• Survive the Election With Aromatherapy

    Dirty politics

    Everyone I know is more than ready for this god-forsaken election to be over. The never ending supply of insults, conspiracy theories, fake news stories, exaggerations, outright lies, and vitriol is getting on everyone’s last nerve, including mine. It has fractured friendships and families in a way I’ve never seen. If I could figure out a way to diffuse essential oils through the internet, we’d all be a lot happier these days, and comment sections might stop looking like WWIII had broken out.

    Thankfully there are only a few more days until the votes are cast and counted… then we can start dealing with the aftermath. Because, as much as it pains me to say it, there will be an aftermath. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First we have to get through the 8th.

    Keeping Your Sanity

    From now until polls close on Tuesday evening (at 8pm here in Michigan) I predict that all the things that are currently driving us crazy will only get worse as each side makes their last ditch effort to hopefully garner more support for their candidate, or more likely, discredit their opponent further. Sigh. I hope I’m wrong. In case I’m not, here are a few essential oils and blends you can use to keep you sane until the voting’s over:

    • Neroli
    • Frankincense
    • Neroli/frankincense
    • Ylang ylang
    • Atlas Cedarwood
    • Sandalwood/orange
    • Bergamot/ylang ylang
    • Cedarwood/bergamot

    So You Want to Move to Canada

    Once the results are in, you’ll want to keep an eye out for signs that you’re considering a move to Canada. If you notice any of the following, please diffuse, smell at regular intervals, or wear as perfume one of the essential oils listed:

    • Depression – Bergamot, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine (absolute), lavender, lemon, mandarin, melissa, neroli, orange, patchouli, peppermint, rose, tangerine, yarrow, ylang ylang
    • Despair – Angelica, atlas cedarwood, clary sage, fir, frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary, spearmint, spruce, ylang ylang
    • Anxiety – Bergamot, atlas cedarwood, roman chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, jasmine (absolute), lavender, lemon, lime, mandarin, melissa, neroli, patchouli, pine, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang
    • Grief – Bergamot, roman chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, lavender, melissa, neroli, rose, rosemary, sandalwood
    • Existential angst – Just blend all of the above together and put them in the diffuser. Or not. What does it matter anyway?

    You’re Fixing For an Armed Revolt

    If you don’t have the moving to Canada symptoms, you may show signs that you’re prone to joining an armed revolt. If you notice any of the following, please diffuse, smell at regular intervals, or wear as perfume one of the essential oils listed:

    • Fear – Bergamot, atlas cedarwood, roman chamomile, clary sage, cypress, fir, frankincense, geranium, jasmine (absolute), juniper, myrrh, orange, rose, sandalwood, spruce, ylang ylang
    • Frustration – Bergamot, grapefruit, orange, peppermint
    • Hostility – Roman chamomile, cypress, lavender, french marjoram, yarrow, ylang ylang
    • Irritability – Roman chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, ginger, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrrh, neroli, orange, peppermint, spruce, ylang ylang
    • Paranoia – Basil, roman chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, jasmine (absolute), juniper, lavender, melissa, neroli, peppermint, rosemary, valerian, ylang ylang
    • Anger – Bergamot, atlas cedarwood, german chamomile, roman chamomile, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, lemon, mandarin, melissa, myrrh, orange, rose, sandalwood, yarrow, ylang ylang

    Be a Good Winner

    If your candidate wins, please, please, please, be gracious. Go ahead and do a happy dance. Go ahead and sing a victory song. Just don’t let your euphoria get so outta control that you start rubbing your victory in other people’s faces. No one likes a sore loser, but they like a sore winner even less. There’s no honor or class in gloating. If you can’t seem to keep your feet on the ground after your candidate wins, try using one of more of these oils or blends to stay grounded and gracious:

    • Sandalwood
    • Frankincense
    • Vetiver
    • Sandalwood/orange
    • Angelica
    • Cypress
    • Myrrh
    • Frankincense/myrrh
    • Black spruce

    No matter what happens, take heart… candidates, legislators, and presidents come and go, but essential oils will always be there for you.

One Response so far.

  1. Marilyn says:

    Love your humour, laughter is a great ‘medicine’