Trauma & Hope
In the last three weeks, the south/southeast part of the US has unwillingly been subjected to the “collusion” of two deadly storms. Harvey took aim at Texas and left his mark of destruction with flooded homes, cars and leaving people homeless. Irma, the jealous one decided to outdo herself, showoff and settle the score by making her mark on the Caribbean & Florida. It is atmospheric “sibling” rivalry at its best.
Needless to say, we the unwilling participants, the people who live in these areas, who have family in these areas, are having to figure out a “new normal.” Even those who have survivor’s guilt. Let’s just be plain my city (Houston) is experiencing shock and trauma. We still have roads that are flooded, homes that are being gutted, and people still living in shelters.
Most are running on adrenaline, a minimal amount of sleep, and are busy figuring out their next steps. Some, who lost everything are feeling the “emotional death” of lost items which hold deep memories. The emotional, physical and mental toll is at unprecedented levels and will take time to come down and heal.
Trauma, it’s the unfriendly guest that welcomes itself into our life at the most inconvenient time. It finds its home in the connective tissue of our body, mind, soul and spirit. It threatens the proper functioning of emotions, inhibiting good decision-making capability. It engages its best friend fear, tie us up with worries of uncertainty and the unknown. We begin to wonder why we are feeling pains in areas that were not there before.
The body has an amazing ability to compensate for this temporary, heightened level of stress, but it cannot sustain it over a long period of time. Trauma creates a negative imprint of information within our body. We have to “re-imprint” to restore normal and optimal function.
If you are curious as to how trauma is stored in the connective tissues and how healing can happen, I would recommend you read this article. I will be writing a blog post over a similar topic in a few days, but this article does an exceptional job of explaining the connective tissue matrix and its role in trauma and healing.
For now, I have listed some product recommendations that can help in the re-imprinting process.
Many of these products are essential oils from Young Living, especially the essential oil blends. I am a member of Young Living and I recommend these products because I know they work. That is not to say that you have to use these. I just caution you not to use synthetics (big oil bottles, with cheap prices is a clue that it is most likely synthetic). Synthetics will only add insult to injury.
In addition, listening to calming music can help as well. Sound played at the right tones is very effective in releasing trauma. That is why some songs energize you and some relax you and some just put you to sleep. You can visit my sound healing page to listen to and see some of the artists I recommend and love.
Don’t forget to be kind to yourself, forgiving of yourself and please do not blame yourself as you work your way through this “new normal.” There are blessings hidden in this journey and you will find them along the way. One day at a time. One foot in front of the other.
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Mental & Emotional Support
Containing Coriander and Geranium essential oils, Acceptance™ encourages feelings of self-worth when used aromatically.
The blend of essential oils found in Hope™ brings an aroma that invites you to restore your faith by reconnecting with feelings of strength and stability.
Release™ is a blend with a relaxing aroma that facilitates the ability to let go of anger and frustration. It also promotes harmony and balance when diffused.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. As one of our most popular products, Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home.
Into the Future™ is an inspirational blend of essential oils that creates an invigorating aromatic companion as you look toward your life’s goals and dreams.
Grounding™ is a balancing blend of scents used for feelings of clarity or to enhance spirituality.
Trauma Life™ is a natural blend of pure Sandalwood, Helichrysum, Rose, and other essential oils designed to offer support during difficult emotional exploration.
Believe™ contains Idaho Blue Spruce, Idaho Balsam Fir, Frankincense, and other essential oils that may encourage feelings of strength and faith when used aromatically.
Common Sense™ essential oil is a proprietary blend of Young Living essential oils formulated to enhance rational decision-making abilities leading to increased wellness, purpose, and abundance.
Foster a grateful attitude and embrace the blessings in your life. The uplifting aroma of Gratitude™ invites a feeling of emotional and spiritual progress.
Peace & Calming® essential oil is a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. This fragrant oil is a wonderful addition to your meditation, evening routine, or playtime with the kids. With a comforting, fresh aroma, Peace & Calming oil creates a relaxing environment that’s especially great for homes with children. You’ll love that you can use this oil for you children’s bedtime and then for yourself for a moment of quiet after the house has settled down.
Its woodsy, positive scent comes from a blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense. Valor is great for massages, in addition to other topical and aromatic uses. Use it to greet each morning with a positive attitude or to unwind at the end of the day. Its powerful yet calming scent is versatile enough that you can integrate it into your morning and bedtime routines and anywhere in between.
The powerful scent of Motivation™ may promote feelings of action and accomplishment when diffused.
Stress Away™ essential oil blend is the first product to contain the unique combination of Lime essential oil and Vanilla extract. The distinct mix of Vanilla and Lime gives Stress Away essential oil blend its unique and pleasant aroma—among other benefits. Stress Away oil also includes Copaiba, which has a history of beneficial properties in topical application; Lavender, with its refreshing and calming scent; and Cedarwood, which features the powerful plant constituent cedrol. All of these ingredients are expertly blended with the exotic scent of Ocotea, a unique Ecuadorian-sourced essential oil. With a perfectly balanced aroma of both tropical and citrus notes, Stress Away essential oil blend is a uniquely relaxing oasis in a fast-paced world.
DiGize™ essential oil is one of our most unique essential oil blends, combining Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli oils for a spicy, exotic aromatic blend. DiGize oil also includes Fennel essential oil, the use of which dates back to ancient Egypt. Helps with digestion and stomach upset. To enjoy its rich, calming scent, diffuse in your home, office, or even car. You can even apply it directly to chest, wrists, and abdomen to enjoy its scent wherever you go.
PanAway® essential oil is a popular blend formulated by Young Living Founder D. Gary Young that has a refreshing, invigorating aroma and cooling sensation when applied to the skin. PanAway oil is a combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils. Popular PanAway® oil uses include applying it to tired muscles after exercise or to the neck and back any time of day to enjoy its soothing and stimulating aroma. PanAway oil is one of Young Living’s most effective and popular products and is a must-have for every home!
Add a daily shot of NingXia Red® to your diet to enjoy the benefits of this powerful, whole-body supplement. This sweet and tangy drink’s formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health benefits. Also featuring plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, Young Living’s NingXia Red is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness.
Young Living Deep Relief™ Roll-On makes essential oils such as Peppermint, Wintergreen, Dorado Azul, and Helichrysum convenient for a fast-paced lifestyle. This blend of popular oils is a great companion for your trips to the gym and busy daily routine.
Oils such as Peppermint and Wintergreen provide a refreshing, cooling sensation during or after a workout, with an invigorating scent that inspires an upbeat and energetic approach to whatever keeps you active. The convenient roll-on packaging makes this product an easy addition to your gym bag or purse so you can reach for it whenever you like.
Ortho Sport® Massage Oil combines pure vegetable oils with therapeutic-grade essential oils such as Wintergreen, Peppermint, Thyme, and Oregano.
The Thieves Home Cleaning Kit is the perfect introduction to natural cleaning and provides you with a foundation of cleaning tools and supplies to utilize Young Living’s 100% pure essential oils. It includes the tools you’ll need to clean and protect your home without using harsh, chemicals. You can get started today creating simple and natural cleaning solutions that are not only effective, but safe to use around every member of your family, including children and pets.
Using Citrus Fresh, Lemon, Pine, Purification, and Thieves essential oils along with our Thieves Household Cleaner, you’ll love the fresh scent and clean feel of you home. You can even add or substitute some of your favorite essential oils, and we’ve included directions for you to make each cleaning recipe your own.
The kit also includes a large stainless steel bucket, 16 oz. amber glass spray bottle, cleaning cloth, oil bottle carrying case, and cleaning recipe instructional booklet.
Ditch overpowering and harsh chemical-based sprays and keep your home smelling fresh and clean with Young Living’s Purification® essential oil. This blend is made up of six essential oils for the ultimate weapon against odors. Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree work together to create a refreshing, bright scent that keeps you and your family happy and comfortable.
With Purification oil, you’ll never need to feel embarrassed by bad odors from cooking, laundry, pets, or anything else life throws your way. Diffuse it throughout your house or use a more targeted approach so you always feel confident in your home, in the car, or on the go.
*Included in Thieves Cleaning Kit