Aromatherapy for Mental Health

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Ease Your Mind With Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils, also known as essential oils, to establish and maintain psychological and physical well-being.  The oils are extracted from the flowers, bark, stems, leaves, or roots of a plant.

As a form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy promotes holistic health. Simply inhaling the aroma from essential oils promotes healthy brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin where they travel through the bloodstream to promote internal prosperity.

Try putting a few drops of the essential oil of your choice into a diffuser or a pot of hot water. You can also put the oil on a cotton ball or tissue and inhale the aroma. This is handy for at work or when you are driving.

How we think and feel is impacted by many factors in our environment. The odors in our environment are one of these factors.


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A Lavender Field

Our Sense of Smell is Quite Complex

The ability to smell comes from olfactory sensory neurons located just inside the nose. Research shows our sense of smell outperforms all of our other senses in regards to the number of physical stimuli it differentiates between.  Why not use this powerful sense to improve your daily experience?

Essential oils can directly influence our holistic well-being. Many people use aromatherapy for emotional stabilization and enhanced mental functioning. It can be effective in treating depression, anxiety and insomnia. Mental clarity and focus can be improved as well.

With hundreds of essential oils available it’s a bit daunting to know which essential oil to use for what ails you. I’ve made a list of some of the best oils to use to relieve stress, enhance your mood and promote mental clarity.


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Essential Oils for Emotional Relief

  • Agitation: Chamomile (Roman), Clary Sage, Lavender, Mandarin, Sandalwood


  • Anxiety: Bergamot, Chamomile (Roman), Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose, Sandalwood


  • Depression: Angelica, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile (Roman), Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Orange, Patchouli, Pine, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang


  • Fatigue: Angelica, Basil, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Marjoram, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood


  • Fear: Chamomile, Hyssop, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Thyme


  • Grief: Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Juniper, Marjoram, Rose, Rosemary, Sage


  • Insomnia: Bergamot, Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Mandarin, Marjoram


  • Isolation: Chamomile (Roman), Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Rose


  • Memory Stimulators: Basil, Bay Leaf, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage


  • Self-Esteem: Bergamot, Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange, Rosemary


  • Stress Relief:  Angelica, Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang


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Safety Tips

Always use oils blended with a carrier oil (coconut, jojoba or olive oil, to name a few). Essential oils are highly concentrated and can burn your skin or create an intense allergic reaction. Never apply oil directly to your skin.

When using aromatherapy less is more! Using more than the recommended amount can actually cause the opposite of the desired effect. For example, Lavender is used to promote sleep–but stimulation can occur if too much is used.


This aromatherapy information is intended solely for educational purposes. It is not the intention of the editor to advise on health care. These statements have not been assessed by the FDA. It is not the intention of the editor to advise on health care. Please see a medical professional about health concerns you have.


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Have you tried essential oils for treating emotional issues or to help you focus? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

Peace & Love, Sandra


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