Chart Your Own Course with Emotional Aromatherapy!

Ever feel overtaken by knee-jerk emotional responses? Want to be less reactive and respond proactively? Need to feel more joy and happiness in daily living?
Emotional aromatherapy can help! That was the hopeful message delivered in a recent class by Amanda Porter—certified emotional healing facilitator, co-founder of Enlighten, and co-author of Emotions and Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing.

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Life is an Emotional Journey

Everyone will feel a full range of emotions throughout their life. We may think of emotions in contrast to rational thought, but Amanda asserts, “We’re intelligently designed to have emotions. Their purpose is to teach us, but too often we focus on feeling guilty about them instead. We have to accept, learn, and then change our response in order for emotions to serve us.” Otherwise, emotions can act as overbearing back-seat drivers, taking us where we don’t want to go—again and again!

Get in the Driver’s Seat

One of the most important neurological findings about emotions is that they exist as part of a chemical process in the brain. When an emotional stimulus is repeated, a pre-programmed chemical response becomes more entrenched.

An exciting property of essential oils is their ability to help create new neuropathways. Inhaled aromas directly stimulate the limbic system, which is responsible for processing smell, memory, and emotion. The unique chemical signals of essential oils offer new information to the brain, helping to interrupt old responses and create a new emotional experience.
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Call for Roadside Assistance

To prompt desired shifts in feeling and behavior, essential oils that correspond to emotional states should be used both routinely and in the moment. Besides this chemical support, important helps such as meditation, prayer, and perhaps counseling or therapy should be part of an overall wellness pattern.

One of Amanda’s practical tools is the “Emotions & Essential Oils” Wheel, a double-sided, laminated chart that aligns 51 oils and blends to over 100 emotions—positive and negative. A companion resource book, Emotions & Essential Oils, helps further identify and understand emotions and oils. Rounding out the products are a companion CD and a new tear pad sheet, “Take the Wheel.”

This post is a review of a Wellness Wednesday class at Elevé™ Event Center—sponsored by AromaTools®. Click here to see more articles about Wellness Wednesday classes.

Muscle Testing and Essential Oils for Emotional Healing

One of the beauties of essential oils is that each one has multiple properties and uses—both physical and emotional. Another marvel is that different oils may suit the same purpose. So how do you know which oils can help your particular emotional needs?

That’s where muscle testing comes in. At her free Wellness Wednesday class at Elevé™ Event Center, Kellie Johnson, a licensed massage therapist, shared how she uses muscle testing and essential oils to release negative emotions. “Muscle testing for emotions related to physical problems—and for oils that correspond to emotions—really helps with progress in massage therapy,” she says.

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How Muscle Testing Works

Muscle testing allows the subconscious mind to reveal to the conscious mind what’s happening in the body. “The subconscious mind has all our experience recorded in it. It knows where emotions may be stored—or trapped—and how to release them,” Kellie adds.

Like other physiological responses in a polygraph test, the muscles of the body react certain ways when presented with true or false statements about emotional and physical states. The interrogator—yourself—just needs to know how to frame the questions and read the answers.

The simple “sway test” will get you started. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Relax the knees a bit. Breathe deeply. Say or think, “My name is ______.” Within a few seconds, your body will sway forward slightly in an affirmative response. If you substitute someone else’s name, your body will sway backward in a negative response. (This is the easiest but not the only way to test.)

How Oils Enhance Emotional Release

Once you’ve made a connection with your subconscious, you can begin asking about emotional blocks. A series of true-or-false statements (or yes-or-no questions) will narrow down the source of a problem. Kellie recommends two books about the process: The Emotion Code and Emotions & Essential Oils.

In her class, Kellie used the “Emotions & Essentials Oils” Wheel—a laminated card of negative and positive emotions—to identify emotions and matching oils. She released emotions from several participants with repeated swiping hand movements along one of their governing energy meridians. (In this case, anywhere along the forehead, over the head, and down the back.) “Once a negative emotion is released, it’s also helpful to promote the corresponding positive emotion,” she says. This is done with a reverse movement along the meridian.

“Muscle testing will help you determine the best way to use your oils in the healing process,” Kellie concludes. “You can test for which oil to use, whether to blend it with other oils, how much to use, and how to apply—topically, aromatically, or internally.”

Kellie believes that when your body connects with the right energetic frequency for healing, it will attain it. Muscle testing and essential oils help get you there.

About the Presenter


Kellie Johnson has been a licensed massage therapist for 7 years. Natural healing has always been a passion of hers, and essential oils fit perfectly with what she was trying to accomplish in her massages. While working on her clients, she started noticing that essential oils would calm their muscles down quicker than a regular massage. When she was introduced to Emotions & Essential Oils, her massage approach changed. Now, she muscle tests the trouble areas of the body to see if an essential oil will help her client. Because of this book, she is able to help her client understand why he or she is holding emotional-based pain and tension in his or her body. This allows for a more complete healing treatment.