While essential oils have the reputation to support the physical body, you cannot
discount it's impact on emotional health. Inhaling an essential oil is the fastest way to
alter our emotional state. Our olfactory system is directly tied to the limbic system of
the brain, the area which seats our emotions. Inhalation methods such as diffusers and
Aroma Couture diffusing jewelry can help brighten your mood, lessen your stress levels, and make you feel grounded.
Technically, all essential oils have emotional and energetic qualities to them. One of my
favorite quotes being from Peter Holmes in his book Aromatica*. He says, “The
psychological lens allows us to use essential oils to reach the core mental, emotional,
and spiritual issues and underpin most conditions- this is perhaps the oils’ most
precious gift.” Using essential oils to develop emotional stability is key to enhancing
the strength of the body-mind.
So what essential oils are traditionally known to support emotional wellbeing? Let’s
look at my favorites.
Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara) is a soft floral with a hint of orange. The orange
aroma is apparent since it is derived from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree.
Neroli is instantly calming to the nerves and instills peace in the heart. It brings about
feelings of love and connects with your spirituality. This essential oil has a special
place in my heart.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is a citrus with a hint of lavender. It is emotionally
balancing and uplifting. It encourages and instills confidence. It is a beautiful essential
oil and one of my go-tos for emotional support.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) has a crisp, citrusy aroma, just like biting into a fresh
orange. This essential oil has a sedative effect when inhaled and is soothing to the
anxious mind. It is bright and happy. This is a child’s favorite!
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) is an intense floral that radiates passion and
self-confidence. It is all-encompassing with love for others and euphoric joy. It is a
great essential oil to inhale when feeling angry and irritable.
Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) is an earthy, almost musty base note that grounds us
emotionally. It helps with overthinking and worrying. It has a calmness to it that
makes us feel centered and complete in ourselves. It allows us to feel our inner
wisdom and improve concentration. This essential oil strengthens the body-mind
So next time you are in need of an emotional pick-me-up, reach for your diffusing
jewelry and add a drop of your favorite essential oil. Wearing the jewelry allows you to
take your happiness on the go! The great thing about it is that ANY essential oil can
have a positive impact on your emotions. The fun part is experimenting and finding which
ones work best for you.
*Holmes, Peter (2016). Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapies. Volume
1: Principles and Profiles. Singing Dragon, London.
Amy Emnett is certified clinical aromatherapist, certified holistic health professional,
and certified life coach. She is the owner of Blossoms+Blends Aromatherapy, located
in St. Louis,Missouri, where she resides with her husband and three small children.
She holds certifications/advanced training in clinical aromatherapy, aromatic
medicine, flower essences,Reiki, acupressure, nutrition, and life coaching. She is a
director for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and writes for
professional journals and magazines. She is a passionate educator who empowers
others through engaging classes and workshops. She offers many holistic services,
including custom blending, to those seeking optimal health and wellness. You can visit