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Bridging the Brain Gap with Essential Oils

I went to a class the other night about Emotions and Essential Oils. The guest speaker was a clinical psychologist who uses dลTERRA oils in her practice. The content of the class totally reconfirmed to me that these gifts of the earth are powerful for total body healing; mind, body, spirit. Which is, imo, the only way to have long term peace.

MIND/BODY/SPIRIT HEALING

A person can't heal just one area apart from the others.

MIND: If, for example, you do the work to get your body physically well but don't do anything for the mindset & emotions, then your physical healing won't be long term. Soon enough you'll find yourself in another stressful situation that breaks your body down and makes you literally sick with worry.

I know really negative people who have fit bodies. Sure, they look like they have it all together, but the stress that lies underneath their fit physiques is ready to pounce on their health any moment.

BODY: If you do the work on your mindset but don't discipline yourself to do the things to bring your body to health, then you are going to suffer physically. You might be a really positive person with health issues, but you'll still have health issues nonetheless.

I know many people who love personal development for the mind. They will read books, go to events, know all the positive, profound quotes, etc. But their physical health leaves a lot to be desired. 

SPIRIT: Spiritually, you may be super tight with God. You may feel His presence wherever you go. And yet you may still be a negative nelly and have that health ailment you've been carrying around with you since your 20's.

I know spiritual/religious people with a whole lotta health issues. I believe some wear it like a badge of honor, like they feel they need to suffer to prove to God how pious they are. 

What I'm trying to say is that you NEED to take action to heal all parts together, not just take one area and call it a day.

Here's where essential oils come in. Essential oils transform. I know that they were the catalyst for my own transformation. Some changes were easy transitions; and some changes totally got me outside of my comfort zone.

Change can be really hard, I'm not gonna lie. You have to have a rock solid why for creating the different pathways in your life.

I remember thinking and feeling a few times over many different transformations I've had in my life: "Who am I to be as healthy and happy as I am right now? Why do I deserve this?"

I've since then allowed myself to grow in health and happiness. To receive it and know that I deserve it. And actually, I OWE it to myself and the world to become my best self.

Circling back to that class I took about Emotions and Essential Oils. There are a few different regions of the brain that I'll go over briefly. The first is the Limbic System which houses a few structures. Two of the structures are the hippocampus (associated with memory) and the amygdala (associated with emotions). This is where the fight or flight response fires off; it's the area of the brain that is very active for people who have undergone traumatic experiences. There's no problem solving mechanism in this part of the brain. It's all instinct and reaction.

Then there's the prefrontal cortex, which is the the area of the brain that's associated with problem solving. What the clinical psychologist said was that we want integration happening in the brain between the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex in order to experience greater peace. Guess what? Essential oils can bridge the gap between the two. Feel free to do a happy dance here! :) 

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There are empirical studies happening right now on essential oils. Take this study on lavender and rosemary for example. It shows that the stress hormone, cortisol, decreases after we inhale the scent of lavender and rosemary. 

This is huge, people! Our bodies undergo real life hormonal changes after smelling essential oils. This means that they are not a placebo. Lavender, and many other essential oils are SO bomb for calm! There are measurable changes that happen in our bodies when we have the pleasure of inhaling a beautiful scent like lavender. Think of when you smell a fresh rose and the happy feelings that are triggered in that moment. Or a pine tree, or a fresh cut citrus fruit.

Essential oils help to bridge the gap between the brain areas by calming the limbic system down enough so that it lets down its guard and allows the prefrontal cortex to step in. 

Feeling good mind/body/spirit can become reality for you. You just have to get started and trust that you don't have to see the whole staircase to take that first step. Your journey can begin with simply opening up a bottle of essential oils and smelling the wonderful scent from the bottle. 

My progression in my health has been a decade long one now. And it's not stopping any time soon. I've DECIDED that my mind, body and spirit are important enough to nurture. Not just once in a while, not just when I have gone off the deep end and need an intervention; it's important enough to develop and care for daily. 

So my question for you is: Are you ready to bridge the gap? Are you ready to be well in mind, body and spirit? If you are, I have a solution for you in the form of wonderful gifts of the earth. Connect with me here. I would love to chat!

 
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What are Essential Oils?

๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’งWelcome to my essential oils 101 class blog post!

What is an essential oil anyway? Pictured is a marjoram leaf on the left and to the right, a magnification of the leaf. Those little dots you see on the leaf are the essential oil of the plant. These little dots do some amazing things for the plant. They help the plant to maintain an optimal temperature, help it to repel damaging bugs, help it to fight disease and recover from an injury. Plants are living things and need protection. Essential oils provide that protection. In our full circle world that we live in, plants can't survive without their essential oils, and we can't survive without plants. Pretty cool, right!? Maybe you can start to see why essential oils are so beneficial for us. We all know what we need to do to be healthy. Exercise, eat right, hydrate, practice positivity. Repeat the cycle. ๐Ÿ˜„ I view essential oils as just another layer of healthy living. People who use essential oils intentionally for their health are on the cutting edge of wellness. We understand that we work with all facets (mind, body, soul) to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds of a plant. When you are smelling the scent of a rose, you're smelling the essential oil of the rose. Essential oils can be found in the leaves, bark, seeds, rind, flower, etc. of a plant and all are steam distilled besides citrus oils. Citrus oils are cold pressed from the rind of the fruit.

Essential oils do not cure or prevent any disease or ailment. What they do is help to balance our systems so our bodies can do what they were naturally intended to do which is heal itself. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸฝโœจWhen you get a cut, what happens? Your body goes to work and heals that cut, right? Essential oils help us to maintain our health and therefore help us recover and regenerate faster. The healthier your system is, the faster you heal. The more unhealthy it is, the slower is the healing process. I, personally, want to be on the healing fast track. I KNOW how miraculous my body is and I want to do everything possible to to support it so it can support me to live my best life ever. Hope you learned something from this post! Have a great day. ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโœจ๐Ÿ˜Ž