When we started to use essential oils I had very little knowledge on how to incorporate them, or even on what to expect. For a long time I’d wanted to take a more natural path towards wellness – not just physical but my emotional health too. Over the last year I’ve experienced periods of deep anxiety and stress. These bouts took me by surprise and, at times, left me feeling unable to cope. Wanting to look after my mental health naturally and gently, and allow myself to tailor things to suit me, I decided to give essential oils a try.
Here are a few of my favourite oils for emotional balance and how I incorporate them:
- If I’m feeling groggy I diffuse 5 drops lemon, 5 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops peppermint together. The combination of these oils never fails to lift my mood and fills the house with a really fresh smell. Sometimes I add lavender to this mix too.
- Valor and orange are two of my go to oils for anxiety. The combination of these two is incredibly calming. I often diffuse these together but I’ve also mixed up a roller ball bottle with these and a carrier oil (I use sweet almond). I apply the roller ball to my wrists, feet and neck. I’ve also rolled it down the children’s spines if they’ve been worked up as it helps to soothe them.
- I often diffuse lavender and cedarwood in the evenings. I even do this in the kid’s rooms before they go to bed as these oils have known properties for helping to promote a good night’s sleep. You can just diffuse lavender on it’s own or add vetiver or a blend like Peace and Calming too.
- Stress Away smells heavenly – it’s a blend of lime, vanilla, lavender, copiaba and cedarwood among other things and it really helps me when I’m feeling overwhelmed. I use it topically only – I fitted a roller ball to the bottle and carry it around with me so I can roll it onto my wrists or behind my ears when I need to.
- I love to put a few drops of Peace and Calming in the bath after a long day. I often add lavender oil too and do some simple breathing techniques to wash away the worries or stresses of the day.
These are just a handful of ways you can use oils to instil emotional balance when you’re feeling anxious, stressed or a bit blurgh. They’re a component in mental well being – along with taking exercise, drinking less, talking to friends and family and opening up about your feelings. Despite the skepticism around the benefits of oils, they’ve been a really important part of my path to peace.
If you’d like to talk to me about using oils for your well being check out getting started