You may have heard about all the wonderful benefits of essential oils for your physical body. In fact, far too many people ONLY talk about the physical benefits. Don't get me wrong ...I'm totally guilty of this at times too, mainly because it's TRUE. I've seen and experienced tremendous positive results at the physical level from using Young Living products and oils. From a metaphysical standpoint, however, every physical issue or concern is associated with a mental/emotional imbalance or blockage. The theory says that unhealthy emotions or ways of thinking (they go together by the way) actually precede physical discomforts. As a mental health clinician and a spiritualist I LOVE and endorse this theory. On a daily basis I am witness to how negative emotions and thought patterns have a detrimental impact on physical health, whether that's the result of exaggerated stress responses or unhealthy eating patterns, lack of exercise or a whole host of things. Subscribing to this viewpoint, wouldn't it just make a sense to address the underlying issues, if nothing else, then to just FEEL better? Here are some things to consider.
#1. Smell. I used to think aromatherapy was for "hippies" (I can use that term because I'm one of them...don't judge me) and was a crock - a scam - a waste of time. That was, until I started doing a little research. When you smell something the molecules of the substance travel to the olfactory bulb in your brain, then to your limbic system. Your limbic system is where all of your memories and emotions are stored. This is why smelling something can bring you right back to a time and place in your past. This part of your brain only understands SMELL. It doesn't really understand words. Can you believe that? What this means is, that you can proactively use certain aromatics to shift the way you feel and change your relationship with memories. Now, you don't want to just go around inhaling anything! Even things that you may THINK smell good may not necessarily be good for you. I'll use gasoline as an example. Need I say more? So the idea is to use your sense of smell and to inhale substances that are GREAT for your body. Pure. Natural. Nontoxic. Here's where essentials oils come in !
#2. Consistency. As a trauma therapist, it took me quite some time to actually admit that I had suffered my own traumas. That realization has always been just under the surface for me but once admitted I bought a bottle of SARA oil. I applied it several times a day over my Sacral Chakra (lower abdomen just below your belly button). I honestly wasn't expecting very much to happen but it smelled just divine and I loved putting it on. Just the act of applying oils sends the message out that you are ready for healing and positive change. You are setting an intention! So, I used SARA oil for about 3 months and during that time several memories from my past came up but I didn't have any real emotional attachment to them. Some, I had actually forgot had even happened but obviously some part of me was holding onto it. During those 3 months, I felt like my traumas were being gently released from my system. I can't tell you scientifically what happened but I can tell you that I believe the cellular memory of my negative experiences dissipated. All very gently and exactly as I would have wanted. After SARA oil, I moved on to Inner Child and Release and Surrender. I really made a commitment to using the oils on a daily basis to help me work on the emotional layer of myself.
#3. Liberal Use. Ok. Here's another confession. During many oils classes I've stated, "You don't need to use a lot of oils. You'll probably only use one or two drops at a time." While this may be true SOME of the time, it certainly isn't true for me MOST of the time. I may use 1-2 drops of a particular oil for a particular issues but I also use anywhere from 5-20 oils a day depending on WHAT is going on! See, the oils work synergistically and the more the merrier but it's more than that! What is your goal? My goal is to not only feel better but to DO better and to BE better. Let's talk about vegetables instead of oils. If you want to have a better diet and have more energy, what will bring you this result? Do you just eat broccoli once a week? Do you eat 3 carrots every month? Sounds funny and ridiculous, right? We know the answer is NO. You’d have to eat a variety of vegetables and probably throughout the day to have more energy and to feel better. What about the gym? Can you expect to lose ten pounds going to the gym once in a blue moon? Probably NOT! You’d have to make a commitment and be consistent in your fitness plan to reach your weight goal. Using oils for emotional health is really no different. If you are wanting to feel better emotionally then you have to do more than the bare minimum. So I said to myself, what if applying essential oils is VITAL for my self-growth, for my success, for healing and for prosperity. I've come to know that it absolutely IS vital. I'm radically different, in a positive way, than I was three years ago just from using these products. I think differently. I feel differently AND...I'm WAY more empowered. So I oil up every morning, every night and when I want to throughout the day with multiple oils because one oil just isn’t enough for the results I want.
The bottom line is this, if you think YL Essential Oils are just for physical discomforts you are missing the bigger picture and totally missing out on some HUGE life changing stuff! These oils, unlike herbs which are dried and lacking full life force, are liquid and alive! They contain a living intelligence and consciousness, making them amazing tools for emotional transformation and consciousness expansion. Just like any other change agent, you must commit to using the oils regularly as a ritual or a practice. For sustainable positive change, it really is about lifestyle change. There's no getting around that! I challenge you to spend some time in reflection to take inventory of the emotional issues you want to address (and your personal goals) and to start to explore YL oil blends that will help you release old patterns and propel you closer to the person you are meant to be. Happy. Healthy. Whole. Oily !