Aromatherapy Roll-Ons


Ninety is a magic number. In minutes, it’s the length of a Jivamukti Yoga class, a deep tissue massage, or an energy healing session—making my previously manic mental state manageable. But if 90 minutes is utterly transformative, it’s equally unrealistic on a daily basis. And while a few minutes of meditation works as well, sometimes you’re stuck at your desk, the line in Trader Joe’s, or between strangers on the L train.

"The first thing to do when you feel overwhelmed by energy or chaos or don’t feel balanced, grounded, and flowing, is to come back to the self," New York-based healer Priscilla Bright says. "Sit, do some deep relaxation breaths. Practice self-acceptance and self-honoring, they’re important energy frequencies."

While you inhale, add these aromatic options. Tata Harper Aromatic Irritability Treatment is the most expensive—her products are manufactured in a Vermont laboratory often using ingredients from her Vermont farm. The blend of Roman chamomile, bergamot, and patchouli oil smells great but is very strong. Alleviating your irritability but potentially aggravating your neighbors’.

Origins Peace of Mind could be the adult equivalent of Beezin’. Applied to the neck, temples, and earlobes, the peppermint tingles. Don’t worry though, it’s just the high of "pressure, tensions, and tightness" melting away.

Then there’s C.O. Bigelow’s lavender oil. It’s multipurpose: relieves aches and burns! A natural insect repellant! Soothes anger! But mainly, it smells like France. And who wouldn’t be relaxed lying in a lavender field in France?

—Alexis Cheung

Photos by Tom Newton.

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  • Bells

    There's also a relaxing Lavender roll-on by L'Occitane. I keep it on my night table when I'm having trouble falling asleep.

  • Cinamaron

    I use Aveda's Blue Balancing oil, which is peppermint and chamomile. It comes in a little glass rollerball and like the Origins has a nice tingle! I'm just always afraid I'm going to break it :/

  • Les K

    The Origins Peace of Mind is my crack, it does an AMAZING job lulling me to sleep. Also great for those stressful tear your hair out days at work.

  • Alexa Johnson

    So many of these companies claim to be all natural then they throw a ton of weird ingredients inside the product. If I want to use something to help me relax I want to know nothing extra is inside. Soul Sunday has this oil blended with peppermint and lavender that brings me back to life everything I apply it!

  • Haiku Jew

    I love Trader Joe's
    and can't meditate in line
    too focused on food.

  • District Style

    If I don't have time to take a break, I use Aesop's Ginger Flight Therapy. It's supposed to be used for flying, but I find it equally energizing and relaxing to just roll a bit on the wrist and inhale.

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I'm actually using Herbal Choice Mari's facial oils for that right now! Not only are they great for the skin but they pack a mega olfactory punch. It's a twofer!

  • Monet

    dōTERRA makes great essential oils as well. They have blends for immunity, digestion, respiratory relief, muscle aches/pains, and stress. They can be applied topically and in many cases diluted and ingested with water.

  • Eliza

    I use one I got at Wegmans--AuraCacia "Chakra Balancing Empowering Solar Plexus"! Haha it wakes me up.

  • Jocelyn Patricia

    Oh this is a post I needed to see. Will be handy in the coming busy weeks :)

    xo Jocelyn

  • Emma and Emily

    I tend to use aromatherapy sprays, but the oils sound so much more concentrated. I have to try them!

  • Behind the Mirror

    Great advice! Aveda has a stress relieving roller that I have been keeping at my desk for the those stressful moments. I like that one a lot too!!!

  • deannad

    I just read the other day that peppermint helps quell hunger (mostly cravings) and I thought back to the days when I kept Origin's Peace of Mind in my drawer at work (both the pump form and the "sniffer"). I need to get this again! Great story.

  • ikillplants

    Love this post!

    So, what's that plant? Looks like one I actually wouldn't kill.

  • monika

    I love essential oils and aromatherapy, my favourite place to buy them is Perfect Potion.

  • Dailypolish

    The energetic Lavender description made me laugh. Hope Gillerman also does fantastic aromatherapy products


Tata Harper Skincare
Tata Harper Aromatic Irritability Treatment
Origins Peace of Mind On the Spot Relief
C.O. Bigelow
C.O. Bigelow Essential Lavender Oil