Yet you cannot… give in… to fear.
Henry David Thoreau knew the importance of reducing anxiety and simplifying life and wrote why in his book Walden: “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.”
Don’t have the option of moving to the forest right now? Bring it to you instead.
One way I reduce stress with nature’s intelligence is through this stress reduction bowl that sits on my office desk.
This bowl was carved in Tunisia and is seasoned with East Indian Sandalwood oil. See how it can reduce stress below.
Anxiety is a natural response to stress. Too much of it creates health risks. For example, anxiety can cause memory loss and even double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A team of researchers from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative did a three year study of 376 patients between the ages of 55 and 91 years-old. These patients had memory loss but not enough to be at risk because most people lose memory as they age.
The study showed that the subjects with more anxiety saw faster mental decline than those without it. The greater the anxiety the faster memory capability was lost. Subjects with the most anxiety had the fast loss and over twice the risk for Alzheimer’s Disease because anxiety shrinks the area of the brain that controls memory.
Numerous essential oils can help lower stress and reduce anxiety. Sandalwood is one of the best essential oils for this process as it has a unique ability to calm the mind and body and improve performance. I use my olive wood bowl with East Indian sandalwood essential oil because it helps me into a state of relaxed concentration.
The science behind this is explained in a scientific study published at the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. ” Evaluation of the effects of East Indian sandalwood oil and alpha-santalol on humans after transdermal absorption.”
The abstract of that study says: The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of East Indian sandalwood oil ( Santalum album, Santalaceae) and alpha-santalol on physiological parameters as well as on mental and emotional conditions in healthy human subjects after transdermal absorption. Eight physiological parameters, i. e., blood oxygen saturation, blood pressure, breathing rate, eye-blink rate, pulse rate, skin conductance, skin temperature, and surface electromyogram were recorded. While alpha-santalol caused significant physiological changes which are interpreted in terms of a relaxing/sedative effect, sandalwood oil provoked physiological deactivation but behavioral activation.
The most valued Sandalwood Essential Oil in the world is Santalum album from Mysore, India. This Sandalwood is now unsustainable due to demand. Also, extracting the essential oil from the wood means cutting down the tree. The trees often grow for 30 years before they are harvested. Sandalwood oil is like liquid gold.
I have an olive wood bowl which helps me stay in a state of relaxed concentration so when our friends John and Candace Newman told us they had a limited supply of these precious bowls I took Merri to visit their essential oil lab.
Merri picked out a bowl for her desk.
Candace and John have a limited quantity of these bowls and pure East Indian Sandalwood Oil for Christmas & the Holidays. Sandalwood oil is an oil of antiquity, known for wisdom and strength, it has been revered for centuries for its rich deep aroma, spiritual powers and medicinal properties.
The Olive Wood Heart bowls are carved in Tunisia through the almost lost art of creating a sacred space.
Each piece is hand-crafted from the wood of Mediterranean Olive Trees, then hand-rubbed with Organic Olive Oil. Each is one of a kind due to the hues & designs of the natural grain.
Here is how to use these bowls and Sandalwood (or the essential oil of your choice) to reduce stress in your sacred space.
1. Put 2 taps or drops of your favorite essential oil in the small circular oil well. Gently roll it around the well, lift to your nose and breathe deeply. Let the oil season for a few hours.
2. Add a couple of drops every day or two. Change the essential oils you add to create the perfect aroma that works best for you. The aromas season with the olive wood.
3. Keep the bowl where you want to activate your mind, body and heart and reduce stress. I use it at my desk. Each morning or any time I feel stress, I hold the bowl, feel the smooth silkiness of the wood, look at the beauty of the wood’s grain, take a deep breath of the fragrance and run my fingers across the oil. This integrates, sight, touch, smell as my body absorbs the wisdom of this oil through the skin and breath.
Candace only has 30 bowls left. Since it takes at least 40 days to get more, I asked her if I could let readers know about these beautiful olive wood bowls as this is her last offer of them in 2014.
I took a photo of the remaining Olive Wood Heart Bowls that are available now. Each bowl comes with 4ml of pour Sandalwood Essential Oil in an amber bottle. Price: $118. Limit 2 per person. Order here.
P.S. Another study published at the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health shows that listening to certain types of music AND inhaling specific essential oils was found to be an effective method of relaxation. This is why our Super Thinking + Spanish course uses both Baroque music and essentials oils to help learn Spanish in three days.