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How I Use Essential Oils for Emotional Support

Essential oils have been a huge part of my life for many years now. One of the main ways I use essential oils is to support my emotions. I am a busy homeschooling mom, a business owner, and hey… I’m female! Give me all the emotional support, right?! I truly believe every mom needs essential oils in her life. I love seeing how other moms use essential oils and hearing their stories of how they have changed the environment in their home. There is always so much to learn!

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How To Use Essential Oils for Emotional Support

 

Aromatherapy has become more popular lately among mothers, and for good reason – it works! Aromatherapy dates back to ancient times. Essential oils are even mentioned in the Bible, where oils were highly prized for perfume and therapeutic value.

 

Essential oils can alter mood because of their action on the brain, (source) and can be used to support a variety of ailments common to children (and moms!).

 

One of the more common uses of aromatherapy is to support our emotional well being, especially in the fight against stress, depression and anxiety.


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Aromatherapy for Mood Control

Aromatherapy is ideal for anxiety or depression sufferers who don’t want to use prescription drugs. While aromatherapy alone won’t fix what’s wrong in your life, it can provide some relief so you can better deal with whatever is stressing you. Then you can take appropriate action.

It also works well for those who are dealing with a lot of stress or emotionally challenging situations. When I was hospitalized with a high-risk pregnancy two years ago, I brought oils with me. I used them to spray around the room to clean, as EOs have antibacterial and antiviral properties. I also needed the mood lift they provided, as bedrest has a depressive effect.

There are several essential oils that have helped me get through my anxiety, stress and depression. I keep blends on my nightstand so that I can use them before bed.

 

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Here are some of the most popular choices for mood support:

 

  • Lavender – This is one of the most popular oils. Its scent is very pleasant to most people, and it works as a sedative and analgesic (meaning pain reliever – one reason why it shows up in the birthing room so often!).  I’ve used it while in labor, for teething babies and on myself for earache. I also use lavender in a diffuser when my kids are hyper, when I’m stressed or I feel it’s going to be a challenging day. There’s so many benfits to Lavender, which is why it’s known as the ‘swiss army knife’ of essential oils. 
  • Sandalwood – This oil is well known for its effectiveness against stress.
  • Patchouli – Patchouli oil is a mood enhancer, and it is also used as an aphrodisiac. It is very calming and soothing when we are experiencing big emotions. 
  • Vanilla – This is another scent that many people love, and it also has a calming effect. Vanilla also has the reputation of making your man feel very happy. Use at your own risk (Or perhaps combine the last two if you’re trying to have another baby!). Vanilla is one of the scents in one of my favorite blends – Stress Away!
  • Clary sage or rosemary can be used for studying when you need to focus – great for those with attention challenges. It also has calming properties. 
  • Lemon and peppermint are great if you need an energy boost. (If you’re nursing, be careful with smelling or eating mint as it may lower supply.)

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How to Use Aromatherapy for Mood Support:

For quick results, you can just take a sniff of any of the above essential oils.  This can help you calm down when you’re facing an intensely stressful situation. Some other ways to use aromatherapy include:

  • Diffusers and aroma lamps – If you want your entire family to take advantage of the effects of aromatherapy, a diffuser or aroma lamp will scent your home with your favorite essential oil. These are great to use around bedtime to help everyone unwind. They’re also wonderful if you have someone feeling under the weather in the house – since some essential oils are antibacterial and antifungal, they’re ideal for use in a sick room. Also great if you have a teething baby fighting sleep. Learn more about the benefits of using a diffuser in your home. 
  • Baths – Who doesn’t love a nice warm bath at the end of the day to reduce tension? Add five or six drops of your favorite essential oil to the water.
  • Massages – A massage can help loosen tense muscles and improve brain chemistry to ward off anxiety. Aromatherapy oils can be used to make massage oils to maximize the benefit. Just add ten drops of the essential oil to an ounce of a carrier oil appropriate for your skin type.

As long as they are properly diluted before using on the skin, essential oils are very safe. Along with strategies like keeping gratitude journals, exercise, diet and deep breathing techniques, aromatherapy is another excellent strategy for controlling your mood.

 

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


 

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Carrie WillardCarrie Willard is a homeschooling mom of 7 who writes at CarrieWillard.com about managing the large family on her blog. She is passionate about moms taking time for what feeds their soul. Her free ecourse will help you find time for your goals and dreams during the busy child-rearing years.

 

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa Sell
    January 13, 2017 at 9:09 am

    When I was younger I used to burn joss sticks in my room. I often wondered why I felt so sleepy until I found out all about aromatherapy. It can be pretty potent!

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    Nicole Kauffman
    January 13, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Great post! I’ve recently started looking into essential oils and this is so helpful!

    • Reply
      terryn
      January 14, 2017 at 9:17 am

      I’m so glad Nicole! Let me know if I can help you!

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    Abbey
    January 13, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I love essential oils! I’m 28 weeks pregnant, and lavender definitely helps me sleep on those rough nights! I didn’t know about mint lowering your milk supply, so that’s really helpful info! 🙂

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      terryn
      January 14, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Abby, it can lower it, but not always. I would just use caution. Lavendar is such life saver though! I used essential oils during my labor and delivery too and loved it.

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        Carrie Willard
        January 16, 2017 at 7:02 am

        true – it’s probably fine in a combination oil for instance, just don’t overdo mint oil along with mint gum, mint tea, etc –. I found out this little tidbit when I was pumping for a preemie and reading everything I could get my hands on about increasing supply.

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    Hannah
    January 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    This is is very interesting. I have not used essential oils yet but I know a lot of people that do!

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    LeAnn Rodriguez
    January 13, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Very timely read as I have been thinking of getting a diffuser and was wondering which oils would be best for healing and anxiety. Looking forward to getting starting with essential oils and this motivates me even more. Thank you!

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    Leslie Soto
    January 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

    This post is amazing. Very informative. I definitely need to restock on my vanilla and sandalwood. I looove using my oils and have recently learned how to make lava bead jewelry to use as diffusers for wearing!

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      terryn
      January 14, 2017 at 9:15 am

      I love my diffuser necklace!

  • Reply
    Shayla
    March 24, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Love this post! I’ve been using them for over 20 years, and cannot say enough good about how well they work for emotional support. I’ve seen some really offensive articles with people knocking them lately for this (they haven’t even tried them). My perspective is, “Fine then-don’t try them, more treasure for me!”

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    Shari
    March 25, 2020 at 7:22 am

    thank you for a great post I have never used patchouli before!!

  • Reply
    Mechelle
    March 25, 2020 at 7:41 am

    What a natural and soothing way to stay calm during such an impactful global change. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jess
    March 25, 2020 at 7:54 am

    That’s why I LOVE sandalwood! It’s so relaxing to me! I think I need more of it right now with its stress-relieving qualities!

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    Carri
    March 25, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I love using essential oils for mood support—in my diffuser and in the bathtub. I need buy some vanilla…and soon!

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    Emily at Hunny I'm Home DIY
    March 26, 2020 at 9:45 am

    These are great tips! Lavender is my go-to. It always calms me when I add it to my diffuser.

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    Tinashe Jaricha
    March 26, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Thank you for sharing!! I don’t really use oils but I definitely see the benefits. I could definitely add them to my bath water and for a massage. Clearly I’m depriving myself💜😊

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    Denisha
    March 26, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for breaking down the uses for these oils. I’m starting oil diffusing very soon in our home.

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    Sarah Althouse
    April 14, 2020 at 10:17 am

    I swear by Lavender essential oil on my pillowcase at night!

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