Do emotions play a part in how we feel physically? Or are physical symptoms just something we all have to deal with and a part of life? I’ve become very in touch with my emotions since I started treating my depression naturally (read about how I do that here). While I was at the doTERRA convention in September, an amazing woman by the name of Natalie Goddard discussed the “emotional roots to our physical ailments.” The information in this presentation was so empowering and eye opening for me. I’ve been trying to analyze every feeling in my body and my husband is probably getting sick of me asking him, “What are you thinking about most today?” or “Are you stressed? What’s on your mind?” The poor thing is always and will forever be my test subject. I have truly changed the way I think about how I approach treating my physical ailments.
Because I am so excited about this new found enlightenment I, of course, have to share it.
Traditionally what we do when we are confronted with an issue is look up the ailment in the Modern Essentials book and treat the physical response. OR we go to a doctor and ask for them to prescribe something to decrease the symptoms. Ever had these strategies/prescriptions not work for you? I now I have…it’s because you are not treating or reaching the underlying cause.
Our ailments can be compared to an iceberg. The physical ailments we experience are the tip of the iceberg that is poking up above the surface of the water. The deeper, wider, thicker part of the iceberg that we don’t see are the emotional roots to those ailments. These deeper emotional roots are tied to the experiences we are experiencing within our lives. Feeling insecure, anxious, or overwhelmed, stressed, angry, hopeless, etc. These and many more emotions, when not address, can cause uncomfortable physical responses. Our body is speaking to us when we have physical ailments. Are you listening?
How our bodies speak to us:
1. A whisper…headaches
It’s important to listen to those whispers and tune into what’s going on with your body and thoughts emotionally. Things you can ask yourself when you are experiencing an emotional response are: What’s going on inside? What am I thinking about right now?
For me it can be hard to dig DEEPER and find that emotional root because I’ve had years of suppressing my emotions (I’m sure I’m not the only one whose done this), but when I’m able to do this I can treat that emotion and deal with it and I’ll know that the end result will be a more lasting effect.
For a great reference on where our emotions are felt in different parts of the body click here. This website gives a really cool visual of the different “hot spots” our bodies create when coping with emotions.
One thing every person in this world has to much of is stress. Stress is like poison to our bodies when we have to much of it in our lives. When stress is experienced it triggers the stress response in our bodies, which then triggers the sympathetic nervous system, which then secretes cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone our bodies produce that helps us to go into “fight or flight mode.” This mechanism is amazing if you have to run for your life from an angry mama bear or fighting off a mugger in a big city. BUT do we want it coursing through our veins all the time…NO!!!!! When cortisol levels get to high our body begins to get worn down.
What we all need is inner calm (with or without stressors). When we create our own inner calm it causes a healing response in our bodies. This triggers the parasympathetic nervous system and natural healing hormones are release. I know what you’re thinking…HOW do I do this??
A woman named Lissa Rankin has written a book called Mind Over Medicine. In that book she maps out “6 steps to activate your body’s self-repair mechanisms.” Step 1: Change your diet, step 2: experience a deepening of spirituality, step 3: Feel love, joy, and happiness, step 4: release repressed emotions, step 5: take herbs, oils, or vitamins, step 6: use intuition. I highly recommend you get this book and read it! It goes into more detail for each step; which will help you on your enlightened path. Lissa Ranking has also given an amazing Tedx talk called, “The Shocking Truth About Your Health.” You can watch it here.
Essential oils are a great way to support our emotional roots. Aromatherapy is one of the best ways to experience essential oils when it comes to dealing with emotions. By smelling the oils we will stimulate the olfactory nerve which then stimulates the amygdala. The amygdala controls the processing of memory, does our decision making, and also controls our emotional reactions.
Natalie Goddard is such an amazing woman she created a handout that lists several ailments, their emotional roots, and examples of oils that will treat the emotional roots and therefor support the physical response. EmotionalRoots (1)
Stay in touch with your body and your emotions and you’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier you in no time.