I completely forgot to write a post last week and I didn’t realize that I had forgotten until the weekend. That just goes to show how crazy my November has been so far. It’s the month of change for us, as we get ready to move. Anyone who has gone through a move knows how much work it is. Even just having to change your address takes work. The thing that keeps me motivated through all of this is knowing that, in 3 weeks time, we’ll be on our way to Disneyland! Peter’s never been, so I’m excited to take him there. Actually, Peter’s never really been on a big trip before so, even though he’s slightly nervous not knowing what to expect, it will be a really great time away together. We’ll be driving down to Anaheim, making some stops along the way, going to Universal Studios, Disneyland, and San Diego Zoo. We’ll be visiting my cousin in Santa Cruz on the way home and we’ll do a day trip to San Francisco. We’ll also drive along the Oregon Coast and do some shopping at the outlets. Twelve whole days away together and then Christmas is here! I don’t know about all of you, but December is looking like it’ll be my favourite month this year. Let’s be honest, December is always my favourite. December and October. You just can’t beat those months. Speaking of October, Halloween is, besides Christmas, my favourite holiday. This year, Peter and I celebrated by watching an episode of Once Upon A Time then putting on The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack while carving a pumpkin. Then I roasted the pumpkin seeds in a homemade dill pickle seasoning and we watched the latest episode of The Walking Dead with a nice bottle of Quails’ Gate Shiraz. After that, I read a book while Peter played World of Tanks. All the while, diffusing my favourite autumn essential oil mix of clove, ginger, orange, and frankincense.
Peter and I are nerds so maybe that doesn’t sound like the perfect Halloween to you. But, for us, there has never been a more perfect Halloween!
Back to the point. November has just gotten to be so incredibly busy and stressful. The only thing keeping me going is the thought of Disneyland at the end of it all. Well, that and, of course, my oils. I know I talk about oils a lot, but people generally talk about the things that they’re passionate about which is why you’ll find posts about books, food, travel, and oils on my blog. Today I’m going to talk about the oils that have helped me get a handle on my stress and anxiety.
Stress and anxiety have always ruled my life. My Mum used to say that even if I had nothing to stress about, I’d find something. It’s true. Being a musical theatre teacher, I get my entire summers off to do whatever I feel like doing. I have no commitments and nothing to stress or worry about. Except that I always find something. This year, it was about the amount of books I own and haven’t read. I would get down on myself if there was a day that I didn’t feel like reading and get angry with myself when I would take more than two days to read a book. In the end, it actually hurt me because I ended up not even making it through half of the books I had planned on reading. I guess some people, specifically type A personalities like myself, have a hard time chilling out and taking it easy on ourselves. I’m thankful that Peter helps me with this. He knows exactly how to talk me out of a stressful mood and to help me think clearly and rationally again. They say that opposites attract and that couldn’t be more true for Peter and I. Dealing with my stress and anxiety will take a long time and it will probably never go away, but I’m making progress and that’s awesome!
Here are a few oils that I use, not only for stress, but also for my insomnia. They’ve really helped me to overcome stress and anxiety in my life.
Lavender – calming, relaxing, and balancing, both physically and emotionally. Lavender has been documented to improve concentration and mental activity.
Lavender was the first essential oil that I purchased in the hopes that it would help with not only my anxiety, but also my insomnia. It did. I kept thinking that it was just a placebo effect, but it continued to work, and still works for me over a year later. I used to be a horrible sleeper, generally not even falling asleep until at least 3 or 4 in the morning. I now sleep the entire night through.
Cedarwood – stimulates the limbic region of the brain (the center of emotions), stimulates the pineal gland, which releases melatonin.
Cedarwood doesn’t have the most pleasing scent (Peter calls it “cat pee”) but it has worked wonders for both of us in many different ways. When mixed with other oils, it takes on more of a woodsy scent and smells a lot less like cat urine.
Northern Lights Black Spruce – grounding and stimulating at the same time. While it has a calming effect on a nervous, hyperactive individual, it energizes someone who is feeling lethargic and melancholic.
This oil is both mine and Peter’s absolute favourite. The smell is incredible and we diffuse it every single night. It’s like our brains know now that, when we smell black spruce, it’s bed time. This is definitely an oil that I couldn’t be without.
Surrender – helps one surrender aggression and a controlling attitude. Stress and tension are released quickly when we surrender willfulness.
This blend contains: Lavender, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, Spruce, Angelica, and German Chamomile. Peter and I laughed when I first got this oil because one of the descriptions said that it’s helpful for people with type A personalities and he said “I hope it works!” He was joking, of course, but it does, indeed, help.
Peace & Calming -promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace and emotional well-being, helping to dampen tensions and uplift spirits. It also reduces depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
I love this blend! It smells amazing and, true to its name, it’s so calming. This blend consists of: Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy.
Stress Away – brings a feeling of peace and tranquility and helps to relieve daily stress and nervous tension. It helps with normal, everyday stress, improves mental response, restores equilibrium, promotes relaxation, and lowers hypertension.
This blend is great for people who don’t really like floral scents. Unlike the floral scent of Peace & Calming, Stress Away is much more of a citrus smell. It contains: Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender.
Citrus Fresh -stimulates the right brain to amplify creativity and well-being, eradicate anxiety, and works well as an air purifier.
Ingredients in this blend are: Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, and Spearmint. I can’t say enough good things about this blend. I diffuse this almost every week while teaching and it’s so uplifting and helps the teachers stay stress-free. The combination of the citrus oils with spearmint is absolutely amazing!
Those are all of the oils that I use to help with stress and anxiety. I use all of these oils on pretty much a daily basis. I really have noticed such a huge difference in the way that I feel and the way that I react to situations. Other people have noticed too. Now obviously that’s not just the oils working, but it’s nice to have some help. So, with the help of these oils, I will make it through this crazy month. I don’t foresee needing any of these oils in Disneyland though. It is, after all, the happiest place on earth!