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CrystalsOh, hooray…let’s call attention to something we live with every day and don’t handle very well!

Stress is all around us and in us.  So it might behoove us to have a few simple remedies for alleviating stress from our lives and our bodies.  Symptoms can include headaches, muscle soreness, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, irritability, and GI problems.

Meditation…walking…massage…magnesium bath salts…sauna…all are tools for stress relief.  There are other tools that may not be so well known that can help lessen the level of stress you might be experiencing.

Aromatherapy:  Essential OIls have been used for generations in all cultures for healing.
Without getting too medical or scientific, odor/aroma is sensed by the olfactory cells that are part of the olfactory epithelium.  Two small nerves lie on the roof of the nasal cavity.  The olfactory cell passes the odor signal through the bone at the roof of the nasal cavity to the olfactory bulb, which sends those impulses to five different structure in the brain, including the amygdala, which is responsible for storing and releasing emotional trauma.  The olfactory system is so closely connected to the limbic system and this is why essential oils have such profound physiological and psychological effects.     OIls to use for stress:  lavender, lemon, ylang ylang, bergamot, grapefruit, Roman chamomile, geranium, frankincense and marjoram.  All may be use aromatically and topically.

Crystals and Gemstones:  Every advances, ancient civilization knew of the healing properties of crystals and stones.  You can place a small piece of rock crystal directly on your skin.  Stress that results from overtaxing yourself can be eased by wearing jewelry made from chrysocolla.  I situations of extreme stress, a disk of red jasper or pyrite should be place directly on the third chakra for thirty minutes.  For those who have an exaggerated reaction to normal stress, smoky quartz can be very helpful.

Affirmations:  Louise Hay became famous, in part, for her affirmations for different medical conditions.  You Can Heal Your Life is a standard for metaphysical help around the world.  “Learn to think in positive affirmations.”  An affirmation can be any statement you make.  Continually make positive statements (avoid a negative) about how you want your life to be.  It is very important to make them in the present tense!

Physical Action:  Pound a pillow until the feathers fly out.  Scream in the car with all the windows rolled up.  Often physical release is a wonderful way to get rid of stress you are holding in your body.

Probably the most important thing to remember is that you are nothing but love.  Center on the idea of having enough love in your heart to heat the planet!  Feel its warmth in your body.  Allow yourself to sink into that softness and gentleness.  Let the stress melt away.

Affirmation:  In the infinity of life where I am. all is perfect, whole and complete.  Stress is leaving my body.

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