How to Lower Stress with Essential Oils

Posted: April 26, 2012 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

What do you need to know about stress

Stress is often labelled the “bad guy” but then, what would we do without it? Stress is an essential life force that drives our mind and body to respond to any demand made on it. Any stressful situation that we face triggers a “fight or flight response” which makes us sit, stand, walk or run. If the mind and body are unable to cope with a given situation, it culminates into feelings of frustration, anger and fear, which eventually translates into stress. As the mind and body continue to work in overdrive in an attempt to save the day, these negative emotions keep piling up unless we find a way to release them.

Stress and your health

Every individual responds to stress in a different way. High blood pressure, muscle tension, tightness in the chest  and panic attacks are some obvious physical symptoms of stress but we can’t underestimate other symptoms like digestive problems, overeating or loss or appetite, sexual incompetency, menstrual irregularity and dizziness. If you find yourself confused, anxious, aggressive or tearful very often, it may be time to step back and re-evaluate your methods of dealing with stress. Prolonged stress saps the body of its energy reserves and lowers the immunity, which makes us vulnerable to various illnesses.

Stress Control

Our careers, relationships, finances and daily chores are actually stressors that test our tolerance and our ability to adapt and readjust to a particular situation – the lower our tolerance, the greater the stress. Therefore, it is not stress that is the culprit; rather, it is our response to it that dictates whether it is going to have a positive or negative effect on our lives. This knowledge empowers and enables us to channel our energies and learn to deal with stress it in a positive way. Aromatherapy, being a holistic form of treatment, is an ideal way of dealing with stress related conditions.

Aromatherapy to the Rescue

Are you a workaholic who can’t unwind even after leaving the office? Do you tend to exaggerate your problems and worry too much over nothing? Do new places and people make you anxious and paranoid? Are you unable to control your anger and frustration when things do not go your way? All of us have moments when we feel out of control and wish we could handle things differently. Fortunately, we have nature’s essential oils, with their calming, relaxing, or uplifting qualities that not only help us cope with a stressful situation, but also improve our ability to respond to a stressful situation in a positive way.

Stress and Essential Oils

Stress Response Recommended Essential oils Why they work How to Use
Nervous tension, frustration and agitation Blue Chamomile, Mandarin, Bergamot, Sleep Time Essential Oil Relaxing and regulating Combine 3 drops of each with 1 cup Epson Salts. Take a bath at least once a week.
Worrying, obsessing  and over-thinking Vetiver, Palo Santo, Cedarwood Grounding, stabilizing and settling Put 1-2 drops on a paper towel, inhale as often as you need.  Close your eyes, and feel the earthy scent clear your mind.
Apprehension and Anxiety Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Alegria essential oil Calming, comforting and reassuring Add 3 drops of each to 1 oz bottle of Carrier Oil and massage your solar plexus area twice a day.
Anger and Frustration Bergamot, Grapefruit, Peppermint Cleansing, refreshing and peace-inspiring Keep it in your office or your house.  Use an aromatherapy burner, fill bowl with water and add 3 drops of each.  Best if used during the day.

 Stress Relieving Tips

Essential oils not only shield you from the ill effects of stress but also enable you to approach life’s challenges with a new enthusiasm.

Use Aromatherapy to Handle Stress in 3 Simple Steps:

Morning: Start your day with stimulating essential oils that nourish the adrenal glands. Combine 3 drops each of Rosemary, Pine, Spruce and Geranium with 1 oz Carrier Oil and apply to the adrenal area. Thank your adrenal glands for all the support they give you. Daytime: Use an aromatherapy spray with balancing essential oils to keep your spirits high. Combine 3 drops of Clary Sage, Litsea cubeba and Lavender with 1 oz distilled water, pour this blend in a spray bottle and spray on your face several times during the day.  Breathe deeply and feel your anxiety melt away. Evening: Mix 5 drops each of Lavender, Frankincense and Mandarin in ¼ cup of salts and add this mixture to your bath. Seize the day as you soak in this aromatic bath and let your worries drain away because tomorrow will be a new day! Try these methods of essential oil application for stress to relax and cleanse your mind of toxic thoughts – you and those around you will experience the benefits immediately. Reference: Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils, Gabriel Mojay © 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
  • Loretta

    Thank you so much for this post! I’m under a bunch of stress right now and want to use my essential oils to help elevate some of it. I will be giving these blends a try.