Looking for a natural remedy to help you relax? Use essential oils in a diffuser to reduce stress and anxiety so you can calm down after a busy day with family or a stressful meeting at work. Aromatherapy diffusers can help you create a stress free environment and melt your worries away. In this post I share the best essential oils to diffuse for relaxation and stress relief.
The effects of stress can be damaging to your body, especially chronic stress. Stress hits everyone from time-to-time, it is a natural physical and mental result to life experiences. It may be caused by financial issues, pending deadlines or daily responsibilities for work and family. Stress may be triggered by more serious life changing events as well like the death of a loved one, a new diagnosis, or a deadly viral threat.
Chronic stress can cause several symptoms and affect your overall wellness. Some symptoms include irritability, anxiety, depression,headaches, and insomnia. Diffusing essential oils can help with calming the nervous system and uplifting emotions.
Best Relaxation Essential Oils to Diffuse
The five essential oils listed below will help you ease any episodes of stress and get you in a relaxed state of mind. They can be used alone or together so choose a combo that you like or try one of the blend I share later in the post.
This list is only a small number of essential oils that can be used for relaxation. That is one thing I love about essential oils, there are always plenty of options to choose from when you are looking for emotional support or to help ease a specific ailment.
1. Lavender Essential Oil
The most famous scent of the bunch, the sweet aroma of lavender oil will have you dreaming blooming fields in the springtime. This oil instantly lifts your spirits up and makes you feel more relaxed.
Lavender is extremely versatile and a multi-purpose oil. Not only is it perfect as a first aid oil, but you can use it as an instant stress buster, a relaxing sleep aid, or a calming remedy for life's challenges.
2. Lemon Essential Oil
This simple and young-spirit fragrance does come with a few surprises. Typically, lemon oil is used to revive and freshen up your energy during those sluggish and boring moments. However, there has been evidence that lemon oil has calming and soothing properties as well.
The refreshing citrusy smell of lemon will instantly make you feel “at home”, nice, safe, and calm. Not everyone will get the same results so you can try a small sample first. If you find you can’t use it as a relaxation aid in the evenings for example, just use to perk up your mornings.
3. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Roman chamomile, as its name suggests, is a popular oil whose use dates back the ancient Greek and Roman times. Chamomile is beloved for its calming effect that can soothe emotional upset. It is a popular oil choice to use with young children too because of its gentle nature.
Have you noticed that when you are stressed out, your stomach begins to ache or worse, you encounter a heartburn episode? Roman chamomile oil will help ease the feeling as it’s healing for the digestive system. It also helps control inflammation, which is triggered by stress and in turn triggers more stress.
4. Bergamot Essential Oil
Another member of the citrus family, bergamot is well-known for giving Earl grey tea its characteristic scent. It is also a versatile oil with anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties. Thus, if your stress levels have gotten out of whack, perhaps you can benefit from the lovely aroma of bergamot.
Even though bergamot is not a replacement for doctor consultation and treatment, it can help you lift your mood and switch to a healthier, and less stressful way of living.
Evidence also indicates that bergamot may possibly decrease cortisol levels in the body when inhaled with water vapor. Cortisol is a hormone that goes out of control when you suffer from chronic anxiety. Controlling cortisol levels can, therefore, decrease stress and encourage deeper and more restful sleep.
5. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is commonly thought of as a miracle oil that you can use for several purposes, and needless to say it’s has been cherished throughout history. The famous “Magi” according to the story, brought this as a gift for baby Jesus.
Frankincense has positive effects on the limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for controlling your emotions and memories, including anxiety and anger, which are two emotions that are inevitably connected with stress. It also helps regulate your digestive system to work at its best.
Using Essential Oils for Relaxation
Even though each of these essential oils works in its own manner, your final choice boils down to what simply suits your needs and what works for you. It would also be wise to purchase high-quality, pure essential oils from reputable brands to get the best results.
One thing that many people are aware of is that you’ll definitely have to listen to what your intuition tells you to choose one. If you find that the smell of a specific oil appeals to you, it may be a sign that it’s dealing with an emotional need that you haven’t noticed yet.
The most important thing is to enjoy the power of these oils and ease yourself knowing that you finally giving your body and mind a pleasant break.
Diffuser Blends for Relaxation
You can diffuse any of the listed essential oils for relaxation alone or in a synergistic blend. Just add 5 - 10 drops of essential oils to your diffuser with the recommended amount of water for your diffuser tank.
Here are a few relaxation diffuser blends to try:
Relief From a Long Day
This trio of oils is sure to help you overcome any long day, whether it was a day of fun activities, a long car drive with kids, or a stressful day at work.
- 3 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Frankincense
- 2 drops Peppermint
Honey Lavender Tea
Just the name sounds relaxing, right? I do love my cups of tea but NO this is not for drinking, this is for diffusing. The vanilla really adds a lovely sweetness to the aroma and is very relaxing and soothing. Enjoy the positive feelings that bergamot and the other oil in this blend can bring.
- 4 drops Lavender Oil
- 2 drops Bergamot Oil
- 2 drops Vanilla Absolute (buy here)
- 1 drop Roman Chamomile Oil
Relaxing and Calming
Everyone in the immediate environment can benefit from using essential oil in a diffuser. Here is a kid friendly blend that can make your family space more relaxed and calm, especially nice when bedtime is near.
- 3 drops Frankincense
- 2 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Roman Chamomile
- 1 drop Lemon
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