Essential oils are a powerful tool for emotional support. Aroma has long been revered for its ability to bring forth memories, both positive and negative, therefore using essential oils for emotional support must be approached with care.
We all have unresolved feelings of hurt from past experiences. It is by bringing them to the surface we can be offered the opportunity to resolve them, let go and move forward with our lives. Essential oils set the foundation for us to work with our emotions, from there it is up to us to do the personal development – the emotional and mental work required, to move past the issues.
According to Enlighten Healing in their book Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing, there are five stages of healing. Essential oils may be used to support this process. An example used is that as we regain our physical health, we may then begin to heal our emotional health and so on through the five stages.
The Five Stages are:
- Essential oils assist in healing the physical body.
- Essential oils assist in healing the heart.
- Essential oils assist in releasing limiting beliefs.
- Essential oils increase spiritual awareness and connection.
- Essential oils inspire the fulfillment of our life’s purpose.
– Enlighten Healing, Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing (Fall 2016 ed.)
I personally have used essential oils to support my emotional state in many situations. I first began using essential oils (Bergamot and Ylang Ylang) when weaning myself off antidepressants.
I have used blends that include oils such as Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Myrrh, Arborvitae, Thyme and other oils to support me in moments of feeling deep heartbreak, feeling let down, abandoned and wronged.
I also use essential oils to uplift me. Citrus oils are perfect for that with some of my favourite being Wild Orange, Lemon and Tangerine.
The doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy range and the Mood Management kit are some of my favourite oil blends for managing emotions. They are carefully selected blends designed to support particular emotions such as, doTERRA Cheer, doTERRA Forgive, doTERRA Console, doTERRA Balance, doTERRA Citrus Bliss, doTERRA Elevation and doTERRA Serenity, just to name a few. What I love about these blends is it takes the thinking out of what oils you are going to use to support a particular emotion.
However, more often I tend to work with essential oils quite intuitively. I believe once you start using essential oils, particularly high purity, and high vibrational oils such as doTERRA essential oils our intuition becomes heightened and our bodies/minds ‘just know’ which oils are required at any given time.
I often will choose a few oils from my collection to use in my diffuser and after I will look up the emotional aspects and meanings in my Enlighten Healing book and be blown away by the accuracy of the oils I have chosen for what I am experiencing at that time.
How to use essential oils for emotional support
Essential oils are most effectively used for supporting emotions by using aromatically and topically.
By using calming oils, such as lavender, you can create a relaxing and soothing environment, perfect when anxious feelings are rising or to prepare to wind down for rest or sleep. Using uplifting oils, such as a combination of peppermint and wild orange is great to elevate and motivate you.
Inhaling essential oils either directly from the bottle or applying a drop or two to your palms, rubbing together and inhaling from cupped hands is a fast way to affect your mood. This method very quickly impacts the olfactory system and reaches the brain particularly the amygdala and limbic areas where emotions and memories are stored.
Essential oils are potent, particularly pure, high quality oils from doTERRA and should be treated with respect. It is therefore important to always protect the skin from possible sensitivity by diluting with a carrier oil. I prefer fractionated coconut oil for its ability to absorb easily into the skin without leaving a residue and also as it has almost no aroma.
To use essential oils topically you may create an aromatic dressing by putting a few drops of your chosen essential oil in a dressing bowl with a carrier oil (see dilution ratios below) and massaging the blend over your body.
Making your own rollerball blend is an effective way to use essential oils topically and making your blend last for longer. Add the chosen essential oils to the bottle, top with the carrier oil and you’re ready to go. Making your own ‘purefume’ is a perfect alternative to using synthetic perfumes and can be taken with you wherever you go to be reapplied every few hours.
A general rule of dilution
Adults: 5 drops (in total) essential oil to 10ml carrier oil
Children (half adult ratio): 3 drops (in total) essential oils to 10ml carrier oil
Babies: 1 drop essential oil to 10ml carrier oil
There are many essential oils inappropriate to use with babies, please diligently do your research before applying essential oils topically to babies.
If you are sensitive or using potent oils like oregano, clove or cinnamon you may need to dilute further. Avoid using essential oils in your eyes, nasal cavity, and in your ears. If you have a reaction or to an oil or the oil blend is too strong, dilute with carrier oil or milk to the area, not water.