Aromatherapy - A Tool to Guide Through Grief

aromatherapy emotional support Aug 07, 2023
Aromatherapy to help support the grieving process

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing practice that utilizes the therapeutic properties of essential oils to promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being. While it is not a cure for grief, aromatherapy can be a supportive tool to help individuals cope with the emotional and psychological aspects of grief. Here are 5 ways in which aromatherapy may aid those dealing with grief -


Emotional support: 

Certain essential oils are known for their calming and soothing properties, which can help ease emotional distress associated with grief. Lavender, chamomile, ylang-ylang, and bergamot are examples of oils that are often used to promote relaxation and emotional balance. Inhaling these oils through diffusion or applying them topically may provide comfort and reduce feelings of anxiety, sadness, or agitation.


Stress relief:

Grief can be an intensely stressful experience, both mentally and physically. Essential oils like lavender, frankincense, and clary sage have been associated with stress reduction and relaxation. Using these oils in a diffuser, bath, or massage blend can create a calming environment, allowing the individual to unwind and find moments of respite from overwhelming emotions.


Sleep support: 

Grief often disrupts sleep patterns, leading to difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. Essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood are commonly used to promote better sleep. Incorporating these oils into a bedtime routine through diffusers, pillow sprays, or diluted massage oils may aid in creating a more restful sleep environment.



Uplifting mood:

Grief can result in feelings of sadness, depression, or a lack of motivation. Essential oils like citrus oils (such as lemon, orange, or grapefruit) and uplifting floral oils (such as rose, geranium, or jasmine) are believed to have mood-boosting properties. These oils can be used in diffusers or personal inhalers to create a more positive atmosphere and help uplift the individual's mood.



Mind-body connection:

Aromatherapy can also facilitate the connection between the mind and body, which is often disrupted during the grieving process. Engaging in self-care rituals that involve essential oils, such as taking relaxing baths, receiving massages, or practicing gentle yoga or meditation with aromatherapy, can help individuals reconnect with their bodies and provide a sense of grounding.



It's important to note that aromatherapy should not be seen as a replacement for professional grief counseling or therapy. However, when used as a complementary approach, aromatherapy can be a helpful tool in supporting emotional well-being during the grieving process. It is advisable to consult a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare professional for personalized guidance on essential oil selection and proper usage.

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This blog is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not medical, mental health, or healthcare advice.  Although Debra Reis is a Clinical Nurse Specialist licensed in the state of Michigan, she is not acting in that capacity here. Debra Reis is acting as a holistic educator and consultant, not as a licensed medical health professional or in her professional capacity as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose, treat, heal, cure or prevent any illness, medical condition, or mental or emotional condition. Working with us is not a guarantee of any results. Debra Reis, Wellness Services, LLC owns all copyrights to the materials presented here unless otherwise noted.

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