Did you know that essential oils are not only great aides for physical ailments, but also ailments of the heart and mind? Here’s a quick run down of how essential oils support our emotional and mental health:
Your sense of smell AKA olfaction is linked directly to your brain’s Limbic System- the most ancient and primitive part of your brain whose key functions include memory, emotion, and arousal/stimulation.
When used aromatically, essential oil molecules bind to receptor cites through the nasal passage and travel through the Olfactory Bulb into your Limbic System affecting your hormone levels, emotions, heart rate, blood pressure, and more. Different oils will elicit different physical and emotional responses depending on their properties. Some commonly associated oils and feelings you may be familiar with are lavender/calming, lemon/uplifting, and peppermint/energizing.
When your children are having a tough moment/meltdown, not only can your oils have a positive effect on their Limbic System, it also works as a great distraction- especially if you let them (safely) apply it themselves! By using oils in positive/ bonding moments, you are also attaching memories to those aromas that will stay with them forever.
Because smell and memory are intensely connected, certain aromas may evoke very powerful and sometimes deeply seeded memories- both negative and positive. If you are burdened with unhappy memories and associations, essential oils can support the process of releasing negative feelings and allowing space to receive positive feelings and initiate the healing process.
A lot has happened for us within the past week, altering our daily lives significantly in a short span of time and emotions have been running high. To combat the chaos, we’ve been relying heavily on our oils by diffusing, applying and sometimes ingesting (me not, not the kiddos). I truly feel like it’s helped me maintain some semblance of sanity in moments I think I’m about to lose it. I also notice a difference in the girls as we’ve turned our emotional moments into bonding moments. While I’m not thrilled by the more than usual meltdowns we’ve been experiencing this week, I do think they’re grateful for those moments of undivided attention and comfort. I’m not gonna say it works 100% of the time, but every little bit helps.
If you’re interested in learning about what emotions your essential oils support, I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of Emotions & Essential Oils, 2017 Sixth Edition. It has been such a great resource for our ohana! As always, if you have any questions or would like to learn how you can get Essential oils for your ohana, please feel free to message me and I will be more than happy to help.