Essential Oils for Emotional Well Being

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Essential oils have incredible therapeutic benefits, when used properly, they can change your mood almost immediately.  Here are the best essential oils for emotional well being.  Check out my post on essential oils every woman needs here and my spring cleaning with essential oils here.

 

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Essential Oils for Emotional Well Being

What are Essential Oils

Essential Oils are powerful healing agents coming from the leaves, roots, flowers, and bark of plants.  These oils offer you a natural way to promote wellness and prevent and treat ailments.*  Pure essential oils (which you should be using) are highly concentrated compounds which means you only need very little to do the job.

 

How do Essential Oils Affect Well Being

Have you ever smelled something and immediately felt more relaxed?  That’s essential oils, they work with the limbic system in your brain to bring feelings of happiness, relaxation, alertness, sleepiness, etc.  Science has proven that emotional well being has an effect on physical well being.  This article by Harvard’s school of public health speaks of a study that showed a more positive outlook reduces the risk of diseases such as heart disease.  This article from the Chopra Center talks about how when our emotional state is in balance our physical health will benefit.

 

 

Essential Oils for Emotional Well Being

 

With that being said, here are the oils I feel are best for emotional well being.  They are listed by property.  Click here to receive the PDF with all the information below and more, including profiles for 10 different oils with recipes for each.

Antidepressants

  • Basil (not be used during pregnancy or on children under 12)
  • Bergamot (photosensitive)
  • Clary Sage (not be used by pregnant women)
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit (photosensitive)
  • Lavender
  • Lemon(photsensitive)
  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
  • Orange (photosensitive)
  • Ylang Ylang

 

Photosensitive means do not wear the oils anywhere direct sunlight is going to hit

 

Calming

 

  • Bergamot (photosensitive)
  • Birch (do not use if allergic to aspirin, pregnant, or have epilepsy)
  • Black Pepper
  • Clary Sage (avoid use during pregnancy)
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Vetiver
  • Tangerine(photosensitive)

 

Energizing

 

  • Basil (not to be used while pregnant or on children under 12)
  • Grapefruit (photosensitive.)
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint(not to be used on children)
  • Rosemary (not to be used on children)
  • White Fir (not to be used on children)

 

Sedatives

  • Bergamot (photosensitive)
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage (not to be used during pregnancy)
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang

 

Uplifting

 

  • Bergamot (photosensitive)
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Cypress
  • Grapefruit (photosensitive)
  • Lemon (photosensitive)
  • Lime (photosensitive)
  • Sandalwood
  • Tangerine (photosensitive)
  • Orange (photosensitive)
  • Ylang Ylang

 

Essential Oil for Emotional Well Being –In Conclusion

Although some of the oils have opposing benefits (Bergamot is listed as an antidepressant, calming, sedative, and uplifting) the great thing about essential oils is they can read your body.  They figure out where you can use a boost and support you.  Benefits of oils also greatly improve when used in a synergy (or blend) which just means more than one oil blended with another.  These blends have exceptional therapeutic properties.  Blending essential oils is an art, it take practice and knowledge but anyone can learn to make amazing blends to use for emotional well being.  Click the picture below or here to get the PDF which includes all of the above information plus 10 oil profiles with recipes to try for each.

 

Essential Oils for Emotional Well Being

 

*These claims are not FDA approved.  Please do not use anything on this site in place of medical treatment.  Although, I have full faith in everything I post here and have tried every recipe with success does not mean they will work for everyone. 

 

Essential Oils for Emotional Well Being

Best Spring Cleaning Recipes Using Essential Oils

Aromatherapy for Natural Living

 

 

Most household cleaners are chock full of harmful chemicals.  The best spring cleaning recipes using essential oils I’m going to share are not only easy to make but most of the ingredients are in your homes already.

best spring cleaning recipes
Spring means everything gets a good cleaning

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Most Household Cleaners are Toxic

The majority of store sold household cleaners are filled with toxic chemicals (if you can’t pronounce it, usually it’s not a good sign).  These chemicals can cause all sorts of problems for adults and even more so for children.  They’ve been shown to cause short-term and long-term health issues.  Children are more vulnerable to issues especially while they are in developmental stages.  The chemicals in these cleaners can interfere with the neurological and immune systems of children also.

Ease of Making Your Own Household Cleaning Products

The basic ingredients are: baking soda, white vinegar, distilled water, *castile soap, colorless, unflavored vodka (or 90% rubbing alcohol), essential oils (including Lemon and *Lavender-you can basically use any essential oil you prefer) I’m going to tell you why I use these 2 below.

Benefits of Essential Oils

You can really use any essential oils you prefer (make sure to check to see if the oil you are using is safe for your pets and you, if you have a chronic health condition or are pregnant).  The 2 essential oils (which are both generally regarded as safe for all three factors above) I use are:

Lavender

Lavender essential oil is basically the Swiss army knife of essential oils.  It can be used for almost any ailment.  Burns, scraps, sore throat, anxiety, sleeplessness, and that’s just to name a few.  I use it in my cleaning recipes because it has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties and it smells amazing.

best spring cleaning recipes
Lavender smells heavenly when used in cleaning products

Lemon

Lemon essential oil smells delicious and is an amazing degreaser.  Lemon also has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties, making it my number one oil to add to any cleaners I make.

 

best spring cleaning recipes
Lemon essential oil is an amazing degreaser.

 

Best Spring Cleaning Recipes

**Please test a small patch before using on specialty counters or surfaces**

Multipurpose Spray

I use these *16 oz. glass spray bottles because the oils could break plastic down, I wouldn’t recommend using plastic spray bottles.  If you do use plastic, make sure they are PET plastic and watch for signs of the plastic weakening.  Add 1 tbsp. of *castile soap, .5 cup of white vinegar, 1.5 cups distilled water, 20 drops of lemon essential oil and 20 drops of lavender essential.  This can also double as a window cleaner.  I recommend using *microfiber cleaning clothes to not leave lint AND save on paper towels.

Carpet Refresher

I refill an empty container I have-you can really use any type of container for this and just use a spoon or scooper to sprinkle on your carpet.  Add 30 drops of Lemon or Lavender (which ever you prefer) to 2 cups of baking soda and shake it up.  Sprinkle a thin coat on your carpets and let stand for 10 minutes.  Then vacuum as normal.

Bathroom Scrub

This one you can also use any container-I use an 8 oz. mason jar for mine or you can reuse any type of glass jar you have thoroughly cleaned out.  Fill container 3/4 of the way with baking soda, keep adding distilled water until you get a paste like consistency, add between 10-30 drops of Lemon essential oil (for smaller containers use 10 drops for my 8 oz. jar, I add 30 drops).  Using a sponge (with a scrubbing side) apply the paste to sinks, tubs, and showers.  Gently work in (use scrubber side for extra yucky areas) with sponge adding water is necessary.  Rinse with cold water and buff dry with microfiber cloth.

Floor Cleaner

If Lemony fresh floors are what you’re after, then I’ve got the recipe for you.  It’s basically the multipurpose spray but only on a larger scale.  Fill bucket with 1 gallon warm water, add 2 tbsp. castile soap and 50 drops of lemon.  Use a mop or microfiber cloth to clean floors.  This cleaner does not need to be rinsed off.

Linen/Room Spray

It’s definitely nice slipping into calming, lavender sheets at bedtime after all that cleaning.  In *4 oz. glass spray bottles fill with 1 part distilled water to 1 part cheap, colorless vodka (you could also use rubbing alcohol but it has to be at least 90% rubbing alcohol) and 10 drops of lavender essential oil.  Then just lightly spritz on your sheets and pillow about 10 minutes before you get into bed for some much needed rest!!!

 

Did you try any?

Let me know in the comments if you tried any of these recipes and how they worked out for you.

I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled program next week.  After writing my emotional guest post my letter to my sister after her suicide for http://bettysbattleground.com at the beginning of the week, I was emotionally drained.

Essential Oil Recipes Every Woman Needs

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Sorry guys, this one is just for the ladies.  In this weeks DIY, we’re going to focus on woman’s health including PMS, Menopause, Cramps, UTIs, Heavy Periods and the essential oil recipes every woman needs and can use (*at least once a month for some ladies) to help them.

Essential Oil Recipes for Women
Every woman can benefit from these essential oil recipes at some time in their life.

I’ve had it pretty easy until…..

Growing up I never had PMS or a cramp or tender breasts, I barely knew I was getting my period until it showed up.  Brace yourself….and that was only for about 3, very light, days.  I know, you hate me, but wait, it all comes full circle.  At 33, I began to get the most awful pains I’ve ever felt during my period, which was now at least 7 days, and a nightmare.  I was diagnosed as having uterine fibroids.  Since I had my tube tied (I only had one because of an ectopic pregnancy), I was given the option of a partial hysterectomy.  Being told I wouldn’t go through menopause, I agreed to the hysterectomy.  I was in and out of the hospital in 6 hours, the fastest hysterectomy my OB/GYN ever performed (YAHHH ME LOL).  I didn’t know then, that 5 years later I would be going into full blown menopause.

It’s as bad as they say it is

I’m 38 years and I’m going through menopause.  Looking back, I probably starting going through perimenopause within 3 months of getting the operation.  During this time, I had 2 different spinal surgeries, surgery on both hands, and then I broke my leg, so I probably didn’t notice LOL.  Oh boy, do I notice now. The hot flashes, constant cold hands and feet, headaches, trouble sleeping, and the MOOD SWINGS.  I am seriously insane with the mood swings.  One minute, I’m Snow White, happily sweeping the kitchen, the next minute, I’m the evil stepmother, demanding someone to sweep.  WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SWEEPS AROUND HERE!!!  Seriously, it’s bad but not as bad as the severe crying over nonsense.  I cried the other day over basketball.  Like worse than Kristen Bell cries over getting a sloth for her birthday LOL (I love her.)

Essential Oil Recipes for PMS and Menopause
These recipes are great for whatever stage of life you’re at

The #1 Essential Oil for PMS and Menopause

There are a ton of essential oils that help with all woman’s health issue but the #1 oil for PMS and Menopause is Clary Sage*.  Sniff it from the bottle, put it in personal inhalers*, use it in a Diffuser* or a roller blend.  You could even make a linen/body spray with distilled water.   Either way you choose to use it, it will help.  But like I said, there are other essential oils that help as well for both issues.  I’ll break them down separately and then I’ll give you some amazing recipes that are good for all skill levels.

Essential Oils for PMS

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Lavender, Roman Chamomile

Essential Oils for Menopause

Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender

Some helpful hints(& disclaimers) before the recipes

Conversions

1 tsp = 5ml (1/6 of an ounce)

1 tbsp.= 15ml (1/2 of an ounce)

Roller bottle=10ml (1/3 of an ounce)

1 oz.= 30 ml

Disclaimer-see my disclosure page for full term but here are the cliff notes.  Please do not use any remedy I mention on this page in place of medical care.  These recipes are in my opinion the best to try, that is not to say that every recipe on this page is magic.  Some may help and others may not work as well.  Always use common sense when working with essential oils.  They are potent and you only need the amount of drops stated.  Some of the products mentioned are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission and you pay the same amount-Win/Win.  Enough with all that, let’s check out the recipes.

Essential Oils Recipes for PMS

Roller Bottle recipe for general PMS (can be used every 2 hours for up to 7 days)

6 drops Clary Sage (great for emotional support and general discomfort)

4 drops Bergamot (uplifting)

2 drops Cypress* (eases stress)

Please drops in roller bottle and then top off with sweet almond oil* or any carrier oil.  Here is a carrier oil sampler* that has a small bottle of a few different carrier oils.

I use these Roller Bottles*, they are amber which is good because you don’t want light getting into any essential oil recipe.  Also, they have a metal roller which glides on smoother and easier. For those of you who have never made your own rollers, just pop the top of the roller bottle off (the plastic part).  Once filled, used the palm of your hand, holding the bottle tightly (so it doesn’t go flying), and pop it back in.  Then screw the cap on all the way and it will be ready to use.   Give the bottle a gentle shake before each use.  Roll on wrists, back of neck, and lower abdomen.

Personal Inhaler Recipe

You could also use this recipe made with personal inhalers*.  The benefit of a personal inhaler is that only you can smell it (with a roller other people may smell the oils.)  This could be used at school, work, or around kids (some co-workers, classmates, teacher, or even your kids might not enjoy the smell of the oils-just like some people like a certain perfume and not others.)

8 drops Black Pepper (stimulating for times of low energy)

4 drops Bergamot (eases anxiety and depression)

2 drops Birch (also amazing for emotional support)

The personal inhalers come in 3 pieces: the tube (which will have the outer shell already screwed on), the cotton wick, and the cap.  Simply take whatever tube you want to use, place the cotton wick inside, add the drops to the cotton, and snap the cap into place.  Remove outer shell and give it a sniff.  Inhalers can be used for all kinds of aromatherapy recipes.  They are easy to take along with you anywhere and I even make them for my kids when they have sleep or anxiety issues.

Essential Oil Recipes for Menopause

I use two different rollers, one for daytime and one for at night and right before bed

Daytime Roller Recipe

3 drops Juniper* (fights fatigue)

6 drops Fennel* (stimulates estrogen productive & for fluid retention)

4 drops Geranium* (balances emotions & hormones)

Night Roller Recipe

5 drops Lavender (irritability, stress, & sedative)

5 drops Clary Sage (hormone support & sedative)

3 drops Cypress* (hot flashes, night sweats, sedative)

Rub on wrists, back of neck, lower abdomen, or lower back.

Here are a couple bonus recipes for other Woman’s issues

Heavy Periods-5 drops of Geranium in 1 tbsp. of carrier.  Rub all on the lower abdomen and lower back.

Severe Cramps-5 drops Roman Chamomile in 1 tsp. carrier. Rub all on the lower abdomen and lower back.

UTI-4 drops Cedarwood* and 4 drops Begamot in 1 tbsp. of carrier oil.  Rub the mixture on lower abdomen over bladder (wear an older t-shirt because the oil may stain) then immediately cover with a hot water bottle or heating pad.  Drink tons of water and at least 2 glasses of cranberry juice (not cocktail.)  Cedarwood is a strong diuretic so it will make you urinate (ALOT) but that is a good thing.  It helps push all the bad bacteria out and flush out the infection.  I can’t tell you how many people this remedy has worked for.  Again, let me state that this should not take the place of a doctor’s recommendation but if you want to save yourself a co-pay and give this a try first.  I’m telling you-IT WORKS!!

 

Essential Oil Recipes that Every Woman Needs

Conclusion

So there you have it ladies (and guys who show your wife–good job.)  I hope you will give these recipes a try and tell me what you thought of them?  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  And I will be back next week with something new for you to try!!