Emotions and Essential Oils

Over the last three years, I have been on a journey to bring more natural and organic living to myself and my family.  I have learned so much in the last three years.  Out of everything we’ve done to change our lifestyle, maybe the most beneficial has been the addition of using essential oils as a natural form of health care.  Now, I know there are many out there that might be thinking that we’re a family who now refuses to seek medical attention for any reason, serious or otherwise.  I can assure you that we are not one of “those” families.  I have no animosity toward families that choose this way; it’s just not for me.  We all still seek medical attention when necessary.  We’ve been using essential oils in my house for almost 5 months now and the changes have been remarkable.  We mostly use them for physical health issues (headaches, muscle aches, tummy aches, etc.)  However, as I learned more about using the oils, I started reading more about using them to help with emotional issues as well as physical issues.

Naturally, I then started thinking that this would be a great topic to bring to my blog.  So, in addition to writing about what God says about the different emotional issues, I will also be writing about how one might use the various essential oils to ease some of those same issues.  Coincidentally, God has a lot to do with both of these topics; given that God gave us these great oils to use to our benefit.

Now, before I start talking further about essential oils, let me first give a little disclaimer.  What I write about on my blog is purely for educational purposes.  It is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, or treat emotional and/or physical issues.  I will write what I’ve learned about using essential oils, but hold no responsibility to any person who chooses to try the oils as described in this blog, no matter if the effect is positive or negative.  It is important to follow all recommended usage described by the oil manufacturer that you choose and to consult a physician before adding any new protocol (prescribed or not) to your health care regimen.

It is important to realize that essential oils don’t do the emotional work for us.  In my practice, I tell patients all the time that I will teach them the tools they need to cope with the issues they struggle with, but I can’t make anyone use those tools.  Essential oils are just another tool to help us cope.  They can prepare the body to do the work needed to heal emotionally, but they cannot do the work for us.

There are many different brands of essential oils out there.  I will only be writing about using therapeutic grade essential oils.  I believe that only the highest quality essential oils should be used for any type of healing.  If you ever have any oil questions (or questions about anything else I write about), be sure to ask and I’ll do my very best to answer them.

Essential oils can be used 3 ways: aromatically, topically, and internally.  To use essential oils aromatically, you can place a few drops into a diffuser which will diffuse the oil into the air, you can simply smell the oil in the bottle, or you can place a few drops into your hands, rub them together and inhale the scent from your hands.  To use essential oils topically, you would place a few drops into your hands and rub onto the recommended area of concern on your body.  Some essential oils need to be diluted with what is called a carrier oil (ie. fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, etc.)  Please be sure to read manufacturer’s recommendations before using any oil.  I will be sure to make the proper recommendations in my writing about each of the oils that I mention as well.  Finally, to use the essential oils internally, some can be dropped directly into the mouth or mixed in water, while others need to be placed into a capsule before swallowing and/or diluted with a carrier oil before taking internally.  Be sure to follow the recommendations of the manufacturer and/or consult a reputable essential oil guide (ie: Modern Essentials) before following any oil protocol.

Before I close, I would like to take just a moment to talk about a most common question: What IS an essential oil?  Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.  When you peel an orange, the reason your hands smell so good is because they are full of essential oils from the orange itself.  In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.  Basically, God gave everything he created survival skills and plants are no exception.

So, join me as I take a look at how each of these oils can be used as tools to assist in healing our emotions!

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