"Michele!!! What oils do you use when you are totally stressed out?"
I get asked this A LOT so I created this to make sure I didn't forget to mention one of them and also share how I use them. Be sure to click on the individual oil names for links to information direct from YL including ingredients!
*Disclaimer: I am NOT a expert oils guru...I am just a Girl who found help in her oils and loves to share them with others!
I began using oils for emotional healing in 2008 after a season of emotional stress that resulted in heart palpitations, anxiety and panic attacks. Not wanting to be tied to pharmaceuticals, I reached out to oily friends along with Google and began learning and trying! These are organic oils working with an organic human, so be patient!
You need to give it anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks, adjusting usage and maybe even the oil itself until you find what your body needs!
Have Grace and be patient!! I believe healing is accomplished by engaging 3 things : body, mind and spirit.
Today, I want to share specifically what I do with my oils for emotional support and healing.
In the beginning, especially when you are in a current active crisis, be consistent! Set a timer on your phone to receive your oil application whatever it might be. Just like over the counter meds, it will take time for the body to adapt and begin healing. It's easy for time to slip away especially if you are a busy Mom, or you are working or maybe just keeping yourself so busy and distracted, that you easily loose track of time.
Once you have found stability in your stress, just like regular medications prescribed, continue using for a week or so after you feel healing has settled in for you. Then, it is more like taking vitamins, a daily maintenance, but not an all day thing any longer. Glory to God!
For example, when I know I am stressed out from a bad day or PMS or I am frustrated and upset about something, I will grab the Joy oil bottle, open, add 4 drops to the diffuser with the water and turn on, apply 1drop to the palm of my hand and hold over my heart as I stand over the diffuser and pray, often with no words. Isettle my heart and mind and ask the Holy Spirit to intercede on my behalf. I ask Him to open my breath, clear my thoughts and calm my heart.
It's been a beautiful spiritual journey that while I am not happy about the stressful part, and forever grateful for the spiritual part. It has helped me learn how to receive in my prayers vs venting without listening and receiving.
Be still and know.
I am grateful to have access to natural products for my health! Of course, always consult a Professional Counselor or Doctor if you are struggling with your body or mind! Sometimes we need to start there to be under the care of someone who can monitor you closely. You can still explore oils even alongside professional systems. Follow your instinct and keep calm! Have peace and take your healing journey one step at a time!
Aromatherapy: I open oil, inhale smells through my nose every hour on bad days. 3 breathes to inhale, hold for 3 seconds and exhale out of your mouth. As your emotions settle, you can move to every few hours, stay consistent. Ofcourse, they can also be whenever you need a deep breath on any given day.
Diffuser: A few drops with clean water in your diffuser. No need to wash out between oils. Yes, you can create your own blends. (Psst...This is a great option to replace toxic candles in your home.)
Topical: Applying oils directly to your body usually with a carrier oil (EVOO, massage oil or another oil like Coconut Oil). Some oils are considered spicy so it can irritate the skin. If an oil is too strong, dilute with natural carrier oil or YL massage oils.
I am NEVER without these oils. I consider oils medications I can access at a moment's notice. Unlike OTC meds, you can't just go buy the oil, you need to have it on hand! Some oils are always at an arm's reach while others remain in the medicine cabinet.
My FAVORITE is JOY!!! For me, it is what my body consistently asks for and responds quickly to. I notice the biggest difference in the kids and hubby with this one too.
Lavender is a great basic oil meaning it has soooo may ways to serve you, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Smells so good and an easy roller for drawing a heart on my chest, tracing a heart on my feet and rolling up the back of the neck.
A nice citrus blend, fresh and strong! If you already have citrus oils like Orange, Lime and lemon, you can create your own blend bottle and add some drops to your tea or water! Just make sure all oils are used in a glass container, not plastic!
There are MANY other oils I love using like Journey, Acceptance, Raven, Inner Child, Clary Sage, Envision, Frankincense, Peppermint...the list goes on! The above mentions are ones that are my top picks! Enjoy discovering new oils each month!
Ways I use all these oils:
- 4 drops in the diffuser when the emotions in the home seem tense.
- a drop on my heart in the middle of my chest, covering it with my hand on my heart as I breath and pray
- drop on the crown of my head-careful to not pray looking down so it doesn't drip down into your eyes-ouch!
- one drop in the palm of my hand, rub together, make prayer hands and hold over nose as you pray
- drop in hand with carrier oil, rub together, rub bottom of clean feet or back of neck
- mix a few drops of the oils into a glass spray bottle with clean water and spray on bedding for a peaceful night (MOM TIP: If your kiddo has bad dreams, help them create a Bad Dream Spray to keep them away. Empower them to take charge over their space, praying while spraying that God will activate the spray and keep the bad dreams away! My kiddo loved it and it worked!)
- open bottle next to you as you work or meditate
- drop oils in glass drink container- I love peppermint in my tea or coffee
As always, PRAY! Invite God in to your space....ask Him to hold you and heal you. There may be seasons you need medications and that is okay! Do what's necessary for you and listen to your intuition and God's leading. Seek professional help when you don't know what to do and allow the oils to support you along your way.
Friend, God Loves you!! You are seen, loved, heard and precious! You are NOT alone in your bad days!!! There is HOPE!!! Be still and know!!!! You are MORE than a Conqueror and you are fighting a battle you cannot see so surrender your heart and mind through worship and prayer.
Pay attention to what and who you listen to and remove negativity from your circle where possible. Look into Boundaries with your body, mind and spirit. Guard your heart and mind. Pay attention to who you surround yourself with. Some people will trigger you and deplete you while others will charge nd refresh you.
If you want to learn more about oils, here's your link to learn more and grab the ones you want to begin with. Heart Healing oils will last a LONG time since most of your usage will be aromatherapy.
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