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Balance Your Emotions With Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy and Emotions, anxiety and panic attacks,

Like nearly everyone, I’ve had my emotional ups and downs at different points in my life. Sometimes, life-altering events blindside you and next thing you know, you’re a mess. Okay – at least I am. When that happens, you can easily support and balance your emotions with aromatherapy.

Pure essential oils are ideal for balancing your body, mind and spirit. Since they’ve been used for thousands of years, through observation (and testing) we know that certain oils help with certain emotions. 

How Do Essential Oils Help With Emotions?

Essential oils have naturally occurring chemical constituents that work in synergy with one another. Once inhaled, the aroma of a pure essential oil goes to work through your limbic system. 

I could give you the 60-minute explanation of your limbic system but I won’t. :)

I’ll just tell you that it’s the innermost part of your brain and home to your emotions. Your sense of smell is the only one that’s connected directly to the limbic system. 

What that means is when you inhale a pure essential oil from the bottle, it immediately gets into your system and starts working its “magic”. This doesn’t work with a fragrance oil, by the way as many of them are synthetic chemicals which your body doesn’t recognize.

WiseGeek.com offers a really good explanation of the limbic system:

The limbic system is the home of emotions, motivation, the regulation of memories, the interface between emotional states and memories of physical stimuli, physiological autonomic regulators, hormones, “fight or flight” responses, sexual arousal, circadian rhythms, and some decision systems. It is what gets “duped” when people get addicted to hard drugs. 

Why is this important? Because scents can affect your mood as well as trigger memories.

If you’ve ever smelled a rose and immediately thought of your grandmother, your limbic system was involved. That scent triggered a memory and its’ associated emotion. Your sense of smell sent a message to your limbic system and almost instantly, your emotions and body were affected.

That’s why aromatherapy works so well for your emotions.

Aromatherapy and Emotions

Here’s a list of a few oils and how they help your emotions:  Essential Oils and Emotions, anxiety and panic attacks, balance your emotions, limbic system,

  • Bergamot is excellent for anger, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, fear, insecurity and stress.
  • Lavender is universally known for its ability to calm and balance.
  • Sweet Orange is ideal for lifting your spirits.
  • Palo Santo works well for depression, fear, grief and loneliness.
  • Frankincense helps with grief and fear.
  • Feeling irritable? Try Lavender and Neroli.
  • Peppermint and Rosemary work well for fatigue.

You can inhale, diffuse or mix the essential oils with a carrier oil and apply to your skin.

I currently create blends with over 130 pure essential oils and can easily create a blend for just about any emotion – including happiness and peace!

Two very popular blends that I craft are Anxiety Ease Aromatherapy Roller Ball and Peaceful Ease Aromatherapy Roller Ball.

What’s the difference? Anxiety Ease helps you with anxiety and panic attacks. Peaceful Ease works well with anxiety and depression. I’ve also made my own blends for anger, grief, fear and even for letting go of a situation.

Aromatherapy should not be used as a miracle cure for severe emotions but it assists greatly when life gets out of sorts. Proper and daily use of pure essential oils can support and enhance your emotional outlook.

What emotions are you dealing with? Let me show you how aromatherapy can help you and your emotions. Fill out this contact form and let’s talk today.

Blessings,

Melissa

P.S. Who do you know that could use an emotional boost? Please share my name with them – I’d love to help!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

Clutter, Clutter Everywhere and No Place To Put It

decluttering, clutter, depression, minimalism, minimalistI think my head is going to explode. I went to a friend’s house to help out last week and there was clutter, clutter everywhere and no place to put it!

It’s the Christmas season and we’re all shopping like crazy to get the perfect gift on everyone’s list. So, where do you put all the new stuff when your closets are already overflowing?

Why Am I Writing About Clutter?

Yes, I know I’m a certified aromatherapist and what does clutter have to do with aromatherapy? Well, I’m also a holistic life coach and that means I’ve been trained to ask questions and look at situations with fresh eyes. And that’s important information for you to have when reading this post – and thank you for reading!

I visited my friend to help her move “stuff” (read that to mean clutter) around to make room for her Christmas tree. Sheesh!

Listen – how you live is none of my business – ever. But when you stand there and complain that you’re overwhelmed, depressed, frustrated and mad as hell while we’re rearranging a shittonne of junk, then don’t expect me to keep my mouth shut.

To make room for the tree, we had to move some of the clutter into her bedroom which already looked like a warehouse. Bedrooms are for sleeping and sex – NOT for TV watching, eating or as storage units! Period! 

I’ve been in minor minimalist mode for the last few years. I say minor because I have no intention of getting rid of everything I own.

But here’s what’s been on my mind lately: What happens if I get run over by a truck today? Then what? Who’s going to take care of all the stuff and clutter that I have everywhere? Just how much stuff sitting around collecting dust do I really need? minimalist, minimalism, de-cluttering

The bigger and better question is this: WHY are you hanging on to all this stuff – clutter? What does it represent to you? How does it make you feel to hang onto all this stuff? Better yet, how does it make you feel when you get rid of all that stuff?

I told you that the life coach thing would be important to this blog post. :0)

My Minimalist Approach

Here’s my idea of minimalism:

  • Have just what I need – maybe a bit more
  • If I haven’t touched it in 2 years, it’s time to get rid of it
  • If I haven’t worn it in 2 years, let it go
  • How much dusting do I really want to do (I hate dusting)
  • Analyzing why I need more stuff

Physical clutter equates to mental clutter pure and simple. Yet all the commercials we watch brainwash us into thinking we NEED more stuff! Have you noticed how many storage companies there are around your town? Why do think that is?

Listen, I love pretty things and lots of clothes as much as the next guy. I do. BUT – what am I going to do with all this stuff when I get old? All that money spent on needless stuff could have helped my retirement account get a little bigger and make me feel more secure.

Not to mention that we get busy busy busy and don’t take the time to put things away if there’s any room left!

The First Step in De-Cluttering

STOP. JUST STOP. Stop buying stuff you don’t absolutely need for your survival!

At this time of the year, it’s imperative to think outside of the Christmas box. Instead of buying more needless stuff for someone, why not have dinner together? Why not get you and your sister/friend/mom a mani/pedi and spend time together? Or get a series of yoga classes to take together?

How many more toys do your kids and grandkids really need? If they’re into soccer, why not get them a soccer lesson? Or tickets to a big league soccer game and go with them? It’s not things that make memories, it’s people we’ve spent time with.

And in all of this, you’re shopping local at small independent businesses where your dollars make a difference!

My second step was to clean out the junk drawer in my kitchen. Then it was a stack of boxes with stuff I hadn’t touched in five years – five years! If you haven’t touched it in that length of time, why do you need to keep it?

What’s your first step toward de-cluttering?

Where To Take Your Clutter

There’s a number of excellent places to donate your items, but one in particular touched my heart. Annie’s Hope Center For Growing And Healing. Annie’s Hope is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit and the Reverend Abby Catoe is the force behind it. Helping women who have endured domestic violence, this labor of love helps them heal and get back on their feet.

Of course, there’s always Goodwill, Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army. You do help change lives when you give to all of these organizations.

Please think about de-cluttering this year when you do your Christmas shopping. Seriously give some thought to spending time with those who matter to you instead of buying stuff! Besides – I have some awesome products for you to give the gift of health this year for Christmas – let’s talk today!

Blessings,

Melissa

A Chain of Becauses

A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about. Miguel de Unamuno

Chain of Becauses, because, word, try to fall asleep, reading and meditation

There are times in life when it’s a good idea to just stop talking. I found a wonderful article from Leigh Newman on the five times in your life when you should simply close your mouth. There was one particular time she wrote about in her article that stood out to me like crazy.

When you’re talking in a chain of becauses.

Because what?

When every sentence you speak begins with the word because, you need to step back, take a deep breath (as in at least two minutes) and then be kind to yourself.

I am such of fan of Leigh Newman’s writing because (whoops – there’s that word!) she has such insight into the human condition. Not the boring college textbook-type of insight, but smart, witty and always on point.

A Chain of Becauses

Here is the part of her article that really hit home for me:

Something dark happens when I wake up early in the morning. I begin to talk to myself. That me-to-me discussion goes a little like this: Because I didn’t save x dollars this year, my son won’t have enough money for college. And because of that, he will have to take on huge, crushing loans. And because of that, at age 21, he’ll have to take a job he hates to pay off all that debt. Or, worse, he won’t be able to get a job. And because of that he will have to declare bankruptcy by age 30. Then nobody will ever hire him. He’ll have to move to India to live cheaply off the grid and I’ll never see him because I’ll be retired and broke and won’t be able to afford the airfare. And so the becauses continue until I feel so guilty and horrible, I can hardly get up to make breakfast, which my son needs me to make because…he is 7 years old.

There are all kinds of ways to silence that chain of becauses that leads to panic and self-loathing. You can meditate. You can go for a run. You can read a book. Or you can go in and look at your sleeping child and realize you have more than a decade to figure out this problem, because what comes after a because is not up to fate, but up to you and the future that you build out of your actions and decisions—not your words.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Times-to-Stop-Talking/5#ixzz2r95An7h2

Whew!!! The chain of becauses can go on forever and forever and forever. Why? Because your mind goes down the rabbit hole when you aren’t paying attention or because it’s early in the wee hours of oh-dark-thirty and your sleepy mind has already begun to race or because you just know because of one action, another action will or won’t happen because

Jeez – how many of us have dealt with this issue? How many times have your becauses spiraled out of control because of guilt, shame, frustration and anger – all aimed at yourself? How many times has needless worry over a simple decision sent you on the endless because trail? It only gets worse.

Guilty. Yep. Real. Guilty. stress management, aromatherapy for anxiety,

Sometimes I wake up at 2:30 AM for a bladder call and I simply cannot fall back asleep. It is then that my drowsy, half-sleeping/half awake mind goes berserk with all the minutiae stored away for moments just like this.

The more I try to fall back asleep, the faster my brain rolls through all the becauses and then goes back for more. I have had nights where I watched the clock tick through every single hour and by 6 AM, I’m exhausted from all the horrible becauses going through my mind.

I’ve tried testing Leigh’s advice on silencing the deadly chain of becauses with varying degrees of success. Reading and meditation (or is that medication?) have their place. Reading a book makes me drowsy. (However, reading a college textbook will make you fall asleep in twenty seconds flat.)

Anyway, I’m working on the meditation part but with a brain full of becauses, meditation is difficult at best and usually an exercise in futility. I believe Louise Hay said that meditation is easy – simply focus on your breath. I can’t begin to count the times I’ve tried – and failed – to simply focus on my breath.

I am an absolute pro at focusing on my breath while my mind is racing through all the becauses that could take place at any moment – oh, and along with concentrating on whatever affirmation you’re supposed to think of while meditating and focusing on your breath.

It makes my brain go completely off the rails. :/

Needless Worry

Most of the becauses we imagine will never happen, so why do we do this? I believe we’ve been taught if we worry about a because then we can somehow keep it from ever happening. Or even worse, if we go through our endless list of becauses, we are actually doing something instead of doing nothing. And doing nothing makes me crazy.

It is my goal from this day forward to attempt to try to resist the endless becauses residing in my brain. Why? Because the becauses simply make me old before my time. I’m exhausted from trying to avoid all the pitfalls of life. I know in my heart that life will simply happen and take care of itself if I simply stop becausing myself to an early grave.

Because you read my blog, I get to keep writing. Because of a full heart, I live a life of grace and mercy.

And so do you.

I’m so grateful for each one of you who click through my emails each week. I’m so grateful I get to share my hopes, dreams, fears and joys with you – because you are very important to me and I wish each of you grace and ease in your own life.

What becauses are you dealing with? Please take time to fill out this short contact form and let’s talk today.

Blessings,

Melissa

Feeling Stressed? Here’s An Amazing Synergy Blend

Feel Stressed? Amazing Synergy Blend

When I’m feeling stressed, my favorite combination of essential oils is Neroli/Petitgrain Co-Distill, Bergamot, Sweet Basil and Clary Sage. I call it my Amazing Synergy Blend and I feel wonderful just talking about it!

There’s this sharpness and sweetness and tang and balsamic note and…well, there’s so much to share with you about this combination! Here’s what’s in it:

  1. Sweet Basil (Ocimum balisicum ct linalool) – it has this wonderful herbaceous, spicy sweet scent. As much as you love to have it in your salad or spaghetti sauce, it’s even better as an essential oil. It helps with the occasional upset stomach, stimulates healthy functioning of the immune system, helps support clear thinking, and brings clarity to the mind.
  2. Neroli/Pettigrain Co-Distill (Citrus aurantium var amara) added to that smells SO good! The flowers and leaves of the Citrus Aurantium tree are distilled together to make this amazing oil that is used to support sleep, reduce anxiety and muscle spasms. It is deeply sedative and is amazing for anxiety as well as calming and soothing for the heart. I love this scent so much that I put it in nearly everything I blend!
  3. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) rounds out this amazing blend – If you haven’t taken a whiff of it then you don’t know what you’re missing! It’s sweet, fruity, floral and herbaceous and it’s this herbaceous tone that makes it so appealing. Clary Sage relaxes nervous tension, anxiety, depression and stress; eases menopause discomfort and supports healthy lung function.
  4. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is a go-to oil for every aromatherapist. Bergamot is universally known to help lift a cloud of depression and assists with reducing pain and inflammation. Emotionally and energetically, Bergamot is deeply relaxing and restorative – and I love the citrusy scent.

How Does This Synergy Blend Help With Stress?

Where this blend really shines is to help you with stress. There are times when life simply happens and your stress level is higher than normal. When you have to face what’s going on, then it’s good to have a helping hand – especially a helping hand that relaxes you and boosts your immune system at the same time! Scented Balance Aromatherapy

It’s my favorite combination for the emotional support it offers. Each oil in and of itself is emotionally uplifting – in particular the Clary Sage and Basil. The synergy of these four oils is amazing for your senses and for any kind of anxiety or stress.

I put my combination in a diffuser that I use every day, especially at the markets. I’ve had so many people ask me “what smells so good?” Once they get a whiff of my personal synergy blend, they want it, too! I call it my Amazing Synergy Blend.

If you would like a 5 mL bottle, simply click on Custom Blends in the Aromatherapy Shop and type in “Amazing Synergy Blend” in the notes.

Amazing Just Because

You don’t have to feel stressed out to use my Amazing Synergy Blend! Even under the calmest of circumstances, it’s a wonderful blend to inhale every single day. It’s a way to help balance your emotions, stay calm and feel uplifted.

You can diffuse this blend or dilute it with your favorite carrier oil. Both methods provide a perfect way to enjoy this amazing scent.

Over the next few months, I’ll talk about essential oils and more synergy blends to help deal with daily life. I hope you’ll stay tuned! If you would like to know where to buy pure essential oils, go to Aromatics.com. This is an awesome company supporting farmers who practice ethical, sustainable and organic farming. 

How can I help you today? You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or fill out the contact form.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by – let’s talk today.

Blessings,

Melissa

PS – the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.