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ptsd (posttraumatic stress disorder)

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

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.

 

[search helps: shell shock, battle fatigue syndrome]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Balance, Lavender, Serenity

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lemon

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Suggested protocols:

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 night.

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 memory.

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 negative memory.

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 terrible PTSD.

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 works!

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.

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

 

What Science & Research are saying

 

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