Essential oils have a great impact on the emotions due to their ability to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and affect the hormones. Maintaining emotional balance is an important part of both mental and physical health. Emotional balance allows the mind to focus and the body to heal faster.
Although there are many different emotions, and it can seem impossible to keep them all in check, there are some easy things you can do to balance them. Some great oils to help with overall balance include balsam fir, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, orange, Roman chamomile, sandalwood, and vetiver. This may seem like a lot of options, but just experiment to find the ones that work best for you. You may be drawn to certain aromas and feel indifferent to others. Pay attention to how you feel when you diffuse the oils, as your body is trying to tell you which ones it needs!
While you are working toward emotional balance, you may need to target more complex emotions such as the following:
*Anxiety is the body’s way of preparing itself to deal with future stressful events. The symptoms can be both physical and mental, but they can be eased with essential oils. Some oils that are good for anxiety are lavender, orange, lemon, and frankincense.
*Depression is a condition marked by excessive sadness, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness, irritability, sudden weight loss or gain, trouble sleeping, and loss of interest in activities normally enjoyed. Oils that help with depression include lemon, frankincense, lavender, bergamot, rosemary, and grapefruit.
Fear causes the blood vessels to tighten, restricting the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can reach the cells. Some oils that help to calm fear are bergamot, clary sage, cypress, fir, geranium, juniper, and marjoram.
Grief and Sorrow tend to follow the loss of something or someone dear. Oils can calm your sadness and lift your spirits, all while helping your mind and body adapt. Some oils that help with grief include bergamot, clary sage, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, and Roman chamomile.
*If you experience chronic anxiety or depression, visit a healthcare professional. Although essential oils can benefit many conditions and ease symptoms, they are not meant as a substitute for professional medical advice.
There’s nothing more amazing than a feeling of complete emotional balance and stability—and with essential oils, this can be possible!
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Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition.