Last week, I continued my series on hormonal harmony with essential oils by highlighting rose geranium oil. I discussed how this oil, along with others, can calm the brain and bring back balance to sex hormones altered by long-term, unwanted stress.
In this post, I will discuss how essential oils’ ability to affect our body and mind simultaneously is farther reaching than our physical and emotional health. I will then discuss what this has to do with promoting more courage.
How Essential Oils Can Change Our Brain and Health for the Better
On the biochemical level, essential oils can impact brain health, signaling, and function. They have been shown to modulate neurotransmitters as well as protect the brain from oxidative stress. (source, source)
On the physiological level, essential oils and certain fragrances have been shown to alter brain wave patterns, affecting concentration, focus, relaxation, and emotions. In fact, an in-depth review article has provided us with a handy chart with specific examples of this. It is important to note the individual differences in aromatic preferences and gender can affect these patterns.
Through their multi-system effects on our brain and body, essential oils can alter our behavior which can result in more positive social connections. Studies have even supported the use of essential oils for easing the symptoms of addictive substance withdrawal. I have used them in my practice to help my clients in following through with greater self-care and assist with the release of unwanted reactionary patterns that sabotage their relationships.
Human bonds are an often-overlooked epigenetic influencer of undue stress and physical ailments. By assisting with alleviating emotional toxicity and enhancing emotional intelligence, essential oils can help create more fulfilling, healthier, and longer lives. These effects are more impactful than any other physical risk factor alone!
How Does Emotional and Brain Processing Balancing with Essential Oils Build Courage?
Balancing brain functioning and altering neurotransmitters can create the drive for seeking out new things. This takes bravery and can be seen as fearlessness! Studies in animal and humans point to alterations is neurotransmitters (mostly dopamine) as well as brain patterns for calming the brain and resulting in novelty pursuit. (source, source, source, source)
The following essential oils can calm the mind, support our bodies’ health, and improve focus to help us in moving toward our goals…overcoming fear.
1. Grounding Oil Blend– I have a favorite essential oil blend that combines the following essential oils is one of my go-to blend to give me more courage during trying days. It contains the grounding fir and camphor essential oils, which can bring you back into your body when you feel “out of it” due to a swirling brain. It can also provide the mind with ease due to the inclusion of the ancient spiritual herbal, frankincense oil. This is further enhanced with rose geranium oil.
If you are interested in the background of these oils included essential oil blend, the founder and creator of the blend I referenced tells the story here.
2. (Rose) Geranium oil- I just covered this oil’s multi-systemic actions for supporting the body, calming the brain, and balancing stress. This oil can be used to assist in attaining clearer minds, an uplifted mood, and less distress in order to help “unstick” negative and defeating thought patterns. This can result in greater coherence for attaining our goals and dreams.
Next week, I’ll go into more direct applications for hormonal harmony with rose geranium oil.
3. A Heart Synergy Blend- Many companies will combine fir oils with calming oils to balance the heart. An example of a blend is: the use of a fir oil, microbe inhibiting oils, ylang ylang flower oil, and helichrysum italicum flower oil.
The phytoncides found in fir oils are immune-enhancing and stress-relieving and the favorite aroma of ylang ylang is calming to the heart and mind. Helichyrsum is an essential oil that further help to calm external skin irritations that can make one worried.
4. Lavender oil– I dedicated a whole article that solely focused on this essential oil. I highlighted all the research that demonstrates its ability to calm the brain, protect the nervous system, and support our whole body.
To learn more and get a quick refresher on the science behind the influence of aroma on emotions, and how essential oils combine the psychological impact of odor as they simultaneously impact our physiology and biochemistry, click here.
- Safety First! Please review the resources for essential oils safety here.
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* Please note that the studies from PubMed aren’t specific for any essential oils company.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. ( Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
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