Since this topic is near and dear to my heart, and it has been quite a while after my one and only blog post from December on the matter (“Essential Oils & Aromatherapy“), I wanted to go back to the vast subject of aromatherapy and look into the wide range of essential oils that help with specific moods and mental states.
Even though essential oils should not be considered as a miracle cure for emotional issues, when realistically and carefully used as a complement to medical care, some have the potential to greatly assist in supporting emotional wellness.
Because essential oils evaporate quickly, their molecules are easily inhaled. And the inhalation of these tiny molecules provide triggers to our brain, which effect our emotions, and provide physical benefits.
For example, linalyl acetate is an ester that is present in Lavender, Clary Sage and a few other essential oils. It has been shown to be calming and can be helpful when feeling stressed or anxious.
Not all essential oils provide the same level of benefit for all persons. Past memories associated with particular aromas can have a positive or negative effect. Your reaction to the aroma will be impacted by your past associations with it. Therefore; please do not force yourself to use an oil that elicits negative feelings or that you don’t like the aroma of, even if it is one that is listed as beneficial for the cure you need. Not all essential oils provide the same level of benefit for everyone. For that reason, it is important that you treat any list of essential oils used for emotional well-being as a starting point.
Below you will see a comparison chart that I have put together.
You can just inhale the scent right from the bottle, or pour a couple of drops on your wrists, or on your pillow, or use an essential oil diffuser to distribute the aromas throughout the room. In any case, you will definitely feel that some kind of piece and calmness envelop you right away.