What essential oils help calm stress and why they work
Let’s create a diffuser that mixes with essential oils that help calm stress and anxiety.
Some oils contain natural ingredients that have been shown to relax the nervous system.
Two of the main ingredients I look for when I want to calm stress are:
- Linalool Mountains of research on linalool show that it can relax the nervous system! It is a really powerful ingredient that can calm a variety of issues, from stress to physical infections.
- DrLimonene – DrLimonene is found in all citrus oils, and it has been shown to help people with chronic low energy or mood. This is why citrus oils are so bright and sunny!
Essential oils rich in these two ingredients can help your body de-stress. This affects your muscles, allowing the tight and sore areas to relax. As your body becomes calmer, the physical release of tension is like a deep exhalation that soothes your mind as well.
The more reassured and calm your mind feels, the more relaxed your body is.
It’s as if the essential oils that help calm stress calm every part of your system – the body, mind, and heart.
Spread this mixture anytime you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or if you need constant emotional support.
Nine drops to cool down diffuser mix
- 5 drops of tamala essential oil (Tamala cinnamon Ct. Linalool)
- 3 drops of bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia)
- 1 drop of essential neroli oil (Citrus aurantium Where Building)
Learn more aromatherapy tips for de-stressing in our blog post:
What essential oils to use to de-stress: 5 oils I love!
About these essential oils that help calm stress
Tamala essential oil
Tamala cinnamon Ct. Linalool
Rich in linalool, tamala has a soft, cinnamon-caramel scent that is exotic and sensual, without being overwhelming.
It is distilled from the broad leaves of evergreen trees in Nepal. It is popular in natural perfume recipes. You may want to add this to your jojoba in a 10ml round bottle too!
Bergamot essential oil
Like other citrus oils, bergamot is full-on DrLimonene! It’s also rich in linalool and another very soothing ingredient: linalyl acetate!
When linalyl acetate occurs alongside linalool, the two components work together in synergy to enhance each other’s effects. This makes bergamot one of my best anti-stress essential oils!
It has a refreshing, bright, warm, fruity aroma, but not as familiar as (for example) sweet orange or lemon. This is because we do not usually eat the fruits of bergamot. They are very snappy.
Neroli essential oil
Citrus aurantium Where Building
Neroli oil is full of linalool and DrLimonene!
Orange blossom is distilled from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree. It has extremely rich flora, which is why there is only one drop in this dispenser blend. Much more than that, and the potent presence of neroli can overwhelm the other oils in the recipe (or even cause a slight headache).
While these three oils provide a deep relaxation, they are far from the only oils you can use. If you have your favorite essential oils that help calm stress, please share in the comments. Your vision can help others!
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Lima, NG, de Souza, DP, Pimenta, FC, Alves, MF, de Souza, FS, (2012a) anxiolytic-like activity and GC-MS analysis of limonene fragrance (R) – (+) – limonene, a natural compound found in foods And plants. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior 103, 450-454.
Woelk, H. and Schläfke, S. (2010) A randomized, double-blind, multicenter study of Silexan lavender oil preparation compared to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder. Plant medicine 17, 2, 94-99.