As humans we experience a variety of moods daily. Some of these moods we enjoy and want more of. Conversely, we may find other moods less desirable and seek ways to change how we feel.

Let’s take for example a busy mom who is feeling challenged balancing her family, pets, career, etc. She may be trying to process her emotions in her brain thinking, “I have to get this all figured out”. She could be feeling in her heart very overwhelmed. Her gut might be feeling “stuck”. These could be leading her to feel disconnected and even have a belief that she is not doing enough or good enough. Sound familiar? Our beliefs show up in our lives and create our reality.

You are created to function as a whole. The mind, body and spirit are inseparably connected and communicate at a cellular level. Emotions are information carrying molecules that bind to and react with cell receptors. They go into the cell affecting behavior and function. Emotions are processed through the body via your brain, through intellect and logic, your heart through intuition, and in your gut (we’ve all had those “gut feelings”). It is true that 90% of the body’s serotonin involved in mood management is produced in the gut. Dr. Candace Pert, Neuroscientist and Pharmacologist says, “Feelings are really chemicals that can help or hurt.”

Essential oils have been safely used for centuries as natural solutions for health and wellness. One of the ways oils can be used are to affect mood and heal emotions. Essential oils can be enjoyed topically, aromatically and/or taken internally. Topical use and aromatic use/diffusion work best for positively affecting mood. Smell is the fastest way to affect mood (think of the way you feel walking into a bakery).

It’s important to work with oils that are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) so that you are getting the best quality and safe oils that have been carefully and mindfully cultivated from indigenous sources and tested at independent laboratories. Most oils are untested and unregulated so there can be synthetic additives and pesticides in them-um, no thank you. Only the highest quality essential oils should be used for physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

As a wellness advocate I help you identify the moods you are experiencing and can suggest oils to either stay with those emotions or to help create the mood you’d rather experience. For example if you are experiencing mental fog I would point you towards smelling peppermint to help you focus. If you were having some confusion we could use a roller ball blend to topically help with occasional head tension. And, if feeling vulnerable you could try a protective blend to help support immune functioning and ward off seasonal threats.

Here are a few examples how I’ve used oils for my mood management in the past two weeks:

~Citrus blends-for the Sunday night blues. We really cherish our weekends at our house (I’m sure you do, too). Occasionally on Sunday the daunting “weekly to do” list can make me cranky. Diffusing a citrus blend helps uplift my emotions and keep me motivated. I am in love with doTERRA brand Elevate, Motivate and Cheer as my little “sunshine in a bottle”.

~Peppermint-When my husband broke his knee on Christmas I had mixed emotions (fear, dread, emotional reeling) and used peppermint over my heart to still my emotions until I could have time and space to deal appropriately with them.

~Calming blend-my mind has been on overdrive when I’ve been trying to get to sleep. I’ve used a calming blend of lavendar, marjoram, Roman chamomile and Sandalwood (three big inhales from the bottle) and then rubbed on the soles of my feet for self-care and sweet dreams.

~Balance blend-we call this the ‘after school oil’. When my two oldest boys come home from school they can be really charged up (especially if they bring home friends, too). We often diffuse a balance blend, which smells like a walk in the forest, to keep every one in check and transition nicely into dinner time.

I’m so grateful to have Mother Nature’s gift of essential oils to help support my moods, my family’s health and my clients needs. Empower yourself to learn more how essential oils can help you be your best advocate and claim the gift of wellbeing.

1. Emotions and Essential Oils Emotional Reference Guide, 2015

Nurse turned yoga teacher Sandi Hoover, BSN, RYT500, RPYT, is a mother of three. She specializes in pre and postnatal yoga and owns The Family Tree Yoga and Massage with her husband, Zachary Hoover in Des Moines,IA. Sandi has trained in yoga, movement and aromatherapy in Mexico, California, Utah, Iowa City and Des Moines. Sandi is the creator of Roots Prenatal™ Yoga and offers classes, workshops and teacher trainings through her Registered Prenatal Yoga School. Her goal is to educate and empower others through wellness.