6 Essential Oils to Help Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

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6 Essential Oils to Help Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

6 Essential Oils to Help Reduce Stress During the Holiday SeasonThe holidays are right around the corner. While it might be easy to daydream about decorating the tree while cookies bake the oven, often times the holiday season is anything but idyllic. It can be stressful having family town while juggling the “perfect” Christmas feast and shopping for everyone on the list. Luckily essential oils can be a fantastic way to help reduce stress during the hectic season. We’ve put together a list of our most calming, therapeutic oils.

6 Essential Oils to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

1. Chamomile

If you’re looking a calming essential oil, Chamomile is an excellent place to start. Plant Therapy offers two different varieties: Chamomile Roman and Chamomile German. The differences between the two are subtle and both are perfect for creating a relaxing environment. Use Chamomile Roman has more of a strong, sweet aroma while or use Chamomile German has more of a sweet, green aroma. Add either one to your favorite bath salt DIY as a way to unwind after a long day or diffuse just before bedtime to help the mind relax before sleep.

2. Melissa

Melissa essential oil has soft, fresh, lemony scent that helps to lift the spirits while encouraging a calm. Only a small amount is needed to enjoy its therapeutic properties. Combine it with other soothing oils like Bergamot, Lavender and Rose Absolute for a complex and pleasant aroma.

3. Ylang Ylang

This oil is known for it’s soothing, relaxing fragrance. This oil is steam distilled from the flower and has a sweet, intense floral fragrance. It can be incredibly soothing and help ease the mind. It is also known for being an aphrodisiac. So if you and your special someone need some time to yourselves, consider using this in your favorite carrier oil for a romantic massage.

4. Rose Absolute

6 Essential Oils to Help Reduce Stress During the Holiday SeasonSpeaking of Rose Absolute, it’s rich floral scent has many calming benefits. Not only does it promote relaxation, but it is also very good for combatting signs of aging. Even when the holidays are stressful, you can use this oil to help replenish tired skin.

5. Vetiver

This essential oil is a very popular choice for it’s relaxing and balancing properties. Additionally, it has an earthy, woodsy, smoky scent that would be a perfect compliment the more floral essential oils listed here.

6. Bergamot

The last oil on the list is Bergamot. It is a favorite choice for many aromatherapists as it has a fantastic citrusy fragrance and is known its ability to help ease worry and reduce stress. It pairs well with both Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.

Bonus: Pre-made blends:

In case blending sounds like too much work when you have holiday dinners to cook and shopping to do, we’ve got you covered with these pre-made Plant Therapy blends:

  1. Relax
  2. Let it Go
  3. Meditation

58 thoughts on “6 Essential Oils to Help Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season”

  1. Now this is something we all need to read! Seriously the holidays are so stressful for me, on top of an already stressful job and difficult family /marriage right now. I rely very heavily on EOs to help me during this time of year. I appreciate the recommendations for Rose as I have it and often forget when to use it. Thank you PT

  2. I have Chamomile and haven’t used it yet, after reading this I think I’ll diffuse it tonight! Ylang Ylang is one of my favorites!!! I really enjoy diffusing Bergamont. Melissa is next on my list to buy.

  3. melissa has been on my wishlist for months! i hope to be able to splurge on myself a little bit this holiday season, and finally get it. thank you PT, for all this useful information!

  4. Thank you for sharing this information. The holidays have just begun and I’m already feeling the pinch. I will be relying on my oils for added support this busy season. Thanks for the helpful tips! I have some new oils to look into!

  5. Thank you for this post! The holidays are always so stressful. Hopefully I’ll be able to relax and enjoy them more this year.

  6. I need Chamomile and Melissa… Both are oils I’ve been wanting and now after reading this blog, I have another reason to want them. The holidays are going to be super hard this year since it will be the first year of holidays since my husband and I separated. I am dreading the next couple months. Thanks for the awesome informative blog.

  7. Thanks for these recommendations! I have most of these oils in my collection and I already had plans to diffuse rose if the holiday stress started to get to me. I’ve never tried Melissa, but I have been curious about it, so having it on hand for stress relief sounds like a good idea.

  8. The 25 Days of Christmas sale can NOT come soon enough! I am just adding and adding oils, carriers, hydrosols, etc…faster than I can click the button!

    1. Patty, we have some amazing deals coming up this holiday season! But I can’t give them away, so you’ll just have to check the website when our 25 Days of Christmas starts!

  9. Some more goodies for my wish list, thanks for the suggestions! I don’t have any floral scents in my collection thus far…

  10. I’m off to whip me up a master blend using Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, and Bergamot. I have these three and am always looking for new ways to use them. 🙂

  11. I have the relax and will definitely be diffusing this holiday season. I love being part of a large family, but with social anxiety, having everyone crammed in one house can be slightly overwhelming!

  12. This was a great little blog. I am excited that I actually have most of those oils. I tend to go overboard with everything around the holiday and get myself all stressed out so this is perfect!

  13. The last two are amazing, especially in combination. I’m definitely going to have to try some of the others on the list. I have the melissa hydrosol but haven’t tried the essential oil.

    I definitely want to try ylang ylang too.

  14. This is an excellent resource! Already starting to worry and have anxiety about the holidays. Can be a stressful time but we always get through!

  15. Thanks for this info! Out of all of those the only I have is Bergamot & I totally forgot it was good for reducing stress. Considering how crazy it is now & it’s only November; I may be ordering a new bottle come the new year!

  16. Wow thanks for the info. This is such a stressful time for everyone and I am always looking for new scents and blends to help eliminate stress.

  17. The new Moldavian Dragonhead seems as good as Melissa for me.
    I also really love the Basil Linalool when I’m not feeling florar.

    1. Basil linalool is exceptional – I adore it. I’m not much of a flowery person, so it is perfect for me. I’ve been blending it lately with sage and peppermint for an alert, focused, calm as I finish a heady project.

  18. Thank you! I will definitely have to try some of these during the holidays. Juggling family commitments is super steessful for me.

  19. Thank you for this! Chamomile and Melissa will be my next two to try! The holidays are always chaotic with four kids at home. I like to diffuse ALL day long to help keep the home front at peace… and healthy!

  20. Thank you for sharing this. It’s only November, but am starting to feel the stress and the busy-ness as 2018 is RAPIDLY coming to a close. Where did time go???

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