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How Essential Oils Can Help Calm Stress (+ a diffuser blend!)

How Essential Oils Can Help Calm Stress (+ a diffuser blend!)

Essential oils that help calm stress & why they work

Let’s make a diffuser blend with essential oils that help calm stress and worries.

Some oils contain natural components that have proven relaxing effects for the nervous system. 

Two of the main components I look for when I want to calm stress are: 

  • Linalool – Mountains of research on linalool shows that it can relax the nervous system! It’s a truly powerful component that can soothe a wide variety of issues, from stress to physical inflammation. 

  • d-Limonened-Limonene is present in all citrus oils, and it’s been shown to help people who struggle with chronically low energy or moods. That’s why citrus oils are so bright and sunny!

Essential oils rich in these two components can help your body release tension. This affects your muscles, allowing tight and sore areas to relax. As your body becomes more serene, the physical release of tension is like a deep exhale that also soothes your mind. 

And the more your mind feels reassured and calm, the more your body can relax.

It’s as though essential oils that help calm stress are soothing every part of your system—body, mind, and heart. 

Diffuse this blend any time you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or if you need ongoing emotional support.

Nine Drops to Calm Diffuser Blend

  • 5 drops Tamala essential oil (Cinnamomum tamala ct. linalool)
  • 3 drops Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia)
  • 1 drop Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium var amara)

Nine Drops to Calm Diffuser Blend

Learn more aromatherapy stress-calming tips in our blog post:
Which Essential Oils to Use for Stress: 5 Oils I Love!

About these essential oils that help calm stress

Tamala essential oil

Cinnamomum tamala ct. linalool

Tamala is rich in linalool, and has a soft, cinnamon-caramel aroma that’s exotic and sensual, without being overwhelming. 

It’s distilled from the broad leaves of evergreen trees in Nepal. It’s popular in natural perfume recipes. You might want to add this one to jojoba in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, too!

Bergamot essential oil

Citrus bergamia

Like the other citrus oils, Bergamot is full of d-limonene! It’s also rich in linalool and another intensely soothing component: linalyl acetate!

When linalyl acetate occurs side-by-side with linalool, the two components work together in synergy to enhance each other’s effects. That makes Bergamot one of my top essential oils that help calm stress!

It has a fresh, bright, warm, fruity aroma, but it’s not as familiar as (for example) Sweet Orange or Lemon. That’s because we don’t typically eat Bergamot fruits; they’re too sour.

Neroli essential oil

Citrus aurantium var amara

Neroli oil is full of both linalool and d-limonene! 

Neroli is distilled from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. It has a very rich, heady floral, which is why there’s only one drop in this diffuser blend. Too much more, and the powerful presence of Neroli could overwhelm the other oils in the recipe (or even cause a slight headache). 

While these three oils are profoundly relaxing, they’re far from the only ones you can use. If you have your own favorite essential oils that help calm stress, please share in the comments. Your insights could help others!


Linck, V.M., da Silva, A.L., Figueiró, M., Caramão, E.B., Moreno, P.R.H. and Elisabetsky, E. (2010) Effects of inhaled linalool in anxiety, social interaction and aggressive behaviour in mice. Phytomedicine 17, 679-683.

Lima, N.G., de Souza, D.P., Pimenta, F.C., Alves, M.F., de Souza, F.S., (2012a) Anxiolytic-like activity and GC-MS analysis of (R)-(+)-limonene fragrance, a natural compound found in foods and plants. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 103, 450-454.

Woelk, H. and Schläfke, S. (2010) A multi-center, double-blind, randomised study of the Lavender oil preparation Silexan in comparison to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder. Phytomedicine 17, 2, 94-99.

Karen serves as Co-Director of Education at Aromahead Institute, where she works closely with students and helps them earn aromatherapy certification. Karen’s strong values for healthcare, education, and sustainable practices have guided her entire career, and remain the principles that shape her daily activities at Aromahead. Karen loves sharing her knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance the beauty of ones’ journey through life and has authored numerous articles and guides on the safe and effective therapeutic uses of essential oils. In Karen’s free time, she can be found hiking amongst nature, reading, and enjoying her family.

Topics: d-limonene, how to use neroli, bergamot essential oil, stress relief, essential oils for emotional support, best essential oils for stress, linalool, stress relieving essential oils, tamala essential oil

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