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How do essential oils affect emotions?

How do essential oils affect emotions?

How do essential oils work is one of the most popular questions we get. It makes sense - how can a small bottle of aroma do so much for your wellbeing and emotions? Well, in this article, we’ll talk about how essential oils affect emotions, and why using them when feeling down can be a good way to uplift your mood and spirits naturally. 


How do essential oils work?

Our sense of smell is quite strong among humans. The sensory neurons that pick up on smells are connected to the brain. To be a little more precise, the odor receptors that these sensory neurons have are stimulated by smells, and send messages to the brain.


When they get to the brain, they can stimulate the parts that control many aspects of the body like stress levels, breathing, heart rate, memory, and of course emotions. 


And it’s just like that how essential oils work. When you smell something, it tickles a part of the brain that sends a message to a part of the body. Therefore, essential oils can have quite  a big effect.


How do essential oils affect emotions?

Essential oils can stimulate the emotional part of the brain through smell. Since the feelings of joy and happiness, as well as ones we don’t love to have around like anger or sadness, are found there.


Something also worth mentioning is that smells trigger memories. Together with the natural mood-enhancing properties of essential oils, they’re able to remind us of moments in time that made us feel a certain way. 


How to use essential oils?

You can use essential oils to help stir your emotions into a place that feels comfortable and good in all kinds of ways: from placing a few drops into a diffuser or oil burner, or on the skin when used as skincare while blended with other products.


Depending on whether you feel like your mind and body need a moment to unwind, calm down, re-energise or get a little boost of joy, different essential oils can work to target different things. 


Here are the collections of essential oils that can help for whichever need you have:


In case you’re wondering about all the kinds of smells essential oils can have, here are our essential oils grouped by aromas:

Please share your experience with essential oils and your emotional wellbeing in the comments! We’d love to know about them.

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