Hellllooooooo dahlings! Can you even believe it? 3 posts in 3 days? Sticking with the schedule?
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Welcome back to Mental Health Monday! In keeping with my current obsession with using essential oils for keeping my family free of the dreaded lurgy’s that lurk around every corner this time of year, and given that depression season is in full swing, I thought I would find out what they could do for mental health and share a bit with you today.
Ah yes friend, I see you looking guarded over there and wondering whether my next review will be for birkenstocks or for tie-dye. That’s cool. You can be skeptical, I was too. But people! This is not just hippy dippy patchouli oil and incense anymore! This stuff is really powerful and I think that in this time of over-processed chemical everything, it’s so exciting that more and more people are catching the vision of that.
These oils are certified, endorsed by medical Dr.’s and backed by serious scientific studies and they are often more effective than the scary stuff concocted in labs with horrible side effects. I think this is such good news.
I chose the list of disorders in the title because I personally struggle with each of those things but the list of conditions which essential oils can treat has no end. Go ahead and google for yourself. I got most of my information from this awesome site. It’s very comprehensive and user-friendly.
I have only recently started using oils specifically for emotional and mental balance and so my testimonials can’t hold a ton of weight but there are countless really persuasive ones out there and fingers crossed I will soon be able to add my story to them.
I have however, been incredibly impressed in the short time I have been using them for these purposes so far they appear to be working wonders. Thought I would give you a quick run-down on some of the essential oil that can be used for these disorders
*****These oils are widely available but naturally I recommend doTERRA oils because the are CPT grade (certified pure therapeutic) grade, which means they are extremely pure, free from harmful additives and they are undiluted and very potent. This means that a little bit (i.e one drop) is often all you need for these benefits. Compared to other oils I have used, well… there is no comparison. I want them all and I want everyone I know to have them all.
Back to treating mental health issues with essential oil. This was (depressing) news to me:
1. Please seek professional help as soon as possible and follow their treatment plan precisely. Always tell them about any supplements and oils you intend to take or are currently taking. Never ever stop taking any medication without consulting your care provider first.
2. Try these. They are safe and natural without harmful side effects when used as directed:
Single Oils: Bergamot , Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Melissa, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
DoTerra Oil Blends commonly used for depression: Serenity, Balance, Elevation, PastTense and Citrus Bliss.
Suggested methods of use: These can be diffused using an oil diffuser, applied topically to the soles of the feet or the chest or used in bath water.
Coconut Oil pulling: I have found that I have been sleeping infinitely better since beginning oil pulling. It has a ton of other benefits…another post for another day. So definitely try it if you aren’t doing so already.
Single Oils: Clary Sage (take 1-3 drops internally in a capsule or under your tongue before bed), frankincense, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, wild orange, ylang ylang, vetiver
DoTerra Blends: Serenity, Balance, Slim and Sassy
Options for use: diffuse, cup and inhale, dilute and spritz on your pillow using a spray bottle, use with a carrier oil like coconut for a pre-bed body massage or rub into soles of feed. I have been putting a drop or two vetiver in water and drinking it and despite not having much sleep the last few days (due to my insistence in staying up way too late) I have woken up with far more energy than I deserve. I have not tried the blends yet but a lot of people find Balance and Serenity amazingly effective for kids. Needless to say I’ll be ordering those for Ella in short order.
Blends: Intune, Balance, Serenity
Before bed: Balance, Serenity, Vetiver, Lavender & Frankincense on the soles of feet. (Each or all)
In the morning: In Tune on the spine (I put it on the back of my neck) and Balance, Vetiver and Frankincense on the base of the skull with a little Lavender on top.
In the evening: Diffusing Lavender and Balance
Put a drop of Vetiver between thumb and index finger to smell when you really need to focus
You can also try making this Peaceful Child Blend (with the terrible threes almost upon us, not to mention all the prepubescent and adolescents scurrying around this place, I’m going to be mixing this stuff up in vats):
Peaceful Child Blend
• 18 drops Vetiver
• 10 drops Ylang Ylang
• 7 drops Frankincense
• 5 drops Clary Sage
• 3 drops Marjoram
• 12 drops Fractionated coconut oil
Blend in a roll on bottle and apply to bottoms of feet and on the brain/ spinal reflex points of the feet right after showering in the morning.
Check this link for other application instructions and testimonials
And finally let’s look at the root of all evil:
I’m not really mad at my body though. One can’t blame it after all. I guess some hormonal craziness is going to happen when you have a bunch of babies one after the other and then you wait for most of a decade and then you have another one just when your body is starting to think that maybe it was all over..and there’s all the gaining and losing of weight and eating of junk food full of crazy chemicals and sleeping weird hours and having too much stress and taking medications and living the polluted world. So basically, everyone is going to have them at some time or another. All the same, they suck and it’s better when things are in balance. So here is some fascinating information regarding the use of essential oils to help with that.
Single Oils: rose, geranium, clary sage, citrus oils for decreasing toxicity, frankincense, oregano, thyme, peppermint, ginger, ylang ylang, lavender, roman chamomile, white fir, lemongrass, rosemary,
DoTerra Oil Blends: Solace (this is a specific blend to balance hormones and manage symptoms of PMS), Balance, ClaryCalm, Serenity, Elevation, Solace, Digestzen.
Refer to this page for the best ways to make use of these oils to address hormonal symptoms.
I’m dying to know if you have any marvelous essential oil tales or testimonials of your own? I can’t get enough of learning about this stuff!
Also! Interested in knowing more? My friend Heather Madder is going to hook us up with a FREE Webinar on treating the most common health complaints with essential oils. and enjoying your most energized and healthy self.
Click the graphic below to email Heather for details on how to join us. It's going to be really good. I can't wait.
Click here to check out and/or order the oils I’ve mentioned here (and a whole bunch more).
linking up to WFMW on We Are That Family because this works for me!