Sunday, February 8, 2015

Essential Oils that Keep You Feeling Happy

Most folks get that "down-in-the-dumps" kind of feeling every now and again.  I know I tend to feel sad and tuckered out during the short days of Winter and then I quickly snap out of it once Spring arrives and I wake up to the harmonious sound of chirping birds. During Winter, I often diffuse essential oils that are known to balance the mood and lift the spirit.  Check out these mood balancing and uplifting essential oils! You can purchase these from Mountain Rose Herbs!

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): This sweet, floral and herbaceous oil is steam distilled from the flower tops of the lavender plant.  It is a middle note with anxiety reducing properties as well is a wonderful oil to use when you need to decompress and unwind.  May help relax you when you can't fall asleep on your own.  I like to use it in a massage blend and also via diffuser. Currently, Mountain Rose Herbs is offering a 1/2 ounce bottle for only $10.25 and theirs is Certified Organic! Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE!!!

Tangerine (Citrus reticulata): This fresh, sweet and orange-like essential oil is cold pressed from the fruit peel of the tangerine fruit.  It is a juicy top note that may help calm the nervous system when diffused into the air.  It may cause skin irritation if not highly diluted when applying it topically.  It has similar properties as Mandarin Orange but smells a bit different.  Currently, Mountain Rose Herbs is offering a 1/2 ounce bottle for only $2.75. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana): This bright and sweet essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering plant.  It is a middle note that is considered a comforting aroma that may ease depression and calm your nerves.  It blends well with cedar wood, cypress, peppermint, orange, and bergamot.  I like to make a blend and diffuse it in my bedroom to help me unwind before I sleep.  It is also awesome added into a massage cream. Currently, Mountain Rose Herbs offers a 1/2 ounce Certified Organic bottle for only $13.75. Check out Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita): This fresh, minty and herbaceous essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering plant.  It is a top note that helps to elevate your mood from super sad to happy-in-a-hurry! When blended with Rosemary essential oil, it makes a lovely diffuser blend.  It needs to be avoided in epilepsy  and while pregnant.  A little goes a long way and is a skin irritant which makes it best used via diffuser.  I use it for those pesky PMS symptoms that pester me periodically.  Currently, Mountain Rose Herbs offers a 1/2 ounce bottle of Certified Organic & Fair Trade Certified Peppermint Essential Oil for just $7.50. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Spruce (Tsuga canadensis): This sweet-fruity and very pleasant smelling essential oils is steam distilled from the needles of the tree.  It is good to use this particular oil when you are under a prolonged amount of stress and need help to balance and adapt to it. It has a very comforting aroma and is good in massage blends as well as diffuser blends.  It blends very well with galbanum, lavender, cedar wood and rosemary.  Mountain Rose Herbs offers a 1/2 ounce bottle for only $9.50. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Bulgarian Rose (Rosa damascena): This sweet-floral and rich essential oil is steam distilled from the flower petals.  It is a deep middle note that is very complex.  It is super uplifting to the mind and spirit.  It can help to comfort you during times of profound grief and shock.  It may ease occasional anxiety and stress.  It blends very well with sandalwood, ylang yang, vetiver, patchouli, ginger, bergamot and chamomile.  I personally find it too expensive to diffuse into the air and would rather add it to a perfume or massage blend so I can keep it close to my body.  It takes around 10,000 pounds of freshly picked rose petals to distill just a single pound of essential oil.  It is one of the most expensive essential oils available. Luckily, Mountain Rose Herbs offers a small 1/8 ounce bottle for $179.50.  It does not take very much to be effective.

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata): This rich and sweetly floral essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers.  It is a delicious base note and the largest producing countries are Comoro Islands and Madagascar.  It is well known for its sedative properties and its ability to make you feel relaxed and euphoric.  A single drop in a massage blend is effective. I like to make a blend of Sandalwood, Rose, Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang.  It needs to be avoided when pregnant. Mountain Rose Herbs offers a 1/2 ounce bottle of Certified Organic essential oil fur just $14.25. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Lemon Balm (Melissa) (Melissa officinalis): This light and fresh essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering plant.  It is well known for it ability to calm when necessary and lift the spirits when called upon.  It is good for sudden shock and prolonged grief.  It is a middle note and blends well with all of the citrus oils, frankincense, lavender, neroli, and rose.  It is one of the more expensive oils.  It only takes a small amount and can be a skin irritant.  Mountain Rose Herbs offers a 1/8 ounce bottle of Certified Organic Lemon Balm essential oil for $64.25.  Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia): This fresh and spicy essential oil is cold pressed from the fruit peel.  Make sure you buy Bergaptene-free to reduce the phytotoxicity of the oil.  It is a citrus top note that blends well with vetiver, all citrus oils, geranium, lavender and nutmeg.  It is super refreshing and is uplifting to the mind and spirit.  Great in diffuser blends! It is what gives Earl Grey tea its signature flavor.  Mountain Rose Herbs offers a 1/2 ounce of Certified Organic essential oil for just $16.50.  Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium): This sweet-floral essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the orange tree.  It is a good choice when promoting a balanced mood due to depression and anxiety.  It takes approximately 100 pounds of blossoms to produce a single pound of oil.  Mountain Rose Herbs offers a Certified Organic 1/4 ounce bottle for $112.50.  Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens): This sweet and floral oil is steam distilled from the flowers and leaves.  It is a heavy middle note that is balancing and uplifting during times of stress and anxiety.  It is a good choice when blending for symptoms of PMS.  You want to avoid this oil during pregnancy. A little goes a long way and could irritate skin. Great in diffuser blends.  Mountain Rose Herbs offers a 1/2 ounce bottle of Certified Organic oil for just $18.50. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum): This deeply floral and rich absolute is solvent extracted with Ethyl alcohol from the flowers.  It is a good choice for blends meant to be uplifting during stress and grief.  Good for anxiety and when you are just too tuckered out to stay up and need an uplifting boost.  It takes over 2,000 pounds of Jasmine flowers to produce a single pound of oil.  Best used in blends that will be applied to the body versus diffused into the air.  It is a middle note.  Mountain Rose Herbs offers a 1/8 ounce bottle for just $68.75.  Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.



As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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