This time of year is glorious, but it can also be filled with grief, family dynamics that can overload, and incredible amounts of stress.
I have shared my story of successfully supporting my emotional well-being naturally, and it has helped so many other moms who struggled as I did. I could not get a grip and relied on methods to help which were truly not the best for my body. Can you relate?
As we enter into this last week of celebrating Christ’s birth, I wanted to share with you how I use essential oils to support not only my own emotional wellness, but also other family members (who may not even be aware)!
During the Christmas season I struggle with grief because I miss my mom who is not here to enjoy the holidays. I am also dealing with blended family issues which make our holiday even more tricky, and the typical family drama that seems to stem even when we try hard to stifle it. This just comes to the surface and, if we are not careful, we can blow really easy.
Why are essential oils effective?
When you inhale an essential oil, the molecules travel up your nostrils to the olfactory cortex, which is embedded within the brain’s limbic system and amygdala, where emotions are born and emotional memories are stored. The olfactory bulb then transmits impulses to other parts of the brain, including the amygdala and other parts of the limbic system.
Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone regulation, essential oils can have a profound physiological and psychological effect. This has been my experience…dramatic changes within seconds, as when you inhale an oil, those molecules have entered your bloodstream very quickly and will begin to impact the brain.
What do I use?
Joy. This is my first love for emotional support and well-being. It is powerful with helping the heart, soul, and mind. You will find Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose in this blend.
Christmas Spirit. This is a purifying blend of evergreen, citrus, and spice—perfect for the holidays! You will find Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Spruce. It will inspire joy, peace, happiness, and security.
Stress Away Roll-On. This is an amazing blend that brings a feeling of peace and tranquility to all who use it. Say goodbye to occasional stress, tension, and nervousness, plus increase your mental response—love that!
Sacred Mountain. This is an incredible blend that is empowering and grounding. It is a unique blend of Spruce, Ylang Ylang, Idaho Balsam Fir, and Cedarwood.
Peace and Calming. This promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace and emotional well-being. It is a must for my six-year-old! It has Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy.
Valor. This is one of the most popular oils for emotional support. Fabulous blend of coconut oil, Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense. It is wonderful for balancing energies, inspiring courage, and confidence.
Harmony. You will often find this one in my diffuser necklace. It does just what the name entails…brings harmony and can help dissipate feelings of discord. It is very uplifting and elevating to the mind, helping to inspire a positive attitude. It’s a blend of Sandalwood, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Orange, Angelica, Geranium, Hyssop, Spanish Sage, Spruce, Coriander, Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose.
How do I use them?
My first line of emotional support is to apply the oils topically to myself and also use a diffuser necklace. I love the beauty of the necklace and it keeps it handy. Yes, I can be seen sniffing my necklace from time to time!
I will apply oils topically on my wrist, neck, or spine. I have found that many people love the scent of the oils I choose to wear, and I know that I often get asked for a second hug! I threw out my chemical-filled perfumes months ago and chose this natural method for smelling good, because it truly is beneficial for all.
But, one of my top ways is to diffuse essential oils, because I can get the molecules all around my home so everyone can smell them! This makes creating an environment that is calming or uplifting (whichever I am going for) super easy. And even for those stubborn family members who don’t want to apply oils to their skin, they are breathing in the oils, which as we learned, makes a difference in their emotional balance!
Think about that when you are getting ready to host a big family dinner with lots of different personality types—some Joy or Christmas Spirit diffused in your family room area will help keep the peace. I can almost guarantee it. I have heard story after story of family meetings that have went off without a hitch because a knowing host began diffusing before guests arrived!
Click here for details on how to purchase therapeutic–grade essential oils! You will also find other posts that I’ve written about essential oils and how we incorporate them in our home. :-)
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