rub wrists together and inhale. I love mixing this oil with the Calming Blend.

#2 The RespiratoryBlend  is so versatile, being used for all respiratory issues. This blend includes laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon and ravensara leaf, and Cardamom Seed. It is great to help you breathe deeper, and calm your system down during panic.

Rub a couple drops on your chest/ heart center to help your nerves relax and open your airways to breathe.

#3  Lavender – We are all familiar with the therapeutic benefits of Lavender oil as it can calm and relax. It makes it a no-brainer for anxiety.

Use Lavender to help you sleep. Diffuse in the air by your bed, apply 1-2 drops to feet before bed, and add 1-2 drops on your pillow at night.

#4  FrankincenseAh, Frankincense – the King of Oils. Frankincense is the most valuable essential oil for slowing and deepening breathing, helping to allay fear, anxiety, nervous tension and stress. When in doubt, use Frankincense.

This is a great oil for everyday use to help maintain overall cellular balance, and also to support during times of extreme anxiety. Diffuse, inhale, rub 1-2 drops on feet and back of neck mixed with lavender. I also love mixing this with Wild Orange.

#5  Wild Orange- As with all citrus oils, wild orange is a great mood lifter. It supports the body against panic, nervousness, anger, and irritation often because of enhanced circulation and detoxifying of liver, and gall bladder.

Rub on the back of neck or bottoms of feet, and the followed by peppermint when you feel that doomsday anxiety starting to build. Smells wonderful when blended with Frankincense! 

#6 I absolutely love the way the Joyful Blend smells. This is another blend that is great for support the body through both anxiety and depression. It is a blend of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus, and sandalwood.

Apply over the heart, bones behind the ears, ear tissue itself, neck, thymus, temples, across the brow of the forehead, and on the wrists with an expectation of feeling good and you will.

#7  Lemon – Lemon is another extremely versatile oil. Lemon Oil is radiant, uplifting, reviving and stimulating. Lemon inspires trust and a sense of security; it relieves confusion and worry.  It can help you overcome obstacles and provide a clearer perspective.

Use this everyday in your water. Just add 1 drop to a glass of water and continue throughout the day.

#8  The Calming Blend is such a wonderful relaxing blend that promotes a sense of well-being and calm. This blend consists of lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and vanilla bean.

Use 5 drops of this in a hot bath to relax. Or apply to back of neck and inhale through a diffuser. Apply a couple drops on the bottoms of your feet before sleep. Smells wonderful with the Grounding Blend!

#9 Bergamot – This is a unique blend among the citrus oils, for its calming properties. Encourages the release of pent-up feelings— feelings that can lead not only to depression but to insomnia, anxiety and sudden mood swings.  It helps in addition, to redirect nervous energy away from unproductive and addictive behavior, helping us to rediscover spontaneity and optimism.  Bergamot oil helps us to relax and “let go.”

Apply to wrists, feet and back of neck.

#10 Patchouli – Psychologically Patchouli works through harmonizing, grounding and stabilizing the mind when over thinking and worry develop. Patchouli oil diminishes depression and eases anxiety by heightening a sense of joy in life. It helps in recovery from nervous exhaustion, stress and stress-related condition.

Apply to base of the skull and breathe aromas to calm spirit and eliminate chaotic thinking.


Disclaimer: One of the most vital things you must know about essential oils is not all essential oils are created equally. In fact, most of them are worthless to your health and often synthetic. When buying essential oils make sure they are certified pure therapeutic grade. If you want to order the brand I trust and personally use, email

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118 Responses to “Top 10 Essential Oils to Support Anxiety”

  1. John December 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Good information but could you tell your readers if you are being paid or compensated by doTERRA Essential Oils for this post? Also, other than your own experience, is there any external research to support these claims? Thanks and glad you are able to deal with anxiety without the meds.

    • Mary Crimmins December 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Hi John. Thanks for your comment. Absolutely. I am not being paid by doTERRA to write this post. This is my own personal experience. I am an Independent Product Consultant of their product, and do make commission off selling this product. However, I 100% believe in this product and use it everyday for my health. And yes, there have been numerous studies and research done on essential oils by renowned doctors and scientists around the world. You may want to check out these resources:
      Modern Essentials, Abundant Health, LLC, 2009
      Healing Oils of The Bible, David Stewart, 2005.
      Aromatherapy in Medicine, Jacque du Preneau, 1908.
      Aromatherapy, Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty, Roberta Wilson, 2002
      Clinical Aromatherapy, Essential Oils in Practice, by Jane Buckle ,RN,PhD.,2003
      Aromatherapy Handbook for Beauty, Hair and Skin Care, by Erich Keller, 1992
      Aromatherapy For Healing The Spirit, by Gabriel ojay, 1997
      The Art of Aromatherapy, Robert Tisserand, 1995
      Thanks for reading!

      • Trini Trance April 13, 2014 at 7:54 am #

        In your EO Anxiety Recipes, is it good for a 5ml or 10 ml roll-on, 1 oz . . .

        • Mary Crimmins April 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

          Thanks for asking! It kind of depends on what you want. I usually mix it all into a glass jar with a dropper and then drop it into the roller ball. Typically, a 5 mL bottle can hold 85 drops and a 10mL bottle can hold 250 drops.

          • Missy March 5, 2015 at 5:38 am #

            I believe the 5 ml holds 85 drops and the 15 holds 250 drops. The 10 ml holds around 170 drops. :-)
            I love do-TERRA and love your post about these oils for anxiety/depression! I, too, was once told I would probably have to be on medication the rest of my life! I found do-TERRA and I am now able to be productive without prescription medication. I will never go back on prescription medication ever again. I love wild orange and Balance. Well, I love them all, but those are the two I use the most when things feel like they’re getting out of control. Thank the Lord for do-TERRA <3

      • Sheri September 8, 2014 at 6:44 am #

        Essential oil anxiety recipes for help with anxiety would i need to apply it daily, twice a day, weekly or how often?

        • Missy March 5, 2015 at 5:39 am #

          Hi! I apply as often as needed. Hope this helps.

      • susie February 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm #


        you have given me hope. thank you for posting. I’ve recently started using oils and reading as much as I can about them, and while I still have terrible anxiety issues, I have hope and my husband suffers with tinnitus, and using basil and helichrysthium (spelling??) he is doing 80% better in just 2 months… that is amazing. Take care.

        • Mary Crimmins February 25, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

          That’s amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your story Susie. It’s very normal for this to take some time. We’re so used to Western medicine working right away but just remember using your oils you are attacking the root of the problem. Stay consistent and don’t give up hope! You are on your way to feeling alive again :)

      • Omneya Dhmaid February 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

        I also have these oils and I have been looking for a recipes. I find lists of what oils are good but no number of drops to put in the roller carrier. This is not for myself so I need the whole recipes.

  2. Todd Liles December 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Congrats on experiment. Experimenting is good (although it would have been safer to let someone know.) How long did it take for you to transition off the medication and go natural?

    • Mary Crimmins December 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      Hi Todd. You are right, it is definitely safe to let someone know. After about a week, I did let my husband know. It took me around 6-8 weeks to fully wean off my medication. I did it very slow and gradual. Thanks for your comment!

      • Todd Liles December 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

        My pleasure. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Carrie December 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Thanks Mary! So cool. If I were to purchase just one essential oil, which one would you say I should purchase?

    • Mary Crimmins December 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      Wow, that’s a hard question! I love them all. If you want it to help with anxiety I would suggest the Balance. It’s affordable and works wonders! Otherwise, you can get a Introductory Kit of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint which is great as well. Here is the link see all the oils just go to and click on Shop for Products – Oil Blends – to see the Balance or Product Packages – to see the Intro Kit
      Happy Oiling!

  4. Cindy Stephens December 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this info. Nothing inspires like personal experience. I picked up the 3 intro oils when I heard Green Smoothie Girl. Your post encourages me to look more intently into how essential oils can help my family.

    • Mary Crimmins December 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Cindy. The doTERRA oils are incredible. When I 1st started, I started with the Family Physicians Kit that comes with Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue®, Breathe, DigestZen®, and On Guard™. I completely replaced my medicine cabinet with oils and now treat headaches, insomnia, colds, diarrhea, muscle aches etc with essential oils. Not to mention having more energy. There are so many ways to use them for your health. Hope you get to explore a little more.

  5. Sarah February 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Hi! I am currently experiencing some postpartum anxiety. I’ve dealt with and overcome anxiety before but I just can’t shake it this time. I have some samples of breathe, serenity, balance, citrus bliss, and elevation. What’s the best way to utilize these to bring myself back to a fairly normal state? I’d like to know your recommendations for which oils, frequency, and amount. I am not on medication, never have been, and do not want to be. Thanks for your help!

    • Mary Crimmins February 5, 2013 at 12:15 am #

      Hi Sarah,
      Using essential oils are all about consistency. I use Balance every day on my feet. The more exposure you have to the oils, the quicker you will feel effects. Breathe is a great one to use during a panic attack, or high levels of anxiety as it encourages your body to take deep breaths. Overall, you want to be using these everyday. Look at the anxiety recipes I posted, and choose one that feels right to you and start taking that cocktail everyday. I would also encourage taking the Life Long Vitality Supplements everyday as well. Huge help. Hope that helps! Good luck. It takes time, but week after week you will start to feel better and better.

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  7. Jackie July 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Hi. Thanks for the information. I was wondering how many times you can put these oils on. I have them and have been experimenting for a couple of days. Not much change yet, but I am very hopeful. How many times throughout the day is it safe to apply these oils?
    Thanks for your help! It helps knowing there are ways to deal with horrible anxiety.

    • Mary Crimmins July 16, 2013 at 1:44 am #

      Hi Jackie,

      I apply them several times a day. You can’t overdose on essential oils. You just have to remember that is takes time for your body to change. You are working this out a cellular level, so depending on how unbalanced all that is it will take time. It took me several months before I felt like I was getting back to my normal. Keep at it girl and kuddos for you for starting the process of healing :)

      • Addie September 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

        Hi Mary,

        I have been suffering from insomnia, I’ll go to bed at 9:30 to get a head start and cant fall asleep until around 2 am. I have been on prozac for 5 years and started weening myself off. I decided maybe this is not the right time so I went back on the full dose. I do however want to get off it eventually and was wondering if the oils are safe to put on while on medication? I ordered the “serenity” blend and am waiting for it in the mail. I am aware that this is all phsycological and was wondering how the oils can cure my insomnia if it is phsychologically based? Thanks!!!

        • Mary Crimmins September 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

          They are absolutely safe to use while you are medication. They are a great compliment. They are able to work with psychological issues because they are all still issues of the brain. When used aromatically the essential oils travel through the receptor sites in your nose and access the Limbic System of the brain that deals with emotions, memories, trauma, your stress response, fight and flight response, hormone response. The oils help bring your body back into balance. Please keep me posted on how it goes. I also love the Balance blend combined with the Serenity. There are several other individual oils that work on insomnia including Roman Chamomile, Vetiver and Lavender.

  8. janice davies September 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Thanks for being so open and informational regarding your personal experience. I am interested in trying the oils, but find that they are pretty EXPENSIVE for my “senior” social security budget. I need to know if they can be injested since I can’t use them externally or in a diffuser due to family members who have severe allergies. What would you recommend I try first for stress and anxiety. REFUSE to take Valium anymore after confirming that it contributes to dementia. Who needs that, but I definately need help. Thanks.

  9. Alecia October 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing. I’m trying to do the same thing myself. Just a matter of time to collect the oils and then use them on a daily basis. I love Balance, but since it’s new to me sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Other times it’s ClaryCalm that works and other times it doesn’t. I think I’m just going through a very high anxiety/mania time right now. Looking forward to feeling balanced again. Thank you for the encouraging post.

  10. Jill October 17, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    Hi! I suffer from Panic Disorder. I am looking for a natural way to reduce the attacks. I would like to order, but don’t know where to start….any suggestions you can email?

  11. Gary S Smith November 5, 2013 at 4:08 am #

    Can Jasmine be taken as a tonic and how should it be mixed?

    • Mary Crimmins November 8, 2013 at 4:13 am #

      I would just use the pure essential oil of Jasmine for this one.

  12. Renae November 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! This is a great resource! I use the oils for my own anxiety among LOTS of other things. I’m new to it about 9 months, so I’m still learning. But what I do use on my family, I love so much! I’m excited to try a few of the oils you suggested that I haven’t tried yet.

  13. Angie Stewart February 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    If you were going to mix a 10ml rollerball to apply for anxiety, how would you mix it? What oil/oils and how many drops? Thanks!

    • Mary Crimmins February 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

      Hi Angie! It might depend on how severe your anxiety is and what you need that is personal to you. You could start off with one of the recipes I created and blending that in a rollerball. Maybe the general “anxiety relieving blend” and multiply the oils until you fill the container. Hope that helps!

      • Karen Tabler January 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

        Hi Mary-
        I’m researching which oils to have my college-age sister use for her extreme anxiety. It’s coming out much more often, now that she’s on her own at school. I think I must’ve missed the recipes you’re referencing. I don’t see a link in this post. Can you please reshare? Thanks!

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  16. Sarah March 31, 2014 at 2:26 am #

    Which oils and or blends do you use on a daily basis and how do you apply as your anxiety control? You listed several single oils and several blends. Interested which ones you like the best.

    • Mary Crimmins March 31, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

      Hi Sarah! I change what I use depending on the season or how I’m feeling. I’d say my top 2 to use for anxiety are Balance and Serenity. I use those all the time! I also love lemon and frankincense.

  17. Alexandra April 5, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    Oh no! None of the links are working :(

    • Mary Crimmins April 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      thank you for letting me know! *yikes!*

  18. Danielle April 22, 2014 at 12:59 am #

    I’m Wondering If Anyone Had Experience Using Oils With Children. My 11 Year Old SoN HAs General Anxiety Disorder And Adhd And Sensory Processing Disorder. Thanks!

    • Mary Crimmins April 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      Hi Danielle, yes I have helped a lot of mothers find a great oil regimen that works for their child and I’d be happy to help you. There are several that you could try and my team will email you with some more information. Thanks for your comment!

      • Jackie Bowman September 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

        Hi Mary,

        I have a friend who’s daughter who is sensitive to sounds and may have Sensory Processing Disorder with ADHD and would love if you could send me that you mentioned for Danielle. Thank you so much for all you do. I love your blog.

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  20. Di May 19, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    Hi, I have generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety… I have panics and throw up. I’ve been on Lexapro for the last year after a breakdown 1.5 years ago. I’d like to start weaning off the meds because of the side effects. Can you email me some suggestions I could try?

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      PS. Also going through a divorce and want to start dating… so I want to control the panic that goes along with being uncomfortable in social situations…

    • Mary Crimmins May 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

      Hi Di! Yes, I’d love to give you some suggestions. I also hated how I felt on my meds and am really happy to be off them now. Someone from my team will email you shortly!

      • Lindsay Stemple May 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

        Hi Mary,
        I too suffer from anxiety and have been on and off Zoloft for about 4 years now. I orginially got on Zoloft when my anxiety got so out of control during infertility treatments (I have stage 4 endometriosis). I got pregnant and 2011 and was off of them through my whole pregnancy and about 4 months after I had our daughter. I then expereince really bad post-partum anxiety/depression. Got back on Zoloft and have been on it until about 3 months ago. I have always struggled with weight gain on the Zoloft and this second time around I went to counseling for my anxiety while on Zoloft and decided to try an wheen myself off it again. I did it very gradually this time and low and behold shortly after getting off of it I found out I was pregnant again. I have been trying to stay off of it but my anxiety is coming back pretty bad. I do not want to take any medication while pregnant. My cousin has sold DoTerra for years and about a month ago I decided to finally give the oils a shot. I just started using lavender in the beginning and just about a week ago I ordered Serenity and Balance. I am difussing those two every night and putting them on my feet but haven’t noticed a big difference yet. My question for you is where on your feet should you put these ( i know there are specific reflex spots that are suppose to be more helpful than others) and also what daily regimen would your recommend to do everyday, how many times a day, and what oils to use for my situation (which sounds very similar to yours)? Can any of the oils for anxiety be taken internally and notice a greater difference then toppically? I’m kind of desperate to get a grip of my current anxiety (being pregnant and having a two year old I have no time to feel panic all the time) and would love to here some advice from someone who has been through the same thing.

        thank you so much for your time!

        • Mary Crimmins May 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

          Hi Lindsay, wow thank you so much for sharing your story. Besides having children, it sounds all too familiar. I can tell you’re just as desperate as I was to find a solution and a different way of life. I’d love to work with you and I’ll send you an email shortly with more information!

          • Lindsay Stemple May 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

            Great thank you Mary. I will be looking out for your e-mail. I also sent you an e-mail on the contact page. Looking forward to hearing from you!! And yes very desperate to find a natural solution.

          • Ginger June 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

            Can you send my an email with how to get started. I am dragging my feet because I don’t want to start Zoloft or Lexapro…..I need a good regime to begin to combat gad and panic attacks

  21. Kristin June 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    Do you have anything that works for Postpartum OCD/anxiety. I struggle very badly with this and I am looking for something besides medication to help.

    • Mary Crimmins June 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

      Hi Kristin! Balance is a great oil to use for Postpartum ocd/anxiety. Elevation, lemon, and frankincense would some other great ones I’d suggest. Let me know if I can help you order these at 25% off!

  22. Cora Brown June 6, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    I suffer from anxiety which comes and goes but especially after a long winter and spring needing sunlight. I need help… please privately email me your thoughts and what oils you think might help me.

    • Mary Crimmins June 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      I know so well what you’re talking about. This winter felt especially long and I was really craving that sunlight! I’ll send you an email shortly!

  23. Julia Claxton June 16, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Hi Mary – I am going through the menopause or peri-menopause – basically apart from crippling migraines I also have a great anxiety generally and for absolutely no reason sometimes – this has meant I avoid the anxiety or reduce it by eating – usually sugar, chocolate, crisps etc – anything to distract me from the anxiety – would you suggest the Balance? Is there any aroma specifically for menopausal anxiety (given that it is lack of oestrogen that causes it)? Thanks

    • Mary Crimmins June 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your story with me Julia. I would definitely recommend Balance and you might also want to try the blend Solace. It’s great for balancing hormones and easing the transition of menopause.

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  28. Nina July 3, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    Hi Mary, thanks for this. I stopped taking Zoloft cold turkey (horrible I know) It’s been almost three months and I’m struggling with occasional panic attacks and waves of anxiety. which of theses essential oils would be more beneficial to me? I’m sure they are all awesome but you know what I mean :)


    • Mary Crimmins July 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

      wow what a strong woman you are! I totally get wanting to get off your meds though. I’d probably say Balance or Frankincense would be my top two. The Life Long Vitality supplements were life changing for me as well and those aren’t mentioned here but you can learn more about them here:

  29. Amy July 24, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    Nice Information about natural remedies. I like all essential oil for anxiety. I am also practitioner for natural flower remedies. Thanks for sharing such informative post.

    • Mary Crimmins August 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

      awesome, thanks for stopping by!

  30. Leann Welton July 31, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    What would be the best oil for social anxiety and for ADD?

    • Mary Crimmins August 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      I love Balance for Anxiety and InTune for ADD. Let me know if you need help ordering anything!

  31. Lindsay August 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    I have recently experienced unusually unexpected anxiety or panic attacks where I fear I will pass out. My legs become tingly and I start breathing rapidly. I have to use my conscious mind to talk myself out of it and have yet to pass out but the experience is miserable. I am in the operating room daily and recently the episodes have increased. Today I have a huge case and am already beginning to fear this will overcome me. With me I have Balance, elevation, on guard, serenity, frankincense, and deep blue. Oh and past tense. With what I have, what do you recommend this week that I use prior to the event and if it is coming on?

    • Mary Crimmins August 5, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

      Hi Lindsay, thank you for sharing with me. I think first and foremost I’d recommend you talk to someone about what’s going on in your life. Do you have any family, close friends, or anyone else you trust and can confide in? It sounds like whatever you’re going through is pretty serious. At night rub Balance and Serenity on the bottoms of your feet. Continue with Balance, Frankincense, and Elevation the next day and use them throughout the day as needed. Keep me posted and always feel free to shoot me an email :)

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  33. Tracie Vigil September 15, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

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    • Mary Crimmins September 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

      Tracie, Thanks for your comment! I’ll send you an email with all the information on ordering your oils :)

  34. Susan October 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Great website and good advice, however, essential oils are very concentrated and potent. Even small amounts can cause harm if used improperly. Here are some tips when using essential oils:

    As a rule of thumb, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier substance (vegetable or nut oil, or water) at no greater concentration than 3-5%. The reason for this is because essential oils are very concentrated and can lead to a burn. That means if you have one teaspoon (5cc) of carrier, you would add 3 drops of pure essential oil. This would make a 3% solution that could be used on a portion of the body.

    Essential oils are absorbed through the skin, so using too much can result in an overdose.

    Make sure you store essential oils out of the reach of children.

    Do not get essential oils in your eyes, nose, or ears. Wash your hands thoroughly after using essential oils. If working with pure essential oils, you may want to get disposable latex gloves (or latex-free alternatives) from the drug store.

    Be very cautious when taking essential oils internally. Even small amounts can be toxic and potentially fatal if ingested.

    Before going out in the sun or to a tanning booth, avoid essential oils that increase your sensitivity to the sun, such as citrus oils (e.g. bergamot oil, grapefruit oil).

    Do a patch test if you have allergies or think you might be sensitive to an essential oil. Test aromatherapy products (such as lotions or creams) by applying a small dab to your arm. For pure essential oils, add one drop in 2.5 mL (or 1/2 teaspoon) of vegetable oil and apply it to your arm. If the area turns red, or if there is burning or itchiness, wash the area and do not use that product.

    Overuse of essential oils can trigger a headache or dizziness. Don’t exceed recommended amounts. If you’re working with essential oils (e.g. making your own lotions, candles, or bath salts) make sure you’re working in a well ventilated area or take breaks to go outside.

    If you have a medical condition, consult a qualified practitioner before using essential oils. Certain essential oils should not be used by people with certain conditions.

    People with liver or kidney disease should only use essential oils under the guidance of a qualified practitioner. Once absorbed in the bloodstream, essential oils are eventually cleared from your body by the liver and kidneys–using essential oils excessively may injure these organs.

    Some essential oils may interact with certain medications, e.g., relaxing essential oils such as chamomile, lavender, and melissa (lemon balm) may heighten the effect of sleeping pills or sedatives.

  35. Sheri October 3, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    I just ordered all the oils. Im a beginner wanting to be drug free however i am not yet can you tell me if any of these may interact with meds like xanax or prozac?

    • Mary Crimmins October 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Sheri, I’m so excited for you to start this journey! I think you’re going to love using the oils and feel so empowered by using them. I also started using the oils while taking prescription meds. You can use both at the same time to wean yourself off medication. Just start slow :)

  36. valeria October 13, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    I purchased a bottle of frankencencse oil! Is that really good for anxiety,and how do I use it?

    • Mary Crimmins October 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

      One of my favorite oils! I think you will absolutely love using it.
      Here’s a link to one of my favorite sites that will give you information on using Frankincense:

    • Mary Crimmins October 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

      Oh no! I’m so sorry you’re feeling so miserable :(
      I think you can find some great relief from using the oils for whatever is making you so allergic. I’ll email you shortly!

  37. nmhayden October 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    So glad to have your blog! I just started with doTERRA to combat my adrenal fatigue and paralyzing anxiety. :-(
    Question: do essential oils change the color of your urine? I use 8 drops of Slim & Sassy in my water bottle each day…BRIGHT yellow urine now!

    • Mary Crimmins October 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      Hmm I haven’t heard of it doing that before since they’re not that pigmented. It may just be your body detoxing!

  38. Leyla MArtin October 29, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    This is a wonderful post that just keeps giving (I’m pinning this). I have been through times of depression due to circumstances and I also come from a Christian family and Christian town. I do believe in praying about everything, but I also believe that we were put here for companionship. We need to make a physical effort to love and support our close friends/family through our hard times–not just tell them to pray and walk away. Regarding the oils, I never thought to put an oil on my legs, before; that’s a good idea. I also like the scent of lemons, because it’s very uplifting and energizing. I’m not taking medication, but have also changed my lifestyle to include a better diet, exercise, positive thinking and daily sunshine; those things really do make a difference (so does changing your routine/acquaintances). Going outside even helps with headaches, in my experience, and I just love being out there where everything feels free and natural (I love hearing birds singing and flying around). Thank you for sharing these tips and for sharing your story.

    • Mary Crimmins October 31, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

      Leyla, thank you so much for sharing your story with me. It sounds like you’ve been through a lot but that you’ve learned so much from it all. I fully believe that that is the best thing we can do out of difficult times–take them as lessons. You seem like you have listened to your body and start giving it what it needs. That’s the absolute best thing we can all do :) xoxo

  39. Bridget November 3, 2014 at 3:56 am #

    Hello Mary,

    I recently stopped by anxiety and depression medications, under a MD’s care of course, however I am experiencing awful withdrawal symptoms. I stopped exactly 8 weeks ago today. What would you recommend for insomnia and irritabilty which are the worst? I am also experiencing bloating, anxiety, water retention, ect. ect. Thank you in advance.


    • Mary Crimmins November 4, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      Hi Bridget, thank you so much for your question! I have a few things I’d recommend so I’ll shoot you an email ;)

  40. Bridget November 3, 2014 at 3:58 am #

    And I almost forgot…..cognitive impairment

  41. Miami November 10, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    I suffer from severe anxiety and panic disorder. I’ve been on paxil for years. Can you email me some info on how you converted to the oils for anxiety? I would love to get off the medicine and try this naturally.

    • Mary Crimmins November 14, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

      Yes, I’d love to send you more information. I’ll send you an email shortly.

  42. deb November 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Do you use all 10 of these every day? I am trying to figure out how to use these. Can you simply sniff the bottle of oil to help? And if so, for how long? What good does it to to put oil on the bottom of the feet? What is your every day regimen for anxiety?

    • Mary Crimmins November 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

      Thanks for your questions Deb! I do not use all of these oils everyday. They are just my favorite oils that address anxiety. My favorite way to use the oils aromatically are to rub 1 drop in the palm of my hands, rub them together, and smell them by taking a deep breath in, repeat 3-4 times. You can also use a diffuser so the aroma fills the room.

      If you google reflexology you’ll learn a lot of the benefits of putting oils on your feet. They enter the bloodstream quickly and you can look at the map of your foot to put oil in specific places to connect to specific body parts. It’s so fascinating so I highly recommend looking it up!

      Lastly, here is my daily protocol!

  43. Angela January 22, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    I’m interested on how to make the correct blend and by using what I have (physicians kit and wild orange) I have bad anxiety in fact I’m anxious to start the oils lol I prefer not to use directly on skin but diluted. Maybe you can email me?

    • Mary Crimmins January 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

      Hey Angela, so excited for you to incorporate the oils more and more! Check out my daily routine. It shows exactly what oils I used to combat anxiety.
      Think of using the oils as a “spa” experience ;) They smell so good and are so fun to use. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with me to use your oils please feel free to email me at Thank you!

  44. Tiffany February 17, 2015 at 5:14 am #

    I have just quit smoking cigarettes and have depression and anxiety. I am new to essential oils, only have been using them a week and strictly use jasmine and have always used lavender for bed. My question is, when you’re in the middle of an anxiety attack how do you stop, think of what oil you”ll need, search through all your oils to find the right one, then remember where to put it (feet, hands, chest, drink it ect…) when I’m having a break down I can barley calm down much less do all these steps..

    • Mary Crimmins February 19, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

      First of all–you deserve a huge congrats for quitting smoking! That’s HUGE!
      I get questions like this all the time-about where to apply oils. I’m going to be honest and say a lot of the time I just throw them on anywhere.
      If you’re feeling extra anxious or having a breakdown take out your Lavender, your Serenity, Balance, Breathe, or any of your citrus oils and start applying. Of course you DO NOT have to apply all of those. They’re just examples of what you can apply. If you just have one of those oils then that’s great. When feeling anxious I tend to apply over my heart and behind my neck. Just remember, stay consistent and don’t over think it :) You’re doing great already.

  45. Donna February 20, 2015 at 2:52 am #

    I suffer from anxiety. Not on meds. My 6yo daughter is also suffering from anxiety especially in am prior to going to school. It is so bad sometimes that she even vomits. We do a lot of breathing exercises but I want to start to incorporate oils. I feel like all 10 anxiety oils are needed. Is this too much. I would like to diffuse oil in am while getting ready for school. Which is best for extreme anxiety?

    • Mary Crimmins February 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

      Hi Donna! I’m so sorry to hear about this :( I’ll shoot you an email with some information for you guys. All 10 oils are helpful but you don’t necessarily need all 10 to achieve anxiety relief. Be on the lookout for my email!

  46. Sue February 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    I currently take 150mgs of zoloft and am super excited to find essential oils. Are there any interactions that I should be concerned about? Thank you for your time.

    • Mary Crimmins February 25, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Sue! I love that you’ve found essential oils to support anxiety relief in a natural way. Since the oils are 100% natural, plant derivatives they will not negatively effect the medication you are on. Some people do experience forms of detoxing from the using the oils which is very normal. You can read more about that here:

  47. Gladys March 4, 2015 at 4:41 am #

    Hi! My daughter is suffering with depression, anxiety and low self steam, Iam so worried about her since she is in another state getting his Masters. One doctor diagnosed her as bipolar and another with borderline personality. I got Bergamot and Past tense for her but I am new with oils. Can you please advice me how she could use this two oils? I am desperate and very worried about her. Thank you

    • Mary Crimmins March 5, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

      Hi Gladys, thanks for your comment. I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter’s struggle. I’ll send you an email so I can pass along some pdfs :)

  48. Gladys March 4, 2015 at 4:46 am #

    Sorry! I forgot to mention that she is taking abilify 5th and I would love she can get ride of the medication. I will really appreciate your response.

  49. ashley March 5, 2015 at 1:50 am #

    I am looking for something to help my 9 year old daughter with her anxiety and insomnia. She was diagnosed with ADD but they said a lot of it was probably due to they anxiety. If I can solve it we can get her off her meds! Please help!! Balance ? What about the diffuser wi th lavender at night maybe?

    • Missy March 5, 2015 at 5:46 am #

      I’m not Mary, but I have used oils for my anxiety. I had been on medication in the past for several years and am happy to have found do-TERRA. I would suggest Balance and wild orange. They work very well alone or together. The wild orange helps to turn off cyclic thinking (constantly running thoughts over and over in your mind) and the Balance works great for bringing you back down to reality and calming.
      I think lavender at night in a diffuser would do wonders to help with sleep and in turn more sleep = more ability to handle stress that may cause her anxiety.

      • Mary Crimmins March 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

        I couldn’t have said better. Thank you!

    • Mary Crimmins March 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

      I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter’s anxiety and insomnia. I think the oils can help her a lot. I think Missy had some great advice that you can try right away. I love using my diffuser all day and to help sleep. Lavender would be great for that. Balance is one of my all time favorite oils and is great for relieving anxiety. I like to use it by itself or mixed with Serenity and put on the bottoms of my feet. I’ll send you an email. I have a recipe for the Peaceful Child blend which you might be interested in as well. xoxo


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