I don't want to blab on about things that I don't know a thing about. Because there are a lot of things that I DO know a lot about. And that is my point of creating this blog. When I took the time to focus on what I am really moving forward in my life I finally found a way to explain it true to my soul. My focus and my passion is HEALING. It felt so beautiful to finally get to the core of what I want to do. And it makes sense. I have had to do a lot of healing in my life. I have healed from grief, loss, addiction, depression, anxiety among other things. And I know that I chose to experience these things so I could help other people.
So that is what I am going to do. I am going to help people the same way that I found help. And comfort people the same way that I found comfort. What a blessing to hear the responses that I have received about my 'Liquid Xanax' post. So many people struggle with anxiety and depression. And unfortunately doctors are quick to pull out their prescription pad to "help you take care of that." I have different beliefs and that's only because I have the experience to back it up.
I guess I should explain my battle with insomnia. I have struggled with insomnia for about 9 years. It started in high school. It was awful. I just could not fall asleep. And if I happened to fall asleep and then woke up in the middle of the night, there was not a dang chance that I was going to fall back asleep. So I started with Melatonin, then went to Tylenol PM, then Ambien and have recently (up until about 2 months ago whoop whoop) been on Trazodone. I love sleeping, I'll be honest. But when you have to deal with getting no sleep, it is a killer. I absolutely depended on my "pill" (which ever one I was taking at the time) to put me to sleep. I can proudly say now that I am OFF OF ALL OF MY PILLS! AHHH I could just scream it from the rooftops. And I now rely on my oils to put me to sleep. The side effects to be expected are: relaxation and no grogginess for the whole following day. It is awesome.
So let me give you my recipe for my Liquid Ambien:
20 drops lavender
7 drops vetiver
Top off with FCO (fractionated coconut oil)
Mixed in a roller bottle
**Apply on feet and neck before bedtime as needed.
Lavender is very well known to assist with sleep. But with the issues that I have personally experienced I need something heavy duty to add to the lavender (enter vetiver). Vetiver is known for its soothing and calming effects on the central nervous system. I think the main reason that I have struggled with sleeping is just because of what goes on in my mind, kinda hard to turn my thoughts off. And that is where the vetiver comes in. The earthy aroma just tells my brain its time to calm down, get your head out of the clouds and come to sleep :) Never hurts to add a little balance blend in addition before bed or use serenity blend to substitute for lavender.
** Now I should put a little disclaimer (or a whole 'nother blog post) just explaining that not EVERYTHING works for EVERYONE. And essential oils are not any different. I have had to try lots of different combos for different issues like digestion ect. So realize that you shouldn't get discouraged if something doesn't work for you. Keep trying! Maybe you say "Maggie, I really think that I'm going to need more Vetiver then that!" BY ALL MEANS ADD SOME MORE!!!! Until you find peace! Because it is available to you. Don't give up on yourself. I believe in natural healing. And I believe in the healing power of essential oils. You will too :) All I can tell you is what works for me, and what works for other people! Find what works for you! And then share that with me and the people you love! Its bout dang time to share the gift of natural healing. I'm no doctor, but I would like to slpwly introduce you to my medicine cabinet (which looks much different now) and assist you in finding alternative choices for your health and wellness. Enjoy :)