Today, I’m going to tell you about ONE amazing essential oil for stress relief, and teach you THREE different ways to use it.
It’s Patchouli—Pogostemon cablin.
Patchouli essential oil is gentle on skin, calms the nervous system, and reduces inflammation.
I even included it in blends for children in my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy.
The essential oil of Patchouli smells different than the popular incense that a lot of people are familiar with. If you’ve never smelled it, I highly recommend it!
A fun thing about Patchouli that makes it stand out from the essential oil crowd . . . Patchouli has an incredibly looonng shelf life!
And its aroma matures and changes as it ages.
(By the way . . . if you’re not a fan of using Patchouli essential oil for stress relief, you can use Vetiver, Vetiveria zizanoides, in these recipes instead. It will support your stress relief just as well!)
3 Ways to Use
Patchouli Essential Oil for Stress Relief
Inhale Patchouli Essential Oil for Stress Relief
Add 2 drops of Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) and 4 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) to a blank Aromatherapy inhaler.
Never made an Aromatherapy inhaler before? Here’s how to do it . . .
The inhaler comes with a piece of cotton. Slide the cotton into the inhaler, drop the essential oils onto the cotton, and then snap the cap of the inhaler into place. It’s that easy!
Aromatherapy inhalers can be such wonderful allies for stress relief. You can take your inhaler out anytime, anywhere, and use it to take slow, deep breaths. Nobody will smell the essential oils but you.
Roll On Patchouli Essential Oil for Stress Relief
Make this blend in a 10 ml glass roller-ball bottle.
Fill your bottle with 10 ml jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis), and add 2 drops Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).
Keep this blend close as you go through your day—in a bag, in a desk drawer, or in your pocket. Take it out and roll it on regularly if you have busy days, or any time you notice your thoughts going into “overdrive” and you want to use your essential oil for stress relief.
Use Patchouli Essential Oil for Stress Relief in a Bath
At the end of the day, you can make a bedtime bath salt with 2 oz (56 g) pink Himalayan salt, 1 tbsp Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis), 2 drops Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin), and 3 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
Use the entire blend in your bath and soak your stress away.
The warm water will help ease tension throughout your body, too.
Note: Carrier oils can make the bathtub slippery. Another option is to use Castile soap to disperse the essential oils in the bath water.
If you prefer to use Castile soap, simply add the essential oils to 1 tablespoon of Castile soap. Castile soap can sometimes cause the salt to harden, so we recommend adding the salt directly to the bath water.
The other oils in these recipes—Sweet Orange, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile—are also amazing essential oils for stress relief.
In The Heart of Aromatherapy, I dedicated an entire chapter to relaxation. You can learn more ways to use essential oil for stress relief—and each recipe comes with a kid-friendly version so you know you’re using safe, natural methods for the little ones. You can find The Heart of Aromatherapy here.
I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it!