Recovering from 9/11

Sep 11, 06:01 PM

Ten years ago, our nation witnessed a horrific catastrophe as terrorists held the country captive, not just for a few hours during their attacks, but for weeks as air traffic was halted and months as we watched the recovery and cleanup at the site of the former World Trade Center. During this time, and for many months after, the events of September 11 were replayed over and over in the media, imprinting the trauma even more deeply on the American public. 

During the past few weeks, the media coverage has been extreme and upsetting to many. Instead of a brief, solemn observance, September 11 has been turned into a media circus. I've even been invited to two 9/11 parties (yes, the hosts are referring to them as "parties").

The events of that day will never be forgotten by any American who had access to a radio or television, just as we will never forget the assassination of President Kennedy or the bombing of Pearl Harbor. However, it doesn't serve us to hang on to the trauma or to let it define us as individuals or as a nation. September 11 has done enough damage to the American psyche already. It's time to let go.

Sylla Sheppard-Hanger is an aromatherapist who spent over a year working with first responders in Manhattan after the tragedy. Her non-profit organization, United Aromatherapy Effort (UAE), developed an essential oil blend to help firemen, police and many others heal from the trauma of 9/11. Sylla was kind enough to share her recipe for this blend on UAE's Facebook page, and I have modified it for a smaller quantity. Should you decide to reproduce the blend for anything other than your own personal use, please give credit to Sylla and UAE.

CERMT Purification Blend

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia)          5.3 ml
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis, chemotype unspecified)          10.5 ml
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)          3.5 ml
Siberian Fir (Abies siberica)          1.8 ml
Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquinervia viridiflora)          1.8 ml
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)          3.5 ml
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)          1.8 ml

Mix all essential oils together thoroughly. This blend yields about 1 oz., and can be used as is in an aromatherapy diffuser. Sylla and her team diluted it in high proof alcohol for use as a room/personal spray. It can also be diluted in sweet almond oil or a similar cold pressed vegetable carrier and used as an anointing blend. If you plan to employ the blend as a spray or for topical anointing, use a 2% dilution.

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