Whether you are new to essential oils, or have been using them for years, the topic of emotional aromatherapy is both fascinating and applicable in everyday life.
Essential oils offer a wonderful solution for cleaning, cooking, and maintaining good health, but if you haven’t tried using essential oils to manage your emotions, you’re missing out on a huge benefit that essential oils can offer.
In this video I share six powerful essential oil blends for mood support. You’ll discover the power that essential oils have when it comes to managing mood, why you would want to use them for emotional benefit, and the specific oils that can help you manage your emotions.
When you are overwhelmed with grief or sadness, need to be energized and motivated, or need calming and peaceful feelings throughout your day, essential oils can be helpful in managing your mood.
Just as essential oils have been used for centuries, the idea of aromatherapy is not a new fad or trend. In ancient civilizations like China, Greece, Rome, and India, people recognized the power that essential oils had to influence human emotion, and often used essential oils for religious ceremonies and rituals for this very reason.
Although these ancient people recognized the power of aromatherapy, the term “aromatherapy” wasn’t officially coined until the 20th century. It took many years for scientists to realize how beneficial essential oils are for the emotions.
It wasn’t until the 1990’s when substantial research helped biologists prove what the people of ancient Greece and China knew—that essential oils create responses in the body, and can be used to influence your emotions and mood.
As you may know, each essential oil has its own unique chemical makeup. The chemical design of an essential oil determines what it is useful for—some chemical elements make an essential oil useful for cleaning, while others make an oil beneficial for the skin, and the list goes on and on.
When it comes to aromatherapy, you can use essential oils to create specific emotional responses depending on their chemical makeup.
When you inhale an essential oil, it travels through your nose and is processed by the portion of your brain that is responsible for controlling your sense of smell.
From there, aromatic pathways connect the scent to the part of your brain where memories and experiences are stored. As the aroma travels through aromatic pathways, memories are triggered, giving you an emotional response.
Because everyone has different memories and life experiences, each of us will have a different response when using essential oils for managing our emotions.
No two people will have the same exact response to an oil, but if you use the correct oils, it is easy to manage mood and emotions using the aroma of essential oils.
When it comes to aromatherapy, essential oils can basically be categorized into one of two categories—uplifting and calming.
Calming essential oils mostly consist of floral oils due to their chemical makeup. Uplifting essential oils are usually in the citrus, spice, or mint family because these plants produce oils with invigorating, uplifting, and energizing aromas.
When you are feeling cynical, doubtful, or frustrated, the dōTERRA Motivate Encouraging Blend is a fresh, invigorating blend that will help dispel negative feelings and give you the motivation you need to press forward.
When you’re weighed down by heavy emotions, the Cheer Uplifting Blend can brighten your day with its spicy, citrus scent that is known to promote positivity and optimism. This is the perfect blend for a dark and dreary day when you feel like happiness is in short supply.
The warming and rejuvenating properties of the Passion blend are designed to help reignite enthusiasm and dispel boredom or disinterest. If you need to add a little passion and spice to your day, the Passion Inspiring Blend is just what you need.
When you’re consumed by feelings of guilt, betrayal, negativity, or anger, it can be hard to find happiness and peace in your everyday life. If feelings like this seem to be taking over your life, the Forgive Renewing Blend can help balance your emotions—providing renewal and relief.
When you are in need of an extra dose of comfort, the Console Comforting Blend uses gentle floral and tree essential oils to help renew your hope and dispel heavy feelings of sadness. In times when your emotional strength is wavering, turn to Console to dispel hopelessness and lighten your burdens.
Feelings of fear, anxiousness, and distress can be all-consuming, but the Peace Reassuring Blend is designed to counteract negative feelings of discontent and worry. For those days when you need reassurance and stability, Peace will help soothe negative emotions.
Do you use essential oils for emotional support? Please share your favorite oils in the comments below.