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Essential Oils For Grieving

Author: Deborah C.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 03-30-2007
Views: 7,255
Word Count: 453
Questions Received: 5
Testimonial ID: 1996-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I recently listened to one of the old training tapes, and Gary said Aroma Life on the heart, followed by Joy, to help heal the heart and stop the trauma from imprinting there. Thought that sounded pretty neat.

I have been working with a friend who's 89 year old mother just lost her sweetheart of 67 years. Mom's CHF was being severely taxed by bronchitis and the overwhelming grief. She could not grieve and every time she cried her lungs would fill up. (Lungs being the area where deep grief and joy are held).

In general, breathing was labored, she couldn't sleep, her legs were filled with edema. The doctor wanted her hospitalized, but this sweet lady just wanted to be home with her daughter. They had never used oils, and Mom wasn't up for meeting anyone new at the time, so I gave them Valor to place on her feet, Gary's bronchitis blend to massage on top of it and apply a warm towel wrap. I left a diffuser with Eucalyptus Radiata which helped her breath and sleep right away, as did the RC for her lungs/bronchials.

When we experience trauma, we often feel disconnected and ungrounded, literally unplugged from those dynamic life forces in the ground and universe. No doubt the chakras have closed shut. To work with a person's feet, especially the elderly, helps them ground and fill up again. It often helps them be steadier and more connected to the feet as well.

My friend's mother brightened up ten shades from just the first treatment. She slept deeply for 5 hours and awoke feeling refreshed and hopeful. It was just as helpful to her daughter who also regained her color and brightness. (The daughter had been quite grey in color and energy and her emotions had felt "flat lined," a little Valor on her feet, and Lemon on her hands to inhale brought her right back!) I also left some Lemon for her to diffuse knowing that would begin to ease the mother's depression.

My friend marveled that 12 hours earlier, her mother was in such a state as to need hospitalization, and yet now she was full of life again and quickly recovering. Her edema had lessened significantly as well.

The next day I happened to listen to that tape, so we have intended to visit again when I would apply the Aroma Life and Joy and do a Vita Flex session on mother's feet, but for the moment, we are operating on what she seems to want and when. She's doing fine and I'll probably be invited back in the next week or so. They also want to begin supporting the CHF in general.

Hope this is useful,

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: emotions — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
2.Associated topics: depression — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
3.Associated topics: depression — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
4.Associated topics: emotions,depression — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
5.Associated topics: depression — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
6.Associated topics: depression — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
7.Associated topics: depression — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link
8.Associated topics: emotions — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link

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