Feeling Overwhelmed? Stress weighing you down? doTerra Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways to calm the nervous system and relax your entire body. Stress is something that our modern culture is constantly dealing with from the demands of work, family, finances and finding time for yourself in our fast-paced lifestyles makes the day to day struggle to find peace even more difficult. More and more people are in need of finding effective ways to manage their stress; not only can essential oils have a dynamic and immediate effect on mood but when used regularly can be part of a healthy natural stress management regimen to help your body re-balance its entire system. Stress is the precursor to many common ailments including accidents, lung ailments, heart disease, and immune disorders, by employing simple stress reduction tools that support your body you can do a great deal to prevent many of these chronic disease problems.
The body Is designed to heal and balance itself, every second and every breath the body is replacing cells and striving to find a balance where growth and repair can happen naturally. We have 2 primary modes of operation in our nervous system: Sympathetic or response and reaction and Parasympathetic or growth and healing, it is necessary to move between both of these branches to assure our body can function properly. Stress pushes our body into Sympathetic nerve supply which mean our body takes all its resources from growth and healing to facilitate reactions. When we are in sympathetic nerve supply our pupils dilate, glucose from our liver is released into the muscles so they can respond and react, digestion slows or ceases, breath becomes shallow, stress hormones are released, the brain armors itself and the heart beats faster. When we are exposed to stress on a consistent basis our bodies get stuck in this fight or flight response system and the activity of healing is diminished creating the framework for many disease processes. Look at this following chart compiled by Mental Health of America of all the disease process that are caused by prolonged periods of fight or flight!
Makes you think twice about how you manage stress doesn’t it?!! So here is the good news having a stress reduction program can help you counteract all these disorders and help you to avoid the over use of medications. So what can we do to start???
Sleep: Proper, restful, regular and uninterrupted sleep is a key to giving your body the time it needs to recuperate and re-energize itself so you can heal and balance your body.
Diet: A healthy real food based diet that cuts out all processed food and cuts back on sugar is crucial for your body to have the right nutrients for the cellular building blocks of healing necessary for healthy aging and growth. Avoiding boxed, bagged, and pre-made foods as much as possible and eating organically as much as possible especially meat and dairy products.
Water: Clean and pure water to assure proper hydration of your bodies tissues is vital to the health of your body and to flush out waste products that can create more stress on the body. Water is necessary for all electrical actions in the body and an important factor in delivering nutrients to our bodies.
Breath: Clean air and the proper ability to breath in air to the entire body is crucial to support the communication needs of the nervous system. Oxygen is a vital part of our bodies metabolic process. Oxygen or breath carries our vital energy though our body creating awareness.
In addition to working on having these 4 basic needs met to assure proper health you can add in a variety of essential oils to support your wellness needs.
Aromas interact with our limbic system and provide a natural help for relieving stress and instilling a calming effect. Oils affect each of us differently. Therefore, it is good to experiment with those recommended to see which gives the most help. Most suggested are
Balancing blends contain oils that are geared toward the central nervous system and other body systems. If there are times when you feel confused, doubtful, unsettled, or in need of a sense of well-being, a balancing blend may be an excellent option. For those who suffer mood swings, anxiety, temper problems or doldrums, a balancing blend may help calm and balance their emotions.
PastTense® is dōTERRA®‘s proprietary blend for tension and the discomforts associated with headaches. It provides calming comfort provided with nine CPTG essential oils blended for their synergistic relationship to each other and their combined ability to calm, cool, and sooth. It is provided in a handy roll-on bottle for convenient topical application and easy “in your purse” or “in your pocket” convenience.
Diffuse for soothing and calming; it is especially effective if used before bedtime to induce a restful sleep. Apply topically with light massage to feet or temples for stress relief and to increase a sense of well-being. Apply topically to feet at bedtime to calm and aid in restful sleep. Also apply to the neck and lymph nodes if needed to reduce anxiety, if blood pressure is high, or if there is tension or stress. Some might find direct application helpful for tension headaches.
Wild Orange offers one of the most dynamic fragrances of essential oils. The combined, proven antifungal, antibacterial, and antidepressant properties make it one of the most powerful and aromatic oils to use. It is excellent for disinfecting and killing fungus and pathogens, while relieving stress. It can be both energizing and uplifting, while being sedative by instilling feelings of peace.
Suggested application techniques include:
• Diffusion at home or in the office using a diffuser.
• Baths, 3 – 4 drops added to warm bath water. Mix well before entering.
• Foot or hand massage with selected oil or blend.
• For those on-the-go. Use an inhaler with a selected oil or blend.
• Also for those on-the-go. Use the PastTense roll on dispenser.
• Also for those on-the-go use simple cup and inhale technique.