Using Essential Oils to Help with Emotional Disharmony

by Beverley Hawkins, Contributor to Armoatherapy on

As many of you may be aware essential oils can be very helpful in times of Emotional Stress and Disharmony. Because our sense of smell is hot wired directly into the limbic system of the brain, aroma can elicit a mood or memory response before you are even aware of what you have smelled, or sometimes even before you realize you have experienced an aroma at all.

Whether you are experiencing an emotionally challenging time or not, sometimes you just want to shift your mood or create that special ambiance. Using essential oils can be an easy and very effective way to achieve your goals.

Your preferred method of use will depend on who the synergy is for and the focus of the synergy. If the synergy is intended to assist one individual there are many choices and the final choice will be up to them: personal inhalers, baths, diffusers, misters, body products, perfumes etc. If you are creating the synergy to be used by a group or in a larger area, diffusers and misters work very well. See the article on
Ways In Which Essential Oils Can Be Used on our website.

Here are a few suggestions for some emotional states:

(easily angered): Basil, Blue Chamomile, Cypress, Frankincense, Lemon, Peppermint.

(temper tantrums): Black pepper, German chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Peppermint, Rose.

(poor): Basil, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Rosemary.

Angelica, Cistus, Lavender, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Patchouli.

Cajuput, Cinnamon, Lemon, Neroli, Rose, Sage.

Benzoin, Bitter Orange, Cedarwood, Clove, Juniper, Laurel, Lavender, Rose, Rosemary, Vetiver.

Cypress, Cistus, Chamomile, Lavender Neroli, Bitter Orange, Rose

Basil, Caraway,Cedarwood, Clove, Geranium, Grapefruit, Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang.

(Apathy): Bergamot, Celery Seed, Ginger, Juniper, Melissa, Yarrow

Mood swings:
Benzoin, Black Spruce, Caraway, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus; Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver.

Angelica, Bitter Orange, Calendula, Clove, Dill, Helichrysum, Niaouli, Roman Chamomile, sage.

Bitter Orange, Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Goldenrod, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Patchouli, Yarrow.

To create that special ambiance choose from the following:

Meditation: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Romantic Interlude: Benzoin, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Rose, Jasmine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

Party Time: Basil, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Geranium

It is important to keep in mind that aroma preferences are very personal, so keep that in mind when creating your own special synergies and have fun with it!


W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Donna Hamilton
Donna H6 years ago


Dale Overall

Love the aroma of many essential oils, have allergies to some things so one has to always make sure the oil is the right one for you.
Burning a tea candle over a holder made for oils releases a lovely scent and is relaxing.

Jerri B.
Jerri Bluett6 years ago

Thank you, fantastic information!

Turid K.
Past Member 6 years ago

This is important info!
Thank you!

Smell is more important in our lives than we realize.

Dianne D.
Dianne D6 years ago

Good information. I had to make a long 1200 mile drive last week that I was not excited about and used lavendar to calm my anxiety and peppermint to keep me alert. It worked. I will try some more of these essential oils.

Emil P.
Emil Perera6 years ago

Very good information .thank u So much

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Peppermint for everything.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Thanks for the reminders.