By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist
In recent blogs, I have shared a few inspiration lists of some of my favorite oils that suit specific approaches and needs. In My Top Five Workhorse Oils, we discussed what I consider the powerhouses that pretty much cover the bases of the basics. These essential oils are well rounded, readily available, with very few safety concerns.
As part of the series on holistic aromatherapy, I shared My Top Three Oils for Whole Being Balance. These, too, pack a punch by providing support to encourage balance for all three levels of our being — mind, body and spirit. These, again, are generally accessible and provide a lot of bang for the buck.
So, when and why would we want to use the pricier oils? Though they may have multiple therapeutic uses, some of the precious oils can be powerful in a more singular way. When we need them for their high therapeutic value in these certain situations, and there is no real substitute, Precious Oils Are Priceless.
Each of these essential oils are often sought for significant support to soothe heightened mental and emotional distress. While some of their actions overlap, each helps in a different way. And, each can be priceless in episodes that impact our existence when our mind is fogged, our feelings are intense, our body is flooded with the fight or flight reaction, and our spirits feel frozen.
Please know that aromatherapy is never a replacement for care from your professional health provider. Aromatherapy, however, can provide powerful support as part of your overall plan of care. Every person has unique needs and responses to all approaches to care, including aromatherapy. If you are under the care of health provider, please advise them if you wish to include aromatherapy as part of your care plan. If you experience significant distress, and aromatherapy does not provide relief in your self-care routine, please be prepared to seek professional support.
A few things to note:
- When supporting mental or emotional distress, inhalation is the best approach. Direct inhalation, such as through a personal inhaler, provides fastest and most effective route for settling the nerves and soothing emotions.
- It is best to create a synergy so the senses do not associate a single scent with distress as a negative event or feeling. You can start with a mini-master blend as indicated in the sample synergies below.
- I find it is best to first test with a drop or two on a tissue to see how the synergy makes you feel. If you feel a negative reaction, the tissue can easily and quickly be removed.
- If the synergy creates a positive feeling, you can, then, create a personal inhaler for follow up use when needed wherever you are. Simply increase the synergies below to 15 drops.
- Each of the essential oils below have assertive scents. You won’t need much to mix into your synergy.
- Plant Therapy offers each of these precious essential oils in 2.5 ml sizes to help make the price point even more accessible.
When Precious Oils are Priceless
Melissa Melissa officinalis:
Melissa can be very calming and settling to the nerves after one experiences a shock to the system or traumatic event. It can help to restore us to our senses.
It also can be emotionally balancing, revitalizing, uplifting and strengthening making it invaluable for nervous tension, anxiousness, bereavement, and feeling down. And, it helps to ease emotional blocks.
Cautions: Not KidSafe® . To avoid the risk of various safety issues, we recommend a maximum dilution of 1% for topical applications.
Relax and Restore
2 drops Fragonia Taxandria fragrans
2 drops Lime Citrus x aurantifolia
1 drop Melissa Melissa officinalis
Neroli Citrus x aurantium:
Neroli is considered very uplifting for serious sadness and helps to ease grief and sorrow. It is helpful for sudden shock and for agitation. Neroli can also open us to positive energy and help bring us back into balance.
Cautions: None Known.
Balance the Senses
2 drops Geranium Bourbon Pelargonium x asperum
2 drops Neroli Citrus x aurantium
1 drop Orange Sweet Citrus sinensis
Rose Otto Rosa x damascena:
Emotionally, rose is considered calming, uplifting, balancing and strengthening. Rose is also invaluable for supporting the spirit by promoting unconditional love and compassion for self and others.
Cautions: Not KidSafe® We recommend a maximum dilution of 0.6% for topical applications.
2 drops Fragonia Taxandria fragrans
2 drops Rhododendron Rhododendron anthopogon*
1 drop Rose Otto (diluted 10%) Rosa x damascena**
* Rhododendron was featured as an Oil of the Month by Plant Therapy. Based upon its popularity, it may stocked for general sale in the future.
** I’ve chosen the pre-diluted version of Rose Otto offered by Plant Therapy both for budget and for managing its powerfully assertive scent. You may also choose to purchase it undiluted, which you can find in the 2.5 ml sizes as well.
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