Grounding with Essential Oils

04. April 2016 Uncategorized 6
Grounding with Essential Oils

I wanted to share a quick tip that I’ve found really, really helpful for me. I am on the fence about the actual effectiveness of essential oils. I know people who swear by them, and I know people who haven’t noticed much of a difference one way or another.

I would be one of the “meh” people, even though I really want them to do something dramatic for me. They just don’t, for whatever reason.

But.

do use them for grounding purposes, and in that situation, they’re awesome.

Smell is an often-overlooked sense that packs a tremendous punch. There are tons of tips out there for grounding, but for me, using EO’s is a particularly effective one. I think this is probably because the oils that I use for grounding are unique in that they engage my nose. Most of my flashbacks do not involve a powerful smell, and the ones that do, can be overridden quickly by an EO.

The important thing to do is find one that you like that has no association with anything in the past.  For me, this has been a little oil called marjoram. Marjoram is a little bit flowery, a little bit woody, a little bit exotic-smelling, and has absolutely no connection to anything in my life *except* the present day. When I smell marjoram, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I’m an adult, I’m in a safe place, and it’s 2016. Is that not priceless to survivors?!

But you can use any oil and smell that you like. It’s rumored amongst the EO people that whatever oil you’re drawn to, that oil contains properties that your body needs. So pick something that appeals to you.

Marjoram also just happens to be called “the Oil of Connection,” according to my friend Ruthie, which is why I first started experimenting with it because of the attachment disorder I used to wrestle with. It has positive effects on the limbic system and also serves to relieve muscle tension and has a calming and relaxing effect on the brain. What’s not to love? 😉

Anyway, I wanted to pass this tool on as a suggestion to anyone looking for more (or better) grounding techniques. EO’s can be a little costly depending on which one you want and what size, but the good news is, you can buy a teensy tiny bottle and it will last you forever. I’ve had a teensy tiny bottle of marjoram (think thimble-sized) last me almost a year now and I still have 1/4 of it. And I think I’d have more except for the lid accidentally came unscrewed in my purse and it christened the contents before I discovered it. (On the plus side, my checkbooks are very calm and grounded, and my wallet hasn’t had a flashback in at least 6 months.) So it’s an economical investment.

The way I use marjoram is: I just rub a few drops into the palms of my hands, and cup my hands over my nose and mouth, and inhale a few times. I carry it around with me in my purse and use it whenever I get unexpectedly triggered by something in my environment.

Example: a few months ago on a nice day, I was at a park, enjoying the weather. Someone arrived who was smoking some kind of pipe that smelled like my granddad’s pipe (I believe he may have been a perpetrator). I started getting panicky as soon as I smelled it. First I tried removing my shoes and grinding my feet into the ground. Then I went for a walk (barefooted) on the prickly mulch. Those things helped, but the smell continued to waft over me and re-instigate the panic. Finally I remembered that I had the EO’s in the car so I retrieved them, breathed in the marjoram, and even rubbed a drop or two right under my nose to block the pipe smell and voila!  I went about my day and didn’t have to leave the park and have my life completely derailed by the olfactory association with the pipe. I’ve done this several times in several situations and the EO’s work every time.

I’m not particularly loyal to any one brand. Mine happen to be Doterra and if you need a consultant I can forward you a name. But there are many brands of essential oils, as well as many many smells to choose from. They all have different things they are supposed to help with, so if it sounds like something you want to try, be sure and do some research to see if there’s anything in particular that you might find helpful.

Cheers. ~J8

 


6 thoughts on “Grounding with Essential Oils”

  • 1
    Samira Claire on April 4, 2016 Reply

    This is very helpful, thank you for posting your thoughts on it! I have used essential oil of ginger to reduce inflammation and to settle my stomach but that was a food grade version, and it did not occur to me to use a scent grade version to do grounding. I’m going to check out the oils next time I’m at the co-op and see if there are any I find especially appealing.

    Also, an aside on marjoram, I’ve got a whole lot of marjoram in my perrenial herb garden. The stuff is invasive as all heck and it grows like wildfire – if you know anything about herbs, think mint, they are in the same family I believe. The people who lived here before us actually planted it in the ground without a pot around it, and even though I’ve tried digging it up about ten times, it always comes back full force! I could ship you a crate full and have plenty left over if you want to make your own oil. Haha, I’m actually just joking about that. 🙂 I just wondered if you knew how prolific marjoram is? I mean, I’m not joking about being able to send you a crate full and having plenty left over (that part is true), just about you making your own oils out of it. That’s pretty labor intensive I’m sure, pry easier just to buy it. Lol! Sometime though, I’ll send you a photo of how big the monster momma plant is. It even dives under the cement and comes up in the driveway 20 feet away from the main plant. That stuff is amazing. It has a will all of its own, so I’m pretty sure it’s one of the super heroes of the herb world. 😀

  • 2
    Jade on April 4, 2016 Reply

    Oh wow, I didn’t know that Samira! LOL. That’s crazy! I have grown mint before (mostly just for fun), but never realized marjoram was in the same class. Maybe I’ll buy a plant. I probably don’t want to go to the trouble of making my own oil (lazy…hahaha), but it helps my gardener’s self-esteem when I do manage not to kill something for longer than about 3 months. 😀

  • 3
    Libby on April 6, 2016 Reply

    Vetivert is my favorite. Paired with sandalwood <3

    • 4
      Jade on April 21, 2016 Reply

      Hi Libby, sorry I didn’t see this til now. The comment got sent to the spam queue for some reason. Very odd. I want to try vetiver sometime! I’ve heard good things about it. Thanks for reading! I’ll be better about checking the spam queue next time. Hopefully since I approved this it won’t bounce any more of yours. Askimet is usually pretty good, never had it do that before.

  • 5
    Leslie on April 6, 2016 Reply

    I do this too! My scent is lavender though. I’ve always liked the scent to start with and since it has calming abilities too I think I picked a good one. In glad you found one to help you too.

    • 6
      Jade on April 6, 2016 Reply

      That’s great, Leslie! Thank you for reading. <3

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