No matter our age, lifestyle, or geographic location, one thing that all humans have in
common is that we all experience emotions every day. Emotions are an inescapable part of being a human, and they have a serious impact on our happiness and wellbeing. Although emotions are somewhat mysterious, they can be characterized as complex internal reactions that will differ from person to person.
Because we each have a unique personality and a unique set of personal experiences, each of us will
experience emotions in different ways. We each have different methods for responding to and coping with
emotions, and each person displays their emotions a little differently.
While our emotions can affect our quality of life in several ways, we know that they are very influential
in shaping our motivations—which can then shape our behavior and way of thinking. Our responses to emotions can have negative or positive effects on our quality of life, depending on how we choose to respond based on our personality or experiences.
While each person experiences emotions differently, unchecked emotions can seriously affect anyone’s quality of life by impacting their emotional or physical health. Conversely, experiencing positive emotions and finding healthy ways to deal with negative emotions can lead to an improved quality of life. Whether we choose to deal with our emotions, or leave them unchecked, we will never be able to escape emotions entirely.
A Scientific look at emotions
For decades, scientists have studied human emotions because of their mysterious nature and the vital role they play in our daily lives. Most scientists agree that emotions are complex, multi-factorial responses that are triggered by multiple mechanisms
and stimuli. This explains why emotions are so complex and mysterious—they are multi-factorial, which means that they are dependent on a variety of factors or causes. Emotions are also complicated because they can be triggered by any number of
means or stimuli.
Simply put, emotions are your response to the environment around you. This “environment” includes your physical location, the people around you, any activities you are engaging in, and dozens of other factors (both in and out of your control.) Your brain will process these factors and determine how to respond emotionally. This response will usually lead to some sort of action, and is typically based on your previous experiences and survival instincts. As mentioned, emotions and responses will vary from person to person because of our unique personalities and life experiences. An individual’s personality and experience will influence how they perceive stimuli and their environment. This is why we each have unique responses and ways of dealing with emotions—the same stimuli can be perceived differently by two people.
While there are a wide array of emotions, and countless possible responses, emotions can generally be categorized into one of two categories: positive or negative. As mentioned, positive emotions can help improve wellbeing and quality of life, while negative emotions can take a toll on the body, both mentally and physically
when they are not dealt with properly.
Some Essential Oils I love for emotional balance!
Best Essential Oils for Stress, Anxiety & Fear
*This information is intended to complement medical treatment/medication, not as a replacement.
This is one of the most important things to remember, because essential oils for these conditions are the most commonly requested. In fact, almost every other (physical, mental, emotional) condition are linked to either stress, anxiety and fear (or any combination of them).
The fact is, stress is not a REAL thing - it is only our perception/judgement of a situation. This 'stress' can only be relieved by changing our thoughts. However, our negative ('stressful') thoughts are then able to manifest as bodily ailments, and the oils below can help to ease this pain and help your mind & body to relax.
Additional Essential Oils: Melissa, Rosewood, Sandalwood & Vetiver
Excess, Negative Stress: Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
Anxiety/Worry: Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
Panic: Benzoin, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang
Fear: Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
For Stress Eat more broccoli, spinach, asparagus and other dark green vegetables Eat a small amount of sugary food Eat complex carbohydrates (for example, oatmeal or whole grain bread) and sweet potatoes Eat more oily fish (such as salmon) and turkey Eat lean, grass fed beef Eat some dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more) Eat more dairy products (such as yoghurt) (unless you have an allergy to dairy) Drink milk (unless you have an allergy to it), Chamomile tea and/or Green tea (approx 2 cups per day) Eat more oranges and berries (for Vitamin C and antioxidants)
For Anxiety/Worry/Fear As well as all the above listed; Eat more fruit, especially bananas Drink Ginger tea and/or Valerian tea
One of the most important remedies for stress, anxiety, worry & fear would be to relax, and one of the best ways to do so is to practice meditation. Meditation will enable you to reconnect to peace (or God/Source/Spirit/Universe etc, depending on your personal belief). Stress comes from your own thoughts about the world/situations, not from the world/situations themselves. Stress is an illusion (not a tangible thing), and changing your thoughts will change your levels of stress.
Find books to read about stress relief, including those which look at it from a more spiritual perspective and changing your thoughts (if you are interested in such things).
The power of connecting to others is incredibly important, either via soothing touch, such as having a massage, or communicating via talking and getting support from other people you respect (it is important to 'let out' your worries, rather than 'bottling them up', and it is ok to cry, as this is your body's way of healing itself).
PS. I love making custom blends for your unique combination of emotions! Check out that process!
PSS Coming soon a course on how to balance emotions with essential oils, using positive psychology tools! Get on the waitlist!