Benefits of Aromatic Use of Essential Oils
Aromatic use of essential oils can support focus, memory, moods and emotions, hormonal balance, the respiratory system, the immune system, the endocrine system, skin and hair, and help purify and cleanse the air.
How Does it Work?
When using essential oils aromatically, the scent travels through the nose to the olfactory system. The olfactory system processes the molecules along the olfactory nerve to the limbic system, the oldest part of the brain. In the amygdala (emotional powerhouse) and the hippocampus (center for learning and storing memory), responses are triggered that link the scent with memories and experiences. By smelling essential oil, the brain is creating and/or recalling memories and experiences tied to scent. Because of these reactions in the brain, essential oils have a particularly powerful effect when applied aromatically. Due to the volatility of essential oils, aromatic use of essential oils is one of the most effective application methods—the oil user can experience the benefits of a scent quickly and conveniently.
In addition to processing the scent in the brain, as the essential oils are inhaled, they are also absorbed through the respiratory tract and lungs, and then circulated through the blood stream. As we breathe in the scent of an essential oil, it triggers specific reactions physiological and emotional reactions based on our own individual needs and overall health. This is why aromatic use is such a big part of mood management and wellness.
Aromatic Use with a Diffuser
There are two types of diffusers which are best to use with essential oils, a nebulizing diffuser and ultrasonic diffuser. A nebulizing diffuser breaks down the essential oil into tiny particles through the use of a high velocity, pressurized air stream and jet nozzle. When the essential oil is released, it goes into the air in a fine mist. This method does not alter the chemical composition—it diffuses the entire oil at once so you don’t get the more volatile components first and then the heavier later. The particle size is small enough to be easily inhaled. Nebulizing diffusers work without heat or water. An ultrasonic diffuser uses water but no heat. The diffuser uses electronic frequencies to create a fine mist from the essential oil and water. Ultrasonic vibrations are created by a small disk under the surface of the water which causes the essential oil to break up into tiny micro particles which are small enough to be inhaled.
Tip: Use Tap Water not distilled water. The natural minerals in tap water are needed to better diffuse the water in the air and circulate the essential oils.
Things to consider: room size (different diffusers fill certain sizes of air space); automatic shut-off feature; length of running time (some diffusers run only for 2 hours others up to 10 hours; if you want your diffuser to support you during the night get an 8 hour diffuser ); intermittent settings (diffuser does not run continously but turns on and off in intervals – preferable feature when diffusing oils around children, pets and elderly);
Usage Tips: Nebulizing diffuser add 10-15 drops. Ultrasonic diffuser add 2-4 drops. You can use just a single oil, combine a selection of oils, or use a pre-made blend. Place your diffuser in your living room, bedroom, kitchen, office or any place where you spend time. Your body will benefit from breathing in the essential oils. Using a diffuser in the bathroom in the mornings can help you wake up your senses and set the tone for the day. You can even get a car diffuser that plugs into your USB adapter to make your rides to and from work more enjoyable. Add a motivating essential oil in the morning and a stress reducing essential oil on the way home. The car diffuser also works well plugged into your computer, to benefit from aromatherapy while working in an office environment where you can’t place an ultrasonic or nebulizing diffuser.
Aromatic Use from the Bottle
Open the bottle of essential oil, stay about 2 inches away from your nose, pass bottle gently below your nose like making a circle in the air. Inhaling it directly from the bottle holding it steady right under your nose may overwhelm your olfactory system or irritate your sinuses. Passing it by your nose allows for getting a whiff and enough exposure to benefit from it without over stimulation.
Aromatic Use from Your Hands
Add 1-2 drops to the palms of your hands, rub together to create a little heat, cup about 6 inches from your face, close your eyes and breathe through mouth and nose. Very beneficial to reduce feelings of stress, calm emotions, uplift spirits, and support the sinuses and respiratory system.
Tip: I love using the 4-count breathing method!
Breathe in counting to 4, hold breath counting to 4, breathe out counting to 4 – repeat 3 times, then breathe normally. Repeat this sequence as needed to calm emotions.
Other Options for Aromatic Use
Inhaler: Make your own inhaler for on-the-go. Here is a link to where you can get refillable inhalers. Put 12-14 drops of fractionated coconut oil into a paper cup and add 4-6 drops of essential oil, lay the wick into it on both sides letting it absorb all the essential oil. Here is how they look like.
Cotton Balls: Add 1-2 drops to cotton ball and place next to your computer or desk where you work.
Room Spritz: Create a spritz with distilled water and a few drops of essential oil and mist pillow before bed time, mist yourself, spray in the kitchen or bathroom, mist dog bed to neutralize smells or support restful sleep. Mist sneakers, soccer cleats and other sports items to purify air.
Select essential oils based on the desired effects.
Here are some of the most common ones:
All Citrus Oils and Blends: Lemon, Lime, Wild Orange, Bergamot, Grapefruit
Eliminate lingering odors from cooking certain foods or pets:
Citrus oils, tree oils, and spices: Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, White Fir or Siberian Fir, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Cilantro
Increasing Focus & Concentration:
Blend of Vetiver, Patchouli, Frankincense, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood, and Roman Chamomile
Support the Immune System:
Blend of Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary; Petitgrain;
Blend of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint.
Supporting restful sleep:
Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Spikenard, Petitgrain.
Supporting the respiratory system:
Individual use or blend of Eucalyptus, Cardamom, Peppermint, Melaleuca, (adding Clove and Frankincense can be very supportive).
Support feeling calm and less anxious:
Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Copaiba, Melissa; Blend of Lavender, Tangerine, Lemon, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, Osmanthus, and Sandalwood.
Tip: Use the steam of your shower in the morning to create an aromatherapy experience by sprinkling some drops of Peppermint essential oil to awaken the senses or Wild Orange Essential oil to uplift your moods and increase energy in areas of the shower where the water doesn’t wash the essential oil away. The combination of Peppermint and Wild Orange is wonderful in supporting homeostasis.
Bonus Content – The Brain-Mood-Nutrient Connection
The Brain-Mood-Nutrients Connection
Brain cells, or neurons, release chemicals that transmit impulses to other nerves insides the brain and to distant nerve cells throughout the body. These chemical messages regulate the physiology of the body. The primary cause of a deficiency in neurotransmitters is nutritional deficiency. The brain makes these important signaling chemicals from the amino acids you ingest from your food. Other causes for deficiencies in neurotransmitters can be anything that damages neurons: environmental factors, toxins, and emotional factors such as stress response. DNA also plays an important role.
Nutrients that Promote Brain Health
1) Amino Acids (Tryptophan)
Dietary sources for Tryptophan:
cheese, chicken, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, soy, sesame seeds, and turkey
2) Minerals (Zinc, Copper, Iron, Magnesium)
Zinc is important for the release of serotonin. When the serotonin level goes down the deficiency may reveal itself in form or irritability and depression.
Dietary sources for Zinc:
baked beans, beef, cashews, cheese, chicken chickpeas, milk, oatmeal, shellfish
Copper is a trace mineral. It stimulates the production of epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine. (Epinephrine -> Adrenaline; Dopamine is important for learning, attention, pleasure and reward system)
Dietary sources for Copper:
beans, chocolate, grains, nuts and seeds
Iron carries oxygen throughout the blood stream. Low iron levels can make it possible for anxiety and depression to develop.
Dietary sources for Iron:
apricots, beef liver, broccoli, chicken liver, chickpeas, clams, green pepper, kidney beans, lima beans, mussels, potatoes, pumpkin seeds, sardines, sesame seeds, spinach, turkey and wheat germs
Magnesium protects the brain from toxins and helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. Deficiancy causes migraines, poor sleep, ADHD, anxiety and depression.
Dietary sources for Magnesium:
blackstrap molasses, beet greens, broccoli, collard greens, green beans, halibut, salmon, spinach and Swiss chard
3) B Vitamins (B6, B12, Folic Acid)
Especially important to enhancing mood and overcoming depression.
4) Omega 3 Fatty Acids (EPA and DHA)
Especially DHA (docosahexanoicacid) for relief of depression.
Good Mood Foods
- high in antioxidants, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
- it affects the release of serotonin
- anti-stress, anti-anxiety, anti-depressant effects
- curcumin reduces inflammation
- clinical study in India of 60 women with depression taking1000 mg of curcumin
Essential Oils to Uplift Moods
Frankincense and Wild Orange
Add to Roll-on Bottle in equal parts; apply to bottom of feet, chest, hands 3-4 times a day.
All citrus essential oils have uplifting properties: lemon, wild orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lime.
Water (Your brain needs sufficient hydration)
If you are craving something salty it means you are actually dehydrated.
Proper hydration: drink half your body weight in ounces throughout the day!
Foods that Negatively Impact Moods
Study reveals that fast food consumers are 51% more likely to develop depression.
- causes initial high, then a crash when the body increases insulin production to rid the sugars from the bloodstream
- sugars contribute to chronic inflammation and disrupt the body’s immune system
- sugar suppresses the production of BDNF which promotes the health of neurons and plays a vital role in memory; BDNF is critically low in people with depression
diminishes serotonin in the brain; low serotonin -> irritable and depressed
- disrupts balance in the brain and affects thoughts, feelings, actions
- it also affects the neurotransmission process
- alcohol is toxic to the liver. Depression may indicate that the liver isn’t function properly. Have your liver values checked when suffering from depression. If the liver is too toxic, consider a good cleanse and detox regimen.
Relationship between the Digestive System and the Brain
The brain and the gut are in constant communication via the Vagus nerve. The gut-brain link is essential to understanding depression. The gut uses 30 neurotransmitters. When something goes wrong in our gut, the state of mind changes. It’s basically like a two way street between what’s going on in the brain and in the gut. In a study where women took probiotics, they showed increased activity in the brain area that controls processing of emotions.
See Rebecca Hintze, author of “Essentially Happy”, she refers to a study performed at Cambridge where LLV (Life Long Vitality Pack by doTERRA) was given for 60 days to a group of people with anxiety or depression disorder but who currently were not on any medication. The results showed that LLV improved their symptoms.
“Having deficiency of a certain vitamin, mineral, amino acid or fatty acid can directly relate to emotional well-being. Therefore supporting the body with balanced and adequate nutrition is the right step to promote healing. The impact of nutrition on mental health was underestimated until recently.”, Rebecca Hintze.
LLV (Life Long Vitality Pack)
is a multi-nutrient supplement designed to increase cellular health, vitality and energy
- supports healthy cell proliferation and lifespan
- mitochondrial energy production
- healthy cellular inflammatory response
- supports healthy joints with boswellic acids which have been studies for their strong anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, and anticancer properties
is a blend of essential omega fatty acids, the potent antioxidant astaxanthin, and powerful essential oils (Clove, Frankincense, Thyme, Cumin, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Ginger, Caraway, Roman Chamomile)
- promotes healthy cardiovascular, immune , joint and brain health
- supports nutrient absorption in the intestinal tract
- includes essential omeaga fatty acids from both marine and land sources
- unique potential to cross blood-brain barrier with antioxidant astaxanthin, a natural cartenoid
is a unique multivitamin that combines natural vitamins and minerals with a complex of whole-food nutrients
- provides the vitamins and minerals that are often deficient in a normal diet
- optimizes nutrient absorption
- helps calm the stomach
- supports healthy cell, system and tissue function
- fortifies the body with vitamins A, C and E with an energy complex of B vitamins
Terragreens – Nutritional Supplement
Terragreens is a proprietary blend of whole food fruits and vegetables combined with superfruits and dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® Essential Oils. This powdered mix packs a daily boost of fruits and vegetables into a mix that can be stirred into 8 oz. of liquid for easy and convenient nutritional supplementation.
Terragreens contains in powerded form: Kale, Dandelion, Spinach, Parsley, Collard Greens, Broccoli, Cabbage, Wheat Grass, Alfalfa, Oat Grass, Barley Grass, Pineapple, Guava, Mango, Goji Berry, Mangosteen, Acerola Cherry as well as Lemon Essential Oil, Ginger Essential Oil.
- provides body with essential nutrients
- supports immune health
- supports digestive system
- supports weight management
- all natural ingredients
- GMO and gluten free
Take one scoop in 8 ounces of liquid (water, smoothie, juice) for convenient supplemental nutrition.
Essential Oils and Moods
Essential Oils can elevate moods, promote relaxation, and have other healthy benefits. Here is a list of their benefits related to emotions.
Basil -> mental exhaustion
Bergamot -> boost self-esteem
Birch -> grounding and soothing to the soul
Black Pepper -> pulls up suppressed emotions and encourages recovery
Cassia -> boosts courage
Cedarwood -> opens the heart to feel love and support
Cilantro -> cleanses negative emotions
Cinnamon Bark -> supports sexual health
Clary Sage -> clarity of mind
Coriander -> joy in life
Cypress -> bring up deeply stored pain; feel emotionally stuck
Fennel -> great when you feel overwhelmed
Frankincense -> connect with inner spirit; feel loved; helps feel positive emotions
Geranium -> calms nerves and anxiety
Ginger -> encourages
Grapefruit -> natural mood enhancer
Juniper Berry -> fear, anger, lack of security
Lavender -> calming and soothing
Lemon -> natural mood enhancer
Lemongrass -> helps move forward when feeling stagnant
Lime -> uplifting
Marjoram -> problems with establishing meaningful relationships
Myrhh -> heal subconscious conflicts
Patchouli -> letting go of negative thoughts
Peppermint -> reduces feeling of pressure; puts cap on overflow of unhealthy emotions
Roman Chamomile -> confidence
Rosemary -> confidence in times of change
Sandalwood -> clarity and spiritual strengthening
Tangerine -> mood enhancer
Thyme -> riding body and mind of strongly rooted negative emotions
Vetiver -> confidence; improves sleep and enhances focus and attention
Wild Orange -> uplifting; encourages happiness
Wintergreen -> helps let go of negative energy
Ylang Ylang -> assists people who have gone through intense emotional trauma, helping them to let go of pain and move forward in life
List based on Rebecca Hintze’s publication “Essentially Happy”.