The world is in trauma. (source) Adverse events have the potential to leave an imprint on the brain that changes how one reacts and interacts with the world and people. Various responses and mechanisms to traumatic events are common. These include nightmares, anxiety, sadness, guilt, avoidance, and being self-critical. Depending on resiliency factors, long-term the nervous system can become hyperactive and the brain “hypervigilant” as a result. (source, source, source, source, source)
To prevent these negative ramifications, we need to pay close attention to our mental and emotional health. It is also important to know when to reach out if you are in need of additional support for your mental state.*
Previously, I discussed the best way to move through struggles with a better mindset is through using a combination of self-kindness, purpose, and perseverance. Essential oils are easily accessible and perfect companions to assist us with changing our perception for the better and to move forward more courageously. They are also supportive for mental health, brain support, and cognition. It is why they are my favorite tool to use as mind-body medicine for my naturopathic clients.
In this post, I will highlight essential oil blends that are grounding, enhance vision, and promote the mind-body-spirit connection. All support brain and nervous system health.
Three Essential Oils for Brain Health, Courage, Vision, and Mind-Body-Spirit
Before I discuss the three blends, there are two important points to consider with using essential oil blends that are worth repeating:
- Due to the fact that blending can be complex, I suggest you use your favorite manufacturer who have similar combinations in which the ratios and blending is already done for you.
- Be aware that with the summer sun also comes photosensitivity for oils’ lovers! Therefore, be mindful of avoiding using blends and oils with citrus oils before heading out to the beach. These can all be used for diffusing and inhaling, but should not be applied to the skin just before heading out in the heat. Learn more here.
A Blend for Grounding and Courage
My favorite oils combination for grounding includes a dominance of the fir oils and/or camphor essential oils. These stability-enhancing scents promote a sense of well-being and strength. Other spiritual, ancient oils such as frankincense and cedarwood are welcome additions to this combination, as they further benefit neurological function, brain health, and overall body wellness. Finally, a nice floral scent, such as rose geranium oil, founds out the mixture for an additional scent of upliftment.
A Bright Future Blend
This blend is intended to promote resiliency, aid the stress response, and balance hormones. These are important aspects to bring into harmony so that one can focus on our vision for the future without distraction of physical ailments.
Look for a blend with the presence of the phytoncides, which are found in fir oils. Black spruce is an example that has a nice aroma. These compounds modulate stress via cortisol levels. The “universal” oil of lavender would be a beneficial addition for calming and to stabilize the nervous system. Geranium, sage, and a citrus oil, respectively, should be included to enhance hormonal health, memory, and mood.
Essential oils have been used to enhance spiritual connection and promote a sense of connectedness since ancient times. This is very important during upheaval. I like to use a blend that combines the sacred oils with other oils to support the mind and body.
First, there is the most sacred oil, frankincense, which basically has a positive action on all body systems. I already discussed this oil in nitty-gritty detail here.
Myrrh is another sacred oil full of nerve-supporting sesquiterpenes and neuro-inflammatory modulating compounds.
Other additions to this blend can include:
- Balsam fir for grounding.
- Cedarwood oil for promoting focus and additional nervous system alignment.
- Lavender oil for calming and balancing the whole body.
- Ancient oils to promote overall health, such as cinnamon oil.
- Vetiver oil, which has been shown to be calming in vitro and promote a “refreshing, alert” state in a human study.
- Any additional fir and tree oils for grounding, such as black spruce.
These essential oil blends are best used aromatically. Diffuse them regularly when you are needing courage, focus for your vision, and greater spiritual connection.
A few drops of the grounding and courage blend can also be applied with a carrier oil to the wrists. After placing a few drops, rub together, and inhale.
Staying in the moment and responding, rather than reacting, to stress is hard to do with all that is swirling around us. Thankfully, essential oils can help us by providing our minds and bodies with beneficial molecules and aromatic compounds that balance our physiology, psychology, and biochemistry.
*Currently, there are hotlines and free services available. Not everyone has the same advantages and privileges, so resources and support will look different for each individual. Please use what you need.
Disclaimer: This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
According to experts and the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no approved standard of care treatment, cure, or preventative for COVID-19. Supportive measures and containment are in full force as a result. Please see the CDC website and your state’s website for more information and updates. They also state when to contact your physician related to symptoms and travel history, exposures. Please read my more detailed article on this subject here.
This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.