Aromatherapy Blends: Boosting Your Self-Esteem with Nurturing: Part 1 of 2

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It's true that when we feel good about ourselves, we are more likely to succeed. Unfortunately the reverse is true as well. If you have a poor self-image, it is unlikely you will find true happiness. In fact, poor self-esteem is often the root issue for those suffering from fears, anxiety, anger, panic attacks, addictive behaviors, relationship problems, depression or dependency. How does one's low self-esteem begin? Typically it emerges during childhood when the individual may have experienced various blows to the ego. It could have resulted from a lack of affection from care-givers, a lack of recognition, having been ridiculed by peers, abandonment, etc. Once low self-esteem has been established, the fear and anxiety that accompanies it is present in nearly everything this person does, says and thinks. It can destroy his life, and have a negative impact on his relationships with others.Individuals suffering from poor self-esteem and the many symptoms that accompany it can benefit from nurturing therapies. Full body aromatherapy massage, and the coupling of custom aromatherapy blends with coaching or therapy can greatly boost one's self-esteem. Creating the appropriate aromatic blends depends on which symptoms appear at the surface. In today's article, we will focus on custom blends for those whose low self-esteem appears as depression, anger, anxiety, fear, and timidity.

Watch for the Sept. 18 issue where we will review additional aromatic blends for those whose low self-esteem appears as social avoidance disorders, personality avoidance disorders, dependency, violence, and relationships problems.

Blends to Relieve Depression

Use the following aromatic blends to boost your self-esteem and energy. They will uplift your spirit, enhancing good moods and childlike playfulness.

Morning Blend:

7 drops Orange

8 drops Lemon

6 drops Rosemary

4 drops Bay Leaves

In a 10-ml bottle, pour the essential oils and then add organic vegetable oil to fill. Massage the solar plexus, the sacrum, and the abdomen. Pour up to 15 drops into the bathtub and soak for at least 15 minutes. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hands and inhale deeply as needed during the day. Use it during meditation and visualization exercises.

Evening Blend

1 drop Rose

4 drops Ylang Ylang

4 drops Orange

In a 10-ml bottle, pour the essential oils and then add organic vegetable oil to fill. Anoint the heart chakra, neck and forehead before going to sleep. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hands and inhale deeply as needed during the day.

Blend to Minimize Anger

2 drops Neroli

5 drops Lavender

2 drops Roman Chamomile

In a 10-ml bottle, pour the essential oils and then add organic vegetable oil to fill. Massage the solar plexus, the sacrum, and the abdomen. Pour up to 15 drops into the bathtub and soak for at least 15 minutes. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hands and inhale deeply as needed during the day. Use it during meditation and visualization exercises.

Blend to Alleviate Anxiety

This aromatic blend is especially recommended for those with a deep and fearful sense of loneliness that accompanies their anxiety.

2 drops Rose

2 drops Roman Chamomile

5 drops Marjoram

4 drops Cypress

In a 10-ml bottle, pour the essential oils and then add organic vegetable oil to fill. Massage the solar plexus, the sacrum, the abdomen, neck, and forehead. Pour up to 15 drops into the bathtub and soak for at least 15 minutes. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hands and inhale deeply as needed during the day.

Blend to Ease Your Fears

2 drops Roman Chamomile5 drops Marjoram

5 drops Lavender

In a 10-ml bottle, pour the essential oils and then add organic vegetable oil to fill. Massage the solar plexus, neck, and forehead. Pour up to 15 drops into the bathtub and soak for at least 15 minutes. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hands and inhale deeply as needed during the day.

Blend to Increase Assertiveness

5 drops Bay Leaves

4 drops Cypress

4 drops Rosemary

4 drops Cedarwood

In a 10-ml bottle, pour the essential oils and then add organic vegetable oil to fill. Massage the solar plexus, the sacrum, and the abdomen. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hands and inhale deeply as needed during the day. This aromatic blend is particularly recommended for use in the morning and throughout the day.

By Françoise Rapp

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