A friend of mine messaged me last week letting me know that she was shaking from being so nervous and excited. She was getting ready to be in a photo shoot for the cover of her new book! Even though she was pretty excited, the anxious feelings were there.
Her photo shoot was taking place in twenty minutes, so as her friend, I gave her some practical advice! Knowing she had a little stash of doTERRA essential oils, I recommended she use Lavender right away since it can take twenty minutes to get the full calming effect. First, I recommended she put a drop of Lavender on her hand and inhale it like a portable diffuser since she had to act quickly.
Then, I told her about my experience a couple of weeks ago when I volunteered to be on camera for a video testimonial at the Activate EBA Live blogging conference. I was excitedly nervous and a little shakey so I used some of my favorite calming essential oils about twenty minutes before my camera debut. I applied diluted essential oils to the pulse points of my wrist and inhaled them for a few minutes. It worked so well for me that I wasn’t shaking at all and it was my first time being interviewed in front of a real camera! I ended up having a great time and realize I love being on camera when my nerves weren’t an issue!
As I’m sharing my story, my friend was inhaling Lavender essential oil. Then, she proceeded to tell me, “Ok I’m tempted to dump the bottle on my head.” I knew she was joking, but I reminded her that less is more when it comes to essential oils. Then, I recommended her or her husband massage her feet with a drop of Lavender diluted with a carrier oil so she did that too.
It was twenty minutes after her first message that she said she was feeling so much better! She contacted me after her photo shoot and shared what a great time she had and that she had no issues with being anxious or shaking. She was so happy!
It’s helping people in situations like this that motivate me to help people learn how to use essential oils! I felt awesome that I was able to help her and she felt awesome too!
Calming Essential Oils to Reduce Stress
Stress can come in all kinds of forms; it can be something exciting like in the story above, but we often associate stress with negative feelings from being overburdened or overwhelmed with events or people in our life.
There are so many essential oils that can help us get through stressful times in our life. Lavender is just one of them, and there are so much more!
People often think of using calming essential oils like Lavender to help reduce stress, but there are other qualities from essential oils that can help reduce stress.
Grounding Essential Oils to Reduce Stress
There are essential oils that are grounding. They can help us to feel grounded which can be just what we need to feel in times of stress. These essential oils often come from the roots of plants which makes sense.
Mood lifting Essential Oils to Reduce Stress
Many essential oils can be considered “mood lifting.” Essential oils from citrus are known for this effect, but there are more. I love to make diffuser blends with mood lifting essential oils combined with calming and grounding essential oils to make a positive difference in my day.
Essential Oils to Calm the Mind
Then, there are essential oils that work well to calm the mind. These can be great for work-related stress especially for those of us that work from home and we don’t have a commute to transition from work to home life. For example, it’s time to stop working and be present with your family, but you can’t stop thinking of the project you’re working on or the person that upset you.
It makes everyone feel bad when our personal stress gets dumped on everyone around us. Stress is also a burden to our health. Our organs feel the stress and can’t function properly when our Sympathetic Nervous System is in a constant state of “fight or flight.”
Essential oils are an easy and effective way to reduce our stress load to benefit our health and all of those around us.
I made a list for you with thirty essential oils that are either calming, grounding, mood lifting or calming to the mind. Enter your name and email address in the box below to get the 30 Essential Oils to Reduce Stress printable.
Now you can come up with essential oils you enjoy the aroma of that can work for you in your times of stress.
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Hello! I don’t know too much about essential oils but I think I am definitely going to try out the lavender for when I am nervous, anxious or stressed out! I look forward to getting the printable of other types of oils and their uses as well! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Amber | All Natural Joy says
I love your ideas, Stephanie! Thank you for bringing yet another valuable post! Your friend is blessed to have someone so knowledgeable who cares about her! 😊
I have to say I have yet to use essential oils. I keep hearing so much about them and by this post this really makes me want to try them for myself! I’m totally getting some 😉
Great reminder to use my essential oils for stress relief! I too often remember as I’m walking out the door. I have used lavendar oil for myself before dog training and it relaxes us both.
My mother in law is a big doTerra advocate, I’ve gone to her a few times to ask what types of oils to use for this ailment and that unsightly boil. 😉
Not sure why I’ve never even considered putting it on pulse points for stress!
Herlina Kwee | MakingLOL says
I haven’t gotten into using essential oils except for a store bought, roll-on clove-scented pain reliever. I am not sure if it counts as essential oil or not. But, it is definitely something I’d like to explore in the future. Thanks for the post.
Richard | Massage me in London says
Oils are very important for massage, many of my clients use them and I have had a massage with them and it really helps you relax. Thanks for sharing this list of essential oils with us.
Loved the article, yet I couldn’t find where to access the free printable.
Aroma Mama says
Did you find the Resource Library, Shani? It’s in the top header and the password you received upon subscribing gives you access to all the content in there.