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15 Essential Oils to Promote Relaxation

Let’s face it–life can be stressful. But you can use  essential oils to promote relaxation.

Whether you’ve just had a hard day or negotiate tense situations on a daily basis, it’s important to have a toolbox of self-care solutions that can ease your mind, and you can absolutely use essential oils to promote relaxation.

When we turn to natural solutions for relaxation, like essential oils, we reap the benefits of powerful worry and tension -busters without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, or the adverse health effects of alcohol. Essential oils for relaxation have the power to help calm even the most worried head and ease an overworked mind and body.

Want to start today? The simplest way to add some intentional relaxation to your essential oils self-care routine is our Chakra line!

How Essential Oils Work to Promote a Relaxed State of Mind

Essential oils are made up of aromatic molecules that can pass through the blood/brain barrier. This ability to reach the brain directly allows them to have a positive effect on the parts of our brain that control feelings of worry

In fact, a study by a German University found that essential oils could have many direct biological effects on things like blood pressure, the breath, immune function, heart rate and stress levels.

Essential oils can be both stimulating and calming, with some oils affecting people differently depending on what they need at the moment. This means that a stressed person might feel calm after using a particular essential oil that has an uplifting effect on an individual who feels tired . In fact, some essential oils are called “adaptogens” because of their capacity to adapt to the needs of the user. Amazing!

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Calming essential oils have the unique ability to adapt to multiple levels of worry and discomfort for people who fight occasional nervous tension, which makes them such an impressive method for promoting relaxation.

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Cedarwood Essential Oil

The rich woody aroma of Cedarwood Essential Oil has the ability to quickly calm the mind while relieving tension and worry.

Inhale Cedarwood Essential Oil directly from an essential oil inhaler for instant relaxation.

Try adding a few drops to a diffuser in your bedroom to promote a good night’s sleep.

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Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils used for relaxation and a very powerful adaptogen. Its fresh aroma can help lift your spirits or relax your mind and melt away your worries.

This soothing and calming essential oil works wonderfully for promoting sleep, reducing feelings of worry, and helping to improve your mood and ability to concentrate.

To utilize its calming benefits, apply a few drops of  Lavender Essential Oil to a personal aromatherapy inhaler  and inhale deeply. You can do this any time you need an instant feeling of relaxation.

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Lime Essential Oil

Lime Essential Oil has a wonderfully fresh, tart aroma that can help you feel refreshed and can uplift your mood. When you feel stressed, this invigorating fragrance can help fight fatigue and motivate you to embrace the positive aspects of life.

This bright citrus oil has relaxing and centering properties that can help relieve irritation and worry. Using lime essential oil in a diffuser is the best way to clear the air and lift stress.

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil has the cooling power to refresh the mind instantly with its strong menthol aroma. It can help boost energy and fight mental fatigue while stimulating the body and the brain.

If you are feeling under the weather, Eucalyptus Essential Oil can help promote feelings of clear breathing and open airways, lessen feelings of soreness and help with overall rejuvenation

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Pour a few drops into a personal diffuser or rub some oil diluted to 1% into the hands and inhale. Breathing in eucalyptus vapor can help give your body a boost in circulation, and can immediately improve worried feelings and mental fatigue.

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Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is a unique citrusy essential oil that has been popular with Italians for many years to rejuvenate the skin and calm worry . Bergamot is a bitter fruit that produces a sweet oil that uplifts and delivers a relaxing, calming environment when used in a diffuser. It has the power to help turn around a bad day by promoting feelings of happiness and ease.

Although citrus oils are known for their stimulating and invigorating properties, Bergamot Essential Oil has a unique ability to ease tension during high-stress situations. Diffuse Bergamot oil at home to ease a stressful environment into an uplifting and calming place to focus.

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Orange Essential Oil

It’s hard not to feel happy when you smell the citrusy sweet fragrance of fresh orange. Not only does Orange Essential Oil smell delicious and uplifting, but studies show that inhaling the aroma of orange essential oil may lead to reduced feelings of worry.

One study in Japan found that subjects who inhaled Orange Essential Oil had lower blood pressure and greater “feeling of comfort” than subjects who inhaled fresh air.

Using Orange Essential Oil in a diffuser can help brighten the mood of the whole room. Boost the energy and concentration of everyone in the office by diffusing orange oil and watch how fast a stressful workday can turn around.

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Rose Essential Oil

Rose not only smells lovely, but studies have found the inhalation of rose essential oil can inhibit the production of stress hormones. If you are feeling down on yourself or worried about the future, this potent oil can help boost your self-esteem and bring a sense of tranquility and peace to your mind.  Its ability to encourage feelings of hope and joy can instantly put a smile on your face in any situation.

Diluted Rose Essential Oil is an excellent quick pick-me-up when dabbed onto the wrists or the neck. I would try a 0.5-1% dilution. You can also inhale it directly from the bottle or utilize an essential oil inhaler when you are running errands and need some peace of mind.

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Chamomile Roman Essential Oil

Chamomile has long been a favorite flower for its calming effect on the digestive and nervous systems. It’s used to soothe a variety of digestive issues and skin concerns and is a popular choice to improve mood and sleep.

Chamomile Essential Oil is very effective at helping relieve stressful situations when it is diffused or directly inhaled. Because of its many soothing benefits when used topically, it’s often incorporated into salves, body oils and lotions.

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

This essential oil made from the Ylang Ylang flower has been used for centuries in religious ceremonies, celebratory events and for aromatherapy. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has considerable calming and uplifting effects when inhaled, and its rich tropical scent can quickly bring on a positive mood to people dealing with anger-related worry.

When you feel down or troubled, put a few drops of diluted Ylang Ylang Essential Oil on the back of your neck for a rejuvenating and calming effect. This oil also makes a wonderful addition to a soothing bath: invigorate your senses and relax away worry by adding 2 drops to a tablespoon of bubble bath.  

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Grapefruit Essential Oil

The ultra-fresh citrus aroma of Grapefruit Pink Essential Oil has the power to help enhance your mood and brighten your day. It’s refreshing and clears the mind when inhaled, alleviating feelings of fatigue and mental worry from tough situations. A quick whiff of this potent essential oil can help you become mentally ready for anything while promoting feelings of relaxation and confidence.

You can also add it to your shower in the morning to help start the day off on the right track.

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Sandalwood Indian Essential Oil

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Sandalwood is a favorite among people who utilize essential oils for rituals and meditation, and its dry, woody aroma has been used to help with mood enhancement for centuries. This essential oil from the Indian sandalwood tree works wonderfully to enhance the sense of being grounded and awakens the mind. Its sweet, rich aroma promotes well-being and helps with focus, mental clarity and maintaining emotional stability amid the demands of daily life.

Use Sandalwood Essential Oil anytime during the day by rubbing the oil, diluted to 0.5-1%,  into your palms or putting a few drops onto a cloth or handkerchief and inhaling the aroma. It’s also a great oil to use for prayer time or during meditation.

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Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is known as the king of essential oils for good reason–it has the power to rejuvenate skin, the body and the mind.  Ancient civilizations used it for their most sacred practices, and it was even given as a birthday gift to Christ. Frankincense Essential Oil has an aroma that promotes feelings of peace, satisfaction, overall wellness and relaxation.

Because this oil is quite potent, it is best used in a diffuser to help relieve and promote relaxation. When used properly it’s also an excellent addition to a bath or a shower.

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Jasmine Essential Oil

Nothing smells quite as beautiful as a freshly bloomed jasmine flower, and it’s been used for ages to improve sleep and lift moods. Jasmine Essential Oil has been touted to be effective in helping deal with worry and sad feelings. It is also said to stimulate the mind and promote feelings of optimism.

To reduce troubled feelings, rub a few drops of a 1-2% dilution onto the wrists or enjoy a self-massage on the neck and shoulders. Dilute a few drops in liquid soap and add to a hot bath to brighten your mood and melt away the worries of the day.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil has been used as a remedy for physical and mental disturbances since the times of the ancient Greeks. It can be a powerful tool to help reduce feelings of sadness or displeasure. Peppermint has a spicy and minty aroma that promotes mental clarity and alleviates fatigue after a stressful situation.

Use it to help calm your frayed nerves by adding it to your diffuser. It not only eases stress but can help fight blue feelings and help you get into the right mental space to face life’s challenges.

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree is one of the most versatile calming essential oils. It can help to improve symptoms of skin conditions like acne and dandruff and is great mixed with other oils to create relaxing essential oil blends. Its woody, mentholated fragrance is a powerful mood enhancer and when inhaled can instantly calm the mind and promote a positive outlook.

Tea Tree Essential Oil is lovely added to a bath or a shower after an intense day. It also works well as a room freshening spray when added to water in a spray bottle and can be mixed with some of your other favorite essential oils for relaxation.

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Promoting Relaxation is Complex

Everyone is different, and no two people will have the same results from the same essential oil.  Many blends have the potential to calm the nerves and promote relaxation, so do some experimenting and find what oils and DIY blends work the best for you.

Essential oils are concentrated and potent compounds that have the ability to help you relax and beat the effects of worry and sadness. Because they are so powerful, it’s important to remember to use them cautiously. Some people may be allergic to a specific type of essential oil, so it’s a good idea to test a patch of skin with a tiny bit of diluted oil before applying liberally.

Always buy essential oils that are 100% pure to make sure you are receiving products that are free from dangerous toxins or chemicals.

With so many calming essential oils to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding what works for you and soon be on your way to a lifestyle centered around peace and relaxation.

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104 thoughts on “15 Essential Oils to Promote Relaxation”

  • I really enjoy Basil linolool to help me relax my mind and get to sleep. So far a roller bottle blend with it and Lavender has been the oil blend that works the most consistently to get me to fall asleep.

  • I love this blog. I have been looking to get more oils to help me sleep. I already have lavendar. Will give jasmine and chamomile a try. Thank you.

  • I can not wait to order some of these oils and try them. I diffuse lavender every night and I LOve it!!

  • Thank you!!! What a wealth of information. I’ve tried some of these but know I have more options. In great need of calming/stress reducer recipe! Wonderful oils to try.

  • Very informative article! Thank you! I find the citrus oils bring me happiness and uplift me. They tend to refresh and relax my mind. Magnolia and jasmine also help me to relax. Ylang ylang and lavender give me a headache.

  • This is a great list…I’m going to write them down for quick reference. I was wondering I noticed it stated ways to use them…can they also be put in a body butter or salve and still beneficial for relaxation?

  • This was such a timely post for me! I’m still a relative newbie so pleased to learn that the oils I enjoy the odor of the most are also many of those in this list of relaxing oils and the think I use oils for most is to destress and relax!

  • Great resource, I appreciate the helpful tips! I’m new to essential oils and trying to soak in all the information I can. This list is a perfect start to my oily journey. I’ve stocked up on most of these oils already, and now have a better understanding of how/why/when to use them. My go-to oils for relaxation are Lavender, Bergamot, and Balance. I ordered Rose Absolute and the Chakra set this week and can’t wait to try them.

    I’m so grateful to have found some oily relief from my pain, stress, and anxiety. Thank you, Plant Therapy, for changing my life!!!

  • Thank you so much for this great list! Cedarwood Virginian is my number one for relaxation, and I combine it with many of the other oils on this list. I love so many of them! I wish I loved Lavender but I am one of those people who perceive it as smelling soapy, but I can tolerate it in blends much better. Thank you for all of this great info! I am learning so much from Plant Therapy, and I love your oils!

  • I love all of these! Especially rose, lavender, frankinse, and the ingredients to lucky! Which I’m hoping to recreate because I ran out! And I know this says peppermint not spearmint but I love that one as well!

    1. I love the suggestion of Spearmint! It is definitely one of my happy oils and a great suggestion.

  • I know a lot of people who could benefit from reading this. I personally love the florals and citruses! Lavender and lime go well together.

  • I was under the assumption that not all EOs can pass the Blood Brain Barrier, only a handful have this capacity. The others are lovely for all of the other benefits topically and aromatically (I do not ingest), but something about the fatty tissue in brain cells only allows certain molecular structures of particular EOs to actually penetrate the BBB. I’m a historian not a chemist, so perhaps you could elucidate this for me 🙂

    My happy relax go tos are any citrus/vanilla blend – I would not want to ever be without Peru Balsam, Bergamot, or Clary Sage – Nighttime linen spray is lavender, bergamot, clary, vanilla, & sometimes a bit of marjoram – and I need Woodsy aromas to trick myself into thinking I am not in the stress of the city, though I use these sparingly in Spring and Summer months as they indulge me all Autumn and Winter.

  • I’m just getting started with essential oils. So happy I discovered Plant Therapy! 🙂 Currently LOVING your Energy Synergy blend. This post is very helpful for a newbie like myself. 🙂

    1. Welcome to Plant Therapy Kimberly! We’re so happy to have you as part of the Plant Therapy family!.

  • Ordered the chakra roller balls. I looking forward to trying it. I find bergamot to be a wonderful option to help with anxious feelings.

  • What a comprehensive post….printing this one for my binder. My mind always goes and goes, so having some options to mix things up is great!!! Thank you 🙂

  • I have all these except sandalwood! Hoping it goes on sale this month! I definitely want to add it to my oil collection!

  • For relaxation, I have found that a mixture of Frankincense Carteri and Marjoram works great! I use coconut oil as the carrier oil and apply it to back of neck, wrists, and bottom of feet before bed and I sleep great!

    1. Oh I love this suggestion Shay! It sounds like a lovely and relaxing combination. Thanks for sharing!

  • I have used many of these, but I have added a few of these suggestions to try! Thank you for such great information!

  • Very informative blog – I have used all of the oils mentioned and find them to be wonderful to help relax. Orange was the first essential oil that I used and found it to always uplift my mood – I also found that I could breathe better after inhaling it.

  • I love lavender and cedarwood for sleep, but if I use cedarwood I need 8 hours to sleep because it knocks me out lol.

  • The jasmine in Joyful Creation does this for me, too. It’s unbelievably soothing and relaxing and uplifting all at the same time! The chakras are amazing.

  • Lavender is my absolute favorite oil – so relaxing. I love citrus smells, but haven’t usually equated them with relaxation. I’m curious to try Bergamot.

  • I really enjoyed the sampling of some of the chakra line with my last order. I have them on my wish list now!

  • I am now going to put the chamomile on my list. I am having a great time reading all this stuff. I come from another company and have learned so much more from this blog! Thanks !!

  • Love the information in this article, I have most of the oils so now I will have a reason to get the rest 😉

  • It is good to know that I have an arsenal of appropriate oils to diffuse for relaxation! I bought lime for cleaning; it is good to know it can also be diffused for downtime.

  • That was a great article, especially for a beginner. I see myself shopping in the near future…again

  • Thank you for sharing. I have all of the oils listed besides Rose and Jasmine (not a big flowery scent lover) – Im really excited to start learning more about blending and seeing what kinds of concoctions I can develop!

  • Great article. I love all the wonderful information that you guys provide. We recently lost our Yorkie who was 13 years old. I’m going to go home and pull out the Jasmine and try to find some quiet place to meditate. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Rhonda, sorry about your loss. My buddy of 16 years went doggie heaven two years ago and whenever I feel extremely sad, I take a deep whiff of Cypress and Juniper berry. Seems to help me deal with my heartache

      Cherish the memories you have with your Yorkie.. Your pet went on to a place without pain… I like to imagine that my dog has gone back to his healthy and strong self over the rainbow bridge.

  • I love citrus scents–Lime and Grapefruit, especially. I’m wondering…what would blend well with them for 1) a sleep-aid and 2) a mood lifter. Thanks!

    1. Lavender and Sandalwood would blend well with both Lime and Grapefruit for both things. 🙂

  • I already love and use so many of these 🙂 Lavendar, ylang ylang, cedarwood, and bergamot are some of my favourites. Saving up for some rose and jasmine!

  • I normally use synergies. I just bought a book and look forward to learning more about mixing my own oils for the home and personal use.

  • This article confirmed what I had felt for myself. I have used Frankincense, Jasmine, rose and Ylang Ylang for uplifting my spirits. There are a couple of these that I still need to try. Thank you

  • Great article! I always learn so much here, thank you for that! Cedarwood has been a huge favorite of mine for my hair stuff….never really paid attention to using it for anything else. Yes, shame on me! Never stop learning!

    1. Cedarwood is one of my absolute favorites! I use it in a lot of my relaxation/meditation blends.

  • Thanks for the article. I learned a lot. Plant Therapy is truly a company with “heart”!

    Cedarwood and Clary sage are best for promoting relaxation.. I like to blend these two oils and it smells heavenly!

  • I have almost all of them. I love my oils and will expand to my collection this month. I’m looking forward to try Sandalwood. <3

    1. Jasmine is amazing! It’s strong, though. So use it in small amounts. Otherwise it can be overbearing.

  • Thank you! This is a great article with lots of helpful tips. Bergamot is definitely my favorite oil and cedarwood was one of the first oils I purchased and have used it for so many things! Love it’s grounding, relaxing scent.

  • I love mixing lavender with a citrus scent like lemon. It’s both relaxing and uplifting! I diffuse oils at work and my clients love it!

  • I find that I enjoy citrus smells the most, but Sandalwood is very special. I haven’t had the chance to try rose or jasmine, but hopefully, soon! I just ordered the chakra set, so very excited for that!

  • I also find the citrus oils are very calming. I need to read up more on the chakra line..just do not know how to use the,

  • This is a great post and it comes at a great time too. I just purchased Ylang Ylang to try out for anxiety and stress.

    1. We’re glad this post was helpful for you! What are you going to blend with your Ylang Ylang?

  • Very informative post. I love Peppermint, Lavender and Eucalyptus! Looking forward to trying out Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Grapefruit and Chamomile soon.

  • I love the florals! They’re such happy and calming scents for me. And citrus oils in inhalers, so yummy. I need to get sandalwood next 🙂

  • I have always enjoyed orange and citrus scents in commercially prepared perfumes and lotions. I have added some of your butters to my growing collection of PT products. I think it is time to make my own relaxing butters with my orange eo and some of the others mentioned here.

  • I have the chakra set and I like them all. They all smell lovely and are relaxing. The one I find puts me at ease is joyful creation, I have never been overly fond of floral scents, but this this blend just spoke to me I guess.

    1. The chakra blends are truly amazing! Loving Compassion is my favorite personally, with True Expression right behind it!

  • Lavender is my favourite for sure! But I haven’t tried a lot of these out yet so who knows, I may change my mind. My first order of PT oils recently arrived and I’m so excited to get into them.

  • I have found that citrus oils are some of the most calming for me! There’s just something about the bright, fresh scents that really puts my mind at ease and makes me forget about my worries, even if only for a few moments sometimes in this crazy thing called life! I did, however, just order the chakra set and I cannot wait to put it to use and start really concentrating on living a calmer, more fulfilled life. I look forward to falling in love with yet another beautiful creation from Plant Therapy!

  • I have lots of the above oils and it is great to have reminders of the different ways to use the oils, I love my Rose oil for sure. Thanks

  • I love reading about the different uses for these common oils; thanks for compiling such a great list!

  • Wonderful article, educational and informative! I love Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and Sandalwood personally for relaxation. I have almost all of these oils and love each one for different reasons.

  • I have and love several of these. I also love vanilla, HoWood and Peru Balsalm for calm and relaxing.

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