I'm not sure how to explain it but I know it to be true for myself and my family: Essential oils have the ability to heal emotional wounds. For almost a decade I have been on a quest to uplevel my personal growth so that I can have rich, rewarding relationships and live a purposeful life. I truly believe that without essential oils, I would not be able to have the peace of mind that I experience now. I love the book Emotions and Essential Oils by Daniel McDonald. In it, he breaks down the emotional properties of many different essential oils. Here's an excerpt from the book about geranium essential oil, "Geranium softens anger and assists in healing emotional wounds. It assists in re-opening the heart so that love may flow freely. Indeed, geranium could be called the 'emotional healer.'" The following is a story about my teenager and her use of geranium to help her overcome a tough patch in her life. Although often times I wish that I had had these oils when I was a child/teenager, at least I am able to teach my children this information. Because I am able to pass on the knowledge to my kids and therefore my grandkids, etc., I feel truly blessed.
When my teenage daughter was 13 years old, we went through some very rough times. I won't give you too much back story but a few years earlier she had gone through some emotional trauma due to a family court trial involving her deadbeat dad. After she had acted out on a few occasions my husband (her step-father) and I tried many things to address her behavior. We gave her consequences, tried talking to her, gave her advice, etc. You know, the normal things that parents would do. But she would be good for a bit and then slip back into old patterns. I got to thinking that my bottles of nature (essential oils) I have all around my house may do a good job of cutting through the confusion and help my daughter come back to a place of love and trust.
I started by diffusing geranium consistently. I remember her saying, "What is that SMELL??" and wrinkling her nose. This was very interesting to me because I was told that if a person doesn't like the smell of an essential oil, there is something they are going through, on an emotional level, that they have to overcome. And once they do overcome it, they start liking the smell of the oil. This is a phenomenon that I've experienced many times and I continue to hear of stories from others who find it to be true. I told my daughter the name of the oil (which meant nothing to her) and I didn't provide any further explanation.
I continued diffusing geranium. My daughter started to become more reasonable. Then one day I gave her the bottle of geranium and showed her the passage about it in the Emotions and Essential Oils. By this time she didn't mind the smell of the oil at all. I asked her to use it with intention to bring love and trust back into her heart. She did as I asked. I would see her taking a drop and rubbing it over her heart. Over time, the walls that she had built around herself started to crumble and she let me in. I remember the day that she told me that geranium was one of the oils she loved the most. She didn't see it but I teared up when she said that.
I am so grateful for the power of essential oils and so in awe of what they can do. I honestly don't think that my daughter's deep emotional healing could've been achieved without geranium. Sometimes I'll look for my geranium bottle in my oil storage case and find that it's gone. My daughter sometimes take things of mine...my shoes, my makeup, etc. When this happens I may get mildly annoyed (especially if I was planning on wearing the pair of shoes she took!) However, if I look for geranium and discover my daughter has taken it, I don't mind that in the least bit. :)