The first time I remember dealing with anxiety was in middle school. After loads of dental work, (braces, neck gear, retainers, etc.) I began to get an upset stomach whenever I had a dentist appointment scheduled. I would lose sleep, feel like I needed to throw up, and be unable to stop thinking about it. This sort of process would continue over the years whenever I was exposed to someone with the stomach flu. It wasn't fun, but it wasn't the worst it could be.
The worst came my first year of teaching. You've heard about first year teachers...let's just say planning my 200 person wedding was less stressful than teaching my first year of school. The hardest time of year for a teacher is November/December when the excitement for the holidays is at its peak, there's pressure to complete things before Christmas vacation, and there are parties, crafts, and gifts to be planned.
It was this time of year that I experienced my first panic attack. It was terrifying. I couldn't breathe. My heart wouldn't slow down. I felt so sick I couldn't move my body for fear of throwing up all over. I spent many mornings stuck in the bathroom, panicked that I was going to be late for work because I couldn't move. It was absolutely ridiculous. I knew I needed to do something.
The first thing I did was start taking a walk on my lunch break--getting some fresh air and getting away from my stress. While I walked, I read a book called The Anxiety Cure. I didn't get much out of this book because it was very medical-minded and covered a lot of different types of medication. However, there were a few very helpful parts that helped me so much. You can read in detail about my favorite parts from The Anxiety Cure here. A quick summary is it said to think logically about how long the panic usually lasts. It doesn't last forever. That is very important for me to remember when I feel completely stuck and unable to move. It doesn't last long; I will be okay soon. It was also helpful to recognize that the panic attacks and anxiety was my body doing a normal fight or flight response. My body was choosing to "flee" from the stress by seizing up in the anxiety to protect my body from the stress. The book also had some good talk-through points to use in the middle of the anxiety.
The second thing I did was start using this beautiful anxiety blend. I am so thankful I had this blend! What I love about essential oils is they work with your body chemistry naturally and provide it with what it is lacking to help your body do the work to fix the problem. There have been several ailments I've had that I treated with essential oils and they no longer plague me. The oils weren't just to help the symptoms temporarily; they helped my body find the problem. This blend has helped me heal from the crazy anxiety and panic attacks. It is very rare (only in dire, emergency situations) that have anxiety to the extreme level that I had it then.
There are a few different anxiety blends. I found blend #4 to be strong and effective for my anxiety. I highly recommend it if you are suffering like I did. Based on the wholesale prices of the bottles of oil, divided by the number of drops used, this blend costs approximately $10 to make.
Here is the recipe to make your own Anxiety Blend #4:
10 mL glass, roller ball bottle (I get mine from AromaTools.)
4 drops Geranium essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Melissa essential oil
1 drop Frankincense essential oil
1 drop Wild Orange essential oil
1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil
Fractionated Coconut oil
Add the oils in order to the empty roller ball bottle. Use the coconut oil to fill up the rest of space in the bottle after the other oils are added.
When you are feeling anxious, rub this blend on your forearms. Rub your forearms together and inhale the scent from them.
After using this blend on my forearms, I rubbed some Grounding Blend to my chest and rubbed it clockwise over my heart. I followed that with Rose oil, rubbing clockwise over my heart. Then I inhaled the scent of those two oils off my fingers.
It's amazing how quickly my heartbeat slows to a normal rate and the tension releases in my body after following this protocol.
I have also found that Mito2Max capsules add adrenal support that is lacking when suffering from severe anxiety.
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**Note, Melissa essential oil is temporarily unavailable due to a poor production year.
Because this blend uses so many oils, I would highly suggest you order them at wholesale price, by signing up to be a Wellness Advocate. When you are a Wellness Advocate, you automatically earn back a percentage of your total order in points that can be used to get free products. In your first 3 months as an Advocate, you earn back 10% of your order in points if your order is higher than 50PV (product value--product value typically is the same number as the cost of the oil: Lavender is $21 and it's worth 21PV). **Note, Melissa essential oil is temporarily unavailable due to a poor production year.
A little comparison for you: To buy the oils for this blend at retail price, it would be $234 (without the Melissa oil, which is unavailable) and $175.50 at wholesale price (without Melissa). To make the roller ball blend, it would cost you
Please note that when you purchase a bottle of oil, there are 85 drops of oil in a 5mL bottle and 250 drops in a 15mL bottle, so you will be able to make several anxiety blends and/or use the oils for other purposes:
Lavender is great for getting better sleep and providing a sense of calm
Wild Orange helps provide a sense of happiness
Melissa wipes out viruses
Frankincense doubles the power of oils it's used with
Geranium assists in easing menstrual cramps
Ylang Ylang can regulate high blood pressure and be used as an aphrodisiac
I hope this blend helps you as much as it has helped me. I am so thankful to have this in my purse to grab when I start feeling tense and anxious about something. It has made a difference in a way that is natural for my body and more effective than over the counter medication ever was.