TUESDAY APRIL 24
Activity: Try a relaxing essential oil blend. Don’t mind if I do!!
Oils: a blend of Lavender, Frankincense, and Stress Away is a great option. Also, Release is quickly becoming a favorite for daily “chill out, mama” moments. But, diffuse or roll-on whatever you fancy!
Did you know that the ONLY one of our 5 senses that interacts with our emotional brain before our logical brain is your sense of smell? It’s true! Our response to smell is powerful and automatic. Scent travels through the nasal passages, past the olfactory bulb, and straight to the limbic system.
The limbic system is the center of our emotional brain. And, within the limbic system, you’ve got the amygdala and hippocampus. These two sections of the brain link memories based on common feeling rather than common thought. (Bonus tip: that common feeling not only attaches an emotion, but also a location in your body.)
The amygdala is the alarm area of the brain responsible for our fight/flight/freeze response. Like a smoke detector, the amygdala has one job: RED ALERT! WE ARE IN DANGER! EVERYONE PANIC!!
Now, the hippocampus is involved in the formation of memories and can be directly stimulated by scent through the olfactory bulb. Like a scrapbook full of pages, the job of the hippocampus is to record and link: HAPPY? OH, YES. YOU BELONG WITH THESE MEMORIES OVER HERE. GUILTY? OK, COME OVER HERE TO THIS SIDE. ANXIOUS? YEP, RIGHT DOWN FRONT… SWIFTLY NOW!
So, as you can imagine, there are tremendous advantages to using essential oils to get to the emotional center of the brain. Consider oils a tool in the toolbox to help you handle overwhelming emotions in a more healthy way.
The entire Aroma Freedom Technique is built upon scent’s unique access to the emotional brain. Combining focusing exercises, body awareness, and Young Living’s pure therapeutic grade essential oils, emotionally charged memories lose their sway. Not in a “oh, that’s nice and relaxing” way. In a LEGIT “whoa, did that terrifying memory just dissolve before my minds eye?” way.
It’s strange and amazing. And, it lasts. The emotionally-charged memories I have addressed with Aroma Freedom Technique are FOREVER different. The memory isn’t gone (AFT doesn’t make you forget), but the memory is forever altered. The intense emotions brought on at the time of the event are now integrated within the emotional brain and processed in a healthy way. It truly is a renewing of the mind, intentionally setting it on things above. It is an opening of your heart to Truth as you take off Fear and put on Love.
What Does Scripture Say?
Psalm 94:19 – When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
We console ourselves with a great many things – some healthy, some not so healthy (turns out, those Ben & Jerry’s pints are NOT single serving – who knew??). When we allow the Lord to console us, rather than reaching outward for consolation, then we experience joy. His presence can calm our anxiety and bring peace to our heart.
Through Aroma Freedom Technique I have experienced lasting release from the memories that once bound me and the barriers that were keeping me from doing what I am made to do.
If you’ve been around a bit, you know that I always advocate using essential oils for emotional purposes ALONG WITH prayer. The action of therapeutic-grade essential oils can help center and align the body, mind, and spirit. There are MANY times when my anxious moments have been calmed by using essential oils. Coupled with prayer, there is a dynamic shift that can occur. And, coupled with the focused exercises of AFT, there is a lasting change that can result.
What Will You Do?
Duh, #OilThatEmotion. You can go through the Aroma Freedom Technique on your own (there’s a book you can purchase at http://aromafreedom.com) and I have several free resources on my own YouTube channel including a Self-Guided Toolkit (https://youtu.be/UCClfx31VdQ) you can use.
If you’ve never gone through the Technique with a Certified Practitioner, I highly recommend it. We have a free group AFT happening this Thursday in our Facebook Group. And, as always, if you’re looking for individual attention or your own private team experience, feel free to reach out or schedule a session at http://OilThatEmotion.com/aft.