For the last 6 months I have been going through an extremely hard time. I had to end a relationship that I wanted more than anything but that wasn’t good for me. Since then I have been seeking out all kinds of self-care to help myself grieve the loss and recover.
One thing that was very helpful was an essential oil blend I created to help heal my heart of pain and anger, give me strength and courage to keep going, lift my spirits, and calm my anxiety and fear. This blend worked so well for me that I wanted to share it in hopes that it could help others who were experiencing any kind of emotional pain or grief. So I decided to make it into a new soap.
I struggled with naming this new bar because I wanted it to say, “Here’s a hug for you, to comfort you in this time of suffering. Here is help to heal your heart from the wound that causes you grief and pain.” That is a lot to say with a name so after trying out many words and phrases I came up with Empower. I think it expresses what I feel it has done for me and can do for you. I want to help empower you to get through your painful life experiences.
So what is in this powerful blend? Well what I was going through was so intense that I chose the absolute best essential oils I could find. I started with Bergamot oil, which gets its name from an Italian city that first sold it. It is pressed from the peel of a small fruit resembling an orange. In aromatherapy it is known as an aid in restoring self worth, something I certainly needed help with after my experience. It is also uplifting, comforting and assuring.
I also chose Orange oil, which is expressed or distilled from the peel of the fruit. It is known to be energizing, renewing, uplifting and an aid to dispel anxiety and fear. It also adds warmth and comfort.
Next up in this recovery blend is the revered Frankincense, well known as incense used in the Catholic Church, India and China. It was believed that the smoke would carry prayers to heaven. A small tree produces the resin that is then distilled to make the essential oil. Considered a spiritual oil, it can help you meditate, pray and get in touch with your higher power. Frankincense has constituents that help slow down and deepen your breath making it great for meditation. It is also antidepressant and known to enhance inner strength and confidence.
One of my favorites and a great calming, grounding, antidepressant and sedative oil is Patchouli. I chose it for these qualities to connect one to their roots and help provide a feeling of comfort, stability and strength. It is a thick oil distilled from the leaves of a perennial herb.
Lastly I added Ylang Ylang to the blend. This beautifully fragrant, floral oil is distilled from the flowers of a tall tropical tree. It can soothe, relieving stress, anxiety, fear and frustration so you can get through the emotions and heal.
Getting through a painful life experience is not easy and certainly takes more than a bar of soap. One very important part of my recovery has been counseling I received from the Community Crisis Center in Elgin, IL. They serve individuals & families affected by domestic violence, emotional abuse, sexual assault, and homelessness. I am so grateful for their help that I wanted to give back to them. That is why I have decided to donate 50% of the profit from every bar of Empower sold, to their shelter. I will post every check I send them on my Facebook page so you can see how you helped empower others.
I am also going to offer my Empower essential oil blend in a 5 ml bottle and aromatherapy lockets so you can empower yourself anytime or anywhere you need to. I will also donate $2 from each of these as well so that the Center can continue helping others.
I really hope this new soap, essential oil blend and locket will help you or someone you know who is going through a tough time. In addition to these new products I have also written, “What To Do When It Hurts,” a post on coping with grief and what I did to get through it.
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