To understand how essential oils can work on emotions, it is good to first know how the limbic system functions.
The limbic system is located above your sense of smell. The limbic brain encompasses everything to do with emotions and affectivity. It ensures that you have fun. This includes both positive feelings such as love and affection, but also negative ones such as sadness and fear. The limbic system also helps you remember events so you can repeat or avoid them. Evolutionarily, we are more inclined to perceive negative things because this ensures our survival. You can train to observe positive things in your life. Essential oils can help you so that you are more open to positive experiences.
But how is that possible? When you inhale the aroma of an essential oil through your nose, the molecules stimulate your sense of smell. From there, signals are sent to the limbic system. This happens in milliseconds! Smell is therefore the fastest way to reach your brain and influence your emotional state.
We can use essential oils for emotional health by creating a sense of calm and well-being or producing a positive environment. Each essential oil has its own unique chemical profile, but most oils can be categorized with either stimulating or calming properties.
10 Best Essential Oils For Emotional Health
The stimulating, revitalizing aroma of Wild Orange essential oil can provide energy on a stress-filled day. Wild Orange has a refreshing scent that helps to inspire feelings of energy, spontaneity, joy and abundance. The next time you want to cheer yourself up, let the bright scent of Wild Orange offer you a pick-me-up during your day.
This blend brings together seven citrus oils to promote a positive mood and create a blissful environment. By combining the uplifting scents of Wild Orange, Lemon , Grapefruit, mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine and Clementine, Citrus Bliss helps to elevate mood and promote a cheerful attitude.
As part of the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy System®, the Cheer Uplifting Blend helps promote feelings of optimism. When you experience negative emotions that leave you feeling heavy and grumpy, the fresh aroma of doTERRA Cheer will help restore your sense of happiness and happiness.
As the name suggests, Elevation is an invigorating essential oil blend designed to elevate mood. With a unique blend of essential oils such as Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Lavender and more, Elevation helps promote feelings of confidence and self-esteem, while reducing feelings of stress.
A perfect blend of citrus and mint oils such as Peppermint, clementine, Basil, Melissa, and more, doTERRA Motivate Encouraging Blend promotes feelings of confidence and courage. This is a powerful oil to counter emotions such as doubt, pessimism and cynicism in order to be motivated and enthusiastic about life again.
With a fresh, citrus-like aroma it is Melissa oil powerful to calm tension and nerves, promoting feelings of relaxation and an uplifting mood. The next time you want to calm your mind and reduce feelings of nervousness, grab a bottle Melissa.*
Many people use lavender oil for emotional health as it promotes calming feelings and relieves feelings of tension. Some studies suggest that the chemical properties of Lavender make it valuable for reducing depressive feelings.
doTERRA Peace is another oil favorite from the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy System, a beautiful blend of calming essential oils such as Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense en Clary Sage. doTERRA Peace Reassuring Blend promotes feelings of reassurance and contentment, while counteracting anxious emotions.
This grounding oil blend provides relaxation for the entire body, while promoting feelings of balance and calm. doTERRA Balance is a go-to oil for those seeking to reduce stress, relieve anxiety and create a calm environment.
When it comes to calming emotions, PastTense Tension Blend's mint and herb oils can work to ground and provide emotionally balanced. PastTense helps to reduce stress and anxiety as it uses essential oils known for their soothing effects on both the mind and the body.
Applying Essential Oils for Emotional Benefits
When you're ready to use essential oils for your emotional health, there are a few ways to effectively experience the potency and power they have to offer. Once you've found the oil you want to use, try one of these application methods:
1. Use an essential oil diffuser
2. Apply a drop on palms and inhale
3. Massage into the neck with fractionated coconut oil
4. Rub the inside of the elbow
5. Rub into wrists and carry the aroma all day long
Find what works for YOU
Remember, essential oils work differently for everyone. Because each oil has such a complex chemical makeup, and because aromas interact with the part of our brain that stores our personal memories and experiences, no two people will experience an essential oil in exactly the same way. It is important to remember that an oil that is calming or stimulating to someone else may not have the same effect.
Discover your favorite oils. Smell a few oils with your eyes closed to see which one you really want. By consciously incorporating the scent of the oil, it is easier to discover what really helps you.
Use oils in your daily routine. To take advantage of the calming, invigorating, grounding, energizing or comforting effects of essential oils for emotional health, you can use them in your daily activities, for example as part of your skin care routine, with a diffuser at the office or in the car, during yoga or other activities and almost any other part of your day you can think of.
Be consistent. Instead of using essential oils sporadically when you want to change your mood, try using small amounts on a more regular basis. A one-time application does not always guarantee a mood change.
Also, add other healthy habits to your daily routine. As mentioned, essential oils are just one source for promoting good emotional health. Combining other healthy habits with essential oil use can promote better emotional health in general. Think of improved sleep quality, a healthy diet, more exercise and sufficient activity outside and in sunlight are an important part of more emotional health.
Dare to ask! When your quest for an emotionally balanced life becomes overwhelming, don't be afraid to ask for help. Reaching out to friends and family and seeking professional help can accelerate your journey to good emotional health.
To learn more about essential oils and emotional health, listen to the doTERRA Podcast, “Emotional Health with Essential Oils”, or read the doTERRA eBook, Emotional Benefits of Aromatherapy. Both in English.