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Using Essential Oils to help with Emotional Disharmony
by Beverley Hawkins
As many of you may be aware essential oils can be very helpful in times of Emotional Stress and Disharmony. Because our sense of smell is hot wired directly into the limbic system of the brain, aroma can elicit a mood or memory response before you are even aware of what you have smelled, or sometimes even before you realize you have experienced an aroma at all.
Whether you are experiencing an emotionally challenging time or not, sometimes you just want to shift your mood or create that special ambiance. Using essential oils can be an easy and very effective way to achieve your goals.
Your preferred method of use will depend on who the synergy is for and the focus of the synergy. If the synergy is intended to assist one individual there are many choices and the final choice will be up to them: personal inhalers, baths, diffusers, misters, body products, perfumes etc. If you are creating the synergy to be used by a group or in a larger area, diffusers and misters work very well. See the article on
Ways In Which Essential Oils Can Be Used on our website.
Here are a few suggestions for some emotional states:
(easily angered): Basil, Blue Chamomile, Cypress, Frankincense, Lemon, Peppermint.
(temper tantrums): Black pepper, German chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Peppermint, Rose.
(poor): Basil, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Rosemary.
Angelica, Cistus, Lavender, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Patchouli.
Cajuput, Cinnamon, Lemon, Neroli, Rose, Sage.
Benzoin, Bitter Orange, Cedarwood, Clove, Juniper, Laurel, Lavender, Rose, Rosemary, Vetiver.
Cypress, Cistus, Chamomile, Lavender Neroli, Bitter Orange, Rose
Basil, Caraway,Cedarwood, Clove, Geranium, Grapefruit, Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang.
(Apathy): Bergamot, Celery Seed, Ginger, Juniper, Melissa, Yarrow
Benzoin, Black Spruce, Caraway, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus; Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver.
Angelica, Bitter Orange, Calendula, Clove, Dill, Helichrysum, Niaouli, Roman Chamomile, sage.
Bitter Orange, Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Goldenrod, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Patchouli, Yarrow.
To create that special ambiance choose from the following:
Meditation: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Romantic Interlude: Benzoin, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Rose, Jasmine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang
Party Time: Basil, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Geranium
It is important to keep in mind that aroma preferences are very personal, so keep that in mind when creating your own special synergies and have fun with it!
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About the Author
Beverley Hawkins, Essential Oil Therapist - EOT™, R.A., NCTMB, RAC, Di.SPE., BFRP, is the owner/operator of the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy, an aromatherapy school offering home study aromatherapy courses and continuing education workshops. Beverley has many years experience as an alternative health care professional. In addition to teaching she maintains a private practice offering services in aromatherapy bodywork, lymphatic stimulation massage, seated chair massage, reflexology, Reiki, Reconnective Healing , The Hawkins Protocol, Bach Flower Remedy Consultations and Spiritual PhytoEssencing Soul Blends.