Young living stress away alternative

Deborah C. Escalante

Simply bringing up the topic of alternative Young Living essential oils can become controversial. Some people are so loyal to the brand that they get upset if other people want to explore other options. But this isn’t the blog for that kind of bickering. I merely want to share Young Living alternatives for those looking for something different. 

Different brands work well for different people. Life would be boring if we could only make purchases from one or two companies. If Young Living is no longer the best option for you, there’s no reason to feel conflicted about considering other companies. There are many essential oil companies on the market that make high quality oils you might enjoy using.

Keep reading for alternative company suggestions and my reasons for choosing them.

Young Living Essential Oil Alternatives

How I Evaluated Alternatives to Young Living Essential Oils

This list is in no particular order in terms of product quality. Oil types were selected according to Young Living’s ten most popular singles and oil blends and are listed in that order. From there, the company that seemed to have a comparative alternative was chosen. 

Here are the criteria used for each company:

  • Oils have to be 100% pure
  • Plant matter must be grown in an ecologically responsible manner
  • They follow strict quality control processing guidelines 

If there are any additional highlights, I’ll point them out with each suggestion.

10 Alternatives to Young Living Essential Oils

Here’s my list of alternatives to Young Living’s top ten essential oils. All prices are approximate and might vary based on where the oils are purchased, the time of year, and if there is a special promotional offer.

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1. Plant Guru Alternative Lavender Essential Oil

Unlike YL, Plant Guru offers multiple size options. You can learn more about Plant Guru here but if you were to purchase their lavender oil, you’ll receive twice as much oil for half the price of Young Living. 

Both companies steam distilled the flowering tops of lavandula angustifolia, a lavender plant with French origins. Young Living has lavender farms in the states of Idaho and Utah, as well as in France. 

Plant Guru’s plants were sourced from France and have the same sweet, herbaceous aroma as YL’s lavender oil.

2. Germ Fighter Oil Blend: Closest Alternative to Young Living Thieves Blend

Both YL and Plant Therapy blend different amounts of the same ingredients:

  • clove bud,
  • lemon peel,
  • cinnamon bark,
  • eucalyptus leaf, and
  • rosemary leaf oils. 

A similar blend was used by actual thieves who rubbed oils on themselves as a barrier against bacteria before robbing the dead and dying in Europe during the bubonic plague and other social upheavals that occurred during the 1300s. 

It’s a warm cinnamon scent that smells like Fall. Customers who purchase the Germ Fighter blend found it to be comparable to YL’s Thieves and are pleased with its fragrance and feel that it does help to support their immune system.

Plant Therapy released a highly detailed safety data sheet for their blend.

3. Aura Cacia: Budget Peppermint Essential Oil Alternative

Both are derived from the same plant, mentha piperita, and both company’s peppermint plants are grown in Washington State, United States. 

Honestly, I think that the mint used in these oils might come from the same farm. Young Living’s was cultivated at Labbeemint Partner Distillery in White Swan, Washington, while Aura Cacia’s crops are grown in Yakima Valley. According to this map, White Swan is in the same valley region.

I don’t know if there are additional farms in the area, there very well might be because it is an agricultural region. But either way, I think this suggests that oils at very different price points are sourced from the same or very similar harvesting conditions.

4. Gya Labs: Inexpensive Lemon Essential Oil Alternative

Gya Lab’s cold-pressed lemon peel was sourced from Italy and is produced in one of their global facilities before packaging. Diffusing lemon oil not only uplifts the atmosphere, but it also sharpens concentration and helps to neutralize odors.

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5. Purify by Revive: Best Match to Young Living Purification Essential Oil Blend

BrandYoung Living Purification BlendRevive Purify BlendSize15 mL30 mLPrice★★★★★★★★✰

Both Purify and Purification are blends of:

  • citronella
  • rosemary
  • lemongrass
  • tea tree
  • lavindin
  • myrtle

Revive was suggested by a customer who has been using Purify as a replacement that’s equivalent to YL Purification blend at less than half the price. Revive chooses to partner with smaller, family-owned farms to help support communities around the world. 

Purify is consistently aromatic when diffused, even for long periods of time. It is safe for children over the age of six.

6. NOW Foods: Alternative to Young Living’s R.C. Essential Oil Blend

R.C. stands for respiratory care, and it’s made of three types of eucalyptus leaf, myrtle oil, marjoram, pine leaf, lavender, cypress, black spruce leaf, and peppermint oils. Created to help with deeper breathing, its key scent is menthol.

NOW’s Clear the Air is a combination of peppermint, eucalyptus, hyssop, and rosemary oils. There are fewer oils but the goal is the same; its refreshing scent helps clear your airway passage and purify the air in the room when diffused. 

7. Vitruvi: Upgrade Alternative Cedarwood Essential Oil

BrandYL Cedarwood Essential OilVitruvi Cedarwood Essential OilSize15 mL10 mLPrice★★★★★★★★✰

Although the price is roughly the same, the quality of this oil might be an upgrade from Young Living’s cedarwood essential oil. 

Customers love that Vitruvi Cedarwood brings warmth and relaxation into the home and makes it smell just like a forest. It’s vegan, non-toxic, cruelty-free, non-GMO, and is sourced from the United States.

Here is their Certificate of Analysis for this oil.

8. Chill Out by Plant Therapy: YL Peace & Calming Blend Alternative

Both companies combine a tranquil citrusy floral blend of tangerine, sweet orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy oils.

Plant Therapy’s Chill Out generates a peaceful diffusion that truly helps customers push away stress and to relax and calm down before bed. This particular blend is safe for children and expectant mothers.

9. Eden’s Garden Worry Less: Young Living Stress Away Blend Alternative

A lot of Young Living customers have replaced Stress Away with Eden’s Garden Worry Less blend; here’s what’s in each:

Stress Away ingredients

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Balsam resin

Lime oil

Cedarwood bark

Vanilla extract

Ocotea leaf


Worry Less ingredients:


Clary sage


Ylang Ylang



Sweet Marjoram


There’s some overlap in their ingredients but Worry Less has more mint and floral scents in its blend.

10. ARTNaturals: Alternative Frankincense Essential Oil

BrandYL Frankincense Essential OilARTNaturals FrankincenseSize15 mL118 mLPrice★★★★★★

ARTNaturals frankincense resin was sourced from the Boswellia serrata tree in India while Young Living sources theirs from Boswellia carterii tree resin found in Northern Africa. Both have a relaxing coniferous scent with a hint of lemon citrus.

ARTNaturals customers feel that this scent is less overwhelming than other brands with a more practical asking price.

Bottom Line

It can feel odd purchasing a product that isn’t as popular for fear that you’ll be buying an inferior product. But there are less popular companies that care about their customers and go to great lengths to manufacture exceptional essential oils.

Since the Thieves is Young Living’s most popular oil blend, I think Plant Therapy’s Germ Fighter is the clear winner of this alternative’s list. Plant Therapy is the one brand with multiple blends that are comparable to Young Living.

A good runner up would be Plant Guru’s lavender essential oil because lavender is the most popular oil used across any brand. But Aura Cacia would be my third choice due to their quality and because peppermint is the second most popular essential oil purchased in the United States.

Whether it’s due to cost, marketing approach, or some other reason, you can find alternatives to Young Living without disappointment.

Compare Essential Oils

Do you have a favorite Young Living® or dōTerra® blend? If so, Plant Therapy can help you out! Check out our blend comparison chart to see for yourself:

What is a synergy essential oils blend?
It is the “working together” of two or more essential oils that gives a better result than the total of their individual effects. When blended together, completely new compounds are formed. The chemical constituents in a single oil can have an enhancing effect on the other oils in the blend.

All of our synergy blends are created or overseen by Robert Tisserand. Robert is a world-renowned expert in the essential oil industry and consultant to Plant Therapy. When formulating synergies we cover as many areas as possible. If there is something you don’t find in the comparison chart please contact us and we can recommend a blend, or help you to formulate your own custom blend to suit your needs.

The downloadable essential oil comparison chart was created to provide you with the most accurate and up to date synergy blend comparisons we offer.

When building our comparison charts we focus on the therapeutic properties of the blends rather than the oils that make up the synergy blend. With this in mind, we have included a list of each individual oil in the blends. This way, you can determine for yourself if it is the right one for you.

Download and print the chart

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