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May heralds the start of exam season for families up and down the country, It could be GCSE’s, A level’s, final degree exams, SATS or just end of year tests…whatever you are facing, there will be some anxiety floating around for sure!

Essential oils are an easy and effective way to reduce some of the stress and anxiety.

Using a diffuser is a great way to create an atmosphere for concentration, aid sleep or reduce anxiety.   You can also use your essential oils in the bath to aid a restful nights sleep.

Or you could create your own aromatherapy inhaler. You can purchase ‘empty’ inhaler sticks online so that you can add your own blend. They are so discreet to use, you can pop one into your bag or even your pocket and inhale when needed.

Here are some blends for you to try at home


To your diffuser add the following drops

2 drops of Cardamon –Ellettaria cardamomum
1 drop of Rosemary * – Rosmarinus officinalis
2 drops of Lemon – Citrus limonum

These three essential oils will help levels of concentration bringing clarity to your mind to help you study. All three are known to boost mental activity and will help to keep you alert.

This blend is not ideal if you need to sleep, as it may keep you awake…unless you are studying through the night!

*Rosemary essential oil should be avoided if you have Epilepsy.*

Sleep is so important at this time. If you are having difficulty sleeping try the following blend in your bath.



To 20 ml of base oil add the following: (enough for approx. 2 baths)

2 drops of Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
1 drop of Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
1 drop of Roman Chamomile – Anthemis nobilis

Run your bath to your desired temperature, add approx. 2 teaspoons of the above blend to the water just before you get in, stir well, sit back and relax.

These three essential oils are calming and sedative, they will help you have a restful sleep and allow you to wake refreshed and ready to study anew! Or you could use the night before an exam to give you a good night’s sleep.

If you are suffering with anxiety you could try the following aroma inhaler blend.



To a small glass dish add the following drops of essential oils. Stir with a T spoon, add the cotton wick to the dish to allow the oils to soak in. Using tweezers place the cotton wick inside the inhaler and you’re good to go!

2 drops of Frankincense – Boswellia carterii

6 drops of Bergamot – Citrus bergamia

1 drops of Neroli – Citrus aurantium var. flos

These three essential oils calm the breath, reducing feelings of anxiety.

If you are local to me in Brighton why not book an Aromatherapy massage, where I will make a bespoke blend to suit your needs. I have a sliding scale of charges for anyone under 18.  I love treating kids and teenagers they really appreciate it and are very vocal and honest about what they want!

Massage can relieve tension and stress from most areas of the body, stress can manifest itself in many ways, tummy ache, headache or poor sleep. There are essential oils for all manner of emotional and physical concerns!

Best of luck to everyone sitting exams in the next few weeks, the summer holidays are just around the corner!