Emotions + Oils

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If you're an avid reader of our blog, it's no surprise to you that I've been dealing with a lot of grief and emotional battles in the last year, since losing my husband. Last summer, I was at a breaking point. I was at a point where I was overly sensitive during my time of the month. I was on birth control to help regulate my hormones and help me lessen the pain of my cramps, but it was actually counterintuitive.

If I'm honest, I never even considered the side effects of birth control at this point. Joel and I had just decided that since we had a teenager now, it probably would be a good idea to play it safe and not have a little one to chase too. I didn't think about the hormones creating adverse effects on my emotional health. I was a hott mess.

I carried on for months without realizing the pattern of emotional turmoil just a day or two before my cycle and then one day it hit me like a ton of bricks. I wondered if the issue was the birth control. In that moment, I was ready to call a counselor, get on prescription drugs to help me cope with the loss for a little while. I was a blurbing mess--- and that's how I knew something needed to change.

I started looking into my toolbox- the things I had in my reach. I had heard of people using oils for emotional support but I hadn't bought in yet to that idea. I had been trying to detox my home of chemicals over the summer, and the last thing I wanted to do was to put more chemicals into my body in the form of medication. And, I thought I truly had a good support system with people I could really talk to about my real, raw, unpretty feelings and emotions about grief. I was willing to give it a try.

I bought Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils and started to hone in on the process of using oils for emotional support. Here's what I've learned...


Essential Oils

Let's cover the basics here. "Oils are... the lifeblood of a plant. They protect the plant from disease, provide nutrients and help fight off anything it doesn't want! It keeps the plant (or tree, fruit, bark, root, etc.) healthy and functioning at its best!

Essential oils should smell exactly like the plant they come from – nothing more, nothing less. Often, companies will add things like vanillin to make them smell sweeter. Do your oils smell like a plant or a dessert? If it says 100% pure but it smells sweet, chances are something else has been added. This means that the therapeutic properties are either decreased or nonexistent." -Taylor Quigg

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That is why the Seed to Seal Commitment is so important. I only use YOUNG LIVING Essential Oils. Why? Because of their transparency. No other brand can match their processes. You can visit their farms and get an up-close look at their distillery process. They test their oils over and over and then have an outside source do so as well. All of these factors make a huge difference in quality and effectiveness. 

All oils are NOT created equal.

Here is what makes Young Living different:

- YL farms and partner farms abide by strict standards.

- YL selects the strongest seeds from strong thriving plants. They will not over-produce for quantity or stock needs. They only produce what the healthy plants will provide.

- Pest Control: All plants are hand-weeded and use oils on plants to avoid the use of toxic chemicals.

- Plants are harvested at peak times to ensure quality oils, down to the hour.

- Distilleries are on site to prevent contamination and process without chemicals.

- Every batch has several tests to pass and done 3 times each by YL and outside parties. If it doesn’t meet their standards because of weather conditions or for any other reason, it does not get used.


Oils + Science

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"When talking about emotions, we must mention the limbic system. The limbic system is a system of nerves and networks in the brain that controls basic emotions and drives. It is the emotional brain. It supports five major functions: emotions, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and sense of smell.

Essential oils can be used to tap directly into the limbic system to stimulate memories and emotions. As you inhale essential oils, the tiny molecules enter the nasal cavity and pass by the olfactory bulb. Your olfactory bulb is a part of your limbic system and therefore your response to an aroma is going to be emotional before it can be rational.

This is great news! That means you can use essential oils to recall memories, both good and bad. If they are bad, you can use the oils to help you release cellular memories stored in the body, allowing you to process and move past them.

We all regularly come in contact with reactions to smells. You walk into the house at dinner time and smell your favorite meal being prepared. Your emotions are instantly triggered to the fond memories you have of that meal and you feel joy.