Feb 15, 2018

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7 Natural Ways to Treat Trauma, Shock and Overwhelm

The following article includes 7 natural ways to treat trauma, shock and overwhelm. These healing modalities collected from the fields of herbalism and aromatherapy, Hanna Somatics, Polarity Therapy, Chinese Five Element and Meridian System, as well as color, light, sound, movement, breath and energetic contacts. 

1. Essential Oils, Herbs and Tea:

Beneficial essential oils for treating trauma, shock and overwhelm include clary sage, lavender, orange, rose, chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver and Frankincense.* These essential oils are both energizing ad calming in nature. I have used these essential oils first-hand in school settings with students and administrators in the presence of anxiety-producing situations with issues related to accidents, attempted personal harm, grief and need for calming. This was done with simple treatments of carrying tissues with oils in small plastic bags,or placing the tissue in a fan or diffusers. Finding what works best for you is essential to your specific needs.

Making a tea from herbs like chamomile at home will also offer comfort. Making a tea with rose petals and/or hawthorn will offer support for grieving and heartbreak. A tea with citrus especially orange peel is energizing and uplifting. Peeling an orange, inhaling the scent from the peels, and then eating the orange can relieve anxiety.

Using some of these herbs in a warm bath or foot soak can also be supportive. If a bath is not possible, use coconut oil mixed with a calming or energizing essential oil to provide nourishing support massaged on the bottom of your feet.

2. Breathwork and Compassionate Touch: 


3. Movement and Grounding: Taking a walk in nature or sitting in a garden is calming. There are acupressure points that calm and tonify your body-mind system, as well as touch points on your body that can calm and bring you back to center in the midst of trauma.

a) Somatic Trauma Reflex Release: This modality comes from Hanna Somatics and the work of Thomas Hanna, and is especially beneficial for releasing long-standing trauma held in the body: http://kimberlyrex.audioacrobat.com/download/kimberlyrex-traumareflexrelease.mp3

b) Activities to Create Feeling Grounded: How to Ground Yourself to the Present Moment

4. Nourishing Food: When a person is experiencing fear, kidneys and bladder work overtime. According to the Chinese Five Element and Meridian System, this is related to your Water Element. In order to balance your water element, you can work with Earth Element or Metal Element to nourish or balance Water Element. First, Earth Element through resonating with nurture and support. This happens when you know that you can count on inner reserves or resources around you to be there when you need them. Nourishing foods that come from Earth Element include root vegetables, as well as foods that are yellow and orange.

5. Someone You Trust: Having someone be with you if even just in the same room or close by to provide a sense of safety and support is helpful. Water Element needs to be heard for its fear, and also nourished through loving presence of listening. Talk about what you fear, and what you need to feel safe to trust again. Be with people who make you feel safe.

6. Nature and Sound: Metal Element also provides support for Water Element through its supportive nature of providing re-connection to Life Source through getting into the sun, meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, prayer, or listening to music. This connects you to the support of your spiritual essence. Listen to music with flowing water in the background, or go for a walk next to water.

7. Creating Peace and Quiet: Give yourself the time you need to rest, to cry when you need to, and take space for healingSleep allows you to cleanse toxins and stress from your system. Keep the same routines that you have kept for your sleep schedule. Create comfort in your living space. Wear and sleep in soft fabrics and find ways to bring gentleness into your living and work space. Even if it means carrying something in your pocket that connects you to a feeling of safety, create a loving space that goes with you. It can be a picture of someone you love, a gentle message to yourself or from another person recorded on your cell phone, or a reminder of something that allows you to feel peace. Take a break daily to give yourself loving space for peace and quiet. If you want, you can draw, write, sing, move, play an instrument or walk to express your inner process. Life is energy in motion. Moving through the process of trauma is a whole body experience, and it takes time time and loving support..

This is your invitation to move through the process with the natural and nourishing process of Resonance Repatterning® that relies on the innate wisdom of your own body-mind system to transform trauma, shock and overwhelm naturally. If you have any questions about how to use essential oils, make a tea, blend, or want to schedule a session, please contact:kimberly@windowstotheheart.net

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*See Directory of specific essential oil usage mentioned in this articleDirectory of Essential Oils

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