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6 Best Stress-Relieving Essential Oils

Stress is one of the causes of emotional and psychological strain. As part and parcel of our modern way of life, everyone experiences stress to some degree. It only becomes a major problem when stress start to affect other areas of our lives. The best way to manage stress is to change our thought patterns. This is easier said than done. However, there is a shortcut that can help our minds adjust to new ways easily. This is the use of aromatic essential oils. Research on fragrances showed that smell changes moods, evokes emotions, counteracts stress and reduces blood pressure.

The aromas of essential oils when inhaled go directly to the brain and may have the following effects:

  • Stimulate the part of the brain that is associated with memory and learning.
  • Has a positive effect on mood and feelings.
  • Influence hormonal response.

Here are 6 essential oils to put you in a state of balance and relieve you from every day stress. They can be used individually or in a blend. Diffused in a burner or added to a bath.

1. Grapefruit

Amongst the many benefits of this oil is its overall uplifting effect that makes it perfect to dissipate stress and nervous exhaustion. It helps lower blood pressure. The effects of inhaling the vapours of diffused grapefruit essential oil have been known to be immediate with long-term benefits on mood and feelings.

2. Lemon

The bright yellow colour of a lemon conjures up images of freshness. Many of you reach out for a chilled lemon drink to cool you down when you are feeling hot and bothered. A study in Japan found that when lemon essential oil is diffused in the air, typing errors were reduced by 54%. According to Suzanne Fisher-Rizzi author of the complete aromatherapy handbook, lemon oil lifts the spirit specially during times of mental fatigue. It has also been found to be of great use in clearing the mind and assisting in the decision-making process.

3. Rosemary

Long known for its memory and concentration boosting properties, rosemary essential oil is ideal to have at hand when you are working on tough projects. Combined with lavender essential oil it helps to dissipate stressful moments in a fast and effective manner. Inhaling a few drops of this oil every day will give you mental clarity and a strong sense of awareness.

4. Lime

This very refreshing essential oil is uplifting and ideal for general fatigue resulting from high level of stress. Use this oil in a diffuser or in a bath combined with grapefruit and lemon essential oils after a stressful day to unwind and recharge. It is also beneficial to use as a long-term treatment for continuous periods of stress. This will help to stimulate the nervous system, dissipate feelings of apathy and anxiety.

5. Juniper

This is a purifying essential oil that not only cleanse the atmosphere but also the mind and emotions. It helps clears negative energy through contact with others and eliminate feelings of uncleanliness due to past actions and regrets.


This radiant and cheerful essential oil conveys warmth and happiness. It assists people to relax and unwind. To feel positive and joyful on a day when your stress level is high, inhale a few drops of orange oil. It will harmonise and balance your feelings and emotions.

Use the aromas of these essential oils to start your day for increased focus, throughout the day to keep you uplifted and in the evening to relax and unwind.

If you need further help and advice on how to deal with stress click here to book a session with me.

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