Essential Oils have so many different benefits. Not only do they help health wise but they also help stabilize your emotional states. With Young Living's Essential Oils we are so lucky to have such a wide variety of them and they all have multiple purposes. Have you ever needed a little boost during the day to get you through? Feeling a little down and life isn't going exactly the way you expected it too? Well I'm happy to say we have an oil for that.
Let's just talk about stress for a second. Stress can wreck havoc on your system. It can cause rapid aging, makes us gain or loose weight, undermines our immune system, shortens our life span, and can ever damage our brain. When you experience stress, your brain's emotional response centre, the amygdala, communicates that you need to either flight or flee. When this happened, the hypothalamus signals the adrenal glands, and the release catecholamines into the bloodstream, hormones that include adrenaline.
The negative effects of stress:
It can be a huge beauty killer, causing wrinkles, dry and flaky skin or even puffy eyes or rashes. Stress disrupt the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the gut, which can also lead to acne breakouts.
Rapid Aging and who wants that! Stress damages you DNA and your cells are not able to do the job correctly intern you age faster. When you have chronic stress you don't take care of your body and that leads to aging as well.
Immune system down and out. Ongoing stress severely depresses the immune system and makes you susceptible to illness and disease. Cortisol and corticosteroids linger in your blood when you are under chronic stress, resulting in lower levels of white blood cells (lymphocytes). Lymphocytes are a major component of the immune system, they signal other immune cells to eliminate invading organisms that may cause disease. Viruses and bacteria may be laying dormant just beneath the skin to be activated, erupting into painful skin conditions, such as pimples, acne cysts, herpes, cold soars, hives and rashes.
Hormone imbalances and Weight Gain are another two that simply are not enjoyable to the body. Stress increases stress hormone, one of which is cortisol. your body needs to keep making cortisol, a process that significantly depletes your progesterone levels over time. When you are on chronic stress, the ongoing high level of cortisol encourages your body to stop visceral fat.
Low Libido and Mood Disturbances are the last. You are simply not your true self under stress. You are irritable, tires and sometimes overwhelmed. Stress can cause mood swings and for woman when we are stressed and not feeling ourself then our sex drive is down. The cortisol level that rises during long periods of stress suppresses the sex hormones. Yikes!
There are so many helpful tools to get you through the stresses of life. This is something I unfortunately know all too well. My journey through life has not been a easy and peaceful one but it has also rewarded me in so many ways. Meditation and thought are so helpful, taking that time to yourself while diffusing some Frankincense can release a lot of tension.
Cupping your hands over your mouth and nose with a drop of Ylang Ylang or Joy Essential Oils is another way that that can bring some calming to your day. durning inhalation, door molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the "emotional brain".
The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balances. this relationship helps explain why smells often trigger emotions. Knowing this we can see how inhalation of essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects.
Having a nice bubble bath with some Epson Salts to detoxify the body can also be very beificial. I add my empty bottles of Essential Oils to my Epson Salts and then add a cup to my bath. Take that time for you. I truly believe as women we take on the world, from kids, husbands, cooking, cleaning, work, pets or whatever it may be we add a lot of stress to our daily life. So, take that time for you add some oils to your bath after a long day and you will have the sleep of your life. My favourites are Stress Away, Peace & Calming, Orange and Eucalyptus.
I add roller tops to my bottles so its easy to apply my oils on the go. Oh god I would feel very lost leaving the house without some of my oils. You just never know when you might need them. This allows me to dilute some of the oils in the bottle so I'm not having to bring a carrier oil with me. Stress can cause serious headaches for me so I always bring my Peppermint or Deep Relief in my purse, along with my feelings oils like Joy, Envision, Awaken and Lavender.
Getting the sleep you need decreases your stress levels. I know when I am over stressed I cant sleep at all or eat for that matter, so winding down is very important for me. When my wind down time is interrupted it defiantly does not make me a happy camper because then I am wide awake again. Some of my favourite sleep oils are Vetiver, German Chamomile, Cedarwood, Clary Sage and Jasmine. Set your diffuser beside your bed and start it about 30 mins before you go to bed, that was your room will be feeling nice and relaxing and you are ready to wind down.
Supplements are another helpful way to get your body on track. Did you know that stress can actually deplete the vitamins in your body so you might want to double check that you are getting what your body needs. Super B adds a little energy to your day and in those times of stress you can take a little more to balance your mood. Multigreens gives you all the great nutrition you need and Omegagize takes care of your brain. Which when your body is dealing with high stress it effects the brain so make sure you are taking your supplements with your 2oz of Ningxia Red Juice everyday.
We have amazing "Feelings Oils" that were designed to bring us back to the states we need to be. Weather you are soul searching like me or just need to reflect on the past year. Whatever journey you are one we have so many oils to choose from:
- Highest Potential
- Inner Child
- Common Sense
- Build Your Dream
- Present Time
- Peace & Calming
These oils are a huge part of my transformation and daily life. No matter what the struggle and believe me the struggle is real some days I know I will make it through the day with these oils. They work they really do and it is of easy to incorporate them into our daily life. Try one oil at a time and see how you feel. Emotions and thoughts are so very powerful and they can define and shape our day. So choosing to start your day out right with great intentions is so important. Then with one step in the right direction we are able to handle the stresses of life easier.