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How to Reduce Stress with Aromatherapy

Convince your brain it's time to relax, and reduce stress with one of several tried and true aromatherapy methods.


  • : Consult your physician or a qualified aromatherapist before using aromatherapy because some oils may cause allergic reactions, and are not advisable for pregnant women or those with asthma, high blood pressure, or epilepsy.
  • Step 1: Choose an oil Choose an essential oil like lavender, vanilla, citrus, or others known to reduce stress. These oils work through the body's ability to link the olfactory experience and brain responses.
  • TIP: Experiment with aromas until you find what works best for you.
  • Step 2: Select delivery method Select a delivery method for your aromatherapy experience -- choosing massage, diffusion, or inhalation.
  • Step 3: Shake together Shake together up to 10 drops of essential oil and about 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil before massaging it into the skin.
  • Step 4: Enjoy via inhalation Enjoy the power of aromatherapy to diminish stress via inhalation by placing a few drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball or tissue and setting it near you for up to two hours.
  • TIP: Use aromatic plant oils sparingly.
  • Step 5: Burn a candle Burn a candle until you have a pool of wax near the wick. Extinguish the candle and add a few drops of essential oil, and then relight the candle to diffuse aromas.
  • TIP: Enhance relaxation by listening to soothing music while you enjoy aromatherapy.
  • Step 6: Activate a diffuser Enjoy the benefits of an aromatherapy fan diffuser or vaporizer. Insert a cotton pad treated with a few drops of essential oil into the diffuser, and activate the diffuser.
  • Step 7: Add to bath Add up to six drops of essential oil to your bath water, or three drops to a basin of hot water to reduce stress.
  • Step 8: Prepare for sweet dreams Prepare for sweet dreams by placing three drops of a relaxing essential oil onto your pillow at bedtime. Now, let your stress fade away and enjoy a restful night's sleep.
  • FACT: Lavender was valued by Romans and other ancient cultures for its aromatic qualities.

You Will Need

  • Essential oils
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cotton balls
  • pads
  • or tissue
  • Candle
  • Diffuser or vaporizer
  • Hot water
  • Soothing music (optional)

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