Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Stress Away - Chill Out

Oh, Stress Away, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Truth be told, I can be a bit of a drama queen. My emotions often get out of control and have way too much sway in my mind, especially during that time of the month if you know what I mean. So, I've been told to "take a chill pill" more than once. This beautiful, heavenly blend was an answer to prayer. It calms me so much that I have to be careful to only diffuse it at night and I keep a roller bottle of it and Joy on my person at all times. I really wish I had known about this blend earlier, but I'm so grateful they include it in only the Young Living Premium Starter Kits. In fact, it's now included in every Starter Kit as the bonus oil, which makes complete sense because I could not think of a better introduction to the power of essential oils than this blend.

Young Living says: "Young Living’s Stress Away™ essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.*"

The first knockout ingredient of this perfect blend is Copaiba which "is an oleoresin like Frankincense and is exuded from the trunk of the copaiba tree in South modern pharmacology it is used in products that soothe and protect the skin. Its hypnotic-like properties work" to calm the nervous system and support restful sleep (Essential Oils Pocket Reference, 176). It also soothes discomfort, supports digestive health, respiratory health, and cellular normalcy. It's a miracle oil much like Frankincense.

Next we have Lime which is "well known in folklore for its ability to cleanse, purify, and renew the spirit...It can stimulate and refresh a tired mind and can help with" emotional support and wellness (176) because it is a rich antioxidant much like other citrus oils.

"Cedarwood is high in sesquiterpenes, which stimulate the limbic part of the brain, the center of emotions and memory. It stimulates the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, thereby improving thoughts, cognition, and memory. It is very stabilizing and grounding" (176).

Vanilla is in large part what makes this blend smell so heavenly. It is also very soothing and calming.

Ocotea "has a complex aroma that induces feelings of fullness or completeness, creating an environment of peace and tranquility" (177). It is also high in sesquiterpenes and "may help enhance weight loss by helping to balance the pituitary and endocrine systems" (Reference Guide for Essential Oils).

Finally we have Lavender - the Swiss Army Knife of essential oils. It "has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity" (177) in two recent Japanese studies in 2005 and 2008. It has been used to calm, soothe, cleanse and so much more. It is very beneficial for skin and hair care as well.

Specific Blends & Uses:
  • Diffuse to support restful sleep and relaxation.
  • Diffuse with Geranium to create an uplifting, fresh smelling atmosphere. 
  • Diffuse or Create a roll-on blend with Joy to support emotional balance, peace, and relaxation.
  • Diffuse with Lemon and Peppermint to energize and encourage mental clarity and focus.
  • Diffuse or combine in a roll-on blend with Frankincense to soothe discomfort and encourage positive thoughts. Excellent blend for meditation and prayer as well.
  • Add to hair products or DIY Hair Serum for healthier, fuller, longer, and shinier hair.
I don't know that I've ever smelled something so heavenly as this blend being diffused. It never fails to relax me. I can't imagine living without it now. Email me at if you're tired of living without it too and want to learn more. 

*Disclaimer: This post is NOT intended as medical advice of any kind because I am not a doctor. These statements have not been tested or evaluated by the FDA and so they are NOT intended to cure, treat, or prevent disease. Caution should be exercised with first time oil use - skin patch tests prior to use and dilution with carrier oil - especially in children. Children, especially under the age of 6, should never ingest essential oils without advice of a healthcare professional since they are concentrated and potent. If you are under the care of a physician, nursing, taking prescription medication, or pregnant please consult your doctor prior to use. Keep essential oils out of reach of children.

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