Wellness and well-being experts ranging from swamis to surgeons agree: chronic stress is drastically affecting our health on every level. And while everyone’s individual needs differ, there is a universal stress reliever: essential oil aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is a time-honored stress reliever, coming to us across the eons from every continent and culture. Specific essential oils — Lavender, Sweet Orange, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Patchouli, and Vetiver– have often been used by master blenders in combination as a botanical way to unwind.

This effects of this stress-reliever are multi-layered, to ease anxiety in a few complementary ways. This particular essential oil combination works synergistically to balance emotions (Lavender), center and ground energies (Patchouli), lift fatigue and brighten mood (Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Vetiver).

The advantage of essential oil as a stress reliever is the organic nature of the botanicals. No prescription is required, and there are no side-effects to purposefully breathing in the blend as part of your daily shower.  Integrated into a holistic stress-relief strategy which includes proactive, conscious choices about personal relationships (avoiding drama-queens, for instance), activities, fitness, nutrition, sleep, rest, energy-management (learning to say “No”, for example), mindfulness, spirit, service to others — can all contribute to a more peaceful, yet productive way of being.