Recently, I have developed an appreciation for essential oils, and how it helps my mental health. Smells have a way of bringing me back to the present. When I get lost in anxious or I depressive thoughts, smells are an easy way to bring me back to where I need to be. There are so many different ways to bring essential oils into your self-care routine that are pretty simple. Here are some ways that I use it in my daily life for my mental health.
In one of my first therapy appointments, my therapist had me smell a bunch of essential oils and let me choose a scent that I identified with the most. She put it in a roller bottle, and I take it everywhere with me. One day at work, a student was feeling extremely anxious about being able to go on a study abroad program. I offered her my essential oil roller, and she readily used it. If you have a smell that you connect with or a blend of it – bring it with you just in case you may need it throughout the day. Essential oils are also sold in roller bottles, so you don’t have to do it yourself.
Almost every night I put lavender in my essential oil diffuser, and it really helps me sleep. I have it go for around one to three hours. I sleep better when I have it going. Lavender is what helps me sleep – but you can use what works for you! You can also use this diffuser going throughout the day when you are home or even bring a small one to work. I have a friend that uses it throughout the day and one who uses it at work when it’s an especially stressful day. Make sure it is good with your coworkers first, of course!
I also have a Smelly Face. You can put essential oil in a wool “brain, ” and it will emit the smell. This is such a cute thing to have in your home for decoration or for kids to cuddle with! They’re cuddly and cute. They are homemade as well and sold on Etsy.
For mental health, some of my favorite essential oils are Rosemary, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Orange, and Frankincense. These either bring me a sense of calm, happiness, or relief. When I’m having a rough day, I often turn to one of these to help. Find a smell that helps you! If you are putting them on your skin make sure you do purchase the high-quality kind- again- do your research!
Some other ideas that I have yet to try but definitely will are adding it to soaps, baths, and shampoos. There are many other uses for it as well that aren’t for mental health, which can include cleaning and wool dryer balls. There are many uses out there for them and a lot of research. There’s a big community so do some research and find what works for you!