5 Aromatherapy Oils for Stress Relief

Eastern Medicine

Aromatherapy oils can be used for so many benefits. One of these benefits is the relief of stress and anxiety. These feelings can almost paralyze us and can be hard to treat. Most doctors would prescribe pills that many people are hesitant to take. Aromatherapy can be a great alternative for those who want to use a more natural method. There are millions of scent receptors in our noses that directly connect to the part of the brain responsible for emotional regulation. People can choose from five different oils or a mixture of these for stress relief.

Lavender Oil

Lavender has many healing benefits including disinfecting, pain relief, alleviate respiratory problems and more. The most popular use of lavender oil, however, is in its ability to relieve stress. Lavender oil fragrance is so relaxing, in fact, that it can also be used to treat insomnia as it induces sleep naturally. A few drops of essential lavender oil sprinkled on the pillow before bedtime can help to create a deep relaxing sleep. The scent of lavender will actually slow down the activity in the brain and slow the heart rate relieving nervous tension and stress. It can be added to a bath or used as an ingredient in a homemade lotion.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile tea is known for its calming effect and is regularly used before bed to help with sleep. Chamomile oil is much more potent and its calming effects are multiplied. Roman soldiers used to use chamomile oil before a battle for courage and mental clarity. It is also known for its ability to relieve stress by helping people to overcome senses of disappointment and discouragement and instill hope. Chamomile oil can be used in a hot drink, in your bath or making a calming balm.

Rose Geranium Oil

This oil is known for its ability to balance the hormones. As most people know, when your hormones are out of whack, stress is sure to come. We can’t think straight, our energy levels are low and we get frustrated quickly. It is a great oil for women dealing with PMS and menopause. This oil can be used as diluted in an oil for massage, added to vaporizers to spread the scent throughout the room, or added to baths. It also has great skin benefits like treating eczema, shingles, and ringworm.


This flower is often associated with love and romance because of it’s aphrodisiac properties. It is said to increase libido and sexual desire. For stress relief it diffuses anger, annoyance and depression and replaces those feelings with calm, positive feelings. This oil has been compared to the drug valium for its potent relaxation properties.


This oil is known for its woodsy, outdoorsy scent that relaxes you like a slow stroll through the forest. Its relaxing and sedative properties help to reduce stress and anxiety and release tension in the muscles and joints to relieve any cramping or spasms. It can also help to alleviate any fear or restlessness a person may be feeling. This oil can be added to a bath or skin cream.


Written by Crystal Amelco