Essential Oils To Use For Mental And Emotional Health
Written by: Brandi Monasco
From time to time we experience mental blocks and lack of concentration. Other times we experience emotional stress and find ourselves unable to pay attention to what we are doing and this results in poor performance and functionality.
Mental and emotional health has a connection to your immune system. Often times it can have a negative impact on your general health. Some of the issues related to unhealthy mental and emotional health include:
- Sleeping disorders
- Cardiovascular problems
The good news is that by using essential oils, you can boost your emotional and mental health.
Top Essential Oils For Boosting Mental And Emotional Health
Lavender essential oil is known for its relaxing and calming effects. It also has restorative effects on your nervous system.
A study performed in 2007 revealed that lavender aromatherapy reduced serum cortisol, which plays a major role in your body’s response to stress. The study also showed that lavender aromatherapy can be beneficial for your circulation. It also helps create an “inner peace,” all while reducing panic, helping with sleep and reducing general nervous tension.
To help reduce stress as well as improve sleep, put your favorite diffuser by your bed and add a few drops of lavender essential oil to it.
Bergamot has a calming effect and can create a feeling of freshness and joy and it can be used to help with depression and induce relaxation. It also works as a natural remedy for anxiety.
To use bergamot for anxiety and depression, simply rub two to three drops into your palms and cup your hands around your mouth and nose and breathe slowly.
This is also a popular essential oil for mental and emotional health. It is widely used in helping depression due to its uplifting effects. It aids in boosting courage, optimism, cheerfulness and soothes fear. Ylang ylang is also useful in helping with sleeping disorders. Research has shown that using ylang ylang essential oil can also help release negative emotions such as low self-esteem, jealousy, and anger.
To use ylang ylang essential oil, diffuse it in an oil diffuser or massage some into your skin by using a carrier oil.
How These Essential Oils Are Used
This is the most common way to reap the benefits of these essential oils. It involves smelling them to trigger emotional responses in the mind. The sense of smell is very important and it helps your brain respond well and in turn regulates anxiety and depression.
This method involves placing any of the essential oils on the skin, hair, nails and other areas. This allows the oil to penetrate quickly into the body and gives you faster results. Be sure to use a carrier oil if the oil “burns” or you feel your skin is too sensitive to its effects.
The next time that you are feeling anxious or depressed, or even just a little sluggish, try using one of these amazing oils and either diffuse it or use a topical application. You will soon feel better and hopefully back to yourself!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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