Did you know that diffusing essential oils can help with certain moods and mindsets? Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, holistically improves the body, state of mind, and enhances emotional health by inhaling (or applying) the beneficial properties of certain plant extracts. Essential oils are concentrated herbal and plant extracts that retain the fragrance and flavors of the plants from which they are made, as well as the healing proponents each plant is known for.
When an oil, or blend of oils, is inhaled through the nose, the properties of that oil trigger our limbic system—which influences our memory, emotions and nervous system. The amygdala is activated and this is what can alter the mood, either in a bad way or in a good way. Choosing the right combinations, or even single essential oils, can help promote calmness, happiness, mood-lifting nostalgia, and so forth. Essential oils can even help with anxiety, fear, and lack of focus, too.
So the next time a certain negative mood strikes, try diffusing one of these essential oil blends to usher in peace and wellness of mind.
Using essential oil blends to encourage better moods can be a cost-effective, safe and easy alternative or complementary addition to other conventional mood therapies. As always, be responsible with the use of essential oils by researching for safety and consulting with your health practitioner before using.
1. Overwhelmed or depressed?
Try lavender + vanilla.
Lavender has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and cortisol levels in patients in preparation for open heart surgery, and vanilla is known for its pleasant side effects upon inhalation. Combining these two oils gives a power-packed kick to anxiety and promotes an overall calm.
2. Hard day or tension?
Try frankincense + orange.
Feeling tense? Frankincense has got your back! Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it also is used for an overall sense of well-being among aromatherapists. Combine it with sweet orange essential oil to boost calm, level out stressed-filled breathing, and to refresh and invigorate you.
3. Feeling tense, melancholic, or needing a reset?
Try peppermint + lemon.
The menthol in peppermint has shown to be effective in the treatment of migraines and headaches, but it is also used to lift the mood and increases cognitive abilities. When combined with lemon essential oil, you’ve got a combo that fights fatigue, reduces stress, and boosts the immune system!
4. Fear or anxiety?
Try bergamot + lime.
Just like all citrus oils, lime helps with a myriad of anxiety-induced conditions, but mingling it with bergamot essential oil is an excellent fusion for when you need to “let go” and combat inner fear. A study has shown that diffusing bergamot oil for 15 minutes prior to their appointments improved positive feelings in some patients in the waiting room of a mental health facility. Though the study had limitations, it’s a beginning step in showing how essential oils might be used to affect mood. So the next time you are battling anxiety from fear, consider this winning combo!
5. Feeling blue?
Try ylang-ylang + grapefruit.
Ylang-ylang essential oil may be used to help reduce depression, blood pressure, and anxiety. And grapefruit’s uplifting and invigorating scent, along with its citrus oil properties, make this duo a go-to blend.
6. Too stressed to sleep, frustrated, or tense?
Try sandalwood + jasmine.
Sandalwood is often used in skin care preparations for its anti-inflammatory and calming properties, but it also helps calm the nerves and promote healthy sleep patterns due to the chemical compound santalol. Jasmine helps to uplift the mood and relieve tension with its pleasant aroma. It’s also great for combating frustration and anger.
7. Can’t focus or feeling fatigued?
Try rosemary + thyme + lemon.
This trio is a favorite for boosting energy, increasing concentration and focus- and it smells incredible! Studies on rosemary have been promising for boosting brain performance. Thyme is used to boost energy levels and reduce anxiety. Lemon, another citrus oil, promotes positivity and energizes. It’s a great blend to keep in the workplace or home office for when you need an extra push for productivity.