Alleviating stress is about more than just feeling good; it’s also important to our health.
As more and more research is published about the negative effects of stress on our bodies and brains, we’re better realizing the negative impact that stress can have.
While many lifestyle choices can help to alleviate stress, such as exercise and meditation.
What are the best essential oils for stress?
Aromatherapists and essential oil aficionados use a number of essential oils. Some, such as lavender oil and rose oil, have been well-researched, while others, such as bergamot essential oil, are only just starting to become a more regular part of research.
Below are some of our the best essential oils for stress relief and our favorite recipes to put them to use!
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Scent: Floral, sweet, and herbal
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils in the industry. It is best known for its use in relaxation. Lavender essential oil is most commonly used. However, outside of bedtime, lavender can also offer relaxing benefits. In one study, participants exposed to diffused lavender essential oil reported feeling fresher and more relaxed than the control group.[ii]
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Lavender
Calm & Soothe Lavender Oil Diffuser Blend
Mental Diffuser Blend
2. Frankincense Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Boswellia serrata
Scent: Warm, earthy, clean, and slightly sweet
Frankincense is an earthy, warmly-scented essential oil taken from the resin of the Boswellia tree. While there is little research done to confirm the benefits of frankincense essential oil, many aromatherapists and essential oil users tout its ability to induce calm.
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Frankincense
Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oil Diffuser Blend
Myrrh Essential Oil – 5 drops
Orange Essential Oil – 3 drops
Cedarwood Essential Oil (to lighten richness of the above smells) – 3 drops
Frankincense Diffuser Blend
3. Ylang-ylang Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Cananga odorata
Scent: Sweet, heavy, fruity/floral
Pronounced EE-lang EE-lang, ylang-ylang is the name of the essential oil obtained from the flowers of the cananga tree. It is made by steam distillation from the yellow flowers on the tree.
While ylang-ylang has been long used for fragrances and perfumes because of its unique and powerful aroma, ylang-ylang is also loved for its ability to increase relaxation.
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Ylang-ylang
Calm Inducing Ylang-Ylang Diffuser Blend
Ylang-ylang Sleep Well Blend
4. Bergamot Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Citrus bergamia
Scent: Citrusy & Fresh
Bergamot is a sweet, fruity and floral-smelling fruit from Italy. Its thick, bumpy skin hosts essential oils.
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Bergamot
Calm and Uplift Bergamot Essential Oil Blend
5. Rose Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Rosa damascena
Scent: Deep floral, rosy, honey-like
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Rose
Garden Paradise Stress Reliever
6. Neroli Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Citrus aurantium
Scent: Light, sweet, floral, citrus
Neroli essential oil comes from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree. While the benefits of this oil haven’t been researched in as much detail as those of lavender or other essential oils, neroli is said to help calm worry and to help promote calm.
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Neroli
Lavender-Neroli Essential Oil Blend
Calm the Heart Essential Oil Blend
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