5 ways to use essential oils to de-stress

Aromatherapy has been used for centuries all around the world, to help assist the body’s natural abilities to heal, rest and recover from stress and illness. A form of complementary therapy that uses essential oils, plant and flower extracts, it can be used in a number of different ways to assist with healing and relaxation.

One of the reasons aromatherapy is thought to be so effective is due to the brain’s ability to register aromas twice as quickly as it can pain. If you’re feeling stressed and need a pick me up, then aromatherapy is an extremely relaxing and enjoyable experience that can be tried in the comfort of your own home.

Simple ways to use essential oils to improve your well-being


Aromatherapy massages can be both calming and comforting. By using essential oils as part of your massage, you can relieve physical tension while absorbing the healing properties of the oils on your skin.


One of the simplest ways to create a relaxing atmosphere, scented candles can be a gentle way to introduce aromatherapy to your daily self-care routine. Providing a relaxing fragrance, these can also make a great focal point while practising meditation.


It may sound a little cliche, but soaking in a bath after a long, hard day with essential oils or scented bath salts can be a soothing way to relax your mind, enjoy the calming scents, and reflect on your day. 

To help you unwind, try popping a few drops in your bath water after it has finished running. Alternatively, another lovely tip is to make a hot compress by soaking a hand towel or flannel in warm water with a few drops of essential oil and apply this to the back of the neck for relaxation.


Combining incense, candles or essential oils as part of regular meditation can help enhance feelings of relaxation. Studies have shown that regular meditation before bed can help you fall asleep quicker, deeper and for longer.


Spreading the scent of essentials oils effectively, diffusers can be a simple way to inhale and experience the benefits of different essential oils. It can also help create a calm atmosphere and can be a simple start to your self-care routine.

Alternatively, if you’re on the go a lot and can’t benefit from a diffuser, you can keep an essential oil in your bag. When you feel stressed, you simply apply a few drops to a tissue and inhale deeply.

Considering seeing an aromatherapist?

If you are considering seeing an aromatherapist, you may be asked how you hope to benefit from aromatherapy, as well as questions about your lifestyle, general health, and well-being. This can give your aromatherapist a better picture of your health before beginning treatments.

Treatment plans are personalised to suit your needs, with most people typically undertaking around 10 sessions.

Ready to give it a go? Find an aromatherapist near you.

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Written by Bonnie Evie Gifford
Bonnie Evie Gifford is a Senior Writer at Happiful.
Written by Bonnie Evie Gifford
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