When we’re stressed, we “flip our lids.” We can’t think straight, and we lose touch with our wiser, more skilled selves.
Sadly, language is not an effective way of helping ourselves calm down.
Ever tried to tell yourself to stop freaking out? Did it work?
The key is to work somatically, in other words, with body-based experiences, rather than language.
Essential oils are concrete, experiential tools that work with the body and mind, and can support us in handling stress better.
But how do they work?
The sense of smell is unique among the senses
The sense of smell is unique compared to other senses because it bypasses parts of the brain other types of sensory information often cannot.
Therefore smell evokes inner experience–memories, thoughts, sensations, emotions–faster than we can be aware of what’s happening.
We can end up feeling a certain way without even knowing why because our memory and emotion centres have been activated, but that activation is outside our awareness.
Of all the senses, only the sense of smell has a direct connection to the amygdala, the emotion centre, and through it to the limbic system, the brain’s emotional switchboard. The limbic system is also in direct control of the stress response.
Essential oils recruit our own relaxation response to help us deal with stress
In moments of stress, we can use the scent of essential oils to communicate with the amygdala and limbic system, and thus our whole organism, recruiting our own relaxation response to help us respond with a clear head and heart.
When you’re stressed, apply a drop of two of a calming or grounding oil to your palms, rub them gently together, and bring your palms toward your nose while inhaling deeply. You’ll get the benefit of the breath as well as the oil’s volatile organic compounds which carry not only the scent but also the benefit of the plant medicine to your body, mind and spirit.
10 key essential oils for more ease and less stress
Want to learn more about essential oils for less stress?
Click play on the video to join me and Ellie McMillan for a class on the 10 key essential oils for more ease and less stress.
How can you get this powerful plant medicine?
Of course you will–and I encourage you to–do your own research. You may or may not choose doTERRA essential oils. But if you do, please consider buying them from me. This way I and my doTERRA family can support you.
The first option is to buy from my doTERRA store. Your order will be shipped directly to you. Click here to go to my store.
But why pay retail when you could get 25% off?
A better deal than my store is to buy a one-year membership. It’s just like Costco but with more benefits. Paying a $42 CAD annual membership fee saves you 25% off all your oils all year long. The best part about this is you don’t have to sell or start a business to get this deal.
I need some help deciding what I need
No problem at all, let’s chat! I love helping people decide on what would be the most beneficial for their unique needs. So if you want to chat via phone, click here to schedule a free, 30-minute call. Or pop over to my Contact page to send me an email.
I’m ready to order and join the doTERRA family
Yayyyy! I am looking forward to walking with you along the path of mental and physical wellness.
Here are the steps to order:
- Click here to go to my doTERRA store
- Click on Join & Save
- Click Join doTERRA
- Choose Wholesale Customer or Wellness Advocate
- Fill out all your info
- Choose your Enrolment Kit, add it to your cart, then add any additional items to the A La Cart section
- Add your payment info and process your order
Once I get a notification in my inbox, I’ll be contacting you to make sure you know exactly how to use your new oils!
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