Often when it comes to essential oil blends, the name says it all. Acceptance is a blend that stimulates the mind to accept new things. The oils used in this blend work together to assist when you are going through a transition or adapting to new changes or ideas. Having a baby, moving, divorce, and starting a new job or school are just a few changes that may require a little Acceptance.
Okay, But How Does that Work?
We hear all the time that essential oils can help us with emotional hurdles, but how exactly does that work? To understand better, let’s take a look at how our sense of smell works.
How We Perceive Smells
When we inhale essential oils molecules, they interact directly with the lining of the nose. In this lining, there are lots of tiny receptor cells. Inside the nose are tiny hairs known as cilia. When an odorant molecule is perceived by the cilia, it sends an electrical current through the receptor cells in the lining.
The olfactory bulb perceives this current through an elaborate system of electrical impulses. Along these signaling pathways, chemical and electrical signals initiated by odors reach the forebrain region, allowing odors to influence our behaviors.
Why Smells Affect Memories and Emotions
The olfactory bulb directly connects to the limbic portion of the brain. This highly-specialized portion of the brain is also home to the amygdala (responsible for our emotions and feelings) and the hippocampus (where our memories are stored). These brain centers perceive odors and simultaneously access memories and their associated feelings and emotions.
So this is why smells often trigger memories. It also explains how essential oils provide emotional support. Those tiny molecules are working inside your brain to unlock traumas, conflicts, and memories that may be causing emotional stress.
Back to Acceptance Essential Oil
Now that we have a little background on our sense of smell and emotions, let’s take a look at the oils used in this blend to understand how it works.
- Coriander may help release the need to control and promote flexibility.
- Geranium can help dispel fear. Since it helps to balance the third eye chakra, it may help alleviate procrastination.
- Bergamot has been shown to reduce negative emotions and fatigue. Additionally, the citrus scent of bergamot us uplifting and calming.
- Frankincense has long been used for its spiritual and emotional attributes. Incensole acetate, a primary constituent of frankincense, has been shown to relieve chronic anxiety and even feelings of panic.
- Sandalwood can have a sedative or relaxing effect. This oil also supports the solar plexus chakra.
- Blue Tansy supports the heart chakra and may promote feelings of courage.
- Neroli helps ease feelings of apprehension and calms the nerves.
- Ylang Ylang is balancing to male and female energies and may inspire confidence.
How to Use Oils for Emotional Support
When we want to trigger an emotional release, it is important to inhale the essential oil. This allows the essential oil to interact with our limbic system. Apply the oil to your neck, wrists, behind the ears, or anywhere else where you can smell it. A few drops in the diffuser is another way to enjoy the aroma. If you don’t particularly enjoy the scent of an oil, try combining it with another oil to create a fragrance that is more appealing.
Try this Acceptance Perfume spray. You can easily be modify this recipe with any essential oils you choose for emotional wellness.
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