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Essential Oils and Stress Relief

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We could all benefit from better stress management — that’s probably why it’s one of the most common New Year resolutions. When we don’t give ourselves a chance to unwind, that stress can build up and make us feel miserable. Extreme amounts of stress can even have serious health consequences, affecting the immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, and central nervous systems.

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So if that’s something you’re aiming to improve this year, essential oils can be a wonderful complement to all of your self-care practices. Give these single oils and blends a try to help relieve stress:

Lavandin

Don’t worry — it’s not spelled wrong. LavandIN is a beautiful hybrid of true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia). It is rich in linalool and linalyl acetate, just like Lavender, but also includes 1,8-cineole and camphor, making it a bit different aromatically and therapeutically. It is emotionally calming, helps to ease feelings of stress, and reduces symptoms of anxiety [1]. If you love Lavender, you may find yourself feeling the same way about Lavandin. Its aroma is similar to Lavender but absolutely has its own unique personality.

Sandalwood (all kinds)

The beautifully soft and creamy aroma of this essential oil is well known to positively influence the mind. It has a cooling, calming, and toning effect on the nervous system, making it great for hot and agitational emotional states related to stress [2]. It is excellent for encouraging relaxation when diffused or inhaled. Plus, it’s a perfect meditation companion to help clear the mind from everyday worries.

To learn more about Sandalwood (and to give this really relaxing bath salts DIY a try!) check out these blogs:

Bergamot

This bright, uplifting, fresh-smelling oil is excellent for a mind and body feeling bogged down by stress. It promotes relaxation by increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the branch of the central nervous system that helps balance heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Use it alongside other uplifting and comforting essential oils, such as Rose Absolute, Chamomile Roman, or Sandalwood to stabilize your mood and release pent-up stressed out feelings [1]. If stress is also resulting in unproductive or addictive behaviors, Bergamot may help redirect that nervous energy to something more positive [2].

Check out The Five Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil to learn more about this wonderful oil.

Copaiba Oleoresin

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When stress puts a strain on your immune system, your whole body can feel the effects. Tension in the head and neck along with achy muscles can make the end of a stressful day feel even worse. Copaiba is widely known for its ability to help alleviate soreness in these areas, partly due to its large quantity of beta-caryophyllene. This unique chemical constituent may target parts of the brain that help minimize feelings of sadness and discouragement [3].

Try blending 2 drops each of Copaiba Oleoresin and Frankincense Serrata in a tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil and apply topically to help alleviate soreness. For an emotionally grounding blend, add 3 drops of Copaiba Oleoresin, 2 drops of Frankincense Carteri, and 4 drops of Orange Sweet to your diffuser.

To learn more about Copaiba Oleoresin, check out this blog:

Top 5 Amazing (and Surprising) Benefits of Copaiba Oil

Sage Dalmatian

The warm, spicy, and herbaceous aroma of Sage Dalmatian may not immediately come to mind when you think of essential oils for stress relief, but it should! Sage offers a wide variety of benefits. It helps support symptoms of stress, such as emotional exhaustion, nervousness, mental fatigue, and head and neck tension. However, keep in mind that Sage is rich in a powerful ketone called thujone. When applying topically, keep the dilution no higher than 0.4% and use with care.

Try this blend using several of the essential oils mentioned in this blog!

chillax bath blend essential oils and stress relief

Chillax Bath Blend

chillax bath blend essential oils and stress relief

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Store in an airtight container. Makes enough for 2 baths; pour into warm, running bath water.

Today get 15% off Lavandin, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Copaiba Oleoresin, and Sage Dalmatian! Use coupon code NEWYEAR at checkout.

Sources:

[1] Purchon, N., & Cantele, L. (2014). The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness Paperback. Pg. 39.

[2] Mojay, G. (2000). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils Paperback. Pg. 53.

[3] Leaf Science. “β-Caryophyllene: A Terpene For Anxiety and Depression.” [Online]. Available: http://www.leafscience.com/2014/07/08/b-caryophyllene-terpene-anxiety-depression/. [Accessed 6 January 2017].

57 thoughts on “Essential Oils and Stress Relief”

  1. Love the ideas for which oils to use to reduce stress! I was not familiar with Lavandin before this so it’s neat to learn about it.

  2. I have been having extreme anxiety already in the new year. I have used essential oils but I am trying to look into more of them and really make it a hobby. I have heard a lot about lavendin and bergamot but never used them, I was always interested in them but always hesitant because I didn’t really know what they were used for. Thanks for this article!

  3. Thank you for this lovely article. Love Bergamot oil and appreciate that you introduced Copaiba Oleoresin which I haven’t heard of before. I ordered it and really enjoy it as well. Thank you!

  4. Bergamot one of my first oils. It has always been my favorite. Brightens my mood, cheers me up with out over powering. Add some copaiba and I’m back to earth on a really draining and hectic day. What a wonderful way to decompress.

  5. Love Plant Therapy EOs for stress relief when taking a relaxing bath. Thank you for good information and products.

  6. Bergamot literally melts away my muscle tension. I can’t explain the feeling except that I almost couldn’t hold myself up the first time I used it because it relaxed my shoulders immensely. Vetiver is a good one too!

  7. I hold my stress in my jaw and neck, and have been feeling it quite a lot lately. I will for sure be trying copaiba for relief! I also want to try bergamot for stress. Thanks for the great article!

  8. Wow! A lot of the oils featured in this blog are oils I’m not very familiar with. Stress is something I most certainly have in my life, so these are great ideas. I’ve added some of these oils to my wish-list for my next order!

  9. Patchouli… I’m 40 and fell in love with this oil the very first time I smelled it at age 15 Love it! Patchouli is an aphrodisiac for me! Nothing compares to it’s wonderful scent!

  10. Just pulled my sage out the other day and wondered what I should do with it! Thanks for the suggestions. I had forgotten how much I liked the smell!

  11. I love all the recipes amd ideas you guys bring to the table! Makes me want to win the lottery so I can just buy what I want.

  12. Just ordered bergamot and Copaiba because of this sale today! This is my first time trying these. Hope I like them 🙂

  13. I love bergamot and copaiba! For the Chillax bath blend, I do not have patchouli. Is there another oil that could substitute for it, or would it be fine to make the blend without it?

    1. You can absolutely give it a try without the Patchouli! If you’d like to substitute it, I would try another woody-type aroma, like Ho Wood or maybe Helichrysum. I think you may also find a pine-smelling oil would go well here, too. It wouldn’t have the same strong relaxing properties, but that extra fresh crispness a coniferous scent can bring may make up for that 🙂

  14. I have been interested in adding Copaiba to my collection. I’ve heard that oleoresins can clog diffusers. Should I worry about Copaiba clogging my aromafuse?

    1. Copaiba Oleoresin is not as thick as say, Vanilla Oleoresin, and it is also water soluble, so you should be just fine using Copaiba in your diffuser 🙂

  15. I am so excited to use Bergamot and Roman chamomile together! I love the smell and benefits of both and use them separately quite often. I cant believe I never thought to use them together. Im so ready to clear my mind and leave this anxiety behind me. As always thanks PT for all the great info.

  16. Sandalwood has become my new favorite when I purchased it last month!!!! I have copiaba on my wish list for a while… just might have to get it!

  17. I see that all the oils in the Chillax blend are Kid Safe. The kids are bored and ready to go back to school (aka irritable). I plan to diffuse this today. Is there anything I can substitute for the patchouli?

  18. All the lovely oils! I have all of those except the Sage Dalmation, so chillaxin is definitely on the agenda for today. Great sale offer on those oils too!

  19. Love Copaiba. Bring it and Frankincense with me when I go for a massage. Mixed with Tumeric and Cubeb works like magic on my arthritic joints. Haven’t needed or used OTC analgesics in months!

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