How to Use Essential Oils During Stressful Times

If you deal with stress in daily life, I don’t have to tell you how hard it is. 

Very few people understand how deeply troubling stress can be. 

Stress are also bad for your health in the long run. So how can essential oils help?

First Things First

While essential oils can be very helpful in relieving the stress they should not be your primary treatment. 

Some of the easiest and most effective ways to relieve stress don’t require external help. 

Here are some basic stress management techniques that can help you calm down:


Woman breathing

Allow yourself to slow down what you’re doing and take a deep breath in.

We can get so preoccupied with stress and anxious thoughts that we forget about our own biological tools.

Take a deep breath into the pit of your stomach and focus on the flow of air as it enters your body. When you breathe out, allow yourself to exhale all the stress out of your body with a sigh of relief. 


Woman exercising

A lot of people think that exercise is for people who want to be physically fit. 

Yet the neurobiological effects of physical exercise are mindblowing. 

Exercise has been shown to help with stress, addiction, A.D.H.D., and various other psychological issues. 

Manage Your Time

Sands of Time

When you’re in college, you might think you’ve got infinite time on your hands. But shortly after college, a rude awakening starts to emerge. 

Suddenly there’s not enough time for…anything.

Time is precious. What you want to do with your life is precious. So if those things don’t match up, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by stress!

How to Use Essential Oils for Stress Relief

There are a few ways to use essential oils for stress relief. 

1. Diffusion

To diffuse essential oils, simply follow the directions for your particular diffuser.

With most GuruNanda diffusers, you simply add a few drops of the desired essential oil, add water until just below the Max line, then simply turn it on. 

The diffuser will slowly fill your room with therapeutic aromas that can help you chill out. 


2. Inhalation

This is great for when you’re on the go. Keep your favorite essential oil in your purse, backpack, or whatever you use to carry your essentials. 

Simply pull the bottle out, remove the cap, and inhale directly from the bottle. 

Take a deep breath in, focusing on your breath and the scent as it enters your body. 

Woman inhaling

3. Topical Application

Roll-ons are a very simple option for this. Our roll-ons are already pre-diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil so that you can apply them directly to your skin. 

However, you can also topically apply other essential oils as long as you dilute them first. To dilute your essential oil, use 6 drops of essential oil per every 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.

Once you have a roll-on or have diluted essential oil yourself, apply it to the following areas: 

  • Wrists
  • Back of the neck
  • Bottoms of feet

Roll Ons

    The next question is, which essential oils should you use for stress and anxiety?

    Top 5 Essential Oils for Anxiety and Stress

    Lavender Essential Oil

    There’s a reason this essential oil is in virtually every spa and massage parlor. It truly is one of the most relaxing scents in the world. 

    Lavender contains Linalool, which has a sort of sedating effect that can help relax the body and mind. 

    Warning: Keep an eye out for Lavandin, which is not the same as true Lavender. Its effects have not been well-studied as Lavender has been. 

    Click here to read about the differences. 

    Lemongrass Essential Oil 

    This is another one of those essential oils that you’ll find in every spa. 

    In fact, people who inhaled 3-6 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil showed less tension immediately. Check out the study.

    While many of the participants felt a bit anxious at the beginning of the study, inhaling Lemongrass enabled them to calm down quite quickly. 

    Clary Sage Essential Oil 

    Once you’ve inhaled tons of Lavender, you’ll probably want to try something else. 

    Clary Sage is an excellent alternative. 

    One study found that Clary Sage Essential Oil could reduce cortisol levels up to 36% and lift patients’ moods. Here’s the study.

    Vetiver Essential Oil 

    This oil has a low evaporation cycle. This means that if you place a drop on your body, it will still be evaporating up to two days later. 

    This is perfect for anyone who can anticipate going into a stressful situation. 

    Vetiver Essential Oil was linked to lowered tension in one study. However, the study was done on rats, so more research on humans is needed for a more solid conclusion.

    Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 

    The relaxing effects of Ylang Ylang are well-known around the world. 

    Ylang Ylang is a unique essential oil extracted from Cananga odorata flowers in Madagascar, a unique and diverse island country in the Indian Ocean.

    Its source plant is often referred to as the “flower of flowers” due to its sweet, floral aroma. 

    In one study, it was part of a formula that lowered stress responses, cortisol levels, and blood pressure levels in individuals. 


    Studies continue to demonstrate the relaxing effects of essential oils. 

    However, always remember that you have tools at your disposal that can help you relieve stress. 

    Start with BEM – Breathe, Exercise, Manage.

    And enjoy deeper relaxation by trying the essential oils recommended in this article.

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