Post by Suzanne R Banks
Hi there APJ,
If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or unable to cope as well as you usually do, then scent can help you. It is worth noting though, that if you are stressed, it can be really difficult to garner the energy to help yourself – even just a little bit.
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Minimising Stress and Freak-Outs with Scent
In this case I still definitely recommend the use of essential oils, as their healing power is unstoppable, so to invite you to heal yourself, it’s best to use the easy methods which are:
1. Open The Bottle and Take a Huge Whiff
Self explanatory and easy! This may be enough to change your focus (even slightly), and hopefully help you to feel a bit better about things. This method is especially good if you are really freaking out.
2. Put A few Drops Of Oil into the bottom of the Shower
This works in a similar way to just taking a whiff straight from the bottle, but if you’ve got an extra minute, it will give you a completely different experience. Your whole body will be immersed in an essential oil steam. Energetically this will cleanse your aura and have a positive effect on your mind and emotions. Just cover the drain with a cloth or your foot for a couple of minutes, and breathe in the medicinal goodness.
Put a couple of drops onto a scarf, handkerchief or cotton pad and take it with you, or tuck it into your pocket, or your bra. The scent of the oil will help support you through the day, people will comment on how lovely the scent is (then you’ll feel slightly better about life in general), the energetic presence of the oil will bring a sense of calm, and it’s really easy too!
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Minimising Stress and Freak-Outs of Others with Scent
If you can help a friend or a partner who is stressing or freaking out, you could employ these methods which are easy for you, but could be monumentally hard for your friend at a time of stress and unrest.Something this simple can help begin the turning around.
1. Nourishing body oil blend
Usually I say “For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil. It’s always best to patch test first, before you apply all over.” But you could make this little blend and massage someone’s hands or feet to help them chill out.
***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.
For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”
2. Scent Their Space
Use 25 drops of oil In a traditional oil burner with a candle, or a diffuser, in your friend’s personal space to help them feel more comfortable. It is easy for you, but could be too much for them at this moment.
A drop of oil can be essential
A drop of oil can be essential
Bergamot – calm, relieve mild anxiety
Chamomile – calming, soothing, medicinal
Cinnamon – sweetness, love what you do for work
Fennel – be kind to yourself
Frankincense – breathe deeply and relax
Geranium – cheery, helps improve downward spiraling moods
Lavender – calm, solidarity and strength
Lemon – gentle, refreshing
Marjoram – grief, emotional pain relief
Rose – Queen of oils to help with all stress issues
Rosewood – flow of love in the heart centre
Vetiver – absolute grounding, cooling to the hot emotions, stops kid’s tantrums
Ylang Ylang – release anger and frustation
…. and really, any oil that you love and can help you (or your friend) out.
Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.
Suzanne R Banks xx
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