Introduction to Using Essential Oils as a Non-Pharmacological Approach
Many suffer from depression, anxiety, overwhelming guilt, false expectations, psychosis, and memory loss. These circumstances depict our decisions, our consequences…our lives. Support is essential. Even though it's our choice to take control, support and insight can create momentum. This is what drove me to be a clinical psychologist – to give back. To show others that there is light.
I’ve treated patients in various settings with mental and neurological diseases. I've learned that... the most effective is teaching patients to use their hands and heart to take control of their own life. These non-pharmacological, therapeutic techniques are known as coping skills. I have been teaching patients these skills for over a decade. I now educate mental health professionals to do the same.
A wise colleague once told me a story about a patient who wanted more medication to treat her depression. His response to her was, “Medication is only going to work so much; only you can make yourself happy.” This changed her life forever. She successfully recovered and discharged from the residential program. Time and time again... non-pharmacological, therapeutic techniques prove to be efficient tools for self-regulation of thoughts, mood, and behavior.
Now let's talk about innovative and ground breaking techniques. I've found essential oils to be a great non-pharm approach for patients and care providers. Oiling with your patients and caregivers has so many benefits!
Here are a few advantages...
Both caregiver and patient benefit at the same time! If the caregiver is in the room or applying the oil to the patient, both will receive the benefits.
All natural approach
This approach avoids exposure to unnecessary toxins.
Each oil has various benefits meaning each application offers positive side effects
Potential reduction of psychotropics
In many cases, psychotropic medications can be reduced or discontinued under proper supervision.
The savings add up overtime.
Opportunity for caregivers to gain experience and grow their confidence.
3 of my go-to oils are...
Peppermint to support mental clarity and pain management
Citrus Bliss to promote positive mood
Lavender for it's calming effects on anxiety and anger
What is your favorite go-to essential oil?