Have you ever wanted to know what the best essential oils for stress relief are? Or where is the best place to buy them? I know it may be overwhelming trying to search through all the different sites. When I first found out about essential oils I was a bit confused. Many companies claim to have 100% pure or organic oils. Also, there are therapeutic grades. What sets them apart and what brands are the best?

So here is what I discovered…

To learn more about how aromatherapy helps stress click here

Pure Quality Oils

When it comes to essential oils what does the term “pure” mean? Surprisingly nothing. Why might you ask? There is no standardized definition of pure when it comes to essential oils and it means little to the therapeutic value of the oil. So even a bottle that claims to be 100% might not have been processed correctly and may only provide a mild, pleasant smell.

The amount of therapeutic effective chemical ingredient in essential oil can vary from season to season, year to year, or vary based on where the plant is grown. Even the extraction process from the time of harvesting the plant to the time the oils arrive at your home can affect the chemical balance.

Companies, for reason of profits, often adulterize(distilled and standardized)the oils. So, making sure you find the most honest companies who specialize in essential oils can minimize your risk of getting an adulterized product since they have a reputation to uphold.

What to look for?

Finding the best quality essential oil is important to get the highest therapeutic value from the oils. In order to ensure you find the best quality essential oils you always want to look for the following items.

  • Label: Botanical name, plant part, country of origin, distillation date and/or expiration date, chemotype (if applicable), and “Keep Out of Reach of Children” statement
  • Cost: If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Testing: Especially GC/MS testing
  • Organic, unsprayed, or wildcrafted
  • NAHA or other association memberships
  • Sustainability and economic cooperatives or initiatives

The first thing you look for is to see if the plants botanical or scientific name is included and in appropriate cases the chemotype. One reason to do this is to ensure you have the right plant. Lavender, for instance, has many different plants and some are considered to be better than others.

A company that cares about their reputation will have run at least two test on every batch of their oils, these test may include the gas chromatography and mass spectrometry tests, or GC/MS.  What is GC/MS testing, I am sure you are wondering?

Gas Chromatography (GC) is a method of separating the volatile compounds in essential oils into individual components and produces a linear graph that charts these components. Mass Spectrometry (MS) identifies each of these components and their percentages. This process is used to identify any adulteration of the essential oil tested. Some will provide the results on their website and some will not.

”Therapeutic” and “clinical” grade terms are not standardized and a supplier can use these terms any way they desire. Though they may not be trying to be misleading, there are no criteria they had to meet.

Organic oils should be your first choice. The reason being is pollutant can be concentrated in the oil and you get the benefit that the product contains pesticides.

Some companies are members of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and have to abide by certain standards. Some retailers may include affiliation with other associations.

Stress sufferers want to look for the following oils for stress relief:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Rose (Rosa damascena)
  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carteri or boswella sacra)
  • Aromatherapy.

Here is a list of essential oils that fit items to look for:

1.  Aromatics International Frankincense, 100% Pure PREMIUM Therapeutic Grade, GC/MS Tested


Best Place to Buy: Amazon

Size of Container: 15mL

My Rating: 4.8

Product Description: This essential oil is a Premium oil and is 100% pure undiluted. It is GC/MS certified so you can be sure you are getting the highest quality.


✔The Somaliland/Somalia Boswellia trees grow in the wild without human intervention and are therefore 100% natural and organic.

✔The aroma is nice and strong and warm.

✔You can add it to your skin care products for dry, aging skin and help reduce scar tissue. It also can be mixed with Rose and Lavender for skin care.

✔The rich aroma is said to help calm lungs and emotions.

✔It is great for headaches, muscle pain, trauma, and neck muscle tension.

Cons: I could not find any cons for this product.

You can visit their official site here.

UPDATE: Aromatics Internation has been removed from Amazon.

2. Product: Rocky Mountain Oils – Lavender (Bulgaria)-15ml | 100% Pure & Natural Essential Oils 


Best Place to Buy: RockyMountainOils

Size of Container:

My Rating: 4.5

Product Description:  Lavender Bulgaria can be used to help you sleep because it can soothe your overstimulated nervous system. It can also help with the natural healing of the skin because can help with scars, blemishes, and bruises. It is GC/MS verified to ensure you get the highest quality.


✔Oil is free of adulterants so you are getting 100% pure oil.

✔Aroma is strong but pleasant and last long.

✔There is a 90-day day satisfaction policy.

Cons: Some seem to dislike the smell.

 You can visit their official website here.

3. Product: Plant Therapy Top 6 USDA Certified Organic Essential Oils Set. Includes Eucalyptus, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, Lemon and Tea Tree. 10mL (1/3 Ounce) each.

Best Place to Buy: Amazon
Size of Container: 10mL
My Rating: 4.5

Product Description: This set comes with 6 USDA certified organic oils and is a great way to start using oils or to even replace used oils. You can use them in your diffuser, make mixtures, or DIY lotions and more. The wooden box allows you to keep them safely organized or give them away as a gift. They have been tested through GCMS test to ensure you get the highest quality oils.


✔This set is a fraction of the price, but these oils are one of the highest quality and 100% pure with no additives or fillers.

✔Buying a box allows you to test and try out the different oils for skin allergy purposes or to help you decide which oils you want to buy later.

Cons: The smells are not very potent and when diffusing or diluting some of the oils the fragrance is barely apparent.

You can visit their official website here.


4. Product: Aura Cacia Essential Oil, Lavender, 0.5 Fluid Ounce


Best Place to Buy: Amazon

Size of Container: 0.5 Fluid Ounce

My Rating: 4.5

Product Description: Aura Cacia Essential Oil Lavender is one of the most popular oils because of it’s floral like aroma. It is a great way to promote calmness and relaxation. It can be used in body oils, lotions, cleansers, mists, perfumes, shampoos, diffusers, and much more.

Safety Warning

Caution: Consult a healthcare practitioner if pregnant or suffering from a medical condition before using. Dilute properly. May irritate skin. Not for internal use.


✔Aroma is strong enough to use in diffusers and still be apparent.

✔Great price without sacrificing quality.

✔Box includes an information card with the oils plant name and origin. 


✔Some complain that the smell is sour and isn’t the same as past bottles.

✔Smell is mild when used in a diffuser

✔Isn’t organic

You can visit their official site here.


5. Product: Mountain Herbs Frankincense Essential Oil 1/2 oz


Best Place to Buy: MountainRoseHerbs.com

Size of Container: 0.5 Ounce

My Rating: 4.6

Product Description: This frankincense has a long history as an incense. It was used by Egyptians in many ceremonies. Traditionally it was used for the skin ailments. When an essential oil is stored in an amber bottle with a dropper such as this, it is easier to apply. Larger bottles do not come with droppers.  Blends Well With Bergamot, black pepper, camphor, cinnamon, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang.

Safety Warning

As with all essential oils, properly dilute before using in the eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Please keep your oils away from children. Always perform a skin patch test before applying oils to your skin to test for sensitivities (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.


✔Oils are 100% pure and organic so you are getting undiluted oils.

✔Can be used for skin ailments


Much more expensive than other brands

You can visit their official site here.

So what are the best essential oils for stress relief?

I am a believer in aromatherapy and finding the best product is always important. So what have we learned? We have learned that when looking for essential oils we should make sure they include the plant name and they are not too cheap. Look for organic first, and see if the oils have been put through GC/MS testing and check out the official sites to see if the test results are provided.

My favorite is number two, Rocky Mountain Oils. The price is great and it seems to be worth it. Plus their oils quality is backed by testing. Lavender is a great oil for stress relief and it provides so many other benefits. There weren’t many complaints about the product from others which is always a plus.

My second favorite is number three, the Plant Therapy top 6 box. Though some have complained about the smell, that is debatable. I think it is great for those new to aromatherapy and a good way to experience some of the best essential oils.


With any purchase, you want to be sure you are satisfied and I hope my research has given you a little more confidence on how to know what are the best essential oils for stress relief. If you have a favorite oil brand or plant, I would love to hear more about it in the comment section below. Leave me some feedback if you like, it is always welcome!




This info is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As always, if pregnant, suffering from any medical condition or taking medication, consult with your healthcare practitioner before use.

8 thoughts on “Best Essential Oils for Stress Relief – Which Should You Choose?”

  1. I am firm believer in quality and organic ingredients for anything. Having this site makes it a bit easier for anyone including the novice to be able to get exactly what they are looking for a good quality oil for whatever ails them.

    thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you Brent! I believe good quality products are any one’s desire and organic is the best way to go. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Great post. I never really heard much of self-relief oils but this was very interesting to me. I love organic products and think they cause no harm. What age gap would you recommend for the oils? Thanks for sharing.

    1. It isn’t safe to use oils around babies under 6 months because of their thinner skin and less developed immune system. It is said you can diffuse oils around 6 months to 2-year-olds. After the age of 2, you can start to use low dilution oils for topical application. There are more info and a list of safe oils here. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Hi Melissa,

    I’m the type of person that never knows what to buy. I love all the oils they use at spas for example but I never know what to look for in a oil, mainly for stress relief. I really enjoyed reading this article, great information. Thanks.


    1. Hi Lidia,
      I am glad you enjoyed the article. I try to do as much research as possible before making purchases because I don’t always know what to buy either. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Will you help me learn how to distinguish the differences in German & Roman Chamomile?Thanks, Lynne

    1. Hi Lynne,
      The best way to distinguish German and Roman chamomile is to first look for the scientific names. German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) grow wild in different parts of the country and the plants do not look the same. The Roman Chamomile, for instance, is a ground cover. Roman chamomile contains chamazulene giving it the blue color while German contains ester and is pale yellowish blue. If it is a calmer mind and body you desire than you would want the German chamomile but if is restful sleep you are after, go for the Roman. Hope that helps!

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