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Mood Swings

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Bipolar, Depression, Emotional Stress, Hormonal Balance, Menopause,  Mood Matrix, PMS

Mood swings of course are not themselves a health concern but rather a symptom of something else occurring in the body. It is best to understand the root cause of the mood swings. Some of the underlying causes include a variety of pharmaceutical medications that may be prescribed for birth control, depression, hormones, pain and many different disorders. Mood swings may also be associated with depression, bipolar disorder and a number of times in life’s cycle when there are hormonal changes from PMS to menopause. Beyond this some people are affected by seasonal changes, family situations or other stresses in life.

This is a video webinar featuring Laura Jacobs speaking of the Mood Matrix:


Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Grounding BlendC, Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend)C, FrankincenseC, Calming BlendC, (now A Women's Monthly Blend), Ylang YlangC

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV), Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex

Also consider: Invigorating Blend, Clary SageC, GeraniumC, LavenderC, PeppermintC, RosemaryC, Whisper

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

see also Bipolar, Depression, Emotional Stress, Hormonal Balance, Menopause,  Mood Matrix, PMS

Many suggest Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) as a nutritional foundation and 2 drops Frankincense under the tongue daily.

Diffuse oils below or apply topically behind the ears, on wrists or bottoms of feet 2 - 3 times per day.

Hormonal - (now A Women's Monthly Blend), Whisper

Other - Grounding Blend, Invigorating Blend, Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend), Calming Blend. Choose the blend based on your fundamental mood needs. Watching the webinar on the mood matrix on the Summary page will give helpful insights.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

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      Dani Garn

Dani - I have had many experiences with (...) essential oils in the last few months and I would like to share them with others.

I have used a variety of blends and oils (Calming Blend, Grounding Blend, Frankincense, Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend), Lavender, Peppermint, etc.) when a friend/family member or I was down or stressed. THEY REALLY HELP! My mom was immediately relieved the morning of her wedding after a hectic week and a chaotic morning (The wedding went great, and she was in a wonderful mood, thanks to (...))! I have pulled myself out of stressful situations and bad moods many times! They just make you feel better, even the stinky ones. I smell them and apply them however it feels right at that time, my neck, my head, my feet, etc.

Nisa - Any protocols for severe mood swings? Possibly PMS!

Pat - If the mood swings are hormonal I would suggest (now A Women's Monthly Blend), if they are random mood swings then Grounding Blend would be the ticket.


Josamali - I've been on Prozac for a number of years to help level the pendulum of my mood swings.  The Prozac has helped tremendously to keep my moods from fluctuating quite so much, but I'm looking for a non-prescription alternative.  I have been using Grounding Blend and Calming Blend for a couple of months, but haven't noticed much effect.  I've also tried the Peaceful Child Blend, but again, not much difference. PCB is pretty stinky too.  My kids don't like it and keep asking me why I smell bad. (lol)  My anger issues began to seriously become an issue when I had my second child and experienced a pretty severe case of postpartum depression.  That's when my doc prescribed the Prozac.  Since then I think my postpartum depression has manifested itself by becoming anger, impatience, irritability and general discontent.  I am terribly impatient with my children, my husband and myself.  My marriage is suffering as is my relationships with my children.  I am terribly restless, negative, irritable and crabby.  I don't sleep well either.  I can get to sleep, but wake up 7-8 times throughout the night and never achieve any restful restorative sleep. I don't want to have to get another prescription for Prozac, but I'm at my wits end.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Riki - I know you will find an oil to help!  Meanwhile, a handful of cashews has the same effect as 5mg of Prozac.

Erika - Try the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) pack.  I know 2 people who have come off of their anti-depressants with it.  It did take a couple of weeks of being faithful to the program but they are feeling better than ever and they look forward to taking their daily doses. Have a healthy day!

Carly - Along with the LLV, which is amazing, you may want to go for the Women's Health Kit, that stuff will blow your skirt up! I feel so great since starting it, sometimes I think I might jump out of my skin! I believe a lot of my depression was hormonal. The supplements/blends will balance those out, wherever they may be. Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend) is an amazingly happy blend too,  just a sniff can perk me right up. Good luck and blessings to you on your journey to real wellness!

Kelly - Wow, you could have been talking about me! You might consider trying Whisper.  I used whisper for hormones and it really helped with the manic ups and downs.  I rubbed it behind my ears every time I needed it and for sure at bedtime and in the morning.  Now I don't "need" it.  I have heard people use Frankincense for their depression as well, a couple drops under the tongue twice a day.


Editorial comment – Here is a related comment.

Heather - I have a blend - I call "PMS Blend" I developed for myself prior to (now A Women's Monthly Blend) and it works better then (now A Women's Monthly Blend) for me as well as many other friends.  It has shortened the duration of periods, stopped the mood swings and seriously reduced cramps as well as stops them.  I'd also recommend LLV.  It would be worth getting some tests run though to see what she has going on.  I'd muscle test her for Phytoestrogen. If she uses tampons I'd suggest she consider switching to the DIVA cup.  It's been surprising the issues that have gone away with switching.  There are so many bad things in tampons.  (bumps on legs cleared, lessened cramps, lessened duration with some, eliminates the smell, as well as given a sence of freedom as it only needs to be dealt with in morning and evening)

My PMS Blend:

6 d Geranium

2 d Clary Sage

3 d Ylang Ylang

This gives you a sample size worth.  If you double it will fill a sample bottle. Which is what we carry in our key chain kits in our family.

Apply to cramp area (tummy and lower back), wrists and breath in. This blend has taken 2 week + periods down to 6 days, eliminated intense cramps and stopped crazy mood swings and periods that pause in the middle.

This blend works for many better then (now A Women's Monthly Blend) while with others (now A Women's Monthly Blend) works better. Note all the oils in this blend are in (now A Women's Monthly Blend). Remember the problem did not start in a single month and it won't resolve in a month.  Yet benefits should be felt immediately if dealing with cramps and moods as well. I developed the blend for cramps with the hope it would assist with the other area and  it continues to impress me.


Michele - I had foot surgery in August after injury in May.  I had quite a bit of hardware put in my foot, 5 pins and a plate with screws.  It was put in top of my foot and my foot is in a cast, which covers my toes as well.  So my problem.  Lyrica was prescribed and for the first month it worked now, it is not working and it has made me incredibly miserable.  Beyond that I can only reach my toes and maybe a half inch behind toes because of cast.  My pain is all the way up my foot.  How can I get the oils to my foot with the cast and I really don't want to call doctor because I know they will just prescribe more medications.  Please offer your advice!!  I am truly in need of it!!

Pat - You can treat topically just apply the oils to your toes and it will go where it needs to. Use Helichrysum and Frankincense at least twice a day. Also a couple drops of Frankincense under the tongue will help with the inflammation.

Michele - Thanks for your advice. I have started taking the lyrica again, using the Frankincense and Helichrysum and then using the Invigorating Blend and Calming Blend for mood in my diffuser.  Much relief  for pain and mood swings.  I am feeling much better, I think my body just wasn't ready to give up on the lyrica yet.

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