Last night we had our first class on emotions and essential oils. I came across a book called Emotions and Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing (a newer 4th edition is also available) which gave us a starting point for group discussion. This book is a very intriguing resource for anyone interested in using oils to address feelings that are difficult to process.
Most of us have experienced the effects essential oils have on our physical bodies, and that is why we love them so much! It takes us longer to begin to explore the nature of the oils’ effects on our heart, beliefs, spiritual awareness and connection.
The author of this book says that “essential oils will not do our emotional work for us.” They describe using essential oils without doing the work of addressing our emotions is like putting water on hard, rocky soil but not pulling the weeds. When we use essential oils it helps get the soil soft and loose to pull out negative feelings. So how do we pull those negative feelings out? Well, as a social worker I know that talking to someone, journaling, prayer and meditation, and taking personal inventory of our lives are some ways. Having support is key. We need each other to heal emotionally and spiritually.
With a resource like this book or something similar you can begin by discovering which oils give you a strong reaction (good or bad) and researching which emotions might be connected to those oils. Note whether your reaction to the oil is positive or negative. This could bring awareness to hidden emotions you carry. Also note how much you feel you need of that oil. This will help you know what amount of work you have to do.
What will you do this week to begin healing?
One of my favorite ways to take care of myself is by applying joyful blend every morning. I put a drop on my deodorant bar and apply under each arm. I notice feeling a lift in my mood when I do this. Also, I believe my daughter gets to experience the benefits too as I am holding her throughout the day. Many people have told me she is the happiest baby they have ever met.
Below is one of my favorite scriptures in Isaiah which mentions “the oil of joy.” There are many references throughout scriptures about oils…which is another class another day. But as we begin this discussion on emotions and spiritual health, I think it is nice to see it in the bible too. Oils can become part of the way we pray and minister to others with God’s help.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Isaiah 61:1-3