Essential Oils + Emotions
According to Psychology Today, "essential oils like lavender have even been shown to interact the same way biochemically that many anti-anxiety medications do on neuroreceptors." Choosing calming scents can help you get through a stressful day; simply take a whiff and take your breathing down, slow and steady.
1. How do essential oils physically work when it comes to triggering emotions?
Inhaling essential oils is the most common and my favorite recommendation when it comes to using essential oils to support emotional health.
The oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell and long-term memory. This can partly explain why familiar smells can trigger memories or emotions.
Additionally, the limbic system also plays a role in controlling some unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.
2. What are some of the best ways of inhaling essential oils?
The objective of inhaling the oils is to get the active compounds of the oil into your throat, lungs or bloodstream. If you keep this in mind, there are several methods in how to do it.
Put a few drops on your pillowcase at bedtime.
Diffuse them! Diffusers are the best way to start using your oils - my favorite is the DoTERRA Lumo Diffuser!
Put about ten drops of oil with unscented aromatherapy salts in a small bowl next to your bed.
Put one to three drops on a tissue or handkerchief to carry around with you during the day.
Make a sauna-like experience and pour hot water into a bowl and add 2-3 drops of the oil of your choice and stir. Steam the water; place a towel over your head and place your head over the bowl, approximately 10 inches away. Inhale for 2 minutes at a time and repeat 2-4 times.
(note that the drops on your pillowcase or anything at bedtime is very effective because you do inhale them for several hours during sleep.)
3. 6 Essential Oils for Emotions
Orange Oil - The smell of orange helps provide emotional balance and bring on a positive outlook. Sweet orange oil is a wonderful oil to use alone or in a blend to use in winter time or times when there there is less sun and perhaps more gray weather.
2. Lavender Oil - PTSD In a study, lavender oil used on a daily basis helped decrease depression by 32.7% and also helped to regulate sleep and improve mood in 47 participating patients with PTSD.
3. Grapefruit Essential Oil - Energizes the mind and helps elevate low moods. Like other citrus oils, grapefruit oil is proven to normalize neuroendocrine hormone levels as well as improve immune function.
4. Roman Chamomile Oil - According to a 2012 study, roman chamomile oil provides, "clinically meaningful antidepressant activity." It can also help with insomnia.
5. Jasmine Oil - Can alleviate anxious thoughts, relieve stress and ease depression. In addition, jasmine oil actually stimulates the brain, helping to uplift the mood, and promoting feelings of self-confidence and optimism. Some even say it can be used as an aphrodisiac.
6. Geranium Essential Oil - Can help regulate some hormonal imbalances that cause anxiety. Because it has anti-inflammatory properties, geranium may potentially alleviate bodily aches and pains which are also common amongst depression sufferers.
Want to learn more about the oils and which ones would work best for you? Schedule a free Wellness Consultation with me where we'll talk about your top 3 wellness goals and how essential oils + natural products can support you and your lifestyle.