Can Aromatherapy Improve Your Mood? For centuries, essential oils with strong scents have been used to help treat a variety of ailments, including mental health disorders. Most essential oils can be used in a variety of forms – from teas, to lotions, to sprays and diffusing. Using essential oils in this way can work for many mental health issues, from anxiety to depression. It’s a great way to avoid using chemicals and worth a try with your doctor’s support.
* Lavender – Feeling stressed out? Take a hot bath with lavender oil infused bath salts in the water or put on lotion infused with lavender. Breathe in the scent deeply to help it work faster. Add some to a spray bottle filled with water and spritz on pillows and sheets to help promote relaxation and a restful nights sleep.
* Chamomile – If you suffer from insomnia it can affect your mental health all during the day. It’s important to treat this problem of lack of sleep. One way you can do that is to enjoy a nice cup of caffeine-free chamomile tea before bed.
* Peppermint – This essential oil is great in a shampoo if you begin your day with a shower to get your day started. It will energize you and make you feel great. It’s also a great pick me up for when that mid-afternoon slump hits. Just add a drop of Peppermint oil and a drop of Wild Orange oil to the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and cup over your nose. Take a deep breath and you’ll feel more energized almost immediately.
* Sage – Even science has shown through research (see link below) that sage can improve the mood of research participants. Try using sage lotions, teas, and topicals to help treat foul moods. You can also use supplements instead of just the scent.
Link – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16205785
* Jasmine – This essential oil promotes a calming, positive outlook. You can inhale it or rub it into the skin (which also is a way to inhale the essential oil) to benefit from its healthful properties.
* Sandalwood – This essential oil is used for its grounding and uplifting properties in meditation. Mix the oil with almond oil and rub into the skin, or diffuse in a diffuser to use aromatically.
* Ylang Ylang – Comes from the flower cananga odorata, this essential oil has been used for centuries because it may promote a calming effect when diffused. Simply rub the oil on your body and let it absorb to get the full benefits.
* Rosemary – This is one of my favorite essential oils. I make my own body wash and put Rosemary and Ginger essential oils in it as the scent. Since I take my showers in the morning it gives a boost of energy to help me get my day started.
* Lemon – Bright and fresh-smelling, lemon scents may have the ability to improve your mood. Use lemon drops, lemon tea, and diffuse lemon essential oil to help to improve the mood of any room at any time.
Everyone reacts differently to scents so you might need to experiment for the right scent for you to treat the issues that you have identified. Some people feel better when they are energized with scents like lemon and peppermint; others feel better when they use calming scents like lavender or chamomile. Try one scent at a time for a period of at least a week to figure out what works best for you.
If you have pets in the house, make sure that they are able to leave the room if they don’t like the scent.
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