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Calming and uplifting properties.

While each essential oil has its own unique chemical makeup, every essential oil can be divided into one of two categories based on its chemical constituents—uplifting or calming. This is what makes essential oils so useful for managing negative emotions. When you lack motivation, enthusiasm, or inspiration, you can use essential oils with an uplifting chemical profile to help lift you out of a funk. When you feel frazzled, overwhelmed, or down, you can use calming oils to help promote soothing, grounding, or renewed emotions.

Calming oils.

Essential oils that fall into the calming category typically contain monoterpene alcohols, sesquiterpenes, esters, and oxides. Here are a few examples of calming oils that can be used to promote soothing, grounding, or rejuvenating emotions:

  • Clary Sage

  • Eucalyptus

  • Frankincense

  • Geranium

  • Jasmine J

  • uniper Berry

  • Lavender

  • Roman Chamomile

  • Ylang Ylang

Uplifting oils.

Primarily composed of ketones, phenols, and monoterpenes like beta-pinene and limonene, uplifting essential oils can be used to promote energizing, invigorating, warming, or elevating emotions. The following are examples of essential oils in the uplifting category:

  • Cypress

  • Douglas

  • Fir

  • Grapefruit

  • Lemon

  • Lime

  • Peppermint

  • White Fir

  • Wild Orange

Creating a personalized experience.

The beauty of aromatherapy is that it allows the user to apply particular oils in order to produce certain emotional responses and manage their mood. However, no two people are the same, and because aromas are processed in the limbic system where our memories and emotions are stored, it is possible for two people to have a different reaction to the scent of the same oil. While a chosen essential oil can elicit a specific response, it is important to remember that our reaction to an aroma will be based on our experiences, preferences, environment, and even our unique genetic makeup.

This is perhaps why aromatherapy has been in practice for so long—the user can create an individualized aromatic experience based on their unique experiences and preferences. No two people will have exactly the same response to a single oil, which makes aromatherapy a highly individualized method for dealing with emotions. Your personal experiences, emotions, and preferences will determine how an essential oil benefits you, which makes it easy to tailor your aromatherapy experience to your specific needs. No matter the individual or the oil, one thing is for certain—essential oils can be used to generate powerful internal responses that can help promote wellbeing.

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