Who is not stressed out these days? We're living in a fast paced, high energy world. Whether you're feeling stress from work, school, family, friends or relationships, it's everywhere. Luckily, essential oils can be a fantastic way to ease that tension in your home.

What Are Essential Oils: Essential oils have so many benefits. Not only do many of them smell wonderful but they can have a positive impact on your health. If you are not sure what they are, essential oils are organic compounds that have been extracted from plants and are said to have a number of healing properties. Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for healing purposes which can include physical, mental and emotional health.

Healing plant oils have been used for over thousands years by many different cultures. They have a number of uses including relaxation and stress reduction, natural body care, natural home cleaning as well as for natural medicine as directed by a qualified provider.

One drop of an essential oil is extremely concentrated. Therefore, A little goes a long way when using these oils. They are typically created through process of distillation and have been extracted directly from a plant or tree.

How Essential Oils Can Be Used:
1. Aromatically – This would be through the process of diffusion in order to defuse the essential oil into the air. Inhalation of these oils is then thought to be absorbed by the bloodstream. Not only do you get the health benefits, but you also get a great smelling home.

2. Body Care – Homemade body care is a fantastic way to add an oil to your daily routine. The oils are added into these products and absorbed by the skin when applied topically. Is homemade products can include body lotions, shampoo and conditioner, dental care as well as lip balm and more.

3. Ingestion – Ingestion of these oils should be used with some caution and generally is recommended only with the guidance of a qualified practitioner. Some oils like lemon, frankincense, peppermint and oregano can be taken with water but should be diluted.

Combinations For Stress Reduction: While there are many ways to use essential oils, in this article, I'm talking about diffusion into the air. It's a perfect way to enjoy a calming environment in the comfort of your own home. Plus, it's nice to smell a calm, relaxing scent when you enter your home.

Approximately 10 drops of each oil in your diffuser with water is sufficient. You may decide you like a stronger or lighter scent so some experimenting may be needed. I suggest purchasing your favorite, preferred high quality brand. There are many but Rocky Mountain Oils, DoTerra and Auracacia are a few wonderful brands. Make sure when purchasing any of these oils the essential list is ONLY the oil you are interested to use without carrier oils included.

My favorite essential oil combinations:

Lavender + Orange
Lavender – Soothes and calms an overstimulated nervous system and balance everyday stress and tension.
Orange – Orange Essential Oil provides a calming yet joyful effect; it can help to clear stagnant thoughts, reduce nervousness and tension, and strengthen focus.

Lavender + Grapefruit
Lavender – Soothes and calms an overstimulated nervous system and balance everyday stress and tension.
Grapefruit – Promotes balance from everyday mental fatigue, tension, and stress while also relieving feelings of exhaustion due to jet lag.

Ylang Ylang + Lavendar
Ylang Ylang – Soothe the mind and calm the nervous system and reduce mental fatigue.
Lavender – Soothes and calms an overstimulated nervous system and balance everyday stress and tension.

Ylang Ylang + Cinnamon
Ylang Ylang – Soothe the mind and calm the nervous system and reduce mental fatigue.
Cinnamon – Support healthy blood sugar levels, Increase the efficiency of other essential oils and sustain a healthy, balanced endocrine system.

Frankincense + Pine
Frainkincense – The warm oil not only Promotes a healthy immune system, it also supports digestive function, helping to treat bloat in the abdomen, while promoting healthy urinary and respiratory systems.
Pine – Encouraging positive and calming emotions.