As I began to delve into this topic it’s apparent that much of this information is not just for women. Though as I continue I’ll begin to get into some more focused women’s concerns.
Women’s health and essential oils is rather subjective and very personal. I always speak from personal experience as I believe in experimenting upon my Self.
I’ve long had hormonal issues and there are many reasons for this.
Excess stress and an inability to relax and calm down is the top issue with hormones. Stress induces cortisol, which puts the body into fight or flight mode. While in this state the body will not produce optimal levels of hormones for fertility and other functions. Your body is actually protecting you.
Did you know that rabbits become fertile after eating green grass? There is no point reproducing if the offspring have nothing to feed on, via the mother or themselves as they grow. This is hormones protecting the mother and future offspring.
This is stress in positive action.
The issue with modern life is that high levels of stress have become ‘normal’.
This is why it is important to learn how to relax and lower those stress levels.
Consistent and high levels of stress, resulting in increasingly high levels of cortisol is what is known as cortisol addiction.
Cortisol creates a high feeling, not necessarily a ‘good’ feeling, and when those levels drop the individual begins looking for ways to provoke another stress episode to get their levels back up. I’ve seen this with family members who are constantly in an agitated state and when they’ve been relaxed and happy for an extended time, I know what’s coming! Provocation by any means to elicit a reaction in order to create an excuse for an angry explosion, the result of which is those cortisol levels shoot up again.
Does this sound like anyone you know?
Can you feel compassion, knowing this is what’s happening?
Can you feel compassion for your Self?
Which oils can you use to lower stress levels? This is very subjective and really comes back to what aromas do you like?
I have a couple of blends that rarely fail to put a smile on my face. Whisper is my favourite blend that helps me feel good. Passion is another one that soothes me.
Wild Orange is great to relieve irritation, is refreshing and uplifting.
Lavender and Petitgrain have high levels of linalool and linalyl acetate, which are effective for relaxation and calming. They are remarkably chemically similar so that they can be interchanged, if you don’t like the smell of one.
Roman Chamomile is great for soothing anger.
Ylang Ylang is calming, soothing and uplifting.
Geranium is calming, grounding, supports the nerves.
Clary Sage is another oil high in linalyl acetate and is soothing, relaxing and balancing.
These oils can be diffused, applied topically on the soles of the feet, temples, back of neck, pulse points, it’s always a good practise to dilute oils in fractionated coconut oil (FCO) or another light oil.
Are seeing the common thread here? These oils all have relaxing and soothing properties. What this means is that they will assist you in lowering your stress. Ultimately, you need to do something about your own mind to fully relax.
I’m a good example as I simply cannot stop my mind from processing and analysing, however, I have learnt how to release excess emotions responsibly. Slowing down also assists me in observing my reactions and knowing how to respond appropriately. Breathing assists in slowing down.
I do like to inhale oils directly from the bottle, they put a smile on my dial, and when I make time for myself, I lie down and relax and allow them to speak to me.
Next instalment will be about sleep..
What do you do to relax?
What puts a smile on your face?
What enables you to feel ‘good’?
Are you aware of your own stress levels?
Are you aware if you elicit stress to induce your cortisol?
Are you aware of when you hold your breath?
Does consciously breathing help you to slow down?
What do you think about in those moments?