Emotions and Aromatherapy

Emotions and Aromatherapy

Student Article by Kayla Carter
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Did you know that smells have a big impact on our emotions, thoughts, behaviors and even our memories? We process scent through our olfactory system which is then sent to the limbic system in our brains. Through this process smells can trigger the nervous system. This is why essential oils can not only help calm the nervous system but also the rest of the body. Smelling an essential oil that you like when you are experiencing an anxiety attack or feeling depressed can help with your mood.



Because smells can trigger the brain and therefore the nervous system, different essential oils can be stimulating while others can have more of a calming effect. Bergamot for example is the oil of release. It can help with letting go of pent up feelings from the past. I like to rub it on the bottoms of my feet and also on my wrists, diluted of course, so that I can smell it as needed while I am out and about. However with Bergamot and other citrus oils you have to be careful because they are photosensitive. So if you are going to be outside you want to make sure you only put them in places that aren’t in direct contact with the sun so that you don’t burn.

In a study done in Japan Rosemary and Lavender essential oils were both shown in reducing cortisol levels when inhaled.


It is important to note that while using essential oils and other aromas to help regulate emotions, it is also imperative to look at what else is being put in our bodies. In order to live a healthy lifestyle, exercising, eating right, and getting enough sleep all go hand in hand with establishing and maintaining emotional balance and well being. The gut is also a trigger point for emotions. The saying “you are what you eat” is actually true. If you are eating junk food then you tend to feel dragged down and “junky” afterwards. If you eat more fruits, vegetables, and proteins then your body is more energized. In my experience eating wheat went right to my head, literally. I learned the hard way that wheat was a trigger for negative emotions and greatly affected my moods. I had to cut it totally out of my diet to maintain good emotional balance. After changing my diet and figuring out my triggers I then discovered essential oils and now have certain scents that help me if I start feeling anxious, angry or a bunch of other emotions. Some of those oils for me are basil, bergamot, frankincense, lemon, orange, and geranium just to name a few. Remember healthy habits make a healthy life!



Emotions and Essential Oils resource Guide. Enlighten Alternative Healing, LLC. 2015.

My name is Kayla and I am a single mother to a little boy. I am passionate about helping people learn how to live healthy lives. I am a student in the clinical mast aromatherapy program and the certified herbalist program. I am excited about everything I am learning and what I will be able to do with it.


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