Essential Oils That are Good for Your Mind and Spirit

Essential oils detoxify our bodies from impurities and enrich our system to prevent us from acquiring illnesses. But essential oils aren’t only for the body. These natural essences are as good for our minds and spirits as they are good for our bodies. These oils are acquired through distillation or cold pressing.

Some important narratives in the Christian Bible involve aromatic essences. Credit: HoliHo/Pixabay

For the Spirit

For thousands of years, essential oils have been used by different cultures and belief systems in spiritual exercises. Some of the most important Christian narratives involved the use of frankincense, myrrh, spikenard, and hyssop. In ancient Egyptian culture, cedarwood and myrrh were used in the mummification process. Hindus used benzoin and cardamom for driving away evil and for ceremonial purposes. The use of essential oils helps elevate our consciousness to a higher plane where we can meditate and discover our purpose in life.

The use of essential oils for spiritual purposes is actually backed by neuroscience.

Dr. Eric L. Zienlinski illustrates how the brain responds to essential oils. When we inhale natural aromas, our olfactory system (the system responsible for processing smells) uses cells to carries signals to the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for our instincts, moods, and memories. That’s why certain scents bring back memories of our childhood, or make us feel happy.

Dr. Scott Johnson, a Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist, shared a few examples. For example, lemon and rosemary help increase the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps boost our mood positively. Lemon essential oil increases the volume of endorphins, which are neurochemicals that also act as positive mood boosters. Essential oils drive positive thinking, which helps us think reflect on our goals and our purpose in life.

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Essential Oils. Credit: Monicore / Pixabay

For the Mind (Neurology)

Dabbing on essential oils makes neurological diseases more bearable.

A recent study published in the Psychogeriatrics journal found that lemon oil and rosemary oil helped improve “personal orientation” among Alzheimer’s patients with dementia. According to alternative medicine advocate Dr. Axe, rosemary essential oil helps heal damaged neurological tissues, increase nerve production and improves memory. Results from clinical trials show that applying lemon essence on an Alzheimer’s patient improves communication skills and behavior.

Essential oils such as vetiver, lavender, and sandalwood also helped children with autism and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) become more relaxed.

For the Mind (Psychology)

Essential oils can help you manage your emotions in a lot of ways, such as the following:

  • Adding lemon and rosemary oil drops in your bubble bath can help you in dealing with confusion and learning difficulties.
  • Massaging with a lemon and wild orange oil blend gives you encouragement amidst low feeling and rigidity.
  • Inhaling a blend of patchouli and grapefruit essential oil helps you feel more accepting and less judgmental of yourself.

Using essential oils puts you in touch with your spiritual side, helps manage your emotions, and strengthen your neurological system. By having these powerful, natural essences in your medicine cabinet, you’ll be able to face the world with a stronger mind and heart, and an enriched spirit.