Grief is something that we all experience at one time or another. It seems that the words loss and grief are tied together. Grief has many faces. Loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, loss of a friendship, loss of a relationship, loss of a job… actually loss of anything that is important to you.
When we are in grief we usually feel it in our heart, and so it makes sense that the chakra that is most affected is the heart chakra. We hear people say my heart hurts, my heart has been ripped open, my heart is empty.
Essential oils can provide a great sense of support and relief when we are grieving. Despite what some may think there is not an oil that works for all grief and for everyone.
The first thing to do is to look at the cause of the grief. Grief over loss of a mother is quite different than loss over a job. So we always look at the vibrational relationship for the grief when choosing essential oils to help.
Here are some (just a few of the many) oils that we find to be very helpful and supportive through the grief process. We have listed the oil and the primary emotional support that it offers.
Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
Premier oil for shock, trauma. This oil is calming and sedating.
Laurel Leaf (Laurus Nobilus)
This oil provides courage and protection.
Neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara)
An antidepressant and it offers strong emotional support.
Rose (Rosa damascena)
This is the choice oil for grief. Effective for PTSD. Sense of love and mothering. Very reparative to the heart and heart chakra.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
This oil helps with Bereavement and depression.
Cape Chamomile (Eriocephalus punctulatus)
A fabulous oil that is calming but also uplifting.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Helps with depression, confusion, and lethargy.
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
This oil helps with anger associated with grief.
Helps with healing the wounds that caused the grief.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
This oil offers all around comfort.
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
Offers hope and reconnection to joy.
Rhododendron (Rhododendron anthopogon)
Assists us in getting out our our own way and connecting to spirit family.
Cedarwood (any variety)
Helps with a feeling of anchoring and finding your footing.
Cypress (Cupresses sempriverens)
Helps with transitioning during the grief process.
Fragonia (Agonis fragrans)
Offers balance on all levels. Helps to look at things in a new way. To help build new neuronets.
As far as the method of application, that really depends on you. For emotional issues diffusing or using an “aromastick” (nasal inhaler) is optimum. This is because the sense of olfaction is a direct link to the cerebral cortex and limbic system. (More about that in another post).
Here are some sample recipes for an inhaler or diffuser that have worked well for us.
These oils have worked for us and many clients, but trust yourself. No one knows you better than you.