Hi Pretty Blossoms!
I am really excited about this topic, and it’s simplicity!
Now, Doterra has come out with its own suggestions for using oils for mood management, but my view is a bit different… Doterra recommends using Elevation, Serenity, Citrus Bliss and Balance.
This system makes sense, but I feel that it is missing a very important element (finding your center through breath), and to me, it seams that they doubled up on oils that elevate the mood (Elevation and Citrus Bliss). For this reason, I have tweaked it in a way that a feels more complete and balanced to me. This is just my view, however, so like everything holistic and/or metaphysical, take what resonates with you, and leave what doesn’t. 🙂
“My Essential Four”, Essential Oils Oils for Mood Management (used together as a complete set):
- For Rest and Relaxation, and connection to Spirit- Serenity Blend (Calming Blend)
- A step 1 oil-Gentle
- For Introspection, Release and Centering- Breathe Blend (Respiratory Blend)
- A step 2 oil- Strong
- For Energy, Optimism and to be Uplifted- Citrus Bliss Blend (Invigorating Blend)
- A step 3 oil- Stronger
- For Grounding, Survival and Healing- Balance Blend (Grounding Blend)
- A Step 4 oil- Strongest
If you prefer single oils instead oil blends, here are some recommendations for single oil substitutions:
- In place of Serenity- Lavender or Ylang Ylang
- A step 1 oil- Gentle
- In place of Breathe- Peppermint or Eucalyptus
- A step 2 oil- Strong
- In place of Citrus Bliss- Lemon or Wild Orange
- A step 3 oil- Stronger
- In place of Balance- Cedarwood or White Fir
- A step 3 oil- Strongest
How do Essential Oils Effect Our Mood?
Essential Oils are mixtures of volatile aromatic compounds. These compounds interact with the smell receptors in the nose (our olfactory system). Smells have a profound effect on our emotions. By simply inhaling an aroma, memories can be triggered that almost instantaneously effect our current state of being, and our bodies elicit an emotional response.
Memories and the connections we make between memories and certain smells are one of our most basic, but most powerful tools we have ingrained within us as part of our basic survival. Scent makes us FEEL, and the reactions that our brains have to smell, which in turn effect our moods, are profound. Most of the time our responses are automatic and we don’t choose the response. This happens on a subconscious level, however, if we pay close attention to how we feel when we come in contact with different aromas, we can use that acquired knowledge to alter our state and improve our moods, consciously, and during our moments of need! Cool, eh? 🙂
This is a skill that comes with a bit of practice, but if you remain aware of the powerful tool that you have at your finger tips (therapeutic grade essential oils), you will quickly be able to improve your mood, as soon as you feel that you need to. 🙂
Steps to Using Essential Oils for Mood Management:
You can use as many essential oils as you would like for managing your mood. To keep it simple and effective, however, I have chosen the four, that are listed above. These four are a complete set, in my view, and I can choose one of these four oils for any emotional issue or personal need that surfaces. They really do cover that many possible mood management issues that need addressing. 🙂 I have listed each of my essential four picks above, and the key emotions that they each aid in re-balancing.
*I would take some time with this to make sure that your experience with these oils, (or the oils that you have) elicit a similar response for you. If a different response is elicited, take note of how the oil makes you FEEL, and that will determine what that oil will uniquely and personally help you with managing.
Knowing how each oil makes you feel when you are currently in balanced mood, will give you the information that you need in order to be able to “prescribe” yourself a certain aroma when you begin to feel out of balance. 🙂
Example: Citrus Bliss may make you feel full of energy and ready to get stuff done! 🙂 This is great information, because now you know that when you are having a gloomy day, and don’t feel like getting out of your PJ’s, you can reach for Citrus Bliss, and it will help you feel more energized and motivated! 🙂
Here are some additional examples of moods that I may find myself in, and the helpful oils that I reach for:
- Anger- If I find myself irritable and snappy, I know that I need to do some deep breathing in order to calm down and find my center. Now, this type of calling down is not the same for me as resting and putting my feet up. I feel like I need to lower my blood pressure because I feel red in the face. lol! (You know… Those times when your kids take scissors to your bed spread…) This type of calm (for me) calls for the Breathe oil.
- Meditation- For meditation and connecting with my breath and my center, I would use the Breathe blend as well! 🙂 This is a must have oil for me! All four that I have listed are essential for my wellness actually, and they each are incredibly versatile.
- Detached- If I am feeling like I am out of balance, (perhaps I am too caught up in work and am not connecting to my husband or taking time out to unplug), I would reach for the Balance oil. This is probably the oil that I reach for most, and is one that I find myself using daily.
- Tired- I am feeling exhausted, but we were invited to go out to my husbands bosses house for a New Years Party… Citrus Bliss PLEASE!!! 🙂
- Overworked- Wow, it was such a long day. I am tired, my brain needs to turn off and I need to put my feet up, and I really need a good night sleep… This is when I would reach for my Serenity blend.
- Annoyed- The dog and my kids are driving me crazy today and I just need five minutes of QUITE!… Serenity along with five minutes of me locking myself in the bathroom (where no one can get to me), is like a mini mental vacation. Tehe!
- Negative- If I am feeling like I am stuck in a negative mood, I reach for Breathe, and with every exhalation of my deep breathing, I consciously make a point to release negative energy. I also may include Balance in this process as well, to ground.
Different Ways you Can Apply Oils to Manage Help Your Mood:
- Uncap the bottle and breathe in the aroma of the oil, deeply, 3-5 times. Repeat if needed.
- Place a few drops in an essential oil diffuser and diffuse into the air within your home or workplace
- Place a few drops in your hands, rub them together, and inhale the aroma by cupping your hands around your nose and mouth. *Be sure to use oils that are safe for topical use, and dilute with a carrier oil if needed.
- Place a few drops in your hands and apply the oil to the bottoms of your feet. *Be sure to use oils that are safe for topical use, and dilute with a carrier oil if needed.
Examples of Oils for Different Mood Intensities:
Sometimes we feel a multitude of different emotions at once, which can at time make choosing an appropriate oil a confusing task. For this, I like to simplify the process by ranking how I am feeling (the intensity of my mood) from 1-4; 1 being not a very intense mood, 2 being somewhat intense, 3 being intense, and 4 being an incredibly intense.
Once I know the intensity of my mood, I will choose the oil that corresponds with my current mood intensity.
- Intensity of 1 would call for a gentle oil, like Serenity mentioned above
- Intensity of 2 would call for a strong oil, like Breathe mentioned above
- Intensity of 3 would call for a very strong oil, like Citrus Bliss mentioned above
- Intensity of 4 would call for the strongest oil, like Balance mentioned above
***I have categorized my oils as “Gentle”, “Strong”, “Stronger”, and “Strongest”, based on the intensity of the unique emotional response that each elicits within me when I interact with it. Your experience with your oils will be very much your own, so be open to having your own unique experiences with each of them! 🙂
You will add your own flavor to Mood Management with Essential Oils. That’s part of the fun! 🙂
Important Note~ Now, while working with essential oils for mood management, you need to make sure that your actions support your intentions. 🙂 In other words, taking out the Serenity oil is not going to help you rest and relax if you are smelling it while you are driving around town running a million last minute errands. Tehe! You have to allow yourself to take the time you need with your oil, in the moment, and support your practice of mood management and self healing with the proper self care and actions.
If you need rest, take our your Serenity oil, uncap and inhale it a few times (or put a few drops in your diffuser, or on the bottoms of your feet), and lay down for a nap. If you need to take a time out to re-balance and re-group, turn off the TV, and sit quietly for 15 minutes with your Balance oil until you feel more grounded and balanced. 🙂 If your actions are counter productive to your oil and your intentions for using it, you can’t expect your essential oils to be incredibly effective, because your actions (or lack their of) is working against them. If you do support your yourself fully throughout your mood management practice, and you do follow up with positive and proper actions along with incorporating your oils, you will see amazing improvements in how you function, and in how you feel throughout your day to day life! 🙂
Let me know your thoughts below!