During these unprecedented times, many are coping with other profound circumstances – such as becoming a caregiver, grieving the loss of someone close, or the end of a relationship. When intense emotional distress causes a surge in stress hormones, symptoms appear that can mimic those of a real heart attack – this syndrome, known as Broken Heart Syndrome, has been known to affect women more than men. Stress and depression affect women’s hearts more than men’s (***). Thankfully, in most cases individuals make a full recovery. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/press_releases/2005/02_10_05.html
Essential oils such as Rose (rosa damascena)*, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Lavender may reduce the impact from shock, grief, and loss – and help manage stress. Below are some ways essential oils may support emotional well-being and improve sleep patterns:
Calming Rose Lotion
2 drops rose otto essential oil
1 tsp. unscented lotion
Blend ingredients and massage on hands, inhale the sweet, rosy fragrance.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) ** essential oil has been shown to reduce anxiety, promoting rest and relaxation. This multi-tasking, versatile EO may reduce headaches and muscular aches, too. https://mountainroseherbs.com/lavender-essential-oil
Lavender and Rosemary Headache Relief Blend
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil
1 tsp. unscented lotion
Blend oils with unscented lotion and apply to temples and behind neck.
Also, try tapping a few drops of lavender essential oil into a bowl of water and ice. Dip a clean, cotton washcloth into the bowl, ring out excess water and place on forehead while inhaling the sweet, calming fragrance.
Aromatherapy is not a cure for ailments, rather, it is a complimentary treatment used only to help alleviate symptoms of ailments. It is not meant to take the place of diagnosis or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. Consult with your physician if you are pregnant or under treatment for a chronic condition (essential oils may contraindicate prescribed medications).
If you have sensitive skin or allergies, it is recommended to perform a skin patch test first. Always dilute EOs in a carrier oil before topical use, never ingest.
Bio: Angela Peterson is an aromatherapist and writer who has created hand poured, blissful essential oil candles available at https://flowermixology.com
*rose essential oil and blood pressure study Thailand
**Many citrus EO’S increase sun sensitivity when used topically, avoid prolonged sun exposure on same day of use, it is recommended to use sunscreen with SPF +15.
Avoid contact with eyes/mucous membranes when using EO’s.