Not all stress is created equal.
We hear over and over again that stress is unhealthy. Just thinking about that can make us feel stressful. However, did you know some stress is good for you? Richard Shelton MD, vice chair for research in the Department of Pyschiatry at University of Alabama Birmingham, said it is meant to be a protective response, not harmful.
How stress helps us.
Low levels of stress stimulate the brain, which boosts productivity and concentration. When the body is stressed it can stimulate the immune system as the body prepares for injury. And, it can help you be resiliant as you learn from stressful situations how to manage them better in the future.
When stress becomes chronic.
When we no longer feel in control of a situation or experience little to no relief from ongoing stress that’s when it becomes harmful. It is sabotaging your health and well being. Stress isn’t just in your head. It affects every cell in your body. Chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol are released into the bloodstream. Until the stress is fully released and the body balanced, these chemicals affect your moods, releationships, waistline and more.
Here’s what’s happening on the inside.
You think about a relationships, work, money, the kids, or whatever and your amygdala (mid-brain) senses danger. The amygdala is responsible to initiates your body’s fight or flight response. As the body responds with the release of cortisol and adrenaline, it diverts blood from the digestive system, leaving you less able to digest food, absorb nutrients, and makes you more likely to gain weight. Hummm…
A state of heightened psychological alert.
In the heightened state of “fight or flight” the body is more vulnerable to pain, illness, arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, headaches, and upset stomach. You may feel impatient and irritable, affecting relationships. In this state, the brain’s creative center shuts down, squashing creativity, intuition, and innovative problem solving. Stress also effects your sleep patterns. Between increased levels of cortisol and sleep pattern changes, you begin to feel depleated, exhausted, and possible depressed.
Stop the cycle!
Long term relief is available. Learning how to manage stress through exercise, meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and therapy are effective tools. However, one powerful tool that directly affects the amygdala is essential oils.
How essential oils influence the brain.
Our sense of smell is the most powerful sense we have. Simply by breathing in essential oils provides a calming affect on the brain as the scents travel through the olafactor bulb and into the brain. In fact, essential oils are the most effective tool in releasing unpleasant emotional patterns stuck in the amygdala. Since essential oils are the natural chemical compounds derived from plants, our body easy recognizes and responds to them.
Essential oils change our chemistry.
Essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. They synergistically work with our body’s chemistry to create a calming effect upon the nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system, brain, adrenal system, and other systems of the body. Since essential oils contain different chemicals, there are specific ones to address different physical and emotional needs.
My favorite things.
One of my favorite oils to manage stress is lavender. It has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping me let go of the stress and refocus myself. Ylang ylang, is another beautiful floral essential oil that helps me feel calm and relaxed. Rosemary is great to support the ability to focus. Shakespeare said to use rosemary for rememberance. Lemon essential oil also great at helping us focus. Tree oils such as frankincense, White Fir, and cedarwood help us feel rooted to the earth.
Using essential oils for stress.
Essential oils are easily integrated into your current routine. Using oils in the morning and night is a great way to start your day feeling grounded. And at night, to let go of the day’s worries and get a restful night’s sleep.
Essential oils are being sold everywhere. Essential oils can be found in Walmart, Amazon, to many grocery and health food stores. Even though the bottle says it “pure” or “therapeutic” doens’t mean that’s what’s inside the bottle. Many essential oils have lower quality oils, or worse yet, synthetic oils that the body can’t recognize. Lower quality oils mean lower quality results. I actually got a chemical burn from an expensive essential oil I thought was a high quality. I have many tools to help you learn more about essential oils. On my website there are a couple of pages dedicated to essential oils, what oils to use to balance chakras, how to use essential oils to anchor affirmations, a free Essential oil E-Course, and a monthly Muse-letter.
What it all means.
Managing stress is vital to your physical and emotional health. Eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep and exercise is helpful in managing stress. Also, integrating essential oils is an easy way to manage stress throughout the day. Simply opening the bottle and taking a couple of breaths begins changing your body’s chemistry. Chronic stress can be sabotaging your health and wellbeing. Essential oils help balance the physical and emotional body allowing you to bring the body back to a healthy state.
Are you ready to manage stress better?
Start the New Year right. Contact me for more information on how to get started using the highest quality essential oils, that are sustainably sourced throughout the world. Join our essential oil mailing lists to get ongoing information and support about how to use these beautiful gifts from nature. They will make a difference in your mind, body, and spirit.