Unlike the other senses, the sense of smell is the only one that has access to the amygdala and the limbic system in a direct pathway. That means that our brain is not involved when perceiving smell. The effect is thus received without the influence of our thinking.

The diffusion and inhalation of scents can do wonders, especially in relation to stress and relieving it.


Below you find a list of essential oils that are worth trying. Use a couple of drops and mix them either with water for diffusion or some oil like jojoba to apply to your skin. Ideally, the products you use are biological.


Enjoy their calming effect! Remember, reducing stress means also reducing illness!



Bergamot improves mood and mild stress-induced disorders. It also helps to induce sleep.



Chamomile is known for its calming effect drunk as tea. Also as an essential oil, it helps you to calm down.



Lavender can be used to improve your sleep quality. Good sleep is essential for recovery and letting go of the day’s stress.



Citrus oils are well known for their stress relief. One that is very popular for this reason is lemon oil.



In a clinical study was proven that simply smelling orange oil triggered the brain to relax. It is uplifting and at the same time stress relieving.



Rose oil not only triggers relaxation but also relieves anxiety. This is a good choice when your stress is related to situations that also generate nervosity.


Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang is not only relieving stress and sedative. It’s also said to reduce high blood pressure.