Top 12 Essential Oils with Stress Relieving Properties:

Bergamot Description: Fresh, Orange/Lemon/Citrus, and Slightly Floral Strength: Mild to Medium Origin: Essential oil is extracted from a round yellow fruit of a tree found in Italy, Morocco, the Ivory Coast, and Asia Use: Antidepressant, Calming and Refreshing for the nervous system
Frankincense Description: Fresh, Woody, Balsamic, Slightly Spicy and Fruity Strength: Mild to Medium Origin: Oil is distilled from the resin that is extracted from the small Boswellia carterri tree that can be found in Yemen, Oman, North Africa, Somalia, China, and India Use: Warming and Calming oil used for relaxation and in many religions to aid prayer and meditation Benzoin Description: Rich, Warm, Slightly Woody, Creamy, and Vanilla Strength: Light Origin: Oil comes from the bark of the Benzoin tree found in Sumatra, Java, and Thailand Use: Warm, calming oil has sedative effects and is used to treat tension, anxiety, depression, and stress Chamomile Description: Sweet, Herbal, and Fruity Strength: Strong Origin: Oil is made from the flower of the plant in the daisy family originally from South and East Europe and now in Asia, North and South America Use: Relieves anger and anxiety as well as nervous tension Clary Sage Description: Sweet, Spicy, Herbal, and Nutty Strength: Medium to Strong Origin: Extracted from an herb with white flowers; found worldwide but the primary sources are in France, Britain, and Morocco Use: Clary sage can be calming to the nervous system, particularly in cases of depression, stress and insomnia Cedarwood Description: Rich, Warm, Woody, and Masculine Strength: Mild Origin: Oil originally is from the majestic cedar tress native to North America Use: It has a calming effect and is of great help in conditions associated with anxiety and nervous tension"

Lavender Description: fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous, slightly fruity Strength: medium Origin: colorless to pale yellow essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of lavender shrubs. Potency is highly variable, dependent on weather and region of growth. Use: relieves anxiety, depression, and hyper- tension, relaxing and sedating, helps to alleviate anger, insomnia, and tension.

Geranium Description: floral, fresh, sweet, with a fruity note. Strength: strong Origin: a pale green oil is steam distilled from the fragrant green parts of the plant, especially the leaves. Use: has sedative, uplifting, and anti- depressant properties. Can promote concentrations, while relieving panic and anxiety. Marjoram Description: herbaceous, sweet, woody Strength: medium Origin: marjoram branches are steam- distilled to produce a pale orange to amber-colored oil. Use: helps to relieve insomnia and release muscle tension. It calms emotions and minimizes emotional upsets, making it useful for anxiety, emotional exhaustion, nervous tension and stress. Sandalwood Description: rich, sweet, warm, woody, and floral Strength: medium Origin: the pale yellow or golden essential oil is steam-distilled from crushed heartwood. Use: helps to relieve confusion, fear, and nervousness. Relaxes muscles and clears the mind Vetiver Description: woody, earthy, herbaceous, spicy Strength: strong Origin: dried vetiver roots are steam distilled to produce an amber or dark brown essential oil. Use: strengthens central nervous system by reducing stress, anxiety, and tension. Helps to overcome depression, insomnia, nervousness. Ylang Ylang Description: fresh, floral, sweet, slightly fruity Strength: medium - strong Origin: full yellow flowers are steam-distilled in a "fractionation" process to produce a yellow essential oil. Use: relaxes and calms emotional states, and is used by psychotherapists to treat depression, insomnia, and nervous tension. Relieves anxiety, stress, and stress-related disorders. Here is a list of all the oils and spices that may be used for relaxation and stress relief: Basil Benzoin Tincture Bergamot Black Pepper Cajeput Camomile, Roman Camphor Cardamom Seed Cedarwood Cinnamon Clary Sage Clove Coriander Cypress Eucalyptus Fennel Frankincense Geranium Ginger Grapefruit Hyssop Jasmine Juniper Lavender Lemon Lemongrass Marjoram Melissa Myrrh Neroli Orange Patchouli Palma Rosa Peppermint Pine Rose Otto Rosemary Rosewood Sage Sandalwood Tea Tree Thyme Ylang Ylang These oils should not be used for aromatherapy: bitter Almond, Aniseed, Arnica, Boldo leaf, Calamus, Camphor, Cassia, Cinnamon bark, Costus, Elecampane, bitter Fennel, Horseradish, Jaborandi leaf, Mugwort (Armoise), Mustard, Origanum, Spanish Origanum, European Pennyroyal, North American Pennyroyal, dwarf Pine, Rue, Sassafras, Brazilian Sassafras, Savin, Savory, Southernwood, Tansy, Thuja, intergreen, Wormseed, Wormwood A few safety tips: Do not take any oils internally. Do not apply any undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s, or other concentrated essences onto the skin. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. Use caution if you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or other serious medical problems. For more safety information see Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless.