Losing someone you love is one of the most painful experiences we can go through. Grief can be overwhelming and all-consuming, making it difficult to function and carry out our daily tasks. While there's no single remedy to dealing with loss, a lot of people have found that using aromatherapy to soothe grief can be an effective and comforting way to handle loss.
Aromatherapy is the holistic practice of using essential oils to help balance the mind-body, and improve our overall well-being, by helping us manage our stress. Essential oils, which are the highly concentrated aromatic extract steam distilled from plants, are believed to have therapeutic properties that can help ease away a variety of physical and emotional conditions, including stress, anxiety, and depression. When used for navigating the emotional roller coaster of grief and loss, essential oils can provide a sense of comfort, relaxation, and peace.
When using essential oils however, it's important to remember that they should be used with caution and always diluted before applying to the skin. In addition to the skin, one of the most instantly effective ways to use essential oils when we are navigating the ups and downs of loss and grief is just to smell them. Studies have shown that the simple experience of smelling their aroma can offer enough relief to help dull the ache of heartbreak and loss.
In addition to using essential oils, there are other things you can do to manage grief and loss. Some people find comfort in journaling, talking to a therapist or counselor, or joining a support group. Whatever methods you choose, it's important to take care of yourself and allow yourself time to heal. With time, patience, and support, it's possible to find peace and acceptance after the loss of a loved one.
Aromatherapy for Grief: Here is a list of 5 of the best essential oils to help soothe grief and loss
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) Essential Oil:
Steam distilled from the large orchid-like flowers that are native to Polynesia and South East Asia. The aroma from the flowers is deeply floral and jasmine-like, and is loaded with molecules that are soothing to our nervous system, and particularly comforting to our emotions. It’s balancing and calming, and helps us find stillness and comfort.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) Essential Oil:
Steam distilled from the leaves of a bushy herbaceous plant that is found growing in many geographical locations around the world. The leaves have a very rose-like aroma and the essential oil is made up of constituents that have been shown to balance our emotions, and soothe inflammation. It’s centering, quieting and comforting and the aroma alone can offer great relief from heartache and loss.
Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil:
Steam distilled from the lavender flowers of the lavender bush-like herb. Its healing benefits are many, but one its most powerful aroma therapeutic actions is to soothe away anxiety and tension, calming both the body and mind. Its calming actions are due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to ease the mind of worry, and help the mind-body connection regain its balance and resilience.
Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) Essential Oil:
Expressed (squeezed) from the peel of the lemon fruit. It’s fresh, sweet and fruity aroma is instantly uplifting and can encourage us to feel more positive. When navigating grief, it's important to tap into the love you feel for the person you’ve lost, and be uplifted by their memory, A bright, light citrus aroma like lemon, can help us cut through the fog of grief and be reminded of the light love the person gifted us with their life.
Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia serrata) Essential Oil:
This species of frankincense essential oil is steam distilled from the resin of the frankincense tree that grows in India. It has a distinctly different aromatic profile from the frankincense we are more familiar with from East Africa and Oman, but offers very similar benefits. Frankincense oil has been used throughout the centuries as a powerful aromatic to connect us with our spiritual side. It reminds us that we are more than just our human body, and that our spirits and souls are not time bound. By sitting and smelling frankincense we can more easily tap into our spiritual sides, and feel more connected to those that have passed on.
Let’s make a DIY essential oil inhaler to soothe grief and loss
Here are the blending tools you’ll need to make it:
- 1 personal aromatherapy inhaler, you can see what one looks like here.
- 1 tweezer
- 1 small mixing bowl, glass or stainless steel
- 1 mixing spoon, or tiny spatula - don’t use plastic!
- 1 Blank Label
- 7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
Steps to make DIY Essential Oil Inhaler for Spring Allergies:
- Add all your essential oils to your small mixing bowl and mix well with your metal spoon - don’t use plastic!!
- Once the essential oils are well blended, place your cotton insert from the inhaler into the bowl and use your spoon to make sure the cotton insert soaks up every drop of your essential oil blend.
- Using your tweezer, carefully pick up the cotton insert and place it inside the inner chamber of your personal inhaler.
- Cap the inhaler, give your inhaler a name and write your label and affix to the inhaler tube.
How to Use Aromatherapy for Grief
The best and most effective way to use your DIY Essential Oil Inhaler, is to carry it with you throughout the day and use it whenever you feel a wave of grief unexpectedly catch you. At that moment, try and find a quiet place to stand or sit still, pull out your inhaler and give yourself 1 -2 minutes. All you need to do is remove the outer tube cap and hold the inhaler about an inch from your nose, close your eyes and sniff. You can do this as often as needed until you start regaining your balance.
Let us know how this DIY aromatherapy inhaler recipe is working for you!