Good Smells to Improve Your Mood: 10 Oils
Good Smells and Good Oils
The power of good smells can have a positive and powerful influence on your mood. Pleasing aromas have been known to stimulate the olfactory nerves inside the nose which, in turn, activates the limbic system of the brain - the system associated with moods as well as memory function.
Oils to Improve Your Mood:
Using various plants with strong scents for wellness and healing is known as aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is an ancient practice used for therapeutic purposes for more than 6,000 years, and is commonly used in many of the world's medical practices.
Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the blossoms, roots, leaves and seeds of the various plants - each of which contain their own mix of active ingredients. This mix of active ingredients will determine what each oil is used for.
Below is a list of 10 oils, their mood-enhancing benefits and suggested uses:
1 - Lavender - will calm you down and help with sleeplessness
2 - Jasmine - is beneficial for treating depression
3 - Bergamot - relieves anxiety
4 - Citrus - will help increase alertness
5 - Neroli - reduces stress and helps alleviate anxiety and depression
6 - Sweet Orange - very calming, clears the mind
7 - Peppermint/Spearmint - both are mental stimulants
8 - Rosemary - reduces fatigue
9 - Vetiver - alleviates stress and depression
10 - Ylang Ylang - very calming, and also an aphrodisiac
How are the oils used?
- put a few drops in boiled water and inhale the steam
- An aromatherapist will use various essential oils mixed with carrier oils for massages.
- Use a quality oil and always read the labels.
You may want to try a:
- dab on your temples, and/or the nape of the neck
- dab on acupressure points
For more information about beneficial oils, see the links below:
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