Essential Oils for Stress

Feb 24, 2021

You’ve asked, so here it is. Some of my favorite essential oils to support us on this wild ride called life. As always, I ask that you do your own research and you never consume a supplement of any kind without making sure it is safe for YOU. Essential oils are best used as a preventative and maintenance treatment, rather than crisis management. A few things to remember before beginning to use them. 

  1. It takes about 30-50 roses to get one drop of Rose essential oil. Consider this if you plan to consume an essential oil at all, or even put it on your skin. Appropriate dilution matters in all instances, please complete research from trusted sources and be wise in how you use them.
  2. Due to the increasing popularity in recent years, there are many many companies boasting “oils.” Be mindful that you are purchasing a true essential oil and not a fragrance oil. You may also want to look at how each company produces their oils to be sure the quality and sustainability is intact. There are certainly times when quality matters and times when a less quality EO can do the trick. 

I do appreciate Rocky Mountain Oils, as well as Aura Cacia. If you choose to support an MLM, Young Living and DoTerra are popular options. 


Like herbs and supplements, there are a million different essential oils a person could use and about as many ways to use them! Today we’ll just touch on a few that are great for stress. In this conversation, we are talking about using them as aromatherapy. So either in a diffuser or being able to smell them in some way (sprayed on your pillow, a drop on a necklace or bracelet, etc). This post will not address putting them on the skin or taking them internally. 


  1. Lavender: This oil is used for a wide variety of ailments, it’s kind of a one-stop-shop! It’s great for gentle pain relief (sharp, sudden pain), relaxation and insomnia, depression, cold/flu viruses, decongestion, and a few other things! It is great at helping the body to balance emotions and normalize body functions. It is lovely when paired with citrus oils or other floral scents. 
  2. Frankincense: This oil is great for stress as it helps to slow and deepen the breath. It is also great for skincare, digestion, congestion and sore throats. It has been used traditionally in meditation and prayer and is great for stilling the mind. It pairs well with citrus, florals, woods, and spices. 
  3. Roman Chamomile: This oil overlaps a lot with lavender. However, Roman Chamomile also has an affinity for treating PMS and skincare. It is also great for pain relief(dull persistent pain), insomnia, digestion, stress, and tension. It pairs well with other florals or herbs. 
  4. Sandalwood: This oil is a great oil for releasing nervous tension, aids in easing depression, can help prevent tension headaches, helps to quiet the mind, and calms frustrations. It is also an aphrodisiac, especially if low libido is caused by stress or anxiety. It pairs well with most florals. 
  5. Ylang Ylang: This oil is great for women in many different ways. Stress, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and can help you embrace your feminine energy, sensuality, and confidence. It is also useful when needing to express inner feelings. It pairs well with citrus (this is encouraged due to the heaviness of the scent), and sandalwood. 

Source: The Aromatherapy Bible by Gill Farrer-Halls


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