What really makes us different from a computer is the ability to feel and experience different types of emotions. Emotions are inescapable part of us, humans. They are often responsible for our actions, choices, and they definitely have a serious impact on our lives, our happiness, well being and even our physical health. Until now emotions are still remain somewhat mysterious. There is no exact explanation to what they are and how they are created and what really triggers them.

We all have our unique personalities and unique past experiences, therefor we will experience different emotions in different unique ways. And we will express these emotions in our own way, or may even not express them at all. In any case, emotions have a huge influence on our behavior, our motivation, choices, perception of the world, our thinking and our responses. Emotions can have both negative and positive effect on our life. Suppressed emotions can seriously affect our life by impacting both our psychical and emotional health. And of course its needless to say that suppressed emotions will bring the emotional imbalance and disharmony within ourselves, as well as can create physical illnesses.

No matter of your choice on how to react or respond to certain emotion but the fact is that you can’t avoid having emotions. So what are emotions? From scientific point emotions are complex, multi-factorial responses that are triggered by multiple mechanisms and stimuli. And what makes is so damn hard to understand them is that they are dependent on a multiple factors, causes and situations.

Simply speaking, emotions are our responses to the environment we are in, situations, experiences, believes, surroundings, attachments, instincts and many other factors which affect our lives and our perception.

There are however many ways to deal with our emotions. And the beauty of it is that there is no right or wrong way to it. What works for one person may not work for another. Some people, like myself, find it very effective to do physical exercises in order to release negative emotions, some may find it good to meditate or be left alone, some may want to share their emotions with others, like with a friend for example, some may start having unhealthy habits like drinking or using drugs in order to numb the emotions. As you can see the way we cope with our emotions will vary from person to person.

Experiencing positive emotions helps us to improve the quality of our life and well-being while negative emotions, which also can motivate us to act in order to uplift the mood and improve the quality of life, can negatively affect our psychical body, emotional and mental  health if not dealt properly.

Now lets get to the point, what aromatherapy has to do with our emotions and how it works. Aromatherapy at this point works via olfactory system. Everything is made up of molecules, and so does aromas. To put it simply, when we inhale an odor molecule alone with the air, it passes  through a special patch in our nose called olfactory epithelium. Olfactory epithelium is made up of special sensory nerves that reads the odor molecules and support the nerve cells. Then the olfactory nerve, which carries the information of the odor molecules, enters the brain and connects with various parts of the limbic system, which is the seat of our emotions.

In a time that we live in, its crucial to develop a healthy habits for dealing with negative emotions. The way we cope may and probably will vary from person to person. Incorporating essential oils into a daily routine can benefit and accelerate literally any of the methods you choose. There is a large variety of essential oils available these days which makes it great to experiment and finding the right oil for you in order to uplift the mood and promote positive emotions as well as to help releasing and dealing with negative emotions.

Essential oils and herbs were used for their benefits for emotional, spiritual and physical health long before a modern medicine was established. And probably one of the reasons why aromatherapy is gaining its popularity is that over the years it proved that it works, and now with scientific research and findings it proves more of its effectiveness.

So why aromatherapy? Well, firstly its a natural alternative to unhealthy habits (alcohol, drugs, smoking etc), secondly, it can generate a pretty fast response via olfactory system and stored memories, thirdly, it can be combined with other methods to enhance its effectiveness, and  fourthly, essential oils have their own energy and vibrations (negative emotions have low vibrations when positive emotions have high frequency) which lets them work very well on our subtle body including chakras.

Of course it would be wise to note that it relates mainly to pure and high quality essential oils, not a synthetic version of it which may contain toxic and possibly harmful for the whole body chemicals. There are a number of companies that provide high quality essential oils.

How do I know which oil is good for this or another emotional support? First I want to note that as we are all different, experience it differently, perceive it differently and react differently, so the choice of oils may vary upon our own preferences and reactions to it. However, there are some guidelines which I want to share and think are helpful for choosing the right essential oil for you.

By the aromatic group and chemical composition:

Another way to look at it is by looking at plant parts:

Another way, and this is one of my favorite, is to apply it on chakra system, where each chakra, or level of perception, corresponds with different needs and emotions, and of course different essential oils are associated with different chakras. More about chakras and essential oils you can find here.

Whatever system or guideline you choose to apply there are definitely plenty of oils to choose from and you can see how versatile they are. Try several oils and see which one is most appealing to you (for more ideas on emotional support read my older article here). Or you can use blends of oils. Diffuse these oils in the room, before bed time, use them as a perfume or just inhale, combine with whatever you’re doing for releasing your emotions or working with emotional traumas, with EFT tapping, massage, yoga, meditation, sports.

The only suggestion I would make is choose good quality essential oil. I’m sure you can find plenty these days.

Have a good day,

Anna