In our quest to help Katya, we have tried many things. Cautiously, judiciously, and often only after Dr approval, especially if it was something she was going to take internally.
Well, in spite of finding things that helped--a lot--when all combined--we were still battling horrible anxiety levels. It was so bad that we were actually in process of trying to get appointments set up with an end goal of hopefully being able to consider a trial of an anti-anxiety medication. It was NOT a decision that was being made lightly by anyone involved, and not something that anyone felt really good about due to several issues, but Katya's anxiety level was still so high that we felt it would be kinder to medicate than to not medicate.
Enter Essential Oils. I've used Essential Oils for years in one way or another. I had some standard blends and singles that I always kept on hand. But after hearing more from some special needs Moms about how they use Essential Oils with their special needs kids, I decided to kick it up a notch.
We invested in a diffuser and a few more oils from Young Living since that was a company I was already familiar with and using some oils from. The next time we could visibly see Katya's anxiety levels rising, I offered her a sniff of "StressAway". When she seemed to approve, I offered to let her apply some. Katya eagerly cooperated and within a few minutes, it was clear to all of us watching that her anxiety was diminishing and she soon was ready to go off and play again. "Hmm, that was pretty cool!" we all exclaimed.
We began to use the diffuser, diffusing "StressAway" one night, and "Peace and Calming" the next in a rotating pattern. We also started applying "StressAway" to Katya morning and evening. Suddenly, her behavior chart from school started coming home completely "good" day after day. ;-) We saw clear-cut, measurable improvements in various things at home that were a big problem prior to the introduction of these oils on a regular basis into Katya's life.
It has been very revealing, and rather sad, to see how many issues were clearly anxiety driven since we are seeing more of the "real Katya" now, thanks to these calming oils!
I don't know if the regular use of these oils will be enough long term or not, but since we have not been able to get Katya into a professional yet who can give her further help, I'm extremely grateful for the help we ARE getting from these oils. Katya LOVES having the oils applied to her, and she's clearly eager for them each time. We are very grateful for a little relief from the anxiety that Katya's past history of trauma, neglect and abuse has produced in her. It's awesome to see her being able to be more relaxed and happy.
Three cheers for Essential Oils!
Have you used Essential Oils, and if so, what is your experience with them?