April Essential Oil of the Month – De-Stress


April is Stress Awareness Month so rather than feature an individual oil, this month Neal’s Yard Remedies Essential Oil of the Month is actually a blend of oils, which they call the De-Stress Blend.

Featuring essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Petitgrain and Neroli, this soothing and uplifting blend will transport you to a place of peace and calm. I love this blend: it sends me off to a hammock on a tropical beach, without a care in the world. Bliss.

Let’s look in more detail at each of the three oils in this blend.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) is a highly fragrant flower from a tall, tropical tree which is native to Indonesia, the Philippines with the majority of essential oil production coming from Madagascar. The flowers can be pink, mauve or yellow and it’s the latter that are said to be the best for the extraction of essential oil.

The oil has a heady, sweet, floral fragrance with a slightly spicy note. If you suffer with headaches triggered by strong odours, this is an oil to use in moderation or you may need to avoid it completely. However, it has many aromatherapeutic properties and uses.

Some of the properties of Ylang Ylang are that it is aphrodisiac, antidepressant hypotensive and a nervine tonic and sedative. It is also euphoric, antiseptic, a circulatory stimulant and a great skin and haircare oil.

It is used for acne, irritated and oily skin (including insect bites), hair growth, high blood pressure, palpitations, the emotional components of PMS and extensively in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes.

It is also particularly useful in aromatherapeutic treatment of nervous system conditions including anxiety and depression, panic attacks, stress disorders and loss of libido hence its inclusion in the De-Stress Blend.

Petitgrain Essential Oil

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara (fol)) essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Bitter Orange tree.

The essential oil has a fresh, floral fragrance with woody and citrus undertones with a refreshing and uplifting quality.

Beneficial for digestive issues and a useful oil for some skin complaints, Petitgrain is most beneficial to the nervous system where it can be used to calm mental overactivity and restlessness, soothe tension and irritability, help with insomnia, mental exhaustion and depression resulting from stress. It is also helpful in addressing stress-related palpitations.

Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara (flos)), also known as Orange Flower, is considered to be the “Rescue Remedy” of essential oils so it’s hard to imagine a De-Stress Blend without this in it!

The essential oil is from the same tree as Petitgrain but Neroli is distilled from the freshly picked flowers. It has a rich yet refreshing floral fragrance with slightly citrus notes.

For any condition that is caused or impacted by stress, Neroli is a wonderful oil to reach for. It has been described as having a profoundly peaceful action on the nervous system and is useful for both acute shock and fear as well as long-term, chronic stress and adrenal exhaustion.

It is also ideal where stress affects the heart and the digestive system and is also a wonderful skin oil, suitable for all skin types but also helpful for dry and mature skin and for scars and stretch marks.

Insomnia, mood swings, palpitations and panic attacks may all be soothed with Neroli and its divine fragrance is comforting and uplifting.

How to Use De-Stress Blend

Add a drop or 2 to a diffuser to help you unwind after work and prepare the body for restful sleep, or to accompany your yoga/meditation session.

Get creative! Check out the Neal’s Yard Remedies Create range and create your own De-Stress products by following the dilution guidelines on the product label. You can also make your own De-Stress Massage Oil by adding up to 4 drops to 20ml of carrier oil such as Grapeseed or Sweet Almond.

Further Information on Combatting Stress

Check out the free downloadable tools at www.stress.org.uk

Follow me on Facebook for plenty more tips and advice throughout Stress Awareness Month and get in touch to book a stress-busting treatment or wellbeing session.





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