Relax with Essential Oils!

by Andrea Butje on April 21, 2014

Relaxing with essential oils and friendsThere are some great essential oils that encourage a calm state of mind, reduce stress and support sleep.

Here are a few ideas to help you relax with essential oils. We’ll start with a few great carriers that can be very soothing all on their own:

  • A massage oil with jojoba
  • A cream for before sleep
  • A bath salt for before bed
  • A linen spray for your pillow and sheets
  • A diffuser blend for the bedroom

And now for the essential oils! Pick your favorite blend below and add it to one of the carriers above to create your own personal relaxation product.

Emotionally uplifting and relaxing blend: Orange and Ylang Ylang
Deep earth aromas: Vetiver and Patchouli
Floral heaven: Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa and Lavender
The herb garden: Marjoram and Lavender

How many drops? Try about 10 drops total of essential oil per oz of carrier. Create these blends using the drop-by-drop blending method. For example, if you choose to make a massage oil with the emotionally uplifting and relaxing blend, start by adding 1 drop of Orange and 1 drop of Ylang Ylang and mix them into the jojoba.

You may notice that the Ylang Ylang is much stronger than the Orange, and you can add 3 or 4 more drops of Orange before the Ylang Ylang starts to blend its aroma and the massage oil becomes more aromatically balanced. Your final blend may have 8 drops of Orange and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang.

If you make one of these blends, please share the results with us in the comments below this blog post. (If you’re reading this in an email, you can click through to the Aromahead blog and add your comments there.)

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Lisa Smith January 21, 2015 at 7:38 pm

I turned to essential oils last year when my dog, who was my best friend and companion, was diagnosed with bone cancer. I have always enjoyed aromas and needed a “get away” from what I knew was going to come. I lost him only a month later and felt totally lost myself. It was then I started to learn of all of healing properties oils had as I dived into them for a distraction of my pain. I used them to help me sleep and to try to uplift me during the day so I could continue. It has been six months since his loss and I still use my oils everyday. I believe using the oils, their healing properties help bring me through that very difficult time.


Stella March 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm

When talking about mixing a carrier to the oils for a massage are you referring to coconut oil or another kind of carrier?


Andrea Butje March 12, 2015 at 8:11 am

Coconut oil is a great carrier and there are many others- any vegetable or nut oil can be a carrier oil (also called fixed oils). For example sunflower oil, avocado oil and argan oil are all carrier oils.


Stella March 12, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Thank you Andrea that was helpful.


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