Essential oils have been used for about one thousand years for all sorts of reasons. One of the key uses for essential oils has been for emotional healing. These preparations of plants are excellent at producing a feeling of well-being.
There are generally three methods for using these essential oils to promote emotional health. One is to add ten drops of the oil to a bath and soak. Another is to put a few drops on the essential oil in a carrier oil and use it for a massage.
The final method is to inhale the aroma of the oil directly. This can be done by putting a few drops of the essential oils on a handkerchief or tissue and holding it up to the nose. You can also accomplish the same thing by boiling two cups of water, adding the oil, and inhaling the vapors. Different essential oils are used for different emotional problems. For example, grief comes to most people at some time in their lives. It may involve a loss of a job, a home, a marriage, or an actual death. In any case, using essential oils of frankincense or rose can help to ease the suffering.
Poor memory is often the result of poor eating and sleeping habits. If you are suffering in this way, you can try oil of rosemary to help the problem. However, if you notice poor memory being a continual happening in your life even after using essential oils, you should seek a medical opinion.
The same is true for postnatal depression. Many new mothers find that they feel down after the birth of their child. After their hormones get back to normal, they should begin to feel better. In the meantime, they can use essential oils such as bergamot, chamomile, or neroli. If at any time they feel it is important, they should seek a doctor's help. This is not a problem to treat lightly.
For stress, chamomile, lavender, and sandalwood have all been used with success. Ongoing stress without substantial relief should be reported to a doctor. Anxiety should not be taken lightly either. However, you can try the essential oils bergamot, cedarwood, or lavender before seeing a physician.
If you are actually having panic attacks, your anxiety is much worse. You are probably having symptoms that seem more physical than emotional. At times, you may almost feel like you are having a heart attack. If you have panic attacks, you should have medical advice to rule out physical causes. If you still don't get relief, essential oils can help you. Frankincense, lavender, neroli, and ylang ylang will help to alleviate the distress.
Mental fatigue comes after hours of work or study. It can make you feel a kind of exhaustion that sleep won't even cure. Essential oils, though, can help with that feeling. The use of lavender, peppermint, and rosemary will all relieve your mind.
Emotional distress can become a part of anyone's life. The world is full of stresses and pressures that keep people from feeling relaxed. Essential oils can help these people to feel more at ease with themselves and the world around them.
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Brooke M. Barry is President of SJMT and a Certified Massage Therapist specializing in Integrated Therapy incorporating Essential Oils.