A quick guide to Emotional Aromatherapy
Essential oils don’t just support us on a physical level, they also help us in releasing emotional trauma, getting out of our head and into our heart, connecting more deeply with our feelings, and releasing things from the past so that we can live more freely in the present moment.
In fact, using Essential Oils to support my emotional and spiritual wellness, is one of my favourite ways to use them. And there is nothing new in this approach - the ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indians used essential oils for rituals and religious practices, recognising the oils’ ability to influence human feelings.
There is real science behind this approach too. When we experience an oil aromatically, the scent is processed through the brain’s olfactory system which is linked to the limbic system, the area of our brain that deals with emotions. At this point, the limbic system produces a direct response to the aroma, meaning that we can use Essential Oils to produce responses that can be used to enhance our well-being and manage emotions.
Emotional Aromatherapy Blends
My favourite tool to help support my wellness is the Emotional Aromatherapy Collection from doTERRA. The 6 beautiful blends in this collection are carefully designed based on the chemistry of the oils, to elicit particular emotional responses.
Motivate (Encouraging Blend)
Motivate helps plant positivity within you while melting away cynicism and doubt. This blend combines citrus and mint essential oils known for their uplifting properties, and with a chemical profile made up of monoterpenes and monoterpene alcohols, Motivate helps promote feelings of confidence, courage, and belief. When trying to foster creativity, counteract emotions of doubt, or regain confidence, Motivate is the oil to reach for.
- Rosemary Leaf
- Vanilla Bean
Cheer (Uplifting Blend)
Cheer can help dispel heavy emotions by providing a positivity boost using a fresh, bright aroma that promotes feelings of optimism and cheerfulness.
Enlisting help from spice and citrus essential oils like Wild Orange and Cinnamon, the chemical makeup of Cheer uses monoterpenes and aldehydes to help promote uplifting and warming feelings. In addition to these properties, Star Anise essential oil adds an energizing element to the blend, helping to incite feelings of optimism.
- Wild Orange
- Star Anise
- Lemon Myrtle
Passion (Inspiring Blend)
Passion pulls the renewing properties found in herbal and spice essential oils to create a chemical profile that is high in esters and phenols. These chemical components allow the user to benefit from warming and rejuvenating properties. If it is time to extinguish feelings of boredom and disinterest and ignite your creative, innovative, and daring side, Passion will help you show up to life with passion and purpose.
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
Forgive (Renewing Blend)
The chemical design of Forgive uses tree and herb essential oils with components like monoterpene esters, sesquiterpenes, and alcohols, which help balance the emotions in situations of stress or frustration. Forgive is a great oil to help you release negative emotions such as anger, betrayal and guilt.
- Juniper Berry
- Nootka Tree
Console (Comforting Blend)
With tree and flower components rich in monoterpenes and alcohols, Console offers a grounding and renewing chemical structure to help ward off feelings of grief. Using Frankincense, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, and more, this blend helps counteract negative emotions related to sadness, renewing hope.
- Ylang Ylang
Peace (Reassuring Blend)
Peace is my favourite and I rarely go anywhere without it (as a super anxious person, this oil has become my BFF).
Floral and mint essential oils come together in this blend, creating a special chemical profile that provides users with a renewing experience. Essential oils like Spearmint, Lavender, and Labdanum help promote feelings of balance and reassurance in times of distress. Peace helps you to release crippling emotions like fear and worry, and promotes feelings of eassurance and stability.
- Ylang Ylang
- Clary Sage
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