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Emotions and Essential Oils


Did you know…. ??? Approximately 87-93% of disease comes from our THOUGHT LIFE. *Thoughts* become emotions, emotions become attitude. Our attitude is our reaction, and all of our daily reactions make up our *lifestyle.* When you think, you build thoughts, and these become physical substances in your brain. 

“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

There are two kinds of emotions: Love-based (positive) emotions, and fear-based (negative) emotions.

Love-based emotions include: love, joy, faith, trust, inner strength, confidence, belief,happiness, caring, sharing, forgiveness, openness, passion, freedom, harmony, honesty, beauty, compassion, self-love, self-appreciation, respect, acceptance, and peace. 

Fear-based emotions include: fear, anger, disgust, worry, anxiety, frustration, resentment, ill-will, blame, sadness, jealousy, negativity, and stress.

We are ultimately wired for LOVE, while fear is a learned and not a natural response. In therapy, especially with children, I speak a lot about the two. Kids (and adults!) act out of fear when they lie or manipulate. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”


We live in a world that is filled with health issues-our world is sicker than we’ve ever been, which means that we are more filled with fear-based emotions than ever before. Fear-based emotions lead to toxic attitudes. Toxic attitudes produce toxic responses in the body. (Think migraines, hypertension, cancer, allergies, chronic pain, diabetes, and and other really BAD THINGS.)


Dr. Bradley Nelson from “The Emotion Code” said “A trapped emotion is literally a ball of energy, and these will lodge anywhere in the body and disrupt the normal energy field of the body.” Scientists and Doctors are on the same page in noticing that emotions and certain areas of the body correlate with one another. For example: 

Anger is stored in the Liver & Gallbladder.
Worry is stored in the Stomach.
Grief is stored in the Lungs 
Fear is stored in the Kidneys.
Stress is stored in the Heart.

Many people commonly relate to worry in the stomach, such as when you feel butterflies in the tummy or even nausea when feeling nervous!


We must take care of our emotional health in order to take care of our physical self! Mind & body are so very connected. 

I am an Enneagram 9… (more on that another time) What I have learned about myself as a “9” is that as a Peacemaker and a Giver, I give to everyone else before myself. If I even do anything for myself AT ALL. Self care is something that is SO valuable for everyone but I have learned the hard way how important it is to incorporate self care! 

The Limbic System is referred to as “the emotional brain.” Within the limbic system is something called the amygdala, which is where we PROCESS our emotions. Of our 5 senses (sight, touch, taste, hearing, and smell), SMELL is the ONLY one that activates the limbic system! That is one reason why aromatherapy, or smelling and breathing in oils, is so incredibly powerful. We can diffuse or breathe in oils to open up our amygdala and process our emotions in a healthy way. SO COOL, right? Such an amazing, natural remedy in managing our emotions! 


Let’s break it down even more and talk about cells. As you know, we are made up of an insane amount of cells. Your cells, just like your brain, have a memory. You have the power to make the memories positive or negative, but that’s another story. The nucleus, which lives inside the cell, is the thinker. It tells the cell what to do (and it’s where DNA is produced). According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “research shows that DNA actually changes shape according to our thoughts. As you think those negative thoughts about the future – the week ahead, what a person might say or do, even in the absence of a concrete stimulus – that toxic thinking will change your brain wiring in a negative direction and throw your mind and body into stress.” Is this expanding your mind too?! Okay, so information must go through the cell and into the nucleus so that it stays in communication and keeps working properly. How does the information pass through? Through what’s called receptor sites.

But listen to this: *Negative or fear-based emotions damage the receptor sites on your cells.* Just like chemical toxins (processed foods, GMOs, smoking, multiple beauty products) block those receptor sites, so do our fear-based emotions. And when the receptor sites are blocked, our cells don’t get the information they need. THAT is how disease can take hold in the body. 



Remember: 87-93% of disease comes from our THOUGHT LIFE.

What does this have to do with oils? Let me tell you!


Essential oils are made up of different constituents: monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and phenols.

What do phenols do, you ask? They CLEAN AND REPAIR RECEPTOR SITES. Meaning that the damage that our fear-based emotions have caused can be cleaned and repaired by using essential oils.
Use oils, breathe them in, and they quickly work on your amygdala and affect every single cell in your body within 20 minutes. Even cooler, they’re adaptogenic, which means that they will work on the receptor sites that need help.

To clean those receptor sites, look for oils high in phenols. (We will go into all the details in another post…. )
Some great ones include:
Cinnamon Bark


NOW What do sesquiterpenes do, you ask? They bring oxygen into the brain. This helps our amygdala (remember that is the emotion processing center of our brain) to work as it should.

So, when it comes to using oils for your emotional health – which is really your overall health, because remember: 87-93% of disease comes from our thought life/emotions – what should we look for?

Oils high in sesquiterpenes! (Again, more on this later!)
Some great options are:
Black Pepper


And here are some majorly amazing oils for emotional health:

Here we go….

THE FEELINGS KIT – Valor, Harmony, Forgiveness, Inner Child, Release, Present Time – 170 PV.

AWAKEN – The is the blend of all blends! A great one to get started with! 20.5 PV

WHITE ANGELICA – protects against negative energy, and seriously rocks for emotional health. 28 PV

GARY’S GOOD DAY FORMULA – 1. Valor on wrists. 2. Joy over heart. 3. Harmony on solar plexus (trunk) 4. White Angelica on energy field (crown & down)

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Then, we can talk FREQUENCY. Everything has a frequency, it is a vibration or energy that things operate at. When someone enters a room and you feel it, that is their energy! Same as when someone can suck it out of you.

Oils operate at high frequencies and help our bodies to match those. When you experience the emotion of joy, for example, your body is vibrating at a certain frequency (you know the phrase good vibes only? it’s a real thing ).

So some super smart people created the OIL of joy by using plants and flowers and things that create oils that vibrate at the same frequency our body does when we experience joy. That’s how they are named what they’re named. Very cool!

So. Here is a great summary, provided with some collaboration with Kari Rae Lewis! As a mental health therapist myself, I rely on many of these oils to help release stored emotions and to process other emotions. These oils are amazing in putting that SELF CARE into practice. We all need a little more attention on Self Care and processing our emotions, especially in this crazy time we are in. 
Be gentle with yourself and, when in doubt, any oil will do. My favorite is Valor! 
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Judith Labert

I have over 15 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Addictions counselor, as well as focusing on Art Therapy, PCIT/Parenting and Trauma as my specialties. I added an Integrative Mental Health Certification as well as other holistic tools to help my clients.
Now as a Certified Life AND Certified Mental Wellness Coach, specializing in the realm of overall life balance and Mental Wellness, I am able to bring all of my skill sets to the table.
Through my own journey, I have discovered my passion of helping others become their best selves through an integrative approach, using holistic tools such as various art and therapy modalities, lifestyle coaching, emotional release techniques, aromatherapy, goal setting, mindset and more!

hi! I'm Judith!

I am passionate about holistic healing, emotional health & wholeness and helping people achieve their best lives authentically!

I’m a Certified Life AND Certified Mental Wellness Coach, specializing in the realm of overall life balance and Mental Wellness.

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