5 essential oils for every mood

Whether you need a quick sleep aid or something to relieve pain in the bathtub, there is pretty much an essential oil for every ailment. Aromatherapy is an ‘alternative’ approach to medicine that is continually  being backed by scientific research and studies as being wholly effective in its claims. When you inhale essential oils, the molecules are carried by the the olfactory nerve cells in the nose and onto the olfactory system where the aroma is sent to your brain and lymbic system. It is here that the effects of the essential oil takes place, making you more relaxed, alert, or ready for sleep.

I try and use essential oils on a daily basis, either a few drops in the bath or a diffuser, or mixed into a carrier oil to rub on my skin.  Each oil always has more than one amazing health benefits, so this list below is in no way exhaustive. Here are a few of my favourites!

For the perfect pain relief…Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black pepper is one of those ingredients that you think wouldn’t work well outside of the kitchen, but it has actually been used medicinally in India for thousands of years. This essential oil is derived from the dried fruit of the pepper plant, where it is distilled from the berries. I love to use this oil in the bath when my limbs ache or if I have any menstrual cramps, as this oil has amazing anti- inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. It may not be as floral as neroli or ylang ylang, but paired with some Epsom Salts, it can make bath time a near-spa experience..

For the perfect sleep aid…Ylang Ylang essential oil

Lavender is usually a go-to for sleep aid, but if you get bored and want to switch it up, then Ylang Ylang is the perfect choice. This oil is extracted through steam distillation from the cananga tree, which is found in the rainforests of Indonesia and the Philippines. It has a wonderfully sweet and  floral aroma that has a way of making you feel like you’re in the tropics. Studies have shown that this oil has sedative properties that can help ease anxiety and stress before bedtime. I love to put a few drops in a diffuser an hour before I go to sleep.

For the perfect skin soother…Pine essential oil

This oil smells like those first few weeks of having a fresh Christmas tree in your living room. But not only does it smell amazing, it can do wonders for any skin ailments you may have. I have found that with a sensitive gut comes very sensitive skin, and I’m prone to eczema, psoriasis and acne breakouts. Mixing a few drops with a carrier oil like jojoba or castor oil can create a wonderful elixir to rub onto any skin ailments, as it has antimicrobial and antiviral properties.  


For the perfect stress reliever…try frankincense oil

This oil is probably my favourite, and there is good reason why it was gifted to baby Jesus. It has a unique woody, spicy and sweet aroma that can really take the edge of a stressful day or an anxious episode. I find that  putting a few drops on a diffuser and inhaling can create instant relief from tension headaches and accompanying symptoms of anxiety. This is one of the pricier oils, but a little goes a long way!

For the perfect pick-me-up….try Rosemary essential oil

If you feel sluggish in the mornings, then putting a few drops of Rosemary on your oil diffuser can do wonders to wake you up. Rosemary is a popular culinary herb found in the Mediterranean , and actually belongs to the mint family, along with basil and sage. Rosemary oil has been proven to cause an increase in acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for memory and learning. It also increases blood flow to the brain , making you feel much more alert. If you are having any sinus problems,or the beginnings of a cold, put a few drops in a saucepan of water and inhale for ten minutes, as this will help reduce any inflammation.

Rosemary in bloom

Whichever oil you choose, remember that a little goes a long way. Personally, I think with essential oils it is better to go for quality over quantity, as you will only need half the amount of a good quality essential oil, making the overall price a lot cheaper. Also bear in mind that organic oils will be processed in a way that doesn’t involve harsh chemicals, whereas there is no safeguard against chemicals being used in non-organic.

May x

Hello and welcome…

Hello! And welcome to my health and wellbeing blog. I want to tell you a bit about myself and my own journey of healing. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2015, a neurological condition defined by chronic pain, fatigue, bowel issues, migraines and  mood disorders. I was diagnosed at the tender age of 19, and I felt like my life had come to a grounding halt. I had to quit my drama school course, move back home and try to come to terms with a diagnosis that doctors seemingly had no idea how to cure. I was told by my doctor that the condition was incurable and that my only hope was to ‘manage’ my symptoms with a cocktail of opioids and rest. I’m not kidding – I was literally handed several boxes of high strength codeine and sent on my way.

So, the next few years were pretty difficult. It took me a few years to discover what exactly was working for me and what wasn’t, and through the trials and tribulations I was still  in daily pain, and wandering when on earth I was going to see some progress. As I adjusted my diet, my daily habits and focused on my mental health, I saw dramatic changes in my wellbeing, and came to realise that I shouldn’t listen to anyone who tells me I just have to ‘manage’ my pain.


First of all, I strongly believe that any symptoms associated with fibromyalgia can be completely reversed. Although I still get chronic pain and fatigue on certain days , the difference in the severity of my symptoms from four years ago is pretty dramatic. I believe that once you  learn what works for you the healing journey is a never ending upward spiral.

Secondly, I have learnt to take the label ‘fibromyalgia’ with a large pinch of salt. Fibromyalgia is a pretty mysterious illness – in Western medicine there is no ‘cure’ because doctors are only able to treat the symptoms rather than the root cause. Over the years, I have also been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Hypothyroidism. And this is what makes the fibromyalgia label so confusing – there are so many crossover symptoms with other conditions that it makes it very difficult to know whether you have one thing or the other. Which leads me nicely onto my third point..

There is strong evidence to suggest that at the heart of all illness is an excessive amount of inflammation – so if you can reduce inflammation in the body then you can reduce the severity of your symptoms. This is the backbone of my philosophy and I think of my symptoms in these terms rather than the ‘incurable’ fibromyalgia label. I believe there are 6 main pillars of health that, if worked on , can induce amazing, long lasting benefits for health. These are: a low inflammation diet, deep restorative sleep, adequate exercise, stress management, healthy circadian rhythms, and reducing toxicity in the body.

One of the hardest parts about having issues with your health is the financial aspect – it can get pretty expensive trying to heal yourself while simultaneously not having a steady income. However, I’ve discovered so many things that have made  dramatic impacts on my health that are free or incredibly inexpensive. I’ll be detailing these in many blog posts to come!

Healing is about creating a balance between holistic and conventional medicine. Conventional medicine has been able to provide me with blood test results and MRI scans. Holistic therapies have provided me with the day to day tools that I know are addressing the root causes. So…this blog is my outpouring of all the small to big ways I’ve learnt to help and heal my symptoms, mainly from a holistic approach. I hope it is of some use to you and that you can find something new to add to your toolkit!

May x