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Essential oils and Mood

Wow, how stressed can we be?

There are so many things in the world that can stress us both nationally and locally.  How we handle that stress can be modulated with the use of essential oils. Breathe…..

So, for this blog we are touching on mood and a few essential oils.

Common oils for mood are Lavender, orange, lemon, grapefruit, patchouli, rose and vetiver.  There are many more: neroli, ylang ylang, nutmeg, helichrysum, geranium, peppermint, sweet marjoram and sandalwood to name a few.

Let’s focus on a few common oils.

Most of the citrus oils are antidepressant in nature, who doesn’t love the smell of oranges, lemons and grapefruit? Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) is uplifting, calming, and sedative.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) and lemon ( Citrus limon) essential oils are photo toxic depending on dilution, so sweet orange is a great substitute when outside.  So there is no need to calculate the maximum dilution when using sweet orange oil.

See my previous blog: Fun in the Sun with Essential Oils.

LAVENDER (Lavendula angustifolia)

Lavender is in so many health and beauty products and laundry products. Lavender is classic for helping relax before sleep thanks to the components linalool and linalyl acetate.

Diffuse a few drops of sweet orange and lavender in your room.

Rose is a wonderful floral oil, great for stabilizing mood. 

ROSE ABSOLUTE (Rose damascene)

Using a Rose Hydrosol as a face or body spray is anxiety-relieving and uplifting. Close your eyes and imagine the flowers. A drop on a linen handkerchief also provides a relaxing break. Rose is very floral, so it is best to use this oil with a light touch to start.

Keep in touch for more therapeutic properties of these favorites.
Happy blending,