Top 3 Essential Oils To Reduce Stress

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Nx86xdrewssexybody-3Written by: Sarah Lawrence

Hey you busy worker, you! I know that you’re super stoked to stay healthy, trying all kinds of this and that. But if you’re like me, then I also know that you are likely dealing with some amount of  STRESS!

If stress is creeping in and stealing your energy mid afternoon, zapping your focus on that important phone call, cementing your head to the pillow before you’ve had a chance to play or keeping you up all night with buzzing thoughts, then I have a simple strategy using essential oils that can bring you back to harmony!  

Whether you’re an essential oil pro or a curious newbie, take 3 minutes with me and check out 3 double duty oils that can help melt your stress away in both the boardroom and bedroom!  

1. Rosemary  

In The Boardroom: Place a drop of rosemary essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma or diffuse a few drops for up to 15 minutes every hour. You can also put a few drops onto a cotton ball and place it into a tiny clean jam jar or old film canister to keep the scent fresh and accessible longer.

Doing this helps to enhance memory and focus, exactly what you need during your working hours.  

In The Bedroom: Mix 2 drops of rosemary essential oil with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and use this to massage your adrenal area. Your adrenals are located on your lower back, just below your rib cage. These tiny glands sit on top of each kidney and take a real hit when you’re stressed.

It’s important to support your adrenals, because they are little hormone powerhouses; when your adrenals go haywire, you can feel the effects in everything from cholesterol to cortisol, your blood pressures changes, you develop cravings, it could cause weight gain or loss and sleep disturbances and mood imbalances could occur.  

Do this essential oil tactic to support adrenal function and restore balance (try this in the morning after showering or before dressing and again before bed).

2. Lavender

In The Boardroom: Mix a drop of lavender essential oil with a dab of unscented lotion. In a pinch, nick off a bit of your plain lip balm, soften it in the palm of your hands and add that drop of lavender. Rub the mixture onto your pulse points at your wrists, inner elbow, back of your knees, temples or neck.  

Do this to reduce stress for you and for those around you (BONUS: rub any residual onto a scab, sore or scrape to aid in recovery or distribute residual rub on both palms and then run your hands through the ends of your hair to enhance shine and gently scent your hair!).

In The Bedroom: Mix 6 drops of lavender essential oil +8 oz distilled water. Shake and spritz on your skin or on your sheets. You can also rub lavender EO on the bottoms of your feet for restful sleep.

Do this to tone skin, promote good feelings and support relaxation before bed.

3. Peppermint

In The Boardroom: Diffuse peppermint essential oil or take in the aroma from a nasal inhaler or tissue that you’ve infused with a few drops of the essential oil.

Do this to perk up and improve your focus and mood.

In The Bedroom: Add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1 tablespoon coconut oil and massage it into feet or sore muscles. Be careful to avoid sensitive areas.

Do this to release tension and refresh after a long day.

Don’t think that simple can’t be a solution. Try one of these essential oil ideas or try them all; there’s no right or wrong here. The beauty of essential oils is that they can work gently as single sources and they can work powerfully as synergistic blends.

I recommend starting with one so you can gauge your body’s response. Work through the oils and then experiment with combinations to see what works best. Post your experiences and discoveries in the comments below!

BONUS!  Your Cheat Sheet:



Safety first! If you are pregnant or have any health conditions or concerns, it’s best to speak with your doctor about the use of any essential oils just to be sure that they are safe for you at this time.


Atsumi T, Tonosaki K. Smelling lavender and rosemary increases free radical scavenging activity and decreases cortisol level in saliva. Psychiatry Res. 2007;150(1):89-96.

McCaffrey R, Thomas DJ, Kinzelman AO. The effects of lavender and rosemary essential oils on test-taking anxiety among graduate nursing students. Holist Nurs Pract. 2009 Mar-Apr;23(2):88-93.

Price, Shirley.  Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. Fourth Edition.  Elsevier 2012; 157.

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Sarah Lawrence

Sarah Lawrence

Certified Holistic Health Nutrition Coach at Sarah Lawrence Health
Sarah Lawrence is a Certified Holistic Health and Integrative Nutrition Coach, Speaker and Reiki Master based in Southern NH. Sarah creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to shift from their current habits into healthier ones. Her philosophy is that small changes, over time, can yield big results. By developing a technique that leverages the benefits of whole foods nutritionals, seasonal detoxification, reiki, aromatherapy, meditation and life coaching, Sarah artfully combines her knowledge from years of study in the fields of chemistry, nutrition and energy healing.

Sarah leads clients from frustration due chronic health issues to elation by attaining and sustaining balanced health. Her intuitive style supports true healing on all levels. Sarah studied at Fairfield University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; she is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and is dedicated to continuing her studies so she can provide the best support for her clients.
Sarah Lawrence


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