Do Your Emotions Rule Your Life?
In our extremely on-the-go society, many people face emotional instability because they have no time for themselves, enormous responsibilities, and a feeling of being out of control.
These people are fatigued and overwhelmed and they often reach a dark place because they don’t know where to turn or what to do.
I truly feel for these individuals because I know there is a better, more natural, more effective, and safer way to manage emotions.
If you are experiencing high levels of stress and overwhelm there is a path you can take that will help you get back on track and living optimally.
And the reason I know this is because…I am a living example of what is possible!
I am no different than you…I have a ton of responsibility, I get overwhelmed, I am emotional, but yet I have found a way to remain emotionally strong regardless of my circumstances by incorporating Young Living Essential Oils into my life. The best part is that there are no scary side effects and oils are all natural, effective, and extremely safe.
I love Essential Oils because they empower you to reclaim your natural radiance, energize your life, become enabled to experience true health and vitality. They also help create a positive emotional state, improve your physical well-being, clean and purify your home, rejuvenate your skin, and tap into your inner spirituality.
87-93% of disease comes from our THOUGHT LIFE
- Thoughts become emotions
- Emotions become attitude
- Our attitude become reactions
- Our daily reactions make up our lifestyle.
- It all boils down to two kinds of emotions: Love-based (positive) emotions, and fear-based (negative) emotions.
Love-based (positive) emotions
Love-based emotions include: love, joy, trust, confidence, belief, happiness, caring, sharing, forgiveness, freedom, harmony, honesty, compassion, respect, acceptance, and peace.
Fear-based (negative) emotions
Fear-based emotions include: fear, anger, regret, anxiety, frustration, resentment, blame, sadness, jealousy, negativity, and stress.
It’s no secret that our world is sicker than we’ve ever been with lifestyle diseases, which means that we are more filled with fear-based emotions than ever before. Fear-based emotions lead to toxic attitudes. Toxic attitudes produce toxic responses in the body. (Think migraines, hypertension, cancer, allergies, chronic pain, diabetes, and just really BAD THINGS.)
Dr. Bradley Nelson from “The Emotion Code” said “A trapped emotion is literally a ball of energy, and these will lodge anywhere in the body and disrupt the normal energy field of the body.” Sounds whacky, but it makes sense! Listen to this: Our emotions are stored in different parts of our body.
Anger is stored in the liver & gallbladder. Worry is stored in the stomach (you know that butterfly energy you feel when you’re nervous?). Grief is stored in the lungs (ever experienced grief that felt like it took all the breath out of your lungs?) Fear is stored in the kidneys. Stress is stored in the heart.
So what does this mean?
We must take care of our emotional health in order to take care of our physical self! Mind & body are so very connected.
Okay, so let’s talk about the brain. We have this part of our brain called the Limbic System, which is referred to as “the emotional brain.” Within the limbic system is something called the amygdala, which is where we PROCESS our emotions. Now get this, of our 5 senses SMELL is the ONLY one that activates the limbic system! That’s why aromatherapy is so incredibly powerful. We can breathe in oils to open up our amygdala and process our emotions in a healthy way. SO COOL, right?
Let’s break it down even more and talk about cells. We are made up of an insane amount of cells. Your cells, just like your brain, have a memory. The nucleus is the thinker. It tells the cell what to do (and it’s where DNA is produced). According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “research shows that DNA actually changes shape according to our thoughts. As you think those negative thoughts about the future – the week ahead, what a person might say or do, even in the absence of a concrete stimulus – that toxic thinking will change your brain wiring in a negative direction and throw your mind and body into stress.”
Is this blowing your mind too?! Okay, so information must go through the cell and into the nucleus so that it stays in communication and keeps working properly. How does the information pass through? Through what’s called receptor sites. But listen to this. *Negative or fear-based emotions damage the receptor sites on your cells.*
Just like chemical toxins (processed foods, GMOs, smoking, toxic beauty products) block those receptor sites, so do our fear-based emotions. And when the receptor sites are blocked, our cells don’t get the information they need. THAT is how disease can take hold in the body.
What does this have to do with oils?
Essential oils are made up of different constituents, and some of them (phenols, monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, etc.) serve to clean and repair our receptor sites so that our limbic system can function as it should!
And Release is a POWERHOUSE blend for emotional support. It was designed to stimulate your pineal gland, which is responsible for your melatonin production (ever notice how you can’t sleep when you’re stressed?) and cleanse your liver (the organ that tends to hold feelings of anger/resentment).
When I first started using oils, I was pretty eye-rolly about their effects on my emotional well-being, but I can now tell you that Release + Frank detox baths are part of my regular routine because of the way it makes me feel!
EMOTIONS ARE TRICKY
Our emotions are a tricky thing. We often feel like and die by them. At times, our emotions, can make life insanely wonderful and impossibly unbearable. They can fell out of control, like they somehow control us, yet at the same time we know, deep in our logical mind, that we have the ability to choose our emotional response.
The interesting thing however, with all the self-help books and motivational speakers telling us our emotions are a choice is that we all know that is not exactly true. Sure, we can choose to change our mind about how we feel but our instinctual, guttural reaction, when it comes to our emotional response to things, is very real and very kneejerk.
We live in a world that relies on our five senses: touch, taste, hearing, sight, and smell. The first four listed go through our logical center of our brain first and then our emotional. Basically, when you see a baby, your brain instantly and simply thinks “baby.” You might even logically think, “Where is mom?” or “Why is he wearing pink when he looks like a boy?” After these logical responses, usually a split second later, the visual of the baby will go through your emotional center to tell you if you are happy, annoyed, fearful, angry, or any other number of emotional responses. It all depends on how you feel about babies. Logical first, emotional second.
However, let’s say you smelled a bottle of baby powder. Your mind will instantly go to an emotional response first. Your limbic system, which is connected to your sense of smell, is the only sense that works in the other direction from every other sense. Our emotions are called on first, and then logical. Armed with this simple understanding, we may be able to help promote a more healthful emotional state simply through the use of aromatherapy.
Essential oils can penetrate cell membranes and cross the brain-blood barrier within SECONDS. This allows them to reach the emotional center of our brain, this is where all of our emotions are stored. Essential oils support the body to come back into balance without harmful side effects or chemical based products. They can have a powerful influence over how we think, how we feel and how we behave. Because of oils bringing balance to emotions, we can do that simply through smelling them, through scents.
If you think of even just a warm day at the beach, one of the first things that comes to mind for me is the smell of the salty air. It makes me feel uplifted just thinking about it. Or remembering the smell of your favorite foods and the fresh tree at Christmas time, memories bring me positive emotions just remembering the smells.
The smells of nature leave me feeling uplifted and energized, even just taking a quick walk and getting a breath of fresh air. And nature is essentially what oils ARE so we are going to harness those feelings!
Coffee enhances and heightens your awareness of time and the scent of jasmine increases your reaction time. Discover how these scents that you smell daily can affect your emotions.
Everyone is Unique
Remember that every person is unique, therefore one oil might for someone and not for another. To use essential oils to support your limbic system, it is best to inhale them deeply or simply put a drop on your wrists or bottom of your feet. For aromatic use, try putting 3-4 drops of several different essential oils into a diffuser and sit nearby to enjoy the benefits. A quick method is to drop one drop into your non-dominant hand and with your dominant hand, press your palms together and rotate 180 degrees. Then cup your hands tightly over your nose area and breathe deeply and as smoothly as you can three full times. Then rub the leftover essential oils on your shoulders and on the back for your neck at the base of your skull.