Beneficial essential oils for grief (7th February 2011)

We were saddened to hear the tragic news that Britain's Got Talent judge, Amanda Holden, has lost the baby boy she was expecting. Our thoughts are with her and her husband Chris at this very sad time.

The grief arising from a bereavement is one of the most devastating, negative emotions a person has to deal with. It is a strong, overwhelming, emotional pain that will stay with you spiritually for a lifetime. There is much more to dealing with grief than simply recommending a few essential oils but aromatherapy can certainly play a part in helping to release the stress and tension of bereavement and keep the mind balanced during the period of intense sorrow. Essential oils will not take the pain away but they can help you to work through the pain and move on with your life.

Rose Otto or Rose Absolute. Rose has a special affinity with grief and can help comfort feelings of sorrow and open the heart to release pent-up emotions.

Frankincense is a rejuvenating essential oil that can help balance the out of control emotions that come with a bereavement.

Marjoram essential oil has a warming, comforting effect on the emotions and is a traditional remedy for grief.Both Lavender and Chamomile will aid relaxation and sleep, reduce anxiety, and relieve restlessness during grief. They will also help stabilise the emotions and release any anger.

Bergamot is an antidepressant. Its citrus fragrance will also help to lift the mood.

Melissa is an excellent tonic for the heart and its uplifting, antidepressant properties will help release trauma and pain.

Benzoin has been used since antiquity in sweet and soothing aromatic incense. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and can help bring comfort to the depressed and emotionally exhausted.

How to use the essential oils:

Our recommendation would be to book an aromatherapy massage with your local therapist. The therapist will select the oils that are the most appropriate to treat you holistically i.e. as a whole person not just for the obvious symptoms of grief. For other ways to use the oils at home please click here.
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