6 Essential Oils of Contentment
With the busyness of life, it can be hard to stop, open our eyes and our hearts and spend a little time soaking in the goodness of what we have around us.
Our world is busy and with today’s technology, we now spend most of our time ‘switched on’ with very little time for rest and relaxation and just being.
Social media doesn’t help. Instead of connecting us, it can make us feel even more disconnected and at times dissatisfied with our own life.
The word and feelings of contentment can, at times, be undervalued. But the feeling of contentedness is actually very satisfying and powerful and it is one that I constantly aspire too.
In the English Oxford Dictionary, the word ‘contentment’ means …
A state of happiness and satisfaction.
And who doesn’t want that?!
This makes me reflect on which essential oils we can use to support a feeling of contentment, happiness and satisfaction.
So, I’ve compiled a list of my top 6 essential oils that I use to encourage contentment, positive emotions as well as inner strength.
6 Essential Oils of Contentment
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – Balance, Positivity, Confidence
Promotes gratitude. Opens the heart centre and allows forgiveness and happiness to radiate. Brings us back to a state of balance and encourages us to relax and “let go”.
Safety note: contains photosensitising properties. Do not apply in a blend to the skin prior to sun exposure.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) – Calming, Balancing, Harmonising
Protects and strengthens the aura. Promotes self-esteem, self-love and self-acceptance.
Safety note: best avoided during the first three months of pregnancy.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – Harmonising, Comforting, Embracing
Calms, comforts and steadies the heart. Promotes emotional well-being and reinforces a sense of self, acceptance and gratitude.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) – Grounding, Strengthens, Rejuvenates
Helps us to stay in touch with our physical self. Brings a comforting sense of peace and brings us back to ourselves.
Rose (Rosa centifolia + damascena) – Love, Trust, Self-Acceptance
Refreshes the soul and a gentle tonic for the heart. Rose promotes love, hope, acceptance and contentment.
Safety note: do not use during the first three months of pregnancy.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) – Uplifting, Harmonising, Positive
This beautiful sunny oil promotes joy and positivity. It is uplifting yet calming on our emotions. Encourages us to take a more relaxed approach.
Using essential oils in your day-to-day life can play a supportive and positive part in reducing emotional tension and stress. The amazing therapeutic properties of essential oils have proven benefits of supporting our emotional and physical well-being. Essential oils not only smell wonderful but their unique and very effective chemical makeup can affect us on a physiological level.
Contentment is in the air!
Below are a couple of my favourite ways to use essential oils for emotional support.
Choose one of the above essential oils or a selection of 2 or 3 to use in an essential oil burner or diffuser. You only need approx. 4-8 drops in total with water in a burner or diffuser.
Having these beautiful oils diffused into the air is a wonderful way to end your day. As you wind down you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful aroma knowing the therapeutic properties of these oils will be supporting you and your well-being.
Create your own bespoke beautiful perfume pulse-point blend:
You can apply this blend to pulse-points intermittently throughout the day. Furthermore, you could create a ritual of using this time to pause and reflect on the positives in your life.
- Fill a 10 ml pulse-point perfume bottle with 8 ml pure (organic if possible) Jojoba Wax.
- Add a total of 8 drops of your chosen essential oils from the above list.
- Replace the lid and label your bottle stating which oils you have used.
- Gently roll the bottle in your palm to blend the oils. Let the blend sit for a few hours so the perfume can develop.
- Apply to wrists and other pulse-points when needed.
Safety note: discontinue use if irritation occurs.
– Mojay, G. (1997). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. London: Healing Arts Press
– Worwood, V A. (1995). The Fragrant Mind. Fruitland, London: Bantam Books
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Published on May 14, 2018