Today I am packing and prepping for my journey from Dallas TX, to Washington DC, not to attend the Inauguration as I would have loved to do in previous elections, but to attend the Women’s March on Washington. What started out as an idea from one woman in Hawaii the day after the recent election has turned into a global event with more than 615 marches organized in 32 different countries on 6 continents. It is a really beautiful, and reassuring thing to witness so many people come together to stand for human rights and equality for all people. I must admit, I do live in a little bit of a bubble, or maybe I choose to surround myself with like minded people, but I really thought all the racism, sexism and all the other isms were a thing of the past, I was unfortunately wrong. (That might be the only time you hear me say that, as I am normally right).
Anyway as I continue to nervously pack my bags, I began to think about what I needed. Snacks to take on the march so I don’t get hangry, a water bottle, clean underwear,,,,oh yeah and essential oils. Wherever you are tomorrow, whether it is hiding under the blankets, going to a sister march, or an average day at work, there are ways that essential oils can help your mood.
Throughout this election I have used a series of blends. In the weeks following the election I chose to wear a blend called Console which promotes feelings of comfort and hope counteracting emotions such as grief, sadness and hopelessness. I really wanted to pull my hair out, it wasn’t pretty!
I have however moved to a different stage of grief, and tomorrow, I will be choosing some different blends. I will be applying Balance, a grounding blend on the plane, I find that this blend keeps me grounded in my beliefs but with a calm open mind. That and the noise cancelling headphones should keep all the plane noise from bugging me out. Then during the march I will use a combination of Peace blend, which counteracts feelings of anxiousness and fear, promoting peace and reassurance (I don’t do large crowds, like ever, so I totally need this one). The other blend I will be using is Motivate, which promotes feelings of confidence, courage and belief. These seem like the two blends that combined will bring out the most confident and clam parts of me.
Even as I write this it sounds like voodoo bull$hit, so I don’t expect anyone to believe it without a little background info on studies and how it works. Honestly, I’ve heard lectures on this stuff, but my eyes sort of glaze over at the science part of it, I just know how I feel when I use the oils. But here you go, it’s brief.
According to an American College of Healthcare Sciences, one study done with 58 patients suffering from terminal cancer reported a decrease in pain and depression after receiving an aromatherapy hand massage using Bergamot, Lavender and Frankincense essential oils diluted with Almond oil. All the patients reported a difference, which is significant. At least to me it is. Another study showed that weekly inhalation of Bergamont essential oil reduced anxiety, blood pressure and drove the autonomic nervous system towards a balanced state (calming anxiety), and lets face it, who doesn’t need that right now!
Are you wondering just how this works. Well, here’s my attempt at a summary from the lectures and articles I’ve read. When you inhale odorant particles, they travel through your olfactory system and bind to neurons. Inside the neurons there are protein receptors which are turned into electronic impulses and travel to the limbic or (emotional response) part of the brain. In the limbic portion of the brain they come into contact with the hypothalamus and pituitary glands that affect your body’s chemistry. When you inhale an essential oil that has a calming vibration, the hypothalamus receives the calming message and creates neuro chemicals that tell the body to reduce the heart rate and nerves. Conversely, if you smell an essential oil with an energetic vibration, your body does the opposite.
Whatever you are doing tomorrow try putting some oils in your Essential Oil Diffuser, such as bergamont, Lavender, Frankincense to help you stay calm, 3 drops of each in your diffuser is all you need. If you are reading this and you are excited about tomorrows events, you need more help than I can offer.
I read Jenny Lawson’s (thebloggless, sofa king funny, you should check it out) post today and she was saying that although she is scared about the immediate future, we will all be ok, I think she is right, so as I prepare for my trip I have my oils packed and others diffusing. I take solace in her words, and the love that most of the world has for humanity.
If you see me at the march on Saturday, hit me up, I will totally share my oils or snacks or whatever else I have that you may need with you. Big Love and Peace to you all.