6 Top Essential Oils for Stress, Plus Recipes Posted on 22 Mar 16:17 by Healing Solutions , 0 comments

Best Essential Oils for Stress Relief

 

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, meditation, or being cognizant of how our work impacts our stress levels, essential oils can also help play a role in our stress-relief routine. 

Which Essential Oils are Best for Stress?

Aromatherapists and essential oil aficionados use a number of essential oils for stress. 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 stress relief research.

Below are some of our top 6 essential oils for relieving stress. 

Lavender Essential Oil

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 to improve sleep.[i] 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] 

Stress-Relieving Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Lavender

Combine the following essential oils by rolling in a glass bottle. Add to a diffuser based on the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Calm & Soothe Lavender Oil Diffuser Blend

Lavender Essential Oil – 5 Drops
Bergamot Essential Oil – 5 Drops
Patchouli Essential Oil – 4 Drops 

Mental Stress Relief Diffuser Blend

Lavender Essential Oil – 6 Drops
Peppermint Essential Oil – 3 Drops

Frankincense Essential Oil

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 anxiety-relieving benefits of frankincense essential oil, many aromatherapists and essential oil users tout its ability to induce calm and relieve anxiety. 

Stress-Relieving Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Frankincense

Combine the following essential oils by rolling in a glass bottle. Add to a diffuser based on the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Tension-Reliving Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

Frankincense Essential Oil – 5 drops
Myrrh Essential Oil – 5 drops
Orange Essential Oil – 3 drops
Cedarwood Essential Oil (to lighten richness of the above smells) – 3 drops 

Stress Easing Frankincense Diffuser Blend

Frankincense Essential Oil – 4 Drops
Lavender Essential Oil – 5 Drops
Orange Essential Oil – 3 Drops 

Ylang-ylang Essential Oil

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 and reduce anxiety.[iii] 

Stress-Relieving Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Ylang-ylang

Combine the following essential oils by rolling in a glass bottle. Add to a diffuser based on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Calm Inducing Ylang-Ylang Diffuser Blend

Ylang-ylang Essential Oil – 4 Drops
Patchouli Essential Oil – 4 Drops
Bergamot Essential Oil – 2 Drop 

Ylang-ylang Sleep Well Blend

Ylang-ylang Essential Oil – 4 Drops
Lavender Essential Oil – 4 Drops
Vetiver Essential Oil – 2 Drops

Bergamot Essential Oil

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 that are used to help reduce anxiety and help alleviate stress.[iv]

While bergamot essential oil was originally used in traditional Chinese Medicine to help with the flow of vital energy to improve the digestive system, it is more commonly used as a natural remedy to help alleviate symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety.[v] 

Stress-Relieving Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Bergamot

Combine the following essential oils by rolling in a glass bottle. Add to a diffuser based on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Calm and Uplift Bergamot Essential Oil Blend

Bergamot Essential Oil – 4 Drops
Lavender Essential Oil – 4 Drops
Rose Essential Oil – 4 Drops

Stress Reducer Bergamot Blend

Lavender Essential Oil – 6 Drops
Bergamot Essential Oil – 4 Drops
Ylang-ylang Essential Oil – 3 Drops 

Rose Essential Oil

rose essential oil

Scientific Name: Rosa damascena
Scent: Deep floral, rosy, honey-like

Rose essential oil is well-known and often studied for its effects in reducing stress. Studies show that not only does rose oil decrease breathing rate and blood pressure, but also helps to produce feelings of calmness and relaxation.[vi]

Stress-Relieving Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Rose

Combine the following blends by rolling in a glass bottle. Add to a diffuser based on the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Garden Paradise Stress Reliever

Rose Essential Oil – 6 Drops
Lavender Essential Oil – 4 Drops
Orange Essential oil – 4 Drops 

Neroli Essential Oil

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.

Stress-Relieving Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes Using Neroli

Combine the following essential oils by rolling in a glass bottle. Add to a diffuser based on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Lavender-Neroli Stress-Free Essential Oil Blend

Lavender Essential Oil – 3 Drops
Neroli Essential Oil – 2 Drops
Patchouli Essential Oil – 1 Drop 

Calm the Heart Essential Oil Blend

Neroli Essential Oil – 2 Drops
Bergamot Essential Oil – 3 Drops
Lavender Essential Oil – 2 Drops

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[i] Linck V D, Silva A L, Figueiró M, et al. Inhaled linalool-induced sedation in mice. (2009) Phytomedicine 16;4:303-307.

[ii] Sayorawan W, Siripornpanich V, Piriyapunyaporn T, et al. (2012) The effects of lavender oil inhalation on emotional states, autonomic nervous system, and brain electrical activity. J Med Assoc Thai. Apr;95(4):598-606.

[iii] Hongratanaworakit T, Buchbauer G. “Relaxing effect of ylang ylang oil on humans after transdermal absorption.” (2006) Phytother Res. 20(9):758-63.

[iv] Saiyudthong S, Marsden C A. “Acute effects of bergamot oil on anxiety-related behavior and corcosterone level in rats.” (2010) Phytotherapy Research 259(6):858-862.

[v] Saiyudthong S, Mekseepralard C. “Effect of Inhaling Bergamot Oil on Depression-Related Behaviors in Chronic Stressed Rats.” (2015) Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand 98(9)S152-9.

[vi] Hongratanaworakit T.”Relaxing effect of rose oil on humans.” (2009) Nat Prod Commun. Fe4(2):291-6.