You may be wondering how essential oils work. Because smells are carried directly to the brain, they serve as emotional triggers. The limbic system evaluates the sensory stimuli, registering pleasure, pain, danger or safety. This then creates and ultimately directs our emotional response, which can include feelings of fear, anger, depression and attraction. Our basic emotions and hormonal balance are in response to the most basic smells. This makes scents very powerful in our day-to-day lives because they’re a direct pathway to memory and emotion — which is why they can fight depression and anxiety.
There are many essential oils that can help ease symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. It’s important that you use the ones you like the most. Scents are very personal and they should be pleasing for you. Here is a list of some essential oils and their benefits.