I first discovered essential oils when I tried my hand at making Homemade Bath Salts as Christmas gifts back in 2015. Sadly, I bought too much supplies (I just found an unopened 8lb bag of Epsom salt in my closet) and I only made the one batch.
I had a bunch of essential oil left over though. So I researched the different ways to use essential oils for health and wellness.
I found that if I mixed a drop of peppermint with a small bit of coconut oil then rubbed it on my temples, my headaches would lessen.
Diffusing essential oils has also been a huge lifesaver for me. We try not to spray chemical air fresheners around the house. And when we had a cat, it was difficult to get rid of the “pet odor”. That’s when I realized that I could just add the essential oil to a diffusor and my apartment would smell so much better. I liked using a citrus mix for that. It was fruity and got rid of the “pet odor”.
Essential oil can be used for awesome gifts or for making your house smell great. But they can also be used for self care and to boost your mood.
Here are 3 different ways to boost your mood using essential oils.
Essential Oils for Anxiety
If you are anything like this working mama, you deal with anxiety constantly. It starts in my belly and travels up to my chest and my throat. Then come the headaches.
This can be a weekly occurance for me. Sometimes daily. I’ve found three awesome essential oils which have helped me with my anxiety.
I don’t have particularly sensitive skin so I just apply organic essential oil to the back of my neck. That way it isn’t too strong, but I close enough to ease the tension.
I’ve never used essential oils which can be injested but I’ve heard great things about them.
Essential Oils for Depression
If you struggle with anxiety, it’s very likely that you deal with some form of depression as well.
There are many things you can do to deal with your depression
My favorite way is using a yoga flow.
You can check out my posts on yoga below:
Here are a few essential oils that help with depression:
- Ylang Ylang
You can also change a few things around in your diet. Some recent studies have shown that diet can have an impact on your mood and depression.
Essential Oils for Headaches
I love essential oils for headaches. I’ve dealt with chronic headaches for the last 15 years. I’ve been to doctors, had scans done, changed my diet, and had my eyes checked.
No one can seem to figure it out. I try to find things that relieve these constant headaches.
Essential oils have been the most soothing by far. There are two oils which I alternate between depending on what I have on hand.
Both of these essential oils have done wonders for my headaches. They immediately relieve the tention in my head.
I usually dilute one drop with a dab of organic coconut oil and then put that on my temples.
I did it to my mom while we were dress shopping for my wedding dress (she was stressed out about home stuff) and she had a mood change withing minutes.
Do you use essential oils to boost your mood or for self care? Feel free to share below.
Alesia is a working mom who fights her way through life, depression, and just plain stupidity. She strives to show others that it is possible to be a bad-ass while you feel like you’re losing your mind. A Bottle of Sanity is a space in which working moms may find easy recipes, parenting tips, and sanity.