Emotional application of essential oils

I mentioned in my About Me that I use oils MORE for emotional needs than I do for physical needs, and it’s true. So let’s talk about some ways that you can apply (use) essential oils to benefit you emotionally.

Direct inhalation. This is the easiest, fastest application. This means opening the bottle and breathing in, through your nose.  I am going to talk more later about the olfactory nerve and its communication with the limbic center of the brain, but that’s another post. Grab your bottle, close your eyes, and breathe through your nose.

Diffusing. This disperses molecules into the air to fill the entire environment for a longer amount of time than direct inhalation. While we’d all like to have the time to sit around and say “ohm” all day holding an oil bottle, that isn’t realistic. So diffuse! The atomizer makes molecules small enough to be inhaled into the lungs when you breathe through your mouth as well as your nose. Also, you can set a diffuser to go all night long and inhale while you sleep. This will affect your psyche and you have (hopefully) 5-9 hours/night that you are sleeping and inhaling. WIN!

Topical application. You can put oils on your hands and rub them together, breathe in; but you can also apply to your brain stem, frontal lobe, auricular emotional points, chakra points, your spine, and your feet. Basically you get oily from HEAD to TOE, literally. One drop once is not going to do MUCH. I use 2-3 drops of each of 2-4 oils and rub onto various body parts that work together. My favorite is Gary Young’s Great Day Protocol. I keep these on my bathroom counter and use them EVERY MORNING.

{graphic courtesy of We Can Oil It!}

Lastly, you can use essential oils as a dietary supplement. Young Living oils themselves can be ingested (the vitality line is designed for this) but there are also great oil-infused supplements like CortiStop. When under stress, the body produces cortisol. When cortisol is produced too frequently, it can have negative health consequences such as feelings of fatigue, difficulty maintaining healthy weight, and difficulty maintaining optimal health of cardiovascular systems.

Here’s how you can get oils and supplements.

 

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