Last night I kept tossing and turning. I couldn’t get comfortable. My chest felt tight. I had this dull ache right in the middle of my chest. It hurt enough to wake me up. I bolted awake and started panicking. I shook my husband awake. I knew what was going on, but that didn’t make it any less scary.
Every night I take 50 mg of Zoloft just like I have been for many years. It really helps my anxiety and my depression. It helps me to function on an everyday basis, but there’s one downside to it. If I take my medication late or If I don’t take it with food, I tend to get really bad heartburn or acid reflux. Usually it happens within minutes of taking my medication, but last night was a slight delayed reaction. And, to make matters worse, I really messed myself up. I took my meds later than usual AND with no food! A bad combination.My husband woke up and reminded me that it was acid reflux and nothing else. Usually, even when he says this, my anxiety gets out of control, and my anxiety makes the acid reflux worse. But last night, before I let the anxiety totally set in, I looked at my husband and said, “Can you get me some oils? I need Joy, Valor II, Stress Away, and DiGize.” My husband got up and went to the living room to get me the oils I so desperately needed. I was trying very hard to not move much because every time I moved, my chest hurt more.
As soon as my husband came back to the bedroom with the oils, before anything else, I IMMEDIATELY applied one drop of Joy over my heart, one drop of Valor II across the back of my neck, and one drop of Stress Away on both of my wrists. Doing this immediately enveloped me in calming, relaxing scents, and helped to keep my anxiety at bay. This was the first time ever that I have had an acid reflux issue and my anxiety did not go into full blown panic attack mode! By applying these oils they helped me to rest, breathe, and relax.
Once I knew my anxiety was in control, I went to working on the acid reflux. I took one drop of DiGize under my tongue, and then applied a drop of DiGize over my chest where the dull ache was. DiGize is an AMAZING oil that can be used to help with digestive upset.
Now, through the help of oils, I had my anxiety under control and I was working on relieving my acid reflux. I just had to relax and give the oils time to work their magic.
My husband and I went into the living room with our girls to watch some tv while I waited to feel better. Because of the chest discomfort I was having, my back started aching. My husband took OrthoSport Massage Oil and massaged it gently onto my aching back muscles. Eventually, I started feeling better, the aching sensation started to die down, and I felt like I would be able to go back to sleep.
It took awhile, but the oils definitely worked their magic. Without the oils I would have been a full-blown mess brimming with out-of-control anxiety and acid reflux that would have only gotten worse due to the anxiety. But, thanks to the oils, I was able to remain calm, relaxed and knew that I was handling the situation the best way I could.
I am so thankful for my Young Living Essential Oils. I literally cannot live without them!
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