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August 12, 2016 3 min read

It is that time of year again where teachers, parents, and students are anxious, stressed, and emotions are flying high. Everyone has some kind of emotional memory or even current emotions on going back to school. Everyone also deals with these emotions differently.

Natural Ways to Manage Emotions

The first, is to make sure you are getting enough sleep.

Another way is to plan those nutritious meals so that you are eating well and during times that work for your body, not just your schedule.

Exercise-even walking can help to clear your mind and help you to focus your thoughts which will help you focus your emotions!

Take a small amount of time each day to care for yourself through something YOU enjoy. This can be a massage, manicure,meditation, reading, etc.)

When these basic and easy to do activities do not help, then look to essential oils.

Roman Chamomile essential oil

Why not use essential oils first?

I view essential oils as more than just a trendy way to maintain health. I view them as potent plant based products that can and do offer a medicinal value in specific situations. I want to make sure that I am not using them just because everyone else is-as a trendy smell good option.

Additionally, while essential oils may help with certain symptoms, unless we are addressing the root cause of something causing those symptoms, the symptoms are likely to come back. So it is imperative to really look at your own health from a truly holistic stand point. 

I use them as a form of alternative therapy in conjunction with other therapies while taking care not to overuse them so that when I truly need them, they are effective!

This means I look at the "why" behind my usage of essential oils and will ask myself a few questions:

  • Is it necessary?
  • Is there an underlying condition that needs to be addressed?
  • Do I have any other medical concerns that may need to take precedence over the current symptom?
  • Have I looked at the "big" picture (diet, exercise, sleep, etc)?

For example, let's assume I have sleep concerns (thank goodness I don't!). I would ask myself the above questions. Perhaps I look at things and realize, I am in a lot of pain at night from a chronic condition. This chronic condition may be preventing me from getting a good night's sleep. Do you see where I am going with this?

For these reasons, I look at essential oils last. But there is more! Don't you want to know what essential oils might be helpful in managing your emotions? Of course you do!

Lavender essential oil

Essential Oils to Support Emotional Wellness

As mentioned before, every individual has different needs, likes, dislikes, and a composition that is truly unique to them. Historical and personal use of essential oils  tends to overlook this concept when looking at generalized properties of specific essential oils.

While this fact may play into an essential oil's effectiveness in supporting our emotions, there is still a potential for specific essential oils that are utilized to support emotional wellness to be beneficial.

Here are a few that you may enjoy:

Uplifting

Soothing/Calming/Grounding

Focus/Clearing