Calming Essential Oils

calming essential oilsOne of my very favorite uses of essential oils is for the calming effects that it has over the mind and body. There’s nothing better than coming home after a stressful day and enjoying a warm bath with soothing lavender. Or diffusing Roman Chamomile in the kids’ room at night to help them sleep. A variety of calming essential oils are extremely effective in helping with relaxation and calming so that you can live a serene, healthy and more enjoyable life.

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Best Peace and Calming Essential Oils

One of the most popular essential oil blends for providing calm and peace, Young Living’s Peace and Calming provides a blend of tangerine, orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. It is extremely expensive, mostly because of the cost of the blue tansy. This one is a great one to try, or you could (likely in a less expensive manner) create your own blend of calming essential oils.

One hack recipe for this Peace and Calming blend calls for:

15 drops tangerine

10 drops orange

10 drops Ylang Ylang

5 drops Patchouli

2 drops Blue Tansy (or substitute Moroccan Chamomile)

Best Calming Essential Oils

Some of these are more well-known, while others may be less commonly known for their relaxing properties. Check out this list that includes Lavender, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, and Chamomile. Use them alone or blend them together to create your own custom calming essential oils. Diffuse them with a cool mist humidifier or apply them topically. Some of them below are also listed in the recipe above for the mock Peace and Calming YL oil.

Lavender Essential Oil

One of the most popular and common essential oils, lavender is safe and versatile. Used in a diffuser, inhaler, or topically by adding to a carrier oil and rubbing on the bottom of the feet. Lavender is great when diffused into a bedroom, and you’ll find that you’re sleeping like a baby!

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

In addition to providing a calming sense to the mood and mind, Roman Chamomile is also extremely useful as a calming agent to the skin. Add it to a mild carrier oil to aid with eczema as well as other inflamed or dry skin issues. Diffuse into the air to provide help for shock and grief to help with the spiritual side. Works great with animals who are facing stress related issues.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Originally only used by royalty and other wealthy individuals, Frankincense is almost magical as it works on feelings of anxiety and anger. This spicy smelling oil aids in deepening the breathing and promoting overall feelings of wellness and satisfaction. Frankincense also works as an anti-inflammatory, maintains healthy cellular balance, and provides aid to the body’s systems to help them function at the top of their game. Use topically with a carrier oil, or diffuse into the air to lighten the mood. Frankincense is super useful in that it acts as a booster for any other oil it is combined with, increasing effectiveness. And it is a super powerful oil, so just a little drop or two goes a long way, which makes the sometimes higher price a little less difficult to swallow.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

With sedative properties, Ylang Ylang (pronounced Ee-lang Ee-lang) provides relief from stress and anxiety while calming nerves and working as an antidepressant. It’s also a great booster for the nervous system, empowering it to repair nerve damage and protecting nerves from future damage. Ylang Ylang helps to lower the blood pressure, which is a major health concern and often an issue related to stress. Great when blended with grapefruits, lavender, and bergamot.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Bringing a sense of clearness and contentment, Clary Sage works with antidepressant qualities, as well as a sedative and lowering blood pressure. Clary Sage is good for the nerves, the stomach, and the skin. This one is particularly helpful to women who are having trouble with irregular or painful menstruation, helping with the physical as well as emotional effects of hormonal imbalance. For calming, use in a blend or alone and diffuse into the air with a cool mist humidifier or apply topically when diluted with a carrier oil.

Bergamot Essential Oil

As a citrus oil, Bergamot is unique in that it calms and uplifts at the same time. This helps a great deal with those who have anxious feelings along with sadness, while directing nervous energy away from addictive behavior. Bergamot is excellent at helping people to find relaxation and calm. Add a couple of drops to carrier oil and apply topically to the wrists, back of the next, and bottoms of the feet at bedtime. Works great when used in a blend as a massage oil.

Other uses for Bergamot include pain relief, digestive aid, and deodorant. Bergamot is great for the skin in that it helps to minimize the look of scars and makes the distribution of pigment look clearer and more uniform. In addition, this oil can be used to reduce the fever and even kills worms.

Patchouli Essential Oil

Working as a harmonizing and grounding oil, patchouli helps to stabilize the mind and eliminate worry or anxiety. In addition, this oil works well as an insect repellant, astringent, deodorant, and diuretic. It’s also able to be helpful with skin issues such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and various wounds or sores. Do be careful because patchouli is a very strong scent, and some people might find it to be unpleasant.


Using calming essential oils for relaxation can be extremely helpful in treating stress and anxiety in a natural manner. Whether creating your own blend or using them individually, these essential oils provide what you need to enjoy more peace and calm in your life, in a natural and simple manner.

My personal favorite method for calming with essential oils is to diffuse my favorite blends into the air. If you don’t already have a diffuser, make sure you check out our “Best Essential Oil Diffusers” page. We feature only the very best, based on actual reviews from real customers.

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