Top 14 Essential Oils For Fear and Worry {Plus DIY Recipes}

Top 14 Essential Oils For Fear and Worry {Plus DIY Recipes}

As we approach Halloween, it seems only fitting to talk about fear. Fear is necessary for survival, but sometimes fear can overpower our thoughts and lead to worry, stress, and anxiety. Using essential oils for fear can be of great assistance.

By smelling essential oils, we can feel a sense of calm, safety, bliss, confidence and peace.

Essential oils can likewise promote deep breathing, which is proven to induce relaxation in the body.

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Why Do We Feel Fear?

Whether it is the fear and worry you feel during a visit to a haunted house or the deep-rooted worry from life circumstances (fear of change, worry of death), fear has a vital function in our survival.

Fear is essentially an automatic response in our body called "fight or flight".
The fight or flight reaction is a process that begins in the limbic system.

As a result of fight or flight, the heart pumps faster, the lungs broaden, the pupils dilate, the gastrointestinal system is halted, the hormone adrenaline (or epinephrine) is produced. The body is preparing to either runaway or fight.

Essential Oils and Fear

Fight or flight action begins in the amygdala, an almond-shaped set of nerve cells in the limbic system, which happens to be related to our sense of smell.

When we smell something, the olfactory nerve cells send out a signal to our limbic system. The signal travels through the olfactory nerves and bulb, directly into the amygdala (the same place that fight or flight begins).

Do you see the connection between our sense of smell and fear? This is how essential oils can help calm you when fear starts to get in the way.

14 Essential Oils for Fear

There are various levels of fear, some are frightening and incapacitating, while others may be unpleasant fears that linger in our thoughts. Essential oils can help when the fear that is felt is out of proportion to the event that we are facing.

Here is a list of essential oils that are known to help calm and soothe. You can use one oil or a blend of a few.

You can also make one of our 5 Essential Oil Blends for Fear below.

  • Frankincense
  • Cedarwood
  • Neroli
  • Basil
  • Clary sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Cypress
  • Vetiver
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lemon
  • Bergamot
  • Orange
  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile

5 Essential Oil Blends for Fear

#1. Fearlessly Diffuser Blend

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Juniper
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank. I like to use a 100-200 ml water tank diffuser but you can use whatever size you prefer, here is my favorite.

Read More: Diffusing Essential Oils


#2. Fearless Inhaler

  • 6 drops Sweet Orange
  • 4 drops Juniper Berry
  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • Blank Inhaler

Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler.


#3. Fear Who? Roller Blend

  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 2 drops Juniper Berry
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • Jojoba Oil
  • 10 ml Roller Bottle

Add essential oils to roller bottle, fill rest of bottle with jojoba oil. Place rollerball on and roll the bottle between palms to blend. Be sure to label your bottle. 3% dilution.


#4. No Fear Inhaler

  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Basil
  • 3 drops Clary Sage
  • Blank Inhaler

Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler.

Read More: How to Use Essential Oil Inhalers


#5. Release Fear Bath Blend

  • 2 drops Cypress
  • 2 drops Vetiver
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange
  • 1 tablespoon Castile soap

Mix essential oils into Castile soap, add to warm bath and swirl around.


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Jennifer Lane - Certified Aromatherapist

BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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