There are days I feel like I can’t breathe. When it feel like there’s just too much to do, especially if I’m flaring and life if overwhelming. I feel like I’m failing, and add in the pain and stiffness of the flare, life can feel like a discouraging, miserable ball of crap. What I’ve learned though, is that there are answers to help me. Simple answers that smell really good.
I’ve learned so much over the past three and a half years about how we can support our bodies naturally. That there are answers to not only the physical things we deal with, but also the emotional ones. Aromatherapy is a powerful tool for our health. Our sense of smell has a great deal of influence over our thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviors. Olfactory responses to odors induce the brain to stimulate the release of hormones and neurochemicals that in turn alter the body’s physiology and behavior – powerfully influencing how we think, feel, and behave – and giving us some support in areas we desperately need it.
Using essential oils isn’t this like magic voo-doo stuff that makes all your problems go away. What they do however is support your body and encourage heathy responses to whatever life throws at us. So for example, when I’m feeling overloaded and stressed out because I have more things to do then time, I’ll use the Peace blend and instead of feeling like I’m facing the impossible, I begin to settle down and focus. I feel determined, accomplished, and able to handle what needs to get done. Often I have better clarity on prioritizing and not wigging out over the things that get left undone.
Peace has also served me well on those flare days I mentioned earlier. In the diffuser, or rolled onto my wrist pulse points, I feel more relaxed, reassured, in control. I know when I stress about a flare it makes the physical effects of the flare worse – and if that happens, the stress can increase, and a bad bad bad spiral effect begin to happen. Taking care of the emotional side of the flare actually will shorten its length and intensity. Peace makes me feel like I can handle it. Empowered.
There’s something incredibly grounding and calming about the oils in this blend: Vetiver Root, Lavender Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Frankincense Resin, Clary Sage Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Labdanum Leaf/Stalk, Spearmint Herb. doTERRA carefully chose the oils in this blend for their emotional properties: Vetiver Oil is useful for stress, addressing anger (even anger at my RA), fighting burnout and coping with fear, insecurity, or exhaustion.
Lavender is known for its calming properties – for just about everything, stress included. It also encourages emotional honesty; true healing cannot begin without that. Clary sage oil is used to help calm the nervous system, especially during times of stress, when feeling down or when needing restful sleep.
Ylang Ylang is a powerful oil to help you release emotional trauma from the past – bottled up emotions are incredibly taxing on your body physically as well as spiritually, being able to release those feelings help you experience joy more fully. Spearmint helps you clear your head and also will help release emotions that are blocking you from healing.
Frankincense is my very favorite single oil. It’s the oil I would have if I could only have one oil. It has powerful abilities to help with focus and is uplifting. If you tend to dwell on past hurts and let those feelings affect your present, Frankincense will inspire you to live in the now and appreciate the beauty of the present. This oil itself is an incredible gift.
Marjoram is kind of an unsung hero of essential oils – it’s so versatile yet we don’t always hear a lot about it. In addition to all it does for our physiology, marjoram has emotionally stabilizing properties that lift the heaviness of grief due to loss, and calm even the most volatile moods. Marjoram was revered by the Ancient Greeks and Romans for its power to invoke peace and happiness.
Labdanum oil is used for its ability to deal with a range of emotional and mental issues and is known to relieve stress and to exert calm and tranquility on the mind, making it a perfect addition to this blend.
The blend comes in a 5mL bottle, perfect for diffusing as well as a 10mL roller in doTERRA’s Touch line (it’s prediluted and ready to go). Something almost magical happens when I roll this on and I feel the release of negativity, of sorrow & sadness, and I feel a flooding of light and possibility. I can’t fully describe it with words.
It’s definitely something that you need to experience yourself.
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