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Mood Mists

Introduction

Oil and water may not mix, but in the case of essential oils, they form a divine -- and useful -- combination. Extracted from leaves, fruit peels, petals, and other plant parts, essential oils capture nature's subtle fragrances and can even balance your mood, aromatherapists say.

Some, like peppermint and eucalyptus, are believed to be stimulating and uplifting; others, like lavender and frankincense, are considered relaxing and centering. These mists are the simplest way to experience aromatherapy for yourself. Spray the air around you, mist your hair and skin, or spritz them on linens to leave a light scent. (They won't stain.) Whether you're stressed or sluggish, one of these mists will suit your mood.

Text by Donna Garlough.

Materials

  • Mini spray bottle
  • Distilled water
  • Dropper
  • For The Pick-Me-Up: 1 drop eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 2 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • 3 drops peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • For The Calm-Me-Down: 2 drops bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • 1 drop frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
  • 3 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Fill a clean, dry mini spray bottle with 4 ounces of pure distilled water.

  2. Step 2

    Using a dropper, carefully put the selected blend of essential oils directly into the spray bottle.

  3. Step 3

    Tightly close the bottle and shake vigorously to combine. Be sure to shake it before each use, as the water and essential oils tend to separate.

Source
Body+Soul, June 2006

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Reviews (20)

  • 11 Jan, 2013

    For a great source of therapeutic grade essential oils and free essential oil newsletter visit www.kthompson.vibrantscents.com. Young Living is the "World Leader in the growing, harvesting,and bottling of Essential Oils" By owning their own farms they can ensure the best quality of oils. Other essential oil companies buy essential oils on the open market and then put their label on them.

  • 11 Jan, 2013

    For the a great source of therapeutic grade essential oils and free newsletter visit www.kthompson.vibrantscents.com
    Young Living is the "World Leader of growing harvesting and bottling Essential Oils" Young Living own their own farms where other essential oil companies purchase oils on the open market and then put their label on them.

  • 20 Dec, 2011

    I find applying essential oils to the back of the neck and using the essential oils aromatically are effective in addressing mood issues. Aromatherapy has powerful benefits, including stress relief, pain reduction and increased physical, mental and emotional balance. The aroma of essential oils pass through the limbic system of the brain.. our place of emotions, mood and memory. That is why I useoils I trust www.mydoterra.com/honuaoils Be calm and happy!

  • 20 Dec, 2011

    Do they work? Yes, I ONLY use Doterra's CPTG -Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. I know they are pure, safe and free from unwanted chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides and cheap fillers. I have used EOs for about ten years and I TRUST Doterra. See www.mydoterra.com/honuaoils for more info. You can purchase the spray bottles and a wonderful book called Modern Essentials (empowers you on how to use essential oils for therapeutic benefit/ natural healing) at AromaTools.com

  • 29 Jul, 2011

    Can you please suggest a good company to purchase the essential oils from.
    Thank you
    Tamara

  • 29 Jul, 2011

    you will need to add mineral oil.

  • 29 Jul, 2011

    Can you use the liquid in a reed diffuser instead of making a spray

  • 28 Jul, 2011

    Made these as favors for a family reunion with my own label

  • 28 Jul, 2011

    People...BEWARE, essensial oils can burn the eyes, I know first hand that peppermint does!

  • 28 Jul, 2011

    I'm responding to CUCINACAROLINA who uses "aroma" oils (is that essential oils or something else?) on her dog. I'm assuming you love your dog very much and so have researched to be sure those oils are safe for using on him/her. But to others PLEASE research first! I've been told that many Essential Oils are toxic to cats for example... Just wanted to put that out there!

  • 26 May, 2011

    We have got a dog child and every night before I go to sleep, I massage her head with aroma oils. She even lies for it. It is a lovely ritual for both of us.

  • 14 Oct, 2010

    +Besides+distilled+water+and+witch+hazel%2C+I+also+use+rosewater.

  • 14 Sep, 2010

    @ combs 160: You can find certified organic essential oils here

    http://organicgoody.mionegroup.com/en/category/53/55

    All the best with your mood mist making :)

  • 4 Jun, 2010

    Where can I find the oils.

  • 11 May, 2010

    And, yes! Aromatherapy really does work. It's based on science - chemistry to be exact. Essential oils are made up of hundreds of chemical compounds, and each one has a measurable effect on the human body.

  • 11 May, 2010

    Keep in mind that citrus oils are phototoxic (meaning they increase the effects UV rays), so do not apply them to the skin before sun exposure.
    A water-based spray without a preservative will eventually begin to harbour bacteria (even if the water is 'distilled'), so use up these sprays quickly, or store them in the fridge.
    You can find small bottles in the dollar or discount store, usually with travel supplies.

  • 4 May, 2010

    As a massage therapist, I mix my own all the time. The calm-me-down sounds great, because my favorite essential oils are sudanese frankincense and bergamot. Citrus essential oils are well-known for their mood enhancing properties (bergamot is a citrus, by the way). Other citruses: lime, grapefruit (white and pink), lemon, orange, tangerine. Oil is easily available at health food stores such as whole foods. I also sometimes use witch hazel in my sprays, which is an astringent.

  • 28 Apr, 2009

    Before I buy this, does it actually work?

  • 27 Apr, 2009

    most health food stores will have what you need.

  • 27 Apr, 2009

    Where can we get the oil and the bottles?