Essential oils for stress relief: List of best calming options

Heather Campbell
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Essential oils for stress relief, combined with a balanced diet can help you heal the little hurts that permeate your very soul.

Essential oils for stress relief: List of best calming optionsStress at work, anxiety in crowded places, or even depression can be fought by using essential oils.

As a whole, essential oils for stress relief are very useful to relax after a hard day. Chamomile, lavender, rose oil and ylang-ylang are wonderful remedies against stress, without any of the problems that prescribed medications may bring.

Scroll down for the details on how these essential oils can help you calm down and maintain a good level of tranquility to face life and its challenges.

Tip: After this, you may also be interested to read up on the basics of aromatherapy in our other post What is aromatherapy and what are essential oils?

Essential oils for stress relief

Chamomile for anxiety and stress

The essential oil of chamomile is extracted directly from the flower. Its aroma is sweet with a small fruity nuance.

Several varieties of chamomile exist but only two species have better medicinal qualities: German chamomile and Roman chamomile.

Chamomile essential oil is one of the few oils that can be used safely on infants, children and the elderly. It is also safe for pregnant women to use.

The most known virtues of the essential oil of chamomile are the following:

  • It is anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antiparasitic.
  • It is carminative (it helps to expel intestinal gases).
  • And finally it is cholagogue, which provokes the biliary evacuation.

For people with anxiety or stress, chamomile oil is often recommended. Indeed, its calming and sedative effect makes it a traditional ingredient of massage oils to promote total relaxation.

It is also known to balance mood swings, emotions, anxiety, nervous tension and insomnia.

In addition, chamomile tea is often known for its calming and relaxing effects.

Good to know: if your chamomile oil turns green, it is no longer fresh and should be discarded.

Lavender for healing and insomnia

If you could only acquire one relaxing essential oil, we strongly recommend lavender essential oil.

Lavender is an aromatic perennial plant native to the mountains of the Mediterranean basin. Its smell is pure, slightly camphorated, fresh and subtly balsamic and woody.

It you massage your forehead and temples with fresh lavender flowers just before going to sleep, it could promote premonitory dreams.

Lavender essential oil blends easily with other plant essences, while stimulating their effectiveness.

The characteristics of this oil are:

  • It is antitoxic.
  • It is fungicidal, which means that it destroys fungus and mold.
  • It is expectorant (promotes the discharge of mucus from the airway).
  • It acts on a better cicatrization (scar formation after a wound).
  • It stimulates the immune system.
  • And finally, it is analgesic (calms the pain) and antibacterial.

The aroma of lavender will help reduce irritability, anger, stress, anxiety, mood swings and insomnia.

You can rub the navel, solar plexus and chest with lavender essential oil to facilitate sleep or reduce anxiety.

The cooling effect of this soothing oil promotes intuition, clear thinking and meditation.

Like most essential oils, lavender should be avoided during the first months of pregnancy.

Rose oil for sadness

We are used to the roses in our gardens, pale pink in color up to the most intense red. Rose essential oils come mainly from Damask roses.

The rose is often considered the most regal, finest and most elegant of all the flowers and traditionally symbolizes love.

Its essential oil is a powerful tonic for the heart and emotions, with a tender aroma that has long been used to heal the heart and soul.

A legend says that a good bath with rose oil would help women to get pregnant as it favored love and fertility.

Rose oil is also an ingredient often used in body care products and is suitable for all skin types.

At an emotional level, rose essential oil has the characteristic to attenuate sadness, disappointment and sorrow of all love.

It creates a sense of comfort that allows you to experience and express love.

Ylang-Ylang as an anti-depressant

Ylang-ylang essential oil is extracted from the yellow tropical flowers of an Indonesian tree that blooms all year round: the Kananga. Ylang-ylang comes from the Filipino language (Tagalog) and means: “the flower among flowers”.

This oil has an aroma of almond and sweet flowers with a slightly exotic woody note. Its smell is soothing, euphoric and sedative.

The extract of ylang-ylang (i.e., the highest level of concentration of this oil) is generally well appreciated in aromatherapy.

The essential virtues of the ylang-ylang are the following:

  • It is antiparasitic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory.
  • It acts as a calming agent on the level of breathing and on the cardiac level.
  • It is an intellectual and sexual stimulant.
  • It has antidepressant actions.
  • And finally, it is cell regenerating and antiseptic.

Ylang-ylang can infuse the air to create a sense of peace and tranquility. Its aroma opens the way to mediation, creative thinking or artistic expression.

A few drops of ylang-ylang essential oil in a bath before bed would help relax both the body and the mind.

Good to know: ylang-ylang should be used in minute quantities and for a short period.

Essential oils for stress relief: Conclusion

Life is one big stress ball, and we all fall prey to tension, anxiety or nervous fatigue.

The pace of life, transportation, lack of time or work do not help the situation and accentuate these moments of nervousness.

By going back to basics and using essential oils, we can avoid too much medication with something natural that has soothing, calming and especially relaxing properties.

Tip: Did you know that essential oils can also help to reduce cellulite? Read all about it in our other article Essential oil recipes for cellulite: At-home DIY cellulite remedies

About Heather Campbell

As a nutritionist, my field of specialization is science-based nutritional advice but more importantly, it is my goal to share capturing and inspiring stories, examples and solutions which can help plus-size individuals overcome their specific difficulties. Read More