Anxiety Reducing Diffuser Blend Recipes

In many cases, anxiety is synonymous with stress or worry, and can be defined as “distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.” This form of anxiety is often a symptom of an event or stressor for a limited amount of time. Aromatherapy is a valuable resource for reducing stress and anxiety, with numerous studies cropping up touting the benefits of essential oils for this purpose.

According to the Mayo Clinic, aromatherapy works by stimulating the smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the part of the brain that controls emotions. Additionally, a growing body of research is proving the effectiveness of aromatherapy. In a 2011 study published in the US National Library of Medicine, researchers concluded that aromatherapy through inhalation was effective in reducing stress levels of patients about to go into surgery. A 2017 study out of The Republic in Korea found that aromatherapy helped decrease the perceived stress and objective stress of ICU patients. It also helped improve their sleep quality.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a clinical state of chronic anxiety affecting 6.8 million American adults, and may need to be treated differently. If you’re struggling, please seek out help from a medical professional and accredited resources before trying anything else. Essential oils cannot cure anxiety, but can complement treatment.

By diffusing or inhaling certain essential oils, you can find relief from a racing mind and a whirlwind of negative thoughts. We’ve compiled a list of essential oil diffuser blends for just this purpose, using essential oils known for their stress-relieving properties.


4 drops Grapefruit

4 drops Bergamot

4 drops Hawaiian Sandalwood

Extracted from the rind of a bitter orange tree, Bergamot restores emotional balance and wellbeing. Sandalwood’s musky aroma helps soothe the nervous system and promote grounding. Grapefruit is helpful for uplifting emotions and promoting a positive outlook.


8 drops Frankincense-carterii

8 drops Greek Lavender

4 drops Hawaiian Sandalwood

4 drops Sweet Marjoram

Frankincense has a deep, rich, grounding aroma that can quiet the mind, support focus, and encourage tranquility. Lavender’s reputation for reducing stress is well deserved, as it was shown to reduce preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients in a study out of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research in New York City. Sweet Marjoram’s name means “joy of the mountains”, and it is renowned for its calming and uplifting properties.


2 drops Cedarwood-atlas

2 drops Sweet Orange

1 drop Ylang Ylang

With a unique woody aroma, Cedarwood-atlas relaxes with its sedative and calming attributes. Sweet Orange stirs up both calming and joyful sensations because of its antidepressant and stimulating properties. Often used to give a boost to dreary emotions, Ylang Ylang can inspire creativity, improve self-worth and promote a real sense of peace, joy and inner trust.


These comments were contributed by customers without influence from Edens Garden. The opinions expressed in these comments are 100% the authors' own and do not reflect the views or opinions of Edens Garden.

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Linda! We don’t recommend using essential oils around cats unless consulting with your cat’s vet and an animal aromatherapist. You may also want to join the Facebook group “Animal Aromatherapy (Safe Use)” if you’re on Facebook. This group is run by animal aromatherapists who frequently comment.

  • Linda Barschdorf says...

    I’ve recently been introduced to oils and want to start using them in my home. I have 2 cats and have read I shouldn’t use them in the home, especially with cats because their systems are very sensitive & it could really harm them… make them very sick. I need to know for sure if it’s safe for them. If it’s not that’s ok. They’re well being is more important. Thank you! I look forward to hearing back from you!

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Katharine! You can use these blends with your daughter. We recommend first consulting your daughter’s doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet her specific needs.

  • Cindy says...

    I love and use essential oils daily.
    Thank you for all the wonderful ways of using and blending them

  • Katharine says...

    My daughter (9) has some anxiety. Can I use the above diffuser blend in her room, or is she too young for any of those oils? Do you have a blend you would recommend for children? Thank you!

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