While depression and anxiety are often treated with pharmaceutical medications, many people experience numbing and sometimes debilitating side effects. Those medications can be effective in dumbing down our negative feelings but they can also cancel out all other emotions, too. This can lead down a path of addiction and emotional numbing that leaves us uninspired, unexcited, unmotivated, and uninterested in life. Doesn't exactly sound like a real solution to me.
I got so excited when I started to understand the true power behind high grade essential oils and aromatherapy.
Let me tell you why...
Our olfactory system or sense of smell is directly connected to the limbic system in your brain where our memories and emotions are formed. Have you ever noticed how the smell of something can trigger a memory or feeling of nostalgia, joy and even happiness?
This is because our olfactory system connects us with memories and the emotions linked to those memories.
For example, the smell of macaroni and cheese elicits joy for me as it reminds me of my childhood meals at my grandmother's house.
These memories can bring you back to a much simpler time in your life. A time where you felt joy more consistently.
It's no wonder that aromatherapy makes a huge impact on us as adults. You can use a variety of plant essences to alleviate symptoms of stress, depression or anxiety and using essential oils consistently can help build new olfactory memories and emotional patterns. Essential oils can be a powerful tool to help us calm our mind and manage our emotions.
By using certain aromas during meditation or yoga you can actively start to "train" your brain to feel relaxed when smelling lavender, grounded when breathing cedar wood or uplifted when using wild orange.
In addition to "training" your brain and emotions, aromatherapy will change the way you feel in stressful or triggering circumstances and help you CHOOSE how you respond to these stressors in the future.
My go-to's for emotional support are:
Balance for a Grounding effect. This dōterra blend is made up of Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. Using any of these oils on their own or in a blend of your own can bring you back to center.
Citrus Bliss is Uplifting and Bright for when you’re discouraged. This blend contains Wild Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Mandarin Peel, Bergamot Peel, Tangerine Peel, Clementine Peel essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute. Using any of these oils on their own or in a blend of your own can bring you Energy and Joy!
Serenity is Calming, Soothing, and aids in Restful Sleep. This blend contains Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood. Using any of these oils on their own or in a blend of your own can bring you Peace and, well, Serenity.
The best ways to use these oils for emotional support are either aromatically or topically. Diffuse in your space, breathe them right out of the bottle or rub a drop into your hands and take a few deeps breaths. You can also apply to the bottoms of your feet, across the back of your neck, chest, and the pulse points on your wrists.
Try layering your oils to develop a positive emotional journey! You can layer when using a combination of the blends or the individual oils. For example, use Balance first and then Serenity which will bring you to the present, then calm you in your truth. Or start with Balance the uplift negative emotions and then Citrus Bliss to inspire you to take on the day!
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