Pursuing Peace

“To find peace, you have to be willing to lose your connection with the people, places, and things that create all the noise in your life.”

It is interesting to consider that as technology has simplified components of our lives, it has also overcomplicated our lives in the process. Technology has made routine tasks easier, but we have taken advantage of this increased efficiency. As human beings, we believe that when we have more time available, we should pile more responsibilities on top of our already busy schedules. Somewhere in this rush, the importance of human connections has begun to fade as we are consumed by what is going on in our own lives. Don’t worry – I will save my whole “I think I was born in the wrong decade” rant for a later time. I frequently find myself caught up in the rush as I scurry from home to work to school. Where do I draw the line?

A recent Luke Bryan song says “sixty seconds now feels more like thirty…sand through the glass sure falls in a hurry”. We have made it much easier for ourselves to believe we always need to be hurrying from one place to the next, constantly overwhelmed by a range of responsibilities. Why do we continue to accept the glorification of being busyIn order to change the pace of our lives, we must first learn that being a busier person does not automatically makes you a more important person. Now, I do not want that to be misconstrued because there is nothing wrong with being involved in a variety of activities. However, we also need to prioritize our wellness – specifically, focusing on balancing the seven dimensions of wellness.

The instant I begin to feel overwhelmed by my responsibilities, I practice living in the moment. Regardless of where I find myself in that moment, I stop whatever I am doing and become truly present. I really take in the details of my surroundings and observe the interactions taking place around me. The world is not revolving around me and I give myself a simple reminder that the stresses associated with my busy schedule are ultimately meaningless compared to the much bigger picture in life. Next, I take some deep breaths. I might take a few minutes to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine, or maybe I will notice the way the leaves on the trees dance in the breeze. As I begin to regain a sense of certainty, I also reevaluate my responsibilities.

When I reach those overwhelming moments, I know it is time for me to engage in one of my “pursuing peace” activities. These brief activities are just enough to restore balance to my overall wellness by addressing my emotional dimension of wellness.

Soak Up Some Epsom! Epsom salt (or magnesium sulfate) is a natural mineral compound which provides a variety of health benefits. When you place Epsom salt in a warm bath, the salt will quickly dissolve and the magnesium and sulfate will easily be absorbed by the human body. As a result of this absorption, you will begin to experience relaxation and thanks to our little friend reverse osmosis, toxins will be removed from your body.

  • Tip: for the perfect detoxifying soak, add about 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath! For enhanced relaxation, add a few drops of Lavender or Eucalyptus essential oil and soak for at least 15 minutes! This is the perfect way to end a long, stressful day!

Sip on Calming Chamomile! If you are in need of a quick, yet calming activity before bedtime, sip on a steaming cup of chamomile tea! In addition to its soothing properties, chamomile is a great source of antioxidants, it relieves headaches, and calms an upset stomach. I love that loose-leaf chamomile tea has actual chamomile flowers and I enjoy the process of steeping my own tea! I buy my loose–leaf chamomile tea from a small, local business that supplies spices and tea. If you live in Northern Nevada, you must check out salty–savory–sweet!

  • Tip: for an extra hint of chamomile, add 1 drop of Chamomile essential oil to your cup of tea! Spend a few minutes breathing in the aromas from the steam and clear your mind of the day’s stresses before you slip into bed for a great night’s sleep!

Incorporate Essential Oils! Did you know there are essential oils that can provide calming benefits and bring you a sense of peace? When I begin to feel anxious and completely overwhelmed, I grab my “reassuring blend” for an instant boost of composure and contentment. This peaceful blend includes Spearmint, Vetiver, Lavender, Yang-Ylang, Clary Sage, Frankincense, and Marjoram essential oils.

  • Tip: apply this blend to your wrists, the back of your neck, and temples! Don’t forget – you can always inhale the aromas straight from the bottle as well!

What are some of the ways you bring peace back into your life when you are feeling overwhelmed? Are there any specific essential oils you incorporate into your daily routine to promote feelings of reassurance? I would love to hear from you!

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is known as the Oil of Communication. This calming essential oil promotes open communication and relaxation. Lavender “encourages emotional honesty and insists that one speak their innermost thoughts and desires.” Even more, Lavender reduces tension, the fear of rejection, and fear of expression. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lavender essential oil.

Lavender comes from the Labiatae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for mint. Two of the main chemical constituents found in lavender are alcohols and linalool which contain anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. The extraction method for Lavender essential oil involves the distillation of the flower top of lavender. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Lavender essential oil include allergies, anxiety, appetite loss, bites/stings, blisters, burns, calming, chicken pox, concentration, crying, cuts, dandruff, depression, diaper rash, exhaustion, fever, gnat repellent, grief/sorrow, dry/fragile hair and hair loss, hyperactivity, inflammation, insomnia, itching, jet lag, dry lips, menopause, mental stress, mood swings, pain, physical stress, poison ivy/oak, post labor, postpartum depression, rashes, relaxation, rheumatoid arthritis, dry/sensitive skin, sunburn, teeth pain, tension, ticks, vertigo, withdrawal, and wrinkles.

If you are interested in learning more about the research and studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Lavender, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Lavender essential oil can be applied via all three application methods­–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Lavender essential oil can be inhaled directly of diffused. Internal: place 1-2 drops under your tongue or take using a veggie capsule! Tip: 1 drop Lavender essential oil = 1-2 teaspoon dried culinary lavender!

Everyday Uses:

  • Struggling with seasonal allergies? Add 2 drops each of Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon to a veggie capsule to alleviate allergy symptoms! 
  • Accidentally burn yourself? Apply Lavender to burned skin for instant relief!
  • Long day and in need of some relaxation? Toss a scoop of Epsom salt and a few drops of Lavender into a warm bath to unwind!
  • Interested in updating your chai tea latte? Add 1 drop of Lavender for a soothing, calming drink!
  • Do you feel a tension headache coming on? Apply Lavender (and Peppermint!) to the temples, back of the neck, or reflex points for relief!
  • Looking to enhance natural eyelash growth? Add 1 drop of Lavender to a brand new wand of mascara! Your eyelashes will become stronger and longer over a few weeks of daily use!
  • Having trouble sleeping at night? Or maybe you just need a great nap? Diffuse Lavender and cedarwood essential oils for the sweetest of dreams!
  • Forgot to put on sunscreen at the beach? Oops! Lavender is a great sunburn soother! Add a few drops Lavender to fractionated coconut oil and rub on your sunburnt skin!
  • Tired of buying semi-effective dryer sheets? Add a few drops of Lavender to wool dry balls and toss in the dryer with damp clothes for a natural freshener!
  • Did you have a minor cut or scrape? After cleaning the affected area, apply 1 drop of Lavender for increased healing and relief!
  • Experiencing a stressful day at work? Diffuse Lavender or simply inhale the lavender aroma straight from the bottle for an instant calming effect!
  • Struggling with a dry scalp and unwanted dandruff? Add 1 drop of Lavender to shampoo while washing your hair to stimulate hair growth and control dandruff!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Lavender essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lavender essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.