Mindful Aromatherapy

by Penny Price August 14, 2020 4 min read

Mindful Aromatherapy

According to a new WHO study:

Depression rates are significantly higher in affluent nations. Cases of major depression are on the rise throughout the world. The study concludes that depression is a severe global problem that will change from being the world’s fourth leading cause of disability worldwide to being the second leading cause of disability by 2020.


2020 so far has been a very tough, the points above where made before this year and who knew what was going to unfold in 2020. We have tried to help out any way we can by offering recipes, blends and advice using Aromatherapy to help combat feeling of anxiety, stress and depression. Our previous blog on Anxiety and Aromatherapy explores different Essential Oils and Carriers to combat this and why they help. Fundamentally understanding particular essential oils can be a huge aid. In our previous blog Aromatherapy for Anxiety

  • Stress occurs as a coping mechanism for our brains and bodies.
  • Hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released which are responsible for sudden changes
  • The fight or flight response is chemical – it involves the bodies own system creating hormones.
  • Smell is a chemical sense because it allows us to discriminate between the different molecules we breathe in.

Essential oils are complex and made up of lots of different chemical constituents. Therefore aromatherapy can help positively affect your hormone production, brain chemistry, and stress levels. It can help to look at the chemical constituents when choosing Essential Oils to help combat depression and stress.


Emotionally Monoterpenes can be balancing to a person with unstable emotional states, the stimulating element helps a person to move on from a difficult time, cleansing and purifying

  • Lemon contains 90-95% monoterpenes
  • Other oils with monoterpenes include Pine, Black spruce, Juniper wood, Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Cypress, Silver fir, Myrtle.


When being used for the emotions sesquiterpenes can be calming to the nerves and help to bring down anger, hate and fear

  • They are especially useful for helping with irritation, they are physically good for inflammation and also help with inflamed emotions.
  • German chamomile has over 50% sesquiterpenes.


Emotionally alcohols can help a person feel protected and give them the courage they need to express themselves or to move on from a situation.

  • Alcohols can be stimulating to the mind so make good memory aids and help clear mental chatter.
  • Rosewood contains about 90% alcohols
  • Other oils with alcohols include Geranium, Sweet Thyme, Palmarosa.


Physically phenols are very powerful stimulants and this works the same on the mind, due to the power they often stimulate new thoughts and perspective

  • Phenols can help with self-belief, esteem and courage. They are also very purifying and can help with moving on from the past.
  • Red thyme contains 70-80% phenols
  • Other oils that include phenols are Cinnamon, Clove, Savoury, Oregano, Pimento.


Aldehydes are very calming to the nerves and emotions whereas other components are stimulating they are more nurturing to the mind.

  • Aldehydes are useful for stress relief, reducing irritation and controlling temper and rage.
  • Lemongrass contains about 70% aldehydes
  • Other oils containing aldehydes are Melissa, Eucalyptus Staigeriana and Litsea.


Ketones must be used cautiously due to toxicity. Emotionally ketones are more sedative and calming so suit a hyper mind, they help to cleanse the mind and enable moving forward.

  • Hyssop contains 50% ketones
  • Other oils with ketones include Fennel, Tagetes, Sage, Sandalwood, Cornmint, Peppermint.


Esters are very good for relieving the mind of guilt or embarrassment and helps heal those worries. They too help with irritation, anger and unreasonable behaviour.

  • Esters encourages renewal and growth and promote feelings of warmth such as love and kindness.
  • Lavender has 50% esters
  • Other oils with esters are Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Palmarosa, Myrrh, Frankincense.


Emotionally oxides are cooling so help with fraught feelings, physically they are expectorant and they can also help the mind to dispose of unwanted feelings and aid clarity of the mind.

  • Myrtle contains 75% oxides
  • Other oils with oxides include Eucalyptus Smithii, Ravansara, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, Cornmint

Here a few recipes from our previous Aromatherapy for Aniexty

A few housekeeping points:

  • Never use essential oils internally,EVER.
  • Never apply essential oils undiluted to the skin
  • Use an electric diffuser as these are safer. However, if you are using a water-based diffuser, clean the container daily. Standing water can breed bacteria and mould, and you don’t want to diffuse that into the air your family is breathing
  • Always buy your oils from a reputable supplier who can offer advice and help along your journey
  • Do not replace medical treatment with essential oils. If you are taking medication and you would like to try out the impact of essential oils, contact a professional aromatherapist (registered with the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA), or the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA), or the Federation of Holistic Practitioners (FHT), as these therapists, will have studied to clinical levels.

Recipe for anxiety for 10mls of pure oil

3ml Roman Chamomile
3ml Geranium
2ml Ylang Ylang
2ml Neroli

Add the drops to your chosen method of use using the chart above.


2 drops Ho Leaf
2 dropsylang ylang

Anxiety & Tension (on-going stress)

5 dropsBasil
5 dropsCypress
5 dropsNeroli

Use this as a massage oil, or add the essential oils to honey or lotion base for the bath (do not add the oil mix to the bath).

Massage oil

50 mlsunflower Oil
3 dropsgeranium
3 dropssandalwood
2 dropsylang ylang

Please see our Dilution Guide for help when mixing and bending recipes.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog. We love to hear from you so do give us feedback on the blog and the recipes, and how they have worked for you or your clients. All the products mentioned are available from www.penny-price.comor you can phone your order through or get advice on 01455 251020. If you are interested in training with us, please call, or email Lizzie on courses@penny-price.com. Thank you for reading! Penny Price

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October 10, 2022

Great info

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