Today’s guest post is by. Joyce Harrell, RN, OCN is a Christian holistic nurse who provides you with holistic solutions for health and home. Her mission verse is III John 1:2, and she believes God's desire is for you to be whole in mind, body, and spirit. She utilizes holistic approaches such as essential oils, emotional healing workshops, creative vision board workshops, and prayer. Joyce is a wife, mother, nana, author, holistic healer, women's conference speaker, and above all committed to her relationship with God. You can find Joyce at www.theessentialnurse.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org When you separate and compartmentalize different areas of your life, you aren’t considering that each area actually affects the other areas of your life. We are “wholistic” beings. I’m purposely spelling this word as I am. Be WHOLE! I firmly and passionately believe God wants us to be whole! 3 John 1:2 says: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (NKJV) WOW! God is concerned with ALL parts of our lives! Our finances, our emotions, our spiritual life, and our health! HOW AWESOME IS THAT! I teach in all areas of body, mind and spirit; but this article is going to target and give you tips on how to de-stress and work on your emotional self-care. How to Use Essential Oils to Manage Stress and Increase Relaxation Using essential oils will help in times of stress and when you need to bring relaxation and mental balance into your life. I’m going to discuss these three areas and give examples of what oils work well in each situation. Stress My favorite oils for stress are the citrus oils — Bergamot, grapefruit, and lemon. I use a blend called Citrus Bliss that combines many of the citrus oils and then tops it off with a vanilla absolute for the incredible experience of a dreamy luscious creamsicle. Diffusing lemon or a combination of citrus oils is very uplifting. I use these oils topically as well. One word of caution: Don’t lather up in citrus oils and then go out into the sun. They are photosensitive and you will burn. Relaxation For relaxation, hands down, lavender essential oil usually wins. According to a definition, “Relaxation is a state of rest and tranquility, free from tension and anxiety.” (Modern Essentials) Various oils to experience include lavender, ylang-ylang, roman chamomile, and geranium. Creating a bath salt by adding any of these oils or a combination of these oils and soaking in a warm water bathtub for at least 15 min (you know sometimes 15 minutes is all it takes), and feel your body and muscles start to relax. You can also diffuse these oils to permeate the room to help with relaxation and even before trying to sleep. Place lavender on a cotton ball and place by your pillow. Balance The balancing oils may be some of my most favorite. These are grounding oils. I love these oils because they are deep and earthy. Oils like sandalwood, patchouli, ylang ylang, and roman chamomile. These oils are really nice to diffuse. You can combine sandalwood, patchouli, and lavender for a really nice bath salt or oil mixture. Remember these oils are very concentrated so you don’t need more than 10 drops total in a bath. Placing the oils in a carrier like epsom salts or unscented shampoo will help mix the oils so you don’t have an oil spill situation floating on top of your water. http://momitforward.com/me-time-4-ways-to-make-time-for-yourself Setting aside a regular time for self-care will improve how you face your day. Remember, it’s not selfish to take care of YOU! When you are relaxed and balanced, you will be in a better position to handle stressful situations. Your children/family will also notice the difference. They may even want to try it. Hum, now that’s an idea. Joyce will be a keynote speaker at “The Treasure Within Conference” this Friday and Saturday April 12 & 13. She will present a keynote address “Wholistic Emotional Healing” on Saturday at 2:00 P.M. EST. There is an amazing lineup of speakers that will share over two days BEAUTY for your Body, Soul and Spirit. You will learn how to increase your self esteem by seeing yourself as a precious treasure of God’s creation, you will learn how to dress your body, how color can impact your wardrobe and your life, how to have emotional healing, learning about essential oils, feeding your body good health and fitness and so much more. The Event is for women and girls. I want you to be blessed and so you can attend the event LIVE for FREE. Yes you read that correctly- the event is FREE- that is my gift to you but you need to tune in while it is happening. Like Randy Jackson says you have to be in it to win it, well you have to register to get the log in information. It only takes a few minutes and you will receive all the information to join us from your computer or telephone. So come on over to www.lauriejeron.com/thetreasurewithin Full session descriptions and information about the speakers is available and we invite you to come discover “The Treasure Within”. Why not invite a friend or two to join you?