Essential oils are highly concentrated plant compounds, taking the essence of the plant and bringing it to you in a convenient little jar.
Essential oils have been used in healing for thousands of years. While the world of medicine has evolved dramatically since then, essential oils shouldn’t be dismissed.
They are no substitute for medication prescribed by your doctor, but they still have so much to offer, particularly when it comes to emotional wellbeing. Emotional health and physical health are so intertwined, that you almost can’t have one without the other.
These are just 3 of the most beneficial and popular essential oils for emotional and mental wellbeing, though there are plenty more out there.
There’s a reason so many products geared toward relaxation and sleep have specific scents like lavender in them. It’s been known to lower heart rate, as well as increase slow-wave sleep, reduce anxiety and depression, and help calm panic attacks.
One study from the National Library of Medicine found that it lowered heart rate, blood pressure, and skin temperature thereby having a relaxing effect on participants. When you’re feeling stressed out and just need to relax and unwind, reach for lavender.
Bergamot is an uplifting citrus oil, taken from the rind of the bergamot orange and is the main ingredient in Earl Grey tea. It’s known to lift mood, increase dopamine and serotonin, as well as greatly reduce anxiety. It can lower stress by lowering diastolic and systolic blood pressure, and even relieve agitation in patients with dementia.
A 2017 study published by Phytotherapy Research observed the effects of Bergamot oil inhalation by a waiting room of 57 healthy individuals, and found that mood and serotonin was increased in 17% more of the participants exposed to bergamot, than those in the control group.
- Ylang Ylang-
Ylang Ylang oil comes from the star-shaped flowers of the Canaga tree, native to countries near the Indian ocean. Its most potent form can be commonly found in perfumes thanks to its flowery, fruity scent. It’s been found to improve mood, reduce depression, reduce blood pressure, lower heart rate, and reduce anxiety.
A 2014 study published by the National Library of Medicine found that aromatherapy using ylang ylang did better at reducing anxiety and improving self-esteem in the experimental group than the control group.