Becoming Essentially Happy in the Face of Depression

Today’s post was written by a member of our AromaTools™ team based on her personal experiences.

Depression is something I never understood until I lived with someone who had it. I am a generally positive and optimistic person. My son has always been a “glass-half-empty” kind of guy. He would always come up with the pessimistic point of view. I have always known that we are polar opposites and just figured this was part of the difference in our personalities. As a teen though, his “pessimism” became concerning as he grew more and more despondent and withdrawn. My husband and I became increasingly worried about him as he further withdrew and talked about not wanting to live. He agreed to see our family physician. We thought our physician might refer us to a psychiatrist or therapist; instead, he encouraged me to take our son straight to the emergency room and get him admitted if I wanted to save his life. And so began my journey of coming to understand depression as best an outsider could. I’ve always believed you could choose your attitude––and to an extent that is true––but people who suffer from depression don’t always get to choose their attitude. Depression is a real thing. It is debilitating, and it hurts the individual who has it as well as those around them.

While working with my son, I have tried to learn more about depression and how I can be a better support. When I saw the new book Essentially Happy by Rebecca Linder Hintze with Stephanie Gunning, I thought that it would be a great resource for me.

This book aligns well with what our therapists and doctors have been telling us and also gave me additional information on how to better incorporate essential oils and better nutrition into the care of my son. In this book, Rebecca Hintze outlines 3 simple answers from Mother Nature for overcoming depression.

1. Happy Nutrition

2. Happy Lifestyle

3. Happy Relationships

The book gives a variety a great natural ideas for overcoming and working with depression. In each section, she goes deeper into how “happy” nutrition, lifestyle, and relationships can improve your life. She shares a variety of holistic remedies, including essential oils for helping various mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. She also includes a section on the emotional impact of essential oils. Her goal in this book is to “suggest tools and techniques to sustain and improve your mood no matter where you fall on the scale of happiness and depression.”

We already have seen first-hand how some of the ideas in this book can be beneficial. Our family doctor tells us that the most important medicine is what we put on the end of our fork. Hintze’s suggestions for “happy nutrition” support that idea, and she shares several ideas that could help decrease depression based on what you eat.

One of the ideas she talks about in the section on “happy lifestyle” is mindfulness. Mindfulness is a concept my son’s therapists have taught us to help us be more aware of how we are feeling and what we are thinking as well as being present in the moment. It has taken a lot of effort to try to be truly mindful as we navigate our new normal; but I find that when I take the time to be mindful, I am more at peace in the storm that surrounds me.

The last section of her book addresses “happy relationships.” Depression can put a real strain on relationships, but we need each other, and we need to not give up on those around us––whether we are the one struggling with depression or a loved one trying to support someone with depression. Our relationships are what matter the most. They are worth fighting for, and learning how to change our attitudes and perceptions to allow healing to begin is crucial for those relationships to grow. I have seen positive change in our family when I am willing to step back and try to be more open to a different way of thinking.

By improving our nutrition, lifestyle, and relationships, we each can be “Essentially Happy” and work towards overcoming the crippling effects of depression and living a happier life. If you or someone you know suffers from depression, this book may be a great resource for you as well.

SpOIL Your Pet with Essential Oils

Our pets are important to us, and we want to give them the same care and treatment that we give all the other members of our family.  Although essential oils should be used with caution and understanding, they can benefit the health of our pets and improve their quality of life.

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We recently added a new book to our product line called SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats. This book gives essential oil recommendations for more than 50 common ailments and conditions. Each section contains a description of the ailment or condition and easy directions on how to best use essential oils for that condition. SpOil Your Pet is such a great resource for any cat or dog owner. The directions for using essential oils are color coded and break down treatments for cats or dogs. There are so many helpful recipes in this book to use in caring for your pet’s health. For example, if you want to help your cat or dog repel fleas, SpOil Your Pet lists the following recipe* for a homemade, all-natural flea collar.

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Homemade Flea Collar

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. distilled water
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops Insect Repellent Blend
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 1 nylon dog or cat collar

Instructions:

Mix together the distilled water, eucalyptus essential oil, Insect Repellent Blend, and lemongrass essential oil.
Soak the nylon collar in the solution for 20 minutes, and allow the collar to dry thoroughly before placing it on your pet.
Re-soak the collar every two weeks or more frequently as needed.

SpOil Your Pet

SpOil Your Pet was written by Jan C. Jeremias, a trained clinical research scientist, yoga instructor, and reflexologist with over 10 years of experience using essential oils with animals, and Mia K. Frezzo, DVM, a veterinarian with over 15 years of experience in small animal medicine.

Right now we are giving away on Facebook a signed copy of SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats. To enter to win this book, visit our AromaTools™ Facebook page, and follow the instructions on the post there.

We hope you enjoy spOiling your pet!

*This recipe is copyrighted and has been used with permission from the authors.

Business-Building Tip: Create a Business Presentation Kit

Have you been trying to build your essential oil business without much success? Are you new to essential oils and don’t know where to start in making your business profitable? Or maybe you are a healer with considerable knowledge, but the business side just isn’t your thing. Even if you are having great success in your essential oil business, you may want to take a look at the book Essential Oils Business Book: How to Start, Build, and Prosper in the Essential Oils Industry to help you train your downline and gain ideas for how to better build your business.

In this book, Christina Calisto-Winslow provides many different ideas for being a little more professional when presenting essential oils to your contacts and getting them to sign up with you. One thing she suggests is to set up an appointment to meet with your potential client in their home or in yours. When you go to your appointment, don’t forget to take your Business Presentation Kit! This kit provides some basic tools to present yourself well, have all the information and everything you need to encourage others to buy from you, and “close the sale” while you are there.
Business Presentation Kit

Business Presentation Kit

    1. Nice Bag: This doesn’t have to be expensive––you can pick up something nice at a thrift store if you don’t have a lot of money. Christina recommends a middle-size computer bag with wheels, but a small carry-on bag with wheels also works well. Find something that suits you and that you can put everything in.
    2. Essential Oils: Take a variety of oils because you never know what will appeal to your potential customer. Keep the oils organized so you can find exactly what you need when you need it.Link to Whisper Diffuser on AromaTools.com
    3. Essential Oil Reference Book: The book Modern Essentials is a great one to have in your kit. Teach your customer how to look up their specific health issues.
    4. Essential Oil Diffuser: Plug the diffuser in while you are at the appointment so your customer can experience it. You can also discuss the benefits of diffusing if they are interested. Diffuse a citrus oil or have your client help select an oil.

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