My top 5 favourite essential oils for relaxation.

As well as being a Relaxation, Meditation and Mindfulness Coach I’m also a Massage Therapist and a Neals Yard Consultant.

I wanted to share my top 5 favourite essential oils for relaxation and also share some ways that you can use essential oils to aid relaxation yourself.

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Frankincense is often used to promote a state of relaxation, helping to encourage slower and deeper breathing when inhaled. Fresh and uplifting, it’s ideal to use during meditation and mindfulness practices to enhance your wellbeing.  

Lavender is naturally soothing, it’s calming for your body, mind and wellbeing. 

Calming Blend – as suggested it’s great for calming us.  Calming both adults and children!  The blend is made up of relaxing roman chamomile, restful mandarin and grounding bergamot.  

Women’s Balance is a lovely blend of patchouli, geranium, rose and frankincense. The blend works together to bring harmony to the body and mind. The rose and geranium also help to take the edge off your emotions. It’s particularly useful during hormonal changes, helping to restore any imbalances you may be feeling both emotionally and physically.

Bergamot is an uplifting and fruity oil, expressed from the citrus fruit’s peel. It’s great for balancing your body, mind and emotions, and particularly useful if you’re feeling anxious.

If you like the sound of any of the above, then feel free to check out my Neals Yard shop –

And below are a few suggestions of how you could use the oils. 

Make a room spray

I bought some glass bottles, filled them with water and added a few drops of frankincense for a lovely room spray.  I just top it up when necessary.  No nasties in it at all and it works perfectly well for use in my home and in my treatment room.  I use frankincense as it’s my favourite oil but you may want to use a different oil.


I have several diffusers including the Soto and the Esta Neals Yard diffusers.  They are quite expensive but I’ve had them both for over 6 years so they’ve lasted well – you can check them out here –  There will be other cheaper diffusers out there too.   


A few drops of your favourite essential oil in the bath makes for a lovely relaxing soak.


One of the things I did last Christmas was make some little gifts for family.  I bought a block of melt and pour soap base, some soap dye and a patterned ice cube tray (silicone) and while making up little soap bars I popped a few drops of Lavender essential oil in (literally just a few drops).  I popped them in a little organza bag and hey presto a lovely little handmade gift!

Melt and pour of soap base

Soap dye