*This post is not to be taken as medical advice, by any means. This information is based on personal experience only, and may contain inaccurate information regarding health conditions and the use of essential oils.*
Up to this last year, I was never one to stress or worry. I was always the one using the phrase, it's no big deal, don't freak out when a family member or friend started stressing out about something minor. Lately, I can't seem to take my own advice. It all started in June, the month I got engaged. I started feeling intense palpitations in my chest several times a day, distracting me from work and overwhelming me in everyday life. Sometimes the palpitations would wake me from my sleep, or start when I was relaxing with G in the living room. How could I be feeling so overwhelmed in such a relaxed state? I wondered, is this stress I am feeling? Am I feeling pressure from being engaged, pressure to plan a Wedding? Thinking that this was my bodies reaction to stress, I tried to ignore the symptoms but began to allow little things to really bother me. I'd experience anxiety each time the phone would ring, or when it came time to pay a bill. I'd even wake up in the morning with a racing heart, worried that I wasn't going to be able to live up to anyone's expectations that day. I started worrying about money, my relationships and my future more than I ever did, and it was not fun. These anxiety attacks came with intense heart palpitations, chest pain, a feeling of restriction in my breathing, hot sweats and even an upset stomach to the point of vomiting. Something was just not right. I couldn't continue living feeling tired, overwhelmed and nervous.
I went to see a Doctor who referred me to a specialist, and after several special tests I was diagnosed with Atrial Tachycardia. From what I understand, this means I have an abnormal electrical pathway in my heart sending signals to the upper chambers telling it to beat very fast. It's often considered more annoying than dangerous, and can be treated with medication, a simple procedure, and anxiety management. It was very scary, having blood work done several times, ultrasounds and other heart monitoring tests - being told that the tests did show extreme irregularity and there was something physically wrong that needed to be addressed. I tried one medication, then another, and finally found something that works for my body and doesn't make me feel run down. I'm happy to say I feel in control and I feel no side effects from the medication.
Atrial Tachycardia and treatment aside, I need to learn better ways to deal with everyday stress to kick my anxiety in the butt. Things like coffee, tea, wine and sleepless nights DO NOT HELP, so those things need to be limited. There are other obvious ways to deal with stress including getting lots of rest, eating healthy, deep breathing, exercise and meditation.
On the weekend I learned about something else we could be doing, or sniffing, to relax us. Don't get the wrong idea people! I went to a local fair where a lady was selling essential oil inhalers and other oil products. One combination of oils really caught my eye. Pressure Drop, said to fight anxiety and stress by calming the mind and body... Let's just say, $9 dollars later, I was sniffing.
Here is the combination of oils in the inhaler.
PETITGRAIN - An oil derived from orange leaves which has antiseptic properties and is said to re-establish nerve equilibrium.
YLANG YLANG - Said to be extremely effective in calming, balancing the nervous system and bringing on a sense of relaxation. It's great for hair and skin, stimulates your adrenal glands and can be used for pain and insomnia. It can lower blood pressure and alleviate problems with PMS.
LAVENDER - Has been clinically evaluated for it's relaxing effects. It can be used to clean cuts and skin irritations, and can be rubbed on strains, sprains and sore muscles for fast healing. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing for your physical and emotional well being.
GERANIUM - It's aromatic influence helps release negative memories. It has been used for skin care and it's strength lies in the ability revitalize tissue. It benefits the glandular, reproductive and nervous system.
FRANKINCENSE - It is stimulating and elevating to the mind and helps in overcoming stress and despair. Comforting, centering and elevating, with many more benefits. When applied on skin, it acts against ageing.
I took to the Internet and found so much interesting information, but knowing I can't trust Dr. Google, I decided to email my one and only contact. Sandra, who sold me the oils, began studying and using essential oils 16 years ago and incorporates the oils into many of her products. She really knows her stuff! She explained that because I have a physical problem, the oils can only do so much, but still said using the oils will calm the mind and body in times of stress. *She does not recommend using the oils internally and although it is done, it should only be done with professional guidance. Play it safe and stick to using the oils in baths, as massage oils, diffusers and inhalers. When using inhalers, take deep breaths for better results. Some oils are not recommended for applying to the skin, but others are. Lavender is excellent for the complexion, and is one of the few oils that can be applied directly to the skin. I would never digest or use essential oils on my skin without speaking to an expert first. I highly recommend anyone with health conditions contact their Doctor before using oils, to ensure they are safe for their body.*
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