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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Brenda Erby Fudge: Lift Your Spirits With Essential Oils

  • For optimum health, it would serve us well to remember that we consist of mind, body and spirit.
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  • “It does my heart good.”  In case it’s been a while since you’ve used that phrase, let’s discuss some essential oils that may just cure what ails you.
     
    For optimum health, it would serve us well to remember that we consist of mind, body and spirit.  As we “get back to nature,” we become more successful in curing ourselves from the inside out.  Sure, prescription drugs will mask and cover the symptoms of our illness, but how often do they eliminate the actual illness itself?
     
    Pure essential oils work naturally within the bloodstream and function at a high rate of energy.  Oftentimes, emotional and spiritual benefits are experienced as we safely and properly attend to the health of our physical bodies.
     
    A therapeutic grade of pure frankincense can act as a sedative, creating a sense of relaxation, peace and overall wellness.  To reduce stress, apply a couple drops to the bottoms of the feet or the center of the forehead.  As with most essential oils, place 3-4 drops with a cup of warm water when choosing to use them aromatically in a diffuser. 
     
    When feeling stagnant or stuck in life, cypress can also be beneficial to our mental health.  Apply topically over the throat or kidney area to aid in the expression of emotions.  Cypress can also help to reduce fear or feelings of pity.  For many, it brings calmness and relief from stress and the emotional symptoms of menopause. 
     
     Lavender can help us “speak our truth” and is another that is often applied to the throat area.  It is known to calm fear and provide a sense of strength and courage.  Lemon essential oil can be applied to the right side of the body to help support the analytical brain (the left brain).
     
    Applying bergamot over the heart area can increase feelings of self-worth and has helped many in the release of anger and grief.  Others have used a topical application of lemongrass essential oil over the liver area, as this area is believed to be the center point of anger.
     
    Always use thyme.  It’s known as the “oil of forgiveness” and has been used successfully to help increase patience and tolerance.  It can also reduce feelings of resentment, negativity and anger. 
    Geranium essential oil is often applied to the heart area as well and is known as an emotional healer.  It functions well as a calming antidepressant and is often supportive to mothers during childbirth. 
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    It is our physical health, our spiritual health and our mental health that make us who we are.  Do not rely on toxic and harmful prescription drugs, especially when it involves “matters of the heart.”  Experience joy and happiness, and know you’ve made wise choices, safe and healthy choices, for yourself and your family.
     
    (Brenda is an active wellness advocate of natural, alternative healthcare solutions, speaking frequently to local groups and organizations. She is a business owner, a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the Rotary Club of Heber Springs and the Chamber of Commerce.  SUBMIT QUESTIONS to the “Q&A” at brenda_fudge@yahoo.com or to PO Box 367, Quitman, AR  72131)

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