May 13, 2019
Life can feel overwhelming. With the constant flow of work emails and the pressure that social media brings, life’s stresses and challenges can have a negative impact not just on your physical health but also on your emotional health as well. When your emotional health is out of whack, you can feel unable to cope with challenges and overly sensitive.
Emotional wellbeing is something everyone aspires to have. But what exactly does it mean to have your emotions balanced? Emotional balance is the ability of the mind and body to maintain equilibrium in the face of challenges or change. If you feel emotionally imbalanced, there are many ways to improve your mental wellbeing including yoga, meditation, exercise, and aromatherapy. The use of essential oils for physical and mental wellness has been practiced for thousands of years.
Essential oils are made up of aromatic molecules that you can easily inhale. These molecules stimulate your body’s olfactory system (your sense of smell) to trigger the limbic system, which is linked to your emotions, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance. These triggers work to aid your emotional state. Linalyl acetate is a naturally occurring constituent found in essential oils like Lavender and Clary Sage. Recent studies show that this specific constituent can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Emotional Benefits of Essential Oils:
Bergamot — When your emotions are out of balance, it lowers your mood and energy levels. Bergamot is known for its ability to promote positivity and cheerfulness. This citrus oil features a bright and invigorating aroma to revive your energy levels and boost your mood. If your spirits are feeling low, rub 1-2 drops of Bergamot with a carrier oil into your hands, cup to your mouth and nose, and breathe in the aroma slowly.
Lavender — Improve your mood and relieve stress with the help of Lavender. This versatile oil is put on a pedestal for good reason! The constituents in Lavender work with your body to bring balance to your mood, enhance relaxation, and ease feelings of anxiousness. If you are feeling stressed, apply Lavender behind your ears to bring your mental state to a balance.
Clary Sage — Soothe your emotions and balance your hormones with Clary Sage. High in terpenes, linalyl acetate, and linalool, clary sage relaxes the body and mind while boosting mental strength and self-confidence. Diffuse 5 drops of Clary Sage when you are feeling low and critical of yourself to help boost your self-esteem and allow you to see the bright side of things.
Vetiver — Featuring a woody and earthy aroma, Vetiver grounds your emotions, allowing you to think clearly and not react with your emotions. Vetiver has been used for thousands of years to help alleviate emotional stress and ease feelings of nervousness. If you are feeling overly emotional, apply 1-2 drops of Vetiver to the bottom of your feet to help you stay grounded.
Sandalwood — Create a sense of calm and enhance mental clarity with Sandalwood. The soothing and healing properties of Sandalwood improve your emotional wellbeing by creating a harmony of the mind, body, and spirit. The aroma of sandalwood provides a moment of peace and opens the mind to clearer thought. Apply Sandalwood to your wrists and behind the ears to bring emotional wellbeing.