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Enneagram & Essential Oils

Have you discovered enneagram types yet?

My friend Faith Dwight introduced me to them, mostly so we can tag each other in stereotyping memes of ourselves and our husbands on instagram. This is one of the reasons I love her.

It's also a really useful tool for understanding yourself and others. If you've never taken the test, you can do so for free here.

Your results will include what percentage match you are with each of the nine types:

  1. The Perfectionist - Type 1s are pragmatic, responsible and serious. Responsibility and diligence are their core values. They have a strong sense of justice and fairness, and they are willing to tolerate and understand the diversity of humanity to further progress for the greater good.
  2. The Giver - Type 2s are extremely empathetic individuals who will usually put the needs of others above their own. Strangers are naturally attracted to type 2 personalities to ask for directions or advice. Type 2s are selfless as caregivers and are genuinely at their best when freely giving their unconditional love.
  3. The Achiever - Type 3 Achievers are polished and have a taste for the nicer things in life. They're good at recognising the potential for their ideas and have a natural charisma that get's others on board. Achievers succeed not only in the workplace, but in anything they set their minds to.
  4. The Individualist - Type 4s are offbeat, yet endearing. They have a relentless drive to discover and understand. Creating—not consuming—is key to their emotional wellbeing.
  5. The Investigator - Type 5s are pioneers of independent, critical thinking. They tend to be introverts and dream of working and researching in a secluded area for the rest of their lives. Type 5s hold autonomy and freedom to extremely high standards. 
  6. The Loyalist - Unassuming and tolerant, Loyalists blend into the social sphere seamlessly and are always willing to support their loved ones. They stand strong by the people in their lives who have earned a spot in their hearts. 
  7. The Enthusiast - Type 7s are wide-eyed and full of endless energy. These are the playful and busy optimists of the world. Type 7s believe in allowing others the opportunity to explore, and they are quick to find the beauty in each moment.
  8. The Challenger - Type 8s are goal-oriented and self-competent individuals who take great pride in their sharp, independent minds. Type 8 personalities crave respect more so than status or being liked and possess a strong sense of justice.
  9. The Peacemaker - Type 9s  value harmony, kindness and unity with the world. They're idealistic and aim to be the glue that holds the group together—whether they’re with family, friends or colleagues. They're gentle and agreeable, skilled mediators and counsellors.

So how can oils help?
Whilst each personality type has it's strengths, it also has it's own pitfalls. Whilst I'm generally a fan of focussing on strengths rather than weaknesses, if you're aware of tendencies you struggle with, you can use aromatherapy as a tool to help support you and reduce the frequency you fall into those habitual patterns of negative behaviours.

No personality type has exclusive rights over an emotional state, so remember that whilst you may be a strong type 4 & 8, and want to focus on regularly using the recommended oils for that type, you can always dip into other types if you're feeling a little type 9 today.

Type 1 can be rigid workaholics, and as perfectionists, they may suppress emotional needs in order to get things done.
Oils that can help support emotional release are Copaiba, Geranium, Star Anise and the HD Clear blend. Oils that can help with feeling over-responsible/burdened are Ylang ylang, Arborvitae, Cypress, DDR Prime, Console & Rescuer.

Type 2 can burn out, and they are hypersensitive to the approval of others, especially those they truly care about. Oils that can support emotional burn out are Basil, PastTense & Breathe, whilst feelings of lack of approval may be alleviated with Bergamot or Beautiful.

Type 3 achievers are often plagued by a lack of self esteem. Catching negative self-talk early is key to maintaining emotional health. Oils that can support this are Bergamot, Cassia, Jasmine, Pink Pepper and Green Mandarin.

Type 4 can become excessively moody, depressed and fragile. Oils that are thought to be uplifting will be key to supporting you, such as Geranium, Peppermint, Wild Orange, Siberian fir and Elevation.

Type 5 at their worst can become withdrawn and disconnected from others. Oils that can aid connection are Marjoram, Cedarwood, Myrrh and Magnolia.

Type 6 can be prone to developing anxiety due to their hypervigilance to any impending (real or imagined) sources of harm. Oils that can support you in managing anxious feelings are Basil, Neroli, Serenity, Console, Peace and Calmer

Type 7 are enthusiasts who can struggle to stay grounded. Oils to supporting feeling rooted in the present are Balance, Steady, Patchouli, Vetiver, InTune, Black Spruce and Arborvitae.

Type 8 personalities are often stubborn and headstrong. Wintergreen and Oregano are fantastic supporting oils along with Birch, Aromatouch and Wild Orange for flexibility.

Type 9 peacemakers can burnout from emotional exhaustion. Oils that can support this personality type are Citrus Bliss, Motivate, Blue Tansy, and Black Spruce.

Obviously there's far more to each of these personality types than this very brief overview has covered, but I encourage you to purchase a copy of the Emotions & Essential Oils book (it's free on kindle unlimited!) and is full of fantastic ways to support your emotions, regardless of personality type.


If you want to purchase any of the oils above, just get in touch and one of our coaches will be happy to help make sure you get the best possible price.

p.s. for those who are wondering, yes, I'm type 4, 8 and 5.
What's your personality type?
Have you ever thought about using essential oils based on your personality type before?

Let me know in the comments!

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