Oils and Emotions

Essential oils work well at balancing emotions because – after entering the nose – the vaporized oil molecules bypass the intellect, go directly to the limbic system, and are sent out through the bloodstream as messenger molecules with instructions for cells throughout the body. Your body does not fight the changes they want to make (see http://annebacher.com/aromatherapy-the-relationship-between-your-nose-and-your-health/  for background).

But how can you pick the best oils or blends to bring about more of what you want and less of what you don’t want in your emotional life? Do you know how to think about your emotions and which words best describe what you are feeling or would like to feel?


If you just need a list of descriptive words to jump start your decision-making process, here are a couple:

https://www.verywellfamily.com/feelings-words-from-a-to-z-2086647 (grade school and older)
https://www.verywellmind.com/feeling-words-to-help-spouse-2300571 (spouses/intimate partners)

To be honest, I was not great at describing my emotions for much of my life, so a list alone was not really helpful. When my husband decided to go back to get a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, I knew I had to get better at expressing that part of me to have an optimal dialogue with him about what he was learning. Believe it or not, the thing that was most helpful to me was looking at pictures of faces and matching what my face would look like if that was my primary, strong emotion. It’s no wonder that emojis have become so popular! I got the most value out of looking at real faces, but you can do a web search for either faces or emojis and see what helps you the most.

Another way to figure out what you are feeling is to locate where in your body you are feeling your tension. I recently found a video that shows heat mapping of emotions in the body:

Here is an excellent graphic that combines where you are feeling tension and why you are feeling it (sometimes very helpful in deciding on which oil or blend would be most helpful) based on chakras:


Once you have determined what you are feeling and what you would like to feel less of and more of, it’s time to pick your oils. If you want custom blends, doTERRA offers six proprietary emotional aromatherapy blends that cover the range of emotions and are a great place to start. Let me know if you’d like to know more about this set of oils and the main emotions they each address.:

  • Motivate encouraging blend (mints and citruses: Peppermint, Clementine, Coriander, Basil, Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary, and Vanilla)
  • Cheer uplifting blend (citruses and spices: Wild Orange, Clove, Star Anise, Lemon Myrtle, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Zdravetz)
  • Passion inspiring blend (spices, herbs, and grasses: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Vanilla, and Damiana)
  • Forgive renewing blend (herbs, grasses, and trees: Spruce, Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Myrrh, Arborvitae, Nootka Tree, and Citronella)
  • Console comforting blend (trees and florals: Frankincense, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Labdanum, Amyris, Sandalwood, Rose, and Osmanthus)
  • Peace (florals and mints: Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Labdanum and Spearmint).

The main plant sources of essential oils are citrus (rinds), florals, spices, herbs, roots, leaves, woods, and resins. Within each category, however, there are oils with a wide variety of chemical compounds and properties. As an example, citruses are uplifting and detoxifying to the emotions as well as to the body. Here are few specific citrus oils and their known physical and emotional properties (for more detail, I recommend the following books: Modern Essentials, 10th ed., The Essential Life, 5th ed.; and Emotions & Essential Oils, 7th ed.):

  • Bergamot is neurotonic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and a digestive stimulant. It supports an emotional transition from self-judgement and feelings of inadequacy to self-acceptance and feelings of worthiness.
  • Grapefruit is diuretic, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, astringent, anti-toxic, purifying, and an expectorant. It supports emotional transition from feeling divided against oneself and body-judging to feeling validated and accepting/honoring of the body.
  • Lime is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, anti-carcinoma, anti-mutagenic, decongestant, regenerative, and anti-rheumatic. It supports emotional transition from feeling faint and apathetic to feeling enlivened with a strong zest for life.


The best and quickest way to support a shift in emotions is by inhaling the oil or blend you have chosen from a diffuser, the bottle, or a drop in your palm. If you choose to wear your oils, you can apply a drop or two to a piece of diffuser jewelry or apply them to your skin on the “perfume points”, over the heart, and on the inner elbow creases. If applying them to bare skin, dilute with fractionated coconut oil or other pure carrier oil and avoid exposure to direct sunlight for several oils with most citrus oils. Please feel free to ask questions if you need more guidance.


If you are struggling with emotional trauma, there are oils that can be helpful in supporting balance both physically and emotionally. One of my favorite resources in this regard is a small paperback called Veterans with PTSD Hope with Oils Project 2nd Edition: SURVIVAL GUIDE 101 How to Use Essential Oils for Combat Stress – available on Amazon.

Just remember…
You don’t have to know everything about every oil before you can begin a journey of oil usage, especially with emotions. The best way to start is to find an experienced mentor, determine what you want to change, decide on the oils and resources most likely to help you, and
OPEN THE BOTTLES! Wellness Made Simple is here is help you to get where YOU want to go.

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