Essential Oils for Emotional Support
Essential oils are so versatile, they can be harnessed for all sorts of ailments. Whether for improving energy levels, relieving anxiety, inducing sleep, or using essential oils as part of your skin-care and home-care practice, aromatherapy is a tool of the senses and feelings, bringing harmony to our bodies and spaces through encapsulating aromas.
Although our society prioritises physical needs, humans are emotional beings. When we find harmony between our physical and emotional needs, we find peace and balance.
Essential oils can act as bridges between the physical and emotional body.
They have the ability to strengthen the function of the physical body, in turn offering support for our emotional processes. For example, in times of anxiety, certain essential oils can calm the nervous system, lower blood pressure and soothe a fast heartbeat, in hand, promoting a feeling of safety and relaxation.
Trust the body to bring you back home to yourself. Self-care practices go a long way. When we make space for the sustenance of the body, we plant a seed of love, tenderness and care.
Essential Oils for Emotional Healing
Rose Essential Oil
The Queen of the Roses, rose essential oil is commonly used for healing the heart. A 2017 study shows some clinical evidence that rose essential oil may promote physical and emotional relaxation through anti-anxiety and anti-depressant actions.
Trust in rose for your emotional support. It is relaxing on the nerves, soothing and comforting. Its delicate aromas can calm the spirit and maladies of the emotional heart. Long used as a token for love, romance and beauty, rose essential oil is both a charmer and a giver.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage essential oil is antispasmodic, analgesic, and anti-depressant. It is calming and tranquillising on the nerves, reduces blood pressure, feelings of stress and nervousness, alongside relieving symptoms of PMS and menopause.
Use clary sage to relax your mood, improve sleep levels and relieve pain caused by anxiety and stress.
For PMS, simply dilute clary sage with evening primrose oil and massage your abdomen to soothe irritations.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is soothing and relaxing. It is widely recommended to relieve anxiety and aid in sleep through its ability to calm the nervous system, stabilise the mood and sedate the body (Koulivand, Peir Hossein et al., 2013).
Lavender essential oil can relieve headaches, menstrual cramps, and spasms caused by stress. It can strengthen the potency of other oils, therefore is best used in combination with one or more essential oil for a synergistic blend, such as clary sage or peppermint essential oil.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood essential oil is deeply sedative, grounding and nourishing. Studies show that it may be used to calm anxiety in symptoms of PTSD (Meeks, Jordan A., and Saida Byrami., 2016). It has the ability to stabilise the body while enhancing the heart-space, helping the release of resistance and unhealthy attachments.
This bath soak is a perfect recipe for the anxious mind. When our hearts feel low, and everything else overwhelming, sometimes a warm and loving bath can really make things feel a bit better.
Water is a deeply healing element. When we bathe, we create a safe space to sit with our emotions. Let the healing essential oils calm your nerves, relieve your mind, and let your frustrations shed with the flowing water.
1 cup pink Himalayan salt
1 tbsp carrier oil of choice (ie. jojoba, evening primrose, sweet almond oil)
2 drops rose essential oil
3 drops sandalwood essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops clary sage essential oil
optional: sprinkle of lavender and rose petals