Which essential oils are calming and soothing for your body?

Updated: Apr 12, 2020

Essential oils are typically classified into different groups depending on their effects on the body- they can be calming and soothing; grounding and balancing; or uplifting and energising.


If you are looking to use essential oils on those days or times of the day, where you really need something that calms your nervous system, then below are several options to choose from (but not limited to those) depending on your preference for smell.



Lavender

This is one of my favourite essential oils. It instills overall sense of calm, eases any feelings of anxiety, stress and tension in your body. It also supports good night sleep.

For aromatic use, add 3-4 drops to your diffuser or couple of drops to your bed-sheets before bedtime. You can also inhale it directly from the bottle.

For topical use, dilute 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and massage into any tense area on your body. For restful night's sleep rub underneath your feet as our feet are key absorption points on your body. You can also take a warm bath and add 3-4 drops of lavender oil along with half a cup of Epsom salts into the water.


Geranium

It has calming effect on nerves and soothes your mind and body from stress.

You can use it both topically by mixing 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and massage into your body. Best if applied after a shower.

You can diffuse 3-4 drops in a diffuser or just add a drop into your palms, rub together and inhale deeply couple of times.


Neroli

Reduces feelings of anxiety and encourages relaxation. Promotes positive attitude.

For aromatic use diffuse 3-4 drops.

For topical use, Neroli works very good on your skin as it helps to soothe it. For a relaxing massage experience, mix Neroli with Lavender and Ylang Ylang with carrier oil and massage into skin.


Clary Sage

Reduces anxiety from emotional and hormonal imbalance and great for relaxing both the mind and the body as it calms emotions

Diffuse 3-4 drops before going to bed or diffuse 2 drops with 2 drops of your preferred citrus oil to elevate positive emotions.

For topical use, dilute 1-2 drops with carrier oil and apply on your pulse points and massage into your abdomen.

You can also take a warm bath, by adding 2 drops of Clary Sage, 2 drops of Roman Chamomile, 2 drops of Lavender and half a cup of Epsom salts.



Roman Chamomile

Soothes your body and mind and enhances feelings of calm and relaxation.

For aromatic use diffuse 3-4 drops. For topical use dilute 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and apply to the soles of your feet or add 1-2 drops to your moisturiser.

You can also take it internally, by adding 1-2 drops to your favourite herbal tea.

Caution: Avoid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.



Basil

Helps to reduce stress and anxiety both in the body and mind. Also reduces muscle tension and improves mental focus.

For aromatic use diffuse 3-4 drops or inhale straight from the bottle.

For topical use dilute 1 drop of oil with carrier oil and rub on your temples or dilute 1-2 drops and rub into your tense muscles.

Caution: Avoid if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or epileptic. It may also affect blood clotting, so do avoid if you are being treated for this.


Jasmine

It uplifts the mood and enhances feelings of piece and joy

For aromatic use diffuse 3-4 drops

For topical use dilute 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and add to your pulse points (neck, wrists, behind the knee) or soles of your feet.

Caution: Note that it may cause allergic reaction due to benzyl acetate content


Ylang Ylang

Has both calming effect on your mind and body as well as uplifting your mood. It also lessens stress and feelings of tension

Use it both topically or aromatically (3-4 drops in a diffuser). Topically it's best to mix 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and apply to pulse points (your wrists, neck, groin) or massage into tense areas of your body


Melissa

Helps to calm and relax both mind and body, but also uplifts and restores positive mood.

For aromatic use, diffuse 3-4 drops before going to bed or add it to your palms, rub together and inhale deeply.

For topical use, dilute 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and massage into your neck and shoulders.

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