Essential Oils have many therapeutic effects on the body. They are unique because they can pass through the body’s epidermal barrier, entering the bloodstream without the risk of injury or triggering inflammation or water loss.
Due to their small molecular structure and weight, they are capable of easily penetrating the skin – although they are not water soluble.
Essential oils have many purposes and their uses are wide reaching. As they are herbal extracts or essences and therefore derived from plants, they contain many naturally potent qualities and benefits.
Some of the many benefits of essential oils include:
- Antiseptic and analgesic properties to relieve pain and promote healing
- Soothing properties and can enhance spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation
- Provide emotional balance and support. They can access the brain’s limbic region and can help us to manage unpleasant memories in a manner that ultimately serves to heal us. This can help us to channel the negative emotion, to enable a more positive outcome to come forth.
- Cleansing capabilities due to their anti-macrobiotic properties both within the body and in or around the home.
- Detoxifying properties that can clear fumes, support the respiratory system and even circulate the lymph while promoting the growth of new cells and tissues within the body.
These are just some of the benefits of taking essential oils regularly. But there are also many emotional and spiritual benefits involved with the healing process that they touch upon. Emotions actually work on a cellular level and this means that essential oils are therefore vital for going in and changing them…and addressing them at their core.
Take a look at some of the best essential oils to support the emotional healing process…
Lavender – This essential oil has many soothing properties and a calming aroma that means it’s excellent for relieving emotional stress and nervous tension. Anxiety, depression and exhaustion can all be improved by taking lavender on a regular basis – aromatically by inhalation, topically by massaging with coconut oil onto the skin or even internally (by drinking it is water or Lavender Lemonade for example).Lavender is also excellent for pain relief and relaxing sore muscles, sprains, backache, etc. Lavender is an excellent all round essential oil to have in your arsenal as it has so many emotional benefits: relieving boredom, improving concentration, relief from depression and despair. It can also improve frustration, grief, mood swings, obsessiveness, panic and restlessness.
Peppermint – This is an excellent essential oil for boosting energy, concentration and invigorating the mind. Anyone looking to increase their concentration and focus will enjoy Peppermint essential oil as it can help to improve mental clarity and allow you to enjoy clearer thinking. A good way to enjoy peppermint is to take a drop of essential oil, rub between the palms and then take your middle finger and rub it onto the roof of the mouth. Then deeply inhale the essential oils in open palms, allowing the refreshing oils to deeply penetrate into the lungs. Be aware of your consciousness as you do this…you should find that you become more self-aware as a result.
Eucalyptus – As an essential oil, Eucalyptus works as an expectorant, meaning it can help to clear mucus from the body, along with being both antibacterial and anti-viral. Emotionally, Eucalyptus is able to lift the heaviness that may otherwise oppress us and pin us down to life’s problems and challenges. Instead, Eucalyptus invites in optimism, positivity and a sense of freedom into individuals. Whenever you feel like you need a quick pick-me-up or want to feel revitalised, consider adding a drop or two of Eucalyptus to a diffuser as this can help to ‘open’ up a room and brighten the atmosphere.
Frankincense – Use this essential oil to ascend consciousness into higher states of being. It’s commonly used in prayer and meditation by Buddhist monks due to its ability to help the meditator to go deeper into relaxation. Feeling angry or resentful? Frankincense can aid forgiveness, helping you to address issues such as abandonment, loneliness, insecurity or feeling spiritually disconnected.
Try blending some Frankincense with other therapeutic essential oils of your choice, to support the emotional healing process. Frankincense is excellent for supporting a range of emotional issues including anxiety, lack of confidence, depression, fatigue, exhaustion, fear, grief, insecurity, happiness and peace, memory and concentration, along with reducing stress and the risk of panic attacks.
Clary Sage –This herbal essence is derived from the Latin word Clarus and means ‘clear’. It’s often used to improve vision and to treat eye-related problems along with clearing the nervous system during times of stress or depression. Anyone who suffers from anxiety will benefit from taking clary sage as it contains so many therapeutic effects.
Clary Sage can also promote relaxation and is believed to be especially beneficial for women due to the hormone-like components. Its esters can relax muscular spasms and pains that can otherwise arise from nervous tension and stress. Clary sage can help to address issues such as menstrual cramps, hot flashes or to ease menopausal symptoms.On an emotional level, Clary Sage is excellent for anyone suffering through relationship problems, emotional turmoil or self-esteem issues. It can also induce a sensation of euphoria or elation and can help with relieving the symptoms of depression, paranoia and panic attacks. The perfect way to enjoy clary sage is in a relaxing massage or adding a few drops to a diffuser or to your bath.
Using high quality and Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) products is vital to ensure that you receive maximum benefits from the essential oils.
One of the most trusted brands is dōTerra who only use CPTG essential oils meaning their essences are of the highest quality. This is important for anyone wanting an emotional healing. They are highly recommended by Anna Jones (Creator/Editor of Spiritual Bliss) who regularly uses them in her life to create emotional balance and spiritual space…vital for any soul looking to claim their own inner peace.
What do you think of essential oils and do you have a favourite? If so, how do you enjoy the oil as part of a holistic lifestyle. Let us know…we’d love to hear what emotional benefits you have received from using essential oils.