Where Do You Feel Your Emotions
Did you know that each organ has an emotional counterpart? When you are experiencing a physical ailment, think about what emotions coincide with that body part. We hold the emotion of worry in the gut or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Anger in the liver. Grief in the lungs. Fear in the kidneys. Not feeling supported is in the bones. Ailments in the front of the body have to do with moving forward. Ailments in the back of the body have to do with letting go of something from the past. Right now, I want you to take a personal assessment. Close your eyes. Become aware of your body, thoughts and emotions. Where does it hurt? What are you thinking, do any emotions pop up immediately? Take note and review the emotions connected to it.
Our Gut – The Worrier
Knowing the importance of the gut is helpful when you are working on getting well, staying well. As Hippocrates said, “All Disease begins in the gut.” I first heard of this at a 2003 conference, from Dr. Hugo Rodier, who said, “the root of all disease, is in the gut.” Yep, they were right. It is how my health journey began. Healing my gut from IBS, leaky gut, Crohn’s and colitis. There are tons of scientific studies proving this now. Search “gut”, “intestines”, or “microbiome” at PubMed.gov.
The emotion most connected to the GI tract is worry. You’ve probably heard the term worrywart, a person who is inclined to worry unduly (source) or one who worries excessively and needlessly (source). They dwell on what might or could happen, to the point it gets their stomach in knots. They may even feel nauseous or sick to their stomach about a tough, or potentially tough situation. Mental chatter, over-analyzing information, confusion, poor concentration, anxiety, depression and not feeling good enough are all linked to an unhealthy gut, and result from over-worrying. Stressful events can trigger this into overload and exasperate gut symptoms.
When someone’s GI system is in turmoil, whether a little or a lot, they can’t think as clearly. Emotions may flare up. They may be more negative or pessimistic. It’s hard being around these “negative Nancy’s”. However, it is important to note, it is all because their gut is a mess. If you stick by them, support them, inspire them and motivate them, it will help keep their spirits high and positivity in the forefront. When they sit alone for too long, this allows them the opportunity to dwell on possible misfortunes.
Our Mind – the Warrior
Our mind is a powerful tool. When you believe you can do something, you can. When you commit to something, you can accomplish anything. Knowing you can is over half the battle. So when the gut is a mess, focus on tools that can engage, support and lift the mind. Aromatherapy is one of the most powerful tools to do this. Our sense of smell is the only sense that is faster than instant. It is a direct link to the brain to assess a situation immediately, communicate with the gut brain to take action, which then engages the 3rd brain, the microbiome to provide the tools to carry out the job.
Science shows the Limbic System’s role is behavior, responses and reactions. It is a driving force behind why and how we respond to a situation in addition to emotions, motivations, drive and ambition. This system is also activated by inhaling, 100% pure essential oils. Imagine, waking up every day with an aromatherapy scent or blend that puts you in a good mood, engages your brain to function and think, increases energy and boosts your immune system. Further, if you smelled your favorite scent or blend throughout the daytime, do you think your stress levels would be better? Even better, when you smell relaxing and calming scents before bed, you can fall asleep easy, get a good deep sleep and wake up feeling rested. Sound good? Your gut thinks so.
Worrier Warrior Solutions
Here are the tools I use to the strengthen my intestinal system, gut-brain communications and over-worrying tendencies:
- Aromatherapy – I diffuse and use my aromatherapy sprays and lotions daily.
- Probiotics – a MUST have for everyone! Probiotics strengthen the microbiome, immune system, digestive function and gut-brain communication. My favorite one contains bacopa (a brain herb) and red reishi (an immune herb).
- Hydration & Minerals – I drink at least half of my body weight in water (in ounces) daily and add in an extra cup of herbal minerals tea. Minerals help you absorb the water you drink.
- Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9) – good fats nourish the gut, brain and nerves to enhance cell communication, message delivery and overall functions of every body system.
- Slipper Elm – -to calm bowel spasms, IBS cramps and intestinal discomfort.
- Digestive Enzymes – to help break down food, absorb, assimilate and utilize the nutrients.