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Essential Oils for Mental Health

I don't know about you, but sometimes the stress of daily life can feel a little overwhelming. I'm so grateful I came across essential oils several years ago, because they are one of my go-to tools to support my mental health when I start feeling like I'm in survival mode. The best part is all of these oils are part of our premium starter kit-so it's basically your one-stop-shop to tackle the beast that is stress and combat the toll it has on your mental health.

Keep reading for some of my favorite ways to use the oils in the kit to support mental health!

Choosing Our Focus - Peace & Calming, Frankincense

Essential oils are a great tool for us to use as we focus on mindsets that are positive, encouraging, and help us to achieve our goals. Our emotions are often hijacked by circumstances outside of our control, but the good news here is that WE get to choose our focus. 

The next time you begin feeling the emotional slide, grab your bottle of Peace & Calming or Frankincense, and take a deep breath. Allow the oil to work with the physical body to release stored emotions and to shift your mood and focus towards your chosen mindset.

This process can be as simple as diffusing oils, applying them throughout the day or even breathing directly from the bottle!

Peace & Calming

Peace and Calming is one of Young Living's most popular blends for good reason! This blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy will surely become a favorite in your family to relax the body and calm emotions. This oil can signal overtired and overworked body systems that it is a safe space to lay down the stress and invite in a sense of calm. It is a wonderful choice for a daily perfume, and specifically helps calm the Central Nervous System when it is in fight or flight mode!


Frankincense is one of the most desired essential oils available today and is a must-have for every home for so many reasons. Frankincense is a grounding oil that can help us to find a calm center in our spirit. This is a wonderful oil to apply and diffuse during meditation, journaling, counseling or other emotional work. Added bonus – it is our go-to for supporting the immune system, maintaining youthful and vibrant skin, and creating an atmosphere of rest.

Battling Emotional and Mental Exhaustion - PanAway, Valor

Emotional and mental exhaustion are such a real phenomenon, and they often show up in our physical bodies as well! 

So many women are carrying a mental and emotional load that no one ever sees, and it is a load that they never lay down (could they even lay it down if they wanted to??). This often causes physical symptoms like soreness, anxiety, and fatigue, and our oils can help so much with all of it!


When you need relief from the emotion of exhaustion, grab your bottle of PanAway. Diffuse it, apply it, just get this oil on and around you! This blend of mint oils and Copaiba (supports the body through inflammation!) is essentially a natural alternative to all of the OTC pain creams. So after a long day taking care of the family, a long day at work, or just a day where the weight of it all is on your shoulders…. PanAway is your BFF. 


Valor is a lovely blend of Frankincense, Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Camphor Wood, and Geranium that is helpful for many emotions around our activated, sympathetic, fight or flight response, thus it's battle-worthy name!

Valor is a powerhouse when facing a trial or season of adversity because its natural properties help align the body both emotionally and physically. 

Our emotions and trauma are often stored in the physical tissues and fascia of our bodies and essential oils help release stuck emotions and tension at a physical level from specific parts of the body:

  • Feeling Resigned (like you can't fight it): Diaphragm

  • Feeling like you are Losing a Battle: just below lower lip

  • Fear of Conflict: Abdomen, just above right and left hips

  • Feeling Aggressive: Abdomen, just above right and left hips

  • Feeling Defensive: Stomach

To harness its wonderful properties, you can apply Valor to your shoulders, the bottoms of your feet, the back of your neck, or anywhere that you're experiencing tension or a stressful tightness in your body. It is also wonderful to diffuse and apply when doing your emotional processing and as a daily fragrance!

The Power of Breath Work - Raven, Peppermint

Sometimes our bodies and minds need something incredibly simple – a deep breath. With a deep, clear breath we can inhale to take in the good, and then exhale, releasing what we no longer need. 

Our breath can be so powerful.

It can be a pause. It can be a shift. It can be cleansing.

So harness the power of your breath for emotional benefits! Breathe deeply, clearly, and from your belly (not your chest!), and support your airways with Raven and Peppermint.


Say hello to a deep breath in a bottle with Raven. This eucalyptus blend is also infused with Ravintsara (aka camphor) – the active ingredient in Vicks chest rub! This oil blend is amazing diffused (try it alone or with Lemon) and applied to give your airways the TLC they need. It’s also so soothing when your nose and chest need some TLC. You can also combine it with a little coconut oil for a simple (but effective!) chest rub or use it in a bath with some epsom salts.

Peppermint Vitality

Crisp, fresh, and alerting. That is Peppermint! It opens the airways, cleanses the system, and gives you the deep breath you’re needing. If you need a little help on your early morning drive, to not zone out when working on a computer or just a little sensory experience to focus your attention, grab your Peppermint! A little dab of Peppermint on the back of the neck has the most wonderful alerting effect. The scent is crisp and cool, and the gentle tingling helps bring the mind and body back into connection.

As you practice the art of healthy breathing you may discover benefits to ALL of the body systems, which each crave oxygen and freedom to detoxify through the lungs.  The brain desperately needs this. The whole nervous system. The circulatory system. The endocrine system. And of course, deep breathing and relaxed muscles go hand in hand.

Your breath is powerful!

The Digestive Response to Emotions - DiGize, Lemon 

Have you ever felt your belly dancing around because you were nervous? Anxious? Worried about something?

This physical emotional connection is so real, and it works the other way as well! When we are stressed, overwhelmed, and allowing our emotions to run the show, there are physical issues that arise. And digestive issues are huge when it comes to this!

Our stomachs and livers store unprocessed emotions, which often leaves us feeling less than stellar. 

Two really simple ways to support this? DiGize and Lemon oils!

DiGize Vitality

DiGize is your digestive support blend that helps the body physically soothe upset bellies, and helps us process through that stored emotion. Full of well-known digestive herbs like Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli, this blend soothes any digestive issue. Whether you’re needing to get things moving, to soothe digestive upset, or for daily digestive health, this is the blend to choose! Use topically or add to an empty capsule with a little olive oil for wonderful relief and support.

Lemon Vitality

Ready for the easiest health hack around? Add Lemon Vitality to your water and drink throughout the day.  Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rind of the fruit, making it alkaline and a wonderful way to give your liver a little gentle detox and support everyday! Plus, it tastes amazing and makes you want to keep drinking that water which helps keep things moving.

Creating Vacation in our Surroundings - Stress Away, Citrus Fresh 

While we all love a good vacation, we don’t have to actually get away to create an atmosphere we love! We can do this on a daily basis (even minute by minute!) with our oils. And if that isn’t winning, we don't know what is!

Stress Away

Stress Away is your vacation in a bottle - convenient and ready to go with you to the grocery store, school, work, or wherever you need to pretend you're in a beach chair sipping something cold and watching the waves! Stress Away essential oil blend features Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender for an exotic aroma used exactly for what the name says and for achieving a happy and positive day.

Citrus Fresh Vitality

If there is one oil that feels like a burst of sunshine in your day, it is this one! Citrus Fresh is a crisp citrus blend of Orange, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Tangerine, Lemon, and Spearmint that is bright and happy and uplifting! Throw this oil in your diffuser first thing in the morning, diffuse in your car, and apply it whenever you need a little bit of sunshine.

Healing Rest - Lavender, Thieves

We all know that sleep is important for our overall health, but did you know it is absolutely essential when it comes to emotional health? And we’re talking more than just not feeling cranky from lack of sleep.

Sleep is essential for your ability to focus and make decisions, sharp mental clarity, low stress levels, a positive outlook, healthy weight, and strengthening the immune system.

When we sleep, our brains and bodies go through important processes necessary for growth, learning and memory, and recuperation of our body systems. Without sleep our bodies cannot effectively make more white blood cells, create neurons, repair muscle, produce antioxidants, or generate nerve pathways, making sleep as important for survival as food and water.

Two of our favorites for sleep? Lavender and Thieves oils (especially in combo!).


Lavender, aka the loving grandmother of essential oils, has a scent that's a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. Lavender is a great beginner oil, is incredibly versatile, and is a must for every home. The gentle scent of lavender is synonymous with rest and relaxation for a good reason. It is incredibly soothing to both the body and mind! Apply this oil all over your body, make a simple linen spray for your pillow and sheets, and diffuse Lavender at bedtime for deep, healing rest!

Thieves Vitality

Thieves is the go-to oil for kicking the ick -- in our bodies and in our homes – because it is an immune system powerhouse. This germ-fighting blend combines Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon Bark and Clove. Each of these oils has cleansing and purifying properties, making Thieves a wonderful oil to diffuse at night as you sleep to help with your immune system recharge. No matter how you use it – diffuse it, apply it, ingest it -- get this oil in, on, and around you!

Get Started Today with the Premium Starter Bundle

The Premium Starter Bundle is your easy button when it comes to processing emotions, giving your body physical support (happy bellies, deep rest, and more), and creating a calm, encouraging environment wherever you are.

This starter bundle is packed with some of our favorite essential oils, your choice of diffuser, roller fitments, hand purifier and more. The value cannot be beat!!!

This bundle has so many of our favorite, most-used oils! It includes: 

  • Desert Mist or Aria diffuser

  • Frankincense essential oil, 5 ml 

  • Lavender essential oil, 5 ml 

  • Lemon Vitality essential oil, 5 ml 

  • Peppermint Vitality essential oil, 5 ml 

  • Citrus Fresh Vitality essential oil blend, 5 ml 

  • DiGize Vitality essential oil blend, 5 ml 

  • Thieves Vitality essential oil blend, 5 ml 

  • PanAway essential oil blend, 5 ml 

  • Peace & Calming essential oil blend, 5 ml 

  • Raven essential oil blend, 5 ml 

  • Stress Away essential oil blend, 5 ml 

  • Valor essential oil blend, 5 ml 

  • 2 AromaGlide Roller Fitments 

  • Thieves Spray 

  • 10 Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer Sachets, 0.1 oz. each

  • 2 NingXia Red Singles

Grab yours and get started with simple, effective, and lasting lifestyle changes today! Use the code SHAREYL for 10% off if you're new to Young Living!

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