While there are many ways to find harmony—meditation, yoga, regular exercise, eating healthfully—essential oils and mudras (hand positions) have been used for hundreds of years in Ayurveda health regimens to help balance your emotions.
Aromatherapy has a profound influence on the mind, affecting your behavior and actions, enriching your relations with others, but most notably, improving your relationship with yourself.
Essential oils have the ability to change your outlook on life and:
- Balance the mind
- Lift emotions
- Clarify thoughts
- Reduce anxiety
- Relieve stress
When combined with mudras, this practice can send messenger molecules through energy pathways from your fingertips throughout your body, triggering activity in the emotional part of the brain (limbic area) and relieving emotional imbalances.
Mudras can also be combined with meditating—or done anytime to reduce stress—changing negative thoughts or emotions into positive ones. That’s because the five fingers of the hand are believed to be connected to the five vital elements in the body:
Next time you’re feeling a little off, try pairing these essential oils and mudras to help balance your emotional well-being. You can inhale the calm, aromatic oils through a diffusor (the safest method) or apply diluted oils on your temples, the back of your neck, or on any pulse point while practicing a mudra.
1. Bergamot OilBergamot oil is known for its healing effects on physiological distress. Use it when you’re feeling sad or overwhelmed and need to find balance. In a recent study, the inhalation of bergamot essential oil diffused in water reduced:
- Cortisol levels
- Press the tips of your middle fingers against your thumb pads (while remaining fingers rest naturally).
2. Patchouli OilPatchouli oil is often used for relieving feelings of emptiness or emotional disconnection. Use it when you’re feeling disconnected from yourself or community.
Try pairing with the following mudra that is believed to decrease depression and anxiety:
- Touch the base of your palms together, keeping thumbs aligned and little fingers aligned.
- Spread your remaining fingers wide apart and curve them back.
3. Sandalwood OilSandalwood oil is known to move stagnant energy, helping with centering or grounding. Use it when you’re feeling stuck where you are and need a boost to feel at peace.
Try pairing with the following mudra:
- Bend your little and ring finger pads into your palms.
- Press your thumbs together and hold them down while your index and middle fingers extend out.
4. Frankincense OilResin essential oils, such as frankincense or elemi, can help improve your body’s ability to protect and heal. They are also useful for relieving feelings of grief or emotional trauma. Use it regularly as a preventative measure or during painful times, like losing a loved one.
Try pairing with the following mudra that is believed to increase energy, boost immunity, and regulate breathing:
- Touch your thumbs to your little and ring fingertips.
5. Lemon OilLemon essential oil can help reduce excess kapha congestion mentally, physically, and emotionally, and provides lightness to the heaviness of kapha. It has also been known to:
- Relieve anxiety
- Reduce anger and agitation
- Uplift emotions
- Relieve depression
- Touch the tips of your index finger and thumb, while remaining fingers remain straight.
6. Roman Chamomile OilRoman Chamomile can be used for a variety of emotional imbalances. It can help balance:
- Aggressive pitta imbalances
- Vata anxiety
- Bend index finger down, touching base of thumb (lightly press thumb over index finger to hold) while remaining fingers are held straight.
7. Rose OilRose oil is excellent for improving mental well-being and boosting loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. This oil is known for its sedative healing properties, providing emotional relief due to:
- Excessive worry
- Grief or loss
- Post-traumatic stress
- Touch ring finger and tip of thumb, while remaining fingers are held straight.
*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.
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