Mental health is a tricky thing, with so much misinformation and stigma out there. One way to be proactive about keeping your mind healthy is by taking care of your body. Stress and anxiety are large contributors to mental illness, and management of these symptoms can help you avoid serious relapses. Essential Oils work to balance your body naturally, refreshing and renewing your mind while relieving stress in the process. We’re here to help you lead a happier life.
When it comes to mental health, depression and anxiety are the most talked about topics. However, we recently learned that there are many other mental health disorders that you might face along the journey of life. Using essential oils for mental health is only a small part of the answer to staying healthy.
Even if you don’t have a formal diagnosis of mental illness, you can still benefit from the use of essential oils. In fact, using essential oils for mental health issues can be extremely beneficial for those suffering from depression, anxiety and an array of other conditions.
Essential oils are not a cure for depression. They can, however, help alleviate some of its symptoms like insomnia and anxiety. They are most effective if used as addendum tools to other treatment methods from conventional options such as medication and therapy to alternative treatments, which we’ll discuss further in the next sections. You can use EOs in a massage and applied topically, or inhaled. Massage helps the oils enter the bloodstream through the skin. Inhalation helps the oils enter the bloodstream through the lungs while also influencing the brain and nervous system via the olfactory bulb.
Here's the Top 10 Essential Oils for Mental Health And How To Use Them
One of the most popular ingredients used in Aromatherapy is Lavender oil. Multiple studies reveal how lavender has helped promote wellness. It is associated with aiding in stress and anxiety relief. Has a delightful woody and floral aroma exuding an exotic feel.
How to use it: Add fragrance to your sweet abode with the spectacular smelling lavender. It can be used anywhere between, diffusers, candles or even in dried flowers as you like it.
This is one of the highly valued fragrant woods widely used in perfumery and other cosmetics for its healing properties. It has a captivating aroma and earthy scent imparting a long-lasting effect and its use can be traced back to thousands of years during the ancient civilizations. In Aromatherapy, its oil is used to calm tired minds and enhance sleep quality. Many studies suggest that its fragrance may help in alleviating anxiety issues.
How to use it: Frankincense can be applied to the bottoms of feet to relax and calm mood swings minor to major. In fact, it has been used to calm expectant mothers during pregnancy and labor. Diffuse in the room or massage a drop onto the chest or back of the neck.
Peppermint can improve the quality of life for many people through enhancing mental and athletic performance, cognitive functioning, digestive processes and pain tolerance.
How to use it: Support Healthy Breathing. Dilute a drop of Peppermint oil combined with Fractionated Coconut Oil and place under your nose to support open airways and help you breathe easily.
The pleasant and camphoraceous odor of Breathe is widely known for its grounding, protective energy. Its purifying fragrance helps in addressing feelings of safety and comfort that aids in emotional balance.
How to use it: You can sprinkle a few drops of Breathe essential oil on tissue paper and smell it all day or use a mist bottle and spray it on dried flowers. Arrange/place them as per your home aesthetics and the aroma will slowly envelop in the air.
On Guard oil is not just celebrated for its medicinal properties but also works as an air purifier. Its woody and citrusy notes can be addictive and used for relaxation. It is a natural disinfectant loaded with antibacterial, antiviral properties and can be used as a mosquito repellent too.
How to use it: To ingest On Guard, doTERRA recommends putting three to four drops into a veggie capsule or soaking apple slices in water with two to three drops of the oil.
The juicy yellow fruit is a household staple used both for culinary or non-culinary purposes. It has a distinctive creamy-citrusy aroma with soothing attributes that can make you feel energized all day. The fragrance of lemon is healing and can aid in anxiety and symptoms of depression.
How to use it: Pillar candles have been a festive favourite to accentuate themed parties. However, you can use lemon-scented candles at any time of the day to enliven your space.
The DigestZen aroma has a feel-good factor aiding in stress relief and boosting mood. You can create a cheerful and relaxing aura with a mild fragrance whenever you feel anxious.
How to use it: Pour a few drops of DigestZen oil and fill the reservoir of your ceramic diffuser with adequate water. Place a tea light candle underneath and Voila!
According to University Health News, the heart-healthy herb oregano can ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can also help the body balance stress hormones.
How to use it: When it comes toeffortless breathing, having oregano in your system (taken with a VeggieCapsule) has the ability to clear respiratory gunk.
Ice Blue has a hint of both icy and soft notes. Ice Blue blend works in much the same way that the oil goes to work on the physical body. It is an oil associated with releasing and easing tensions of the muscles. Deep Blue for emotions works in much the same way. It penetrates, but then it soothes.
How to use it: The aroma of an oil goes to work on different areas of our brain. And there can be a profound emotional benefit simply by inhaling the essential oil.
Tea tree oil for aromatherapy – Tea tree oil is known to have a relaxing effect on the body and mind. It can help people with an anxiety issue, chronic stress, or insomnia.
How to use it: Uplift your mood by adding a few drops of this oil to your diffuser, steamer, or mist. Tea tree oil is a tea tree plant product and has instant calming effects for people dealing with insomnia or chronic stress.
>> WATCH HERE!! Amy Boyd from Simply Wellness discusses her mental wellness regime using doTERRA's top ten most diverse and effective Oils - 'The Home Essentials Kit'.
She discusses the benefits of incorporating plant based tools into her daily routine to uplift the mood, improve energy and remove toxins from the home environment that can have a negative impact on wellness.
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