5 Relaxing Essential Oil Blend Recipes
by Bella Martinez July 01, 2022
Maintaining a relaxed state of mind can be helpful in more ways than you may think. Relaxation can help us lower stress, increase self-control, achieve better sleep and complete tasks – the list goes on. So how can we achieve more relaxation? Aromatherapy is a convenient, affordable and proven method to shed stress and boost relaxation.
To help you throw your stress away and take advantage of these essential oil benefits, we’ve created a relaxing essential oil diffuser recipe for everyone. Whether you want a soothing essential oil recipe that’s floral, earthy, herbal or spicy, we’ve got you covered. Read on and get blending.
What’s The Best Essential Oil For Stress Relief & Relaxation?
There are many essential oils that offer these helpful benefits, but here are a few of our favorites.
Gorgeously floral Ylang Ylang oil is a frequent addition to high-end perfumes and skincare products. In addition to these vaunted effects, Ylang Ylang can also help to improve your mood.
- One 2006 study demonstrated that Ylang Ylang essential oil actually lowered test subjects’ blood pressure when applied to their skin. The researchers concluded that this makes the oil a promising therapeutic benefit for people experiencing stress and associated sadness.
- Another study from 2008 showed that Ylang Ylang had a significant calming effect on people asked to complete a timed task.
Sweet Ylang Ylang is an addition to many of our blends thanks to these calming properties.
Rose essential oil is one of the most gorgeous aromas in nature. Cultures throughout the world value Rose oil for its many benefits and increasing scientific evidence allows us to put “stress relief” under the aroma’s potential effects.
Rose aromatherapy was found to reduce pre-labor stress in women during their first pregnancies.
Similar to Tea Tree, Sandalwood essential oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine for its cooling properties, which are thought to help:
- Reduce inflammation
- Hasten wound healing
- Improve uneven skin tone
- Overcome disruptive thoughts
That’s right – the same qualities that can soothe physical upset may make it a mental balm, too.
In 2017, researchers studied the effects of aromatherapy oils on women undergoing breast biopsy. They found that women who received aromatherapy with Sandalwood oil and Lavender essential oil had a statistically significant reduction in stress.
Grapefruit essential oil, Orange- Sweet essential oil and Bergamot essential oil are all bright, zesty and rich in antioxidants that make them:
- Cleansing agents
Almost every common citrus oil is renowned for its mood-boosting properties and ability to reduce stress. It’s no wonder citrus oils are amongst the most universally-liked aromas.
We’ve already noted that Sandalwood and Lavender essential oil can combine to produce a statistically significant effect on stress in some situations.
Lavender oil is also one of the most popular essential oils and for good reasons. This deeply soothing herb is known to help you:
- Manage everyday nerves
- Get better, more restful sleep
- Feel better overall
If you’ve ever had a cup of Sleepy Time tea, you know that Chamomile is a classic sleep aid. But there’s more than folklore behind Chamomile. Chamomile supplements are in clinical trials for their efficacy in treating stress and many studies show Chamomile essential oil can also help soothe nerves.
Since Lavender and Chamomile oils are commonly used to support healthy sleep, Tranquility can be the perfect essential oil blend to reach for on sleepless nights. Alternately, make it a part of your nighttime routine to experience enhanced effects over time.
5 Relaxing Essential Oil Blend Recipes
Now that you have a better understanding of relaxing essential oils, it’s time to pick the aromatic diffuser blend that’s right for you.
5 drops Sandalwood
3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Cedarwood
6 drops Orange- Sweet
2 drops Cinnamon- Bark
2 drops Frankincense
4 drops Lavender
4 drops Clary Sage
2 drops Chamomile- Roman
6 drops Grapefruit- Pink
2 drops Rose- Otto
2 drops Ylang Ylang
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Peppermint
Relaxation Is A Frame Of Mind
If relaxation is your M.O., simply diffusing any of these five essential oil blends will do the trick.
The properties in each blend work with the body to help you relax and recharge so you can have a self-care day. They are formulated to help keep your mind from racing, your emotions from firing out of control and to restore balance to your life.
But the goodness doesn’t stop there. Here are a few other ways to enjoy these relaxing blends.
- Bath: Add 6 drops of any of the above blends to 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil, then 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt. Add the mixture to running water, soak and enjoy.
- Diffuser Jewelry: Take some relaxation to-go by adding your chosen blend to Diffuser Jewelry.
- Mio Mist: Another one of our favorite ways to take aromatherapy with you? Add your blend to the Mio Mist Portable Diffuser. Sleek enough to fit in your pocket or purse, the Mio Mist delivers a powerful burst of aromatherapy, right at your fingertips.
- Relaxing effect of ylang ylang oil on humans after transdermal absorption. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ptr.1950?casa_token=rdZufCT-NRYAAAAA:4uD[…]Qxi2t_8jOHGFyryvCys3XFUB0VSMgfE943ZxHG4-D0Vxz88niFnyfr9uw
- Modulations of Cognitive Performance and Mood by Essential Oils of Peppermint and Ylang Ylang. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00207450601042094
- Comparing the effects of aromatherapy with rose oils and warm foot bath on anxiety in the first stage of labor in nulliparous women. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4270653/
- A Randomized Controlled Trial Provides Evidence to Support Aromatherapy to Minimize Anxiety in Women Undergoing Breast Biopsy. https://sigmapubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/wvn.12229?casa_token=R9hHnvRFbJ8AA[…]NlsqGnQa1ReiEOFWRKsXENUdeURCDLCSgE9-MPjTLSOY4LrnsoIA
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About the Author, Bella Martinez
Bella Martinez is a Certified Aromatherapist, Natural Skincare Formulator and Edens Garden’s lead aromatherapist. An industry expert, Bella has spent years training and learning in the aromatherapy field, which she continues annually. Her passion is taking evidence-based aromatherapy and making it approachable for all.
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