People around the world have been using essential oils in aromatherapy as part of a holistic lifestyle for thousands of years. Essential oils, which are compounds extracted from plants, capture the “essence” of the plant to provide its benefits in purest form. These aromatic oils have been shown to have both physical and emotional benefits. In fact, studies have shown that aromatherapy from essential oils can improve mental health as well. Here’s a list of the top essential oils you can use to enhance your overall mental health.
As one of the most popular essential oils, lavender is believed to promote relaxation and treat anxiety, depression and insomnia. Studies have shown that lavender aromatherapy helps alleviate depression and anxiety in post-partum women, and have improved the quality and duration of sleep in children and the elderly.
Alongside lavender, peppermint holds the title of one of the most versatile oils in the world. When used in aromatherapy, peppermint has been shown to reduce nervousness and tension, and boost mental focus.
Citrus essential oils, including, orange, lemon and lime, are known for their uplifting and cleansing benefits, and have been shown to help fight off the winter blues and depression. Used alongside other oils, sweet orange essential oil has a mood-boosting effect, and lime essential oil is known for its ability to renew and energize the mind.
Sandalwood is a popular choice for perfumes and air fresheners due to its classic and delicate aroma. However, its benefits go beyond making a room smell refreshing. Research has shown sandalwood essential oil, when used as aromatherapy, can help reduce anxiety and increase alertness.
Clary sage in aromatherapy is known to reduce stress by giving the mind and body a sense of well-being. Some studies have shown that when inhaled, this essential oil provides feelings of relaxation and even helps reduce blood pressure, reinforcing a calm body and mind.
The combination of these deeply soothing fragrances and herb extracts can turn your daily care into a more relaxing and rejuvenating experience, giving you a sense of well-being and improving your overall mental health. At Dresdner Essenz, we believe in using high-quality raw, plant-based ingredients and extracts in all of our bath and body products. And when it comes to aromatherapy, you can find the essential oils mentioned here and more in our ingredients used in our full line of products, and you can purchase them now at littlemetime.com.