Essential Oils for Mood Management

Essential Oils for Mood Management

Using essential oils for mood management is a simple, easy and natural way to create feelings of ease and joy.

Smell is such an individual preference.

A smell that one person may love another may detest. Even if an oil is considered “uplifting”, if it makes you feel nauseated, then uplifting is the last thing you are going to feel!

And while the likability of a smell of an oil is an individual preference, how well it works for you may be individual as well. When I was doing my research on oils, repeatedly one point was made clear to me: an oil that may work for one person may not work for another or may even work the entirely opposite way!

For example, let’s look at sleeping. While lavender may be considered a useful oil because it has a sedative effect, it may have the opposite effect on some people – making them hyper and not able to sleep.

Our bodies are SO INDIVIDUAL; we have our own unique makeup and chemistry. Always, always go with what feels right for you. And, if you don’t like the smell, consider using it on your feet (further away from your nose), or swap it for another oil that you feel more comfortable with.

Because essential oils work on so many levels (physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually) and because we are all individualistic, this can mean different things to different people. While there are generally recommended oils for calming and distressing, I believe that any oil can work for stress relief if it sings to your heart. If you truly love the smell of tea tree for example, then even though it is generally considered an oil for skin conditions and respiratory support, if it makes you feel good and lowers your stress levels, then use it!

I have created an ‘Emotional Aromatherapy – Emotions and Essential Oils’ resource eBook containing many links and resources. Download your copy here:

Download your Emotions and Essential Oils Resource eBook

Emotional Aromatherapy

Anything by Laura Jacobs is fascinating and educational. In this video, learn how aroma is linked to emotions.

Emotional Aromatherapy Training with Laura Jacobs


A nice way to consider using essential oils for stress is in a bath (if you like baths!) You get the benefit of the essential oil(s), on your skin as you bathe, but also get to inhale the oils into your lungs.

Run the bath fully before adding the oil.

Once tap has finished, add a mild oil like lavender and add with a carrier oil, or premix with Epsom Salts. Agitate with your hand.

When you leave the bath, the carrier oil and lavender will be on your skin.

Only use very mild oils like lavender otherwise very sensitive parts could sting!

doTERRA essential oils to try in the bath include:

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Clary Sage
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood / Hawaiian Sandalwood
doTERRA essential oils for the bath


Modern Essentials

Essential Emotions (previously called Emotions & Essential Oils)

Aromatherapy and Your Emotions – Shirley Price

dōTERRA Corp – YouTube channel

Aromatic Science for scientific publications


This information is intended for educational purposes only. The statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a medical practitioner. These suggested uses apply only to dōTERRA essential oils.

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