The Best Essential Oils for Stress

Essential oils are a core component of holistic health and healing. There are a variety of different oils that all have different (and sometimes similar) benefits. Peppermint, for example, is a headache and pain reliever, while fennel helps with digestion. Essential oils are a great alternative to over-the-counter medicines, and can help with stress relief, pain, digestion, and much more. Here are some of the best essential oils to use to reduce stress.


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Lavender’s main health benefit is stress relief. When oils are absorbed by the skin, the body begins to release anxiety and tension; even the smell of lavender can help calm the mind and spirit. If you have a lavender plant, rub a bit of the flower between your fingers to release the oils and reap the benefits.  


Rose essential oil, which is extracted from the Damascus rose flower, work as an antidepressant. It helps to boost self-esteem, confidence and reduce anxiety and depression. Regular doses of this oil have shown to boost moods, bring about spiritual bliss and positive thoughts.


Bergamot essential oils not only work as an antidepressant, but as a stimulant as well. Alpha Pinene and Limonene influence freshness, revitalization and joy, which contrast against depressed feelings. These oils also help regulate the metabolism by igniting hormone secretion and the secretion of digestive juices.


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Drinking chamomile tea before bed is a great way to settle the mind and body before laying down to rest. The properties in chamomile work as an antidepressant, antibiotic and digestive aid, among many others. It also helps fight depression and boost moods.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang is historically known as an antidepressant due to its uplifting properties. It relaxes the body, thereby relieving stress and anxiety, and also helps to boost moods and create feelings of joy. It’s also used in a variety of beauty products—mainly shampoos and conditioners—because it helps make hair shiny and has a relaxing scent.


Rosewood has a very quick reaction time, meaning you can begin to feel its effects within minutes of use. It releases a sweet, spicy and floral aroma that helps push away feelings of fear and failure. It’s often used by students or people in professional settings.

If you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, or perhaps if you just need an extra boost in your day, consider picking up one of the essential oils listed above. These oils can be purchased at health food or specialty stores in various forms. Some can be used in cooking, as a perfume, added to baths or used in soaps. When picking an essential oil to help reduce your stress, take some time to test different options—you never know what might work for you!

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