Can Essential Oils Really Enhance Physical and Emotional Wellbeing? By: Gabrielle Anderson, lmft
My Own Journey Through Essential Oils
There has been a significant amount of hype and excitement over the past few years about essential oils and their impact on physical and emotional health. With so much information out there, what can one expect and believe?
Like many who use essential oils, I found myself desperate to find something that could help the many problems my family was facing. Topping the list were symptoms such as brain fog, joint pain, inflammation, lack of focus, anxiety, and insomnia. Although antibiotics and western medicine was helping, I wanted more options. This is when I discovered the power and support of essential oils.
When one Blend of Essential Oils Does not Work, Try Again!
We have found that a blend of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint, known as LLP, can ease joint pain on contact, or when rubbed down the spine can help uncomplicate symptoms associated with seasonal changes. Although Lavender is used in a diffuser for many to fall asleep, Cedarwood and Bergamot work better for our children. Three out of the four members in our family use an essential oil blend for focus and attention and they are all different! Blending oils is often about trial and error and requires patience and research, but well worth the time and effort. If one oil or blend does not work for you, ask questions, become curious and try more options.
Essential Oils Recipes to Try at Home*
In a 10 ml roller ball bottle carefully add…
20 drops of Lavender
20 drops of Lemon
20 drops of Peppermint
Top it off with your favorite carrier oil**
Sleepy Time Diffuser Blend
Fill up a one-room diffuser with the necessary filtered water. Then add…
2 drops of Cedarwood
2 drop of Bergamot
This blend is a great helper for those who not only struggle to fall asleep, but also feel separation anxiety during the bedtime ritual. Every diffuser is different. Use the above as a guide.
Experimenting with essential oils can be both fun and empowering. Start by choosing one symptom to target. Before you know it, you may begin to feel empowered and excited to start on a new path of health and wellness.
*Remember. Essential oils are powerful. Less is more. Carrier oils help extend the oils over a larger surface area without using too much of the essential oil itself.
**A carrier oil is a natural oil added to a blend to help spread the essential oils around over a larger surface area. Examples of carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, etc
Unless specified, Gabrielle Anderson, lmft is the author of these posts. Gabrielle is a Therapist and the Director at FTC. She is a married mother of 2 and has experienced chronic infection in the practice, herself and in her family.
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