Mood Boosting Essential Oils to Save a Moody Day!

 

Oftentimes, people associate a healthy mood with exercise, diet, and a good lifestyle. Little do they know is that there is another way to enhance their mood that can do even better than those three—and that is using essential oils.

Essential oils are concentrated extracts of plants that use the plants' natural fragrance or aroma to combat hundreds of health issues including stress and undesirable moods. These oils are a great solution to deal with such problems, as they deliver effects through the body's olfactory system.

 

How Essential Oils Affect Mood

 

Olfactory system, better known as the body's sense of smell, is the reason your body reacts to whatever you smell through your nose. When you inhale the aroma of an essential oil, you are absorbing the oil's molecules which are the tiny particles that trigger your olfactory system.

When your nose inhales the oil molecules, the special cells in your nose translate these oils as signals; and these signals are transmitted to the brain right away. The brain then tells the body to react according to the signals it received. Since the nose is located near to the brain, it does not take too long to accommodate these signals. This is the reason you quickly react to a perfume's scent or to a foul odor.

Furthermore, the essential oil's oil molecules directly target the limbic system of the brain or the area of the brain that is responsible for emotion, mood, and behavior; therefore, inhaling an essential oil's aroma is one of the fastest ways to deliver effects straight to the brain's mood-controlling system.

Though almost all essential oils are potent enough to affect your mood, there are select aromas that stand out from the rest—providing the best effects to your brain.

 

Bergamot

Bergamot oil has taken a role in a lot of studies regarding anxiety and depression. This oil stimulates mood by improving the body's blood circulation. Its fresh scent can trigger a happy or joyful feeling. It is highly recommended for people who want to lower their stress level. In fact, the oil, itself, is a natural antidepressant ingredient.

To use bergamot oil, it is best to rub about two drops into your hands. Cup your nose and mouth and slowly breathe in the aroma. You may also rub bergamot oil onto your stomach and feet. Or you could create an antidepressant essential oil blend made up of bergamot oil and other oils you want to mix it with.

 

Lemon

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Lemon's citrus scent is undoubtedly refreshing for the mind. This causes the mind and body to feel energized whenever the scent is diffused and inhaled. For this reason, essential oils that are made from lemon plant extract are often used by people who have lethargy issue, as these help them feel more active.

Lemon scent is best diffused and inhaled during the morning to start the day feeling energized. However, it is also great to use this essential oil during lazy afternoons or whenever you need to combat a sleepy mood.

 

Ylang Ylang

You can get rid of all the negative emotions by using Ylang Ylang. This essential oil has a sedative effect that is potent enough to help calm your mind; but, at the same time, is mild enough to not make you feel lethargic. It balances your brain's activity level to help you retain a calm and positive mood.

The scent of Ylang Ylang is also effective in releasing unwanted feelings such as anger, loneliness, jealousy, and even low self-esteem.

Ylang Ylang essential oils and blends are often used as massage oils. The feeling of the oil and scent, covering your body can greatly reduce stress. If you are not used to applying so much oil on your skin, you may simply diffuse an Ylang Ylang essential oil at home.

 

Lavender

You may think of lavender as an overrated ingredient but with the great effects it can deliver to the body, it deserves all the recognition. The aroma of lavender boosts mood by relaxing the mind and by helping it release more positive feelings. It also helps control stress hormones in the body.

 
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Additionally, lavender has long been used as a natural antidepressant, making it a good stress relief if you want to get a more positive mood. There are medicinal capsules, containing lavender essential oil, that are widely used as anxiety reliever.

Diffusing lavender essential oil at home is the best way to take in all the lavender's beneficial properties. You may also mix this versatile oil with any of the oils mentioned above and feel a better, synergistic mood lift.

 

Jasmine

Jasmine oils are natural antidepressant used to rid of negativities in mind. Jasmine transforms mood by toning down stress levels in the body and thereby giving way to a clearer mind.

Jasmine essential oils can calm the nerves in your body and uplift your mood by helping release rejuvenating effects in the body including a boost in both your confidence and optimism.

You may diffuse jasmine essential oils anytime of the day especially when you feel like your mood is starting to swing. You may also blend jasmine and lavender oils to soothe headaches and migraines.

 

These five natural extracts are the best essential oils for you as they cover everything you need to enhance your mood. However, there are a lot more essential oils out there which you can also try if you want. The thing is, when it comes to your mood, essential oils are your best bet and you fortunately have a wide range of options for that.

If you’re looking for a great site to find accessories to use along with your essential oil products, I suggest Got Oil Supplies. They have an extensive line of affordable and quality products from essential oil diffusers, roller bottles, labels, and many more.  My absolute favorite products are their gemstone roller bottle tops and their 10ml bottle key chain carrying case!

 

You Are The Magic Pill {Free Videos}

Have you been feeling yucky for a while?  Maybe you have anxiety, depression, brain fog, adrenal fatigue, digestive issues, headaches, etc?

Maybe you have a diagnosis or doctors keep telling you that there is nothing wrong.

You've spent hours and hours researching to try and figure out what is wrong with you.

But, you feel more exhausted and stressed than ever?

Are you on the constant hunt for the thing that is going to heal you?  A new diet?  A certain food you need to cut out?  A magic supplement?

 

 
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I know what that feels like.  I suffered in the pain of thinking something was wrong with me for 10 years.

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This is a quick preview into the Science and Soul of Healing Summit.  Do you want to learn the secrets behind truly healing and staying well? Are you interested in learning how to address your health from body, mind, and spirit? The Science and Soul of Healing Summit is a FREE & ONLINE conference made up of more than 25 video interviews with an amazing lineup of experts in holistic health and wellness.  

Emotional Detox with Essential Oils

Healing your negative emotions may be the most important thing you do to create radiant health, effortless joy, and lasting energy.  

There are so many wonderful ways to release trapped emotions.  The Emotion Code is one of the quickest, simplest ways.  EFT is another tool I use for myself and my clients on a daily basis.  Yoga, walking, time in nature, self care - all of it is important for your ultimate well-being!

But, did you know that essential oils are also powerful tools for releasing negative emotions and creating feelings of peace and joy?  

In this video, you will learn how to use essential oils to heal negative emotions and also how to anchor in positive emotions into your every day life.

This method of healing has become life changing for so many of my clients!

 

Looking for more resources on how to use essential oils for healing?

Essential Oils for Instant Energy

How To Use Essential Oils to Beat Sugar Cravings

Essential Oils for Emotional Balance + Immune Support

Simple Tools For Creating Radiant Health, Effortless Joy, and Lasting Energy

 

If you have more questions about essential oils or where to buy Young Living products, please contact me here.

 

4 Things You Can Do To Manage Stress Now

Guest post by Tiffany Flaten of Rock Bottom Wellness

 

In order to manage our stress levels, we need to take care of our adrenal glands. These walnut-sized glands are big players in our body when it comes to feeling balanced and healthy. When your adrenals are low-functioning, it’s not uncommon to come down with a myriad of symptoms over time with chronic adrenal stress.

So, How Does This Happen?

The thing about stress is that our bodies can’t discern between good or bad stress. I often hear people describe their reactions to a new job as a good stress. “I love my job! It’s very stressful; but a good stress, you know?” We tend to think of things as black and white, all-or-nothing. Over time, this can wreak havoc on that little gland and throw us out of whack.

Basically, our adrenals deal with stress of any kind, whether you’re planning a wedding or planning a funeral. It doesn’t really care because our bodies are amazing and are constantly trying to keep us in balance. The example of the new job on top of the constant bombardment of our busy lives and being connected ALL the time doesn’t allow our adrenals to recover.

In this day and age, we are constantly running away from the proverbial sabre tooth tiger. This leads to some or many of these common symptoms of adrenal exhaustion.

Common Symptoms of Adrenal Exhaustion

1. Feel worse after exercise

2. Brain fog

3. Water retention

4. Salt cravings

5. Not rested upon waking/constant fatigue

6. Depression

7. Headaches/migraines

8. Sweet or alcohol cravings

9. Unstable blood sugar

10. Muscular weakness

 

What Can I Do To Combat Adrenal Stress?

1. Add some Himalayan Pink Salt.

Unrefined pink salt is nutritionally dense with trace minerals. These minerals are necessary for the function of your thyroid and adrenals and often are feeling the symptoms of adrenal exhaustion. You can add to savory dishes in place or regular table salt or even add a pinch to a smoothie.

 

2. Add some Licorice Extract.

I’m not talking about Twizzlers here. Real licorice in the form of a tea or a DGL Licorice supplement (please contact a professional for quality supplements). This herb supports normal cortisol surges needed for you to feel awake and productive while managing your adrenals. (If you have high blood pressure, I don’t recommend this for your adrenal support or only use under a professional’s care.)

 

3. Get your greens – and other colors!

Often, when we are struggling with adrenal exhaustion, it is really hard to get the whole-food nutrients in our diets we need. Leafy greens will provide you with the magnesium that is often deficient with this condition and other greens and citrus fruits will help with the Vitamin C that is depleted with adrenal stress. In general, consume more vegetables and fruits to ensure these micronutrients are sufficient enough to support your adrenals.

 

4. Exercise…but not too much.

If your normal exercise routine has you feeling exhausted versus energized, then it’s time to find a new one. I recommend to my clients that they find the time to look inward and relax for 5, 10, or even 15 minutes. Make a habit of getting some time in to do a few deep breathing exercises and a few stretches. Taking some time every day to just BE will go a long way to making you feel better. And, if you can get a walk in, that’d be even better. Just pay attention to your body. If something makes you feel more tired, don’t do it. That’s the bottom line.

 

To summarize, our bodies are trying really hard to keep us in a healthy balance. Because of our busy lives and poor food intake, we often get in it’s way and we get sicker. Taking care of your adrenals by eating whole, nutritious foods and getting enough rest and recovery time are some simple steps you can take to keep your adrenals healthy.

To contact Tiffany, please find her at Rock Bottom Wellness

Additional Resources:

Essential Oils for Instant Energy

The Reason Why You Are Tired All The Time {and what to do about it!}

 Daily Routine for Instant Energy {plus recipe}