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Unexpected Essential Oils That Can Help Bust Your Stress

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Lavender is not the only stress relieving essential oil available

When you think of essential oils that relieve stress, you probably automatically think about lavender. Yes, lavender is good for anxiety and helps people become relaxed, but there are many more psychological balancing essential oils that don’t get as much press. Additionally, not every essential oil is universally helpful for each person. This post covers stress-busting essential oils you might not have thought of before.

Think outside the Box of Stress-Busting Essential Oils

There are some essential oils, like tangerine and bitter orange, that can balance a person’s mood. In addition, there are some more exotic ones that you might not have heard of. For example, copaiba balsam oil and ylang ylang oil have psychological benefits.

Instead of just reaching for one essential oil, why not avail yourself of all the possible oils that could help you? Let’s explore the options available to you for stress relieving essential oils!

Open essential oil bottle on a desk, by Kelly Sikkema quit them
Essential oils can be part of your stress relieving self-care

Tangerine and Bitter Orange

As I have mentioned in this blog before, tangerine has many positive qualities for stress relief. In addition, bitter orange can be a good resource for balancing your mood.

Bitter orange oil comes from the rind of the orange and has a sharper smell than sweet orange. You can use bitter orange for stress relief and anxiety reduction. In addition, bitter orange oil can be helpful with the psychological distress that comes with premenstrual syndrome.

Ylang Ylang

The star-shaped flower that grows in places like India and Malaysia yields a sweet-smelling oil for relaxation without a sedative effect. It also enhances sexual desire, which could lead to stress relief from sexual release. Preliminary research has found that it can be used to lower blood pressure and produces a relaxing sensation.


This essential oil comes from the resin of the Copaiba Balsam plant. It has many healing effects and is commonly used in Brazil. The scent is woodsy and sweet. In addition to its many health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties and liver protection, copaiba essential oil can have a calming effect when people are stressed out. Many people diffuse it for this reason.

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Copaiba oil can be relaxing and stress relieving

Star Anise

This essential oil, which smells like licorice, has various uses. It is commonly used in Chinese medicine and is an antioxidant and antifungal agent. In addition to being used for the flu, it can also help with payment the during the menstrual cycle. In addition, it can be a wonderful sleep aid, as it tends to make people sleepy.

Note: Using star anise has an effect on drugs that affect the central nervous system. For example, it can diminish the effects of antidepressants or boost the analgesic effects of opiate medication. If you choose this oil, please consult with your prescribing physician to make sure that there are no adverse side effects or drug interactions.

Star anise by Hugo Aitken
Start anise has many healing properties, including making you sleepy

Reviewing the Options for Stress-Busting Essential Oils

When your nerves are jangled or you are feeling keyed up, you have many aromatherapy options. Once you learn how to use applied kinesiology, or muscle testing, you can find the oils that work best for you. As mentioned above, each person is different and not all oils work for all people.

Thankfully, you don’t have just one option if you’re feeling stressed out and you want to use aromatherapy to help you calm down.

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Talk to your medical professionals about complementary options like essential oils

I should note that none of these oils is a replacement for psychiatric medicine or psychological care. Essential oils can be complementary to your existing regimen for mental wellness. If you are taking psychiatric medication, please do not quit them abruptly without medical advice.

Withdrawal symptoms from medications can be very am pleasant and you should always consult with a medical professional regarding discontinuation or changes in medication regimens.

If you’re stuck and you don’t know how to choose which oil would work best for you, please call for an appointment. I can guide you in selecting, using, and benefiting from the essential oil that matches your vibration best. I can be reached at 661-575-7135.


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