One way I have found to help manage PTSD symptoms is with essentials oils. “They are concentrated, tried and true over the millenia by our ancestors, and they are just plain earthy. I am a very earthy person, so the use of essential oils is incredibly grounding. Plus, essential oils have a measurable effect on the body.
Here is a list of essential oil singles and blends that I like best for treating PTSD (source).
Deep Relief: relieves muscle tension, soreness, soothes sore joints and ligaments, calms stressed nerves, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving; apply generously on location every 15 minutes for up to four applications
Peace and Calming : promotes relaxation, deep sense of peace and emotional well-being, dampens tensions, uplifts feelings; diffuse, add to bath water, apply to wrists, edge of ears, or feet. Combine with lavender for insomnia.
PanAway : reduces pain and inflammation, accelerates healing; diffuse, add to bath water, apply to temples, back of neck, forehead.
Stress Away : brings feeling of peace and tranquility, helps relieve daily stress and nervous tension, improves mental response, restores equilibrium, promotes relaxation, and lowers hypertension.
Lavender : relaxant, anti-inflammatory, calming; diffuse, add to bath water, apply on location of stress and tension.
SARA: helps relax into a mental state to facilitate the release of trauma from sexual or ritualistic abuse; apply over energy centers or locations of abuse.
RutaVaLa: promotes body and mind, soothes stressed nerves, and induces sleep; apply to wrists, temples, neck, or the bottom of feet.
Trauma Life: combats stress, uproots trauma that causes insomnia, anger, restlessness, and a weakened immune response; diffuse, add to bath water, apply to bottom of feet, behind ears, along spine, chest, forehead, nape of neck.
Valor : empowering, helps energy alignment of the body, increases feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem; apply to feet, wrists, and back of neck.
Tranquil: reduces restlessness, decreases anxiety, calming effect on mind and body, uplifting and relaxing, promotes sleep and reduces stress; apply to temples, neck, and wrists.
Release: release anger and memory trauma from the liver, opens subconscious mind through pineal stimulation; diffuse, add to bath water, apply to bottom of feet, and behind ears.
Joy : produces magnetic energy, helps overcome grief and depression; diffuse, add to bath water, apply to heart, thymus, temples, wrists, lower back, and abdomen.
Present Time: empowering, disease lives in the past; apply to sternum, thymus, neck, and forehead.”
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