Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed, need energy and motivation, or need a sense of calm and peace throughout the day, essential oils can be of great help in managing your mood.
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in plants that can be extracted and used for various purposes. There is growing evidence that these oils can help with mood, anxiety, sleep quality and much more.
How do essential oils affect emotions?
When an airborne scent molecule enters your nose, it lands on tiny hairs inside your nose called cilia, which then begin to vibrate, generating an electrical signal. It further sends information about the smell to the limbic system in the brain.
There there is an emotional shift in response to the smell. Think about how a certain smell triggers a memory or realization that you don’t want to date a certain person because you can’t stand how he or she smells. Studies show that memories often create greater emotional arousal than simply recalling a memory without associated olfactory stimuli.
Emotions and how to deal with them
Irritability and agitation are common side effects of a variety of mental health conditions. If you experience anxiety, these essential oils may be a good option for you.
Suitable oils: lavender, lemon, slowdown oil blend, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can cause daytime fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. Sometimes our emotions, such as worry and fear, can make it difficult to sleep at night. Without good sleep, your emotions will be affected.
Suitable oils: mixture of Bedtime story, lavender, orange oils
Stress, and its frequency over a long period of time, disables our body’s ability to calm down and return to normal, which can then lead us into a world of anxiety, depression and illness.
Suitable oils: Slowdown oil blend, rosemary, lavender, orange, patchouli,
Emotional fatigue that makes you feel lifeless? Try one of these stimulating essential oils to help you be present in the moment and productive.
Suitable oils: peppermint, lemon, rosemary, patchouli
The sadness that occurs when we face difficult moments in life that are difficult to cope with. While there is no easy way to deal with grief, using essential oils can help make the process a little easier.
Suitable oils: lavender, orange, ylang ylang
How to apply essential oils
Quick fix: A few deep breaths from a bottle of essential oil can help when you’re at work, in the car, or whenever you need a quick break from strong emotions.
Diffuser: Making a diffuser blend is a creative process that allows you to be active in processing unwanted or difficult emotions. As with perfume blends, inhale each essential oil you plan to use and think about your reaction to each scent. Follow your diffuser’s instructions.
Roll on: Create a personalized blend of essential oils. Add 10 drops to the roller bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with base oil. Take a few deep breaths from the bottle of the selected essential oil and notice for a moment how you feel, do you like the aroma, does it evoke any thoughts or memories? Apply the roll on to the inside of the wrist for aromatic support throughout the day.
Bath: What could be more nurturing than relaxing in an aromatic bath? Mix up to 8 drops of essential oil in a small amount of carrier oil and mix together with bath salts (Himalayan, Epsom salt, etc.) Add the mixture to warm bath water. Relax and breathe in the healing scent of essential oils.
Massage: The custom body massage blend can be used to massage yourself, find a loved one to help you, or you can take it to your professional massage therapist to apply to you. A dilution of 2.5% in 30 ml is 15 drops of essential oil. 30 ml of base oil is usually enough for a full body massage.
Aromatherapy has a profound effect on the mind, it affects your behavior and actions, it enriches your relationships with others, but most of all it improves your relationship with yourself.
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