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Six Essential Oils for Stress and Anxiety

Cedar Wood

It’s smokey odour has a composing effect, calming stress and scattered thoughts. Useful for easing occasional insomnia. A long history of use by the Egyptians.

Caution: do not use during pregnancy

Clary Sage

A warm, nutty fragrance which relaxes and eases muscle tension. Good for overwork and hyperactivity and a key essential oil for PMT.

Caution: do not use during pregnancy


A floral and citrusy oil and the number one choice for stress and shock. When inhaled it may encourage the release of serotonin and reduce levels of cortisol.


A deep, spicy and grounding scent which supports, stabilises and builds courage. Good for fighting fear and insecurity. Often used in religious ceremony and to aid meditation.


A light and fresh fragrance which serves to calm emotions, balance the mind and uplift the spirit. Blends well with other oils to easily create your own mix.


A floral and herbaceous aroma with a vast array of beneficial properties. Calms the nervous system, quiets the mind and aids sleep. The number one all rounder.

Take a look at my What are the signs of stress? and How to help manage stress posts to understand a little more.

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