Aromatherapy can one of the most powerful ways to change your mood, and your sense of well-being. Finding an essential oil that you respond to may require a little detective work. However, the first step is knowing a few oils that have shown to be helpful which I have listed below.
A Little Essential Oil Physiology
In the brain, we have the complex, limbic system, which is a composed of a bundle of nerves responsible for a few things, including emotions and moods.
The amygdala is part of the limbic system that processes the memory of emotional reactions. The amygdala stores information concerning emotional events, and this comes into play with aromatherapy. This is why smells can trigger either a positive or negative memory.
Best Ways to Use Essential Oils:
I love diffusing oils and begin each day with placing 3 to 4 drops of one oil or a oil blend in my diffuser.
How does this work?
Once you have filled your diffuser and set it on, the room will immedicatlekt become fragrant. When you inhale the scent, the molecules in the oils will attach to olfactory receptors in the nose and send a message, via the olfactory nerves, to the limbic system for processing. At this point neurotransmitters will be released to bring about a sense of relaxation and well-being plus storage of the scents.
You may apply the oil directly to the skin ( diluting with a carrier oil is advised) and as we mentioned before, the oils are small and will immediately be absorbed.
- Pulse point: Apply the front of neck
- Occipital point: Apply at the back of neck
- Botton of your feet or massage into your big toe: * in Chinese medicine the big toe represents the brain
OILS FOR STRESS and WORRY
Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Vertiver, Clary Sage, Sandalwood
The queen oil known for supporting stressful situations and sleep, irritability and general nervous irritability.
Calming yet will help sooth fearfulness and promote courage.
Vetiver brings about a reassuring energy and is good to use when giving a presentation or if there is some sort of emotional or physical trauma. It’s often used in disruptive behaviour, like a temper tantrum but agian, I like prevention, so if you have a child prone to tantrums, create a blend to help group them and the minute you sense that moment arising, rub some at the back of their neck. It will bring a self-awareness and calmness that will help stabilize their mood.
A perfect oil to support emotional stress and mood swings. It has a floral scent and blends very well with wild orange, bergamot and sandalwood oils.
The wood oils are known to be grounding and the sandalwood is not different. It has a sweet, warm, rich scent that is commonly used as incense for meditation.
Uplift Mood and Focus
Citrus oils: wild orange, grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, lavender, peppermint, rosemary
I begin each morning doing one of three things depending on how much time I have.
- Rub a blend at the base of my neck
- Rub a blend in my palms and inhale
- Put a blend in a diffuser
My typical morning blend is peppermint and wild orange or doTerra’s Citrus Bliss.
A side note: Essential oils stay in the body for 3 to 4 hours, therefore reapplying is necessary.
If you would like to learn more about essential oils, let’s set up a personalized wellness consult so we can choose the best oils for you and your family. Please email me at essential oils at drheathernd dot com
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Plus, I will be on our FB group page, Honest Guide to Essential Oils, this
Saturday to talk about the digestive system. Please join us and I will accept your request, it’s a private group.
FB search: Honest Guide to Essential Oils or click here and I will add you to the group.