Due to the fact that our world is so separated and polarized, the importance of connection and effective communication can be challenging. One way I assist my clients to create resilience and build courage in relationships, beyond therapy and other modalities, is by using essential oils. Essential oils are a perfect companion in naturopathic medicine.
Essential oils’ molecular components simultaneously support physical, psychological, and biochemical healing. By balancing emotions, they aid in clearing blocks that prevent deep connections and living to one’s highest potential. Furthermore, by alleviating negative reactions to stress, balancing hormones, and promoting bonding, they can allow one to feel safer to open up in relationships.
Essential oilsalso promote cardiovascular health directly through various mechanisms of action. For example, ylang ylang oil has been shown to lower blood pressure as it relieves stress and promotes calmness.
Below are four of my favorite essential oils for brain-cardiovascular health followed by links to previous posts I have written on these plant secondary metabolites to support the mind-heart connection.
Four of My Favorite Heart Healthy Mind-Body Essential Oils
1. Ylang ylang
Ylang ylang is an alluring essential oil made famous by the perfume industry because of its enticing aroma.
Ylang ylang not only has romantic olfactory properties that enhance social connection, it also supports the physical heart. It has been shown to balance blood pressure, sooth stress and anxiety, and calm nervous system tone.
Rose Geranium oil is beyond beautifying!
This essential oil will enhance your mood and keep your hormones, heart, and health in peak shape to receive all of February’s romance. Learn more about geranium oil’s influence on hormones and the body here.
3. Heart-Unifying Blend
This blend is based on a formulation aimed to inspire people to unify, unite, and empower.
These qualities positively influence the emotional and physical heart of the users and everyone surrounding them.
- Ylang Ylang essential oil for its heart tonifying effect.
- A mixture of the oils from the Grounding Blend (fir or camphor, frankincense, and rose geranium) to promote courage and faith.
- Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil for the stress-relieving benefits of its phytoncides and soothing properties.
- Ocotea essential oil to enhance the blend’s comforting qualities.
- Lemon and Lime citrus essential oils to provide emotional upliftment and focus.
Applications of Heart-Healthy Oils
1. Dilute a few drops of the single oils in a tsp or so of carrier oil and apply over the heart.
2. Diffuse 2-4 drops each of lavender, ylang ylang, and geranium in your favorite diffuser or about 6-10 drops of a single oil or the Heart-Unifying Blend.
3. Inhale directly from the bottle and apply diluted on writs.
Note: Be aware that citrus oils are activated by the sun and can cause a reaction.
Learn more safety tips on my essential oils database.
Additional Posts on Essential Oils for Heart Health
This section provides a list of previous blogs I wrote on essential oils and heart health.
- Five Essential Oils and Blends for Holistic Heart Health & Cardiovascular Support
- Using Essential Oils for the Month of Love
- Essential Oils for the Heart, Cardiovascular System, and Romance
I hope I have empowered you with tools that can be used to not only support your brain in feeling calmer, but also in taking more loving care of your heart. I have discussed these tools and resources within other naturopathic blogs.
Sarah LoBisco, ND, IFCMP, is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She is licensed in Vermont as a naturopathic doctor and has received her certification in functional medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). She holds a Bachelor of Psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo and is also certified in Applied Kinesiology. Dr. LoBisco currently incorporates her training in holistic and conventional medicine through writing, researching, and through her independent consulting work with individuals and for companies regarding supplements, nutraceuticals, essential oils, and medical foods. Dr. LoBisco speaks professionally on integrative medical topics and has several journal publications. “Dr. Sarah” also enjoys continuing to educate and empower her readers and clients through her blogs and social media. Her main blog can be found at dr-lobisco.com.