(Last Updated On: August 31, 2021)

Essential oils have been found to be helpful for several medical conditions, including anxiety and depression, and may help relieve chronic pain and tension. For instance, when essential oils of ginger, lemon, lavender, orange, and bergamot are used together in aromatherapy, it may help to reduce depression, anemia, nausea, and stress. Similarly, it has proven effective in helping people who suffer from digestive problems, respiratory problems (such as asthma), sinusitis, and headaches. When these essential oils are inhaled, they may stimulate the release of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps regulate moods and emotions and alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression.

Below is a list of essential oils for relaxation and sleep. The reason why we have included these specific blends here is that they can be used as aromatherapeutic massage oils. They also work well in diffusers. As with all things, there will always be different opinions but this is what works best for me personally! There may be other oils that some people like better than the ones listed below so please feel free to comment!

The following essential oils were found to help promote relaxation and calmness:

  • Bergamot – Bergamot is extracted from the fleshy interior buds of the daisy tree, where the flowers open into beautiful, white, lavender-scented pods which are then pressed and distilled to make the oil. Bergamot essential oils are very low in tannin, making them highly soluble, therefore allowing them to readily evaporate from the plant material. These oils have been used in aromatherapy for hundreds of years, particularly in Europe and the United States. When distilled from citrus fruits like lemon, the oil becomes clear and has a fresh citrus aroma. People have used bergamot essential oils for various purposes, many of which are Cosmetic, Herbal or Medical. For example, some people use bergamot essential oils topically on minor aches and pains to relieve discomfort and calm frayed nerves. Other people use it for Anxiety, Stress and Soothe. Bergamot has a long history of being used in baths and as a facial mask. It is now being marketed in capsule form for those who want to take a soothing scent in the bathroom or around the house, without having to make a big purchase.
  • Citrus – Citrus essential oils have been famous for centuries for giving a fresh, citrus aroma that cheers up the spirit. They’re also loaded with vitamin C, which has a host of positive benefits for your skin. The citrus essential oil family also includes bergamot, yuzu and allspice, with a host of sweet, delicious aromas that keep you coming back for more. Add the fragrances to bath water or prepare a blend of bath and body products and you’re on your way to a great day. Or, if you’d rather skip the scented soap and go straight to the jug for your bath, just add a few drops to your soap and you’re ready to hit the showers.

There are several ways to use citrus essential oils in your daily routine. You can add them to your shampoo to give it a fresher smell and add a few drops to a dish detergent to give it a light scent before using it. Or, you can add just a few drops to a homemade cleaning spray bottle to spray on any surface after you’ve thoroughly cleaned your dishes, countertops, table, and floors.

  • Jasmine – Health benefits of jasmine contain increasing sexual desire, promoting intimacy and improving relaxation, which makes this jasmine essential oil among the most beneficial for overall mental health. Also known as the oriental rose, jasmine is associated with love and springtime, the jasmine leaf brings a lovely, soft flowery fragrance with strong aromas of rose, lavender, and bergamot. Jasmine essential oils are used in many kinds of perfumes, massage therapy, and aromatherapy. The fragrance is said to have therapeutic effects similar to those of flowers like rose and lavender. Jasmine has been used as a treatment for such ailments as nervous tension, insomnia, and depression, helping you to get more restful sleep and feeling energetic and receptive after treatment.

In fact, jasmine essential oils and aromatherapy are used together in aromatherapy to help revitalize energy and promote mental clarity. Jasmine and rose oils are combined with other botanical oils like frankincense, juniper, myrrh, peppermint, lavender and rose to create an all-natural, botanical blend for maximum benefits. In fact, jasmine and Rosemary oils are often combined with other essential oils such as clove, peppermint, grapefruit, jasmine, and rose to create a highly effective essential oil that is especially good for people suffering from problems such as urinary tract infections or bladder cancer.

  • Lemon Balm –  Lemon Balm essential oil have been used traditionally for their anti-spastic and pro-synaptic properties in human beings. The objective of this research addressed potential limitations in the Literature to assess and compare the efficacy of Lemon Balm on the agitated behavior of elderly subjects with and without dementia for whom an aromatic bath was administered prior to the testing procedures. A battery of tests were performed employing the Following procedures: memory paradigms, cognitive paradigms, information processing paradigms, and visual evoked response paradigms. The results showed significant improvement across all tests, in persons with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease when compared to placebo when using lavender or lemon balm. Further studies are required to confirm these positive results and provide further supporting evidence for the use of these essential oils for the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s.

Aromatherapy and essential oils also have been used to provide great relaxation and sleep. Along with aromatherapy, you can also include buying and using duvets, proper mattresses and pillows for proper rest. 


So, we hope the essential oils in this list will help you in getting rid of the various physical issues that you face and provide you relaxation from stress and anxieties. 

Written by Kathy Cooley