How to Heal PTSD and Panic Attacks (and why #YesAllWomen is relevant)

Heal PTSD and Anxiety with Essential Oils | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

As an abuse survivor, I know firsthand what it’s like to suffer from PTSD.  And as an advocate for traditional real foods and natural medicine, I know firsthand what it’s like to look for safe but effective natural remedies.  I’ll be frank: in the middle of a panic attack, I cannot afford to rely on nothing.  It’s just plain common sense for me to have a prescription that can help me immediately, whether I know it’s “natural” or not.  At least, until I can find a replacement that works as well as a prescription.

I still have lingering effects from the abuse that I grew up surrounded by: panic attacks, hypervigilance, a tendency to dislike loud noises, chronic stress, sleep problems, etc.  But the good news is that I find relief in real food and in real homemade natural remedies.  I am only learning to use essential oils well this year, and I wish I had started earlier.  Because I have found that essential oils work, in some cases, just as well as their over the counter counterparts.  For example, Deep Relief works just as well as acetaminophen for me. [Read more…]

Living with a Pedophile: My Story of Trauma and Metabolism

 

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(Trigger warning for violence, sexual, physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse.)

I am an abuse survivor.  When I was a child, I was exposed to a pedophile.  Then the pedophile used my body repeatedly, rendering me psychologically injured and scared.  He managed to engage me, groom me, and then use me.  When he stopped assaulting me the fourth time, he terrified me so much that I never told a soul until I was in college seeing my first counselor.  I was 20.

I used to count 4 instances of abuse on one hand, but have since been able to see that abuse is more than just the assault itself.  I was assaulted four times, but I was abused far more often as I lived with the constant stressor of social and sexual deviance in my home life.  It still makes my mind into a bit of a pretzel when I think of it in this new way, but I’m practicing and it gets easier each time.

So now, instead of saying “I was sexually abused 4 times”, I simply say that I lived with a pedophile who used my body.  He used me sexually when he groped me, but he also used me in a myriad of other ways.  He manipulated me, he intimidated me, he lied to me, and many other unhealthy, hurtful things. [Read more…]