The basics. Essential oils are aromatic substances that are found in specialized sacks or glands of certain plants. Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils, which are aromatic extracts from plants, to harmonize and promote balance in the body.
In theory, when we smell an aromatic plant, we are smelling the plant’s essence. It is only when the substance is extracted that we smell the essential oil. Essential oils are potent and highly concentrated substances, but it is easy to incorporate one or a few into our daily life to support our emotions, immunity and overall wellbeing.
Do you ever ask yourself – How do I want to feel today?
Taking the time to tune into our feeling allows us to honour ourselves. It’s a great gift.
Whatever we are feeling is OK, that’s not the point of this question.
The point is to bring awareness to your thoughts, and then your energy.
What emotions are you giving power to?
By tuning into our needs and making a shift to focus our energy on how we want to feel, we can select essential oils that care for our emotions, while also supporting our immune system.
When our energetic field is low, we are more susceptible to feeling physical manifestations.
The cycle of feeling unwell (emotionally and physically) begins and continues.
When you ask yourself the question – How do I want to feel today?, this automatically shifts your thought process to the emotions you WANT to feel! The emotions that you decide to focus on, are what your energy will start to feed.
As I mentioned, aromatherapy is a way to care for your emotions, your energetic field, and your immune system.
Here is a list of essential oils, with their therapeutic qualities, including their energetic, emotional, and immune-based attributes:
Siberian Fir (Abies siberica)
Sourced from Russia, Siberian Fir is a steam distilled essential oil with the fresh scent of pine. Siberian fir acts as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-spasmodic. It can help elevate positive feelings and provide emotional support in difficult times. Its high ester content makes this a comforting essential oil. Place one drop in a bowl of hot water and inhale the scent, or pair this in a diffuser with Eucalyptus Globulus and Sweet Orange.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum ct linalool)
Steam distilled from the leaves and grown all over the world, Basil is supportive for the respiratory system and it helps clear mucus and congestion. Use it when you want to strengthen self-confidence and motivation. Basil is emotionally uplifting, it helps you relax and focus at the same time. Blend Basil with Lavender (angustifolia) and Eucalyptus globulus, and you have a synergy that can get you through the day!
Cedarwood (Juniperus virginana)
This type of cedarwood you may recognize as your typical cedarwood lumber. Think of a sauna if you want to associate the smell with a memory. Cedarwood is very calming for the central nervous system. It is grounding and supportive, especially during difficult times. And, as a gentle yet powerful essential oil, it makes a great option to use with young children. Cedarwood is a great decongestant and has expectorant properties that are effective in treating coughs and respiratory concerns. Pair cedarwood with any floral essential oil such as Jasmine or Neroli, on days when you just feel like you could use a reassuring hug.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensus)
Cold pressed from the fresh fruit rind this is the essential oil you want to invite to the party! It’s bright, uplifting, and exudes happy energy like the sun. Use it to soothe the nervous system when you are not sleeping well or anxious. Not only is Sweet Orange happy, it will also help stimulate white blood cells, the ones we need to maintain a healthy immune system. Sweet Orange helps reduce congestion, breaking down mucus and restores overall vitality. A few drops in an unscented body wash is a great way to start your day on a happy note.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Last, but not least, the flowering tops of Lavender grown in Europe are steam distilled and provide an array of emotional and therapeutic properties. Lavender is helpful when we are fearful, anxious, or have nervous tension. Lavender is also known for its anti-infectious properties, and its ability to stimulate immune function. Mix Lavender with vegetable oil, and add it to a salt bath, for some needed rest and relaxation, while also helping your immune system.
There are so many ways to incorporate essential oils in your day to day!
I think it is safe to say that we are probably feeling all kinds of emotions these days. Some of us are still working, some not, some are overwhelmed, frustrated – the list goes on. And then there are some of us that are joyful, calm, and happy.
Regardless of where you see yourself in the list above, we can all use the simple question – How do I want to feel today? to shift our energy, and then support our goals using the right essential oil.
Reach out if you have any questions, I love being challenged to come up with something that fits your unique needs!
About Maria Fiordalisi – Maria is a Certified Reflexology Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist and Reiki Master. To learn more about Maria and her services visit www.mariafiordalisi.ca or @mariafiordalisi on Facebook & Instagram.