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How to Deal with Stress without Medication

Updated: Dec 9, 2019

Stress is a big deal and continues to be a major health concern.

Can you guess what percentage of doctor visits are for stress-related issues?

Ten percent?

Thirty percent?


Try seventy-five. WebMD states between 75 and 90% of doctor visits are for health issues related to stress, and stress causes 43% of all adults to experience adverse health effects. Emotional and physical health are directly related as poor emotional health can present itself with physical symptoms. There are so many ways to reduce stress from diet to exercise to meditation and so on, yet health concerns are continually rising. Part of the issue could be from addressing symptoms of emotional stress with a quick fix, but that does not address the root cause. Doing this simply masks the issues and doesn't actually solve anything.

One of my favorite authors Louise Hay says in her book The Power is Within You, "Sometimes we would rather die than change our patterns." This statement really opened my eyes. If we know what we need to do to take care of our minds, bodies, and spirits, but refuse to do so, then perhaps that is a morbid, conscious choice. Or maybe it's the only choice because we don't have all the information. Maybe we are trying to be healthier, but it just isn't working. Maybe something is missing. I've been there.

I spent years addressing emotional issues guided by numerous professionals, but it wasn't the right fit. What a horrible and empty feeling to continually exhaust your options when you are trying so hard to improve your situation. It took years for someone to tell me about essential oils. It took years for someone to tell me about energy healing. But thanks be to God they finally did. And that's why I'm here, to let others know what I had to learn the hard way, hopefully before they have to learn the hard way.

Essential Oils to Support Emotional Wellness

Essential oils are more than pretty smells: they can actually be therapeutic and helpful to your overall well-being. According to Dr. Axe, aromatic use of essential oils may create physiological or psychological benefits very quickly. Young Living has dozens of carefully and thoughtfully crafted blends to support emotional wellness. Here are some I encourage you to explore:

Trauma Life This blend is to support emotional release. My favorite way to use this is diffusing up to 1 hour a day, especially at bedtime.

Includes the oils of Royal Hawaiian sandalwood, Frankincense, Valerian, Black spruce, Davana, Lavender, Geranium, Kaffir Lime and Rose.

Inner Child This blend helps you reconnect with your true, authentic self. Diffuse or rub a drop into wrists, edge of ears, or back of neck.

Includes the oils of Orange, Tangerine, Ylang ylang, Royal Hawaiian sandalwood, Jasmine, Lemongrass, Spruce, Bitter orange, and Neroli.

Release This blend is specifically to help you let go of anger and negative emotions. I like to apply topically by rubbing a drop over the liver, and you can diffuse or add to Epsom salts for a hot bath.

Includes the oils of Ylang ylang, Lavandin, Geranium, Royal Hawaiian sandalwood, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint, Lemon, Blue cypress, Davana, Kaffir lime, Ocotea, Jasmine, Matricaria, Blue tansy, and Rose.

Surrender This blend helps you surrender the need to control everything. I prefer to mix with Epsom salts for a hot bath, and you can also diffuse or rub a drop on the solar plexus (between the navel and the sternum).

Includes the oils of Lavender, Roman chamomile, German chamomile, angelica, Mountain savory, Lemon, and Spruce.

Forgiveness This blend helps you move on from past hurts. I recommend rubbing a drop around the navel, and you can also diffuse.

Includes the oils of Melissa, Geranium, Frankincense, Royal Hawaiian sandalwood, Coriander, Angelica, Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Ylang ylang, Jasmine, Roman chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose with sesame seed oil as a carrier.

Stress Away People have told me this blend is life changing. It does just what it says. Apply to wrists and back of neck to promote feelings of relaxation.

Includes the oils of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender.

Out with the Old and In with the New with Energy Healing

Energy healing modalities like Reiki are well-known to help reduce stress and clear energy blockages to promote health and well-being. In recent years, Reiki has become a common complementary therapy in hospitals. Reiki can be given and received in-person and at a distance.

Much like Reiki, another form of energy healing called pendulum dowsing can also remove non-beneficial energy to help you shift to an ideal frequency. Energy healing can help clear issues you might not even know are having an adverse affect on you such as past traumas, past relationships, non-beneficial beliefs, or compatibility issues. Just like Reiki, pendulum dowsing energy healing sessions can be done in-person or at a distance.

One of the many great things about energy healing is that geography, mobility, and time constraints never have to be a barrier to receiving energy work. Energy does not know time and distance like we do and is just as effective face-to-face as it is at a distance.

Your Next Steps

Essential oils and energy healing might be outside your realm of familiarity. They were for me at one time, too. So I'm sharing what I know and my gifts with you because these may be the missing puzzle pieces you've been seeking.

Be love. Be light. Just Be.


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About the Author: Serena James is a holistic healer and the author of Vibe Higher. She offers a variety of energy healing services and workshops to help individuals experience a life of love, abundance, and wellness as they were meant to.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any action you take as a result of this information is self-prescribed and your right to do so.

Sources: ​

Dr. Axe. Website. What Is the Limbic System? (Plus How to Keep It Healthy & the Role of Essential Oils).

WebMD. Website. The Effects of Stress on Your Body .

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