Many can identify with stress and tension locating itself somewhere in the body, mine has always gone straight to my neck and shoulders. Causing pain, discomfort, stiff neck, difficultly turning my neck, and when I wake up feeling stiff and uncomfortable it produces an emotional feeling of, “ugh, here we go again. I’d just love to have this nonsense go away for good.”
Two weeks ago, I went back to the drawing board, my essential oils case and Essential Oils Desk Reference (EODR). The blend called Release™ has always been quite good for me, though it never addressed the problem completely, two weeks ago I decided that it was time to find an essential oil that more adequately nipped this in the bud.
After about an hour, I made my decision. I chose the blend Humility™ and two singles, Sandalwood and Jasmine. I’ve had these three oils massaged on my neck, shoulders and back three times in the past two weeks and I have to tell you the results have been amazing! But before I tell you my results I want to share how I came to this conclusion so that it may help you make choices that produce great results to.
How I went about choosing Humility™, Sandalwood and Jasmine
Knowing that therapeutic essential oils have profound effects on the body, mind and soul. And that through the olfactory system scent plays a huge role in how we feel, our responses to events, and our immune system. I started looking through my EODR and reading the benefits of some of the aromas I am particularly attracted to, scents that make me feel like, “aaaaaah, I’m in heaven.”
So I looked up Ylang ylang, Rose, Rosewood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Neroli, and Sandalwood. Here’s a bit about what the EODR said about each of these essential oils:
- Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) is considered a holy anointing oil in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. Stimulates the limbic part of the brain, elevating the mind and helping to overcome stress and despair. More on Frankincense essential oil
- Rose (Rosa damascena) possesses the highest frequency of the oils. It creates a sense of balance, harmony, and well-being and elevates the mind. More on Rose essential oil
- Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) is high in linalool, which has a relaxing, empowering effect. It is very grounding and strengthening.
- Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) increases relaxation; balances male and female energies. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.
- Neroli (Citrus sinensis) was used by the ancient Egyptians for healing the mind, body, and spirit. It is stabilizing and strengthening to the emotions, promoting peace, confidence, and awareness. It brings everything into focus. It is used for depression and anxiety.
- Sandalwood (Santalum album) is high in sesquiterpene compounds which stimulate the pineal gland and the limbic region of the brain, the center of emotions and memory. Used traditionally in yoga and meditation.
Reading a little further I saw that most of those essential oils were in the blend Forgiveness™. I looked in my Aroma Complete case and saw that I didn’t have any Forgiveness™. I did find that the blend Humility™ had many of the same essential oils as Forgiveness™, but was lacking the Jasmine and Sandalwood (which I was very much desiring).
Humility™ is helpful for obtaining forgiveness and a deeper spiritual awareness. This soothing and calming combination of oils brings balance to your heart and mind, enabling you to find a peaceful place, where healing can begin.
So I got out the Humility™, Jasmine and Sandalwood and had my boyfriend layer each of these three on my neck, shoulders, and back. Layering is a way of applying the oils, you drip 4-8 drops of one essential oil on the location, wait about 2-3 minutes, then do the same with the next, and repeat. After the last essential oil is applied you then apply your V-6™ Massage Oil (a superb carrier oil) and massage.
My Experience and Results
As each essential oil was layered on me I noticed how amazingly the combination smelled – it would make an excellent perfume! It smelled so fabulous that I was drawn to inhaling much deeper and longer breaths, and I couldn’t stop saying how much I loved the scent.
About 5 minutes later, while the massage was still going on, my neck and body began to feel like a Raggity Ann doll. Then, I began to feel a little nauseous (which is a good sign, it means that trapped negative stuff is releasing from my brain, body, and my cells).
Shortly after the massage ended I got up and changed into my PJ’s, this is when the experience got very cool… while slipping on my nightgown I noticed that my sense of feeling of my skin on my neck, shoulders and back were alive again! This may sound strange, but I had not realized just how much skin sensitivity I regained in the massaged area. This has never happened to me before. I could all of a sudden feel on my skin the seams and draping fabric on my skin. I sat down on the couch and could feel the texture and creases in the leather on my back through my PJ’s! This is not an over-sensitivity, or hyper-sensitivity – just that my back could now feel sensations like other areas of my body. I had never realized before that I had such a low degree of skin sensitivity in this area. It was as if for the first time in my life that I had true feeling in my back!
I awoke the next morning… absolutely no discomfort, not neck or shoulder stiffness, and no more thinking, “ugh, here we go again!” Instead I felt like… “now this IS how people are supposed to feel when they wake up in the morning!” Rested, alert, ready to face the day with a brightness in the eyes and a bounce in the step.
Other changes I’ve noticed are: brain fog is gone, clearer thinking, quicker thinking, perceptions have shifted, I’m working and doing things more efficiently, and on the spiritual side of things, I feel much more connected to the energy of nature – and I normally tend to be a very grounded and intuitive person. I’m very impressed with the results I’ve gotten.
The other two times I had my boyfriend give me a massage the exact same way as the first, each time I felt different from the last – like significant steps are being taken and each time I’ve felt that I’ve gained further ground in much more profound ways.
This is absolutely a terrific combination of essential oils for moving out stuck emotions in the body. I highly recommend giving Humility, Sandalwood, and Jasmine a try if you hold emotions in body areas.
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