About a year ago, I was able to transition to going completely natural with managing my emotional health. This has been such a blessing to me and I am so thankful because my meds had me in a scary, scary place!
What My “Before” Looked Like
At my max, I was taking 225 mg of Effexor and 10 mg of Valium a day. Truth be told, I needed to probably titrate up at least another 37.5 mg of Effexor, but I was concerned about the long term effects of being on such a high dose. (225 was already the standard “max,” though dosing can increase to 350mg for more severe cases). Anyway, at the 225 mg level, I was able to function with my anxiety and panic at bay for the majority of the day.
I was on this dose for around a year and during that time, I noticed that I was getting forgetful. It was like I was in a constant cloudy fog and I literally couldn’t remember conversations that occurred 24 hours prior. (Side note: Thank you to all my friends and family who ‘refreshed’ my memory every.single.time we spoke during that year. I am sure that was annoying, but I promise I was listening the original time you told me… even if I was unable to recall that in subsequent conversations). Anyway, I am also fairly certain that you could have burned my house down during that time and I would have barely responded. I was just in a constant state of NUMB.
So what changed?
Obviously I was into oils at this time, and pursuing a natural lifestyle so all of this medicine was a bit inconsistent with my other lifestyle goals. Now, don’t get me wrong here… I believe that medicine has it’s place in the world for some conditions… I was just no longer sure if I wanted MY condition to be one of those anymore. I felt like there may be lifestyle changes I could make to assist and I wanted to at least give that a try. It took work, and more than one thing to balance me out… but I did it. And when it comes to oils in particular, I actually use a few for to keep my nerves and stress at bay.
One of my favorites is JOY.
Essential Oils & Emotions
There are actually a lot of oils that help relieve that hopelessness and persistent feelings of sadness. Essential oils contain molecules which are small enough to cross the blood/brain barrier, and scents can also communicate with that limbic region of the brain, so it makes sense that they can provide assistance when talking about emotions. And while we’ve all heard that aromatherapy can “uplift the mood,” I personally didn’t really realize HOW much they could help until I experienced it myself.
I am going to start with a confession. When I first opened the bottle of Joy and smelled it, I HATED it. Like, hate, hate, HATED it. It smelled like a geranium got up and punched me square in the face. I mean, it was so overpowering I couldn’t believe I had heard so much good stuff about it. But, often times the smells from essential oils that are most ‘offending’ to you are the actual oils/smell that your body is craving… which was TOTALLY the case for me.
So why do I love it so much now??
One night my panic got unbearably bad and I could not get it to cease. Although I had read about putting Joy over the heart on Pinterest (as well as Valor on the neck and Stress Away on the wrists), I disliked the smell of Joy so much that I had never used it for this purpose before. But, desperate times call for desperate measures… so I decided to give it a shot. And you know what?? It worked.
If my anxiety and panic were like a blanket… applying these oils felt like someone was at my feet slowly pulling that blanket off. In a span of about 2 minutes, that tension literally was swept away and I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT! For the first time ever, I finally felt like I had some ammunition against this debilitating business in my brain. In fact, worked so well that I began to use it all. the. time. And my aversion to the smell grew less and less until it was non-existent. Now I have not one, but TWO of these bottles at all times! I cannot be without it.
What’s in this Miraculous Blend?
Bergamot: Uplifting and relaxing, it is good for building confidence and enhancing your mood.
Ylang ylang: May increases relaxation; balances male and female energies. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.
Geranium: Its aroma lifts the spirit and releases negative emotions.
Rosewood: It is emotionally stabilizing and uplifting.
Lemon: Has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting.
Mandarin: It is emotionally uplifting
Jasmine: It is emotionally uplifting and supports the body’s natural emotional state.
Roman chamomile: It is calming and relaxing – aids in maintaining emotional health.
Palmarosa: It can help reduce nervous tension and that uneasy feeling that occasionally arises.
Rose: It is stimulating to the mind and creates a sense of well being.
Doesn’t that sound absolutely divine??! Trust me, it is!
How Do I Use It:
I apply this one directly over my heart. You can also blend it with carrier oil for a perfume, use it air filters (the vacuum is one of my favs), add it to the bath, or evennnnn on the band of your husband’s underwear when he is grouchy. 😉
Where Can You Get It?
If you want to snag some for yourself, I would love to hook you up! You can order the oil by itself at retail cost or you can order it with a kit and save 24%. Head on over here to get started!
Currently using Joy?
I would love to hear more about how you are using it!
Disclaimer: I am ever so grateful to have discovered the benefits of essential oils when it comes to my emotional health. Of course, it is important to remember that everyone’s experience is different and what things work for me may not work for you. Please also remember to discuss anything and everything (even natural stuff) with your healthcare provider before implementing any new regimen. It is just the safe thing to do.