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OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that leads a person into a repetitive cycle of thoughts and compulsions that, for the person, need to be performed almost ritualistically. The person may well be aware of the cycle but often feel a strong urge to repeat them even to the point of disrupting their normal life.

Some of the unusual thoughts or fears are fear of germs or disease, fear of failure, a need for orderliness, a need to count or enumerate or a need for reassurance. These thoughts can lead to compulsions such as repeated washing or cleaning, unwillingness to touch others or things, constantly counting or rearranging, feeling a need to do routine tasks (eating or toiletries) in a specific order or collecting certain items.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Grounding Blend, CypressC, Frankincense, GeraniumC, LavenderC, Patchouli, Ylang YlangC

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Bergamot, Cleansing Blend, Sandalwood, Calming Blend

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Suggested protocols:

Many suggest using Patchouli, Grounding Blend or another of the recommended oils in a roller bottle and applying it behind the ears, on the wrists or on the bottoms of the feet 2 or 3 times daily.

If the odor is inviting rubbing 2 - 3 drops on the palms of the hands and cupping them over the nose and inhaling deeply is another successful application technique.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Charly - Ideas? I've been researching OCD for a friend. Usually it’s a secondary issue to other things, so you treat the primary condition first, then the OCD. However, in this case, it's the primary diagnosis. I need some help.

Kristina - Someone had mentioned Patchouli for OCD and I have been using it for OCD with success.  3 drops under the belly button or the bottom of the feet daily or I do it even more often if I feel like I need it (location information is from the Emotional Healing book by Daniel Macdonald).  I even gave a sample to an OCD friend and she said she felt more laid back after 1 application.

Lynn - Patchouli worked wonders for my daughter. Behind ears, on wrists, bottom of feet with roller bottle a couple times a day is what we did.


Jen - I have a friend whose life is consumed by OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and I would like to help her out. She's a new mom and at a breaking point. I have checked others opinions and the recommendations are cypress, geranium, lavender and ylang ylang.  I am wondering if anyone has their own formula that works for them. Also, what's the best way to apply them?

Emily - The Emotional Healing book recommends Sandalwood, Bergamot, and Cleansing Blend for OCD.

Lynn - I have seen Patchouli work wonders for this.  Just apply as needed behind the ears, bottom of feet and wrists.

I had a friend, a girl that was suffering from OCD.  It was pretty bad.  We tried a number of oils with no success.  Then we tried patchouli and it helped immediately.  After a week or so, she quit using it and the OCD started to come back.  So she used it again for a few weeks longer and then quit and she has had no symptoms since!  She had applied it twice a day, using a roller bottle, behind the ears and on bottom of feet.  It's very exciting when you realize this has saved her from a lifetime of medications!


Mitchell’s Mom - I use a blend, peaceful child for my elder son who has anxiety, with much success.  I am looking for information and another blend for my younger son who has PDD-NOS and anxiety with tendencies for OCD and some ADD.  I have tried many oils and have not found the perfect match yet.   I have read everything on Autism, but found nothing about sensory. I am diffusing wintergreen every night while he is sleeping which is helping him the next morning in his preparation for school.  Big improvement!   I am dealing with a developmental delay of the executive function of his brain—frustration, tolerance and flexibility.  Any information would be helpful!

Kristy - Hi! I am a mom of a 3 year old boy that also has PDD-NOS, OCD, ADHD, speech delay etc. We were introduced to (...) because of him 1 year ago before we knew what he had. We started with Grounding Blend and Calming Blend on the back of his neck or spine every 4 hours. Huge difference in him! I have tried the Peaceful Child Blend on him and I don't see results. My 10 year old ADHD/Anxiety daughter has huge results with it though (off her meds because of it). For now we are using Grounding Blend on his spine followed by Frankincense down his spine as often as I can through the day. He still has his issues and sensory is the worst. But we are trying our best to just try new oils and see what works for him.


April - Does anyone know what oils to use for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Ryan - I have been using Grounding Blend for both. Specifically, my Dad goes into some weird seizure-like spells whenever there is a loud noise. We have found that Grounding Blend used aromatically (like smelling salts) has brought him out of these spells much more quickly than if we simply allow them to run their course. Additionally, rubbing the oil on his feet in the morning has seemed to help reduce the number of attacks he has in a day.


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