Posttraumatic stress disorder is an intense and lasting
set of responses to a severe traumatic experience. Although
this is commonly associated with those exposed to military
conflict but it can occur to any one of any age that is
exposed to severe traumatic event. This can be the difficult
experiences of war but also can include experiences of
abuse, rape and life threatening situations.
Symptoms of PTSD can begin soon after the event or be
delayed for months or years. For some they last a few
months, for other years. The symptoms are grouped into three
different types. 1) Reliving the event through nightmares or
flashbacks triggered by similar experiences, sounds or odors
associated with the original experience. 2) Avoidance of
those experiences and sensory stimulants that will bring the
original experience to the forefront of memory. 3) Arousal
or unusual responses to certain situations. This can range
from being easily startled or even lashing out to unusual
awareness or fear. Physical symptoms are also manifest
including insomnia, dizziness, headaches, unusual heartbeat
or other physical manifestations.
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Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Balance, Lavender, Serenity
Essential oils based
Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lemon
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One had very good success using Balance and Serenity (or
Lavender) on the bottoms of the feet and the back of the
neck before retiring and again if they awakened during the
They also highly recommend "counter conditioning" using
an essential oil. This is the technique of associating a
positive experience with an odor and then using that odor
during a negative episode to redirect to the positive
Also if an odor is inviting rubbing 2 - 3 drops on the
palms of the hands and cup them over the nose and inhaling
deeply as another successful application technique during a
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Robbie - I'm
looking for something to help with PTSD any insight please?
Emily - My husband and I are both
veterans and I have severe PTSD. This is what I do. My
symptoms include anxiety, depression, paranoia, night
terrors, flashbacks, and ANGER. I have experienced a lot of
relief from my PTSD symptoms by putting Balance and Serenity
or Lavender on my feet and neck before going to bed. I
have the hardest time with PTSD at night. I guess you
could say I'm afraid of the dark haha! If I wake up in
the middle of the night (which is uncommon when I use these
oils) I apply more. Balance is what I put on when I'm
about to rip someone's stinkin head off, yea Balance!
Every time I had a positive experience in talk therapy, I
would eat a licorice. That has programmed my body to
react positively to the smell and taste of licorice.
Now that I have started using DoTERRA essential oils, I use
Fennel. I smell it or apply it before and during
therapy and it is a powerful trigger for positive emotions.
Scent can be used as a positive trigger just like it can be
used as a negative one. So I'd say, pick an oil that
you wouldn't normally smell and apply it during coping
procedures like therapy or going to your 'safe place'.
I use Fennel, not because it has specific uses for mental
health, (it might, I'm not sure) but I had already started
using licorice before I got to the oils. This is one
thought for those willing to try it. Counter
conditioning is awesome!
If a flashback is starting or a night terror, I think it
could help if a family member (if the individual can't do
it) opens the bottle of choice to help break out of it.
Be careful though, it is sometimes dangerous to approach
someone during a flashback or nightmare. Just a thought.
I also used a medical alert service dogs to help with my
PTSD. If you would like more info on getting someone a
service dog it is available. I personally have
improved enough now that I no longer need a service dog.
I've also noticed that my diet greatly affects my mood.
PTSD is real and it can really hurt but I am proof that
you can be happy and have a good marriage even if you have
Rochelle – Dr. Susan Lawton gives this
information on the Balance blend. PTSD: Post Traumatic Shock
Syndrome: Inhale Balance 2 drops rubbed together on hands.
Drink water with Grapefruit or Lemon in it and focus on now.
Elaine -So somebody suggested something
that is the only thing that helps with my terror/PTSD
feelings (I'm sorry, I forget who it was) but they said it
was for 'bad moods'. The remedy was to put a drop of
frankincense and a drop of your favorite oil under your
tongue, and the mood disappears. So I tried it, using just
frankincense, because it tastes awful and I didn't want to
ruin the taste of my favorite oil. And lo and behold, it
I'm not sure if it's because of the placement of the oil,
as the terror I feel is in my throat/thyroid/mouth area. So
the drop of oil seems to go right to the source. But if you
can think of anything else that might help me, based on this
clue, I would be ever so grateful, as I tend to put off the
frankincense treatment, as it tastes so bad. Sorry if this
is a weird question, but I thought I would ask.
April - Does anyone
know what oils to use for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
Ryan - I have been using Balance for
both. Specifically, my Dad goes into some weird seizure-like
spells whenever there is a loud noise. We have found that
Balance used aromatically (like smelling salts) has brought
him out of these spells much more quickly than if we simply
allow them to run their course. Additionally, rubbing the
oil on his feet in the morning has seemed to help reduce the
number of attacks he has in a day.