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Good Smells to Improve Your Mood: 10 Oils

Updated on February 17, 2013

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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    • TheListLady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York City

      You're very welcome Riviera Rose. I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub! Yay!

    • Riviera Rose profile image

      Riviera Rose 

      6 years ago from South of France

      Loved this hub, have bookmarked it for future reference. I love oils but, apart from sprinkling some on pot pourri, am not very good about using them, and nor was I aware of their specific benefits, so thank you very much!

    • TheListLady profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York City

      I'm going to look up yuzu - thanks for the tip!

    • reveal great skin profile image

      reveal great skin 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Great list!! I love lavender and bergamot, it's amazing how they are instantly uplifting. I would also add yuzu to your list :) It's one of my all time favorites!

    • TheListLady profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York City

      Thanks so much for the comments. They prove the benefits of these lovely oils. And rosemary, how well I remember that - I used to make a great hair rinse with it. I'll keep it in mind for fatigue.

    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      7 years ago

      I love using oils. Rosemary helped to bring me out of chronic fatigue years ago.

    • tlpoague profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      I love to use oils. There are so many to help keep you healthy that I try to have different ones on hand. My favorite are rose and lavender. Great and useful information!

    • anglnwu profile image


      8 years ago

      I love peppermint and citrus--they're both so invigorating. I've never heard of vetiver--will look for it in the health stores. Thanks for the useful information.

    • CountryCityWoman profile image


      8 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      Love lavender and it is so soothing. I have it in many forms, fresh, oil, even cologne. Lovely. Thanks for the list. Nothing like a lovely smelling home. The neroli is appealing - I'm going to look for it. And thanks for the reminder to look for quality. It matters.

    • GreenThumbLady profile image


      8 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      You've listed some of my favorites here for sure!! People underestimate the healing abilities of essential oils..such a shame. Something so simple can be the answer to so many problems. Rated up!

    • BkCreative profile image


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Finally some natural oils. Advertising is so heavy when it comes to selling all those synthetic products. How could it ever be good to inhale that stuff? There is no excuse for us to support a chemical industry when we can rely on nature to make us feel good. But be sure you are buying a natural oil from a reputable dealer - I can buy the fake stuff everywhere. Let your nose guide you - there is a difference.

      Love the list. Thanks! Rated up!

    • Ingenira profile image


      8 years ago

      Excellent recommendation, ListLady. Just wonder, will these oils cause allergy reaction to some people ?


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