Stress Relief Meditation Woman

Stress (emotional stress) is the body’s normal response to abnormal situations either in the outside environment or internal physical or emotional changes. Stress is not always bad, sometimes external stressors require unusual responses and stress describes the body’s ability to make emergency changes.

Suggested Oils to Use

Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Patchouli, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang

Also consider: Basil, Grapefruit, Lemon, Rosemary, Thyme

Suggested Ways to use

Aromas interact with our limbic system and provide a natural aid for relieving stress and instilling a calming effect. Oils affect each person differently. Therefore, it is good to experiment with those recommended oils to see which gives the most help. Most suggested are Patchouli and Wild Orange. Suggested application techniques include:

The brain plays a critical role in the body’s perception of and response to stress. The amygdala is a small, “almond”-shaped structure located deep within the medial temporal lobes of the brain and is a part of the brain’s limbic system, with projections to and from the hypothalamus, hippocampus, and locus coeruleus. It is thought to play a role in the processing of emotions. The amygdala has been studied and found to play a part in modulating stress response mechanisms, particularly when feelings of anxiety or fear are involved.

Essential oils have an effect on the limbic system, therefore they can be used for stress relief as well as emotional support.

Diffusing the recommended oils at home or in the office.

Baths, 3 – 4 drops added to warm bath water. Mix well before entering.

• Foot or hand massage with selected oil or blend.

• For those on-the-go use simple cup and inhale technique by putting a few drops of the oil in a cup and inhaling the aroma.


The scent of fruit is a general stress reliever and emotion balancing aroma. “The scent of a fresh fruit can do amazing things,” says Barbara Thomley, lead coordinator for the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic. “From what we’ve seen with our patients, even a quick smell can make a major difference.” People have found that citrus oils, such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit have particularly had strong effects in relieving stress.

Based on the Mayo Clinic’s experience using aromatherapy with patients, Thomley says that citrus aromas are often useful in curbing stress and anxiety, as well as helping with digestion and nausea.

“With any citrus smell, lessened anxiety always seems to emerge as a benefit,” she says. But different people respond to different aromas, which is why Thomley suggests experimenting with various scents. “If you like the smell, and it has positive connotations for you, you’ll experience the most benefit,” she says. (