Do you need an energy boost or are you in need of some relaxation? Aromatherapy can help!
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, made from plants and flowers plant roots, leaves, stems and bark to promote physical health and emotional wellbeing. Aromatherapy can be used to alleviate symptoms of various health problems including headaches, insomnia, stress and digestive problems. It is also an all-natural alternative to help shape your emotions. Let’s have a look at the essentials oils that can assist with managing your emotions.
From diffusers to sprays, there is no shortage of ways to use natural essential oils. Taking the power of massage to a whole new level, essential oils can be used on their own or mixed with to create a desired blend.
- Mix your chosen oil(s) with a carrier oil (vegetable oils such as grapeseed or coconut)
- Try a 2.5% dilution to begin with (6 drops per 15ml)
- Dilutions range from 2%-10% – but it’s best to start low
Experiment with different oil blends and dilutions to discover what you enjoy most.
Aiding verbal expression, lavender calms insecurities and fears of being seen and heard.
Helps with: Feeling unseen, unheard, constricted or tense.
Try with: Lime
Peppermint invigorates the mind while increasing joy – giving the feeling of gliding through life.
Helps with: feeling heavy, pessimistic or muddled.
Try with: Lime or Rose
Assisting with the development of knowledge and intellect, rosemary encourages individuals to dig deeper.
Helps with: feeling focused
Try with: Lemon
Wild orange inspires creativity while resorting physical energy and supporting a positive mood.
Helps with: feeling dull, discouraged or low on energy.
Try with: Lemon or Peppermint
Facilitating trust – especially when trust has been lost in others – geranium restores confidence.
Helps with: feeling abandoned, distant from others or unprotected.
Try with: Rose
Reducing despair and lethargy, lemongrass encourages individuals to let go of negativity.
Helps with: feeling negative, despair or unable to let go of the past.
Try with: Thyme
Eucalyptus supports individuals with deep emotional issues, offering encouragement to face them.
Helps with: feeling down, clingy, defeated, despair or powerless.
Try with: Helichrysum
Grounding and stabilising, patchouli inspires individuals to be content with their body.
Helps with: feeling self-conscious or judgement of the body.
Try with: Grapefruit or Cinnamon
If you have a passion for health and helping others, a career in health and wellbeing could provide the rewarding change you’re after.
Enlighten Alternative Healing (2014) Emotions & Essential Oils 3rd edition, Enlighten, Utah USA
NAHA (2015) Exploring aromatherapy, www.naha.org
DISCLAIMER: Always check safety instructions before use, particularly if using oils during pregnancy. Undiluted essentials should never be applied to bare skin. Ivy College accepts no liability or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.