Aside from physical pain, there is no other emotion that impacts us like grief. Just this week alone I personally attended 3 funerals of a fellow church member, a co-worker’s mom, and a personal friend.
In times like these it is hard to grasp onto hope during feelings of helplessness, but there are some phenomenal things given to us in Creation through essential oils that can help and which we will explore today.
Grief caused by the loss of a loved one, family or friend, is one of the greatest stressors on the body. When a loss like this, expected or unexpected occurs, the body reacts like it normally does to a stressful situation in activating of the adrenal system and causing a chemical reaction that leads to the production of cortisol.
As grief is not a singular event that occurs, but a process that has to run its course, it is not uncommon for the stress level and thus the level of cortisol in the body to end up being 10 to 20 times the normal amount in the bloodstream. This high level of cortisol over a longer period of time can directly impact our immune system in a negative manner, weakening it, and thus making us more susceptible to sickness and common germs that we would otherwise be protected against.
Knowing these things we can keep in mind good practices in preparing the body to deal with this stress such as good nutrition/eating habits, proper sleep, and probably the most important, appropriate avenues to release our emotions and feelings of grief. There is no timeline for this expression and it is an important part of the healing and recovery process of grief.
Heading directly into our grief and allowing ourselves to face our painful emotions is the most helpful thing we can do. Talking about our loved one and the circumstances of the death, crying when we need to and talking with someone who will listen non-judgmentally to our anger and guilt, is the only way to successfully resolve our grief—and ultimately resolve the stress that is caused by the grief.
There are 6 powerful essential oil blends that are must haves for dealing with the emotional stress and trauma of grief. Each of these can be used both topically and by inhalation directly from the bottle, from cupped hands or with a diffuser.
White Angelica™ is a calming and soothing blend that encourages feelings of protection and security. It combines oils used during ancient times to enhance the body’s aura, which brings about a sense of strength and endurance. Many people use it as protection against negative energy.
Joy™ is a delightful blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oils that harmonize for a sweet, joyful aroma. When diffused, Joy creates a warm, comforting environment and inspires a romantic aromatic atmosphere. Wear Joy as a cologne or perfume to exude an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness.
Release™ combines uplifting, calming oils that stimulate a sense of peace and emotional well-being, which in turn facilitate the ability to release anger and frustration. Repressed negative emotions lie at the root of many health concerns. Release promotes harmony and balance in the mind and body.
Forgiveness™ contains a synergistic blend of soothing and uplifting essential oils that may enhance the ability to release hurtful memories and move beyond emotional barriers. The process of growth can only proceed when we have the ability to forgive and let go of negative emotions.
Valor II™ essential oil blend was specially formulated by D. Gary Young as his recommended option and alternate to Valor. Gary handpicked this new formulation to stay true to the original constituent character of its predecessor and offer the same great experience. Valor II includes Young Living’s exclusive Northern Lights Black Spruce and Idaho Blue Spruce essential oils, along with Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Vetiver, Cistus, Bergamot, Cassia, German Chamomile, and other oils. Diffuse Valor II for an inspiring and calming aroma or apply topically to experience this empowering and uplifting fragrance. Valor II includes the naturally occurring constituents linalol, alpha-pinene, camphene, and limonene.
Stress Away™ essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.
What essential oils or blends have you used to deal with the stress caused by grief?