Legitchics.com | Easy Guide to Essential Oils and Emotions | Guest Blog by Jenny Hedrick
I have been preparing for this transition for the last year. I’ve battled all my demons about leaving my career to stay home with my kids and pursue financial freedom through network marketing. Or so I thought.
Then an old friend asked for a job reference. SURE! No problem. “What’s your job title?” he asked.
Mom, wife, badass? I don’t know. What is my job title? I’ve always had one!
Reach for essential oils. Valor. Frankincense. Stress Away.
That’s better. I never realized how much a job title defined me until I didn’t have one.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Truth is, it doesn’t really matter what my job title is. I’ve always played a lot of roles and handled a lot of different responsibilities.
What I now realize, is that I am carrying a lot of emotions during this transition, and I need to handle them with care and honor.
MY SECRET WEAPON
People keep asking me how I am doing in this transition out of the workforce. Well, it depends on the day. But thank GOD for essential oils. I don’t ever want to go back to a life without essential oils.
Young Living essential oils have done wonders for my mental and emotional health. Be skeptical if you must, but I have come to be a huge believer in the power of essential oils for all things, the least of which is EMOTIONAL BALANCE.
These days, I am relying on my old friends, Frankincense and Lemon. It was this combo that I was first drawn to, that started making a real difference in my life in terms of my emotional well-being.
CAN YOU REALLY USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR EMOTIONS?
Yes. Yes you can.
There is science here, about the olfactory bulb, the limbic system and the emotional center of the brain.
It’s cool. Very cool.
But I’m not going into that today.
Because you are busy, just like me. If science is your thing, I suggest following Dr. Oli Wenker on Facebook- he has some really cool information about how smelling essential oils impacts the brain.
ESSENTIAL OILS SAVE THE DAY
When I started with essential oils, I didn’t start for my emotional health. Yet it wasn’t long before I started to notice a HUGE difference!
I had been in a really dark spot for a while and had recently been through some trauma. I was hopeless and fearful. Within a month of using essential oils, I started to feel more joy and hope again. It was then that I did some research into the emotional benefits of essential oils. See my story here.
If you have moments, days, months or YEARS where you don’t feel emotionally balanced, then you too can benefit from essential oils!
Many people have a lot of questions about how to use oils, where to put them, which oils to use, etc. I want you to know IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED.
There is a ton that you can learn about essential oils, especially when it comes to emotions. HOWEVER, it really is quite simple.
THE EASY WAY TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR EMOTIONS
If you are going to use essential oils for emotions (or anything really), I only recommend using Young Living essential oils. See why here.
To get started using essentials oils for your emotional balance, follow these 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Choose an oil.
Smell some oils and see which oils you are drawn to. Is there one that smells so good you want to eat it? Or maybe you are drawn to the bottle or the name. When you are drawn to an oil, it may be your body telling you what it needs. Choose an oil that you are particularly drawn to.
When I got my kit, I was drawn to Frankincense and Lemon. These two oils continue to be my go-to support team!
Step 2: Use the oil.
Apply the oil to your skin, or put it in the diffuser. OR just smell it straight out of the bottle! The important thing is to USE the oil.
Popular places for oils include the wrists, the feet, and the neck. Some oils are potent and what we call “hot” oils. They won’t hurt, but if you have an unpleasant reaction, just apply a little bit of coconut oil or olive oil on top of the essential oil. This will slow its absorption into your skin. A reaction just means the oil is doing its job and doesn’t mean you are allergic.
I diffused Frankincense and Lemon together.
Step 3: Repeat!
Continue to use the essential oil 2-3 times a day (more is okay too!) for a week or so. Note how you feel.
I diffused my Frank/Lemon combo every day for a few weeks before I started to really notice a difference. Now, it only takes a matter of minutes to notice the effect of the oils.
There are lots of resources out there about using essential oils for emotions, some good, some not so good. My favorite resource and the sort of “bible” of EOs and Emotions for Young Living users is the book “Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils” by Dr. Carolyn Mein.
We are also lucky enough to get Dr. Mein to come to Colorado for a training on the subject in August 2017. Let me know if you’d like more information!
Jenny Hedrick is a former mental health therapist and addiction counselor. She left the world of counseling to homeschool her two boys, share the love of essential oils, and inspire others to live with passion and purpose.