How can we find a little calm and peace in this world?
With the devastating news this week of Russian’s Putin invading Ukraine, it is yet another time of crisis and heartbreak. Life has seemed to just go from one source of anxiety to another of late, and we are all understandably feeling worried right now, and uncertain about the future for ourselves and our children. We have learnt to expect the unexpected during these challenging times. All we can do is love one another and protect others as much as we possibly can, whilst trying to remain hopeful for what lies ahead.
I felt a little lost trying to decide what to write for this months blog in the face of everything that is going on, so I thought I would just concentrate on some Essential Oils that help to soothe and comfort us. The oils listed below are safe for everyone, including babies and children (at the correct dose – please ask me before blending and using these yourself) and can be used in massage blends, in the bath, in diffusers around the house, or on your face at night to aid relaxation and sleep. We need to try and create a little calm for ourselves right now, as some kind of balance to all the difficulties and problems facing the world around us.
Bergamot (Citrus Aurantium Subspecies Bergamia)
Bergamot Essential Oil is one of my favourite Citrus oils. It is fantastic for getting rid of emotional tension and feelings of frustration and irritability, and is wonderful in times of stress, worry and anxiety. It soothes the nervous system with it’s light fragrance, and is also a good lymphatic decongestant and digestive tonic. There is an important safety note for this oil though – you should always use a Bergamot FCF Essential Oil – this means it is free of Bergapten, which can be phototoxic.
Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri)
This oil is probably the one I would take with me to a desert island if I was only allowed to choose one! It is one of the safest oils we have in Aromatherapy, and is one of the very best for dealing with stress-related conditions. It is rejuvenating, healing, wonderful for emotional support, and is calming and centering. It is also lovely for elderly people (probably why I like it so much!) and is useful when dealing with bereavement and trauma.
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavender Essential Oil is under-valued in my opinion! It is truly an incredible oil, being an adaptogenic, it can relax or stimulate depending what you mix it with. It is a wonderful balancer, and one of the absolute best oils for all stress-related conditions. It is healing, soothing and sedative, but it can also uplift us out of a rut, and help us to adapt to new situations. Being non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising, it is also one of the safest oils used in Aromatherapy, and it suitable for just about everyone, young and old alike.
Neroli (Citrus Aurantium Var. Amara Flos)
Neroli Essential Oil is simply beautiful, and one of my absolute favourites. It is a classic stress remedy and is calming and relaxing, dealing well with states of anxiety, fear and worry. It can help before tests or exams, and in cases of depression and apathy. It is a euphoric oil, reduces obsessive thought and is also wonderful for the skin. It is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising, so is generally safe for everyone. The heady floral aroma may cause headaches though in those with hypersensitivity, so it should be used with caution for those individuals.
Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum Nobile)
This oil is a soothing, calming, classic stress remedy. It is also an effective sedative, and useful for everything associated with the Nervous System. Headaches, migraines, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, depression, agitation and emotional stress can all be eased with this fantastic oil. It is also safe for everyone, including babies, as it is one of the safest oils used in Aromatherapy.
Sandalwood (Santalum Album)
This oil is one of my absolute favourites. It is a healing, stabilising and grounding oil. It is wonderful for all skin types and is very soothing and balancing. It also helps with stress-related tension. It is one of the safest oils we have, and being another one of our ‘Base’ note oils, the fragrance comes through more strongly as time goes on, so the aroma lingers for longer.
Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis)
Sweet Orange Essential Oil is also another favourite and popular with everyone. It is a wonderful nerve tonic, so is fabulous at dealing with stress and anxiety, whilst also being an uplifting, refreshing Essential Oil. It is great for those who are exhausted and full of worry, as well as for those feeling stressed, irritated or frustrated with life. Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising, so again safe for just about everyone.
A beautiful Essential Oil Blend of these, for a healthy adult that I would recommend, would be 30ml of whatever Base/Carrier oil is your preference – I use Sweet Almond – then the following drops of Essential Oils: Bergamot (4 drops), Frankincense (3 drops), Lavender (3 drops) and Neroli (2 drops). Or if you can’t use them all, or would like to use different ones, then use a combination (up to a total of 12 drops) per 30ml of Base oil.
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With all my love and hugs. See you next month!