The Best Essential Oils To Reduce Stress and Anxiety: Using Aromatherapy to Bring Calmness and Stillness to Your Life

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Many people deal with stress and anxiety so regularly that they’ve become part of their everyday life. In fact, most of the people I know who aren’t strangers to at least one (tress or anxiety) simply view it as a part of life. They don’t panic about it or seek sympathy.  The only way you can put it is this – they cope.

Coping with stress and/or anxiety is certainly doable. The trick, if there is one, is to find what works for you, personally. What works for one person may not work for the next.

However, it’s been my experience that one thing just about all of them have a measure of success with is aromatherapy. Using essential oils are inherently relaxing to every single bodily system we have! The article below, contributed by aromatherapy expert Marilyn Reid of will give you all the information you need to not just cope… but win when it comes to anxiety or its cousin stress.  Everyone who deals with these conditions seeks the same things – calmness and stillness.  Essential oils invite both of these beautiful states into your world. ~ Joi

If you are suffering from stress, essential oils can be a superior choice to pharmaceuticals which often come with frightening potential side effects. When not managed, stress can lead to pain, weight gain and other physical ailments. However, once you start using essential oils, you will notice many of your symptoms that are associated with chronic stress lessening.

Essential oils have been used since the ancient Egyptians. Today, you can purchase them online or your local health food store. However, you should read the label carefully. The bottle should contain 100 percent of that type of oil, have the scientific name of the plant and the distillation method.

If this information is not presented, the product inside is likely inferior. Be sure to do your research to find out if the manufacturer has a good reputation and make sure you are buying it from an authorized retailer. Do not compromise quality for affordability.

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils and is a fantastic choice for stress reduction. The sweet floral fragrance from the tiny purple flowers is incredibly calming. The oil works well for relaxing your mind and body and helps to create a sense of inner peace. Lavender benefits extend beyond restoring the nervous system to include calming an upset stomach and treating a wide array of skin irritations.

Rose is another floral essential oil that can work wonders to treat your stress and anxiety. To make an ounce of this fragrant oil, 60,000 flowers are steam distilled. Though one of the costlier essential oils, the benefits of it are remarkable. While reducing depression and balancing emotions, the oil can also treat some skin conditions, including rosacea and acne. Both genders have reported a positive effect on libido as well.

For those who have undergone trauma, such as an auto accident or domestic abuse, vetiver oil is an effective nervous system tonic. It can reduce hypersensitivity while producing a sense of calm and aiding in self-awareness. These benefits are particularly useful in the treatment of PTSD.

Records of frankincense use date back at least to the New Testament, when frankincense was presented as a gift to baby Jesus. It is sometimes called olibanum and is extracted from tree resin. A few drops of the oil is great for treating anxiety and many find that it has spiritual benefits as well.

Vanilla has a reputation for being the closest in scent and taste to breast milk. The real benefits of it are increased clarity and tranquility. The oil can also soothe stomachs and minimize sugar cravings.

Experiment to find out what works well for you. You may respond best to a mix of two or more essential oils and your needs may vary according to the season or over time. Consider keeping an essential oil diary, noting each time you use them, the amount and application methods. Make another column or entry for your reactions to the treatment.

Aromatherapy is among the best delivery systems for essential oils. The nasal cavity contains 50 million scent receptors. The messages from these receptors are processed through the limbic system and directly impact emotions, libido and memories and can invoke physical responses, such as heart rate reduction.

Use a diffuser made for aromatherapy, add a few drops to your bath or mix the essential oils into a carrier oil for massage. The exact amount will depend on several factors, including your sensitivity, body weight and method being used.

Take others into consideration when planning essential oil use. Those with weak or sensitive systems, including children, elderly and animals may all be quite sensitive to your choices. Be considerate and minimize exposing others to your essential oil treatments. Start letting go of your stress with these beneficial essential oils!

Marilyn Reid is a successful business owner and natural health enthusiast. She owns a site,, which is dedicated to providing tips, ideas, and recipes for use with essential oils and aromatherapy.

Also see: Guide to Essential Oils for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

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