Ever have one of those days where you just don’t have the gumption or ability to practice your stress management techniques? Maybe you’re having one of those days where you’re so stressed that you know you’re in a cycle of overreaction, but can’t get yourself to stop. Maybe your go to chill out technique is doing legs up the wall pose and there’s no time or place to do it. At work on a deadline, anyone?
When that’s the case, let essential oils come to your rescue. In most cases, you only need to breathe in the aroma of the essential oil to get the stress-relieving benefit.
How To Use The Oils
There are many ways to use essential oils to relieve your stress. Here are 3 of them:
If you’ve got your own office (or you’re at home), you can set up a diffuser to help keep you on an even keel.
You can keep a bottle of your favorite stress-relieving essential oil in your desk or purse and pull it out and give it a smell.
Dilute your favorite stress relieving essential oil in unscented lotion or carrier oil and apply as perfume/cologne. Note: I’ve chosen oils that it’s safe to do this with.
Which Oils Should You Use
There are a lot of essential oils out there that will help soothe your stress-laden nerves, but which one(s) should you choose? Well, since each oil has it’s own unique list of properties, it really depends on how you respond to stress.
I’ve chosen 5 oils with a wide range of aromas, properties, and price points:
Neroli – When my stress is off the charts, neroli is my go to oil. Oh who am I kidding, it’s my go to oil for anything even remotely stress related. Its scent is absolutely, divinely glorious. It’s made from orange blossoms and is quite floral, so if you tend to find floral oils unpleasant, you may want to choose a different oil. Ditto if you’re on an extremely limited budget as this oil is quite pricey (but totally worth it in my opinion). If stress causes your emotions to go haywire, especially if you tend toward the anxious or depressed ends of the spectrum when stress is involved, neroli is the oil for you.
Lavender – Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils for 2 reasons, 1) it has a wide variety of uses, and 2) it’s one of the least expensive essential oils out there. Lavender is great at soothing and relaxing you and helps many people fall asleep. Just be careful not use too much as it becomes stimulating instead of relaxing in large quantities. Seriously. One drop on your pillow case is all you should need.
Frankincense – Frankincense is very centering and calming. If meditation is one of your go to methods of stress management, you definitely want to give frankincense a try as it’s widely known as a meditation aid. Some people have negative (and some have positive) associations with frankincense as a result of religious experiences in their past, so keep that in mind – to many people, especially Catholics (and lapsed Catholics) it smells like church.
Orange – Sweet Orange essential oil is bright and cheery and can bring most people back from the doldrums or the brink of curmudgeonliness. Orange essential oil is also quite affordable. It’s great by itself in the warmer months and blends well with some of the spice and conifer oils when it’s cold out.
Ylang ylang complete – Believe it or not, there are 5 types of Ylang ylang essential oil, depending on when the distillation is stopped and the oil collected. Ylang ylang complete is collected at the end of the full distillation, hence complete. The other ylang ylangs (extra, I, II, and III) are created by stopping the distillation at various points and collecting & bottling the oil. There’s nothing inferior about the other oils, they each have their own distinct smell and properties. I find some ylang ylangs to be sickly sweet with flowery notes, but the complete is more balanced and I always enjoy the smell. Ylang ylang is traditionally used to balance body, mind, and spirit. Ladies take note: it’s also especially handy for stress that shows up during “that time of the month” or even stress that stems from your monthly cycle. Believe me.
What are your go to oils for stress? Let me know…. I love hearing what others use and love!