Independence Day in the USA is a day to celebrate freedom. The day we remember declaring our independence from tyranny and oppression. A new country and ability to chart our own course. The ability worship and live according to the dictates of our conscience without the threat of governmental imposition and coercion.
From History.com: “Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.”
But whenever we have a freedom from something means there has been a point in which we were held in bondage by something. To declare independence means that someone or something has held us back. For many, past experiences have been experiences of trauma of some kind. Most often we think of trauma as those who have been at the forefront of fighting for our freedoms who many times have something like PTSD.
But did you know there are many types of trauma that can be experienced by anyone from children to adults including this list from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
- Community Violence
- Complex Trauma
- Domestic Violence
- Early Childhood Trauma
- Medical Trauma
- Natural Disasters
- Physical Abuse
- Refugee Trauma
- School Violence
- Sexual Abuse
- Traumatic Grief
The effects of trauma can not be minimized. As my wife and I have been preparing to become foster parents, we saw this video as part our pre-service training that gives great insight into how the brain develops and the effects of trauma, even at an early age.
As we can see, not dealing with trauma can have devastating impacts on the rest of our lives. Unresolved trauma can cause us to feel isolated and alone, disconnected and detached, helpless, worried, sad, overwhelmed, fearful, hyper-vigilant, hyper-active, and many other negative feelings.
Trauma can also cause anger outbursts, personality conflicts, addictions, fatigue, a lack of focus, mood swings, sensitivity to light and/or sound, nightmares, loss of memory, physical pain or problems, relationship turmoil, weight gain, yo-yo dieting, work stress, and the list goes on.
So how do you effectively deal with trauma and even work to reverse it’s effects? Did you know that Essential Oils may be of benefit to aid in supporting our brain and emotions in a way that could bring freedom and independence from the bondage of trauma and its effect on our lives?
Essential oils were used in ancient Egypt, Sumeria and in earlier times. In this truly holistic therapy the mind and body are inseparable. Plato is to have said that the source of most illness has its roots in the soul. There may be no better way to influence the mind and spirit, than through a physical medium that includes nature’s essences; essential oils provide this.
Aromatherapy came to prominence in the early part of the 20th century. Rene Gattafosse coined this term while working in his family’s perfumery, in France. It was Rene who “discovered” the healing effectiveness of lavender after he treated a burn on his hand. A few researchers continued the study, but that slowed during WW II, except for the work of Jean Valnet, MD. Valnet was a military surgeon who used what he had learned from Gattafosse’s writings to treat wounded soldiers. Today, in France, there are more than 1,500 physicians who prescribe essential oils.
Scent has a special impact on living organisms. Scientific research into the human sense of smell finds it to be 10,000 times more powerful than taste. Scent travels rapidly to the brain, and is shown to have a direct effect on the limbic system. The limbic system communicates with the autonomic nervous system. This is the known connection in the brain to the hypothalamus, emotion, memory, and some visceral (gut) reactions. Since the 1980’s olfactory research has promoted the psychological benefit of essential oils used in aromatherapy.
“The profound and complete therapeutic effects of essential oils derive from more than their pleasant fragrance. They have vital electromagnetic properties and vibrational energies that invigorate the mind, the soul, the body’s energy, and thus their functioning.” Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
The most common treatment applications using pure essential oils are inhalation and application through the skin. Inhalation may be as simple as sniffing the aroma from the bottle, applying a few drops to your pillowcase, or making up a spray bottle. The use of a diffuser is also an effective way to get these oils into the air for inhalation.
We invite you to visit our page that highlights Essential Oils that help with Emotional Wellness and Support and learn how each one can be used in supporting our brain and emotions that may have been impacted by trauma in our lives.
How have you used Essential Oils to Declare your Independence and find Freedom from the emotional bonds of the effects of trauma?