Updated: Oct 1, 2022
Grief and stress relief can be complicated especially after the last two years of the pandemic. Emotions can be triggered at a moment's notice if they are on the edge of the heart. You can become accustomed to a lack of connecting with others. One client said, " my head protects me as my heart tries to connect me!" They were very stressed because of the emotional pressure from caring for family and working as a professional nurse at the same time.
Mental gymnastics to control many emotions can leave feelings of stomach aches, tight feelings in the chest, and heaviness on the shoulders. Emotional hangovers can zap energy and sleep. The human heart can become weary and sad when the mind tries to run its wheels all day and night long.
Neuroscience research shows the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experiences and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves. Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
One tool to decrease emotional stress and support wellness is the safe use of essential oil blends. You can create an Emotional Recovery Blend. For example, blending Geranium essential oil with Lavender and Rose Damascus can reduce the severity of overuse of emotions. Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) can lower stress levels and feelings of emotional insecurity, (Holmes, 2016). Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) with Damask Rose (Rosa damascena) was studied in a triple-group randomized clinical trial. 90 mothers inhaled this blend and found it helpful for decreasing pain and overt anxiety after their C-sections, with Damask Rose essential oil showing a greater effect than lavender,(Abbasijahromi, A., 2020). Lastly, combining Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) study showed that music therapy and aromatherapy with chamomile-lavender essential oil had an effect on reducing the anxiety of nurses.
Try this aromatherapy blend for calming your emotions and decreasing your stress. If you would like us to create this for you or you have a question and want to talk with a Registered Aromatherapist, please contact us at https://www.essentialoiltherapiesllc.com. We will guide you on your road to emotional wellness again.
Emotional Recovery Blend
Blend in a clean one-ounce or 30 ml dark-colored glass bottle with a lid or dropper bottle
top blend the following below. This creates a 1% diluted blend for inhaling or applying directly to the skin for massage.
two drops of Chamomile or Lavender
three drops of Geranium
one drop of Damask Rose
fill the rest of the bottle with sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil
Close the bottle and roll it in your hands. You don't need to shake it.
Place a few drops in your hands and rub them together and inhale 3 to 4 times.
Feel yourself relax and unwind. You may inhale your blend 2 to 3 times a day as needed.
Remember if you are seriously overwhelmed please seek to consult with your medical provider and or a professional mental health therapist.
Aromatherapy can be used along with medical and psychological interventions to compliment your health and wellness. Until then may your emotional hangovers lessen as you use the tool of aromatherapy and connect with your heart and recover your tolerance to stress.
Holmes, P.(2016). Aromatica: a Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Vol. I: Singing Dragon: London.
van der Kolk, B. A. (2015). The Body Keeps the Score; Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.Penguin Group LLC: USA.
Zamanifar, S., Bagheri-Saveh, M. I., Nezakati, A., Mohammadi, R., & Seidi, J. (2020). The Effect of Music Therapy and Aromatherapy with Chamomile-Lavender Essential Oil on the Anxiety of Clinical Nurses: A Randomized and Double-Blind Clinical Trial. Journal of medicine and life, 13(1), 87–93. https://doi.org/10.25122/jml-2019-0105
Abbasijahromi, A., Hojati, H., Nikooei, S., Jahromi, H. K., Dowlatkhah, H. R., Zarean, V., Farzaneh, M., & Kalavani, A. (2020). Compare the effect of aromatherapy using lavender and Damask rose essential oils on the level of anxiety and severity of pain following C-section: A double-blinded randomized clinical trial. Journal of complementary & integrative medicine, 17(3), 10.1515/jcim-2019-0141. https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2019-0141