We all get them; mood-swings. They usually kick in when we least of all expect it, and isn’t it strange that they only go in one direction…down? Or maybe we do have positive mood-swings, sudden bursts of inexplicable joy and happiness – of course we do, but they aren’t a problem, they are pure bliss. But the other ones; irritation, sadness, anger, impatience….the nasty lot, when they kick in it can get really bad, not only for ourselves but also for those around us. This way of using oils is a for temporary measures – mood-swings – if the situation doesn’t change and the mood doesn’t “swing back”, you should see a certified aromatherapist for more profound help.
Here is a short list of oils to help you through those bad times:
- PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) and other hormonal issues (women): Geranium (pelargonium graveolens), Clary Sage (salvia sclarea).
- Anger and frustration: Ylang-Ylang (cananga odorata complet), Petit grain (citrus aurantium), Patchouli (pogostemon cablin)
- Sad and gloomy: Bergamott (citrus bergamia), Orange (citrus sinensis), Mandarine (citrus reticulata).
- Sluggish and slow: Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis), Lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus), Peppermint (mentha piperita), May Chang (litsea cubeba).
- Cold and lonely: Cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum), Marjoram (origanum majorana).
- Insecurity: Rosewood (aniba rosaeodora), Lavender (lavandula augustifolia/officinalis), Roman Chamomile (chamaemelum nobile)
- Anxiety, nervousness: Frankincense (boswellia carterii), Neroli (citrus aurantium var amara), Vetiver (vetiveria zizanoides)
There are so many useful oils for each description, the list goes on and on. These are a few of the most common oils that are also quite versatile, therefor making them a good buy for your home aromatherapy kit. Try the oils to find the one that fits you the best.
The best way to use essential oils for mood is by inhalation: Place 1-2 drops on a handkerchief and inhale deeply as needed. You can carry it with you during the day. When home, bathing is a wonderful way of relieving emotional imbalances. Make sure you rest after the bath.
Note: Cinnamon has a high content of phenols which makes it irritating to the skin. It should always be used in dilution (except in inhalation)
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Tonight I met a young lady that has been a client of mine. When she came to me a few years ago she had just embarked on the journey of the eternally slim = anorexia/bulimia. She was also “self-medicating” = vodka and cocaine. She had just turned 17, was the biggest liar on earth and thought she had control….
Enter Mama Anna. The girl came to see me, I saw where she was at and after that I worked with her, or rather, first she worked against me and then we worked together. She realized very quickly that I could “read” her and this made her safe. Finally she went into rehab for her eating problems. At this time she was off the vodka and cocaine. She was in rehab for 4 months and when she came out she started the journey of healing.
Now she is a gorgeous young woman; she looks good and she is in balance. In her eyes there is a sadness and a wisdom that will always stay. She knows what suffering is, and she knows what it means to change lanes in life. She changed because she wanted to. The work I did with her was to help her want to change. It was about self-definition and where she wanted to go. When we first met she hated the person she had become, and this only pushed her further into self-abuse. Once she was clear about the fact that she could change all this, she started healing. The healing process is always long and hard.
“I take it one day at a time” she said to me with sadness in her eyes “one day at a time”.
I see pride, I see strength, I see belief….and yes, I see pain. I know that this pain will stay part of her forever, a bit of who she is. I also know that she is a mighty strong woman – I can read that behind the pain. One day there will sit before her a young girl full of lies and imbalances, and she will know what to tell the girl to give her the will to live. She will tell the girl what I told her; The Truth.
She calls me her Fairy Godmother. I am honored and touched by this show of affection. I told her the truth, and she accepted it. This young girl managed to change her whole life around, without much support, and she fights every day. She made a choice.
Changing lanes is a matter of will – nothing else.