Taming the Nerves With Essential Oils 


It has been awhile since I’ve checked in with news of my essential oil experimentation.

As some of you know, late last summer I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia – an inflammation of the 5th cranial nerve which can cause intense facial pain.

In an attempt to get relief, I underwent a series of acupuncture treatments back in September/October. It was at that time that I was introduced to the medicinal usage of essential oils through my acupuncturist.

My first experience was with a particular oil blend called Peace & Calming II (Young Living). One of its main components, tangerine oil, contains certain esters and aldehydes which are tranquilizing to the nervous system. Periodically throughout the day I diluted a drop of the mixture with jojoba oil and breathed it from my cupped hands. In conjunction with the acupuncture, the oil blend was surprisingly effective in quieting my outbreaks.

Having had some success, I wondered what else the field of aromatherapy had to offer my condition. In researching,  I ran across many oils with the ability to soothe the nervous system. However, since I didn’t know the cause of my disorder – whether it was viral, bacterial or merely stress related, I felt the need to explore all of the possible avenues that these jewels presented. So, I purchased a starter kit that consisted of 11 different types of single oils/blends and a diffuser. This turned out to be one of my best investments yet.


I began to experiment with various oil combinations by adding a few drops to the diffuser and letting its cool mist envelope the room. Some of my initial favorites included lavender (known for its anti-inflammatory properties), lemon (a general stress reducer and overall health promoter) and a blend named Thieves (university tested for its cleansing abilities and highly effective in supporting the immune system). An added bonus was the wonderful aroma that these essences lent to our home.

The experience was truly an eye… or should I say, a nose…  opener. Along with regular yoga practice and acupuncture, essential oils have tamed my fiery nervous system and nearly eradicated my neuralgia.

If you are interested in exploring the world of essential oils, a good way to begin is to purchase a Premium Starter Kit. Click here to go directly to Young Living’s site for more details!

I look forward to sharing more EO experiences with you soon!


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When I first learned about Aromatherapy, I thought that it was just a pleasant way to enhance my environment. I was drawn to essential oils because I have a keen sense of smell.rose-177955__180

But I did not view them as critical components for my health.

Recently I attended a lecture on essential oils by Kayo Malik at Village Acupuncture here in Sedona.  She literally opened my eyes to the health benefits of aromatherapy and the medicinal ingredients of these amazing natural elements found in plants and flowers.

Here are my surprising discoveries:

Essential oils have the potential for treating virtually every ailment.

They are antiviral, antiseptic, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, aid in digestion, circulation and respiration. They can prevent hair loss, varicose veins, balance menstruation/menopause and reduce the effects of aging, cancer, and many other diseases. The list goes on and on…

The oils can penetrate the skin and actually enter into the body at a cellular level.

The chemical components of essential oils are taken from deep inside the stems, leaves/bark, buds, and even the roots of plants, trees and flowers.  They mimic some of the components within our own bodies and can therefore cross barriers to enter our cells.

Essential oils are oxygen carriers.

Oils are valued based on the percentage of O2 they can transport.  Increasing oxygen levels is key to fighting disease and generating overall good health.

Combining oils can enhance the individual benefits.

There is a synergistic connection between some oils that when combined make them even more effective than when they are utilized individually.

Internal organs have smell receptors.

Recent studies show that many internal organs like the heart, lungs & kidneys have their own smell receptors. Individually, therefore, they are capable of being influenced by specific oils.

The power of essential oils has been a wonderful discovery for me. Like the system of yoga, aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years. And, like the individual yoga postures, each oil has a myriad of benefits. ancient-essential-oils-information-1-1-800x800

As I begin to incorporate these precious gems into my lifestyle, I will be sure to share my experiences with you.