Finding methods of healing and coping are critical for victims of crime. Each person has their own experience and must find what works for them. People who have experienced trauma can be stuck in fight or flight mode, have difficulty focusing or staying present. Often, they are asked to tell their story repeatedly and even on the witness stand in court.
I have personal experience with this and learned a grounding technique to use when I was on the witness stand that I now teach to others. You can read more about that here, this post is about adding another component.
I teach grounding techniques to my clients to help them stay present, calm, and feel strong enough to tackle the task at hand. I thought adding essential oils would increase the effectiveness of the process so I did some research and wanted to share. Part of my grounding technique involves visualizing roots coming out of your feet and into the soil, going deep, holding you firmly to the earth. Adding an essential oil that comes from trees, leaves, and the earth enhances this method.
Essential oils can help alter our physical, mental and emotional well-being by triggering and strengthening our bodies’ own natural processes. They are made up of tiny molecules that can deliver healing properties to the systems that control our physiological state.
The best way for the body to absorb the therapeutic components of essential oils is a combination of inhalation through the olfactory system of the nose and absorption through the surface of the skin:
When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies. Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain.
When essential oils are applied to the skin, their healing components are absorbed into the bloodstream by the pores and hair follicles. Once inside the bloodstream, they disperse to the specific organs and systems on which they work. Pulse points are the areas of the body where blood vessels are closest to the skin’s surface. Applying essential oils to these areas allows for quicker absorption and help them get to work faster. We suggest applying to the wrists, temples, and back of the neck.
Oils to heal physical/emotional trauma, to release cellular fear
These are soothing oils, which help the emotions to heal and the body to release its “fight or flight” response (i.e., fear).
Lavender, chamomile, rose, geranium, jasmine, marjoram, ylang ylang.
Oils to introduce earthy energy into the system
These are typical ‘root chakra’ oils. Some can be a bit too stimulating- I wouldn’t recommend black pepper or ginger, for example. Many of the best oils for grounding, in my experience, come from trees- the energy of trees being so perfect for grounding.
Oakmoss Black Spruce
Elemi Angelica Root
Sandalwood Roman Chamomile
Frankincense Ylang Ylang
Add oils to your bath, to a diffuser or to a base/carrier oil such as grape seed, almond oil, or coconut oil.
5 Grounding Essential Oil Recipes
These grounding essential oil recipes reduce stress, promote positive feelings, create warmth, wellness and a sense of security.
Meditation Diffuser Blend
- 2 drops sandalwood oil
- 2 drops bergamot oil
- 2 drops frankincense oil
- Non – plastic cold air diffuser
Add all oils to your diffuser, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Diffuse for 15 minutes while meditating.
‘Strong as a Sequoia’ Oil Blend
- 4 drops sandalwood
- 3 drops Roman chamomile
- 3 drops lemon
- 3 drops geranium
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 2 oz amber glass dropper bottle
Combine all oils into a glass dropper bottle and shake well to mix. Every day before winding up your day, massage a few drops (3 – 5 drops) near your tail bone and lower back. This is a key point to open up your root chakra, which is a powerful tool to get grounded.
Foot Massage Therapy
- 7 drops black spruce
- 7 drops frankincense
- 3 drops rosewood
- 5 drops ylang ylang
- 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
- 4 oz amber glass dropper bottle
Add essential oils and carrier oil to the dropper bottle and shake it gently to mix. Place 5 – 7 drops of this blend on your hand, rub your palms together and massage your foot deeply. Look at a foot reflexology chart beforehand to know which area connects to which organ. Repeat with the other foot and it’s optional but you can cover your feet with socks and wind up for the day.
Relaxing Bath Recipe
- 20 drops vetiver
- 20 drops patchouli
- 20 drops cedarwood
- ¼ cup castor oil
- 4 oz glass dropper bottle
In a glass dropper bottle, mix all the above oils and store in a cool dry place. Add about 20 – 25 drops to a hot/warm bath then immediately soak in. Relax and release all negativity while soaking for as long as you can.
Roll – On Blend
- 10 drops myrrh
- 7 drops patchouli
- 10 drops ylang ylang
- Fractionated coconut oil
- 10 ml roll – on bottle
Remove the roller ball and add the essential oils drop by drop. Top up with fractionated coconut oil and shake well to combine. Roll onto key pulse points.
I hope you find essential oils to be a useful component of your healing and grounding process. If you need any help with the grounding technique or would like some visuals please reach out to me. If you know someone who has been a victim of crime or a traumatic experience please share with them. Just knowing someone was thinking about them and took the time to share something helpful can help brighten someone's day.
I do not sell essential oils, no monetary gain, but want to give credit to the sources I used for this information: