Essential Oils for Spring

Essential Oils for Spring

It’s been feeling like Spring here in Canberra – yay! There’s actually been a few days that I’ve been out without a coat! 

As you may know, with each season I create a special pamper package for the wellbeing studio. I also create a seasonal essential oil blend to supercharge the treatment. So I thought I’d share the blend here with you today.

The SPRING BLOOM blend is a combination of orange, neroli, rose, jasmine and geranium. These oils embody spring as plant and flowers bloom and the weather warms. In Spring we are open to love and harmony. We invite confidence and creativity. We are inspired to begin new things, reset and create new rituals and routines. 

Let’s explore each essential oil in the Spring Bloom Blend…

ORANGE

Orange is balancing and energising, giving vitality and radiance to mind and body. It enhances positive energy, enthusiasm, inspiration and creativity. It allows you to unwind & de-stress, releasing anxiety, frustration and depression and allowing relaxation to wash over you. It also helps the perfectionist to take a more easy going approach! It is very useful if you are feeling sadness, apathy or loss of hope by strengthening the soul and bringing  a light-heartedness to your life. It helps create joy, love, communication and pleasure in your day, bringing with it self-assurance, courage and happiness.

NEROLI

Neroli is one of the most effective anti-depressant oils. It is excellent for anyone who has been depressed long term or short term. It’s sedative action acts as a natural soothing agent for the nervous system, calming and uplifting. It is a great anxiety fighter and also good for nervous exhaustion and shock. It enhances relaxation and is stabilising, regenerating and strengthening. It enhances self-confidence and fulfilment. It also helps in times of sorrow especially when accompanied by a feeling of emptiness. It centres your entire being, reconnecting mind and body to bring about a sense of joy.

ROSE

Rose is for the heart, it is for falling in love with life and all that entails. It is refreshing to the soul, bringing joy and love to the heart. It promotes self-esteem, self-love compassion, love, happiness and enhances the feminine spirit. It is harmonising and healing, bringing warmth, peace, fulfillment and rejuvenation to the mind, body and spirit. It is also comforting & soothing in times of emotional stress. It is perfect to use in times of grief and loss. A great anti-depressant, it helps dispel fear and anxiety.

JASMINE

Jasmine brings magic, hope and bliss to your day. It helps create harmony, positiveness and calmness while enhancing confidence, self-worth, openness and optimism. It hits pessimism on the head!, reducing moodiness especially in times of stress and nervous exhaustion…almost instantly replacing a bad mood with a feeling of joy! It is also an effective anti-depressant and diminishes fear and anxiety.

GERANIUM

Geranium is a fantastic balancer for the nervous system. It relieves stress & depression, strengthening and balancing the mind. It is also excellent for feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, indecisiveness and self doubt. It is fortifying, comforting and calming, enhancing contentment, confidence and the ability to change. It is a great boost if you are feeling run down. It is great as a general overall tonic and immune support.

What essential oils are you drawn to in Spring? And how do they make you feel?
Let me know in the comments below.

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In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Self Care and Grief

Self Care and Grief

I’m not really sure where to start.

I’ve written about aromatherapy for grief in the past but I wanted to talk about deep self care when you’re in the midst of grief, about how important it is and how it’s helped me.

When I ran my first maa retreat a few weeks ago I made some silly mistake and someone remarked ‘it’s good to see that you’re human’ …another reason I wanted to write this – we all have stuff to wade through in life and sometimes it’s important to share it so you know you’re not alone. We’re all human!

My father passed away on 24th April and the sense of sadness has been immense.

I’ve been lucky enough to have the support of Andrew (my husband for those you who don’t know) and many friends.

There have been hard days and not so hard days, days that seem close to normal and days where I can’t hold it together at all. There’s been many nights with little sleep and lots and lots of tears.

But through it all I’ve made sure to look after me. I’ve taken some extra time off. I’ve stayed in bed all morning, I’ve reduced my workload, I’ve said no to things.

And I’ve massively upped my self care.

Massages. Acupuncture. Therapy sessions with my fabulous doctor. Aromatherapy. I even attended a beautiful Midwinter Goddess Gathering because it felt like a very healing thing to do.

The fact that ongoing self care is super important has been reinforced. When you’re consistently looking after yourself you can cope much better with the the hard things life throws at you. And it’s easier to increase your self care when it’s necessary if you already have it in place.

Massage has helped calm and ground me.

Acupuncture has brought me balance on a physical and emotional level.

Therapy sessions with my doctor has helped me keep my perspective and process not only the loss of my father but other things that have been happening around that.

Aromatherapy has supported me too. In my blog post Grief and 10 Essential Oils to Help I talked about Basil, Bergamot, Cypress, Lavender, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang.

There’s a few ESSENTIAL OIILS I’d like to add to that list…

Amber – Amber is grounding, soothing and calming in times of stress. It helps to alleviate depression and anxiety. It enhances relaxation, bringing inner balance and peace. It also calms the busy mind, helping with insomnia and allowing a deeper sleep.

Frankincense – Frankincense is soothing, calming and centering. It helps calm and slow down breathing. It enhances spirituality, inner wisdom, emotional healing and hope. It helps to reduce stress, anxiety and nervous exhaustion.

Mandarin – Mandarin gives emotional strength and support, peacefulness and serenity. It is helpful for insomnia and restlessness. It is sedating to the nervous system and uplifts the spirits, making it excellent for depression, sadness, nervous tension, anxiety, panic and stress. It is balancing, enhancing gentleness and bringing joy and happiness to the heart.

Patchouli – Patchouli balances and integrates the energy between mind, body and spirit. It is great for anxiety and depression. It is very grounding and deeply calming, creating a true sense of inner peace. It is also a very gentle oil great for wisdom, laughter and love

Sandalwood – Sandalwood is centring, grounding and harmonising. It heals the soul, promotes tranquillity and is great for meditation. Great for self-love. It also helps create openness and understanding, promotes love and hope and is excellent for loneliness and overcoming isolation. It gives a feeling of stability and togetherness, providing comfort and healing in times of stress, depression and confusion. It also helps insomnia sufferers and is perfect for anyone who has a lot going on in their life.

Three of my favourite blends have been…

Amber, Rose and Mandarin

Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile and Bergamot

Frankincense, Rose and Mandarin

I find inhalation the best method of use for grief
  • Just place a few drops on a tissue to inhale as you need to
  • add 10 – 15 drops to your oil burner to infuse the aroma throughout the room
  • place a drop on your pillow to help with sleep and rest.

 

This is just what has helped me over the last couple of months…it may be different for you. It’s hard. It’s exhausting. And it’s definitely an ongoing process.

Remember, whatever feels right for you is ok. And if you are going through the grieving process and feel you are not coping please seek professional advice, there is always someone who can help you through it.

You can also find some helpful info about grief here and coping with grief here on the GriefLink website.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Head to the comments below and let me know what’s helped you get through the grieving process.

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In health and happiness, Dee xxx

10 Reasons I Love Rosehip Oil

10 Reasons I Love Rosehip Oil

If you’ve been here a while then you know I love aromatherapy and natural skincare.

The desire to heal my own skin was the reason I first got interested in aromatherapy…that’s where it all began!

So today I wanted to share one of my absolute ‘can’t live without’ carrier oils.

Introducing R O S E H I P

rosehip oil

and here’s just 10 reasons I love rosehip oil

  1. It has a light texture and feel that makes the perfect carrier oil for adding 100% pure essentials oils.
  2. It’s chemical free – straight from nature! Even better if you use Certified Organic.
  3. It’s easily absorbed into your skin. You’re not left with that ‘too oily’ feeling.
  4. It has protective qualities, helping to prevent dryness and dehydration.
  5. It’s regenerating and restorative – greatly improving skin texture over time.
  6. It has anti-ageing properties – who doesn’t love that?  It has been found to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  7. It’s high in vitamin C and essential fatty acids.   Perfect food for your skin!
  8. It’s very very healing.  Great for burns and scarring.
  9. It’s super hydrating.  Great for any skin type, particularly dry and mature skin.
  10. It’s soooo soothing.  Good for treating dry, flaky or itchy irritated skin.

And besides that it smells divine, feels decadent on your skin and is fantastic for both face and body.

What’s your ‘can’t live without’ natural beauty product?  Pop down to the comments below and let me know.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

14 Essential Oils I Can’t Live Without

14 Essential Oils I Can’t Live Without

essential oils I can't live withoutAs you may already know I’m packing up my house in far North Queensland and moving to Australia’s capital city, Canberra.

I’m not sure I can squeeze a single thing more into my suitcase!

…perhaps one more pair of shoes?!

Nope!, not even a 5ml essential oil bottle!!!!

I wish I could take my entire essential oil collection with me, but practicality prevails! Most of my essential oils are packed safely away but there are some essential oils I can’t live without on this big transition of a trip I’m about to embark on.

14 Essential Oils I Can’t Live Without

Frangipani. Geranium. Ginger. Lavender. Lime. Mandarin. Meditation. Patchouli. Peppermint. Pine. Sandalwood. Sweet Dreams. Tranquillity. Vitality.

And here’s why I can’t live without them…

FrangipaniBliss in a bottle!  So so harmonising, creating inner calm and helping to stabilise your mood.  It is great in times of stress, fear, anxiety and nervous exhaustion.  This happy oil is also uplifiting, alleviating depression and is perfect for relaxation. It brings joy, vitality and optimism and encourages an open heart.  It enhances self-confidence and self-worth, giving you the ability to give yourself the love you need.

GeraniumGeranium is a fantastic balancer for the nervous system.  It relieves stress & depression, strengthening and balancing the mind. It is also excellent for feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, indecisiveness and self doubt.  It is fortifying, comforting and calming, enhancing contentment, confidence and the ability to change.  It balances hormones. It is a lymphatic stimulant. It is a great boost if you are feeling run down. Also very balancing for the skin – it regulates sebum production, strengthens capillaries, assists with dehydration, relieves congestion and soothes emotional stress that is reflected in the skins appearance. It is great as a general overall tonic and immune support.

GingerGinger is grounding, soothing and calming.  It is a physical & spiritual cleanser.  It is emotionally lifting.  It promotes self-confidence, courage and clarity.  It warms the body and promotes circulation.  It soothes tired sore muscles.  It fights fatigue, increases vitality and endurance.  It helps reduce symptoms of colds, coughs & sore throats. It is also great for travel sickness, nausea and mental fatigue.

LavenderLavender is purifying and normalising on an emotional and physical level. It’s antiseptic property also makes it cleansing on a physical level. It is balancing, healing, relaxing and brings comfort and strength to the soul. It is anti-stress and anti-anxiety, very calming and sedating making it great for treating panic, shock, stress, nervous tension and insomnia. It soothes the emotions and calms the mind for positive decision making. It is antibacterial, antispasmodic, good for headaches and muscular aches and pains. It is great for the skin – cleansing, soothing, balancing, antiseptic and antibacterial. It is suitable for all skin types.

LimeLime is bright, lively and lovely. It is uplifting and refreshing especially when mind and body are fatigued. It enhances positive energy and vitality. It is great for overcoming self-doubt, fear and anxiety and helps create the right energy for inspiration, clarity and decisiveness. It revitalises the spirit and is excellent in times of nervous fatigue and stress bringing balance to the mind, body and soul. It is also detoxifying, cleansing and revitalising. And It enhances fun, laughter and appetite for life!

Mandarin: Mandarin is a happy, smiling joyful oil. It can help you connect with your inner child to create a sense of playfulness and bliss. It is balancing, enhancing gentleness and bringing joy and happiness to the heart. It is sedating to the nervous system and uplifts the spirits, making it excellent for depression, sadness, nervous tension, anxiety, panic and stress. It is helpful for insomnia and restlessness. It gives emotional strength and support, peacefulness and serenity. It enhances inspiration and motivation.

Meditation: Meditation is a blend of frankincense, myrrh and rosewood. It helps to create inner calm. It is soothing and relaxing. It heals the spirit. It enhances magic and healing and is perfect for meditation.

Patchouli: Patchouli balances and integrates the energy between mind, body and spirit!.  It is great for anxiety and depression.  It is also good for enhancing purpose and fulfilment.  It is very grounding and deeply calming, creating a true sense of inner peace.  It is also a very gentle oil great for wisdom, laughter and love.

PeppermintPeppermint is very cleansing, cooling and refreshing. It helps relieve headaches and clears mind.  Great if you feel fuzzy-headed or your mind is cluttered with thoughts. It enhances concentration and clarity, bringing calm focused thoughts. helping in the deveopment of new ideas, inspiration, insight and creativity. It very energising, great for fighting fatigue and burn-out.

PinePine is invigorating and self-empowering. It is reviving, fights fatigue, increases energy and enhances overall wellbeing.  It is comforting in times of emotional stress, helping to reduce depression and anxiety. It also reduces self-doubt and confusion, bringing positive energy, love, honesty, inner strength and focus. It allows you to let go of what no longer serves you well. It is cleansing on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, enhancing inner wisdom, inspiration and joy. It assists in immune support. It is excellent in adrenal support, energising with out being overly stimulating – making it great for adrenal burnout, chronic fatigue and long term stress.

SandalwoodSandalwood is centring, grounding and harmonising.  It heals the soul, promotes tranquillity and is great for meditation. Great for self-love. It also helps create openness and understanding, promotes love and hope and is excellent for loneliness and overcoming isolation. It gives a feeling of stability and togetherness, providing comfort and healing in times of stress, depression and confusion. It helps insomnia sufferers and is perfect for anyone leading a hectic daily life – and who isn’t these days?!  It is also good for treating lingering past trauma issues.

Sweet Dreams: Sweet Dreams is a blend of rosewood, bergamot, roman chamomile and marjoram. It helps sedate the nervous system and promotes deep and restful sleep. It is grounding, calming and soothes the mind, body and soul. It relaxes and settles the mind and emotions. It enhances spirituality and inner serenity. And is very balancing and restorative.

Tranquillity: Tranquillity is a blend of frangipani, lime and patchouli. It enhances optimism. It is deeply harmonising. It assists in creating inner peace and tranquillity. It integrates positive energy between mind, body and soul.

Vitality: Vitality is a blend of basil, lime, lemon, grapefruit, cypress and juniperberry. It is very cleansing and detoxifying. It helps to increase energy and vitality. It is rejuvenating and reviving to mind, body and spirit.

What are your ‘can’t live without’ essential oils? Head to the comments below and let me know.

So, I head off with my love on this new adventure tomorrow!

I’m super excited and a touch nervous and scared too! And a little sad to be leaving the friends who have been my family for the last 12 years.

But overall E X C I T E D!!!

I’ll be sharing the highlights over on Facebook and Instagram, so come on over and join me.

In health and happiness, Dee

PS the blends I mentioned above will be available here on the website once I’m set up in Canberra…I’ll keep you updated.

3 Ways to Combat Stress

3 Ways to Combat Stress

Stress is inevitable in todays world.

Even when we’re going through new and exciting changes that are positive and absolutely without a doubt what we desire to be doing there is a certain amount of stress that goes with it.

I’m referring to the big move interstate my love and I are about to embark on. While the excitement by far outweighs the stress and anxiety, it is there to an extent. And it’s normal to feel this and that goes for any big change you make.

So today I thought I’d pop in and share the top 3 things I’m doing every day to combat stress…

3 ways to combat stress

My 3 Ways to Combat Stress

1. Meditation: each and every day I do a meditation. Most days that is a 10 – 15 minute guided meditation at night before I go to sleep. If I feel I need it I do a 5 minute meditation before I start my day. This simple practise makes a huge difference to how I feel and has greatly reduced my anxiety and stress levels

2. Aromatherapy: I can’t live without this precious therapy. Each day I choose a single oil or a blend to use in my oil burner. I also use aromatherapy body oils to balance my mind, body and soul. Essential oils that are fantastic for combatting stress include geranium, lavender, sandalwood, roman chamomile, rose or anything you love the smell of. Your nose knows!

I’ve written more about aromatherapy for stress here.

Affirmations: this is something I’ve been using for years now and find helpful for pretty much any area of my life. I find affirmations can be quite personal and unique to each person, so choose what resonates for you.

The one I’m using at the moment is:

‘I move forward with ease as I begin an exciting new chapter of my life’

Other things you can do to combat stress include eating well, taking supplements and vitamins if needed, deep breathing techniques, talking to a friend or a professional therapist, music, physical activity, journalling, or anything that brings you joy.

This list is by no means exhaustive. I must also add here that if you feel overwhelmed by stress on a regular basis it’s important to consult your doctor or health care professional.

What works for you in combatting stress? Head to the comments below and let me know.

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In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Balance and Beauty e-book

Balance and Beauty e-book

Do you have your copy?

balance and beauty e-bookAt the moment I’m working on a new e-book so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to talk about my Balance and Beauty e-book so you can see if it’s something you’d like to download while it’s still free to my newsletter subscribers.

Balance and Beauty was my first ever e-book and I thoroughly enjoyed creating it.

And now it’s time to write something new for you…specifically to help you avoid burnout and thrive in a big way. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

If you haven’t already read Balance and Beauty read on…

I share my 14 top lifestyle tips that I include in my life on a regular basis. All the things that I do to keep my health and wellbeing in balance.

Aromatherapy is first on the list. I talk about what essential oils are, how I use them, safety considerations, what to look out for when purchasing them, how to store them and what to get when you first start using them.

“There is nothing better than

inhaling an aroma you love

and feeling the effect

through your entire body,

it’s like coming home”

– Deanne Kalda

 

Then I talk about relaxation, eating what’s right for you, hydrating your body, exercise, meditation, laughter, gratitude, natural beauty and more.

I also write about creating rituals over routine and share my Daily Aromatherapy Ritual with you.

Here’s a little taste of what it looks like inside…

balance and beauty exerpt

So, if this is sounds like something you’d enjoy please don’t hesitate to grab your copy here or sign up below. You’ll also get my Spirit Guided Meditation.

It’s my hope that you feel inspired to create some time for you and make your health and happiness number 1.

Take whatever you need from Balance and Beauty, whatever feels right for you now. Small, gradual changes lead to sustainable life-lasting results.

Be gentle and kind to yourself and do things in a way that works for you.

And, as always, let me know what you think. I love hearing from you so once you’ve had a read head to the comments below or join me on Facebook and Instagram.

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Body Oil + 3 Recipes

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Body Oil + 3 Recipes

aromatherapy body oil

I absolutely love making aromatherapy body oils for my clients and friends as well as for myself.

What could be better than a healing body oil infused with your favourite pure essential oils?

A perfect addition to your self-care routine.

You can make up an oil for the week or month or blend up something different each day. It’s simple and quick to do.

Here’s what you’ll need for a 10ml body blend*:
  • 1 very small mixing bowl.
  • 10mls carrier oil. Organic is best. I love Camellia, Rosehip or Sesame. You could also use jojoba, almond or coconut.
  • 5 drops of your favourite 100% pure essential oils. You can use just one essential oil or a combination.

 

How to make your body blend:
  • Measure 5 drops of essential oils into your mixing bowl.
  • Slowly pour carrier oil into bowl.
  • Mix gently.

 

How to use your body oil:
  •  Take a small amount of oil at a time and apply to each area of your body, beginning at your feet and working your way up.  Massage into your skin in an upward motion, towards your heart. Take extra time on any extra dry or rough areas of skin.
  • Inhale the beautiful aroma as you go. Take your time with this ritual and enjoy the process.

 

*for a 100ml blend multiply everything by 10. I often do this, especially for travelling.

I’m always coming up with different combinations I love. Remember to go with what you’re attracted to at the time. Your nose knows!

Here’s 3 of my current favourite body oil blends:

Cleansing and Energising

3 drops Grapefruit + 1 drop Cypress + 1 drop Basil.

Calming and Centring

2 drops Rose + 2 drops of Frankincense + 1 drop Sandalwood.

Balancing

3 drops Bergamot + 1 drop Lavender + 1 drop Geranium.

or any of my 100% Pure Essential Oil Blends available here. I absolutely LOVE Goddess and Soul.

Do you have a favourite body blend? Head to the comments below and let me know, I’d love to hear from you.

And you can find other ways to use aromatherapy in your daily life here.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

How To Have Fabulous Feet

How To Have Fabulous Feet

pedicureToday it’s all about fabulous feet!

They carry us around on a daily basis and yet we so often neglect them.

Do your feet need a little pampering? And perhaps a bit of colour to brighten them up?

Well today I’ve got a complete step-by-step guide for a do-it-yourself pedicure…

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A bowl big enough to soak your tootsies in.
  • A few drops of essential oil, I suggest peppermint for cooling and refreshing or lavender for relaxing.
  • An organic foot scrub and/or foot file. I use my Tranquillity organic sugar scrub.
  • Some nail clippers, nail file, cuticle pusher and nail buffer. You may also like to use a cuticle removing product.
  • An organic body lotion. I use my Tranquillity Body Lotion.
  • Nail polish remover, cotton wool pads.
  • Nail polish – base coat, colour, top coat, and a quick dry product is also a handy thing to use.

 

What to do:

  • Fill your bowl with warm – hot water and add a few drops of your chosen essential oil.
  • Pop those feet in, sit back, close your eyes and relax for 10 mins. This is a great time to do a mini-meditation!
  • Next, give yourself a foot scrub, paying attention to heels and any areas of rough or hard skin. Rinse off in the water. Dry your feet thoroughly.
  • If you need to you can now use your foot file in a circular motion to remove any rough patches on heels and other areas.
  • Trim and file your nails. Make sure you file in one direction only.  Filing in a back and  forth motion will weaken your nails.
  • Push your cuticles back, if you haven’t done this in a while you may need to use a cuticle treatment or remover.  Now, lightly buff nails.  Wipe feet thoroughly to make sure they are clean and dry.
  • Apply some body lotion to your feet and take your time massaging it in – why not get someone to do this for you!!! There’s nothing like a foot massage to relax and soothe your soles and your soul!

 

Now for some colour…

  • Thoroughly clean your nails with polish remover. Don’t skip this step!  It’s super important to have a clean nail to apply your polish to.
  • Apply one coat of base coat, then 1 – 2  coats of colour  and finish with 1 coat of top coat.
  • Allow to dry completely,   It’s a great idea to use a quick dry product if you have one – it helps to dry the polish quickly and you’re less likely to smudge your nails.

 

YAY!!  beautiful relaxed feet and lovely looking toes!

I LOVE Zoya products, they’re salon quality and free from toxic ingredients like toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and camphor. They make an Anchor base coat, Armour Top Coat, Hurry Up drops to assist in quick drying through all layers of polish, a great remover and they have a huge range of colours.  I make a beautiful scrub and body lotion that are great for pedicures.  All the other bits and pieces should be available from your local chemist or beauty salon.

What do you most love about pedicures?  And what’s your favourite nail colour this season?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and any questions you have in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Grief and 10 Essential Oils to Help

Grief and 10 Essential Oils to Help

aromatherapy for grief

Grief can be IS such a hard thing to cope with

and we all have our own way of dealing with it

I’ve been thinking about grief a lot lately. Mostly because my two very precious pussycats passed away within six weeks of each other late last year and partly because my acupuncturist brought to my attention that my persistent cough would probably go away when I {finally} sell my house, which is proving to be a long process. I’m sure there’s a lesson in that! He wasn’t aware of my cats dying when he said this. He understandingly saw the annoying situation of not yet selling our house as giving me grief.

The respiratory system symbolises grief so it really is no wonder my cough won’t go away. I’ve lost 4 of my fur babies in the last 5 years. Yes, they had the absolute best life a cat could have but it doesn’t stop the hurt and heartache of not having them around anymore. It sucks big time and that’s all there is to it.

Now, I know some people might be reading this and thinking ‘they’re cats, you’ll move on, get another one in time, it’s not like they were humans’.  I type that with tears streaming down my face…

To some people the death of a pet might not seem much but to others it can be one of the most painful things imaginable.

That’s the thing about grief, it’s different for everyone. But it’s part of everyones life so I thought, even though it can be upsetting to think and write about, I’d share some things that might be helpful.

What I know from experience is this…

Grief is such a hard thing to cope with and we all have our own way of dealing with it.  We not only grieve when someone we love dies, but at the end of a relationship or a chapter in our lives or when a big change occurs.

We can also feel like something or someone is ‘giving us grief’ in our lives. Have you ever heard someone say ‘that person/thing/situation is giving me grief for not doing/being {insert applicable term and reason for feeling this way}’.

Some of the ways to work through grief include (but are certainly not limited to) crying, meditating, writing, drawing, photography, talking. Do whatever helps you and most importantly look after yourself, nurture yourself, eat well and try to get a good nights sleep or rest when you can.

Another very helpful tool is Aromatherapy. Choose whichever essential oils feel right for you.

Here are my top ten suggestions.

Essential Oils for Grief

Basil – very useful for anxiety, fear, confusion and hysteria, it helps relieve fatigue and gives strength, purpose and clarity to the mind.  It provides protection during change when nervous exhaustion, vulnerability or low immune system may be present.

Bergamot – is very soothing, strengthening and balancing to the emotions.  It helps in letting go and relieving loneliness, sadness and grief.

Cypress – Helps with painful transitions like bereavement or the end of a close relationship.  It is great when you constantly feel like bursting into tears.  It enhances the process of letting go and acceptance.  It strengthens an overburdened nervous system.  Is very soothing and cleansing for the spirit.  It provides a deep sense of calm.

Lavender – helps to alleviate depression, stress, shock, panic and hysteria.  It is calming, balancing, sedating to the nervous system and enhances spirituality.

Neroli – one of the best anti-depressant oils, it is calming and soothing, stabilising and strengthening.  Enhancing peace and love it helps overcome sorrow, trauma and loneliness.

Roman Chamomile – deeply soothing, calming and healing especially when you are feeling sensitive.  Great for an overactive mind, eases worry and helps with insomnia.

Rose – is comforting for the heart and soothing to the emotions. It helps ease sorrow, emotional stress, grief, loss, loneliness and sadness.  It nurtures the mind, body and soul.

Rosemary – a great tonic for the nervous system. Very strengthening, centering and stabilising. It helps reduce sadness and restore clarity.

Rosewood – has a calming, yet uplifting effect which is great for emotional exhaustion.  It is perfect for healing of the spirit and soul, bringing balance and an open heart.

Ylang Ylang – helps ease severe tension and associated depression.  It enhances tenderness, acceptance and serenity.  It gives you a lift, helping to restore confidence and a passion for life.

Other essential oils for grief include vetiver, pine, melissa, marjoram, palmarosa, grapefruit, petitgrain…or whatever you are attracted to.

I find inhalation the best method of use for grief

inhale directly from the bottle,

place a few drops on a tissue to inhale as you need to,

add 10 – 15 drops to your oil burner to infuse the aroma throughout the room, or

place a drop on your pillow to help with sleep and rest.

Using essential oils in the bath is also very helpful –  add a few drops to a warm bath, making sure you thoroughly disperse them in the water.

I hope this information has been helpful for you.

Remember, whatever it is you’re feeling is ok. And if you are going through the grieving process and feel you are not coping please seek professional advice, there is always someone who can help you through it.

You can also find some helpful info about grief here and coping with grief here on the GriefLink website. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Head to the comments below and let me know what’s helped you get through the grieving process.

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In health and happiness, Dee xxx

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