Uplifting Essential Oils: Using Aromatherapy To Lift Your Mood

essential oilsI’ve been a fan of aromatherapy since I learned about essential oils in a workshop at my local yoga studio awhile back. I’d been using scented candles and those plug-in air fresheners to keep my home smelling good, but I was wary of the ingredients in those products. Aromatherapy with pure essential oils solved that problem. The benefits turned out to be more than I expected, especially when I discovered uplifting essential oils.

Diffusing essential oils does more than keep my home smelling great. Each oil has specific benefits as well. I learned that certain aromas have a direct effect on specific brain centers. Aromas travel through the capillaries in our sinuses and trigger nerves that send direct signals to the brain. Many of these signals have to do with emotions.

A number of uplifting essential oils can be used to boost mood and even alleviate depression. And you can go a step further to target specific kinds of depression. For example, do you tend to feel tired when you are feeling down? You can lift both your mood and your energy level with geranium, lavender, peppermint, basil or rosemary. Anxiety can be calmed with clary sage, frankincense, patchouli, ylang ylang or chamomile.

How to use uplifting essential oils to lift your mood 

There are many ways to use essential oils. Start by simply opening the bottle and inhaling the aroma! Some other great uses include:

Diffuse them. Place a few drops in a room diffuser and the aroma will last for hours. There are many types of room diffusers on the market.

Bathe in them.  Add your favorite oil to warm bath water and soak your way to good mood. Scented water is extremely relaxing and very therapeutic.

Use them in lotions or bath products. You can make aromatherapy products yourself by adding essential oils to unscented bath products, or you can buy them already made.

Spray them in your room or car. Essential oils can be added to pure water in a spray bottle and used sprayed anywhere to instantly fill your space with pleasing aromas.

Sleep with them. Put a few drops of essential oil on a tissue or piece of cotton that you slip under your pillow case. You can even put a drop of relaxing oil inside each nostril at bedtime. If you choose to latter, make sure to choose oils that will not irritate your skin. The labels on most essential oil bottles will indicate if you can use them directly on skin.

Use them for a relaxing massage.  You can make your own massage oil by adding essential oils to unscented massage oil. Another option is to buy aromatherapy massage oils infused with essential oils.

Once you discover the benefits of aromatherapy with essential oils, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

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How to Make Safe and Healthy Reed Diffusers with Essential Oils

reed diffuserI’m one for nice smells, and I like my house to be filled with pleasing aromas, but I’m wary of the ingredients in air fresheners, scented candles and other common items people use to mask odors in their homes. So, I was very excited to come across a very easy way to make homemade reed diffusers from pure essential oils. All you need is mineral oil, vodka, the essential oil (or oils) of your choice, a small vase and some diffuser reeds, which you can buy in any craft store (I got mine at Pier 1 Imports).

Here’s what you do:

Pour ¼ cup mineral oil and 2-3 tablespoons of vodka into the vase. Then add a small bottle of essential oil. Stir everything with the reeds and then let it go to work. Flip the reeds every once in a while to diffuse the oil better.

It really works, and the fragrance you’re enjoying is not compromising your health! In fact, it is probably enhancing it with the wonderful properties of the particular oil you’ve chosen for your diffuser. I have geranium and lemongrass in mine.

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