Essential Oils and Emotions

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Essential Oils for Emotions with Aromatherapy Blends and Recipes

Emotional wellness is an important part to a healthy lifestyle and your physical health as well. Find out how aromatherapy can help your emotions and stress. Learn what essential oils for emotions are best for your wellbeing, plus get DIY recipes and blends to try.

Lets start first with an overview of essential oils and emotions, and then dive into some specific emotional concerns and what essential oils can be used to help with them.

Essential Oils for Emotional Support by Lovng Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Emotional Support

Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile compounds of plants. They exist in the leaves, stems, roots, bark, flowers, and other parts of plants. In nature, they help protect the plant from predators and aid in the pollination process.

If you’ve ever smelled a rose, you’ve experienced aromatherapy and essential oils. The two ways that essential oils are used are aromatically and topically.

Aromatic Essential Oils

Aromatically is simply smelling the essential oils. You can do this by using the oils in a diffuser, a personal inhaler, or by simply opening the bottle up and taking a sniff.

Aromatic use is the very best method when using essential oils for emotional support.

Topical Essential Oils

Topical use of essential oils is diluting the oils and applying them to the skin. Essential oils can be diluted in a carrier oil like a fatty vegetable oil, unscented lotion, or can be made into a salve using simple, inexpensive ingredients.

You’ll want to ensure that you’re using high quality, 100% pure essential oils, free of fillers, to experience the maximum results.

DIY Essential Oils Guide for Emotions

Get the guide that is full of helpful tips and uses for adding essential oils for your emotions to your daily routine. Live a healthy and well balanced life with the assistance of essential oils.

Essential Oils for Emotions Guide by Loving Essential Oils

Mind-Body Connection and Scents

Have you ever heard of the mind body connection? Simply put, the mind-body connection means that anything affecting the mind, positive or negative, is also going to affect the body –and anything affecting the body is also going to affect the mind.

This explains why when we’re dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression not only do we feel the effects emotionally, but we also feel them physically as well.

Not only that, but dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression can lead to a vast array of chronic medical conditions. When we smell an essential oil, we have what’s called an olfactory response. The essential oil travels through the olfactory system and reaches the limbic part of the brain.

The limbic area of the brain is thought to be one of the oldest parts of the brain and has a direct connection with emotions and memory. It stands to reason then, that using an essential oil that is calming and relaxing can have very positive benefits when dealing with anxiety and depression.

In addition, lipid soluble substances, such as essential oils, can cross the blood brain barrier and produce rapid effects in the brain. There is much research linking the effects of essential oils to producing calming, feel-good, neurotransmitters in the brain.

It is well known in the holistic health community that most diseases today are chronic, degenerative diseases or emotional imbalances that are highly linked to stress.

Essential oil Recipes for Emotions - Grounding Mist by Loving Essential Oils

Stress and the Body’s Stress Response

When we hear the word stress, most of us are going to have a negative response right away. The thing is, not all stress is bad.

Sometimes stress helps us to perform at our best, keeps us safe, and gives us courage.  That kind of stress is good, and we want to have that kind of stress in our lives.

However, too much stress can be seriously detrimental to us both physically and emotionally and lead to anxiety, depression, anger, and addiction. In a normal response to stress, our bodies sense danger (or the stressor) and goes into “fight or flight” mode, preparing us to fend off an attack or act.

Different hormones and neurotransmitters are secreted from the body and can cause this reaction to take place in a mere matter of seconds. Once the threat has passed, other hormones and neurotransmitters are released to help us calm down and come back to our natural state.

When dealing with too much stress, or stress over a prolonged period, our body can lose the ability to calm back down and return to normal, which can then lead us into a world of anxiety, depression, and sickness.

Stress plays a major role in our immunity too. When we’re under large amounts of stress our body loses the ability to make pathogen fighting cells as quickly and efficiently as it can under normal circumstances. This leaves our immune system weakened and can leave us prone to infections and illness and leave us sick for longer periods of time.

What can we do about stress? For starters, we can adopt healthy habits that give our body’s the best ability to fight off stress. Things such as having an outlet to deal with frustrations and strong social support. We want to learn techniques to calm the mind and promote a positive mental attitude, exercise, eat healthy, and add botanical supplementation, such as essential oils, to our self-care routines.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Emotions - Stress solution by Loving Essential Oils

How to Use Essential Oil for Emotions

Before we move into essential oils for stress and supporting the emotions, let’s take just a minute to look at some of the other positive benefits that essential oils can have. When you’re incorporating essential oils into your lifestyle to help with anxiety and depression, you will likely notice some other very positive effects.

Using essential oils aromatically not only help to calm the mind but they also promote relaxation, elevate mood, support healthy sleep habits, enhance our self-image, and enhance our focus and performance at work.

When it comes to using essential oils for stress and anxiety, keep in mind that aromatherapy can be used as an active treatment, for example when you’re dealing with an anxiety attack, but it can also be used as a preventative. That being said, I feel it’s important to make essential oils a part of your daily lifestyle to get the maximum effects.

Ways essential oils can be used:

  1. Dilute to 2% and Apply Topically to the Skin
  2. Aromatherapy Diffuser
  3. Nasal Inhaler/Smelling Salts
  4. In Unscented Lotion or Body Cream
  5. Aromatic Spritzer/Room Spray
  6. Bath Salt Recipes

Essential Oils for Anxiety Relief

When we’re looking at helping with anxiety, our therapeutic goals for our essential oils is to relieve the anxiety, decrease stress, and decrease the muscle tension that comes along with anxiety.

We also want to encourage relaxed, deep breathing, as this is also key to modulating anxiety. You may also want to look at addressing physical symptoms that come along with anxiety such as trouble sleeping, nausea, and fatigue.

  • Bergamot
  • Sweet orange
  • Lavender
  • Roman chamomile
  • Valerian
  • Sweet marjoram
  • Vetiver
  • Basil
  • Cedarwood
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Jasmine
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Neroli
  • Melissa
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang ylang

 Anxiety Relief Diffuser Blend – Harmony

  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Magnolia

Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy.

Essential Oil Blend for Anxiety Relief - Harmony by Loving Essential Oils with lavender, ylang ylang, and magnolia

Essential Oils Helpful for Depression

When dealing with depression, our therapeutic goals include relieving the depressive feelings, provide emotional support, relieve common symptoms associated with depression (sleeplessness), and improve our self-image.

  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Roman chamomile
  • Clary Sage
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Sweet marjoram
  • May chang
  • Melissa
  • Neroli
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Tangerine
  • Ylang ylang

Bliss Essential Oil Inhaler Blend

Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.

Essential Oil Blend for Emotions - Bliss Inhaler by Loving Essential Oils with lavender, bergamot, frankincense, and blue tansy

    Essential Oils for Stress

    • Basil
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Bergamot
    • German Chamomile
    • Cedarwood
    • Clary sage
    • Frankincense
    • Geranium
    • Jasmine
    • Lavender
    • Lemon
    • Sweet Marjoram
    • May Chang
    • Melissa
    • Neroli
    • Sweet Orange
    • Petitgrain
    • Patchouli
    • Rose
    • Rosemary
    • Sandalwood
    • Tangerine
    • Vetiver

    Stress Away Diffuser Blend

    • 2 drops Lime
    • 2 drops Lavender
    • 2 drops Cedarwood
    • 1 drop Vanilla

    Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy.

    Stress Away Diffuser Blend Recipe by Loving Essential Oils with lime,

    Essential Oils for Insomnia

    • Bergamot
    • Roman chamomile
    • Lavender
    • Lemon
    • Sweet Marjoram
    • Neroli
    • Petitgrain
    • Sweet orange
    • Valerian
    • Sandalwood

     Insomnia Relief Diffuser Blend – Snooze Anywhere

    • 3 drops Frankincense
    • 2 drops Bergamot
    • 2 drops Cedarwood
    • 1 drop Neroli (optional)

    Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy.

    Essential oil blend for Sleep - Snooze Anywhere by Loving Essential Oils with frankincense

    Essential Oils for Self Esteem

    • Bergamot
    • Cypress
    • Grapefruit
    • Jasmine
    • Orange
    • Rosemary

    Self-Esteem Diffuser Blend

    • 4 drops Grapefruit
    • 2 drops Bergamot
    • 2 drops Cypress

    Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy.

    Essential oil recipe for emotions self esteem by Loving Essential Oils with grapefruit, bergamot, and cypress

    Essential Oils for Fatigue

    • Basil
    • Bergamot
    • Clary Sage
    • Frankincense
    • Ginger
    • Grapefruit
    • Jasmine
    • Lemon
    • Patchouli
    • Peppermint
    • Rosemary
    • Sandalwood

    Energy Boost Inhaler Recipe

    • 4 drops Bergamot
    • 4 drops Eucalyptus (any type)
    • 4 drops Sweet Orange

    Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.

    Essential oil blend for energy boost inhaler by Loving Essential Oils with bergamot, eucalyptuss, and sweet orange

    Essential Oils for Memory

    • Basil
    • Cypress
    • Lemon
    • Peppermint
    • Rosemary

    Sharp Memory Essential Oil Inhaler Blend

    • 6 drops Rosemary
    • 4 drops Lemon
    • 2 drops Peppermint

    Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.

    Essential oil blend for memory boost by Loving Essential Oils with rosemary, lemon and peppermint

    Essential Oils for Agitation

    • Roman Chamomile
    • Lavender
    • Mandarin
    • Sandalwood

    Inhaler Blend for Emotions – Calming

    • 6 drops Mandarin
    • 4 drops Sandalwood
    • 3 drops Roman Chamomile

    Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.

    Essential Oils for Grief and Sadness

    • Bergamot
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Clary Sage
    • Frankincense
    • Grapefruit
    • Jasmine
    • Lavender
    • Lemon
    • Orange
    • Rose
    • Sandalwood
    • Ylang Ylang

    Essential Oil Blend for Grief

    • 4 drops Bergamot
    • 4 drops Grapefruit
    • 3 drops Frankincense
    • 3 drops Ylang Ylang

    Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.

    Essential oil blend for Grief support by Loving Essential Oils

    Essential Oils for Isolation

    • Roman Chamomile
    • Bergamot
    • Clary Sage
    • Frankincense
    • Rose

    Uplifting Essential Oil Blend for Inhaler

    • 6 drops Bergamot
    • 4 drops Clary Sage
    • 4 drops Frankincense

    Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.

    Essential oils for uplifting the mood inhaler blend by Loving Essential Oils

    Aromatherapy and Emotional Issues

    Of course there are other emotional issues that we might deal with that could benefit from aromatherapy support. Certain essential oils, such as Bergamot, Ginger and Grapefruit can help to increase confidence while others, such as Lemongrass and Basil can help with issues dealing with focus.

    No matter what kind of emotional issues you’re dealing with, the most important factor to take into account when looking to essential oils for emotional support is that you like the scent of the oils you’re using.

    If you’re trying to force yourself to use an essential oil that you don’t like the smell of just because you heard it was good for a specific challenge you’re going through, all you’re doing is adding more stress to your body. Stick with oils that are pleasing to you,even if aren’t necessarily suggested for your condition, you’ll have much better results.

    Summary

    We’ve covered a lot of territory throughout this course. We’ve looked at the mind body connection and how stress, anxiety and depression can have negative effects on our health and well-being. We’ve learned what essential oils are and how we can use them, as well as why using essential oils aromatically holds the biggest benefit for us when using them for emotional support. We’ve talked about how stress is strongly linked to all diseases, both physical diseases and diseases of the mind.

    Remember, we gave some great examples of self-care you can introduce into your life to help deal with stress in a healthy way. Lastly, we’ve talked about anxiety and depression and how aromatics can be used to support the body and the mind during these conditions. It is my hope that you’ll be able to take this information and use it to create an aromatic self-care regimen for yourself that can help you feel better both physically and mentally.

    Emotions and Essential Oils Guide

    Get the guide that is full of helpful tips and uses for adding essential oils for your emotions to your daily routine.

    Essential Oils for Emotions Guide by Loving Essential Oils

      Conclusions

      Speak with your doctor before using essential oils for menopausal relief. Your doctor will be able to tell you if the oils will affect any medications that you may be taking. You should also check with your doctor if you have any known allergies, as some oils may contain potential allergens.

      If you plan to use essential oils, make sure you’re clear on the instructions ahead of time. These oils can be harmful if they’re applied directly to the skin, so be sure to dilute your essential oil of choice with a carrier oil. Coconut, jojoba, and olive oils are common carrier oils. A good rule of thumb is to add 1 ounce of carrier oil to every 12 drops of essential oil and mix.

      You should always perform a patch test before doing a full application. To do this, apply the diluted oil to a small area of skin. The inside of the arm is generally a good location for this. Wait 24 hours to see if your skin experiences any inflammation or irritation. If you do, discontinue use. If nothing happens, it should be OK for you to do a full application.

      If you’re using an oil in a spray, make sure you’re in an area with proper ventilation.

      † These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

      This article is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician. Readers are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither the publisher nor the author takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person reading or following the information in this book. All readers, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition or supplement program.