BLENDS TO HELP WITH GRIEF

Grief is a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural, and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to loss.

Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering one feels when something or someone the individual loves is taken away. The grief associated with death is familiar to most people, but individuals grieve in connection with a variety of losses throughout their lives, such as unemployment, ill health or the end of a relationship. Loss can be categorized as either physical or abstract, the physical loss being related to something that the individual can touch or measure, such as losing a spouse through death, while other types of loss are abstract, and relate to aspects of a person’s social interactions.

Rose is perhaps the best oil to use when dealing with grief. Blended with Benzoin which gives warmth and comfort. Marjoram is another warming oil and can give great comfort especially if there is an element of loneliness combined with grief. One of the most important elements when dealing with grief is the care and sensitivity of the therapist towards the grieving person.

Oils of Bergamot, Camomile, Lavender and Melissa may also be combined to uplift the spirits. The following blends have been especially successful with grieving patients.

BLEND 1                     BLEND 2

Rose
Sandlewood

2 drops
3 drops

Rose
Cypress

2 drops
3 drops


BLEND 3                    BLEND 4

Neroli
Rose Sandlewood

2 drops
6 drops
6 drops

Rose
Helichrysum
Frankincense
Cypress

1 drop
1 drop
2 drops
1 drops

Directions
Select one of the blends above. Then, choose which method you'd like to use the blend and follow the directions below.

Diffuser Blend
Multiply your blend by 4 to obtain a total of 20 drops of your chosen blend. Add your oils to a dark colored glass bottle and mix well by rollling the bottle in between your hands. Add the appropriate number of drops from your created blend to your diffuser by following the manufacturer’s instructions for your diffuser brand and model.

Bath Oil
Multiply your blend by 3 to obtain a total of 15 drops of your chosen blend. Continue by using the 15 drop blend in the Bath Oil recipe.

Bath Salts
Multiply your blend by 4 to obtain a total of 20 drops of your chosen blend. Continue by using the 20 drop blend in the Bath Salts recipe.

Massage Oil
Multiply your blend by 2 to obtain a total of 10 drops of your chosen blend. Continue by using the 10 drop blend in the Massage Oil recipe.

Air Freshener
Multiply your blend by 6 to obtain a total of 30 drops of your chosen blend. Continue by using the 30 drop blend in the Air Freshener.

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