Aromatherapy Formulas for Emotions, Moods and Memory Lyn Belisle (prepared for PSYC 2380 Brain and Behavior) More and more people are experiencing for themselves the effect aromatherapy has on their moods and emotions. Certainly, as studies show brain wave changes with particular aromas, and science can “measure” the effects, aromatherapy is becoming increasingly accepted among the general population. ~Valerie Gennari Cooksley, Aromatherapy: A Lifetime Guide to Healing with Essential Oils Essential oils for relieving anxiety and depression: bergamot, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, cypress, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, marjoram, neroli, orange, sandalwood, rose, ylang ylang Uplifting Formula 6 drops bergamot oil 3 drops petitgrain oil 3 drops geranium oil 1 drop neroli (very expensive, so optional) 2 ounces vegetable or sweet almond oil Combine all the ingredients. Use as a massage oil, add 1 or 2 teaspoons to your bath, or add 1 teaspoon to a foot bath. For an equally uplifting room or facial spritzer, substitute the same amount of water for the vegetable oil in this formula. Put the water formula in a spray bottle, and spritz or sniff throughout the day as needed. Essential oils for insomnia: bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang Sleep Formula 15 drops bergamot oil 10 drops lavender oil 10 drops sandalwood oil 3 drops frankincense (expensive, so optional) 2 drops ylang ylang oil 4 ounces vegetable oil Combine the ingredients and use as a massage oil, or put 2 teaspoons in your bath. Feeling extravagant? Then add 2 drops of your choice of an expensive essential oil such as jasmine or rose. Without the vegetable oil, this recipe is suitable for use in an aromatherapy diffuser, simmering pan of water, or potpourri cooker. Essential oils for memory: rosemary, clary sage Memory Formula 10 drops rosemary oil 6 drops lemon oil 1 drop clary sage oil 2 ounces distilled water Combine ingredients, and use as a spray. Without water, this formula can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser or dabbed on a tissue to smell while you are studying. The lemon oil provides both alertness and a pleasing scent.