Aromatherapy – Essential Oil Mental Health Care Guide

Please note that while Aromatherapy is fantastic, it is important to ensure you get the care and assistance that you need. This is in no way a replacement for seeking medical guidance, it is always beneficial to seek professional medical help first over holistic medicine. Holistic medicine is fantastic as a booster in addition to professional medical treatment, as it assists with deeper mental and spiritual health while science does it’s thing!

Essential Oils For Your Mental Health

The great thing about using Essential Oils in Aromatherapy is that they can be used just about anywhere, for many purposes. You can use them for stress relief, recharging your batteries by energising yourself, as a way of relaxation, or even for healing. As you become more comfortable with them, and the more you use them, the more you will reap the benefits.

If you are unfamiliar, there are a few ways that you can use Essential Oils. I’ve listed a few below:

  • Diffuser
  • Massage
  • Inhaling
  • In the bath
  • Added to candles
  • Added to hair products
  • Added to skincare products
  • Applied to the skin

Essential Oils Useful For Stress

As a brief note, most oils can assist with stress but there are just a few that are more effective for combating it. Stress can have a detrimental effect on the strength of your immunity, so it is useful to use specific oils that can boost the recovery of your immune system.

Remember that eating healthy and keeping up regular exercise is also great for improving stress levels. Exercise is highly beneficial for stress, as you need to find a way to release all that pent up emotion.

7 Useful ‘Must Have’ Oils To Have In The House:

  • Lavender
  • Clary Sage
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Mandarin
  • Geranium
  • Sandalwood

In addition, below are some useful oils great for combating stress:

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is wonderful for it’s grounding effect, which in it’s own it assists with relaxation and stress relief.

In addition:

  • Often used for spiritual purposes
  • Great for respiratory problems (coughing, clears mucus)
  • Heals scars/stretch marks

Be careful not to use the oil if it is oxidised, as it can increase the potential for skin sensitisation.

Neroli Essential Oil

The citrus aroma blends well with woody/spicy additional oils. It’s fantastic for alleviating stress and aiding with shock.

In addition:

  • Often improves scarring
  • Helps with stretch marks
  • Aids with insomnia
  • Aids with depression

Keep in mind it is highly concentrated, which means very little is needed to be used.

Patchouli Essential Oil

This works wonderfully for alleviating stress, it’s earthy scent is incredibly grounding and it’s wonderful in a blend as a base note. It’s incredibly versatile.

In addition:

  • Great on dry/cracked skin
  • Regulates skin oils
  • Improves appearance of acne
  • Great for eczema/psoriasis/dandruff
  • Aids dermatitis/chapped skin
  • Assists with fatigue
  • Insect repellent

This oil may pose a drug interaction hazard and also inhibit blood clotting.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

The calming aroma is wonderful for stress, and often spiritual endeavours!

In addition:

  • Wonderful for aiding with low self esteem
  • Useful in times of depression
  • Great for chapped skin
  • Can be used as an aphrodisiac
  • Useful for respiratory issues such as bronchitis
  • Works wonders for oily skin, scars, sensitive skin and stretch marks

It can cause skin reactions, very rarely, but just keep this in mind.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Enticing and strong in aroma, this oil is highly useful for stress and anxiety. It will increase feelings of gratitude and happiness.

In addition:

  • Wonderful for healing anger issues
  • Great in times of depression
  • Can be used as an aphrodisiac
  • Great for combating oily skin
  • Assists with acne
  • Assists with alopecia

Ensure that this oil has been uninterrupted in it’s extraction and completed. It’s highly important to check the labels when it comes to purchasing Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.

Bergamot Essential Oil

If you are stress eating, this is a great oil for you. It’s a fantastic relaxant, and when inhaled there are Polyphenols within the oil that assist with burning fat more effectively.

In addition:

  • Alleviates stress
  • Great for oily skin and acne
  • Improves psoriasis
  • Assists with boils and abscesses
  • Eases itching
  • Helpful for cystitis

Tip – If you use Bergamot as a massage oil, add coconut oil as the carrier oil and massage into the hands, feet, neck and shoulders. This will assist with mood stabilisation. (Don’t forget to wash the oil off after 20 minutes)

Tea Tree Essential Oil

As mentioned, stress can lower our immune system and Tea Tree is fantastic to stimulating the immune system to help keep illness and fungal conditions at bay. Tea tree assists with building confidence, and steadying nerves and anxieties.

In addition:

  • Effective on bites and stings
  • Great insect repellent
  • Useful on cold sores
  • Assists with spots/acne

Geranium Essential Oil

This soft and floral scent is fantastic for stress relief.

In addition:

  • Antiseptic
  • Assists with emotional issues
  • Ease premenstrual tension
  • Assists fluid retention
  • Wonderful through menopausal symptoms
  • Balances hormones
  • Assists eczema
  • Aids with shingles and ringworm
  • Great insect repellent

Rosemary Essential Oil

Wonderful for soothing the mind and nervous system.

In addition:

  • Assists sore muscles
  • Eases severity of colds, sinusitis and asthma
  • Improves focus
  • Aids memory
  • Lowers cholesterol levels

As a tip, it works fantastic with Black Pepper Oil.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Wonderful for aiding with stress with this earthy aroma.

In addition:

  • Assists with sore throats
  • Helps with coughs and asthma
  • Assists with exhaustion

Please note, avoid using this if steam distilled when driving/drinking alcohol. It has a possible narcotic effect. It also is not suitable for women who have/at risk of breast cancer, and should never be used during pregnancy.

Essential Oils Useful For Depression

Bergamot Essential Oil

You may remember seeing this listed above in the stress relief list! It’s such a versatile oil. It can aid during times of sadness, grief and may often assist with depression.

In addition:

  • Alleviates stress
  • Great for oily skin and acne
  • Improves psoriasis
  • Assists with boils and abscesses
  • Eases itching
  • Helpful for cystitis

Often a favourite citrus oil, it has a complex aroma reflective of orange. It is photo toxic

Be careful as this oil has a chemical constituent (Bergaptene) which is photo toxic. Ensure you are careful when using on skin, as if you plan on being out in the sunlight or sunbed – maybe hold off!

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit is excellent for just about anything! It’s fantastic in a diffuser, just as a tip.

In addition:

  • Assists fatigue
  • Aids with concentration
  • Assists with a build-up of toxins and water retention
  • Antibacterial properties which is fantastic for cuts and abrasions
  • Helpful for acne, scars, and stretch marks
  • Beneficial for allergies, colic, asthma, cystitis, dermatitis, flatulence, hypertension
  • Great insect repellent
  • Soothes itching
  • Assists rheumatism
  • Calms insect bites and sores/strains
  • Beneficial for headaches

Be careful as Grapefruit can increase skin sensitisation. Don’t use it too much as it can be a stimulant.

Lemon Balm Essential Oil 

The lemon aroma is perfect for times of depression and anxiety.

In addition:

  • Assists insomnia
  • Reduces severity of migraines
  • Wonderful for menstrual cramping (ouch!)
  • Assists with respiratory problems and sickness
  • Helps indigestion
  • Soothes eczema
  • Great insect repellent

Be careful as this can pose a drug interaction hazard. Not for under the age of two, or for anyone with damaged, sensitive or diseased skin.

Rose Essential Oil

Fantastic mood enhancer! It’s wonderful for emotional trauma healing.

In addition:

  • Assists with grief
  • Soothes heartache
  • Comforting for sadness
  • Useful for circulation
  • Balances blood pressure
  • Assists with hormonal problems
  • Aids mental fatigue and stress
  • Improves memory
  • Fantastic for the nervous system
  • Assists with stomach problems
  • Antiseptic properties

Neroli Essential Oil (See description in the stress section)

Sandalwood Essential Oil (See description in the stress section)

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (See description in the stress section)

Geranium Essential Oil (See description in the stress section)

Essential Oils Useful For Insomnia

Lavender Essential Oil

Fantastic and versatile. The healing properties that this can give is like no other! The wonderful thing is that it is so gentle, and for all ages.

In addition:

  • Promotes healing of the skin
  • Great for sunburn and infectious skin conditions like chickenpox, itchy bites and burns
  • Repel ticks/fleas for animals
  • Helps allergic rashes
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Great for chesty coughs (use in a diffuser) and helps flu recovery
  • Soothes anxieties and nerves
  • Ease migraines/headaches
  • Assists sore muscles

When used as a massage oil or applied to the pillow this will work wonders for your sleep!

Chamomile Essential Oil

Most use chamomile tea for soothing, try the essential oil form!

In addition:

  • Fantastic for digestion and stomach aches
  • Wonderful for easing eczema and skin troubles
  • Known to assist with aches and pains such as back pain and even arthritis
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Great for nerves
  • Assists with wound healing

Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil

Oh sweet, Sweet Marjoram oil! This is a beautiful oil with so many fantastic properties!

In addition:

  • Assists your immune system
  • Wonderful for circulation and supporting your heart
  • Great for aches and pains
  • Antioxidant
  • Reduces inflammation

Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine is very versatile and wonderful for many things, it has a beautiful aroma to remind you of Spring.

In addition:

  • Antiseptic properties
  • Reduces sadness and nerves
  • Assists hormonal imbalance
  • Great for menopausal troubles
  • Can be a Aphrodisiac
  • Antispasmodic
  • Assists with healing of the skin, great for wounds and scarring

Lemon Balm Essential Oil (See description in the depression section)

Neroli Essential Oil (See description in the stress section)

Essential Oils Useful For Anger

Roman Chamomile Oil

This works wonderfully with Lavender Oil, and it is highly beneficial.

In addition:

  • Eases headaches
  • Useful for toothaches
  • Clears ear infection
  • Soothing for children’s temper tantrums
  • Wonderful for sadness
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antispasmodic
  • Assists dry skin

As a tip, it is wonderful when mixed with Sandalwood Oil as well.

Rose Essential Oil (See description in the depression section)

Lavender Essential Oil (See description in the insomnia section)

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (See description in the stress section)

Jasmine Essential Oil (See description in the insomnia section)

Remember To Use Carrier Oils!

As mentioned on my skin care Essential Oil guide, it is important to understand that blending oils is important, as essential oils are highly concentrated. Essential oils are useful for aiding health and well-being, they can be absorbed through the bloodstream by adding to the skin, or inhaled by entering via the lungs. This means they can work quite quickly.

Essential oils are fantastic as they contain hundreds, sometimes thousands, of compounds. Natural and pure oils are highly recommended, as plants produce these compounds to protect themselves from any form of diseases – which over many, many years us humans have found an insane amount of benefits to us, which has lead us to what we know as essential oils by using them therapeutically.

When blending oils, it’s important to use carrier oils. This part is highly required as essential oils should not be used directly on the skin. Using a good, decent carrier oil makes the essential oil safe to use.

Remember that when looking at carrier oils, cold-pressed is higher quality than heat-extracted or solvent-extracted.

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