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Calm the Mind with Essential Oils - Aromatherapy

Updated on October 14, 2011

The Benefits of Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is one of the finest treatments available for stress and the emotions. Just the touch of the massage and the smell of the essential oils can do wonders for our mind and our body. The properties of the essential oils release our inner feelings and open up our minds.

It is no wonder that so many of the essential oils regarded as anti depressants are the product of summer flowers. Warm sunny days have happy associations as they are filled with Lavender, Geranium and Rose.

Aromatherapy is a supportive therapy which can help you with any type of illness. It can help relieve the physical symptoms of stress. The touch of massage can ease tired muscles and with a pleasing blend of your favorite oils you will have feelings of being relaxed.

Make sure you like the smell of the oils you choose, otherwise you will not really gain any of the benefits from them.

Synergistic Blends

For massage essential oils are always blended in vegetable based carrier oils. Every essential oil has it’s own characteristic aroma, and it’s own emotional and physical effects. When a blend is combined, they work together in a synergistic manner, enhancing their effects.

Carrier Blends

For massage essential oils are always blended into the skin. The essential oils are very powerful concentrated substances that should never be applied directly to the skin because an adverse reaction may occur


When to Use Essential Oils

The main ways of using essential oils are massage, bathing, inhalation and vaporizing.


Massage is an important part of aromatherapy treatment. Touching is very comforting part of human interaction. It can revitalize and relax a tired body. When you combine essential oils with massage you enter a world of of healing enhanced with the aroma of a healing fragrance.


A very effective way to use essential oils. Run a bath,make it warm and add up to 4-6 drops of your favorite oil. You can use a single oil or a synergistic blend. Allow yourself to soak in the bath for a least 10 minutes. Let the oils penetrate your body and senses. Relax and let it soothe you.

life doesnt have to be like walking on eggshells
life doesnt have to be like walking on eggshells


When we push ourselves too hard for too long, the first sign is that we become tired. If we then continually work against our bodies need to rest we start to interfere with both our body and our mind. By ignoring the first sign o stress other symptoms such as anxiety, depression and muscular aches and pains may start to occur, Sooner or later we reach the stage where we can not cope with the excessive demands we put on ourselves.

Essential Oils for Stress

Geranium(Pelargonium Graveolens)

This oil can help with mood swings. It is very balancing. It is good at revitalizing the body as it acts as a tonic to the nervous system.

Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi)

With its uplifting qualities it is a refreshing way to balance depression. Making this fruit peel invaluable in times of stress. The essential oil is derived from distillation of the zest. It is antiseptic and softening. The water of the fruit is used for its toning and energizing properties.

Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare)

Gives strength and courage. Great for hangovers. It is also a great body cleanser. The sweet, earthy, licorice aroma is energizing.

relax in a foaming essential bath
relax in a foaming essential bath



  • 1 drop fennel
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Grapefruit

Massage Carrier Blend

  • 15 ml Sunflower Oil


Mix Together in a Blender

  • 5 Drops Fennel
  • 15 drops Geranium
  • 10 drops Grapefruit

Put the blend into a plastic blottle. Squirt he mixture into the bath whle the water is running to bring up the foam. Place unscented candles all around, turn of the lights and relax!

Other Essential Oils for Stress

Basil, Bay, Bergamt, Cadamom, Cinnamon Leaf, Citronella, Clary Sage, Lavender, Lemon Grass, Black Pepper, Peppermint, Rose Otto, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary

anxiety and panic attacks
anxiety and panic attacks

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It is somewhat normal to feel a little anxious when lifes ups and downs get to us. Sometimes it is even usual to feel this way as it helps to motivate us to deal with the situation at hand. Knowing when anxiety and panic attacks is normal is very important. For example if your child is late coming home we worry, but it is not normal to feel anxious every time the child is out of your sight.

Anxiety becomes a problem when it is excessive. Is your response out of proportion and it leads to panic attacks. Abnormal anxiety can result in many physical symptoms, including fatigue, digestive problems, headaches, insomnia and a rapid heartbeat,

For Instant Help with An Anxiety Attack

Place one drop of Ylang Ylang onto a tissue, exhale. Place the tissue over your nose and inhale deeply. This should relax you and ease the attack. You can do this with any of the reccomended essential oils. It is important that you like the scent.

Oil Diffuser

Drop a few drops of your favorite oil and water place candle under
Drop a few drops of your favorite oil and water place candle under

Essential Oils for Anxiety


This is cleansing as it soothes the spirit, relieving anger and exhaustion, resulting in a calmer approach.

Rose Otto

Has a soothing effect on the emotions particularly depression. It lifts the the spirit and eases nervous tension and stress

True Melissa

This has a calming effect and is very uplifting. It is said to remove emotional blocks and is soothing in cases of hysteria and panic.

Anxiety Busters

  • Massage
  • Dry Inhalation
  • Vaporizing
  • Bathing

Other Useful Calming Essential Oils

Basil, Bergamot, Clary sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, May Chang, Neroli, Pettigrain, Bitter Orange, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang.

True Melissa (Melissa Officinalis)
True Melissa (Melissa Officinalis)

True Melissa (Melissa officinalis)

Also also known as Lemon Balm is one of the earliest recorded medicinal herbs. The word 'Melissa' is Greek for 'Honey Bee', True Melissa having been planted near bee hives to produce the most delicious honey. It was known as the "elixir of life" by Avincenna, the ancient Roman physician. This herb was associated particularly with nervous disorders, the heart, and emotions. Melissa was used for anxiety, melancholy, and to strengthen and revive the vital spirit.

Bends well with Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Chamomile Roman.

improve your concentration
improve your concentration
Essential Oils are a great took when one needs to focus
Essential Oils are a great took when one needs to focus


Sometimes it is so hard to focus on any one thing. The mind is constantly distracted by irrelevant thoughts when it should be concentrating on what needs to be done in front of you. Maybe you need to study for a test, or maybe you need to gather information for a new Hub. Essential Oils can be very helpful in these situations. Research has shown that some odors can enhance the metabolic activity in the brain. If this is so your concentration and alertness can and will be enhanced.

Essential Oils for Better Concentration

Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)

This sharpens the senses and encourages concentration. It is has mentally-uplifting characteristics. It can be blended with other essential oils such as lime, lavender, neroli and sandalwood. Basil’s essential oil is steam distilled using all of the plant. It is used for its antidepressant, stimulant and tonic properties. It has a peculiar Aniseed-like aroma and is fantastic at focusing the mind.

Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum)

A very stimulating, good to strengthen the mind and gives stamina where there is frustration. Its woody aroma aids alertness, and eases life changes

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Excellent for mental fatigue. As good for apathy, anxiousness, insomnia, shock, stress, or vertigo. Peppermint combines well with: chamomile, jasmine, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, tangerine and ylang ylang.

aromatherapy for concentration
aromatherapy for concentration



  • 3 drops Basil
  • 3 drops Black Pepper
  • 3 drops Peppermint

Ways to Use It

  • Vaporizing the Synergistic Blend
  • Use a diffuser
  • Sprinkle the oils onto a tissue and place it behind a radiator. The heat from the radiator will diffuse the oils into the air

Aromatherapy the Natural Way to Stay Balanced
Aromatherapy the Natural Way to Stay Balanced

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Great Tip to Calm the Mind

If you are studying for an exam, vaporize your room with a blend of oils in a diffuser. When you sit taking the exam, take a tissue sprinkled with the blend and keep it with you. Smell the tissue during the exam and the essential oils will help you stay calm and might even help you remember all that you studied.


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      3 years ago

      Is that true? I’ll spread this information. Anyway, nice article

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      billy , , ,and aromatherapy is probably one of the best ways to reduce the stress .. .and with the stress that comes with years . we need all that we can get:)

      So good to see you:)

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      9 years ago

      I used to use aromatherapy a lot - burning oils and the like - got away from it as I got older - probably a factor of them getting knocked over and not having the chill time but I digress. I do need to get back into that as it very relaxing and does certainly change the welcoming factor of a room.

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Its amazing that I just recently was turned onto to oils and I can thank taking the HUB Mob for digging into this topic. .I am now addicted to oils and love scouring the city to get a hint of the aromas and what I can mix.. .so much fun I tell you! Thanks for the support on this one. . .geez I so feel like we are connected by more than a wave:)

    • wavechild profile image


      9 years ago from somewhere in the Pacific

      Thanks for the great hub on essential oils, wavegirl! I was turned on to the awesomeness of these oils about three years ago. I have some rosemary oil on hand at the moment, it's uplifting and it's supposed to improve focus and memory too- just the thing writers need, eh? Useful hub and voted up~

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      oliversmum - Like you I love all that aromatherapy has to offer. But there is so much it is sometimes hard to hone in to what is good for us!!! Remember try the scents and experiment!!!! Thanks for enjoying this:))))

    • oliversmum profile image


      9 years ago from australia

      wavegirl22. Hi. What a fabulous hub with oodles of information.

      I do love Aromatherapy, but did not know what half these oils were used for, now that I have it all in front of me, my aches,pains and stress,will become a thing of the past.

      Thank you so much,you have made my day. :) :)

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Tina - I am so happy you stopped by here. . it is always special to see my 'special' friends here;) This was such an interesting topic to explore Aromatherapy is so relaxing and wonderful that I cant believe I never incorporated it into my life before! Let me know what you find out .. so many choices to explore:)

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      Tina Waterman 

      9 years ago

      Hmm I love this I am so gonna have to try this alternative it sounds and looks amazing wonderful wonderful page xoxo

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Ladt_E - in this day and age. . Natural is the way to go! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me such nice words;) I too love love Patchouli and probably could do a whole Hub just on that oil!!!

      Love and Light to you:)

    • Lady_E profile image


      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for a beautiful Hub. I love Aromatherapy. My favourite oils being Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli. It's nice to use something natural.

      Best Wishes.

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      alexandriaruthk - so happy you came by! Great I am going to link you as well. . !!

    • alexandriaruthk profile image


      9 years ago from US

      nice and sweet smelling hub, well done again, i link this to my hub as well!

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      drej - thanks for your visit here and evenn better for your kind words. Let me know your findings after you try each. . I cant wait to compare notes!

    • drej2522 profile image


      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great hub, wave! It would be nice to be 'ache' free, stree-free, and have top notch concentration. I'll look into each herb, oil, and scent in order to calm my mind and body. Thanks!

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      shaz - the party is over here . .door is open! And dont bring a thing with you .. I have all the essential oils we need to have some real relaxing fun;)

    • shazwellyn profile image


      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Ummm... now I am nicely relaxed - where's the party? hehehe x

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      fishtiger58 - oh how I have missed you since football season has ended ;) So it was such a nice surprise to see you here! Its amazing how certain scents can take us to wonderful places! You bet stress kills. . always a good idea to sit back and smell the roses as they say:)

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      9 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Great hub, my son is a huge black pepper lover, he would say to me see mom black pepper is good. He uses so much you can hardly see the food. I know this is different than what you are saying I just thought it was interesting about his use of black pepper. I love wonderful smells and it makes sense that smell can calm you. Stress kills so this is good news.

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      ~ entertianmentplus ~ I am glad you enjoyed this Hub on How you can use Aromatherapy to calm the mind!

      ~ Sandyspider ~ Funny but I seem to have the same problem!

      ~ hypno ~ Salute! Si but when I am in Italy we always see to be a bit more informal and go with the 'chin chin' ;)

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      9 years ago from Italy

      Cheers! :) Or we say Salute! (Health!) :)

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Sometimes I think I have developed Adult ADHD. My mind is thinking about several things all at once. Very nice Hub.

    • entertianmentplus profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      Very cool hub. I enjoyed it very much.Thanks

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      ~ rawl - ok just for you I will consider writing about the delicious steaks I marinate &hearts

      ~Al - thanks for the stumble ;) and yes when the mind is calmed the body too is at ease. Aromatherapy has so many wonderful properties . .I think I could have gone and on on this topic! Great to see you here:)

      ~ pretty- thanks for your kind words. Ylang Ylang is one of the best!

      ~hypno - yes that is me Namigirl;)I love when you stumble and I am always happy and proud to tweet you lol . . .I cant wait to see that future Hub or yours. . and I cant wait to toast with that glass of red wine. . chin chin &hearts

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      9 years ago from Italy

      Namigirl, it seems that you are rocking again. :) Very good as the other one, so obviously rated, bookmarked, stumbled, and when I'll write my future hubs on stress and anxiety it will be also linked. Very good job.:)

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      9 years ago from US

      well done beautiful, all essnetial oils here are new information for me, I only know about Ylang Ylang I saw that one, that is used as Chanel No. 5, Philippine orchid hehe, Night, Maita

    • Mystique1957 profile image


      9 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      My sweet Shari Cherie...

      Great hub and extremely helpful! Calming the mind is a must not only to relieve stress but also to focus, relax and visualize appropriately. Excellent layout! I am stumbling this right away!

      Thumbs up!

      warmest regards, love, light and blessings,


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      9 years ago

      Isn't it time you started posting some meat for me to chew on here girl? I need it bad. goodnight sweet Ailis. xox Charlie

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      ~ Cags - its amazing that what is natural is always listed under "alternative" . . I love to be one with nature so this was a fun Hub to write. Thanks for stopping by .. always great to see you;)

      ~I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s - thank you for loving the layout! Sometimes I hem and haw with it that I think I am never going to get it right. But I think by your comments I may have done what I wanted to ! I too love aromatherapy so this one was calming to do. Great to see you gf!

      ~ dohn121 - ha you a crab apple. Now that is something hard to believe;) A candle man. . now that is more how I see you. Warm and sensitive, Glad you liked this .. and even better to hear that I made you smile. Thanks D . .you seem to have the same affect on me:)

      ~ LizzyMyBooBoo - So nice to see you on this wonderful Sunday, I just knew you like me would love aromatherapy. Eucalyptus is wonderful! There are so many essential oils I have trouble picking my favorite! But amony my favs you know you are one of them!

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      9 years ago from Czech Republic

      Aromatherapy is great. Always calms me down. Eucalypth oils are my favorite. Thank you for the great info Shari.

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Freaking out is something I haven't done in a while and I sure is heck don't want to! Had I known about such great methods of calming myself, I wouldn't be such a crab apple! Thanks, Shari! You did such a fabulous job of showcasing and explaining this topic. I did the bath and candle thing, but I sure as heck wouldn't tell anyone about it! You always manage to make me happy, Shari. Thanks :D


    • I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image


      9 years ago

      Outstansing hub, Shari! Both, awesome information and layout is superb.. very pretty! I love essential oils and aromatherapy.. Thank you. :D

    • Cagsil profile image


      9 years ago from USA or America

      Very nice done, yet again Shari. It's always nice to see alternatives to help calm the mind. I've had some experience, with herbal supplements and other things that can be used. So, a lot of what is here was already known. But, I still think you did a great job on it. GO HubMob! LOL Thank you. :)


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