How to Manage your Emotions Using Essential Oils
Every day is a roller-coaster of emotions; The alarm clock goes off, you rush to get ready and get out of the house, then you face traffic, navigating office politics and stressful meetings. Mix into that copious amounts of coffee to keep you going, kids, traffic, work, home life – it’s a balancing act!
Wouldn’t it be great to feel more grounded, balanced and in control of your day and to have tools that you can use to help you feel amazing?
Here’s why Essential Oils are a great option to consider for balancing your emotions:
1. Oils are Quickly Absorbed onto the Skin
Essential oil constituents are both small in molecular size and are also lipid soluble properties, these properties allow them to easily and quickly penetrate the skin and cell membranes. One drop of an essential oil contains circa 40 million-trillion molecules. We have 100 trillion cells in our body – one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our body with 400,000 molecules!
2. Sense of Smell is more Sensitive
Our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than any of our other sense. Inhalation of an essential oil (also known as aromatic use) is the fastest way to get to the emotional centre of the brain/also known as the amygdala. The amygdala is within the limbic structures of the brain and is the integrative centre for emotions, emotional behaviour and motivation.
The molecules in essential oils travel quickly to the amygdala, immediately affecting mood. Within 22 seconds the essential oil molecules will have reached your brain, 2 minutes they can be found in the bloodstream and in 20 minutes they will affect every cell in the body. Results - you feel good fast.
3. Stimulates the Release of Serotonin
Essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects. The brain can be stimulated to release hormones and neurochemicals and in turn alter the body’s physiology and behaviour. For example, inhaling bergamot or wild orange can help boost serotonin levels. Inhaling lavender will raise GABA production making you feel more relaxed. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that reduces feelings of fear and anxiety keeping you calm & relaxed.
Ever noticed how an aroma can take you back to a memory immediately? that is because smell, emotion and memory are stored in the same area/patch on the brain. This is called scent memory – an old flame aftershave or granny apple tart can transport you back in time both in your mind and in your body response. Powerful right?
Aromatic use of essential oil is usually best for emotions but so is topical as the body stores emotions (use of specific acupuncture points/meridians/chakras centres). The brain is the librarian and the body the library. Using essential oils, we can also go deeper into emotional healing/generational healing by changing programmed emotional responses from early childhood. We can also use them as aromatic anchors -the use an essential oil with release or positive intention to create a new neural pathway and way of being.
If you want to learn more, our podcast with Siobhan O’Keeffe “Essential Oils for Female Health” is available now.
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Siobhan O’Keeffe is a yoga teacher and qualified aromatherapist based in Dublin. She is passionate about sharing the amazing benefit of using natural products and essential oils. Her sweet spot is essential oils for women issues ranging from emotions to hormones to sleep issues and digestion, the whole gambit of concerns and issues that crop up for all of us daily.
“We can get so much support to enable us to cope better and thrive in our modern fast paced world by using natural solutions.”