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De-Stressing Relief with Oils

Stress. Does just the mention of the word make you short of breath, tired, or make you want to take a flight or fight stance? It is one thing we do not need too much of, but always have in our life in some form or another. There is bad stress and joyous stress. Bad stress is something no one wants, but it usually happens at one time or another in your daily life. Joyous stress also can cause other changes in lives, such as getting married and the changes that brings.

Some examples of bad stress are losing your job, having a job you hate to go to, always being broke, and the death or separation from someone close. We all know too much of that can hurt us physically as well as mentally. How you cope with stress will differ from one person to the next.

If you cannot avoid the stress, the next best thing to do is to learn how to handle it. Some people seek professional help, while others do not. It depends on each individual need. The one thing everyone can do for themselves is learn to relax and take time out.

With the following recipes for de-stressing baths, you can play with the amount of fragrance you apply. You may want more or less sandalwood, rather than lavender, for instance. Should you find stores that say their essential oils can be used in baths go ahead and use those if you would prefer. Essential oils are usually not to be placed in direct contact with the body.


2 drops bergamot fragrance oil

2 drops clary sage fragrance oil

2 drops sandalwood fragrance oil

2 drops neroli fragrance oil

4 drops lavender fragrance oil


Glass or plastic bottle

Blend all ingredients and stir about 5 times. Pour into running warm bath water. Enjoy with a good book, candles, music, or anything else you may enjoy.


4 drops lavender fragrance oil

4 drops chamomile fragrance oil

4 drops sandalwood fragrance oil


Glass or plastic bottle

Pour ingredients into the bottle and dispense into warm running bath water. Toss your cares away for a while as you soak for at least 10 minutes. If the phone rings, let the answering machine pick it up.

Here is a recipe for smelling salts that you can use at work, or wherever you need relief, should a bath not be in order. These smelling salts travel well in a purse or a pocket. Again, the recipes for use with the salts can vary according to your likes and dislikes of the oils.


1 tablespoon rock salt

2 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops chamomile essential oil


Bottle, jar or other device for carrying the salts

Mix all ingredients together and use as necessary. When the smell doesn’t seem as fresh, you may toss out and start over, or just add more oil.

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