Trauma Life™ is a blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils that can help to release buried emotional trauma (i.e., accidents, death of loved ones, assault, abuse), and trauma due to injury or accident. Trauma Life helps combat stress and uproot traumas that cause insomnia, anger, restlessness, and a weakened immune response.
Trauma Life™ contains the essential oils of: Frankincense (Boswellia carteri), sandalwood (Santalum album), valerian (Valeriana officinalis), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), davana (Artemisia pallens), spruce (Picea mariana), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), citrus hystrix, and rose (Rosa damascena).
SARA™ is an empowering blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils designed to help soothe deep emotional wounds. It may help individuals release and begin recovery from the traumatic memory of sexual or ritual torment and other forms of physical or emotional abuse.
SARA™ contains the essential oils of: Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), orange (Citrus aurantium), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), rose (Rosa damascena) and white lotus (Nymhaea lotus) in a base of almond oil.
How Aroma Therapy Works
When any scent or fragrance is inhaled, the odor molecules travel up the nose where they are trapped by olfactory membranes that are protected by the lining inside the nose. Each odor molecule fits like a little puzzle piece into specific receptor cell sites that line a membrane, known as the olfactory epithelium. Each one of these hundreds of millions of nerve cells is replaced every 28 days. When stimulated by odor molecules, this lining of nerve cells triggers electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb in the brain. The olfactory bulb then transmits the impulses to the gustatory center (where the sensation of taste is perceived), the amygdala (where emotional memories are stored), and other parts of the limbic system of the brain.
Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, therapeutic-grade essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects. The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, our emotional control center.
Scent stimulates nerves to fire in the emotional center of the brain, the amygdala, but it also stimulates the master gland to release hormones. Hormones affect the fight/flight response, as well as digestion and heart rate. In this way, essential oils can affect us in many ways all at once, just through their fragrance.
Anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and joy all emanate from this region of the brain. The scent of a special fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. When smells are concerned, we react first and think later. All other senses (touch, taste, hearing, and sight) are routed through the thalamus, which acts as the switchboard for the brain, passing stimuli onto the cerebral cortex (the conscious thought center) and other parts of the brain.
6 Ways to Use Trauma Life™ and SARA™
- Diffuse – using a Young Living diffuser. See Diffusers and Diffusing.
- Directly Inhale – place a drop of Trauma Life or SARA in palm, rub palms together, cup palms over nose (without touching eyes), inhale 3x deeply.
- Car Diffusing – Put 4-8 drops on cotton ball and locate the cotton ball in car vents or hotel room AC/heater vents.
- Bath – Add 2-4 drops to 1/2 cup sea salt, pour under running bath water, soak for 20 minutes. For foot bath see, Aromatherapy Marble Foot Bath.
- Topically – Apply a couple drops to the soles of feet, chest, forehead (avoiding eye area), nape of neck, behind ears, and along spine (Raindrop-style).
- Massage – Dilute 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon V-6 Massage Oil. See A Beginner’s Guide to Massage.
Articles by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Independent Distributor #476766
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