Best Stress Relief Scents


Post by Suzanne R Banks


Often smelling something is enough to create change in emotions and stress addiction because scent works powerfully on our mind, body and brain function. Stress can become a habit that we get used to rather than a trigger to help us survive, and in turn we get adrenal and cortisol overload. This is not good! Smell something good to break your habitual mind reactions.

Best Stress Relief Scents

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Stress Relief: Marjoram

Oreganum marjorana

Little leaf, big scent, great results. Marjoram has been used in herbal medicine for centuries, and comes from a time when our food was our medicine. This beautiful herb essential oil will help everyone from babies to the elderly with its stunning aromatic medicine.

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Marjoram is wonderful for:
any kind of physical stress
soothing emotional pain and angst
help induce sleep
muscle pain
period pain

Stress Relief: Frankincense

Boswellia carterii

Another botanical substance that has been used for a long time, made popular by stories from the Bible, is a must have for stress relief. This essential oil which is steam distilled from the resin has a deeply calming effect by inducing longer, slower, deeper breaths. This leads to a meditative state of mind creating Alpha brainwaves to help you chill out.

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Frankincense is great for:
restful sleep
connecting to your youthfulness
helping us see the bigger picture
moving us away from a busy mind
asthma attacks and sufferers
coughing and not being able to breathe very well

Stress Relief: Chamomile

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Both chamomiles are wonderful for stress relief but work in slightly different ways and have distinctly different scents. Roman chamomile has an intense honey-like sweetness whereas German chamomile is very deeply herbaceous.

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German chamomile is good for:
inducing sleep
settling anger
emotional healing
reducing inflammation in the body
physical heat

Roman chamomile is good for
soothing tiredness
softening inflexibility
relaxing the body as a whole
allowing tension to subside
reducing cramping in the body

The best and easiest way to use the oils is to open the bottle and take a whiff, also in oil burners or even if you put your foot over the shower drain and a few drops in, breathe deep.

If you’re wondering why I haven’t included lavender in this article it’s because I know that you know it’s a really great oil for stress relief – well done!

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6 thoughts on “Best Stress Relief Scents

  1. Hi there Suzanne,
    When the world overwhelms I find a mix of lavender & clary sage in the burner does wonders.
    For personal scenting I can use any new fragrance to derail a downward spiral because it lifts me, interests me, has been a conscious choice and gives a focus other than drama.
    Portia xx


    • Very interesting Portia! In aromatherapy terms Clary Sage is quite uplifting and of course the scent is euphoric. I haven’t used Clary in a while so thanks for reminding me. Also the way you have been using you new fragrances is a great way to cajole the mind into a new direction. 10 out of 10 x


    • Thanks Ainslie – its so interesting the way our personal preferences shape the way we use scent. I absolutely love marjoram as its quite ancient and it’s healing power is marvelous. Portia said he uses Clary sage and that’s an oil I don’t use a lot. Each to his own thanks so much for commenting x


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