Essential Oils For Mental Health
Essential oils influence and heal your mind through your olfactory system (sense of smell). So, if you are struggling with depression, anxiety or stress, here are the 10 best essential oils for mental health.
I myself, use essential oils everyday. The easiest way to use them (for me) is to use them in my essential oil diffuser. I pour water to the fill line, drop in the scent I’m needing at the time and turn it on.
My personal favorites include: Jasmine, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Lemongrass. I also make my own delicious concoctions for stress, productivity, anxiety and depression. More on that later!
10 Essential Oils For Mental Health
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is most commonly known as a stress reliever. Its fresh and floral aroma is relaxing and calming. Lavender essential oil is perfect for improving mental concentration, reducing stress, calming agitation, and aids in sleep.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is refreshing and energizing. This strong uplifting aroma will alleviate stress, boost energy and lift mental fatigue.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood oil has a beautiful woody aroma. It has amazing therapeutic effects in regards to balancing emotions.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang Ylang helps decrease feelings of agitation and anger-induced stress.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary Sage is known as a natural antidepressant. It’s pleasant aroma helps ease anxiety, and uplifts your mood while calming the mind.
Jasmine Essential Oil
Derived from the jasmine flower, jasmine oil’s delicious floral aroma has many mental well being benefits. Jasmine has been used for centuries to aid anxiety, insomnia, low libido and depression.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is sourced from a native tree in Somalia, and commonly associated with spirituality and the increase of intuition.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
The aromatic, calming scent of lemongrass will quickly relieve anxiety, agitation, and help ease insomnia.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint an excellent ingredient in toothpaste and other hygiene products, it can also be used for your mental health. Particularly, peppermint oil is used to energize, increase alertness, and helps concentration.
It also has a pleasant cooling effect (due to the menthol it contains) when spread onto the skin.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree oil is commonly known for its anti-dandruff and acne fighting properties, but it does much more than that! This yummy smelling oil is also energizing and an amazing stress reliever.
6 Ways To Use Essential Oils:
- Inhale: Add 1-2 drops into the palm of your hand, gently circle with your fingertips and take a deep breath.
- Apply to skin: Rub 1-2 drops of oil into your temples, wrists or pressure points for full body relaxation.
- Add to skin care routine: Add essential oils to carrier oils or lotion for DIY skin care!
- Shower or bath: Create your own steam room or essential oil bath by adding a couple of drops in your shower or bath water.
- Diffuse: To get long-lasting aroma throughout your special space, use a diffuser.
- Air Freshener: Combine oils and distilled water in a fine mist spray bottle, shake and spray!
Things To Consider
Essential oils are powerful. Some people may develop an allergic reaction to any oil. Before you dive head first into them, do a small skin patch test on your arm or leg.
If you’re pregnant, nursing or using any kind of medication please check with your doctor before using essential oils. As a general rule of thumb, ask your doctor before changing or modifying the doctor’s orders. This includes essential oils, crash diets, or anything else. Take care of yourself people!
Anything strike your fancy?
Have you used essential oils before?