For thousands of years, man has recognized the healing powers of essential oils. When used correctly, essential oils have been shown to be safe and effective in relieving the symptoms of a vast array of maladies, including anxiety and depression. In fact, to combat the stresses of living in today’s world, more and more people are turning to essential oils to reduce anxiety, elevate mood and improve overall wellbeing. Being that different essential oils have different properties, here’s a look at 7 essential oils that many have found useful in improving mood and wellbeing.
Prized for its subtle, lingering, exotic “woodsy” aroma, sandalwood exhibits calming and harmonizing effects that make it ideal for promoting relaxation. Use 8-10 drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil in a warm bath to de-stress after a long day. Sandalwood may also be taken internally to boost mood, and memory, and reduce mild anxiety. Although quite expensive, sandalwood oil can be used sparingly and actually gets better with age.
The pleasant, sweet, floral scent of lavender has found its way into all kinds of products. Exhibiting calming, soothing, and restorative properties, lavender is very popular in tea form, to be sipped before retiring. It can also be beneficial via inhalation or by using a few drops in a diffuser to relieve headaches. Lavender Essential Oil can also be applied to bedding to promote restful sleep and used in baths for both mind and muscle relaxation.
The scent of Rosemary is sweet, fresh, and slightly medicinal. Inhaling or smelling Rosemary Essential Oil can be beneficial for keeping your mind alert and focused. It can also help you feel more energized. You can apply Rosemary Essential Oil directly to your wrists and ankles, inhale it directly, or use a few drops in a diffuser.
If you pick up a soft rosy scent, with a hint of mint, chances are it’s Geranium. This essential oil can be used to lift your spirits and relieve nervous tension and stress. Referred to as the “Woman’s oil”, Geranium may help relieve uncomfortable symptoms of PMS and Menopause. Many believe it can also help you let go of bad memories or negative emotions. You can wear Geranium Essential Oil as a natural stress-relieving perfume applied to your abdomen and temples, or experience its benefits through direct inhalation or diffusing.
With its distinctive rich, sweet, and exotic floral smell, Jasmine may help reduce depression and soothe your nerves. It can also help to reenergize you and leave you feeling more confident and optimistic. Jasmine Essential Oil is best used by putting a few drops in a diffuser or warm bath.
This oil is sweet and woody with a slightly medicinal aroma that some describe as slightly spicy. Marjoram Essential Oil is especially beneficial for hyperactive people. It calms nerves, reduces anxiety, and can also be used as a natural muscle relaxer. For the emotional effects of this oil, use it in a diffuser or inhale it directly. Soak in a warm bath with 8-10 drops of Marjoram essential oil to relieve muscle tension and soreness.
Clary Sage Oil has a characteristically earthy, nutty, and spicy scent. It is considered to be the most euphoric of essential oils, often used for its mood-enhancing, hormone-balancing, and sedative effects. It may also help you sleep or dream. Apply Clary Sage Essential Oil directly to your skin or temples, use in your bath or in a diffuser.
The claims made for the essential oil products in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of any disease. If you have any health concerns seek proper medical treatment from your health care provider.