Oils + Emotions
I am really excited to be hosting a live Q&A with Amanda Gambale this Sunday. We will talk all about how oils can help support our emotions and mental health. This blog post will touch on some of the topics in the Q&A.
Before we dive into the wonderful world of non-toxic living, we need to talk about what the essential oils are! Where do they come from and why do they matter in this conversation?
Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants that have therapeutic properties. They can be found in the plant’s flower, stem, leaves, bark or fruit. The chemistry is extremely complex and may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. This is what gives each oil its unique attributes and characteristics.
The oils are also the "lifeblood" of a plant. They protect the plant from disease, provide nutrients and help fight off anything it doesn't want! It keeps the plant healthy and functioning at its best!
Essential oils should smell exactly like the plant they come from – nothing more, nothing less. Often, companies will add things like vanillin to make them smell sweeter. Do your oils smell like a plant or a dessert? If it says 100% pure but it smells sweet, chances are something else has been added. This means that the therapeutic properties are either decreased or nonexistent.
Anytime you hold a bottle of Young Living powerful essential oils, you are holding the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, taken internally to inspire a positive emotional state, enhance your physical wellness, purify your home, refine your skin and create deep spiritual awareness.
Young Living Essential Oils can be applied directly to the skin - always remembering to check your labels for dilution instructions. Some oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (coconut oil, grape-seed oil, organic olive oil, V6 oil, etc.) while others can be applied directly on the skin with no dilution (referred to as “neat.”)
Oils can also be inhaled directly from the bottle, or by using a diffuser. This is actually the quickest way for your body to use the oils. And your house will smell amazing. I like to drop valor on my palms, rub them together, put them to my mouth and nose and take a few big inhales!
Lastly, because of Young Living’s therapeutic grade of oils, there are many oils that can be taken internally as a dietary supplement. You can add oils to your water, or even into a capsule. The Vitality line (white label) is clearly labeled for this use.
The vast majority of essential oils on the market today are only suitable for cosmetics and perfumes. The reason Young Living’s oils are so different is their unmatched commitment to producing a pure, unadulterated oil. Young Living has a seed to seal promise. And it is unmatched. Every step from planting to bottling is detailed and controlled. I chose Young Living because of this process, after weeks of research.
But Young Living is more expensive, right? You’re right, often times it is and “you get what you pay for” has never been more true. Young Living is more expensive than other brands and oils you can find at Whole Foods or on Amazon because of its therapeutic grade.
So how do all of these oils work?
Did you know that essential oils can support our limbic system? The limbic system is kind of like the emotional command center in our brain. It’s responsible for emotional + behavioral responses and memory, and can be directly affected by the olfactory system. When our olfactory receptors are stimulated, they communicate with the limbic system and trigger a series of emotional and behavioral responses.
That’s where essential oils come in! Certain oils are helpful for different emotions. While they don’t take the external stressor away, they can help transform our response and memory associated with it when we inhale their scent. Isn’t that amazing?! So oil up, friends!
Let's talk about some specific oils that help support our mental health. There are several more, but I'm going to hit you with the basics.
A truly unique blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Camphor Wood, Geranium, and Frankincense, Valor has a woodsy, grounding aroma that is great for massages and other topical and aromatic uses. Use it to greet each morning with a positive attitude or to refocus at the end of a challenging day.
Peace + calming
A gentle, sweet blend of Blue Tansy, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang and is one of Young Living’s most popular essential oil blends. With a calming, sweet aroma, this blend is one you’ll love using during your children’s bedtime and for yourself after the house has settled down.
Frankincense essential oil has a broad range of uses, from enhancing spiritual and meditative practice to use in beauty routines. Frankincense has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment by diffusing this oil’s empowering aroma, particularly when you are seeking purpose or engaged in prayer or meditation.
Lavender essential oil has a scent that's a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the plant a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. As one of our most popular products, Lavender is a great beginner oil and a must for every home. Lavender essential oil isn't a favorite only because of its classic scent—it's also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse and enhance many areas of your life.
Peppermint essential oil provides a familiar, recognizable scent, but Peppermint is so much more than simply a nostalgic, fresh aroma. This oil can be diffused to create a stimulating, focused atmosphere for daily tasks. You can also apply it topically to create a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, which can be very soothing after hard physical activity. We recommend using Peppermint aromatically or topically any time you want to add a pleasant variety to your routine.
With its bright and joyful aroma, Lemon essential oil benefits skin and hair as much as its aroma enhances your environment. This best-selling oil can be used in a variety of ways: Mix it with your cleaning products, use it during your nighttime skin care routine, or add a drop to your conditioner for a great scent. This oil is a key ingredient in many hair and skin care products, Thieves® cleaning products, and essential oil blends such as Thieves®, Citrus Fresh™, Clarity™, Joy™ and Harmony™.
Orange essential oil has a sweet, bright aroma reminiscent of a blossoming orchard of orange trees. Start your day with an uplifting burst of liquid sunshine by diffusing Orange as you get ready in the morning. With just a few drops, you can fill any space with a sense of peace, harmony, and creativity. Orange is delightful on its own, and you can also combine it with complementary oils such as Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Neroli, and Patchouli.
What’s better than Lemon, Grapefruit, and Orange essential oils? These oils are combined to create the inspiring and unique Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend. Along with Tangerine, Mandarin, and Spearmint, Citrus Fresh is a member favorite that’s invigorating and bright, with a hint of minty coolness. This product is a perfect replacement for chemical-based home fresheners. Simply add a couple drops to your household diffuser and enjoy the uplifting and refreshing scent.
Stress Away™ essential oil blend contains a unique combination of Lime essential oil and vanilla extract. It’s this distinct mix that gives Stress Away its unique and pleasant aroma, among other benefits. Stress Away also includes Copaiba, which has a history of beneficial properties in topical application; Lavender, with its refreshing and calming scent; and Cedarwood, which features the powerful plant constituent cedrol.
Here are some emotional support diffuser and roller blends:
⋒ d i f f u s e ⋒
3 stress away
2 jade lemon
3 peace & calming
⋒ r o l l e r s ⋒
10 ml roller bottles, top with favorite carrier oil
let go, mama
10 white angelica
5 stress away
i can do hard things
8 white angelica