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Aromatherapy for Emotional Well-Being

Aromatherapy for Emotional Well-BeingAlthough aromatherapy should not be considered a miracle cure for serious emotional issues, the use of essential oils may assist, sometimes greatly, with particular emotional issues and emotional states. Additionally, the proper use of essential oils may enhance your emotional outlook and provide support and help balance your emotions during the day. The use of essential oils for emotional well-being is what is often first thought of when someone thinks of the term "aromatherapy."

Essential oils are comprised of naturally occurring chemicals that work in synergy with one another. Because essential oils evaporate quickly (known as being "volatile"), their molecules are easily inhaled. Without providing an intimidating lesson in olfaction (the science of the sense of smell), the inhalation of these naturally occurring synergistic chemicals provide triggers to our brain. These triggers effect our emotions. Inhalation of these wondrous molecules also provides physical benefit which may also work together to aid in our emotional state.

Orange Oil is a good example. The smell of orange helps provide emotional balance and bring on a positive outlook. Sweet orange oil is a wonderful oil to use alone or in a blend for those winter blues that often occur in the colder, grayer times of the year. The aroma of sweet orange oil also blends nicely with many oils and has the added advantage of being one of the more inexpensive essential oils. It is also generally regarded to be one of the safer essential oils to use.

Borrowed from Essential Oils for Emotional Well-Being page located within AromaWeb's Essential Oiil Profiles area, below is a list of emotional states and the oils that are commonly known to be of help. When using any oil, it's important to follow all safety guidelines and safety issues that pertain to the particular oil.

Not all essential oils provide the same level of benefit for all persons. Past memories associated with particular aromas can have a positive or negative effect. Rose Essential Oil, for instance, is known for aiding during times of grief. Your past experiences with the aroma of Rose Oil, however, may impact its effectiveness for use during times of grief. If you had a loving grandmother who often smelled of rose, for instance, your reaction when smelling rose may differ than if you had an abusive grandmother who typically smelled of rose. If your rose-smelling grandma died, your reaction to the aroma of rose will be impacted by your past associations with the aroma. Do not force yourself to use an oil that elicits negative feelings or that you don't like the aroma of, even if it is one that is listed below.

It is important, therefore, that you treat any list of essential oils used for emotional well-being as a starting point. Within the confines of safety, experiment and utilize those oils that bring about the purpose that you seek.


AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Recipes area contains a variety of emotional well-being recipes.

Essential Oils for Anger Management

Bergamot, Jasmine, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Palo Santo, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils for Anxiety

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Essential Oils for Confidence

Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange, Rosemary

Essential Oils for Depression

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Palo Santo, Orange, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils for Fatigue, Exhaustion and Burnout

Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Essential Oils for Fear

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Palo Santo, Orange, Roman Chamomile Sandalwood, Vetiver

Essential Oils for Grief

Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Neroli, Palo Santo, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Essential Oils for Happiness and Peace

Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Palo Santo, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils for Insecurity

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Essential Oils for Irritability

Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood

Essential Oils for Loneliness

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Palo Santo, Roman Chamomile, Rose

Essential Oils for Memory and Concentration

Basil, Black Pepper, Cypress, Hyssop, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

Essential Oils for Panic and Panic Attacks

Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Neroli, Rose

Essential Oils for Stress Reduction

Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang


AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Recipes area contains a variety of recipes and synergies for aiding the emotions.

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