Favorite Grief Supporting Essential Oils

Let’s discuss some essential oils to help support the grief process. Grief is something we all go through from time to time. Maybe you lost a loved one or broke up with a loved one are just are not getting along with someone you love and care for.  No matter the cause, grief is painful to go through.

Stages Of Grief

There are 5 documented stages of grief per the Kübler-Ross model, which is described as a series of emotions experienced by terminally ill patients prior to death, or people who have lost a loved one, wherein the five stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.  You can read more about Grief in the book by Kubler Ross entitled “Of Grief and Grieving“.

Let me briefly describe each stage for you and share some essential oils you may try during each stage. Note, all grief does not necessarily go through each of these stages.

Denial is the first stage of grief. This stage helps with survival of loss and sorrow. Things can becoming overwhelming during this time with meaning being lost to it all. Shock can help with survival during this time as this phase fades into the next stage these oils may help support.

Some great oils to use during the Denial phase are Geranium and Lavender.

Anger is the next stage where you begin to feel more compared to the denial stage where everything may feel numb. The emotions are strong as they kick in. This stage may make you question if God is really there, where was He? Under all this lies your deep rooted pain from the situation you are walking through.

Some oils that may help support the Anger stage and during times of anger include your favorite calming oils such as Peace & Calming, Stress Away and Roman Chamomile.

Bargaining sometimes occurs before a major loss where you may plead with God for what you wish to happen. Guilt sometimes is an emotion experiences during this phase as you go through the “If Only’s”…this stage can last months depending on the situation.

Some essential oils to use during this time may include Forgiveness, SARA, Hope, Peppermint.

Depression can be the next stage from deep sadness to clinical depression. This time can leave one feeling empty and loss. Some become withdrawn to other things going on around them in their “everyday life”. This stage is very normal especially after the loss of a loved one as we know that the stages of grief are all necessary for the healing process.

Some oils to help deep sadness and periods of depression may include Frankincense, Cypress and Joy

Acceptance is about dealing and accepting the reality of the situation. It doesn’t mean one is ever “ok” with what has happened but they have developed their own method of coping and is the beginnings of moving forward with their life. Things are often forever different and changed but one moves into a re-adjustment period and learning to live differently. In the case of losing a loved one, they will have “good days” and “bad days”. New connections can start to be made.

Some oils to help support during the Acceptance stage are: Present Time and Acceptance, Coriander and Orange.

Essential Oils to Support Sorrow and Grief

Did you know that you can use essential oils to naturally support your emotions? I listed some oils for the different grief stages but there are many oils to support sorrow and sometimes you need to experiment a bit to figure out which one you best respond to.

Bergamot is thought to help turn sorrow into Joy.  Some other singles you could also use include Lavender, Eucalyptus, Roman Chamomile, Juniper and White Angelica.

Young Living has many blends that would wonderful to support sorrow as well including Forgiveness, Gentle Baby, Present Time, Release, 3 Wise Men, Valor or even Joy.

How To Use EO’s for Emotions

You can use the oils in a variety of ways by diffusing in a cool mist diffuser or apply topically. I often like to apply emotional oils close to my heart or over my wrists. I often wear diffuser jewelry as well so that I can continue to smell the oils. You can even bring oils with you in the car or to the office with a portable diffuser.

Massage is a great way to use oils for emotional release. You can have someone do a raindrop on your with emotional oils or do a modified one on your self.

Essential Oils for Grief

The following are some wonderful blends you can use to support grief and sorrow. Try mixing 2-3 and use in your favorite application method.

Bergamot, Cypress, Myrrh, Roman Chamomile, Vetiver, Rosemary or any of the oils listed above.

Grief Diffuser Blend

Add 2 drops each to cool mist diffuser: Marjarom, Lemon, Clary Sage, Rosemary, and Bergamot.

Grief Rollerball Recipe

Using a 10 mL roller top bottle add 12 drops Bergamot, 8 drops Frankincese and 5 drops Vetiver. Top with your favorite carrier oils.

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Grief Support

Talk to a friend, let your church support you and/or consider counseling during this painful time. Don’t be alone as you walk out your grief and find your own emotional healing.

 

 

 

 

SARA Essential Oil

SARA™ is a blend of Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Blue Tansy, and other oils that is designed as a soothing scent to be used during difficult or emotional times. It can help to facilitate and release emotions surrounded by traumatic experiences including physical and emotional instances.

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Let’s Take A Closer Look at SARA

This specially formulated blend contains 8 wonderful essential oil singles in a base of sweet almond oil. which is a rich source of Vitamin E. Almond oil can be considered a nutrient for the brain and nervous system.

Ylang Ylang improves the ability to relax. It is also balancing to female-male energies. It can support restoration of confidence. (read more on Ylang Ylang here)

Geranium may help release negative memories and improve and elevate the mind to a more positive emotional state. (read more on Geranium here)

Lavender is both relaxing and grounding. It can support relaxation and allow the mind to unwind. (read more on Lavender here)

Orange oil may help to bring about joy and peace. It is uplifting to the mind allowing for tranquility. (read more on Orange here)

Blue Tansy supportive to the emotions when applied over the liver and kidneys both organs are said to store emotions.  May help release negative emotion and help to overcome anger and fear.

Cedarwood helps to stimulate the limbic system of the brain where our emotions are stored, center of memories. It may help to improve thoughts as it can affect the pineal gland which is responsible for releasing melatonin. This may help improve thoughts and emotions. This oil is high in sesquiterpenes. (read more on Cedarwood here)

White Lotus help to stop self sabotaging thoughts. May help release negative trauma and assist with release of those emotions.

Rose having the highest frequency of all essential oils can help to create balance and harmony. It can help to bring joy and elevate the mind.

 

How To Use SARA

Diffuse for emotional support or apply topically to emotional centers such as navel, abdomen, temples, nose and VitaFlex points on feet. Take caution when applying topically to avoid sun exposure, some oils have photosensitive response.

 

 

 

 

Inspiration Essential Oil

inspiration-essential-oilInspiration essential oil blend is an amazing compilation of 11 Young Living essential oils. This blend was specially formulated to support a calm atmosphere and quiet our racing minds. This can allow us to enter our creative centers where our higher intuition operates. These oils were traditionally used by the Native Americans to enhance spirituality, prayer and inner awareness.

 

Let’s Take A Closer Look

Cedarwood high in sesquiterpenes (look that big word up for all the amazing benefits). This oil stimulates the limbic system our emotional and memory center.

Spruce to assist in opening emotional blocks to foster a sense of balance and grounding.

Myrtle essential oil for its inspiring aroma that is both energizing and elevating.

Coriander uses for centuries in many home health supporting remedies.

Sandalwood also high in sesquiterpenes, uses commonly in yoga, meditation and relaxation practices.

Frankincense loved for its grouding work on the mind and elevation. It allows the brain to releax and overcome stress and sadness.

Bergamot is uplifting and produces equanimity of the mind.

Spikenard uses on Jesus Christ when Mary anointed his feet, this oil stimulates the limbic system to release memories. May help with relaxation and nervous tendencies.

Vetiver for grounding and focus may help with concentration and thus with stress.

Ylang Ylang promotes relaxation and balancing of female and male energies.

Geranium for its relaxing and calming properties.

I highly encourage you to look at each of these oils individually to discover all their amazing constituents and properties.

 

How to Use Inspiration

*Inhale directly from your hands

*Diffuse

*Add 4-6 drops to Epsom Salt bath

*Apply 1-2 drops over your temples, back of the neck, wrists, crown of head, bottoms of feet or along spine.

*Add to dryer balls to infuse your clothing with these fragrant oils.

*Use with emotional release techniques.  Here is one of my favorite Emotional Release books.