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Essential Oils for Stress

How can you use Essential Oils for stress?

Aromatherapy is sometimes called Essential oil therapy.

Preliminary research shows that aromatherapy can alter brain waves and behaviour and is proven to reduce the perception of stress, increase contentment and decrease levels of cortisol known as ‘the Stress hormone’

Using aromatherapy to relax, unwind and most importantly destress is a great example of alternative healing that when used display very few to no side effects.

Here’s a list of the best essential oils to use when you’re feeling a little stressed:


Lavender is one of the most popular scents for relaxing and falling asleep. This fragrance oil has many calming properties, and it can help release tension, soothe racing thoughts and help you unwind.

Ylang Ylang

Is a fairly common ingredient in candles, perfumes, lotions and soaps. Ylang ylang has a heavy, sweet smell, sometimes with notes of fruits and rubber. Ylang ylang can help calm you down after a stressful day and soothe negative moods.


Rosemary has both energizing and relaxing effects, so it can improve your concentration and reduce stress at the same time.


This sweet, rich floral scent is known for its calming properties. If you’re tired and stressed, this fragrance oil will help soothe your tension and promote relaxation. Jasmine is not only available as oil but can also be found in many candles, perfumes and soaps.


The minty nature of this refreshing scent will gently invigorate your senses while soothing away tension.


While citrus is more well-known for increasing alertness and energy, it can also help you calm down after a hard day. Lemon can also be paired with other scents to add a note of brightness and alleviate some fragrances that may be too rich or sweet on their own.

Clary Sage

While it does have a similar fragrance profile to regular sage, clary sage is a bit softer and sweeter and doesn’t hit your nose quite as hard. If you’re looking for a savoury herbal scent to help you relax, try experimenting with clary sage.


Cinnamon’s effect is warming and invigorating, yet calming. Pair it with vanilla to make your house smell like cookies.

Rose and Geranium

While these two flowers look very different, they have similar scent profiles, which is why we’re listing them together. Unlike other floral scents, rose and geranium have a sweet, refreshing scent. They can help reduce stress and anxiety, helping you to relax and calm down.


Musky patchouli is used in ayurvedic medicine to address a variety of conditions, including stress and anxiety. It’s made from the leaves and stems of the patchouli plant, which is a type of herb.

Patchouli can be used on its own but is often combined with other essential oils such as lavender. It’s thought to promote calmness and relaxation.

Ways to use essential oils to help relieve stress

  • Diffuse the fragrance.
  • Spray it around the room.
  • Light a candle or oil burner.
  • Inhale it directly.
  • Put some on your pillow.
  • Add some to your bath.
  • Apply it to your skin or specifically your pulse points.

We always recommend you do a patch test on a small area of skin before putting essential oils all over your body or in your bath, this is to make sure there are no signs of a reaction.

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