Friday, September 23, 2016

Essential Oils and Emotions

When I first started researching essential oils, I was interested mainly because I want a home that smells and feels good, but that is also clean without the use of harmful chemicals. I had no idea that people also use oils to support their emotions. As someone who can be highly emotional, with mood swings and tears and laughter within minutes of each other, the thought intrigued me.

Essential oils can penetrate cell membranes and cross the brain-blood barrier within SECONDS. This allows them to reach the emotional center of our brain, where all of our emotions are stored. Essential oils support the body to come back into balance without harmful side effects or chemical based products. They can have a powerful influence over how we think, how we feel and how we behave. Because of oils bringing balance to emotions, we can do that simply through smelling them, through scents.

If you think of even just a warm day at the beach, one of the first things that comes to mind for me is the smell of the salty air. It makes me feel uplifted just thinking about it. Or remembering the smell of your favorite foods and the fresh tree at Christmas time can also bring positive emotions just by remembering the smells.

The smells of nature leave me feeling uplifted and energized, even just by taking a quick walk and getting a breath of fresh air. And nature is essentially what oils are so we can harness those feelings when we are breathing in its goodness!

My absolute favorite oil (of the moment) is Stress Away. It is a blend that has lime and vanilla, two of my very favorite scents. Every morning, I roll it on my wrists, and as I smell it throughout the day, it calms me down. I also use a blend of lavender, copaiba, and cedarwood each night for sleep support. If you would have told me a few months ago that a little bottle of oil could be good for emotional support, I would have rolled my eyes or thought twice. But now? I'm on the oily train. Not only have they promoted a clean and green home, but they have helped support my emotions and keep a sense of balance and calm when things around are me are straight cray. I by no means think that oils are magical potions that will somehow change my circumstances or give me joy. They cannot replace medicines and should not be used instead of medicines. I do, however, understand that scents have the power to create a mental shift within us.

So what about you? Does the thought of using oils for emotions freak you out? Don't let it! If you want to get started today, click here. And as always, ask me any questions, and I will do my best to answer them.

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