How I Use Aromatherapy To Improve My Mood
My diagnosis with Hidradenitis Suppurativa ignited my desire to actively seek out natural ways to improve my wellbeing. I had long been a candle loving girl, but I couldn’t justify using conventional candles in my home because of their toxic ingredients, and let’s face it—-candles can get expensive too! I turned to using essential oils for their aromatherapeutic benefits and I have not looked back since.
Essential oils can be a bit of an investment upfront. There’s a wide range of brands at varying price points, but make sure you buy a pure, therapeutic-grade solution for the best results. In building a collection, it was helpful for me to purchase a small group of essential oils that I knew would provide a basic mood lift for me most of the time. Here’s my collection of essential oils that I use to improve my mood...
Lemongrass essential oil
Citrus scents have been a longtime favorite of mine that I feel bring me clarity, evoke feelings of happiness, and make the entire space smell pleasant. I find citrus to be the least offensive for my own fragrance sensitivities and to be a scent that I can use across different spaces. The lemongrass scent has been known to help with feelings of anxiety or nervousness, soothe mental fatigue, and awaken the senses.
Lavender essential oil
Flare days often make getting sleep a difficult task for me. I mostly like to diffuse lavender essential oil in the evenings to help me relax and wind down before bedtime. I even use a body butter with lavender essential oil as an added bonus to help me achieve sleep. Lavender essential oil is known to have a soothing affect on the nervous system. It can help fight off feelings of stress, fatigue, and relieve feelings of anxiety. After a long day or even just a day spent inside battling a flare, lavender essential oil can be beneficial in helping you enter relaxation mode.
Peppermint essential oil
The theme here is alleviating my body of the stress it accumulates due to chronic pain. Another option for those of us who enjoy less offensive fragrances is peppermint essential oil. This is another oil that I like to diffuse any time of the day and find that it evokes feelings of warmth. The refreshing quality of peppermint essential oil makes it an easy pick for diffusing when experiencing feelings of depression and overall fatigue. Keep in mind that peppermint essential oil can also stimulate feelings of focus, so this oil can help with a variety of needs.
Cedarwood essential oil
I also appreciate adding warm and cozy fragrances to my essential oil collection. Cedarwood essential oil is a comforting scent for me that reminds me of being snuggled up during a cool day outside. Cedarwood essential oil has calming properties that can also take away feelings of stress experienced as a result of chronic illness and life events. I find that this essential oil helps me to feel more grounded emotionally and balanced as I tackle the day.
This article covers the aromatherapeutic use of these oils while used in a essential oil diffuser. There are many other benefits to using essential oils, including topically where safe. Also, keep in mind that there are many essential oil blends that together make for a powerhouse moment in aromatherapy. There are a wide array of essential oil diffusers that can also make for a nice complement to any space in your home. Be mindful of the guidelines for using specific essential oils around your family and pets.
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