Relax and De-Stress with Lavender Essential Oil

The use of essential oils for stress relief is becoming increasingly popular by the day, and with good reason!

Essential oils are volatile extracts that can travel through the sinus and bloodstream, reaching towards the brain and all over the body to spread their therapeutic benefits. They have the ability to calm the nerves, relieve stress and promote emotional clarity.

Lavender essential oil is hands down one of the best essential oils for stress-relief. This blog-post shares all the tips n tricks you need to know for your Lavender diffuser blends: from which aromas to synergise lavender essential, to anxiety-relieving and sleep inducing aromatherapy blends.

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Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils for stress, although its uses and benefits are widespread.

Harnessed orally, topically and aromatically, lavender is anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, analgesic (the fancy herbalist word for a plant that relieves pain) and a sedative. It may also relieve inflammatory conditions, alongside cuts, bites, spasms and parasitic infections (Koulivand, Peir Hossein et al., 2013).

lavender for stress relief

In clinical trials examining the effect of lavender oil in relieving anxiety, the anti-anxiety effect of Lavender was surpassing the placebo trials in 221 patients suffering with anxiety disorder. Additionally, patients showed improvement in feelings of restlessness, disturbed sleep while promoting their quality of life (Kasper S, Gastpar M, Müller WE, et al., 2010).

Lavender essential oil blends well with: bergamot, sweet orange, lemon, rose, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, cedarwood, frankincense, rose geranium, pine, cypress, jasmine, ylang-ylang, clary sage, neroli and more essential oils.

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Lavender Diffuser Blends

Here is a list of lavender diffuser blends that will guide your way when feelings of un-ease and stress arise. These blends have been formulated to synergise the experience all-together, leaving you relaxed and stabilised.

#1 Lavender Dreams Diffuser Blend

Lavender, pine and peppermint exhibit anti-depressive properties, relaxing the mind and body so that you drift off peacefully.

This blend is especially useful for those with disturbed sleep patterns due to stress and anxiety. Diffuse these essential oils before going to bed, and let the aromas do their work while you sleep.

Ingredients

peppermint essential oil

#2 Relax + Breathe Diffuser Blend

This lavender diffuser blend infuses the aromas of cypress and eucalyptus to ground the anxious minded, promoting respiratory health through deep breathing and calm.

Diffuse this blend throughout your home and workspace for best results. Practice mindful breathing to ground and centre your body.

Ingredients

cypress essential oil

#3 Lighthearted Diffuser Blend

This lavender diffuser blend incorporates the refreshing touch of sweet orange essential oil, with the woody aroma of frankincense essential oil. It is relaxing and refreshing at the same time, and will surely leave you feeling lighter than you did before.

Ingredients

sweet orange essential oil

#4 Deep Dive with Lavender and Jasmine Diffuser Blend

This diffuser blend is sedative and stabilising. The aromas of lavender and jasmine calm the body, while cedarwood slows down the heartbeat.

Diffuse this aroma as part of your meditation practice, to silence the mind and dive deep into your emotions.

Ingredients

cedarwood essential oil

#5 Floral Remedies Diffuser Blend

Nothing soothes the heart like some flower remedies: ylang-ylang, rose and lavender are gentle aromas that will soften and soothe your anxiety, stress and mental overwhelm.

Ingredients

#6 Lavender + Patchouli Diffuser Blend

This diffuser blend harnesses the grounding aroma of patchouli, with calming lavender and minty peppermint.

It’s perfect for any time of the day, but especially for your evening aromatherapy practice.

Ingredients

patchouli essential oil

#7 Lavender Confidante Diffuser Blend

This diffuser blend infuses the soothing aromas of fragrant flowers alongside grounding frankincense essential oil.

It is gentle, calming and relaxing, diffuse the aromas any time of the day to unwind and de-stress.

Ingredients

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 1 drop rose geranium essential oil
  • 2 drop frankincense essential oil

#8 Cedarwood, Chamomile and Lavender Diffuser Blend

Another great blend for your sleep ritual, lavender, chamomile and cedarwood are most prized for their stabilising, sleep-inducing properties. This is a great blend for those who are up all night from over-active minds.

Ingredients

Deep Breathing Exercise

Here’s an offshoot exercise: practice deep breathing!

Deep breathing exercises have shown to have a positive affect on reducing stress and psychosomatic conditions. Studies have demonstrated the potential of deep breathing on relieving anxiety, depression, stress and emotional exhaustion (,; ).

When you feel like the world is on top of your shoulders, try to find that quiet space within you, close your eyes, and take deep breaths.

Here is an exercise you can try for yourself:

Inhale deeply to the count of 5.

Hold your breath to the count of 5.

Release your breath to the count of 5.

Keep repeating this process for as long as you need. It is an excellent breathing exercise that can calm down anxiety and promote a sense of ease.

*Please do not disregard professional medical advise. This information is not meant to treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Always consult with a healthcare practitioner for appropriate treatment. Take caution if your are diabetic, epileptic, pregnant, breastfeeding or facing any serious health issues.