Coping With Grief Using Aromatherapy

Essential oils are one of the ways you can begin the journey of coping with grief. If you have ever had a life-altering event which sent you into the emotional state of grief, you know how devastating the emotion can be. Whether it was the loss of a loved one, a treasured pet, or any of a number of other things, you know the feeling of devastation and pain hits fast and totally out of the blue. Coping with grief can be one of the hardest things you ever have to overcome in your life. Some people will try to cope with grief by turning to drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, these substances can have longer lasting emotional effects than the feelings of grief they are supposed to try and eliminate.

Fortunately, there is a natural way to help you in coping with grief and begin the healing process. Using essential oils in aromatherapy is a natural way to help soothe your mind and help to relieve the feelings of pain and depression that can be overwhelming. Grief and bereavement are extremely painful and can lead to depression that can interfere with your relationships, your job and eventually your entire life. Using certain essential oils can help you relieve and eventually overcome the pain and stress from your grief, so you can work through it in a healthy way.

Using essential oils to help you when you are experiencing grief can also prevent deeper health problems. The pain and stress from a loss can cause you to have trouble eating and sleeping, which can lead to physical problems and even allow you to become ill. Physical illness caused by the response to grief is not uncommon, especially when you have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Using essential oils in aromatherapy by diffusing the scents into your room can be helpful in calming your thoughts and balancing the sense of grief with an uplifting of the spirit. Nothing is a magical cure for the emotional trauma, but using natural substances in essential oils to help you work through the stages of grief is much more desirable than turning to drugs or alcohol to try and ease the pain.

There are a number of essential oils that are known to have a calming and uplifting effect on the emotions. I have listed a few here:

Rose Otto– Rose Otto essential oil is the most effective oil for helping to relieve feelings of grief. Rose essential oil is well known for its ability to fight depression and the feelings that accompany it. It has been said to have the ability to relieve feelings of stress and anxiety and to uplift the spirit. Rose essential oil helps to release the feelings of shock with a loss and also promotes self-love and healing.

Frankincense– This essential oil is well known for its ability to relax and revitalize. It effects on nervous tension and nervous exhaustion are in its relaxation effects. Frankincense essential oil when used in aromatherapy can also improve mental clarity, allowing clear thoughts and the ability to see purpose more clearly. It has also been used widely in meditation and spiritual rituals for its psychological and spiritual benefits.

Lavender– Lavender essential oil is well known for it’s calming and relaxing effects. When grief won’t let you sleep, Lavender can calm your mind and your body to allow you to get the sleep you need to prevent mental exhaustion and physical ailments that come from lack of proper rest.

Using essential oils in combination in a diffuser can be a very effective way to help you deal with your grief and prevent feelings of depression. Below are two blends that are said to work for helping with feelings of grief.

Blend #1

Fill your diffuser with water then add the following:

2 drops Rose Otto
3 drops Sandalwood

Blend #2

2 drops Rose Otto
3 drops Atlas Cedarwood

Using essential oils in aromatherapy cannot entirely remove feelings of loss and other feelings that come from a loss. But they can help you cope with them and work through them in a healthy way and prevent the depression and physical illness that can sometimes come from experiencing grief in your life. By using these essential oils you can begin the healing process and prevent the effects of depression that many accompany a tragic loss.