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Stress Relief for Better Health: Dr. Shelley Nash describes how the Neuro-Emotional Technique and essential oils help release emotional stress.

Jan 02, 2015 12:58PM ● By Dr. Shelley Nash

Stress plays a role in many important body systems; mental and emotional balance, hormones, circulation and general cellular function. Learning ways to reduce our stress can help us stay healthy and active for many years to come. The process of releasing mental and emotional stress can be frustrating, because we all hold some unresolved feelings of pain and hurt from our past. Healing emotional wounds takes time, and there are many emotional patterns within the network of our nervous system. Researchers have found that not only are emotions held in the mind, they are also in cell walls throughout the body. Emotional health is important because it affects our entire body.

Holistic practitioners that understand the body-mind connection are beginning to use alternative modalities such as Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) and essential oils to assist the body to release emotional stress. These methods work at the subconscious level of the mind to unlock unconscious patterns of emotional stress that can keep us stuck. NET is a technique used by chiropractors, acupuncturists and psychotherapists to access these subconscious patterns, guide us to identify unresolved real or imagined events, and help the body to release their emotional charge.

Essential oils can also be used for emotional stress relief. When inhaled, they pass through the mid-brain, or subconscious mind, referred to as the seat of emotion. Each essential oil can bring balance to the body physically, emotionally and spiritually. Higher quality essential oils have been shown to be active enough to permeate the cell membrane, thus maximizing its benefits. Because emotions are held in the cells, regular use of essential oils can be helpful in allowing the body to heal itself by releasing the intensity of past hurts and pain.

Healthy daily habits that can help relieve emotional stress include: mild exercises like walking and yoga; increasing heart rate with cardiovascular exercise three times a week; eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables; avoiding sugar and alcohol; practicing meditation and mindfulness exercises; and getting eight or nine hours of sleep. Finding a qualified holistic practitioner can help achieve emotional balance and improve our quality of life.

For more information, contact Dr. Shelley Nash, a holistic chiropractor certified in Neuro-Emotional Technique and an independent distributor for clinical-grade Ameo Essential Oils. For more information, visit

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