During my yoga and integrative therapy training with the Urban Zen Foundation, I was introduced to Young Living Essential Oils as an adjunct modality to enhance a meditation or yoga practice. I fell in love with these oils and use them daily in my life and in my home. (a few personal favorites are Valor, Peace & Calming, Thieves, peppermint, cinnamon, frankincense, Clarity, sandalwood and geranium). I have also discovered how useful aromatherapy can be when clients are struggling with complex issues such as: healing from trauma, anxiety and mild depression, stress reduction and self-soothing when recovering from addictions and eating disorders. I regularly use these oils in my practice when treating patients using EMDR Therapy, Brainspotting and Somatic Experiencing techniques. Many integrative therapists and wellness practitioners artfully add aromatherapy and essential oil treatment to enhance their yoga, ayurvedic, massage, Reiki or Craniosacral practice as examples. You can order here.
How does aromatherapy work? Essential oils can be used for a range of physical and emotional wellness applications, either single oils or complex blends all have an impact at the cellular level and the elegance of this treatment is that the oils easily pass through the blood-brain barrier better than many pharmaceuticals to enhance one's biochemistry. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements.
These therapeutic oils support the following:
- balance hormones
- lift spirits and stabilize moods naturally
- enhance immune system functioning
- detoxify and oxygenate the body
- enhance emotional balance
- increase physical vitality
- enhance mental clarity
- soothe painful emotional states
- support a safe, green home
- kill germs and other pathogens
How to use essential oils in your everyday life, for pain, medical conditions, physical imbalances, during your yoga practice and meditation and more:
- Grounding - Vetiver, ginger, patchouli, sandalwood and cedarwood
- Energy flow and expression - Myrrh, frankincense, eucalyptus and rosemary
- Calming and relaxing - Lavender, geranium and chamomile
- Muscles - Release, Marjoram, Aroma Sieze, Relieve It
- Adrenal support - Nutmeg
- Thyroid support - Myrtle, Lemongrass, Endoflex
- Nourishing - Bergamot, orange and lemon
- Spiritual - Jasmine, neroli, frankincense, ylang ylang, rose
- Blame, shame and victim mentality - Forgiveness
- Insecurity, low self-esteem and anxiety - Believe,
- Attention, Concentration, ADD & ADHD - Peppermint, lemon
- Anxiety and stress relief - Lemon balm, orange, rose, ylang ylang, geranium, lavender, clary sage, cedar wood, Stress Release
- Insomnia - Valarian, rutavala, lavender, orange, cardamom, geranium, marjoram, chamomile, ylang ylang, basil, neroli, bergamot, clary sage, sandalwood
- Mild depression - Jasmine, ylang ylang, orange, grapefruit, citrus fresh, bergamot, frankincense, lemon, neroli, sandalwood, rose, bergamot
- Trauma Release, abuse recovery and PTSD - Bergamot, Forgiveness, cypress, geranium, jasmine, lavender, melissa, neroli, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang
- Dissociation - Present Time
- Stomach and digestion - Di-Gize, Peppermint
- Headaches - Peppermint
- PMS and hormonal problems - lavender, peppermint, bergamot, clary sage (check with your doctor)
- Grief and loss - Present Time, Forgiveness, Peace & Calming, Rose
- Women's issues Sclaressence
- Men's hormone balancing - Goldenrod
- Sexuality, libido, sexual ecstasy and sensuality - Jasmine, rose, ylang ylang, Mister, Clary Sage, Lemongrass, Dragon Time, Geranium, Cardemon, Basil
- Immune system and killing pathogens - Thieves
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Raindrop Treatment - I learned this technique during my years with the Urban Zen Foundation. The process is deeply relaxing and invigorating and supports the body in many ways including: Detoxification, stimulates the immune system, attacks viruses, bacteria, candida, fungus, reduces pain and inflammation, improves circulation and helps people feel relaxed and revitalized. The application is very specific and uses at least nine different essential oils on the feet and spine. *Please note that Raindrop is not a massage therapy session.
Young Living Essential Oils - Singles
Basil: Anti-inflammatory, helps intestinal problems, muscle spasms, headaches, and mental fatigue. Dilute with carrier oil.
Bergamot: Analgesic, anti-depressant, anxiety, female hormone balance. Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, allergies, sedative.
Birch: Analgesic, anti-spasmodic, natural cortisone, may give relief to arthritis, bone, joint, and muscle pain. Helps back pain.
Cardamon: Diuretic, anti-bacterial, normalizes appetite, colic, coughs, heartburn, nausea, menstrual period.
Cedar (Canadian red): Anti-bacterial, antiseptic, follicle stimulant, helps dandruff, hair loss, respiratory system.
Cedarwood: Purifies animal odors. Helps cellulite, bronchitis, hair loss, dandruff, and oily hair. Supports lymphatic system.
Chamomile (Roman): Skin care, acne, boils, rashes, and hair care. Helps relieve migraine headaches and inflamed joints.
Cinnamon Bark: Always dilute with carrier oil. Helps with strep and virus conditions. Strengthens circulatory system.
Cistus: Stops viruses from mutating, anti-microbial, works directly on immune system.
Clary Sage: May help PMS and hot flashes, helps regulate hormones and relieves menstrual cramps. Use during labor.
Clove: Used in Egypt to strengthen respiratory system. Improves memory. Anti-viral helps toothaches and gum pain. Enhances Immunce functioning
Coriander: Cairo University research: lowers glucose levels by normalizing insulin levels, supports pancreas function.
Cypress: Anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, lymphatic decongestant. Used for arthritis, bronchitis, circulation, cramps, parasites.
Davana: Anti-infectious, helps dry chapped skin. Stimulates endocrine glands. Treats PMS symptoms.
Dill: Helps lower glucose levels by normalizing insulin levels. Supports bronchial congestion and liver deficiencies.
Eucalyptus: Assists respiratory system, sinuses, flu, and allergies. Helps hypoglycemia and Candida.
Fennel: Assists the adrenal cortex. Helps break up toxins and fluid in tissues. Balances pituitary, thyroid and pineal glands.
Fir: Known to fight airborne germs and bacteria. Can help reduce symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism and fevers.
Frankincense: Has helped some cases of cancer. Supports the immune system. Has reduced tumors and external ulcers.
Galbanum: Helps wounds, boils and abscesses. Calms mind for meditation.
Geranium: Anti-depressant, may assist dissolving kidney stones. Helps shingles and ulceration. May be used as deodorant and bug repellant.
Ginger: Anti-parasitic, relieves sprains, breaks up chest congestion, colic and indigestion. Used for motion sickness and chills.
Grapefruit: Good for acne, flabby arms, reduces cellulite. Relieves water retention.
Helichrysum: Anti-bacterial, reduces bleeding in accidents, skin regenerator, helps repair nerves.
Hyssop: Thins mucous, for bruises, immune stimulator, anti-viral. May help asthma sufferers. Not for children.
Jasmine: Helps childbirth, labor pain, frigidity, and coughs. Anti-spasmodic, muscle spasms and uterine disorders.
Juniper: A nerve stimulator, natural diuretic and cleanser. Reduces dermatitis, eczema and acne.
Lavender: Universal oil, can use pure. May help allergies, all types of burns, ulcers, insomnia, diaper rash. Many more uses.
Lemon: Germicide, purifies air and water. Relives heartburn, anti-parasitic, stimulates white and red blood cell formation.
Lemongrass: Mosquito repellant, helps connective tissue repair and regenerate. Reduces varicose veins. Sedative.
Marjoram: Especially good for tight muscles, may calm spasms and respiratory problems. Insomnia.
Melalueca: Used in war for gangrene and wounds. Can be taken before, during and after radiation treatment.
Melissa: Powerful anti-viral, anti-depressant, skin problems and eczema. Regulates menstrual cycle and calms emotions.
Mountain Savory: Kills all airborne bacteria and viruses. Discovered in 1996 lab studies. Best to diffuse. Anti-bacterial
Myrrh: Helps gum infections, mouth ulcers, skin rashes, wrinkles, and hemorrhoids. Can help abnormal vaginal discharge.
Myrtle: Helps treat hypothyroidism. Used for chronic coughs as an expectorant. Fights colds and flu.
Nutmeg: Good for chronic bowel disorder. Eases digestion difficulties. Good for circulation, gout, flatulence, neuralgia.
Orange: Reduces fluid retention, overcomes sadness, calming to children, aids digestion, mouth ulcers and gas.
Oregano: Strong anti-viral and anti-fungal. It stimulates and helps protect the immune system.
Patchouli: Helps relieve anxiety, influences physical and sexual energies. Used for centuries for skin care and wrinkles.
Peppermint: Keeps one mentally alert and awake. Relieves some headaches. Digestion. Reduces fever, nausea, and vomiting.
Petitgrain: Antiseptic, calming, mood enhancing, helps heartburn, and insomnia. Nerve equilibrium.
Pine: Hormone-like, anti-diabetic, cortisone-like, antiseptic, anti-fungal, used on sore muscles.
Ravensara: From Madagascar - the oil that heals, helps flu and hay fever, respiratory problems and walking cramps.
Rose: Anti-aging, anti-depressant. Great for skin.
Rosemary: Mental stimulant, fights Candida, good for dandruff, helps open bile duct, helps reduce cholesterol.
Rosewood: Known for slowing the aging process. Used for skin care, acne, eczema, vaginitis.
Sage: Oral infection and skin condition. Asthma, bronchitis, menopause, and menstrual irregularities.
Sandalwood: Stimulates pineal and pituitary glands to enhance meditation. Helps with cystitis and urinary tract infections.
Spearmint: Helps to reduce weight. Good for colic, diarrhea, nausea, helps balance metabolism, stimulates gallbladder.
Spikenard: Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, used as a deodorant and skin tonic.
Spruce: Helps reduce weight. Beneficial for bone pain, arthritis, rheumatism, aching joints, prostatitis.
Tangerine: Assists dissolving cellulite, improves circulation, treats dizziness, laxative, cleanses the lymphatic system.
Tansy (Blue): Anti-inflammatory, reduces pain, relieves itching, antihistamine and calms nerves.
Tarragon: Relief and balance to intestinal tract. Neuromuscular antispasmodic. Anti-microbial and antiseptic. Colitis, hiccups.
Thyme: Anti-bacterial. Respiratory problems, digestive complaints, treatment for gastritis, bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis.
Valerian: Sedative and tranquilizing to the central nervous system. Treats sleep disorders, insomnia, stress, tension.
Veriver: Anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory used for arthritis symptoms. Antiseptic, warming properties to help hypothermia.
Ylang Ylang: Anti-depressant, alleviates headaches, hot flashes, and hypertension. Calms the nervous system.
Young Living Essential Oil - Blends
3 Wise Men: Designed to open the subconscious through pineal gland stimulation to help release deep seated trauma.
Abundance: Created to enhance and stimulate the frequency of the energy fields that surround us, including Law of Attraction.
Acceptance: Stimulates the mind to accept new things. Helps overcome procrastination and denial.
Aroma Life: Supports cardiovascular, lymphatic, and circulatory systems. Helps to lower high blood pressure.
Aroma Siez: May help relax, calm and relieve tight, sore, tired, and aching muscles resulting from sports injuries or stress.
Awaken: A formulation of other blends. It encourages inner knowing in order to make changes and desirable transitions.
Brain Power: May increase mental potential, mental clarity, and long term use, may retard the aging process.
Christmas Spirit: Fragrance reminds one of Christmas joy. Contains powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial oil.
Citrus Fresh: Stimulates the right brain, bringing about more creativity, a sense of well being. Can be used as an air purifier.
Clarity: Designed to promote a clear mind and mental alertness. Use for headaches. Used as a stimulant for low energy.
Di-Tone: Blended to assist relieving digestive irregularities and disturbances (heartburn, upset stomach, bloating).
Dragon Time: Blend of single oils that historically have been used to alleviate pre-menstrual and menstrual cramping.
Dream Catcher: This formula may help open the mind and enhance dreams.
EndoFIex: Designed to balance and support the endocrine system. May stimulate weight loss and alleviate hot flashes.
En-R-Gee: Traditionally used for vitality, circulation, and energy in the body, also mental alertness.
Envision: Helps bring renewed faith in the future and maintain the emotional fortitude to achieve your goals and dreams.
Exodus II: A blend of oils used by Moses to protect the Israelites from the plague. Contains immune-stimulating and antiviral compounds.
Forgiveness: May help release negative memories, thereby allowing one to get on with their life. Apply to heart and navel.
Gathering: Contains Galbanum, one of Moses favorite oils used during prayer. Oxygenates the pineal and pituitary glands.
Gentle Baby: It is comforting, soothing, relaxing, and may be beneficial to the birthing process. Helps reduce stretch marks.
Grounding: "Grounds one to their task." Helps to deal with distressing situations logically.
Harmony: Promotes physical and emotional healing by bringing a harmonic balance to the body's energy centers.
Hope: Helps reconnect with a feeling of strength and grounding, allowing one to go forward with their life.
Humility: Assists with the forgiveness process.
Immupower: Anti-microbial, antiviral, builds, strengthens, and protects the body, supporting its defense mechanisms.
Inner Child: Designed for those suffering abuse. Calms the nerves and produces a feeling of inner peace.
Inspiration: Used by Native Americans to increase their spirituality, enhancing their prayer and inner awareness.
Into the Future: This helps one leave the past behind in order to move forward with vision and hope.
Joy: Opens the heart for self-love and promotes. May help overcome grief and depression.
Juva Flex: Supports liver and lymphatic system detoxification as well as supports digestion. Supports breaking addictions.
Live With Passion: Stimulates the feelings of passion. May help to overcome depression, mood swings, and loss of drive.
Magnify Your Purpose: Designed to stimulate the endocrine system, creating energy flow to increase right brain. Creativity.
Melrose: Antiseptic-like properties when used for cleaning cuts, scrapes, bums, and bruised tissue.
Mister: Thought to help decongest the prostate and promote greater hormonal balance for men.
Motivation: The electrical frequency may help one to overcome feelings of fear and procrastination.
M-Grain: Contains oils traditionally used to relieve headaches, nausea, depression, and problems related to severe migraines.
Pan-Away: Many people have had relief from arthritis symptoms, sports injuries, sprains, muscle spasms, bumps, and bruises.
Peace & Calming: Best diffused. Promotes relaxation. Used to help treat hyperactivity.
Present Time: Gives the feeling of being in the moment.
Purification: Cleans air, neutralizes mildew, cuts and scrapes. Neutralizes poison from insect bites, wasps, spiders, etc.
Raven: Assists in fighting respiratory disease and infections. May alleviate symptoms of TB, asthma, and pneumonia.
RC: Formulated to help give relief from colds, bronchitis, sore throats, sinusitis, and respiratory congestion. Diffuse.
Release: Helps to let go of negative emotions. Apply to liver and bottoms of feet.
Relieve It: Contains a high anti-inflammatory action to relieve deep tissue pain. Alleviates skin and muscle soreness.
Sacred Mountain: Extracted from conifer trees. Anti-bacterial and soothing to the respiratory system.
S.A.R.A.: Helps unlock traumatic experiences, such as physical and emotional abuse.
Sensation: Nourishing and hydrating for the skin and is beneficial for various skin problems.
Surrender: Creates the feeling of surrendering aggression, negative emotions, and controlling attitudes.
Thieves: Potent anti-microbial. Weber State University test found 99.6% kill rate against airborne bacteria. Anti-infectious.
Trauma Life: May help release buried emotional trauma as well as upsets such as death of a loved one. assault, abuse, etc.
Valor: Balances electrical energies, gives strength and courage. Has changed anaerobic mutated cells back to aerobic state.
White Angelica: Blend of 10 oils that is calming and brings a feeling of protection. Its high frequency neutralizes negative energy.
Kim Seelbrede is a former Miss USA and a New York City psychotherapist, coach, consultant and EMDR therapist who specializes in a holistic approach to therapy and coaching, working with adults, adolescents and couples. Kimberly is trained to collaborate with you in developing the insight and coping skills to address many concerns including: relationships, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, self-esteem, self-harm, ADD, ADHD, social difficulties, adolescent challenges, family issues, underachievement, perfectionism, identity and sexuality concerns, addictions, compulsions, OCD, binge eating, PTSD, trauma, transitions, life purpose, spirituality, health concerns, weight management, stress management, performance problems, life balance, meditation and mindfulness support. Please email her to arrange a consultation in her Manhattan office or online via Skype.
Kim completed her graduate studies at New York University and has advanced post-graduate certificates in psychodynamic psychotherapy from NYU and interpersonal and relational training for eating disorders, compulsions and addictions from theWhite Institute. She holds an advanced certificate to practice EMDR therapy as well as specialized training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT skills, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), and applies the work of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and her training with The Gottman Institute in her work with couples. She Is a Mindfulness practitioner and registered yoga therapist (200 + 500 RYT) trained with the Urban Zen Foundation.
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