Oils For Emotions

Did you know that you can use essential oils for emotions? As hippie woo woo as it sounds- don’t knock using essential oils for emotions until you try it!

The smell-emotion connection starts in the limbic system, often referred to as the “emotional brain”.

oils for emotions

This portion of the brain contains the hippocampus, amygdala, hypothalamus and thalamus. It handles emotional response, anger, fear, libido, hormone function, behavior, motivation, long and short-term memory, sleep patterns, reproduction, and… sense of smell.

Because of this our emotions can affect SO MANY things in our lives. When you breathe in an essential oil, molecules enter the limbic system and elicit an emotional response. The exact details of how smells impact emotions are difficult to define BUT we do know that smell absolutely DOES illicit an emotional response.

An aversion to a particular oil may indicate something more than just personal preference. It could actually be stirring an unpleasant emotional response. Conversely, oils that bring about positive emotions are likely favored.

This is because aromas actually have an effect on your brain waves affecting your emotions.

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You might feel many pressures in life as a mom, a dad, a provider, a woman, a wife, a husband etc.

To keep up with the responsibilities and the jobs that come along with each can really start to send your emotions spiraling out of control in certain seasons. But thankfully we have some really incredible tools and resources for you so you don’t have to constantly live with feelings of entrapment!

We have oils that can bring support and balance into the emotions, that can support the brain and calm it’s reactions, that can support the hormones and level out highs and lows, and we can use in moments of change, stress, lows, highs, etc.

oils for emotions

You’ll find below a great list that are go-to’s for supporting your body in these moments. Use them often and consistently!

Best Oils For Emotions


On the bottoms of the feet, or a single drop on one wrist and hold the other wrist to it for a few moments to balance the entire system. This is our bravery oil. Our courage oil. Use it to greet each morning with a positive attitude, and to refocus at the end of a challenging day. It will support your brain and your body in just the right way to offer you amazing support.

+Peace and Calming

Encourages deep relaxation. Great support in your bedtime routines or to support overactive children. Uplifting. Supports tension. The legendary one and only original calming oil. For bedtime, shopping time, driving time, stressing time. Pets, kids, young, and old can benefit from its soothing power!

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Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) was once regarded as more valuable than gold in ancient cultures. It was in recipes God gave to his people for cleansing and worship. Why? Because He understands us as physical beings. That we are a whole: body, mind, and spirit, and that we need help bringing that all together into a cohesive focus. Frankincense has been used to ground and focus the mind during times of prayer and mental strain or grief.

Frankincense also has a similar effect inside the body, encouraging the cells and functions to come back to their foundations. To help the body to remember what it does and why it does it. What should it be protecting? What should it be removing? How should it be functioning? Where should the garbage go? Frankincense quietly asks our systems all the right questions and then supports them in doing their job well. Just as it’s best to surround ourselves daily with those who are wise, it’s also good to give ourselves frequent exposure to this ancient, revered oil. Who doesn’t need a daily dose of calming, grounded influence?!


Just what it says, this blend helps us to get rooted, think more clearly, and let the frantic unnecessary melt into the background. Grounding Essential Oil is a very emotional relaxing oil that contains seven therapeutic grade oils.

This oil will stabilize and calm a person on first application. So many times this happens because we just don’t know how to deal with the emotional component so we get stuck and can’t move forward. This oil can help!

How to use essential oils for emotions?

-Apply to the chest and over the heart, to wrists and breathe in deeply, to temples, back and neck and ears to smell throughout the day.

-Diffuse all day.

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For centuries lavender has been used for sleep. It has been put into pillows and mattresses, wrapped up with clothes, added to handkerchiefs (hello, diffuser) and used in aromatherapy for relaxation.

-Add to diffuser for calming and sleep

– Apply to palms and inhale deeply when you are feeling upset or tense

– Add to skincare recipes or directly to soothe skin

– Apply to sinus areas to soothe the respiratory system, especially with seasonal changes

– Rub on tiny feet for comfort


Sometimes life leaves us sad and hurting. Joy can be applied to the wrists and over the heart for emotional support that benefits all ages and seasons in life. Makes a perfect daily perfume. Don’t love the smell yet? Try applying daily to your feet for one month and see if that changes. You may be processing some grief or other emotion and your body could use the help in resetting those patterns!

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Try each one consistently to find YOUR blend. Everybody is different, so how you respond to each oil can vary!

Some of our other favorite oils for emotions:


White Angelica

Stress Away


Northern Lights Black Spruce



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