This article is about organic essential oils to calm yourself emotionally. And as emotions at times turn into physical sensations like nausea I also mention one to solve that.
When I was the caretaker of my mother I often rubbed her hands with lavender oil. Probably the touching did just as much as the oil. Nevertheless, we both enjoyed this habit and it calmed her considerably.
It would have been better to rub her neck and shoulders with the lavender oil but she didn’t like that. Our compromise worked fine because the scent got into her nose anyway. Essential oils work so well because they act directly on the olfactory system in the brain when inhaled.
I use organic essential oils to be certain of the quality. Since my first acquaintance with the oils I have become more and more enthusiastic and I now use them for anything and everything.
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The wonders of essential oils
Essential oils have been used for centuries to remedy all kinds of ailments, both physical and emotional. Some, like tea tree oil, are great to treat minor wounds while others like grapefruit are known for their fat-burning properties. However, the most common use for essential oils is to help induce a state of relaxation or calming.
A word of caution: essential oil is very concentrated and usually not dangerous at all because they are natural. However, because of the concentration, some people are allergic to some of the oils. Always test an oil first on a small patch of skin to make sure you are not allergic to it.
TIP: diffusing an essential oil can be done in 2 ways.
- Put a few drops in your non-dominant hand, rub it gently 3 times with your dominant hand in a clockwise direction, and cup your hands in front of your nose as you inhale the scent.
- Poor 8-12 drops in a diffuser filled with filtered water.
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Organic essential oils to calm the mind
Lavender oil may very well be the most common essential oil used for relaxation. As said I used it to calm my mother and nowadays I inhale it every night to sleep better. Rub it into the Vita-Flex points for a stronger effect.
Lavender is found in many blends of essential oils. A lot of brands have blends with names like StressAway, Tranquility, or Harmony.
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Ylang Ylang oil
Ylang Ylang is derived from the tree Cananga odorata and has a lovely flowery scent. It’s used to calm anxiety and set a romantic atmosphere in the house but also for beauty products because of its moisturizing quality.
The most common use of Ylang Ylang is diffusing. Other applications are: Take a hot bath with some drops in the water. Rub 2-4 drops of oil on your neck or wrists for a calming effect. Add it to a carrier oil and massage your head to condition your hair and nurture your scalp.
Chamomile oil, both Roman and German, are wonderful for their calming and relaxing properties. They also help with treating PMS and other menstrual and menopausal problems, as well as heal and regenerate tissue.
Many practitioners recommend using Chamomile to treat irritable children and colicky infants. Diffuse the oil to create a calming atmosphere
When you consider that 10 kilos of rose petals are needed for 5 ml of oil, then you understand why Rose essential oil is the more expensive oil. It is used to induce calm and relaxation. And is said to be able to heal emotions and trauma by bringing warmth to the heart and soul.
It blends well with Patchouli, Cedarwood Oil, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Chamomile, and Ylang-Ylang. You can apply it directly to your skin or mix it with vegetable oil. It’s also great for blending with massage oil or putting it in a warm bath.
Like Rose oil, Jasmine essential oil belongs to the more expensive oils. To enhance the mysterious character of the oil, the flower is harvested at night, before the sun rises. Jasmine oil blends well with Bergamot, Rose, Sandalwood, and Citrus oils.
Jasmine has a recognizable fragrance and is commonly used as an aphrodisiac, to treat headaches, fatigue, soothe coughs, improve and tone skin, and calm menstrual issues.
Melissa essential oil has a light lemon scent. As with all precious oils, many counterfeits are available.
Melissa has a calming and soothing effect. If Lavender oil does not help you sleep, it is a good idea to try Melissa instead, perhaps mixed with Rose oil.
If you don’t like floral scents then Cedarwood will appeal to you more. This oil is also less expensive than flowery oils, while the properties are the same. A relaxing oil that also improves the appearance of your skin and hair.
An organic essential oil to calm the body
If you feel bloated easily during or after eating, peppermint oil is great. The oil contains menthol that provides comfort to the gastrointestinal tract and cools tired muscles.
Gently rub a few drops on your stomach or abdomen or put 1 drop on the part between the attachment of your thumb and your hand and lick it. If you’ve never taken Peppermint before, do it carefully. The fragrance is powerful and you may have to get used to it.
This oil is also perfect to use in your homemade toothpaste or to add to your food.
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The essential oils I have mentioned here are great to calm your mind or body. And as you have seen in the description they have other benefits as well. Essential oils are marvelous for your personal care and well-being.
What is your favorite essential oil? Tell us in the comment box below.
8 thoughts on “7 Organic Essential Oils to Calm the Mind plus 1 to Calm the Body”
There are a few essential oils that can be helpful for emotions, and the most important thing is to experiment with which smells you find pleasant. Lavender, vanilla, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and rose are all good options for feeling calm.
Other essential oils that might work include bergamot (for helping you get over being shy), spearmint (to promote focus), and peppermint or tea tree oil (anti-anxiety). One word of caution about tea tree oil: it’s highly concentrated, so mix it with something else – the high concentration could make your skin irritated if applied straight from the bottle.
Thanks, Pitin, for your highly appreciated additions. There is such a huge choice of different essential oils and so much knowledge among us. Really marvelous. There is always a type of oil that can help us with a specific solution for a problem or ailment we have. 🙂
Thanks for reading the article, and stay healthy.
Hi Hannie, You are quite a captivating person! I went to your site for a quick look around and kept exploring all the interesting things you have there. I like the ecology of the packaging of products on your site instead of plastic which is so common over here. I as well use essential oils for a number of things. I have used essential oils in my own laundry soap and dish washing soap tablets. Especially during the winter months I run my difuser at night with essential oils. It humidifies the air as well as the benefits I get from the oils which I use.
Thank you so much, Carolyn, everyone needs a compliment at times to not forget what the actual value is of what we are doing. So your remark came at the right time for me. 🙂
Isn’t plastic common everywhere, nowadays. I so desperately hope that it will change when more and more people choose to buy products that are not wrapped in plastic! It’s great that you are trying to avoid it as well.
What type of essential oils do you run at night? I would expect lavender but it’s always interesting to know what others use.
Thanks for your visit, Carolyn, and take care.
I need to start using essential oils, I have postponed this long enough. This past year my anxiety got out of hand and I’m not a fan of otc fixes so essential oils it is. Chamomile oil sounds perfect, even more so if it helps with my pms.
Why did you postpone it, Erin, when you thought you needed essential oils? Was that uncertainty because you feel you don’t know enough about them? It is always good to first inform yourself, especially anything that involves your own health. Contact me if you need to know more. 🙂
Thanks for your comment and take care.
I think that I would like to get cedar, peppermint, and lavender oil. I have used peppermint oil before to make my own toothpaste, but I am interested in using it for the other benefits that you mentioned too. I sometimes feel a little stressed after a full day on the computer, so lavender oil might help me relax. Lavender is also a natural insect repellent, so I am wondering if the scent of lavender oil would also repel them?
Is it necessary to get a diffuser or does rubbing it on your fingers or the palm of your hand suffice?
Hi Christine, yes, lavender is an insect repellent, as is lemon and clove. You could make a blend and spray that on yourself with a reused perfume bottle. That way you create a mist on your skin to protect yourself.
Which is at the same time an answer to your second question. 🙂 No, you don’t need to buy a diffuser (although I think they are very handy indoors). Spraying on your skin or inhaling from the pal of your hands works like a charm as well. I wrote an extensive article on diffusers. Have a look: What are the Best 10 Ways to Diffuse Essential Oils?
Thanks for your questions and stay healthy. 🙂