Why would you use essential oils to help calm and relieve stress? One of the wonderful things about essential oils is they are safe and effective for all ages. They work quickly, have no side effects and are non- habit forming.
How do essential oils help with emotions?
Smell, almost more than any other sense, has the ability to dredge up memories, change moods, or ease tension. Your sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than any of your other senses. Aroma can powerfully affect the brain. Inhaling aromatic compounds from essential oils delivers them to the olfactory bulb, part of the brains limbic system known as our emotional brain.
Odor stimuli in the limbic system releases a series of brain chemicals, for example: Lavender triggers the endorphin serotonin, which has a relaxing effect on the mind and body. The olfactory bulb is the only place in the body where the central nervous system is exposed to the environment. Our brain is designed to use aroma to heal and soothe itself.
How do you use an Essential Oil to Influence Moods and Emotions?
Inhalation is the best way to affect your moods and emotions. You can do this through a cool mist diffuser or do what I call, “taking a hit.” You put 1-2 drops of oil in your hands and rub together, then cover your mouth and nose and inhale deeply. This will get those aromatic compounds into your amygdala and into the brain which is the seat of all your emotions. I also wear essential oils with a carrier oil as a perfume on the inside of my wrists and neck.
There are many essential oils that you can use to support you emotionally. If you are interested in learning more make sure you check out my free download on my website:Managing Moods and Emotions with Essential Oils.