Aromatherapy and moods

For centuries, people have worn perfumed water or oils to seduce, entice or to set a mood. Aromatherapists have long used essential oils for mood. Aromatherapy is the use of plants, oils and other aromatic chemicals to cause a person’s mood to change.The right scents can change your mood and put you in the right mood. Aromatherapy exists as a theory. This has not been scientifically proven that the aroma of something will improve your health but certain smells can definitely improve your mood such as the smell of roses, the smell of the ocean or the smell of fresh baked pies or cakes. Essential oils are mood elevating. Essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects on our moods. Science is catching up with what aromatherapists have been saying for years; aromas can change and alter your mood. Aromatherapy oils themselves can bring about changes in emotional behaviour on a subtle level by creating changes in moods on a subliminal level. Through our sense of smell we can influence our moods.

Of our five primary senses, the olfactory is the only one that transmits information directly from the nose into the limbic center of the brain, the seat of emotions and memory. Recent brain scan research has shown that different scents affect brainwave production; for example, with some increasing alpha (relaxation) waves and others affecting beta (alertness) waves. Aromatherapy is effective with many disorders, including stress, anxiety, pain, PMS, depression, certain types of male impotence, and many others. This primitive area of the brain, also a gateway to the subconscious, is involved with mood expression. Odour stimuli in the limbic system trigger the release of various neurotransmitters such as cartooning, encephalin and endorphins, which help to regulate mood. Because of the direct connection odors have to the limbic system, it's easy to understand why aromatherapy can impact mood. Some essential oils actively mimic neurotransmitters which have a powerful ability to alter mood. Neurochemicals or transmitter chemicals are known to influence mood in various ways through their effect on the nerves in the brain.

Some researchers believe that when people experience mood changes it is because the smell has triggered a memory. For instance, if a person feels relaxed when they smell cinnamon, it might be because cinnamon conjures up pleasant childhood memories.

However, practitioners maintain that inhaling an essential oil will usually trigger a predictable response, even if the person doesn’t have any memories associated with the smell. Psychoaromatherapy is the use of essential oils to induce moods. Simply breathing in the fragrance of an essential oil can trigger an immediate response – of lifting your mood. Unpleasant scents trigger discomforting thoughts and mood states, whereas pleasant fragrances evoke happy memories or feelings. Some essential oils actively mimic neurotransmitters which have a powerful ability to alter mood.

As every woman knows, PMS usually occurs up to 10 days before menstruation and ceases soon after menstruation begins. The classic symptoms are irritability, mood changes, headaches, migraines, and possibly even depression. You may find it useful to prepare a base blend to address the common physiological symptoms experienced each month, and then add different oils as required to address your emotional needs at the time. Therapeutic essential oils can be utilized to provide relief with many women’s health problems such as water retention, mood swings, night sweats, anxiety, etc.

Add a drop or two of essential oil on a cotton ball with a tiny bit of organic joboba or organic cold pressed coconut oil.

Possibly the most favoured way of using inhalation in a health-care setting at the moment is from a vaporizer. It can also be used to subtly influence mood. Through the action of vaporization the properties of essential oils can affect our moods by positively balancing them. The vaporized essential oil penetrates your bloodstream and into your central control system to alter brain functions and your mood. Essential oils are vaporized because when we breathe these tiny aromatic molecules of vaporized essential oils, they stimulate the odor receptors in the nose which has a direct effect upon the emotional centre of the brain before being inhaled into the lungs and are situated to the base of the nose. These odor receptors are directly connected to a part of the brain that is called the Limbic system. This Limbic system is responsible for moods. Using essential oils in your vaporizer at home or at the office is a natural way to improve your mood. Close your eyes and inhale until water cools or until you stop smelling the oil to help enhance your mood

Since stress in its many guises is a contributing factor in the development of cardiovascular disease, vaporise any of the following relaxing blends as your moods dictate. Three key goals in diffusing essential oils into the environment are to effectively reduce microbes in the air, to alter mood/motivation and emotion, and to support respiratory health. Put the essential oil into a 50 ml dark glass bottle, then fill with water and shake well. Pour a little of the mixture into the reservoir of a nightlight burner or electric vaporiser designed for water-based blends. Remember to shake the bottle each time before use to disperse the essential oil.

Recipe 1
50 ml water
2 drops neroli
8 drops mandarin

Recipe 2
50 ml water
6 drops chamomile (Roman)
2 drops rose otto
8 drops bergamot

Recipe 3
50 ml water
2 drop frankincense
8 drops lemon
6 drops juniper

Recipe 4
50 ml water
8 drops galbanum
6 drops lavender
8 drops petitgrain

Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutica): moody tendencies. Geranium: Vaporize 3 drops to help balance moods.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens): moody tendencies. Vaporize 3 drops to help balance moods.

Mood swings – Help with a grounding and balancing essential oil such as patchouli Vaporize 1 drop to help balance moods or soothing essential oils like lavender. Vaporize 3 drops to help balance moods. The ester properties in lavender help regulate moods.

Cypress - (Cupressus sempervirens) mood swings. Vaporize 3 drops to help balance moods.

Petitgrain oil enhances your mood. Vaporize 4 drops to help balance moods.

Sweet Orange: Vaporize 4 drops for mood elevating.

Enjoy uplifting your moods with essential oils!

Many aromatic blessings,
Marlene Mitchell
Principal of International Certified Aromatherapy Institute

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