Dearest and I have really been struggling with repeated bouts of anger, rage, frustration, etc. etc. over Obama and his gang of Socialist Destroyers.
On the one hand, we should be upset at what’s happening. On the other, we should not let those [fill in dirty words] ruin our lives.
I’ve been pondering coping skills and thought I’d blog about them, maybe help some of us get through this next year without going nuts.
Dearest once asked our infantry son, “What do you do when you’re attacked?”
“First, control something. It can be anything. Just pick something and control it.”
I’ve since come across a similar idea in some psychobabbly thing, that doing something … anything … to control or change a bad situation is enormously beneficial to you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
We can’t function when we’re tense, angry, fearful and obsessed. Doing something … controlling something … helps break into the bad and move us toward the good.
There are the active work things we all try to do and often talk about here. Pete posts the Grudge, which I hope helps him as much as posting here helps me.
I want to continue with the Logic series and the economics and political party control graphs. I am getting good results with my New Year’s resolution about my time management approach, so I’m hoping I’ll become more efficient and make some progress with those two projects.
But there are other things we could be doing to help us all cope. Today, I want to share something I am finding really helpful and that may appeal to some of you as well.
I have a friend who has Bipolar disorder. Her 2-year-old son was also diagnosed with it recently and their mood swings are a real strain on the marriage and family, so I’m trying to help as much as I can.
The meds work, but have side effects. And it’s pretty scary to be giving drugs to a toddler! So she’s really motivated to learn about natural remedies that can help them keep the meds to a minimum.
I created mood stabilizing essential blends for her and her son. (Being so young, he has his own.) She says they really help.
Her recipe has also become my personal favorite. It really works! If I’m too up, it helps mellow me out. If I’m too down, it helps lift my mood.
The therapeutic value of essential oils is in their molecular structure, not their smell. They do their good work via the blood stream, so you can inhale them or rub them on your skin. (Do not ingest or use them undiluted on skin without specific guidance.)
If you have allergies, test the oils individually before making a blend, then test the blend. I have very severe allergies, but tolerate a good range of oils and get tremendous therapeutic benefit from them.
Here are two ways to use my blend:
Mood Stabilizer Massage Oil
MIX in clean glass bottle (big enough for adding 1 oz. carrier oil):
3 drops each: Bergamot, Lavender, Rosewood
2 drops each: Chamomile (Roman), Mandarin, Jasmine, Rosemary
Cover and allow to rest for 24 hours before using. I love to massage this stuff into my feet and then slip on a pair of soft, clean socks. When my friend is having a bad day, her hubby gives her a back rub and they both benefit.
Mood Stabilizing Inhaler Tube
6 drops each: Bergamot, Lavender, Rosewood
4 drops each: Chamomile (Roman), Mandarin, Jasmine, Rosemary
Follow the directions at “Making an essential oil inhaler tube” @
Inhaler tubes are fantastic for essential oils. They allow personal inhalation (rather than room diffusion which might bother someone else) and are so tidy and long-lasting that you can keep them anywhere.
E.g., keeping an inhaler charged with peppermint oil in your glove box could save your life some night when you find yourself getting drowsy, but there’s no coffee stop for miles.
E.g., keeping an inhaler charged with tangerine oil in your purse could save your sanity when your kid is getting too wild for the venue. All the orange oils are calming, but tangerine is particularly safe for little ones. (Diffuse it at their birthday parties to keep the Wild Things at bay.)
My favorite source for essential oils and aromatherapy supplies is AromaThyme @ http://www.aromathyme.com/
Scroll to the bottom of the home page to get links to the pure oils pages (alphabetical). “Plastic Scent Inhaler Tubes” are available in packages of 6 for $9.95 on the “Aromatherapy Supplies” page.
If you’re new or confused, email firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s really nice and will help you figure out what you need and how to order it.
Once upon a time, she wasn’t carrying Tansy Blue. I’d gotten some elsewhere and found it quite effective for allergy relief. When I asked, she found a source and added it to her regular stock, so now I don’t have to pay separate shipping to get just that one oil from another supplier.
P.S., I’m not getting a kick-back from her! 🙂