Negative thoughts and emotions can significantly impact your life and well-being. Although you may not be able to control or ignore those thoughts and emotions (nor is it all that effective in the long-term to even try), you can at least take advantage of the many natural therapies available to help balance out your state of mind and stress-related tension running through your body.
Aromatherapy is just one of those natural therapies that can offer nearly instant positive effects. All you have to do is obtain an essential oil with mind-balancing properties to diffuse in a room (or in your yoga space), combine with carrier oil for a fragrant lotion, drop into a bath, sprinkle on your pillow before med, gently inhale before meditation, or use in massage therapy.
Here are just seven essential oils that are known to help balance emotions, improve mood, and help bring clarity to your mind.
All citrus essential oils have a positive, uplifting effect on the mind that can really come in handy when you’re feeling down in the dumps, but perhaps none is as powerful as lemon. Lemon essential oil can help combat feelings of anger, burnout, depression, fear, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, and even grief.
Centuries ago, frankincense was considered more valuable than gold for its incredible therapeutic properties. When you feel like your mind is all over the place and keeping negative thoughts at bay seems nearly impossible, look toward frankincense essential oil to help improve focus and boost concentration while minimizing irritability and restlessness.
When you really need to get back in touch with your higher self so you can spread kindness and compassion while embodying love and joy, rose essential oil can certainly help. Rose helps get rid of your worries and reduces self-centered feelings like jealousy and fear so you can open yourself up to the world around you.
Part of the citrus family, bergamot is another essential oil that’s well known for its mood-balancing properties. Use this uplifting essential oil anytime you’re dealing with emotional stress, anxiety, sadness, confusion, depression, or poor concentration to calm those feelings and give yourself a much needed emotional boost.
Clary sage works to balance a wide range of negative emotions and may be especially helpful for women suffering from the effects of hormonal fluctuations during their menstrual cycles. Whether you’re feeling out of control due to anger and aggression or stressed out with excessive worry and anxiety, clary sage is a powerful essential oil that can help.
In autumn when excess vata is a risk, roman chamomile can aid in balancing out vata-related feelings of anxiety. This calming essential oil is also especially helpful in reducing destructive emotions like anger, aggression, recklessness, and impulsiveness—so keep it handy for when you’re feeling a little hot-headed.
Lavender is the most popular essential of all for its versatile uses and wide range of healing properties—and this is especially true for its calming and relaxing effects on the mind. The aroma of lavender is powerful enough stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which govern’s the body’s “rest and digest” system. For everything from anxiety and panic, to mood swings and nervous tension, lavender can do some pretty remarkable things to hep bring the mind and body back to equilibrium.