I have a life-long love and passion for essential oils. Love for their complex, profound effect on our psyche, and the ability to calm and uplift us without numbing or causing drowsiness. When you inhale the aromatic molecules, you receive not just the bioactive molecules but also the prana, vitality, and the vibrational frequency which elevates yours.
April and May were extremely stressful for me as for so many fellow humans around the globe. I noticed the damaging effect on all systems of my body and had to improvise without access to acupuncture, chiropractor, massage, or group energy of a yoga studio. I imagine that so many people around the globe are experiencing the same. And feel the urge to talk about self-sufficiency and self-care. There is so much we can do on our own!
Aromatic molecules have a proven role in stress management. The scent-enhanced relaxation is super beneficial for stress relief, as demonstrated by The International Flavors and Fragrance Association and stress researchers of Yale University. Combining aromatherapy with healing relaxing modalities such as massage, acupuncture, acupressure, yoga, and pranayama (deep regulated breathing) have an enhanced synergistic effect. Essential oils can quickly assist in calming the stress response. The result of essential oil can be observed in as little as 20 seconds after inhalation. Within 20 minutes after being applied topically, they are present in your bloodstream, while some can even pass the blood-brain barrier.
The heart chakra represents our ability to open up our hearts and love deeply. It coincides with an acupressure point called “Sea of Tranquility,” also known as CV 17 (Conception Vessel 17). This point is in the indentation of the center of your breast bone in a depression on the midline, on the sternum.
Press CV17 point when you feel agitated or under stress and hold for three minutes breathing slowly and deeply for an instant calming effect. You can apply pressure using:
- your fingertips
- a metal or crystal roller-ball of your roller bottle (that is why I chose to package my True Self Aroma formulas into the roller bottles)
- a massage crystal wand
- a crystal or gemstone
CV 17, aka “Sea of Tranquility” acupoint is a crossing point for the Lung, Pericardium, and Heart channels, making it a great acupoint to open the chest. It will help clear phlegm and congestion from the chest, help resolve an anxiety or panic attack, calm heart palpitations, and even relieve acid indigestion.
For example, applying Rose oil over the heart will quickly calm your emotional tsunami. Rose has a strong psychological effect with the ability to open the heart and soothe the emotions, especially for anxiety and depression. Moroccan Rose and Rose Otto essential oil are the featured stars in the Maitri, Release, Happiness, and Shadow True Self Aroma formulas and provide many of their therapeutic benefits.
Among other essential oils known for calming stress response are:
- Cedarwood (all types)
- German and Roman Chamomile
- Clary Sage
- Sweet and Wild Orange
- Ylang Ylang
NOTE: most of the essential oils HAVE to be diluted before you can apply them topically on the skin. Typically the dilution is 2% of the essential oil in your carrier oil or massage lotion. The safest way to inhale the undiluted essential oil from the bottle or put 2-3 drops in the diffuser. Another safe option is to buy pre-dilluted ready to use aromatherapy blends prepared by the trained practitioner.
For example, many of the listed essential oils plus some rare exotic ones, like Yuzu and Nagarmotha, are included in my Maitri Verde’s Tranquility formula.
I encourage you to be proactive in your self-defense and self-care against the damaging and dis-empowering effects of stress. Take your well-being in your own hands and try the benefits of aroma-enhanced relaxation in the comfort of your home! Stay calm, centered, alert, and focused!
Anna Bazarnaya is at Stones Throw for herbal and crystal consultations every Tuessday from 12:00pm-5:00pm.