Sandy Chasteen is a holistic health coach that has overcome many health challenges during her own personal journey and is now focused on helping others overcome anxiety, depression and PTSD, decreasing their dependency on pharmaceuticals. She leads a large doTERRA essential oils team and is an instructor for the doTERRA Aromatouch Technique. She offers a variety of classes throughout OC and via Zoom each month. She also leads a monthly networking group called “Lunch Bunch” where holistic practitioners gather to connect, collaborate and share resources; they meet the third Friday of each month at BOTI Studios in Anaheim from 11-1:30. She can be reached at (949) 439-7759 and can be found on IG, FB and www.sandychasteen.com.
By Sandy Chasteen
As the airplane descended on to the shores of Oahu, my body started to shake and tremble. My heart began racing and I was sweating profusely. Panic swept over me. My family looked at me in shock and helplessness, as I began to sob uncontrollably in my seat. We had just spent a week long vacation on the Big Island and were now simply transferring from one island to the other along the Hawaiian chain…what was happening to me? Why was my body responding this way? Well, I now know it was a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) episode.
Five years ago, I was introduced to doTERRA essential oils through the Aromatouch Technique. A girl that I met at a networking event offered to come over to my home on my birthday, and to share this experience. It’s the clinical, therapeutic application of 8 different essential oils and blends, that work synergistically to help the body ground, relax, boost the immune system, promote a healthy inflammatory response, and create a higher level of homeostasis. At the end of the experience, I thought to myself, “Wow, that was the lamest “massage” ever!”
But it wasn’t “a massage.” It was a very specific way to topically apply a large dose of oils to trigger healing in the body. And it did just that! When I sat up on the table, I was flooded with a series of memories from various points in my life, like a super-fast slide show. I didn’t realize what had happened at the time, but I intuitively knew at that moment that I wanted to incorporate this modality in to my holistic health coaching practice. I felt an overwhelming compunction to create a holistic community. I launched my doTERRA business and also created a group called “Lunch Bunch” where we casually meet monthly to connect and learn from each other. I had no idea the journey that was in store for me, and how these concepts would merge for my personal healing.
My husband, daughter, and I lived on Oahu for three years while I was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base from 1998-2001. There were a series of traumatic circumstances and events that our family experienced during that time. While this series of events occurred about 20 years ago, my body “remembered” and was letting ME know that I still had trauma to release. Sometimes a sight, sound, smell or visiting the location of a trauma can set off a PTSD episode. Apparently, I had done such a fabulous job compartmentalizing the extreme trauma I experienced, that it remained just below the surface of my current awareness for 20 years. It was now time to become fully aware of and release the core triggers. And so, my healing journey continued. My entire family had already overcome a wide variety of serious health challenges. I felt like, just when I thought everything was smooth sailing this came out of nowhere to deal with. Ugh. I now understand that it was my daily use of essential oils that helped these memories emerge from their concealed status. A blessing, because I am now releasing mountains of pent up trauma, but it is also a delicate process that is often difficult to navigate.
In the past, pharmaceuticals and anti-depressants were not a positive fit for me. I was actually a pharmaceutical sales rep before I became a holistic health coach, so knew the ins and outs of many types of medications. But for me, I was one of the many that within days of beginning the medication, I experienced the overwhelming desire to literally plow my SUV into a nearby lake. The suicidal urges were severe and seemingly insurmountable. I had to find other options before I became a statistic. And those statistics as we all know are staggering. Our nation faces epidemic proportions of suicides and opioid overdoses—I knew that wasn’t a solution for me.
Our week’s vacation on Oahu was horrific for me. The panic attacks continued, gaining intensity as we passed different locations on the island that held memories. Flashbacks ensued. Night sweats. There were hours spent locked in the bathroom where I sat in the tub rocking back and forth sobbing while my family sat not knowing how to help. There were moments where I was thrown in to full panic attack mode without warning. I burst in to tears in public places with no tangible reason.
I was totally unprepared for that experience. Our family is overall pretty healthy-I have perfect bloodwork and have helped others for a living, for crying out loud! I was embarrassed and stunned that I did not have the right tools with me to find balance at that moment. But when I got home, I got to work.
I dove in to a variety of holistic modalities that I knew about through my work as a holistic health coach. I lead a monthly networking group called “Lunch Bunch” where we gather monthly to connect, collaborate, and support each other. So I simply tapped into the practitioners that I knew and trusted, and engaged in an entire program of healing myself. I modified my nutritional supplementation regime to ensure my gut could create hormones that my body needed. I lead a large doTERRA team, and I teach classes in basic oils application and lifestyle transformation (including a class on emotions), but I wasn’t using the right oil combinations to handle my PTSD. Now I know exactly which ones to use, and I do so on a daily basis with great success! I returned to meditating and began practicing Kundalini yoga. The intense breathwork patterns were extremely helpful in releasing deeply pent up grief and other tucked emotions and trauma. I experienced powerful healing sessions with Emotion Code, Emotional Freedom Technique, energetic healing, and hypnotherapy to access and release the buried trauma. It worked!
Now, two years later, memory fragments from my military experiences still emerge periodically for release, but I now understand where some of the more traumatic memories are coming from. I have an entire team of holistic professionals with amazing skill sets that have partnered with me on this new path of wellness. I have tools. I know what to do. It is extremely empowering. I still experience short bursts of trauma release, but am able to quickly turn the situation around to clear the trigger, and move forward (without the use of addictive pharmaceuticals). As an added bonus, my spiritual practices are firmly rooted, giving me new direction and purpose.
There’s LOTS more to this story. I now know why these memories were hidden from me for so long, (that’s a whole different article.) It has been a fascinating journey of discovery, awakening and alignment for my soul’s purpose and what I am creating here. I love my life and serving others to heal and awaken along their own individual soul’s path.
My core message to anyone and everyone suffering from any form of anxiety, depression, and PTSD (and beyond!) …is there are SO many modalities-beyond pharmaceuticals-available to us! I now use essential oils as my main modality to help people reduce their dependency on pharmaceuticals and find balance. My “currency” in the holistic community is offering the Aromatouch Technique. I highly encourage a well-rounded approach including other holistic modalities to help bring lasting balance to the body, mind, and spirit.
Peace, well-being, and balance really can be achieved! I am living proof. And now I passionately share these insights and resources with anyone in need. I invite anyone ready to take a step forward to reach out to me for a complimentary Wellness Consult where I can share my insights with you; we can look at the options I am well-versed in, and then I can guide you through modalities that my network of healers can support you in. You can meet us in person by joining us at our Lunch Bunch gatherings! I facilitate this group, where each attendee gets two minutes to share their modality and programs offered over a pot luck lunch. Afterwards, we share raffles and even trade services via a “Treasure Chest” that I provide where practitioners are able to place products and services “in” and “take out” other practitioners’ products, services (and essential oils, of course!) in trade. I am so thankful and grateful that Spirit guided me to create this group—it has been such a blessing in my healing journey. I hope it serves your journey, as well! Namaste
Sandy Chasteen is a holistic health coach that has overcome many health challenges during her own personal journey and is now focused on helping others overcome anxiety, depression and PTSD, decreasing their dependency on pharmaceuticals. She leads a large doTERRA essential oils team and is an instructor for the doTERRA Aromatouch Technique. She offers a variety of classes throughout OC and via Zoom each month. She also leads a monthly networking group called “Lunch Bunch” where holistic practitioners gather to connect, collaborate and share resources; they meet the third Friday of each month at BOTI Studios in Anaheim from 11-1:30. She can be reached at (949) 439-7759 and can be found on IG, FB and . Join her oils education page on FB: “Sharing Essential Health” where she shares tools, resources & promotes events to help people move forward towards physical, emotional and financial wellness. Contact Sandy to set up a complimentary Wellness Consult to help you find natural solutions to live your best life!