6 Essential Oils for Stress & Anxiety


Essential oils are natural extracts from flowers, leaves, bark or roots of plants and they can provide much needed relief and healing for a variety of ailments, including as a natural remedy for anxiety. Given that one of our most primordial senses is our sense of smell, it makes sense that these molecules would have an impact on our brain and body. Essential oils contain a massive amount of terpenes and research shows that specific terpenes also protect DNA, slow tumour growth, lower LDL cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and kill germs.

Here are our favourite essential oils for anxiety and stress.


Vetiver oil has a tranquil, grounding and reassuring energy, often used in trauma helping with self-awareness, calmness and stabilisation. A nervous system tonic, it decreases jitteriness and hypersensitivity and is also useful in panic attacks and shock. A few drops on your pillow is also said to be effecting for snoring.

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Will Williams Meditation

Vedic meditation is one of the most ancient techniques on the planet. Its simplicity and effectiveness make it the perfect antidote to the demands of 21st century life, bringing more calm to our lives. A range of courses are offered at the Soho studio, ranging in levels and goals with emphasis on easing anxiety and everyday stress London throws at us.


bhuti is an eco wellbeing centre, day spa, yoga studio, wellbeing members club, and vegan cafe in Richmond, South West London. The yogi hideaway blends yoga and meditation together through its variety of classes. These include Aromatherapy Yoga, with carefully chosen essential oil blends to aid you physically, spiritually and mentally, while achieving that mental zen.

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'Plane skin' - we've all heard how to counteract polluted air but what about cabin air when we fly? We know that we get super de-hydrated, but what is the best approach?  

Dr Jules Nabet, Medical Director at Omniya mediclinic has insight into how to keep your skin looking tip-top whilst you're above the clouds: 

With low levels of humidity in cabins, coupled with recycled air and lack of oxygen, our skin suffers major dryness, dulls our complexion and can make skin more sensitive. It can become more itchy, flaky and red. Essentially, our skin can't breathe.

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Is Anxiety causing your Breakouts?

Ever noticed that when you're stressed and anxious, your skin can suffer too? If you're prone to acne and breakouts, periods of elevated stress and anxiety can really make your breakouts worse. Hormone fluctuations are the main cause and anxiety may also cause you to do things like spot squeezing or skin picking which causes scarring and may spread bacteria - increasing the likelihood of a future breakout. No matter how 'satisfying' picking or squeezing is - seriously, try to avoid doing this.

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As firm advocates of a 'Skin first' beauty philosophy, we were excited to see Jakubowski, McCartney and House of Holland all send their models out with minimal make-up this fashion week. Embracing the 'non-touring' (as in no contouring) trend which leans more towards subtle concealing and strobing, Aveda used natural, nourishing face oils massaged into the skin under base to give lifted, sculpted skin that looks healthy, dewy and fuss-free. 

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Best 'break-out busting' facials in London this winter

Best for Luxury - Gazelli House

Perfect for January skin, the Pro Recovery facial uses Oxygen Therapy and Gazelli’s signature White Oil TM to restore the essential antioxidants and minerals that modern living strips away. Beginning with a deep cleanse to purify skin, the treatment boosts hydration and protection and enables repair, so that skin is left looking healthy and revitalised. £70 gazelli.com/treatments

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