Best Essential Oils for Relaxation

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Essential oils have many benefits for our wellbeing, but one of the most popular is to help create a calming atmosphere. 

After a busy, stressful day or when you want to wind down, essential oils are a great way to nurture yourself and promote a peaceful and harmonious environment.

Here’s our top pick of essential oils for relaxation – pop these in your diffuser or in the bath, remembering to always follow the label directions.  You can find many of them together in beautiful ready-made blends in Bosisto’s range.

Lavender Oil 

Known as one of the most calming essential oils, lavender oil can be used aromatically (in a diffuser) or topically (in massage, with a carrier oil base) to help promote a soothing and restful state.

Its light, floral aroma is perfect for the bedroom and one of its most popular uses is sprinkled or lightly misted onto pillows or bed linen before sleep.


The herb Chamomile was used by Roman soldiers to help them take courage when going to war.  These days we’re more familiar with it as a soothing bedtime tea; but its calming properties as an essential oil may help us fight our daily battles too!  With a unique floral scent that pairs well with other essential oils such as lavender, this is a great oil to have in your relaxation tool kit.


The fresh aroma of Petitgrain oil is inviting and comforting.  It’s also said to have relaxation benefits to help us shift into calm mode.  It’s often used in essential oils blends to help create a serene environment.

Patchouli oil

Patchouli has a bit of an unfair hippie reputation due to its popular use in the 1970’s - but it was used in meditation practice for a reason!  It’s wonderfully soothing with a sweet, woody, spicy scent that powerfully engages the senses.

May Chang 

Many consider May Chang the ‘happy oil’.  Its properties are said to uplift the spirit, bringing harmony and balance.  Try a blend which includes May Chang in a bath or foot bath after “one of those days” to help lighten the spirit.


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Always read the label and follow the directions for use.