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Balance Your Emotions With Aromatherapy

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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. 

Simply Show Up In Life

Simply Show Up In Life,My friend’s father died at Christmas. What do you say to someone in that moment when they need you the most? I didn’t say a whole lot – of course I said how deeply sorry I was for her loss. Outside of those few words, I chose to simply show up for her.

Nothing you can say or do will ease the loss of a loved one. Nothing.

As humans, we feel helpless especially when we don’t know what to say or do. The best way to handle that helplessness is to show up.

At his celebration of life service, my friend didn’t have a whole lot of time – obviously – to chat.

But she knew I was there because all I could do was simply show up in life – for her – at that moment.

When You Don’t Know What To Do

I recently read an article by Glennon Doyle about simply showing up in life.

Glennon Doyle is an insightful writer who’s been to hell and back with drug addiction and bulimia and in the process, figured out the secret to life is simply showing up.

She says:

The secret of life is not about knowing what to say or do. It’s not about doing love or loss right. Life cannot be handled. The secret is simply to show up. It’s about witnessing it all, even the pain, and letting it touch you and make you not harder, but more tender. Showing up, feeling it all—this is my new kind of prayer.

It took her beloved grandmother living her last moments and her sister giving birth – all on the same day – to change her thinking about what to do when you don’t know what to do.

Can you imagine how you’d make a choice like that?

You don’t. You simply show up in life.

You do your very best to simply show up knowing that it’s painful, it’s heartbreaking, it’s life-altering.

What I’ve Learned About Simply Showing Up In Life

I’ve learned that life is hard. I’ve learned that to have a friend, you have to be a friend. A true friend. I’ve learned that sometimes, saying nothing and just showing up is what matters most. To Have A Friend You Have To Be A Friend

Knowing that nothing I could say or do would change the situation or make it any easier, I showed up.

Instead of mumbling the standard ‘he’s in a better place’ (which does absolutely nothing I might add) I showed up for my friend and simply said:

Peace and be well.  

During those inevitable times when life goes sideways, yes, it will hurt. But kindness makes the bitterness of life easier to handle.

Glennon Doyle went on to say:

I felt like I was getting the inside scoop from life itself, and it was saying, “Yes, Glennon, it’s as hard as you fear. That won’t change. You will lose people. It will hurt badly, and yet…we go on. Tomorrow will be beautiful again—more beautiful than you can imagine.”

It’s when you don’t know what to say or do that simply showing up in life means the world.

Please take a moment to share this with someone you love. And if you need some inspiration for showing up, let’s talk.

Blessings,

Melissa

How Can I Use Essential Oils?

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Lots of people ask me “how can I use essential oils?” The short answer is “easy-peezy” and the long answer isn’t much longer than that. :o)

Here’s four excellent – and easy – ways to use your essential oils.

  1. Topically. With most oils, you need to dilute a few drops in carrier oil such as jojoba, almond or coconut. After mixing the essential oil into the carrier oil, you can apply to your skin to address any number of issues such as respiratory, anxiety, pain and digestion.
  2. Diffusion – meaning you put a few drops of essential oil into a cold mist diffuser and let it permeate your space. When you breathe in the diffused essential oils, they get into your system much quicker. This is a good way to help your space smell really nice and clear out germs, especially if someone has a cold or the flu.
  3. Clean your house. Seriously! Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Oregano and Lemon essential oils are excellent for cleaning and disinfecting around the house. Just add 5 drops of each oil into an 8 ounce spray bottle, add one tablespoon of Castile soap and fill with white vinegar. Shake it up and spray away! Not only are you cleaning and disinfecting, but you are boosting your immune system at the same time. Who knew?
  4. Inhalation. Simply open the cap and breathe in the bounty that nature provides.

Something I want to stress here – and this is very important – please always avoid your eyes and ears when using essential oils and never use essential oils directly on children younger than two.

Here are some ideas for using essential oils:

  • Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil and a half cup of Epsom salts to your warm bath before you go to bed.
  • Have a headache? Combine 5 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Peppermint essential oils in one ounce of Aloe Vera gel and apply to your temples and the back of your neck.
  • If you struggle to focus in the afternoon (especially during really l-o-o-n-g meetings), take a few deep breaths of Peppermint essential oil to help you stay alert and focused. If you can, diffuse it into the air and everyone will stay alert – maybe the meeting will end quicker! ;o)
  • Tummy ache? Take a two drops of Peppermint and rub directly on your belly. If you have sensitive skin, put the drops of Peppermint into some Aloe Vera gel or unscented lotion and rub on your belly.
  • Struggling with depression and anxiety? Put a few drops of Bergamot on a cotton ball and inhale it deeply – or even from the bottle. This is a wonderful oil to diffuse to help relieve stress and it promotes a balanced nervous system.
  • Do your gym clothes still smell like the gym even after you’ve washed them? Add 5 drops of Tea Tree oil to your wash to get rid of that “stinky” smell.

The Benefits of Using Essential Oils

Essential oils are so concentrated that you only need a few drops at a time. More is NOT better in this instance. When you use essential oils, you are actually helping your body. Some oils actually boost your immune system, some are amazing anti-bacterials and others can help with coughs, colds, digestive issues and many other areas of daily life. How Can I Use Essential Oils?

If you don’t have regular access to health care, essential oils can help you take control of your well-being.

Cleaning products are so full of toxins, so the next time you are cleaning the bathtub, try this recipe:

DIY Soft Scrubbing Cleanser

  • 3/4 cup      baking soda
  • 1/4 cup      Castile soap
  • 2 TBSP      distilled water
  • 5 drops each of Lemon, Peppermint and Tea Tree Essential Oils

Mix together well and put in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

As a Precautionary Measure…

If you are pregnant or nursing, you should not use essential oils without first talking to an experienced certified or clinical aromatherapist. You have to assume that all essential oils will cross the placenta and there are some oils that can harm your unborn child or a breast-feeding infant.

The best essential oils that I have found come from a company called Aromatics International (aromatics.com) based in Montana. They get their pure  essentials directly from farmers using ethical, sustainable, and organic growing practices.

Hope this helps you get started with essential oils. I would love to help you take charge of your healthcare by incorporating essential oils into your daily life. If you’re still not sure about aromatherapy, read this post which explains how essential oils can help you.

You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or simply fill out the contact form.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by.

Blessings,

Melissa

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