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Essential oils for stress

Essential oils for Stress

Claire Kenny 22/11/18

Essential oils contain a highly concentrated form of the biologically active compounds found in flowers and plants. Because they’re concentrated, they can provide therapeutic benefits—including stress relief—in very small amounts. Many of these oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years by the ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and others.

 

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. There are many ways to enjoy aromatherapy. Inhalation is the quickest. Just open the bottle and take a sniff. There are also various types of diffusers, which use heat, evaporation and other means to circulate the goodness of essential oils into the air you breathe.

 

Adding a few drops of an essential oil to your bathwater will deliver benefits though your nose and skin at the same time, you can also add them to a diffusers to disperse the scents around your house or car. Essential oils should not be rubbed directly into the skin, try diluting your favourite scent with what’s known as a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil.

Here are three essential oils that are especially recommended for stress relief:

Lavender

One of the most common essential oils, lavender oil has a calming, relaxing effect. It’s considered a nervous-system restorative and helps promote inner peace and restful sleep while relieving restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and all-around general nervous tension. Research has also found that it helps reduce anxiety and depression and is a helpful pain reliever.

 

The scent of lavender stimulates brain pathways, including our limbic system, which is connected to our emotional responses and memories. You can try adding a few drops to an oil diffuser in your bedroom. Or massage your temples and back of your neck during times of stress. But make sure it’s 100 percent pure Lavandula Angustifolia, which is the soothing lavender, and not Lavandula Latifolia, the stimulating lavender.

 

Bergamot

The flavonoids found in bergamot oil are good for soothing the nerves and reducing tension, anxiety and stress. These properties also make them effective in treating sleeplessness, high blood pressure and depression. Bergamot oil can also stimulate the “feel-good” hormones in your body, such as dopamine and serotonin. Derived from the Citrus bergamia tree, bergamot oil has many other benefits, including pain relief and antibiotic properties.

 

Ylang-Ylang

Made from the flowers of the Cananga odorata tree, this essential oil sedates or calms nervous afflictions, stress, anger and anxiety, while inducing a relaxed feeling. Ylang-ylang (pronounced EE-lang EE-lang) has been shown to be effective in reducing blood pressure. As a remedy for depression, it is said to have the ability to “expand the heart.” Many depression sufferers have found that essential oils provide a natural and far safer alternative to drugs, and ylang-ylang may be one of the most useful of all the essential oils when it comes to improving your emotional well-being.

 

To relieve PMS cramps and other symptoms, try applying a mixture of ylang-ylang, lavender oil and a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, to the back of your neck and lower abdomen.

Let Me Try

It’s not about how long we live but how well we live.

There are so many things that we are told not to do in life: Don’t smoke, don’t drink coffee, stay away from fatty foods and keep as active as possible.

But where is the balance?  To live a truly Holistic life you need to find that balance.  Yes, I drink coffee, my exercise consists of running around after my two wild boys and constantly going from A to B doing jobs for the centre, I eat red meat and I am not Phoebe from friends, although I do sing like her.  But I am for the most part happy, healthy-ish but mostly I am content with my life which I believe makes me complete.

If I were to believe everything I have seen online, on peoples beautiful posed Instagram feed, on the front cover of nearly all the magazines, on numerous online articles about a tablet to cure this and that, stay away from all medications, macro, micro diets, to supplement or not supplement and so and so on, I should be 6 feet under by now.

I believe that good health and happiness go way beyond the physical, you must embrace the beautiful mess that life is, warts and all, and learn to be the best version of yourself on any given day.

Life is trial and error.  You fail and you fall, then you get up and try again.  Life is a journey and we learn a lot from the bumpy roads.  I am still on that road.

My perspective on what a healthy person is:

A happy healthy person doesn’t wish their life away, or dwell on past events.  They are able to love and to be loved, they have strong relationships but love their own company and independence, so if that love were to leave, they are strong enough to make the most of their new lives.

They know how important it is to forgive.  Holding onto grudges and hurt feelings only affects the person who holds onto them.  You don’t have to be loved by everyone or try to please everyone, this is an impossible task and the quickest way to pile on layers of self-doubt and misery.

They have a realistic self-awareness.  In other words, they can see their own weaknesses and their own shortcomings, without trying to change the people around them.  Working on self-improvement is a lifelong challenge that they accept with open arms.

They can laugh at themselves.  If you can see the funny and incongruous side of life, even during stressful moments, it can be to your advantage.  Expecting yourself to be perfect is the quickest way to discontent. Do the best you can—which may or may not be good enough—but that’s all you can do.  Accept it, smile, move on and give yourself a break. Stop worrying!

They are not judgmental.   They walk their own path and learn from their own mistakes, never reminding other people of theirs.

They don’t complain.  There’s much to complain about today.  And there are times when we need to get things off of our chests to keep from exploding, and that’ okay.   However, constantly complaining and never trying to fix the issues is not a habit of healthy people.

This is my take on how life should be, as this is life it is not always possible.  I embrace this fact and every single day my mantra is “Let me try”.

 

Sunflower

I’m posting this picture of my little sunflower for #worldsuicidepreventiondayDo you see the flawed leaves, the dark spots, the small size?Or.Do you see the bright yellow petals beginning to open, how tall it stands despite its attacked leaves from outside pests, how despite not looking like a Van Gogh painting it still knows that is a proud sunflower and will always look to the sun.Don’t let anyone make you feel like your not the best that you can be and always face towards the sun, stand tall and bloom.It’s ok and you’re not alone.Claire🌻☀️#itsok #youok #support #sunflowers #dublin #talk #youarenotalone #standtall

A journey of self-awareness

A Mindful Journey of Self Awareness

The journey comprises of Hypno-Meditations to increase awareness and facilitate the process of unfolding the ‘Self’. The purpose of which is to enable a you to step forward along a path towards wholeness. As we learn to Witness and be Mindful our awareness increases, this frees us from being stuck in a reactive mode and allows us to cut through the veils of illusion that keeps us from achieving wholeness. The path of Hypno-Meditation utilising Mindfulness, enables a you to raise your awareness and individuate along the path of wholeness.

Along any path of understanding “Who am I” and of integration towards authenticity and individuation, the first step is to increase AWARENESS at both levels; conscious and subconscious.

Vispassana (Mindfulness) mediation is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation, a process of Self-transformation through mindful self observation (builds awareness). It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.  Life becomes characterised by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.

Hypno-meditation is a unique combination of hypnosis and meditation which enables self awareness and a vehicle to heal the mindbody as well as to achieve goals through reflection and choice. A natural powerful tool, which enables benevolent and sustainable changes. The more you practice hypno-meditation, the more you speak directly and align with Mind as a whole, building new neural pathways via the conscious and subconscious. Thus enabling you to make empowered choices, growing as an individual in mind, body and soul, creating a state of healthy mind and body.

Develop awareness through the breath.

Body Scan / Progressive Relaxation (relaxation response)

Mindfulness of the senses

Witnessing Thoughts

Removing Obstacles…. Planting Seeds

Connecting with your Inner Adviser

When : Thursday the 16th of August 2018 8 – 10 pm

Where : River Holistic Centre, 10 Main street Raheny Dublin 5

Cost : €45

Includes a collection of Hypno-Meditations to help you on your journey.

https://www.ruthallen.ie/mindful-journey-self-awareness

Your Health is your Wealth

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Indeed, health is wealth. Every now and then, it is important to remind ourselves that we need to take good care of ourselves. There is a reason to stay healthy. Being healthy can decrease developing medical conditions.

As the WHO defines health, remaining healthy means a holistic well-being. Caring for our minds is as important and crucial as caring for our bodies. One cannot be healthy without the other.

For this 2018, let us love ourselves more by considering these tips:

  • Visit your GP, eye doctor and dentist for regular check-ups
  • Be faithful in taking your medicines and also drink vitamins
  • Protect your skin especially from the sun
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthy
  • Drink more water and fewer sugary drinks
  • Get enough sleep
  • Practice safe sex
  • Don’t smoke, limit alcohol intake and avoid drugs
  • Wash your hands – viruses are spread through contact
  • Practice self-care (no need to feel guilty)
  • Love yourself more and others too
  • Be friendly and be kind
  • Listen to others
  • Talk and share your feelings
  • Say “I love you,” “Thank you,” “Please” more often
  • Have fun – relax and rest
  • Call a friend
  • Learn something a new
  • Balance your time between work and play
  • Count your blessings and be grateful
  • Ask for help when needed

Bergamot your new BFF

Healing with Bergamot

Bergamot is valued for its uplifting aroma and stimulating properties.

Refreshing Bergamot oil is extracted from the almost ripe citrus fruit of the bergamot tree.  It’s fruity, citrus scent with delicate, woody undertones has made it a valued oil through the ages.

Bergamot is refreshingly uplifting and stimulating.  It acts on the central nervous system and is a good tonic for treating symptoms of stress, tension and anxiety.  It is invigorating but not over-stimulating, helping the mind to achieve balance.

Using Bergamot Oil

Holiday survival
  • Apply a few drops of bergamot and lavender oil to some lengths of ribbon or string.  Hang these on your balcony at night to keep the dreaded mosquitoes away while you sleep like a baby.
  • Ease travel sickness and feelings of nausea with a cold compress of bergamot.
Cleanse the skin

To eliminate pimples:

Dilute 2 drops of bergamot and 2 drops of thyme in a tablespoon of grapeseed oil.  Massage into the skin daily to clear the skin of blemishes.

A cooling body oil:

Add 5 drops each of bergamot and lemon, 3 drops of neroli and 1 drop of rosemary to 50ml of sweet almond oil and apply when needed.

For Oily Skin:

Mix 25mls of witch hazel, 75ml of distilled water and 15ml of glycerine.  Add 5 drops of bergamot,geranium and 3 drops of sandalwood.  This makes a beautiful soap for the face and the entire body.

Boost Concentration

This invigorating oil improves concentration by awakening the mind and promoting clearer thinking.  Keep it close when you need an extra boost.

  • Sail through that exam or interview with a fragrant and confidence-boosting blend of bergamot, lavender and grapefruit oil.  Apply a few drops onto a handkerchief and place were its handy.
  • Computer screens bombard the body with positive ions.  In the office, home, desk, restore the natural balance of your body’s energy with a refreshing room spray of negatively-charged bergamot.
  • Fight drivers Fatigue by adding a few drops of bergamot to a cotton ball and place near an air vent.
Mood Lifting

Use Bergamot’s invigorating properties to treat tiredness, anxiety and stress.

  • If you have trouble getting up in the mornings start the day with a refreshing and uplifting shower using the soap mix from above.  You will have a new spring in your step and smell like summer.  Win Win.
  • Soothe feelings of agitation and anxiety by using calming bergamot in a room vapouriser or oil burner.
  • To alleviate tension headaches, try a firm neck and shoulder massage by adding a few drops of bergamot and neroli to grapseed oil.

 

Aspects of Hypnoanalysis

Aspects of Hypnoanalysis

Hypnoanalysis is a regression therapy. The idea is that we seek to find and remove the root cause of the anxiety or emotional state associated with a traumatic event from the past – usually from childhood. When found the root cause of a problem or symptom can then be resolved in the mind. The main difference between Hypnoanalysis  and other forms of talk therapy, is conventional therapies usually only deals with the presenting problem and do not get to the root of the problem.

Two of the most commonly used techniques in Hypnoanalysis.

One of the most powerful methods is Free Association pioneered by Sigmund Freud.The other Pin Point analysis which as the name suggests  is a direct route to the issue buried in the subconscious mind.

Free Association.

Free association works by allowing one memory to lead into another without any logical thought, interpretation, or intervention. Just allowing thoughts to drift along from one concept to another without attempting to make any sense of it whatsoever.  When working with issues that upset us the subconscious mind will do it’s best to protect us from those memories and will form a resistance towards the therapy. The hypnotherapist’s job is to help the client through that resistance to the truth. It sounds easy, and with the right client/therapist combination, it is easy and one of the most powerful forms of therapy.

Pin Point Analysis

Pin Point Analysis seeks the same end result but get’s there via a more direct route.  The hypnotherapist will use various techniques designed to access the originating cause, or at least a much earlier memory. From that memory, they go back further still, then further still, until the initial event has been accessed. Once there the event can be worked through until an understanding and enlightenment it reached.

Each method has its own particular strengths and weaknesses and a professional hypnotherapist should be familiar, practiced, and confident with both, and easily able to decide what is the best for any individual client.

Whichever method or a combination of both is used the concept is bring you to the Initial Sensitising Event. Usual this event has occurred in childhood. With these cases we are talking about a complete and lasting release by finding and removing originating causes.

Hypnoanalysis can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. The emotional material that comes up can be difficult to deal with. Some people are immensely resistant to the treatment as they feel vulnerable. A good hypnotherapist will be able to help you deal whatever arises.

Usually if anxiety is present it will be recommended that you go through the hypnoanalytical process. If together with your therapist you decide that there is a need to discover the underlying cause of the presenting problem and it is in your best interests, then know this… the results of Hypnoanalysis can often be profound and long lasting.

Ruth is our Resident Hypnotherapist.  If you would like to find out more about her therapy can help you with, just call 0861634460

Source: https://www.ruthallen.ie/aspects-of-hypnoanalysis/

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