Aromatherapy for emotional wellbeing

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With stress and anxiety becoming a serious problem in our fast-paced world, we are seeing a rise in stress-related health issues, seriously affecting our mental, emotional and physical health. In this post, I have listed 12 specific essential oils purposely selected to restore emotional wellbeing. They can effectively help you improve your mood, soothe your frayed nerves, relax your mind, ease tension, and help you sleep better.

But first, what is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils have been used since ancient times to restore inner peace and relaxation.

Aromatherapy or treatment with aroma is a delightful and supportive healing therapy that can help you calm your frayed nerves, restore inner-calm, relieve stress and let go of gloomy feelings. It is a form of holistic healing therapy that uses the therapeutic aroma of essential oils to improve a person’s health, mood and energy.

Essential oils are volatile aromatic oils that come from plants or plant parts – roots, resin, leaves, flower, shrubs, seeds and more that contain the healing properties of the plants.

Essential oils work through inhalation. They work by stimulating the olfactory senses, sending impulses to the limbic system, the seat of memory and emotions. This stimulation is believed to trigger the release of chemicals that contribute to a feeling of calm, relaxation, or stimulation.

The healing aromas are released by warming the essential oils in an oil burner; diffused into the air with an electric diffuser; they can be added to a warm bath; dripped onto your pillow or tissue, and massaged into the skin with a carrier oil.

12 key essential oils to relax the mind, ease anxiety and tension


Aroma: citrus and fresh

Intensity: low

Bergamot essential oil calms the mind from negative thoughts and overthinking.

Chamomile - German

Aroma: herbaceous and sweet

Intensity: very high

With calming and sedative effects, German Chamomile is a great oil to use to enhance sleep.

Clary sage

Aroma: musky-amber and sweet

Intensity: medium-high

Clary sage promotes feelings of wellbeing. It is also known to be the most balancing oils for women as it helps to reduce symptoms of PMS.

Cedarwood - Atlas

Aroma: dry-woody and sweet

Intensity: medium-low

Cedarwood essential oil has a reviving and grounding effect. It also has the ability to calm the mind and let go of negative thoughts.


Aroma: woody and rich

Intensity: high

Frankincense essential oil has the ability to relax and uplift the mood at the same time. I love to use it during my meditation as it deepens my breath, calms my mind and increases my concentration.


Aroma: floral-minty and strong

Intensity: medium-high

Geranium has a sedative effect and works profoundly on the emotions. A great oil to use for menopausal problems.


Aroma: soft and floral

Intensity: medium

Lavender essential oil has a calming effect on the mind and body.

Rose - Maroc

Aroma: sweet and floral

Intensity: very high

Rose is my favourite scent, and its desirable aroma is renowned for soothing emotions and balancing hormones. A great oil to use when experiencing mood swings.


Aroma: musky and oriental

Intensity: low-medium

Sandalwood promotes calm. It has a restorative effect on the mind and emotions, therefore making it a great oil to dispel depression and anxiety.


Aroma: woody and musky

Intensity: very high

Valerian essential oil is renowned for its sedative effect and improving sleep quality. It is also a very good oil to use for everyday stresses and strains.


Aroma: sweet and masculine

Intensity: high

Vetiver is known as “the oil of tranquillity”. With its calming properties, vetiver promotes relaxation and restful sleep. It is a great oil to use when you feel panicky, under pressure, tearful or angry.

Ylang Ylang

Aroma: floral and oriental

Intensity: high

Ylang Ylang essential oil promotes feelings of calm, happiness and comfort.


The purpose of a diffuser is to fill the surrounding air with tiny breathable particles of beneficial essential oils. Diffusing them into the air allows you to receive the benefits of the essential oils through inhalation – activating the smell receptors in your nose, sending a message to your brain and then influencing your emotions and nervous system. Diffusing essential oils is a simple and popular method and also one of the safest.

Diffuser recipes for emotional wellbeing essential oils lavender rose bergamot

Contraindications to essential oils

If you have any conditions listed below, or any other condition that you are not sure about then please seek the advice of a qualified professional.

Pregnancy. Epilepsy. Heart conditions. Asthma. Cancer. Hyperthyroid. Diabetic. Disease of the nervous system. Swelling. High blood pressure. Low blood pressure. Allergies. Intolerance...

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.


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