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Managing Anxiety, Naturally

Do you ever feel super anxious, even when there seems to be nothing to feel anxious about?

I definitely have and in all honesty, I didn’t realize how anxious I was until I stopped my nightly wine habit.

I mean, I felt anxiety when I was in the car, but it made sense, because I had a bad accident on the interstate a few years ago that totaled my new Impala. Thankfully my daughter, our dog, and I were unharmed. That said, my mental well-being in the car certainly bore the brunt of it. My husband said I made him a nervous wreck (no pun intended) when he was driving because he could sense my tension. I actually found myself on the verge of tears a few times. It literally got that bad!

I began to go out less and less and made up excuses about why I canceled events or play dates. It sucked.

Once I quit drinking wine, my anxiety creeped up in ways that didn’t make sense. At night, my heart would race for no reason. I’d worry about things that happened weeks or even months ago. I had difficulty focusing on tasks. I’d wake up feeling irritable and anxious. I know a lot of this was due to my body and brain adjusting to not having wine, but it was driving me nuts!

So, I began using Copaiba and Frankincense Essential Oils every single morning. Now let me be clear, I’ve been using oils for almost twenty-five years, but mostly just for topical use and as ingredients for natural skincare products. About four years ago, I started using dōTERRA oils and fell in love with them. That said, I never dreamed they could help with anxiety. I was a total skeptic. I really believed the people taking about it were just trying to “sell me” on something and I hate to be “sold.”

I’ve never been so happy to be wrong!

Every single morning, I take a drop of Copaiba and a drop of Frankincense under my tongue. It’s been so helpful to me. When I don’t take them, I feel a significant difference. So, I keep them out in view in my kitchen so I never forget to take them.

How Does Copaiba Work?

First of all, you may hear that Copaiba is a “new” oil, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. This oil has been used for about a century in Brazil.

Copaiba is a cannabinoid, but not the type that can get you high. It’s a cannabinoid that interacts with CB2 receptors found mostly in our gut. These receptors actually have an effect on our nervous systems without providing a psychoactive side effect. Copaiba helps to soothe the nerves by interacting with these CB2 receptors.

Is Copaiba Like CBD Oil?

CBD oil is another wonderful oil that should be in everyone’s natural remedies cabinet. I plan to add it to mine soon. It is also a great alternative to help ease anxiety.

The differences:

While CBD oil will not get you high, it does come from hemp, which is from the Cannabis plant and there could be trace amounts of THC in the bloodstream.

CBD oil can hold a higher price tag than Copaiba and you take more per day than you do Copaiba. Ex. 1 drop Copaiba vs. 3-5 drops CBD. That said, CBD oil comes in a variety of flavors and Copaiba is well, just Copaiba.

If internal use of oils isn’t your thing, Copaiba has the added benefit of being able to be used topically, by massaging on temples, the feet, and back of the neck), and also being diffused for aromatic use. CBD oil is intended solely for internal use.

What Are The Benefits of Frankincense Oil?

Frankincense is my all-time favorite oil. I’ve often even joked that it’s my boyfriend oil. When I need to feel grounded, I grab good ol’ Frankie boy. I’ve been using this oil daily for four years and I’ll continue using it for the rest of my life.

This is an oil that has been used for thousands of years. It was prized so much during Biblical times that the wise men brought it to Mary and Joseph when Jesus was born.

Rich in Alpha-pinene, Frankincense is calming to the nerves.

Frankincense is also excellent for supporting proper liver function as well. This is great because in Ayurvedic medicine, our emotions are seated in our livers. When we are stressed, our livers are stressed.

Frankincense is also excellent for supporting the immune system and the brain, it’s excellent for the skin as well.

I am happy to have found relief for my anxiety with the oils and my lifestyle change. I think it’s so important that we reflect on our habits and try to figure out ways to improve our lives naturally. That said, your doctor is a valuable resource. If you feel anxious often, talk to your doctor about it. She may be able to help you.

If you have questions about essential oils, I’m happy to help you. I won’t pretend to know everything, but I’ll share what I do know and I’m also happy to share samples. Just reach out!



Categories: Health & Wellness

A Musing Mother

Hi! My name is Theresa and I'm a wife, mom of three, and grandma to two. I am a Nature lover and a follower of Christ. I live in an old farmhouse on the river where I homeschool our daughter. Most days, I can be found reading, making nature-inspired products, & gardening. I also enjoy traveling with my family, exploring cool local places, and helping out others where I am able. On the blog, I must about life, love, and learning.

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