THE LIMBIC SYSTEM
Let go of suppressed emotions | Anchor positive emotions
Essential oils are incredibly effective to help diffuse and let go of suppressed emotions as well as anchor positive emotions. Essential oils impact your emotions tied to memories, thanks to activation of your limbic system.
The limbic system is the portion of the brain that deals with three key functions: processing emotions, memories and arousal (or stimulation). It is also responsible for all human behaviour, all decision-making, and has no capacity for language (is completely separate to the analytical mind).
On top of that, the limbic system processes information 200 times faster than the cognitive brain.
Essential oils have the ability to pass through the blood brain barrier and stimulate the brain. Their effect is very quick and can result in the relief of pain, stress, promote sleep and improve mood.
“When choosing essential oils, it's important to do your research and make sure you're getting therapeutic-grade oils that are made using the purest ingredients.”
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS?
There are many methods of enhancing the inhalation of essential oils:
Diffuser: Add a few drops to an essential oil diffuser (with water). This is a good way to subtly disperse oils so that their scent can fill a room with the oil's natural fragrance. e.g. diffuse lavender if you want to enhance relaxation before bed.
Dry evaporation: A few drops of oil are placed on a tissue or cotton ball and allowed to evaporate into the air. If you want a stronger dose you can smell the tissue or cotton ball. If a milder, more constant exposure is desired, simply keep the tissue or cotton ball near you e.g. in the car, in your handbag or at your desk.
Hands: Rubbing a few drops into your hands and taking a few deep breaths
Steam: A couple of drops of essential oil are added to a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over your head and breathe deeply. This method is very direct and potent. It is important keep the eyes closed when using this method. Nb. This is not recommended for children younger than 7 years old. Children older than 7 can use swimming goggles to protect their eyes.
Directly on to the skin
It is important to note that most essential oils cannot be applied directly to the skin without being diluted. As a rule of thumb, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier substance (e.g. liquid coconut oil) at no greater concentration than 3-5%.
For massage or for application over large areas of the body, a 1% solution (meaning, one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier) is generally a safe concentration. For infants, using a 0.25% solution is recommended (.5% for toddlers).
Topical application: This is a a fast and effective method as the oils will permeate your skin and not only will you smell them through your olfactory nerve, but they’ll also enter your bloodstream more quickly. These can be applied to a specific part of the body, such as pulse points, forehead, neck, chest, soles of feet.
Spray: Creating a spray to spritz into the air or on your pillow e.g. an aqueous solution of pine or citrus oils to enhance holiday feelings or a solution of peppermint oil to stimulate alertness.
HERE ARE SOME FANTASTIC BENEFITS OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS
1. Improve sleep
The best oils to foster relaxation and sleep are Lavender, Frankincense, Vetiver, Chamomile, Jasmine, and Sandalwood. Diffuse one or a blend of 2 or 3 in your room before bed, add them to a bath or rub them (diluted) to your chest and soles of feet before bed.
2. Boost your mood
Peppermint, lemon, wild orange and bergamot essential oils are fantastic for uplifting and balancing moods and feelings of well-being.
2. De-stress and Promote Calmness
Lavender, frankincense, vetiver, chamomile and mandarin help to quiet the mind and slow down racing thoughts or anxiety. Using these oils as part of your regular meditation or before an important meeting can be very effective.
3. Information recall
Rosemary, basil, douglas fir, peppermint and frankincense work wonders when it comes to retaining and recalling information. For your next important presentation or to keep track of that long “to do” list, try using these oils throughout the day for improved performance in this area.
4. Increase Your Concentration and motivation
Peppermint, sweet orange, or lemon lemon can help improving focus and concentration. Peppermint is the perfect instant pick-me-up and lemon is known to improve concentration and stabilise moods over longer periods of time.
5. Enhance Your Confidence
Bergamot (the oil of self-acceptance) relieves feelings of despair and self-judgement and instills a feeling of brightness and positivity. Spearmint is the oil of confident speech and inspires clarity of thought and confident verbal expression.
6. Induce Sensuality
Patchouli, sandalwood, ylang-ylang and rose can help with a variety of things such as putting you in the right mood to meet the right partner, creating a calming environment, increasing and balancing the libido and promoting sexual intimacy.
WANT TO PURCHASE SOME ESSENTIAL OILS?
Although I use a wide variety of essential oil brands within my clinic, you can access my DoTerra Essential Oil shop below: