How to Use Essential Oils for Emotional Wellbeing

How many days do you wake up already overwhelmed with the tasks that need to get done?

By the time your feet are on the floor – your schedule seems to increase.

We can face many different emotions from one day to the next as we deal with the demands of daily life.

Whatever the scenario you find yourself in, you can use essential oils for emotional wellbeing – to help balance your emotions and bring yourself back to center. They can help us to handle life circumstances with more ease and clarity.

Essential oils can seem complicated to understand and use for those who are new to them. There are so many different oils and so many different emotions—which oils do you choose for which emotions?

Which Essential Oils Should You Use to Balance Your Emotions?

There is a simple answer to this question—choose from a category.

Essential oils are categorized into Citrus, Florals, Green, Spices and Woods to make it easier to understand the character of the oil.

  • A Citrus oil, such as Lemon or Bergamot can be diffused through the air to lift your spirit, when you are feeling down. They can also be used in the afternoon as an energy booster.
  • Floral essential oils, such as Rose or Lavender are most often used for heart healing, emotional trauma and to calm the nervous system in stressful times.
  • Green oils are a variety of essential oils also found in the other categories. They have an additional herbaceous aroma to them. Lavender falls into the Green category, while it is also a Floral.
  • Spice oils, such as Cinnamon are most often used to blend with other oils to spice up the blend. They can create a warming and sensual aroma, when they are blended with Floral oils.
  • Finally the Wood oils, such as Sandalwood and Vetiver are grounding and are often used in meditation. They can create a calm and focused presence and are helpful to ground one after a shock.

Using Blends of Essential Oils for Specific Emotions

It can feel complicated when there is more than one emotion involved. This is where you can blend more that one oil together.

For example, in times of fear, you can come back to center with an essential oil in the grounding category.

When the fear is related to an emotion connected to the heart, then you can add in a Floral for a heart healing effect. A drop of each can be added to a carrier oil, such as jojoba and massaged on the middle of the chest as you take in a deep breath.

Essential oils can be used to shift any emotional state and it can be as simple as choosing from a category for an emotion.

Tips for Using Essential Oils for Emotional Wellbeing

  • Essential oils can be diffused through a diffuser to fill a room with their aroma. For example, add 6 drops of Lemon essential oil to a diffuser to lift your energy or low mood.
  • Essential oils should always be diluted in a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut before applying to the skin. They can cause dermal irritation to sensitive skin and citrus oils are known to cause photosensitivity (redness or rash) if applied before being exposed to the sun.
  • Essential oils should never be ingested—they can be toxic and have been known to cause esophageal burns.

Choose to be at peace today and balance your emotions with essential oils.

To learn how to properly use essential oils for emotional wellbeing, check out my website in my bio below this article, where you will find Essential Oil Guides that are filled with information and safety tips. You will learn how to use essential oils using a Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic system for symptom relief and will also learn how to make your own products!

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Tina DeMatteo

Tina DeMatteo

Tina is a nationally certified and Licensed Acupuncturist (NCCAOM) and a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), also nationally recognized. She has been studying herbs and essential oils, professionally, for the past 20 years. Essential oils were a part of her training. She has always used them for their medicinal qualities, not just for their aroma. Her emphasis is to explain how to use essential oils as a healing tool with the energetics and properties of the plant in mind. She had a very unique training that sets her apart from many acupuncturists. She was trained in Western herbal medicine, which included essential oils, flower essence therapy and learning how to make medicine using the plants that grow around us. There was a traditional, as well as a psycho-spiritual component to her training that made it a true mind, body and spirit approach to learning. She is focused on bringing awareness to heal health concerns through shifting our emotional state.
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