Emotions, Physical Health, and Oils….
A holistic approach to healing acknowledges that there is a mind-body connection, but there is also an emotion-body connection. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses 7 basic emotions related to organ function. They are: Anger, Joy, Worry, Pensiveness, Sadness, Fear, and Shock. Each organ has a corresponding emotion and imbalance of the emotion can affect and harm the corresponding organ. For example, excessive or prolonged anger can cause imbalances in the liver. It is important to understand that we will and should feel all of the 7 emotions. The trouble comes when there is prolonged and sustained emotion with intensity, because imbalances will occur that will affect our physical health. I will use these 7 basic emotions to recommend the Young Living Oils to help release and balance emotions so organs can thrive or heal.
Anger – Absolutely related to the liver. And when we get red faced and worked up, the liver heats up. If you argue while you are eating or eat while driving, then the liver may actually turn on the spleen as well. In the long term, suppression of anger and frustration cause the energy or Qi of the liver to actually stagnate completely. This can lead to menstrual disorders or depression. Recommended Oil: PURIFICATION. Purification is a wonderful blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, Lavandin, and Maleleuca. Place Purification on the nipples of the chest, and on the bottom of the right foot near the arch. Lastly on outside of the palm of the right hand beneath the little finger. If there is anger from memory trauma, then use Recommended Oil: RELEASE. Release is a blend of Ylang Ylang, Lavandin, Geranium, Sandalwood, and Blue Tansy. Apply over the liver. Also use behind the ears. As you clear the emotions, you might experience some anger as the Qi moves again. Many are comforted that their irritability is physically based and temporary as emotions are cleared from your liver. It is important to avoid coffee when you are treating for anger-related liver imbalance as coffee heats the liver and magnifies conditions.
Joy – The emotion of joy is related to the heart. It might sound odd to look at the word joy and associate it with a problem. Obviously, imbalance doesn’t come from too much happiness, but often from too much excitement or the shock of good news to the system. You might get a promotion or have a new baby. While these are joyful happenings, they are still stressful. A person on the go, partying and living it up is having fun but is also putting stress on the heart organ. When there are imbalances in the heart, you can get emotional, anxious, heart palpitations, or insomnia. The heart has to be a stable place for your spirit to reside. Recommended Oil: JOY. Joy is another blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose (The highest vibrating plant oil known to man!). Use on the jaw line between the angle of the jaw and the chin. Also, just below the ball of the left foot and in the middle of the palm of the left hand. Joy is uplifting and refreshing to the heart.
Worry – This is very common emotion in our stress filled society and is related to the spleen. The spleen mainly acts as a filter for old red blood cells. It is also an important organ in the immune system. Chronic worry can deplete the spleen, lead to digestive disorders, and chronic fatigue. Recommended Oil: ABUNDANCE. Abundance is a blend of Orange, Frankincense, Patchouli, Clove, Ginger, Myrrh, Cinnamon, and Spruce. Treat on both sides of the front of the body 2” above the lower edge of the front ribs toward the sides of the body. Also, on the bottom of the left foot near the arch and on the palm of the left hand below the little finger.
Pensiveness – Too much thinking or obsessing about things can also deplete the spleen. Students often suffer from this; they may forget to eat or have a poor appetite. In time, a person may get a pale complexion and eventually it can affect the heart. You can follow the spleen protocol above OR if very stagnated, use Recommended Oil: TRANSFORMATION. Transformation is a blend of Lemon, Peppermint, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Idaho Blue Spruce, Sacred Frankincense, Cardamom, Palo Santo, and Ocotea. Use to rejuvenate Qi by applying 2” directly below your belly button.
Sadness – Sadness is connected to the lungs. This organ is affected since we stop breathing deeply when we are upset. Shortness of breath, crying, and depression can set in. If sadness is mild, use Recommended Oil: LEMON. Use to stimulate the Central Nervous System and Lymph System by rubbing under the chin right all the way back where it meets the neck. If sadness is more prolongued, use Recommended Oil: ACCEPTANCE. Acceptance is a blend of Rosewood, Geranium, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Sandalwood, and Neroli. Use on the Bronchial Points which are 2 inches above the nipples in towards the sternum. Also, use on the ball of the left foot directly below the big toe.
Fear – The emotion of fear is related to the kidneys. We know extreme fear causes us to urinate uncontrollably. In children this manifests as bed-wetting. Long term anxiety can weaken the kidneys. RELEASE can also be used directly on the the kidneys in the moment. For deeper seated fear, use Recommended Oil: THREE WISE MEN. Three Wise Men is a blend of Sandalwood, Juniper, Myrhh, Frankincense, and Spruce. Treat on both sides of the front body, 1” up and out from the belly button. This is the lower edge of the diaphragm. Also use on the bottom of both feet from the arch back to the heel and on the fleshy part of both palms below the thumb.
Shock – This refers to the “fight or flight” response of the adrenal glands which can cause heart palpitations, anxiety, and insomnia. Chronic stress on the adrenal system can cause problems with the thyroid and hormones. Severe shock can be seen in post traumatic stress disorder. Use Recommended Oil: TRAUMA LIFE. Trauma Life is a blend of Valerian, Lavender, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Rose, Helichrysum, Spruce, Geranium, Davana, and Citrus Hystrix. Treat on both sides of the front of the body, 2” up and out from the belly button. Also use on the bottom of the feet from the balls to the heel and on the fleshy part of both palms below the thumb.
Don’t waste any oils you have left on your hands. ALWAYS, cup your hands over the nose and breathe deeply in to stimulate the limbic system. The limbic system is the oldest part of the brain and is the collective name for the functionally and anatomically connected structures involved with emotion, motivation, the regulation of hormones and emotions, sexual arousal, and circadian rhythms. We all know that aromas can trigger memories….the smell of baked bread or apple pie can transport back to our childhood kitchens or the whiff of a perfume can recall a past lover. When you sniff essential oils, the molecules travel to the top of the nasal cavity. Receptors there stimulate the limbic system. The limbic system triggers release of neurochemicals and hormones that slow the heart rate, regulate blood pressure, and stimulate the immune system.
Essential Oils ARE the root of pharmacology. Plants were the only healing tools that existed before synthetic production of standardized medicine began. Essential OIls are powerful and empowering to the user. The human body can never become resistant to them and side effects are limited to skin sensitivity. You can always limit essential oil use the bottom of the feet if you have sensitive skin and get full benefit to every cell in your body transdermally through the feet in about 20 minutes.
Daryl Meyer Hall
Proactive Health Counselor
Young Living Essential Oil Distributor # 941690
Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils, by Carolyn Mein, DC