How Grief Can Affect Your Health

How Grief Can Affect Your Health

Grief can affect our health in so many ways – here are a few.

 

Broken Heart Syndrome is not just folklore – it’s a real medical condition. The sudden loss of a spouse or loved one can cause a jolt of intense emotion and trigger hormones that lead to sharp chest pain and trouble breathing.  Your heart may not pump blood as well for a while.  It can feel like a heart attack, but it usually doesn't damage your heart or block your arteries. Most people get better within a few days or weeks.  

 

One of the many hormones released is cortisone - which is called the stress hormone - and your body may release more of it than usual into your blood stream in the 6 months after the loss of a loved one.  High levels of cortisol over a long period can raise your chances of heart disease or high blood pressure. 

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The Base Chakra in Grief & Trauma

The Base Chakra in Grief & Trauma

The Base Chakra in Grief & Trauma - Essential Oils - The base chakra and is associated with our most basic needs of survival, safety and security, including our biological need for food, water, shelter and procreation. 


It's also associated with the sense of safety that comes with knowing we belong to a community, a tribe, a place and a planet - consciously or unconsciously. 

 

The base chakra's main function is to channel energy upwards from the earth into our feet, legs and spine to help us remain grounded, stable and connected, and this is what happens when it is functioning optimally. 

 

When it isn't functioning optimally, we don't feel safe and able to trust our own experiences.  In grief, our ability to enjoy basic sensory pleasures is diminished.   

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The Chakras in Grief & Trauma

The Chakras in Grief & Trauma

I was first introduced to the chakras (which can also be described as 'energy centres'  in 1997 during my training in clinical aromatherapy.   Since then I have worked extensively with essential oils as an aromatherapist and on a personal level worked with the chakras during my yoga sessions.   Now, almost two years into my journey after the passing of my husband, I have started to work with the chakras in the context of grief and trauma.

There are seven main chakras.   Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning ’wheel’ or ‘circle’.  This word is accepted in the practice of energy work and energy medicine to be an all-encompassing term describing vital centres of energy that exist within each of us.  These vital parts of us are not visible to the human eye and are considered ‘subtle’ energy.  

However, whilst the chakras may not be visible, they are not only essential but crucial to our ongoing development and overall health as human beings, especially for those living in grief and those impacted by trauma.


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How to Improve Bone Health - Without Going to the Gym!

How to Improve Bone Health - Without Going to the Gym!

Did you know that your bones are living tissue and can rebuild themselves!   There are many things you can do to keep your bone density stable or indeed improve it - at any age – and whilst weight bearing exercise at the gym is recommended- there are many of other ways you can improve your both health.   Weak and brittle bones do not have to be part of aging.  

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When The Student is Ready The Teacher Will Appear - in memory of Dr. David Stewart

When The Student is Ready The Teacher Will Appear - in memory of Dr. David Stewart

When the Student is Ready, the Teacher will Appear

I received news yesterday of the passing of a dear friend.  The wave of emotions when someone you care for dies can really knock the stuffing out of you can’t it?

My friend, teacher and mentor was David Stewart PhD, he was born in 1937 and died on the 13 October 2020.   

The impact Dr Stewart had on my life was huge!   I was born into the Roman Catholic religion and went to Sunday School and church until I was 15 years old.   Then at 15, my sister, who was 22 wanted to marry the man she loved.  I remember going to the Catholic Club with my sister to talk to the priest, and I remember him telling her she couldn’t marry the man she loved because he wasn’t a Catholic.

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We Don't 'Move On' From Grief - We 'Move Forward' with it.

We Don't 'Move On' From Grief - We 'Move Forward' with it.

In our ‘information overload’ world of social media and the internet, I was surprised at how little there was out there when I was looking for support groups, pod casts and other areas of support after bereavement.   

Any other topic and you are overwhelmed with articles, blog posts, books, groups, forums, but with ‘bereavement’ there was very little and this surprised me - and was one of the reasons I set up the FAB group.  

The group is still in its early days of development – as I am still working out the details of how to support group members but with keeping our personal stories personal.  

The person (or people) we have lost are indelible to us – which means that they are not able to be forgotten by us – ever.  

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Coping With Grief & Loss

Coping With Grief & Loss
Coping with Grief and Loss
Grieving is a highly individual experience, there’s no right or wrong way to grieve.  

How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith and how significant the loss was to you. 

Grief is a natural response to loss. It's the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt and profound sadness.

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Inhalers for Daytime and Nighttime use

Inhalers for Daytime and Nighttime use

Here are 2 inhalers you can make to help you support 'seasonal changes'  – so I’m going to make one for the daytime use and one for night time use but they are both going to address the same type of issues but the daytime one is going to be more supportive of you being awake and the night time will be more calming and therefore more supporting of night time use.  

 

So first, here is what I am going to use – in case you haven’t seen one before, this is a blank inhaler and they have these two main parts, this is the cover and this is the part that you inhale and we are going to put this little cotton part inside the inhaler and there is this little top which I’ll snap on at the end. (if you watch the video at the bottom you will see this). 

 

The daytime recipe is Black Spruce, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Lime.  I usually put a total of 15 drops of essential oil into an inhaler.  So start with 6 drops of the Black Spruce - some essential oils come out fast so be careful and go slow, if you get an extra drop it’s no big deal, if I want 6 drops I usually go for 4 to end up with the 6 drops that I need.  

 

The Black Spruce will open up the sinus areas and if by chance you also have a cough, then this oil is great to use as it can really calm a tickle.  

 

Next add 4 drops of  Eucalyptus, and this again opens up the sinus area – it’s a decongestant and helps break down mucus and the combination of these two oils alone (Black Spruce and Euclyptus) are fabulous.  Then add 3 drops of lemon and 2 drops of lime.  

 

Lemon and the Lime are great for supporting your immune process - and the finished blend smells amazing :-) 

 

Push the cap on really hard – you should hear it click.   Shake it around to make sure the cotton has absorbed the oils.  If I were feeling like I was going down with something, you know a stuffy nose and maybe a little sore around the neck area then I would use this daytime recipe maybe every hour which may be enough to stop me feeling any worse – and then if I did actually get sick then I would continue to use it in the same way, as it will continue to support my immune system.  

 Then at night I would use a different recipe – one that supports rest.

This blend contains Frankincense and Lavender and Marjoram. The Frankincense helps you breath really deeply – Frankincense  isn't an essential oil, it’s a resin.   Use 6 drops of Frankincense which will really help you rest at night because it’s so calming to the nervous system, and it will open up your breathing and help you sleep which is when our bodies heal. 

The Lavender also is deeply calming and it’s going to add in a really rich aroma, so for the Lavender I’m going to add in 6 drops and the blend of these two oils -Lavender and Frankincense - are is a favourite for so many people.   

Lastly  add in 3 drops of Marjoram -  which again supports immunity and the thing about Marjoram is that you might think it is really bright and uplifting which is true but it is also very calming so it s a great night time oil to use.  

 

Put the cap on again – mix it up and use.  It’s a totally different aroma, much quieter so perfect for night time use.  


Until next time ....

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Did you know that I have a free on line community
addressing the health & well being for the over 60s
My group is called the Savvy Seniors!  
Nutrition Consultant & Clinical Aromatherapist

References:  Current Essential Oil Cinical Research Vol 2 - by Shawn and Tonya Peterson 

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Sulfurzyme - part of my Joint & Mobility Health Protocol

Sulfurzyme - part of my Joint & Mobility Health Protocol

This blog is about a supplement that ‘supports joint comfort and helps maintain joint mobility’.

The supplement has only 2 main ingredients in it!  Just 2!    MSM – you may have heard of before this stands for METHYL SULFONYL METHANE and the other ingredient is LYCIUM BARBARUM which is the Latin name for the Chinese wolfberry also known as goji berries and mede berry.  

So the MSM – sulphur is an extremely important mineral – the body needs sulphur to survive.  

As we get older we undergo a certain amount of wear and tear especially the joints in our knees and knuckles – everyone can benefit from MSM – even your dogs and cats and whilst recommended for everyone over 50, your joints start to wear down in the 30s, so if you are very active then it’s never too early to start supporting your skeletal system.  In America and other parts of the world Sulfurzyme comes in powder form and capsule form.  In Europe we can only get the capsule form – which is good as the powder form contains Stevia – and this you definitely cannot give to your animals – but we don’t have to worry about that as there is no stevia in our capsule form.  


It is important to also drink plenty of water when desiring the support of healthy joints, ligaments, bones and muscles. Simply drink half of your body weight number in ounces.  For example, if you are 200 pounds, you would strive to drink 100 oz of water every day.  


In addition to supporting joint comfort and mobility Sulurzyme also strengthens hair, nails and skin, and reduces inflammation and supports gut health.  Goji berries are a prebiotic.  Many people take PRObiotics every day – which is great, especially after a course of antibiotics,  but if you are not then taking in your diet prebiotics by way of fermented foods and drinks like Ninxia Red,  it’s sort of a waste of time as the job of prebiotics is to feed the probiotics - the good bacteria in your gut.  

The important thing is that once you start with MSM – or Sulfurzyme, you need to continue it – I have had dozens of testimonials to say that when people forget to take it, their joints soon remind them!   Human studies have shown that MSM enters the blood very quickly and will start working within 30-45 minutes.  Most people will begin to notice the effects of Sulfurzyme within two weeks of supplementation, but individual results may vary and are dependent on serving size and formulation.  

The formulation of Sulfurzyme, with the additional wolfberries as a prebiotic, puts this supplement in my top 5 supplements which the over 60s should be taking every day - and also forms part of my : 

Joint & Mobility Health Protocol which is part of my Savvy Seniors VIP group!  




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My group is called the Savvy Seniors!  
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Diffuser Q&As Part 2

Diffuser Q&As Part 2

Hello!  This blog post is a continuation of last week when I was answering questions about diffusing in general and I said that we would start this week with the question........

 

Can I diffuse essential oils if there are pets in the house? 

So this answer is about diffusing only, not using the oils directly on pets, I’ll cover that in a different Q&A.  So, yes you can diffuse essential oils if there are pets in the house.   However, some animals are sensitive to essential oils and some, especially cats, do not have the necessary enzymes in their liver to process essential oils high in phenols  (found in such oils as Clove), and terpenes -  found in Tea Tree and citrus oils.   You also need to ask yourself another question in this regard and that is what chemicals are being used in the house already that could be more harmful than essential oils – hairspray, bleach, harsh cleaning materials, perfumed candles, plug ins?  – all of these will do you pets, and you, more harm that the essential oils from a water based diffuser could ever do!   So if they have survived years of chemicals, a diffuser will do no harm.  


Here is a picture of Sasha - my cat who is over 20 years old (pictured May, 2020) and has lived her whole life with essential oils diffusing in every room of the house!  Just make sure there is an escape route for your pet – so leave the door open so they can leave and go into another room if they wish.    

 

Is it okay to diffuse two blends at the same time – for example Thieves and RC?

Each of these blends were blended for a specific reason – so if you mix two blends together you ae getting a watered down effect from using them alone – does that make sense?  Do you are not getting the full benefits of Thieves as you’ve mixed it with something else, and therefore changed the synergy of the blend, and you’re not getting the full benefit of the RC as you’ve mixed it with something else again changing the synergy – so I would strongly recommend you use the blends alone – the YL blends already contain sometimes up to 10 single oils – that’s enough!    If you feel you absolutely have to add another oil, then I would choose one that is already in the blend so for Thieves, you could add a further drop of lemon for example, or for RC you could add a further drop of lavender for example.

 

Can I put my diffuser on natural wood table?  It’s a common mistake and many of us have put our diffusers onto a wooden table because in time when the water and oil droplets lands on the table it will leave a mark where the diffuser has been.  A way around this is to buy a clear glass chopping board and put your diffuser on that, to the clear glass isn’t taking away any of the beauty of the table – but it’s protecting it.  


Can I use up my old oils in a diffuser? 

An interesting fact that I’ve encountered many times in the past, is that I’ve introduced 100% pure essential oils into someone’s life, and they have said ‘oh, I’ll use my other oils up in the diffuser’ -  NOOOOOO   -   the diffuser isn’t just to make the room smell nice, you are actually breathing in the tiny molecules of essential oil that the diffuser is putting into the air – so any non pure essential oils should definitely not be ‘used up’ in the diffuser – I would recommend you ‘use them up’ in cleaning products.

Watch my IGTV Video on this topic here 

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addressing the health & well being for the over 60s
My group is called the Savvy Seniors!  
Nutrition Consultant & Clinical Aromatherapist



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