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In this article I will share information about 10 different essential oils and their influence on the emotional state. There is a lot of data about the health benefits of essential oils and particularly on their physical properties, but I wanted to expand your area of expertise with this additional spiritual dimension of aromatherapy.

I recently graduated as a certified Aromatherapist and I offer private consultations both in my Montreal office and online. My previous diploma is in Psychology. I am interested in mental health, stress management in particular. My spiritual practice for over 20 years allowed me on many occasions to combine scents into my rituals. Whether it may be aroma candles, incense, Frankincense, fresh flowers etc, the addition of aromatic scents add a layer of effectiveness to our spiritual sessions.

Let’s see some of the most well known essential oils and their influence on the mind. Here is a list of 3 base notes, 3 middle and 3 top notes aromas and the mental conditions they are known to alleviate (or to improve):

  • Frankincense – Fear, Manic Depression, Trauma, Panick Attacks, Doubt, Low Self-esteem, Self-confidence
  • Ylang Ylang – Guilt, Irritability, Panick Attacks, Low Self-esteem, Self-confidence
  • Sandalwood – Fear, Emotional Breakdown, Argumentativeness, Self-confidence
  • Jasmine – Guilt, Rejection, Argumentativeness, Repression
  • Rose – Anger, Grief, Emotional breakdown, Regret, Loniliness, Indecision, Letting go
  • Rosemary – Confusion, Pressure at work
  • Bergamot – Depression, Low self-esteem, Self-confidence
  • Lavender – Irritability, Anxiety, Confusion, Emotional breakdown, Argumentativeness, Physical stress
  • Lemon – Indecision

As you can see the essential oils from one group have similar effects. So if you are just starting out and you are wondering “Which essential oils should I buy in the beginning?” I would suggest one essential oil per odor profile (1 base, 1 mid and 1 top) to start with. Lavender is super versatile and accessible, it is my “must have” essential oil.

As always, consult a professional aromatherapist before using any essential oils. And remember that natural remedies are good for prevention of disease and additional treatment, but not a replacement of traditional medicine.

This article is based on information provided in the book “The complete aromatherapy tutor.” by Joanna Hoare

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