Essential oils are comprised of naturally occurring chemicals that work in synergy with one another. Because essential oils evaporate quickly, their molecules are easily inhaled. Without providing an intimidating lesson in olfaction (the science of the sense of smell), the inhalation of these naturally occurring synergistic chemicals provide triggers to our brain. These triggers effect our emotions. Inhalation of these wondrous molecules also provides physical benefit which may also work together to aid in our emotional state.

Not all oils provide the same level of benefit for all persons. Past memories associated with particular aromas can have a positive or negative effect. Rose essential oil, for instance, is known for aiding during times of grief. Your past experiences with the aroma of rose oil, however may impact its effectiveness for use during times of grief. If you had a loving grandmother who often smelled of rose, for instance, your reaction when smelling rose may differ than if you had an abusive grandmother who typically smelled of rose. `If your rose-smelling grandmother died, your reaction to the aroma of rose will be impacted by your past associations with the aroma. Do not force yourself to use an oil that elicits negative feelings or that you don’t like the aroma of.

Although Aromatherapy should not be considered a miracle cure for serious emotional issues, the use of essential oils may assist, sometimes greatly with particular emotional issues and emotional states. Additionally, the proper use of essential oils may enhance your emotional outlook and provide support and help balance your emotions during the day. The use of essential oils for emotional well-being is what is often first thought of when someone thinks of the term ‘aromatherapy’.

Sweet orange is a good example.The smell of orange helps provide emotional balance and bring in a positive outlook. Sweet orange oil is a wonderful oil to use alone or in a blend for those winter blues that often occur in the colder, greyer times of the year. The aroma of sweet orange oil also blends nicely with many oils and has the added advantage of being one of the more inexpensive essential oils. It is also regarded to be one of the safer essential oils to use.

Below are some blends for anxiety.

Anxiety

A daily generalized feeling of unease about almost everything i.e. safety of the family, everyone’s health, financial problems and more. If you sigh a lot you might be a pretty anxious person. Symptoms are nausea, dizziness, perspiration, restlessness, tiredness and more. Causes stabbing pains in the chest and you feel you are having a heart attack.

Restless anxiety

5 drops Vetiver – Vetiveria zizaniodes
8 drops Juniper berry – Juniperus communis
12 drops Cedarwood atlas – Cedrus atlantica

* Blend this into an amber/cobalt blue glass bottle containing 30 ml cold pressed base oil. Apply on upper chest by gently massaging in 1/2 teaspoon until absorbed and a little on the soles of the feet. Inhale deeply with what is left in your hands a few times. This can be used twice a day.

Repressed anxiety

8 drops Neroli – Citrus aurantium
8 drops Rose Damascena – Rosa damascena
9 drops Bergamot – Citrus bergamia

* Blend this into a amber/cobalt blue glass bottle containing 30 ml cold pressed base oil. Apply on upper chest by gently massage in 1/2 teaspoon until absorbed and a little on the soles of the feet. Inhale deeply with what is left in your hands a few times. This can be used twice a day.