Frankincense (Boswelia frereana/carterii), Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Amyris (Amyris balsamifera), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), Copaiba (Copaifera langsdorfii), Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), Sandalwood Mysore (Santalum album)
Also see Liberate
May help soothe severe anxiety that can develop after exposure to an event that results in psychological trauma that overwhelms the ability to cope.
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage):
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply as desired on wrists, temples, base of skull, behind the ears and so on.
Inhalation: Directly inhale as desired. Diffuse.
Internal: Post Traumatic Stress blend is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much.Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Click here for more information about internal usage. usage. Click here for information about internal usage.
Testimonies about PTSD
1. I have dealt with anxiety from PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder] many years and have found little that really helps. Herbal formulas and prayer help somewhat. I started using Peaceful during the day (and at night for insomnia), along with Liberate, Potential and Sunshine. This has made a huge difference! I am calmer, more grounded and in a better frame of mind almost immediately after applying any of these oils. I like the little roll-on applicators and keep one in my pocket at all times. Just a little under the nose or behind my ears on on my brain stem helps. Sometimes all I need to do is inhale deeply and utter silent prayers to get grounded again.
2. I have been diagnosed with PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder], so I ordered Liberate blend. This has helped me so much. I apply it to the bottoms of my feet, temples and wrists several times daily and before bed. At first, there were times it seemed to aggravate and kept me from sleeping, which left me more fragmented feeling the next day, but overall, I can tell it is helping me to slowly release the scars from traumatic things in my past. At first I had to be careful to only use it when I felt emotionally able to deal with some aggravation. That has improved slowly over time, and I have hope that I will be able to pull out of this dark hole.
3. Post Traumatic Stress blend has been a huge help to our family. We have been hugely blessed by it. My husband had something happen in his childhood that was very traumatic, so much so that he has blocked out a huge part of his early years. After using this blend, he is much happier and more relaxed and just comfortable in his own skin. Our 30-year-old daughter was traumatized by a car accident in which she almost died. She was very fearful of driving after more than 3 years. The oil and prayer has helped her to become less fearful, and she is feeling better on a daily basis. A good friend of ours had four surgeries to his head for bleeding of the brain in a five week period early last summer. He has suffered severe headaches since, which seems to be from muscle tension. Apparently his body has been so terrified of hitting the head and causing another bleed that he was just literally tied up in a knot. He is having almost no headaches after two weeks of use. We have just come through a very stressful holiday season with a family member and the oil has really been a huge help for me to move past the incident and let it go. Thank you for this blend. I hope you will continue to offer it.
4. I had a traumatic birth with my last one and had to have an emergency c-section. I had bad PTSD and kept thinking my baby was going to die. I went to a nutritionalist, and she recommended Sunshine and Deep Healing blends. Both were very helpful. - Betsy
5. I have PTSD, and I use a regimen of White Shield dropped directly over the center of my chest and on my shoulders. Sunshine with a roller top over my heart, behind my ears and my wrists. I do it as often as needed. Also, I strongly suggest a colon cleanse and liver detox. - Amanda
6. For me, anxiety was my first symptom of adrenal fatigue, which I recognize now looking back. At the time, I thought it was a spiritual problem. When I lost my appetite and lost weight out of control, I went to the MD who was no help. A naturopath diagnosed it and, with her help, I improved very quickly. I use Sunshine for grief and anxiety and take an herbal adrenal support every morning (currently Thorne's phytosone). Embrace prayer and worship the Lord. My God carry you both and be your refuge. - Helen
7. I found a book that is excellent for adrenal issues: The Edge Effect by Eric Braverman. The author discusses the four main neurotransmitters and what the symptoms look like when you are out of whack. He has quiz questions that you answer in order to determine what's off balance; I loved that part. He then tries to help you find a natural supplement approach to address it. For anxiety, one is low in GABA, but you usually need something to go along w/the gaba, and he provides help with that as well. It's possible that the herb Bacopa could help. We use Bacopa when we are stressed and for our autie son. When you take it, you don't feel different like you do with a drug, but you check yourself an hour later and you realize you aren't as anxious or stressed as you were. We buy that at iHerb and use the Paradise Herbs brand. - Nikki
8. I had severe anxiety, chest pain, nervous feelings and so on. I found out that I had dramatic ups and downs with my adrenals. They are staying low now, but I used Vitality when I was the worst. It helped some, but I think pairing it with complete sugar elimination was the best thing I could have done. All my severe anxiety is gone, and the little that I get here or there is totally manageable with a drop of Relax, breathing and prayer. - Marti
9. I had severe anxiety panic issues. I really like Peaceful. I support my adrenals with adequate vitamin C, B complex, Omega 3, and magnesium. I am lactose intolerant and I take supplemental calcium (with vitamin K) or I get more jittery, twitchy. Sometimes food sensitivities can put a person who tends toward anxiety right over the edge. I cannot tolerate caffeine, sugar, processed foods, corn, gluten or dairy most of the time. Avoiding high glutamate foods helps. Some people are very sensitive to glutamate which can rev up anxiety. Anemia, too, makes anxiety worse. - Margaret
10. I have PTSD and Peaceful is calming to me. I've also found adding magnesium supplements has helped my anxiety a lot! - Susan
11. Peaceful is the most calming to me when I am anxious or have adrenals running crazy. I also find I need to be super careful with diet in terms of eating protein every two hours and never eating a carb without a protein. Reducing sugars and carbs helps me greatly with managing anxiety symptoms. If the symptoms are at all related to receive hypoglycemia, I find Geranium helps regulate blood sugar, as well as hormones. Mine never registered as what an MD would call hypoglycemia, but I found that when mine got below a certain level (80? 90? I can't remember), I had anxiety attack symptoms [PTSD]. So I figured it was what I needed to do to balance my sugar on my own. - Aimee
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.