Stress and anxiety are something that I specialise in as a therapist, & I use a combination of Reflexology & / or Aromatherapy to help people with this.
Lately I have been making lots of blends for teenagers who are struggling.
A combination of School & exam pressure, not least the uncertainty of the will we / will we not debate over sitting exams, struggles with relationships / friendships & a sense of self worth seem to be common issues right now.
Lack of concentration, trouble sleeping, showing less interest in things they usually enjoy, mood swings, self harm & drug / alcohol use, have been mentioned to me by concerned parents.
I have been blending a combination of oils for these teens to use, either in a rollerball, for use in pulse points, an Inhalator, & / or a blend for a diffuser in the family home - because it is important not to forget that teens who are struggling can affect the mood and dynamic of the entire household.
I don't use the same blend - I vary, depending on what the teenager is experiencing. The blends are all as individual as the children.
Some need a mood boosting oil, such as orange or grapefruit, some need a calming oil, such as lavender or Chamomile, and although Clary sage is, in my opinion, one of the best oils for anxiety & low mood, I never use it if drug or alcohol abuse is indicated.
It is important if your child is struggling to listen, not to show judgement, just let them know you are there when they are ready to talk.
Cook healthy nutritious meals, even if they don't have much appetite, as there is a link between gut health and mental health.
Try to encourage them to exercise, to boost serotonin levels and reduce the need for "fight / flight" & encourage some time for them to switch off from their technology to allow themselves to fully relax.
Individual cautions and dilution rates apply, as always.
Any parents with immediate concerns to their child's safety should contact their GP. The website mind.org.uk has useful information, links and advice.
Clare Newman has been practising Holistic therapies since 2011, With a deep love & Knowledge of many Holistic therapies, Clare aims to promote relaxation for her client's and firmly believes that Holistic therapy should treat the root cause and not just the symptoms.