Emotions: Our Moods, Our State of Mind

Using essential oils creates a space for mental balance to return, meditation to flow or close moments with loving friends to go deeper.

Throughout history aromatic oils have been used to influence our emotions.  Just think of how long incense has been used in religious services.  

There are two olfactory nerves which run into the limbic system of the brain, that which is concerned with memory and motion.  So scent can have a powerful effect on our memory and actions.

Some responses that we have to aroma are inherited or instinctual - we are born with them. Others we learn through experience.  And that experience may involve the mood we were in at the time, the mental state, the association of the scent to its source and the intensity of the aroma.

I have listed here some of the more common emotional and mental conditions (the mind and mood) of the human body and the pure essential oils which are used in healing.

Our Emotions Can Really Impact on Our Lives:

Anxiety

There are 5 main Anxiety Disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobia
  • Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Panic Disorder

Over two million Australians suffer from Anxiety.  According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America over 18% of the American population, or more than 40 million adults, suffer from some form of anxiety illness in the U.S., and it is the most common form of mental health disorder. "Facts & Statistics." Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA. ADAA, 1 Aug. 2016. Web. 08 Jan. 2017. <https://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics>. Many people suffer from more than one type of emotional anxiety disorder, often at the same time.  Anxiety can often run in tandem with Depression or lead to Depression.

Recipe One for Anxiety

Ingredients:

  • Chamomile essential oil
  • Marjoram essential oil
  • Neroli essential oil
  • Rose essential oil

Directions:

These are all calming essential oils for the emotions so use them in combination or on their own.

Add 2- 3 drops in the bath or burner.  Breathe deeply and calm the mind and relax the body.

Recipe Two

Ingredients:

  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 30mls carrier oil

Directions:

Mix together and massage over the whole chest and upper body.  Do this regularly, even best after a warm shower or bath or just before bed.

Confidence

confidence

A strong feeling of self assurance, a deep belief in yourself and your talents, a certainty in your self worth. These are mind-sets we all need but don’t always have. 

Not all the time.

But it is something to work on, to keep believing in yourself.  

Emotional balance needs to be restored.

Trust that you have worth, are of value, have opinions that matter and that you are needed.

Recipe for Confidence

The essential oils which can foster these personal emotional qualities are Basil, Jasmine and Peppermint as they are all good for boosting self confidence, a sense of vitality and self assurance.

Ingredients:

  • 10 drops Basil essential oil
  • 10 drops Jasmine essential oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 30mls carrier oil

Directions:

Use them together in a blend and massage around your heart chakra or use them individually in the bath (2-3 drops) or in a burner.  Breathe deeply, relax and feel a sense of worth and belief in yourself return with the emotional rebalancing.

Depression

“Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious illness that has an impact on both physical and mental health.  On average, one in six people - one in 5 women and one in 8 men - will experience depression at some stage in their life.” "Who Does It Affect? Men." Beyondblue - Depression. Anxiety. Beyond Blue Ltd, 2012. Web. 08 Jan. 2017. <https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/men>.

When feelings of distress, mood changes and behavioural changes persist for long periods of time emotional quality of life can be reduced.  An episode of major depression, if left untreated, can last up to 12 months.  Relapse is common.  

If that situation exists it is recommended to see a doctor who may refer you to people who are available to help you.  But certainly try essential oils as they are remarkable in their ability to heal.

I know what it feels like to suffer from depression - it has happened to me.  Thankfully I have fully recovered, but it is awful to go through it.

Recipe One for Depression

Ingredients:

  • Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Jasmine essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil

Directions:

These are emotionally stimulating essential oils so use a combination or singly in a bath or burner.  Add 2-3 drops and, like Anxiety, breathe deeply calm the mind and relax the body.  Do this at least twice a day.  Remember not to use a burner beside the bed!

Recipe Two

Ingredients:

  • Grapefruit essential oil
  • Tangerine essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Geranium essential oil

Directions:

As above 

Recipe Three

Ingredients:

  • 15 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 8 drops Neroli essential oil
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 30mls carrier oil

Directions:

Mix all these emotionally stimulating essential oils together and massage over chest, neck and temples.  Do this regularly, preferably at night just before bed.  But do it often during the day too, if you can.

Grief

Grief is a part of life.  However, it is very traumatic and difficult to deal with.  Support networks are so very important to get through this stressful and highly emotional time.  Going through the process of grieving involves many stages until finally “let go” is possible and we move on with our lives.

Allow yourself time to grieve and when it is time to heal, allow yourself to heal.  Our loved ones don't want us to suffer more than we have to.  You may never forget them but tuck them away in a special place in your heart and remember that you will smile again.

Recipe for Grief

Ingredients:

  • Cypress essential oil
  • Neroli essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Geranium essential oil

Directions:

Use a mixture of some of the above oils and add 2-3 drops in a burner or add to a bath.  Or add up to 30 drops into a 30ml bottle with carrier oil and massage over the heart area and around the shoulders and neck to help you mend your heart and find peace again.

Rose is the most effective of these oils for its sense of warmth and caring.  However, it is very expensive.

Intimate Moments

For those of you who have a warm, loving relationship it is so special to use essential oils in a burner placed in a romantic, intimate space for just the two of you. 

Alternatively, you could use the oils in a massage.  Ensure the room is heated and private. Give each other a massage and follow your heart. Allow your emotions full flowering...

Recipe for Intimate Moments

Ingredients:

  • Jasmine essential oil
  • Clary Sage essential oil
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Rose essential oil

Directions:

You can use a combination of all or some of these oils to a maximum of 30 drops to 30ml in a carrier oil base.  Or use 3 drops in a burner.

Relaxation

relaxation

Life can be tough and relaxation is the way to help deal with and prevent stress, anxiety and even depression - times of deep emotional trauma.

Practice relaxation techniques and try essential oils in the bath or burner.

It is so very important to stay relaxed during stressful times.  

Go for a walk, swim in the sea, take a bath, meditate... whatever you need to do to chill out.

Recipe for Relaxation

Ingredients:

  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Sandalwood essential oil
  • Neroli essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Clary Sage essential oil

Directions:

Add a few drops of each or a mixture of these essential oils  to a burner while practising your chosen relaxation technique.

Stress

Stress is a part of life.  In fact, it’s not a bad thing – in moderation.  When it becomes excessive then it impacts on our health. 

Stress is associated with many common ailments like GERD, IBS, stroke, cancer, HBP, heart disease, allergies, skin diseases, immune response disorders,  the list goes on…

It is important to get the highly emotional state of stress under control before it starts to trigger ailments in the body. 

Recipe One for Stress

Ingredients:

  • Roman Chamomile essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Sweet Marjoram essential oil
  • Tangerine essential oil

Directions:

Use some or all of these in a blend with a carrier oil (maximum 30 drops to 30mls) and massage heart centre, neck and temples.  Do this regularly, at least twice a day and it's just great before bedtime.

Or use 2-3 drops in a bath or a burner.   Lay back, soak up the warmth of the water and breathe deeply of the scent.  Just bliss!

Recipe Two

Ingredients:

  • 9 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 11 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 10 drops Ginger essential oil
  • 30ml carrier oil  

Directions:

Massage around neck, shoulders and temples.

Recipe Three

Ingredients:

  • 10 drops Marjoram essential oil
  • 5 drops Chamomile Roman essential oil
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 30ml carrier oil 

Directions:

As above




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