I tend to purchase single-oil essential oils so I can mix my own blends and rollerballs. There are some exceptions to this rule. In fact, there are a couple of blends that I won’t do without. One of these is an essential oil I was given as a gift, after my sweet 19-year old niece was killed in a car accident, and we were visiting family and attending her funeral services. I was still fairly new to oils, but I found this oil to be soothing and calming, and in my opinion, it lived up to it’s name: doTerra Serenity.
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I was given a couple of sample vials of the oil by my friend, Shelly, who said it could be inhaled or applied to pulse points as needed. According to the doTerra website, Serenity is a blend of Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolut, and Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood. Some of these oils, like Lavender and Roman Chamomile, have been used for centuries to soothe and calm and bring relaxation and rest.
Because it has such a pleasant scent (in my opinion of course), I found myself wearing it as a sort of perfume – as we were greeting family members and trying to support and comfort my brother and his family. I would dab it on my neck and wrists and onto my hands – and I found myself feeling very relaxed and peaceful. When I smell it now, I find it to be comforting and soothing.
As I have researched more and more, I learned that diluting the oil retains the overall scent, and provides a safer use than using it undiluted. Because we don’t know the exact proportions of each oil within the blend itself, I treat it as a sort of Master Blend, and dilute it according to the recommendation of Lea Harris, my favorite certified aromatherapist (after you click the link, you can scroll down to see her comments about this NEW Serenity Blend).
This is my own personal experience – but I use it as a perfume especially in the car when kids are getting cranky and it really does seem to have a beneficial effect. I will put it on and hug my kids when they are having a rough time before I even diffuse it. (I wonder if it’s because pheromones with moms & kids are strong, and somehow there is a little bit of that going on with oils I apply to myself…)
There are ALWAYS exceptions to using essential oils. Someone might be allergic to one of the oils used in the blend; Someone else might not like the scent at all; and some may find that the blend does nothing for them but smell nice. But what I have found to be consistently true for this particular blend is that I tend to feel much better when I use it and it seems to have a beneficial effect on my children as well. It is something my oldest daughter requests to use when she is feeling “stressed out” and she loves the scent as well. If you would like to try to get a sample of this oil, please feel free to email me and request one. Email me at FindingGraceandGlory at gmail dot com.