Essential Oils are fast becoming a go-to for self-care when coping with mental health. I use them frequently to help manage my complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder caused by childhood abuse.
On a regular basis, I deal with flashbacks, nightmares, depression, insomnia, and all the anxiety and panic attacks that come with all of that.
Essential oils haven’t cured me of my responses to the trauma I have lived through, but they help me with coping when living becomes a challenge.
Here is a list of 16 essential oils that I use to help aide my symptoms of C-PTSD.
The 16 Essential Oils that I Use
Lavender – Calming, used for anxiety. I use this Room & Body Mist; I like that it is portable and versatile.
Rose – good for anxiety
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Chamomile – helps bring inner harmony to a chaotic mind
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Peppermint – encourages alertness and focus
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Clary Sage – for depression, works as an antidepressant
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Lemon – great for lifting mood, a good oil to mix with other scents
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Sandalwood – helps with relaxation and sleep
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Valerian Root Oil – helps calm and relax tension in the body
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Jatamansi – helps calm the mind and body for sleep
Jasmine Fragrance – calming and comforting for sleep
Bergamot – aid for anxiety
Frankincense – calms anxiety and brings about alertness and focus
Marjoram – helps relieve stress/anxiety related headaches
Comforting, used for depression, anxiety, and sleep. A study by Geochang Provincial College in Korea conducted in 2006 using ylang-ylang oil, along with bergamot and lavender oils, once a day for four weeks found that it reduced “psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension.” (1)
This oil is also considered a sedative so it can be very helpful for sleepless nights.
Use caution when applying ylang ylang directly as it can be sensitizing or irritating to the skin; avoid using in conditions of low blood pressure.
This oil is a blend created by Young Living and is specific to trauma survivors. (2)
It is a blend of geranium, ylang-ylang, rose, blue tansy and other oils (sandalwood, cedar, orange, etc). I love this oil. Its scent is light, happy, calming, comforting. It makes me smile, and breath a little deeper. It helps to calm the chaotic waters of my emotions as I deal with the reality of my childhood.
This one is my favorite!!
How to Use Essential Oils
There are a few different ways to use essential oils (not limited to my list):
1. Apply it directly to your skin like perfume (This Roll On Mind Body Soul Kit is really nice)
2. Run a few drops in your hands, cup them over your nose and inhale directly.
3. Put drops into your bath
4. Use a diffuser.
I am a huge fan of a diffuser when I am home and for sleeping. Not only does it calm me, but my home becomes a safe place in all the rooms, and my family can also enjoy the benefits. However, when I have to go somewhere and I can’t bring my diffuser with, I apply oils like perfume so that I can carry the scent with me, at times even smelling my wrist if I need to.
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