The essential oils in relation to grief
First of all I would like to talk about the meaning of grief.
Grief is intense sorrow, especially caused by someone's death. Also it’s usually regarded as tearfulness, physical feelings of emptiness in the pit of the stomach, weak knees, shortness of breath, a tendency to sigh deeply, a sense of unreality and overall emotional distress. Anxiety and longing may alternate with depression and despair. Insomnia and loss of appetite are common.
Now, frankincense also called olibanum, is an aromatic resin used in incense and perfumes, obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia in the family Burseraceae.
Through the time we can see humanity suffering of grief. It’s a painful moment and until today nobody can say that they are ready to feel it. “Together with this feeling many people have been burning incense around the dying in the belief that the aroma will take the soul as it rises to heaven”. Worwood, 1997.
Frankincense is one of oil/resin or we can say, it is one of most known essential oil to be use in this moment. It has been burned for more than 2000 years. Today we can check its proprieties using accurate equipment, but the wisdom of the old ones knew before.
If we look at grief related to an unbalanced physical condition, such as sinusitis, and using metaphysics point of view, we can say that sinusitis is a repressed form of grief and unshed tears, especially as there can be intense pain and a high temperature. (Shapiro, 2006) The pain associated to the Sinusitis condition (all around your face and it can be extend to your facial bones, sinus cavity), it is expressing the inner anguish, and the unexpressed grief accumulating inside; the temperature shows the intensity of feeling, the heat of emotion. The pain can travel further in your body, causing a muscles pain, creating tension regarding your unconscious speaking loud and clear: “I am in shock!! Please somebody help me!”.
To help someone suffering of grief and probably with sinusitis, frankincense is one of the best choices. It has many positive attributes such as comfort, healing, emotional stability, enlightenment, protective, courage, resolution, fortitude, acceptance and inspiration. Frankincense has a character in a way to elevate our mood, taking us to another level, a high level, a place where we can meditate, bringing down our ego. Our spiritual part can take place and wisdom will show us the path to balance our mind, our emotion, our poor physical body that it is suffering so much in this moment.
Frankincense essential oil can be placed on room diffuser or in a therapeutic necklace/pendant diffuser, giving to the atmosphere around us all the benefits that it has.
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Suse Moebius BSc (hons) RSHomApril 12th, 2018