Most of us, under normal circumstances are able to maintain a state of balance
, otherwise known as homeostasis
. In this state everything works as it should and body systems operate effectively.
When something happens to throw off that balance, stress is the body's response to the event or condition. In this state, the sympathetic nervous system is activated and creates a fight-or-flight response.
As this response is initiated, a chain reaction of activity begins to take place in the body. The brain, adrenal glands, peripheral nervous system and other body systems work together to secrete hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These are pushed into the bloodstream and send messages to immediately suspend uncritical activities, such as those of the digestive, reproductive and immune systems. At this point, all bodily energy and resources is directed to supporting the heart and brain function.
When this happens occasionally and for a short time, it does not cause any serious problems. But in cases of chronic stress
, where these triggers are happening again and again, the body pays a significant toll
. Risk of heart attack and stroke increase. Anxiety and depression become more common. And many other chronic conditions can be introduced.
There are natural solutions to helping the body assess a situation and choose to interpret it differently. This change in thinking can help reprogram an individual's stress response.
Along with reducing stress, getting enough rest and eating a nutritious diet, natural solutions are supportive to the body.
Essential oils do not cure or treat disease, but can enhance health. Here are a few of my favorite essential oils for promoting relaxation, creating a restful sleeping environment, lessening the feelings of tension and calming emotions:
For more information about essential oils or to get started using them today, check out our Essential Oils 101