Essential Oils and War Veterans – The Psychological and Emotional Benefits of Using Essential Oils

Most of our soldiers have experienced physical or emotional traumas. Some have returned to a seemingly normal civilian life and others remain in special veterans hospitals with an uncertain future.

Even if they appear to be okay, the war has scarred them and made them into a different person than they were before they left. What I would like to share with you is how therapeutic grade essential oils can assist our veterans in overcoming these psychological and emotional traumas. This is a three-step process.

1. Deal with past traumas.

2. Create a more positive present.

3. Help create a more hopeful future.

Past Traumas and Memories

How can aromatherapy possibly help deal with memories or traumas from the past? Because certain essential oils contain compounds that help release them. When some of these negative memories are released, it is possible to find forgiveness and even some gratitude.

All of this is possible without essential oils, but with them, the process is so much faster and easier. Examples of oils that are used in releasing negative memories and letting go of the past include geranium, jasmine, valerian, and more.

The Present

When the past has been dealt with in an attitude of gratitude, one can have more grounding in the present time. After one has acceptance of what is, one can begin to believe in oneself again. When this happens, clarity increases, and one can begin gathering inspiration about the future.

Essential oils that are often used for this purpose include balsam, pine, spruce, white fir, and more.

The Future

Therapeutic grade essential oils can sometimes act as a sort of dream catcher by taking one into the future. They can make it easier to have hope. They can make it easier for the veterans to envision the future they want. Essential oils that can be helpful here include balsam fir, cedarwood, white fir, and more.

Before beginning service to our country, most vets had dreams about how they were going to achieve their highest potential in life. Sometimes, their service interrupted these dreams in a major way. Aromatherapy can help our veterans reclaim and magnify their purpose in life.

As they use these essential oils to help them reach their highest potential, they can look into the future, where they can be proud of the legacy they will have left behind.