April 2016 - Revive Seven
We Use Young Living Essential Oils
Physical Symptoms, Emotional Roots
Physical symptoms, emotional roots. I can hear you now: Really? Yes, really.
I’ve been a member of Young Living for 3 ½ years. For the first 18 months, I used Young Living reactively. If there was something physical that needed attention, I supported that function with oils. I was perfectly happy in that arena, my comfort zone. I grew up there and I have two science degrees; why not be content?
At that eighteen month mark a good friend lost her baby 33 weeks in utero. In the month following, she voiced she would be teaching a class on how she was using Young Living Essential Oils to support her emotionally. I was mortified for numerous reasons: 1) It was too soon to be teaching; she was still fervently grieving, 2) How can she be receiving emotional support? Joy and hope come from Jesus, not a stupid bottle! and 3) Don’t you think that using oil for anything other than supporting body systems is a bit New Age?
A mutual friend and I discussed it and decided to go and support our friend by praying for her during the class. (Actually, she decided to do that and I followed her lead; I was just going to yell at my friend and tell her she couldn’t teach!) Truly, I expected us to pick her up off of the floor by the end.
After we got to the class and saw our friend, she told us she wasn’t teaching, but instead her friend would be leading. DOOP! I sincerely considered leaving at that point, but I’d already seen the teacher and spoken with my friend. They would notice if I left. GREAT. I was stuck in this emotions class. I crossed my arms and proceeded to endure this fiasco.
The speaker began talking about anatomy, physiology, and the way essential oils are perfectly created to be received by our bodies emotionally. WHAT?!?! God made my body to receive essential oils for emotional support?!?! As we smell, the amygdala (our emotional storehouses of memories and feelings in our brains) receives the aroma and causes an immediate reaction. It’s the only sense that doesn’t require our intellect first to process. Think of it this way: Smell = reaction, then thinking. All other senses = thinking, then reacting. Yes, even when we touch our hands to something hot, our logic receives it first and causes us to remove our hand.
The reaction that is caused is a balancing in our brain chemistry. When we think negative thoughts, our body chemistry becomes altered because our brain chemistry goes out of balance. As we think positively, that brain chemistry begins to balance. God’s Word says it this way: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Phillipians 4: 8 NKJV. As a science guru, I find it astounding that God told us to think positively because He loves us so much that He wanted our brains and bodies to function perfectly!
Let’s take this a step further. The verse sited in the previous paragraph follows this: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:6-7 NKJV. Did you catch that? The peace of God is supernatural; it surpasses all understanding—ALL INTELLECT AND LOGIC. That peace, when you cast that care as 1 Peter 5:7 states, guards your HEART and MIND (your physical body and your emotions).
Was I to understand that we cannot have physical health to the fullest if our emotions aren’t right? 3 John 2 NKJV states: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” Our soul is composed of our mind, will, and emotions.
And there it was: God created essential oils to help us maintain our emotional health, thus our physical health, even in the midst of our fallen world. After all, He created plants on the third day of creation, and created man on the sixth. You see, we are created in God’s image, and He is love. When we come in contact with the opposite, our physical bodies undergo negative changes. Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. God never intended us to know evil. Death only came after our mind was put in charge of our bodies, rather than our spirits, as God intended.
If you study Dr. Caroline Leaf, a Christian cognitive neuroscientist, she can perfectly align the Scriptures and the study of brain chemistry. She estimates that between 75-98% of all disease is directly connected to your thoughts! God’s Word is filled with commands to help you keep your emotions positive; anger, fear, lust, covetousness, jealousy, envy, offense, unforgiveness, and more are all warned against. Paul tells us to take every thought captive. The first commandment of the famous ten in Exodus 20 tells us to have no other gods before Him. Tell me, do you think negative thoughts and emotions can become gods in our lives? Can’t they filter every word and action we have? As Christians, we know God is supposed to be our filter. And here you thought God just didn’t want you “being bad!” NO! He cares about your health and wellbeing because He loves you! Isaiah 26:3 NIV relays, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” This Hebrew word for peace, shalom, means every realm: spirit, soul, and body.
So what do essential oils have to do with that? Ever known anyone who seems to be in a rut? When they look at any and every situation, do they always see the worst-case scenario? Our thoughts create a “super highway” of sorts in our brains. The more that road is traveled, the bigger the road becomes. Chemically what that means is that they’re becoming more and more imbalanced. Essential oils can help open alternate roads that have been shut down for a while. It is not always an instantaneous process; it can require diligence and endurance, but if the roads are opened, thought patterns can begin to shift, and change in the heart and mind can make way for physical improvement. Romans 12:2 says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. If you are bitter emotionally, you will be bitter physically. Science now understands that an alkaline body is a healthy body, thus an acidic/bitter one is diseased.
It’s time to take inventory. Are your emotional roots causing physical symptoms? Listen to the song posted below to learn how to unload your baggage. Begin by using an essential oil, such as frankincense, and get in a quiet place. You’ll be glad you did.
And funny now, in hindsight, I’m sure glad God got me to that class.
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The Science Behind Emotional Oils
How does a whiff of pumpkin pie transport someone back to their grandmother’s Thanksgiving table? Or the smell of a fresh topsoil instantly bring back the heartache of a long-lost man’s-best-friend? There is actually a scientific reason why certain smells can trigger strong memories and emotions from the past to resurface in our minds.
How the Sense of Smell Works
The sense of smell is considered a chemical sense because it enables us to detect chemicals in our environment. With far more receptor sites for smell than any other sense, our sniffer is 10,000 times more sensitive than our other sensory organs, giving us the ability to differentiate among thousands - if not millions - of different odors. Here’s what happens in the process of smelling:
- Odor molecules in the air reach the nostrils and dissolve in the mucus on the roof of each nostril.
- Beneath this mucus layer, smells are transmitted to receptor cells that detect the odor.
- The olfactory receptor neurons transmit the information to the olfactory bulb located at the back of the nose.
- The olfactory bulb directly connects to the limbic portion of the brain where the odors are perceived. This highly-specialized portion of the brain is also home to the amygdala (responsible for our emotions and feelings) and the hippocampus (where our memories are stored.)
- These brain centers perceive odors and simultaneously access memories and their associated feelings and emotions to remind us about people, places, or events associated with specific smells.
Smell and Memory
The reason smell can trigger a memory or feeling so effectively is that other senses like touch and taste must travel through the body via neurons and the spinal cord before reaching the brain. So smell is the only sense with “direct access” to our brain. In addition, smell is the only sense that is perceived in the limbic portion of the brain, where memories and emotions are handled.
We Just Took Essential Oils to Another Whole Level
When I first learned about essential oils such as Forgiveness, Hope, Believe, and other “feelings” oils, I did not put much faith in their ability to work as their names claim. For example, the Young Living website describes Hope essential oil this way:
Hope essential oil is a unique blend that helps you reconnect with optimistic feelings of strength and grounding.
My initial thought was that I would rely on the Lord for my hope, thank you very much. While I still proclaim that my hope does indeed come from the Lord, I have come to learn that this oil has been formulated using chemical constituents that are known to react with specific molecules in the limbic portion of the brain that actually trigger emotions of optimism and strength. With a background in biology and chemistry, this gets my attention.
Most of you reading this are probably already using essential oils and loving the benefits of them. Hopefully you are even discovering that a single oil can have multiple advantages because of the amazing chemical complexity in each tiny drop. You have probably learned that essential oils can offer support to every single system in our bodies. So why do so many “oilers” dismiss the idea of how oils can benefit us emotionally? It is okay to use oils for common ailments, first aid, and even some more serious health concerns, but it is taboo to suggest that an oil can support our emotions and feelings?? I, too, once thought this way, until I studied the chemistry of how the oils work in our brains, and even more so when I tried some of them.
Let’s Get One Thing Straight
The feelings oils were never intended to replace a relationship with the Father. After all, essential oils have been ingeniously designed by the Father Himself to bring us closer Him. What is even more mind-blowing is how essential oils can actually assist us in releasing damaging negative emotions and accessing those feelings and emotions that help us connect with Him more deeply. So if using an oil can “activate” your physical brain to encourage a desired emotion, imagine how the power of your prayers can be magnified to activate your subconscious mind, where your beliefs are seated!
What Have You Got to Lose?
If this is a new idea to you, or if you are like I was - skeptical and doubtful about the emotional benefits of oils – I urge you: put aside your doubts, fears, and concerns. Prayerfully seek the Father and see what He has to say about using an oil that He created to support your emotions. Put on a dab of Believe and open your mind and heart to hear from the Lord. Then just let Him speak to you.
Oh Daffodil, A Poetic Journey of Emotions
They are flag bearers of spring! Blazen yellow they wave and usher in all things fresh and new. A respite from the dreary brown that blankets the soil shoots the bonnet wearing flower. Oh Daffodil, even your name brings a slight smile to my face!
Except. . . Where are you? You really should be here by now. My neighbor’s yard is full of bright yellow, waving flowers. Where are my flag bearers of spring? My neighbor’s spring has sprung in her garden. What’s wrong with my garden? Oh Daffodil, did I not plant you at just the right time? Did I not plant you deep enough or far enough from the other plants? Did I buy bad bulbs and my digging will all be in vain? Oh, look! Yes, more Daffodils in that other neighbor’s yard. Yes, I see you waving at me, Daffodil. No, I don’t want to wave back or smile at you! I want to wave at my own yellow flowers in my own garden! (Foot stomping follows) But they must not like me. Things like this always happen to me, you know. Not even my Daffodils like me. Life is tough here in my garden.
Uh oh! What was that? An intruder! Did you see that thief run through my dreary, brown soil? He was quick, but I know he stole something from me. I’m sure of it! I can’t even see which direction he went! First my Daffodils won’t grow and now a robbery. Maybe that thief actually stole my Daffodils. Of course! I should expect that. I might as well go inside and wait until winter comes again. (And the clock ticks, ticks, ticks)
I didn’t realize I’d get so hungry waiting for winter to arrive. I was sure hoping to not emerge until the cold winds could blow my troubles far away. Poor me. Spring has dealt me a cruel blow, but I suppose I can venture out to receive some sustenance for my body. I still don’t understand, Oh Daffodil, why you didn’t come to my garden. I was so looking forward to your entrance this spring.
Oh look! Something is moving in the brown soil. It seems to be, well, waving at me. Wait, what? It’s yellow and it’s waving. It’s yellow and it’s waving and there are lots of them! In MY garden! Oh Daffodil, you didn’t forget me. You weren’t stolen by that thief! You aren’t mad. I didn’t do something wrong. You’re here! The neighbor’s yellow flowers must be so glad to have you across the street to wave at all day. Where are the neighbor’s flowers? Oh, their time has come and gone. I see. Your time, Oh Daffodil, in my garden is now. I am so sorry I doubted you would come, Oh Daffodil. You came at just the right time I needed you. My garden is different than my neighbor’s, that’s for sure. If I hadn’t moped around I could have enjoyed his Daffodils and then mine. I was too busy comparing. But now I understand; you had an appointment to sprout from that barren soil in my garden. Forgive me for expecting you sooner. Well, I wonder what that thief had stolen from my garden if he didn’t steal you, Oh Daffodil. What? No. That can’t be. I would have noticed. Maybe I was too busy moping to notice? Well, you don’t hold back any punches do you, Oh Daffodil? I suppose you might be correct. I will have to be on guard from now on.
The robber named Comparison IS the thief of joy.
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