Smell Of Cooking Beef No Longer Triggers PTSD
Author: Sara T.
Word Count: 377
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 10170-OR
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My husband is currently diagnosed with combat-related PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). One huge trigger for him is the smell of any kind of beef being cooked in a frying pan. This is a very common trigger for many vets who have combat experience. It is a reminder of a smell they will never forget.
Last night I was so hungry for a restaurant-style steak (pan seared, then into the oven for a few minutes to finish cooking). But, knowing the smell trigger, it is something we just normally could NEVER do. So I sat here looking at my essential oils thinking and thinking.
I grabbed the bottle of Purification and the bottle of Peace & Calming. I placed a few drops of each in the diffuser and set it on the continuous mode for about half an hour before I started in the kitchen. And then I kept right on diffusing through the entire cooking process.
My husband came home about 10 minutes after I pulled the last steak out of the oven. And he walked through the house. I braced myself, watching him close, and he closed his eyes and inhaled. And he kept inhaling.
I asked if he was okay. He turned to me and opened his eyes. I saw the tears and thought, "OH NO!" Then he said magical words. "This smells AWESOME!!" He was actually smelling the food and not what he was used to smelling.
He knew that I had pan fried and was expecting to get the smell he was used to. But it never came. Instead, the essential oils were able to block that out of the air and give him the ability to smell his dinner.
To some, this may seem small or insignificant. But to our family, IT IS HUGE! BEYOND HUGE!!!!! We had some happy dancing and tears of joy over this.
Will I do this again soon? Nope. I am taking small steps with the hubby. But it is a step I know how to take now... and one I can't wait to do again! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I miss juicy pan-fried hamburgers!
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: trauma, traumatic, triggers, triggered, abuse, abused, anxiety, panic.
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