Notebook: Mind
What essential oils help you relax?

Like most people, I love lavender essential oil. However, I love to mix it with other oils like vetiver, ylang ylang, clary sage and Roman chamomile. I always carry neroli with me, as it’s one of the most exotic, sensual and luxurious oils I know. It makes me feel so good whenever I use it, which is most days! It’s so emotionally uplifting, and it helps me relax on a physical level too. I'd love to hear your suggestions ... what oils help you relax? 

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Elicia S

April 24, 2019 - 12:44pm

Peppermint and lavender.

Megan M 1074865153

February 27, 2019 - 8:29am

Lavender is probably my favorite scent/ oil. I just bought a diffuser (finally!) and I’ve come to really love frankincense and sweet orange oils as well. They pair well together, but they are both great on their own! I’m hoping to explore more oils and find other scents that i like.

kathy w 2030438645

December 19, 2018 - 6:23am

Put a few drops of palo santo in your diffuser and drift off to sleep

Lise K

November 25, 2018 - 4:13am

I love to diffuse 1 drop rosemary, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop frankincense, 1-2 drops eucalyptus at night when I’m winding down to go to sleep. It really is a great combination, and great for the lungs!


September 12, 2018 - 10:49am

After years of using essential oils I found that transdermal absorption through your plantar fascia ( bottom of your feet) works wonders! I always used to massage my feet with my essential oils and didn’t even realise how great it was for me until I recently took a reflexology course. All I knew is that it felt good and made me feel good! I commented on it in class and my instructed and I completely bonded over our love for essential oils. She turned me on to these foot pads with essential oils in them that you use while you sleep. I absolutely love them! I’ve never slept better and feel an overall relief of my aches and pains during the day.

cari martin

August 16, 2018 - 8:27am

I have blended Ylang Ylang with Sweet Orange.  the orange feels so fresh and Ylang Ylang calms me.  i have it in a roll-on.  LOVE LOVE IT.

Barb E 1608386607

August 16, 2018 - 5:19am

What is neroli?  I’m always trying to uplift and fight depression / anxiety.  It’s a horrible combination.  Love essential oils and always looking for alternatives to any meds.  Thanks

Tonya M 1814216693

January 10, 2019 - 9:21pm

Would love someone to reccomend something for stress,anxiety and trouble sleeping

Gail K 1009353805

January 1, 2019 - 12:02pm

Frankincense, lavender,  bergamot, Clary sage. There are actually several more for anxiety and depression. Use any of those oils but not all at one time.

Alex S 756866191

August 3, 2018 - 9:20am

Panic button! It’s my all time, absolute, favorite. I could buy this stuff by the gallon. It smells amazing and is so calming.

Suzanne D 1623461859

July 2, 2018 - 1:38pm

I love the scent of Gardenia. It is so calming to me. I have an indoor plant and am excited when it blooms. Any suggestions on finding oils? So many just do not smell authentic. Other scents I enjoy are jasmine, cinnamon, clove and any light spicy or floral scents.I also really enjoy Lemon. I am having real problems with mood swings and rises of anger either due to anxiety or some of my other mental obstacles. I would like to infuse essential oil or oil blends to try and help me. I am new to your site and would also like to find information on classes. Thank you!

Maria M 469276234

July 2, 2018 - 6:18am

Lavender…peppermint… sage… and Love frankincense.

Deanna H 439588402

June 24, 2018 - 4:22pm

My favorite is Tranquility,  I put it in a diffuser near my bed!

Linda J 1599662146

May 17, 2018 - 11:31pm

Lavender….Ginger…lime…many more
Oh almost forgot peppermint…looooove peppermint

Linda J 1599662146

May 17, 2018 - 11:29pm

Lavender….Ginger…lime…many more

Vicky H 21688049

May 5, 2018 - 3:14pm

Hi Kris.  Recently I have experienced that the fragrance of lemon grass is amazingly similar to Lemon Balm.  I knew lemon balm is one of the more precious oils distilled from the flowering plant of the lemon balm plant which apparently grows prolifically.  The lemon grass seems to come from more tropical locations and is a heavier grass, thus less is needed in the distilling process and it is less costly, much less costly.  So do you (or does anyone) agree with me that the fragrance is seriously similar?  I would love any tidbits you might share about these two lemon sisters???  Thank you so much!

Mary L 1743928812

March 18, 2018 - 7:36pm

I enjoy lavender oils and ecaluptus too in my home

Mary L 1743928812

March 18, 2018 - 7:32pm

I enjoy lavender oil relaxing and calming plus espson salts with lavender and eucalyptus all over my home

Wendy B

March 14, 2018 - 7:53am

Lavender is my most Favorite. Ylang Ylang III is a close second. But I recently found the essential oils Bergamot and Neroli I love these two as well. It really depends on the day and my mood as to which one of these I use. But I always carry lavender with me.

Tonja S

January 29, 2018 - 8:12am

you know that would be a great oil jasmine, and sweet coconut would be a great one too

Kathy J 844250320

February 1, 2018 - 3:36pm

the oil blend “happiness” smells great and is relaxing

Tonja S

January 29, 2018 - 8:10am

I would love to find someone who has jasmine perfume

Kris M. Wrede

February 5, 2018 - 4:04pm

Dear Tonja…I see you LOVE jasmine as much as I do! We DO have a jasmine perfume, and it is also in the Aura Cacia Precious Essentials line…which are all deliciously suspended in jojoba oil. Like I mentioned it is so easy, just tip the bottle a little on your wrist or a little in your hair, and you have Jasmine for days. For me it is and immediate pick me up, and so soft and sensual too. I just love the exotic sweetness of it, and always brings me immense pleasure. Enjoy!

Kris M. Wrede

February 5, 2018 - 3:46pm

Thanks for sharing Kathy…what is in your ‘Happiness’ blend? I am sure it is something yummy! I have some new favorites from Aura Cacia (of course!!!) and my current favorite is Tasmanian Lavender. You need to realize that my favorite changes on a daily basis! This lavender is so sweet and delicious, it is like a honeyed nectar. By far the best I have ever smelled. What is just as great, it is from our line of Precious Essentials and it is already in jojoba oil…so it is safe and can be applied directly to skin. For me, anytime I can skip a step it makes my day easier! My other long time favorite is Lemon Balm. It is also from our Precious Essentials so I just apply to my wrist and I am ready to go! Wonderful for nighttime relaxing, and the aroma is quite simply…marvelous!

Cher C

January 13, 2018 - 8:29am

I love the blend of ylang ylang and dark patcholli, but only a small amount of the dark patcholli… when I wear it to work people say the room smells like a spa! The ylang ylang lifts my mood and calms any anxiety I may have… however I don’t have much of that anymore!

Kris M. Wrede

January 17, 2018 - 11:09am

Cher…what a great combination! Patchouli can be a little strong for some people, so the idea of lightening it with a nice sultry floral like ylang ylang is awesome…good job! For me so many oils lift my mood, someone asked me the other day what my favorite was, and I immediately said jasmine. However, I am aroma-fickle LOL! I said jasmine because I think on that day that is what I needed. Ask me the next day and I may say one of MANY oils. Like rose, neroli, ylang ylang, tangerine, cardamom, sandalwood, vetiver, balsam fir, fresh ginger, mandarin, lavender, clary sage. Need I say more? You gave me and others some ideas and I encourage you to explore further…and most importantly share with us!

Cari W 866760897

July 13, 2017 - 11:20am

How do use oils

Kris M. Wrede

July 25, 2017 - 5:22pm

Hi Cari…so glad to have you in the conversation! Are there any particular oils you are interested in? I use essential oils in so many different ways, but if you are new to essential oils you can start slow. I would go to the Aura Cacia site and there are so many recipes and suggestions for use on there as well. I would maybe start with some familiar ones like orange and lavender. Lavender is so incredibly versatile, even a few drops on a Kleenex or your pillowcase can help with relaxation at night. If you have a lighter pillowcase it may stain, so stick with a darker color. I also love orange essential oil or anything in the citrus family in a diffuser, it makes me immediately happier! Let me know how you do!

Christina C

July 6, 2017 - 10:31pm

I really enjoy peppermint. It has a cooling effect to it and helps with sore muscles.
I also like lavender and tea tree.

kat g

February 21, 2018 - 8:09am

Peppermint is my favorite! As are lavender and tea tree.

Kris M. Wrede

July 11, 2017 - 6:59pm

Christina…it is wonderful for muscles I agree. I also keep peppermint in the car for long trips to sniff when I got a little bored! Other great muscle oils would be helichrysum, frankincense and eucalyptus.

Arleen W

June 16, 2017 - 9:17pm

I love rose and clove oil together. It’s earthy and floral and soothes me.

Kris M. Wrede

July 11, 2017 - 6:57pm

Arleen you are so right! I love doing combos that appeal to me, and then sharing them with friends and family. I love putting spices with rose, since it has a bit of a spicy nature so they are very complementary. Try our Ginger Fresh, Cardamom and a tad bit of cinnamon for a different yet similar aroma. Enjoy!

Mari W

July 5, 2017 - 2:02pm

I love lavender! I also like lemon, peppermint, rose, geranium….....I could go on.

Kris M. Wrede

July 11, 2017 - 6:53pm

Right? Essential oils are a good, healthy obsession to have! What do you like using them for?

Kris M. Wrede

June 19, 2017 - 7:25pm

Thanks Arleen….I LOVE new ideas! Since rose is a super favorite of mine, and it is a little spicier than most florals…I love the idea of clove and rose together. A master stroke I must say! For those of you who would want to consider this, remember that clove is super strong, you may only want to put in only 1 drop of clove to let’s say 25 drops of our Aura Cacia Rose Absolute Precious Essentials. Since the Rose is beautifully suspended in jojoba oil, once you mix it is may be used directly on the skin.If you feel it needs more clove only do a drop at a a time, as I always say “You can always add, but you can never take away!”  Remember not to use in a diffuser, since it has the jojoba oil in it and could clog the diffuser.


June 7, 2017 - 11:14am

Rose relaxes and uplifts me. Gives me that ahhhhh sigh of relief. I love a little on my kneck. Theres something about rosemary in the diffuser that relaxes me too. I also find spearmint and eucalyptus relaxing even though its considered a stimulant.

Kris M. Wrede

June 7, 2017 - 6:10pm

Rose is definitely a fav of mine too! It is so emotionally uplifting every time I use it, which is just every day. I put a little on my hair as it makes the fragrance last longer. I love our Aura Cacia Rose Absolute Precious Essentials, and I mix it with Helichrysum Precious Essentials and a little of our Argan and Rose Hip seed for my face and hands morning and night.

I think it is perfect that you realize what relaxes you, even if it is not a typically relaxing oil. It is important to realize what works for us personally, and that is all that matters, right? It depends on so many factors how your own physiology will react to an oil…so kudos to you!

Kris M. Wrede

May 23, 2017 - 2:57pm

Lavandin is really nice too, whatever is the best for you! I love Lavender before bed too..a few drops on a Kleenex or a cotton square is great tucked inside your pillow! I mix it with orange or tangerine which are both s emotionally relaxing for me!


May 23, 2017 - 10:34am

I like Lavadin, it resembles lavender but a bit more earthy.

Kris M. Wrede

July 11, 2017 - 7:04pm

Lavandin is so nice, it is a little more earthy and kind of bracing too! Just so you know that Lavandin is a different plant, so it actually has a high camphor content of about 20%. What that means is it could potentially be a skin irritant, and it is also not relaxing like Lavender.

Jake D

May 18, 2017 - 2:44pm

Lavender is great to put on before bed

Kris M. Wrede

July 11, 2017 - 7:02pm

Jake you got it! It is one of the best ways to use lavender. Most people think lavender is just relaxing, but it can also be very balancing. So if you are too low it can help bring you to that point of balance.

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