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How to use essential oils to manage your emotions?


Now that you have a better idea of the scientific principles that make essential oils useful for influencing emotions, you might be wondering, “How do I use essential oils when I want to manage my mood?” The key to successful mood management through aromatherapy is understanding the benefits that each individual oil has to offer. As discussed, each essential oil has a unique chemical profile that determines its characteristics and benefits. As you learn about each oil, its chemical makeup, and its benefits for emotions, you will be equipped to select the correct oil (or a combination of several oils) to generate the kind of emotional response you desire.



Aromatic application.


While there are countless ways to apply essential oils, aromatherapy typically requires the user to inhale the aroma—one way or another. Yes, essential oils can typically be used aromatically, topically, or internally, but it is important to note that aromatic application works best for managing mood. Using an essential oil “aromatically” means that the user will inhale the aroma through the air. Whether you inhale the oil straight from the bottle, rub the oil between your hands and inhale from your palms, or diffuse the oil in an essential oil diffuser and breathe in the aroma through the air, there are many ways to use oils aromatically for aromatherapy.



Topical application.


Keep in mind that topical use of essential oils is another effective application method for aromatherapy because it typically allows the user to inhale the aroma during application, and because the scent will remain on the skin for a period of time. Before applying an essential oil to the skin, make sure that the oil has been approved for topical use. If the oil has a particularly strong chemistry, or if you have sensitive skin, make sure to dilute the oil with a carrier oil before applying topically. The following essential oils should always be diluted before topical use: Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Cumin, Oregano, and Thyme. Because there are several ways to enjoy the mood enhancing benefits of essential oils, we will discuss more application ideas for aromatherapy later on in this chapter.



Essential oil properties wheel.


Even after learning about essential oils and their benefits, it can be difficult to remember the specific chemical makeup and emotional benefits of every single oil. Use the essential oil properties wheel below when you want to find an oil with specific emotional benefits.






These wheels list each essential oil, its main chemical constituents, and the key properties or benefits of the oil. When you are ready to use essential oils for mood management, there are a few simple steps that will help you achieve your desired outcome.


1. Determine the type of emotion you want to evoke

2. Find an essential oil with the properties that fit the emotional response you want to promote (soothing, uplifting, calming, energizing, etc.)

3. Determine the best application method to help you experience the emotional benefits of the oil (diffusion, topical application, massage, etc.)

4. Consider blending several essential oils together to experience multiple emotional benefits

5. Apply the essential oil using your chosen method, and enjoy the immediate emotional responses that follow



The best essential oils for mood management.


Learn more about the emotional benefits of specific essential oils by reading the descriptions below. Remember, some essential oils should always be diluted before topical use, including Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Cumin, Oregano, and Thyme.


  • Arborvitae: The grounding aroma of Arborvitae oil can help promote a sense of peace and calm.

  • Basil: Diffuse Basil oil to lessen occasional anxious feelings.

  • Bergamot: Both calming and uplifting, Bergamot can be used to reduce feelings of negativity and stress.

  • Cardamom: The clear, refreshing aroma of Cardamom oil can help promote a positive mood.

  • Cedarwood: Use Cedarwood oil aromatically to help relax the mind and body.

  • Clary Sage: Clary Sage creates a restful environment while reducing feelings of stress and anxiousness.

  • Clove: Many people use Clove oil for its stimulating and energizing properties.

  • Coriander: Coriander oil can be used to promote feelings of calmness and relaxation.

  • Cypress: The refreshing aroma of Cypress oil can be energizing and can help reduce anxious feelings. Douglas

  • Fir: Use Douglas Fir oil to promote a positive mood and sense of focus.

  • Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is commonly used to lessen feelings of tension and promote relaxation.

  • Frankincense: Use Frankincense oil to induce feelings of peace, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

  • Geranium: Inhaling Geranium oil can produce a calming, grounding effect.

  • Grapefruit: The fragrance of Grapefruit oil is light and uplifting for the user.

  • Jasmine: Use Jasmine oil to evoke feelings of peace, joy, and self-confidence.

  • Juniper Berry: When used aromatically, it can promote positive feelings and lessen feelings of stress.

  • Lavender: People commonly use Lavender oil for its relaxing and calming properties.

  • Lemon: Use Lemon oil aromatically to promote a positive mood.

  • Lime: The chemical constituents of Lime oil make it useful for promoting emotional balance and wellbeing.

  • Marjoram: For centuries, Marjoram oil has been used for its calming properties.

  • Melissa: Use Melissa oil to help calm tension and nerves.

  • Myrrh: Myrrh oil can help increase spiritual awareness and promote a creative, inspiring, energetic mood.

  • Patchouli: Aromatic use of Patchouli oil can help ground and balance emotions.

  • Peppermint: Use Peppermint oil for an invigorating energy boost.

  • Petitgrain: The aroma of Petitgrain oil can help ease feelings of tension and promote feelings of calmness.

  • Roman Chamomile: Use Roman Chamomile oil to promote peaceful, calming feelings.

  • Rose: The scent of Rose oil can be emotionally uplifting.

  • Sandalwood: Sandalwood oil can help enhance mood.

  • Spearmint: The fresh aroma of Spearmint oil uplifts mood while promoting a sense of focus.

  • Spikenard: Frequently used in aromatherapy, Spikenard oil is renowned for its grounding properties.

  • Tangerine: Apply Tangerine oil topically to help promote feelings of happiness.

  • Vetiver: Vetiver oil can have a calming, grounding effect on emotions.

  • White Fir: The invigorating aroma of White Fir oil can promote feelings of energy and empowerment.

  • Wild Orange: With a revitalizing aroma, Wild Orange oil can provide energy on a stress-filled day.

  • Ylang Ylang: Apply Ylang Ylang oil topically for a calming, uplifting effect.



Ideas for using essential oils to improve mood.


Once you’ve chosen an essential oil that will help you manage your mood, there are countless ways to apply the oil for mood management success. Try a few of the application methods below to enhance your mood with the power of essential oils.




As you can see, aromatherapy is a simple, effective method for managing emotions and enhancing mood. You don’t need to be a scientist or essential oil professional to take advantage of the emotional benefits that essential oils hold. Simply educate yourself about the different properties of each oil, and use the potent, powerful nature of essential oils to create a personalized experience that will help you to conquer, tame, and soothe the dozens of emotions you encounter every day.

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