Have you ever considered how you might be able to use essential oils to help manage the idiosyncrasies of your personality and enhance the process of growing in your strengths and overall emotional as well as physical health?
After years of studying personality types using multiple assessments, I found myself intrigued by the Enneagram’s ability to pinpoint personality attributes “under stress” and “in growth” or “moving toward strength.” From those descriptions, found in The Road Back to You alongside The Enneagram Institute, I thought about how valuable it would be to match oils for particular personality needs, since the olfactory system (the body’s sense of smell) is adjacent to the limbic system (the body’s place of emotions) in the brain, making aromatherapy a valuable tool in impacting emotional response.
By studying the oils alongside the personality types, I categorized two basic needs:
- Growing in Strength: these recommended oils may help you move toward growth by enhancing those attributes.
- When Under Stress: these recommended oils may help you minimize the impact of stress triggers.
With the Reference Guide for Essential Oils app in hand alongside the Young Living website (if you’re not yet a member, click here to get started and allow me to be your guide), and The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood, I selected twenty different oils and blends for supporting the emotional and physical health of each personality type.
Since I am not an aromatherapist, I’m not providing suggestions for methods of application, such as diffusing, applying, and ingesting nor recommending any particular blend recipes. I am confident that you’ll be able to discern the best application for yourself using the excellent recommended resources. Only you know the sensitivity of your skin and sense smell along with any contra-indicators, such as medicines you’re taking or pregnancy.
In addition to the Growing in Strength and When Under Stress oils, I also recommend six single oils and six blends for each type as a standard for building your wellness cabinet:
Overall Emotional Wellness
- Roman Chamomile
- Peace & Calming
Overall Physical Wellness
- Dragon Time
- Deep Relief Roll-On
You might also discover quite a bit of overlap between the recommended oils for each personality type. That’s because the gut triads overlap with stress points. My hope is that I can offer you a starting point with the suggested oils and inspire you to take the next step towards cultivating emotional health through the use of essential oils.
There’s no overnight fix to tackle our personality quirks and issues, but there is always hope while we’re in the land of the living to make strides towards emotional health and physical well-being. I’ve been at this long enough to believe that transformation is possible!
After emerging from a dysfunctional and abusive childhood, I thought I’d never get a hold on my anger. Even after a radical faith transformation as a twenty-something, I didn’t really believe I could change and become that woman I always wanted to be. But more than two decades have passed, along with much heart-healing through counseling and self-care work, and one thing is for sure — I’m as much a Reformer (Type 1) tied with a Challenger (Type 8) as I was as a child, but now I manifest the healthy levels of those personality types and even look a bit like a 3 with a bit 2 if you were to spend time with me today. So when I start stressing like a 1 or 8, my first course of action is to pay attention to my thought life, start praying and remembering the Truth and then grab my oils to help support my new way of thinking.
Change is possible.
We can become who we were always meant to be, with a personality that brings out our best. I hope this journey into studying your Enneagram Type and oils is simply one way for you to move in that direction.