Saturday, 17 November 2012

Aromatherapy for the emotions

This text shows how our emotions have a direct influence on physical health and advises on different scents which will de-stress, relax, cheer, uplift, or enhance passion for life.

 Aromatherapy has a marked effect on mood. This has caught the attention of researchers. With an aging population this is increasingly providing of use to professional carers.  Aromatherapy is not a miracle cure for serious emotional issues however the use of essential oils may assist, sometimes greatly, with particular emotional issues and emotional states.

 Here is a helpful link.

Somatic experiencing takes advantage of the body’s unique ability to heal itself. The focus of therapy is on bodily sensations, rather than thoughts and memories about the traumatic event. By concentrating on what’s happening in your body, you gradually get in touch with trauma-related energy and tension. From there, your natural survival instincts take over, safely releasing this pent-up energy through shaking, crying, and other forms of physical release.

More on somatic therapy

In professional or self care our mental wellbeing can be enhanced by non destructive and agreeable experiences such as smelling essential oils.   The use of essential oils for emotional well-being is what is often first thought of when someone thinks of the term "aromatherapy" and particularly natural perfumery or flavouring for food sauces.

Essential oils are comprised of naturally occurring chemicals that work in synergy with one another. Our bodies are familiar with these chemical families.  Though human and plant evolution diverged 1.5bn years ago we nonetheless share 50% of our genes with the humble banana - a sobering thought!  Because essential oils are volatile, their molecules are easily inhaled. The inhalation of these naturally occurring synergistic chemicals have many impacts on thechemical processes of the mind and body. This can effect our emotions and recall of memory and have a direct impact on our behaviour. 

The smell of sweet orange oil is agreeable and cheering so helps provide emotional balance and bring on a positive outlook. Sweet orange oil is a wonderful oil to use alone or in a blend. The aroma of sweet orange oil also blends nicely with many oils and has the added advantage of being one of the more inexpensive essential oils and one of the safer essential oils to use.You can even add a drop (no more) of orange oil and other citrus oils to flavour water and make it more palatable or add to a sauce.  Please note citrus oils should be kept in the fridge and discarded 6 months after opening as they oxidise.

It is important, therefore, that you treat any list of essential oils used for emotional well-being as a starting point. Within the confines of safety, experiment and utilize those oils that bring about the purpose that you seek.

 Understanding grief

Common symptoms of grief

While loss affects people in different ways, many people experience the following symptoms when they’re grieving. Just remember that almost anything that you experience in the early stages of grief is normal – including feeling like you’re going crazy, feeling like you’re in a bad dream, or questioning your religious beliefs.
  • Shock and disbelief – Right after a loss, it can be hard to accept what happened. You may feel numb, have trouble believing that the loss really happened, or even deny the truth. If someone you love has died, you may keep expecting them to show up, even though you know they’re gone.
  • Sadness – Profound sadness is probably the most universally experienced symptom of grief. You may have feelings of emptiness, despair, yearning, or deep loneliness. You may also cry a lot or feel emotionally unstable.
  • Guilt – You may regret or feel guilty about things you did or didn’t say or do. You may also feel guilty about certain feelings (e.g. feeling relieved when the person died after a long, difficult illness). After a death, you may even feel guilty for not doing something to prevent the death, even if there was nothing more you could have done.
  • Anger – Even if the loss was nobody’s fault, you may feel angry and resentful. If you lost a loved one, you may be angry at yourself, God, the doctors, or even the person who died for abandoning you. You may feel the need to blame someone for the injustice that was done to you.
  • Fear – A significant loss can trigger a host of worries and fears. You may feel anxious, helpless, or insecure. You may even have panic attacks. The death of a loved one can trigger fears about your own mortality, of facing life without that person, or the responsibilities you now face alone.
  • Physical symptoms – We often think of grief as a strictly emotional process, but grief often involves physical problems, including fatigue, nausea, lowered immunity, weight loss or weight gain, aches and pains, and insomnia.

    The difference between grief and depression

    Distinguishing between grief and clinical depression  isn’t always easy, since they share many symptoms. However, there are ways to tell the difference. Remember, grief can be a roller coaster. It involves a wide variety of emotions and a mix of good and bad days. Even when you’re in the middle of the grieving process, you will have moments of pleasure or happiness. With depression, on the other hand, the feelings of emptiness and despair are constant.
    Other symptoms that suggest depression, not just grief:
    • Intense, pervasive sense of guilt.
    • Thoughts of suicide or a preoccupation with dying.
    • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness.
    • Slow speech and body movements
    • Inability to function at work, home, and/or school.
    • Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there.

    Can antidepressants help grief?

    As a general rule, normal grief does not warrant the use of antidepressants. While medication may relieve some of the symptoms of grief, it cannot treat the cause, which is the loss itself. Furthermore, by numbing the pain that must be worked through eventually, antidepressants delay the mourning process.

Essential Oils for Anger Management

Essential Oils for Anxiety

Essential Oils for Confidence

Essential Oils for Depression

Essential Oils for Fatigue, Exhaustion and Burnout

Essential Oils for Fear

Essential Oils for Grief

Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Essential Oils for Happiness and Peace

Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils for Insecurity

Essential Oils for Irritability

Essential Oils for Loneliness

Essential Oils for Memory and Concentration

Basil, Black Pepper, Cypress, Hyssop, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

Essential Oils for Panic and Panic Attacks

Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Neroli, Rose

Essential Oils for Stress Reduction

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