Essential Oils and Diamond Butterfly

img_0365 A couple of days ago, I was talking to a mental health professional about how I thought part of my problems with health was because of the underlying anxiety I feel all the time. While we were talking about my husband’s death (we were married on Feb 16th) and my chronic illnesses, she handed me a cotton ball, which she laced with a couple drops of peppermint oil.

The response was almost immediate. I could feel each muscle relax. But it went even farther than the skin, muscles, and organs. I could feel the relaxation go down into the cells of my body. I felt the electrons that had been spinning like crazy, start to drop to a slower frequency. When I left our meeting, I was even smiling and holding that cotton ball to my nose.

When I drove the forty minutes home, I had one hand on the steering wheel and the other hand was holding that cotton ball to my nose. I made it home without yelling at drivers, or giving them the one-fingered salute. I think there was a silly smile on my face when I walked into my apartment. Foxy jumped and gave me the chihuahua greeting, including the waving front paws.

When I think about it, smell is one of the most powerful of our five senses even though we use visual more often or think we do. Smell is the first sense we develop and the last sense we lose.

Cinnamon and peppermint are the two smells that remind me of Christmas and magic. So now I am trying out a few other oils. Orange is a great pick-me-up. I really need that one in the morning. I’m also looking into a few that can help dry skin and kidney function.

Peppermint is still my go-to when I lie down and my brain starts to roll and spark. It calms me down even quicker than lavender–maybe because it sparks a feeling of safety.

Now here is an excerpt from my current WIP Diamond Butterfly:

The snow came down wet and heavy as I trudged down a dirt road, marked by slashes on the trees. Without those slashes I couldn’t see the road, and I still had to hike a couple of miles before I made it to the cabin at the end of the road. My baby boy’s sleeping breath warmed my neck as I carried him on my back, wrapped in a blanket. With his weight on my back, I tested each footstep. If we fell in the snow, hypothermia could be a problem. I couldn’t fall.

I had been driving down that road like a demon with the snow hitting the windshield. I should have gotten new blades, hell, new tires when I realized that I was heading for the storm. The heater kept a small portion of my windshield clear. I might not have jerked and slid off the road, barely hitting a tree if I had seen the black creature earlier. Now I was walking in the storm and trying to keep my baby warm.

The snow dampened the sound around me. I could only hear the crunch of my own boots. Even the birds and smaller animals were hidden in burrows, snoring. I opened my mouth to taste the air. I couldn’t smell or taste anything around me, just wet and more wet.

I reached back and touched my boy’s small foot. It was soft and warm. I felt a quick relief. If I could just make it to the cabin soon without getting lost, we would be fine. I took a deep breath and followed the slashes, the loaded revolver heavy in my pocket.
How did I, Nova Tewa, obedient granddaughter, get into this predicament?


Don’t forget– Dragon Boy is my new release:

If you’re down on your luck, come to Hilda’s Inn for a game of dice and cheap ale. The hundred-year-stew has been stewing for a hundred years and the fire never burns out.

Except Hilda’s Inn is under new management, and Hilda is on the run with Davi, a dragonling. There will be dwarfs, ogres, dragons, and magical trinkets between Delhaven and Koenigstadt, the king’s city.

Don’t forget that the woods are not a safe place–the Draugr is lurking and
hungry. And, he has a taste for magic

8 thoughts on “Essential Oils and Diamond Butterfly

  1. I love your writing. EO’s are actually a physical and physiological thing that happen in your body. When you inhale them they go to the pineal (or emotional) portion of your brain and attach to your near receptors. They send a message to the brain to relax, ground and be calm (is the case for lavender), then the pineal portion of the brain adjusts your hormones adrenaline and cortisol to name a couple, which in turn calm your body down. Each oil has different and hundreds of chemicals compounds in every drop, so they all work differently from each other and different with peoples body chemistry, which is why you have to find the right oil for your body. I diffuse oils all day long at my desk, and throughout my house. My husband won’t go to sleep without his diffuser going on his night stand. They are a wonderful calming tool to have around the house. I will say not all oils are created equal, and make sure you use a therapeutic grade essential oil so that you are getting only the oils that are extracted from the plants. A lot of cheaper oils you can get at big box stores are nothing more than olive oil with synthetic fragrances in them and they won’t deliver the same calming effects. I hope you continue to love your oil journey.

    • Thank you– I have used lavender before, but recently I was introduced to peppermint and orange. I am hoping to find others that help me. Since I have been on chemo for a long time (autoimmune disease), most of my hormones are pretty confused. 🙂

      • Cyn, sorry about the chemo, I hope the Lavender is helping. You might try diffusing some, they not only effect you physically, but emotionally. I actually distribute EO’s for a company, I can send you more information if you want.

      • Shannonbrunskill I have been on an oral chemo for over fourteen years now. I deal with the aftermath pretty well considering. 🙂 Please send me info at I have to be very careful with some of these companies because I do have a very sensitive nose.

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