The use of Essential Oils is intended to be a method of reviving the sense of smell to open new avenues of consciousness and stimulate emotion and memory. By controlling this part of our environment , by beautifying the air we breathe, we can alter our moods, and assist ourselves to deal with issues on an emotional and spiritual level to prevent issues from taking physical form. We can help to relieve stress that is already apparent and that which is anticipated. We can transport ourselves to far away places or brighten environments which may be dreary.
Essential Oils are of two forms, those that stimulate and those that are sedative in nature. If one is working at a task which requires full concentration or mental alertness Oils such as peppermint, rosemary, ginger, and basil are good choices. If however one is involved in an artistic endeavor, oils such as cedarwood, rosewood , or yarrow , would be good enhancers. Both groups of oils are sometimes used to blend the stimulative and sedative properties for relaxing one self at task which still requires concentration.
Certain practitioners may want to provide a sensory environment or ambience which will enhance their patients ability to be calm under treatment. Lavender or Chamomile would be good choices for that. Counselors may find value in frankincense to break unwanted ties with the past, myrrh to assist in moving through emotional or spiritual blockages or sandalwood to help free the mind from the past.
One can benefit from the use of Essential Oils simply by having them as a background to the living or working environment. Who could resist the aroma of a pine or cedar forest, or of lemon , orange , or lavender to brighten a dreary winters day. These can be subtly brought into our environment by the use of an aromalamp which is a small bowl on a holder, heated by a small candle such as a tea light. There are also available diffusers which scent a room naturally without the use of heat or electricity by floating the Essential oil on a carrier oil such as canola or jojoba.
Or one may wish to be proactive in the treatment of a tense situation or feelings of stress from a troublesome day. An aromatherapy bath using lavender or chamomile combined with the hot water to give off fragrance can be stress reducing in itself, and combined with other breathing and meditation techniques can be a powerful force in evaporating the days stressful accumulations. Essential oils can also enhance the depth and quality of meditation by choosing the traditionally calming oils such as lime. If working hard on a project, stop from time to time and breathe in slowly and deeply of an essential oil and you can return to your work feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Essential Oils and Their Properties
Angelica: Grounds energy so that one is open to visions and messages from the higher self.
Basil : Stimulates the mind, eases decision making, and relieves gloom.
Bergamot: Opens hearts closed by grief to receive and give joy. Helps hearts already open to direct healing to others. Used with prosperity visualizations.
Birch: Relaxing and smoothing, eases tension stored in muscles.
Cedarwood: Cuts through mental blockages to deepen our connection to spirit. Excellent for deep relaxation, meditation, and psychic work.
Chamomile: Calming and soothing, with a strong effect on anger and oversensitivity. Assists in loving communication.
Cinnamon: Helps us connect with our psychic powers, used with visualization to create prosperity.
Clary Sage: Helps to encourage vivid dreams and clear inner visions. Also relieves stress.
Cypress: Helps with transitions, especially when involving decision making, gives comfort and strength in the face of loss including death.
Eucalyptus: Psychic cleanser of negative energies, especially from arguments and fights.
Fennel: Helps to ward off psychic attack and gives courage.
Frankincense: Historically a ceremonial oil, used to deepen breathing and elevate consciousness; helps to make one aware that reality is multidimensional; also helps break unwanted ties with the past.
Geranium: A psychic and physical energizer, promotes courage, confidence and success.
Jasmine: The oil of romance, considered to be a potent aphrodisiac. Helps blend physical and spiritual love.
Juniperberry: Cleans out negative psychic energy, including one’s own feelings of uncleanliness.Lavender: Calming , balancing, helps us integrate spirituality into everyday life. Can assist in sleep.
Lemongrass: Stimulates Psychic awareness.
Lime: Energizing and revitalizing; can be used in visualizing personal protection.
Marjoram: Eases lonliness and grief, unites psychic and conscious minds.
Melissa: Opens the heart center; good for anxiety, emotional shock, grief, assists in past life recall.
Myrrh: Grounds spiritual energy, aids in meditation, helps us move through emotional and spiritual blockages.
Orange: Creates inner and outer atmosphere of cheer.
Patchouli: A grounding oil which connects our physical selves ; aphrodisiac.
Peppermint: Mental stimulant; balances both the overblown and under developed ego.
Rose: Heart opener, facilitates creativity, helps to bring a spiritual content to sexual relationships.
Rosemary: Psychic protector; stimulant which promotes mental clarity.
Rosewood: Calms without inducing drowsiness; excellent for meditation.
Sandalwood: Stills the conscious mind so a meditative state can be achieved; helps free the mind from the past.
Tea-Tree: Considered to be a universal panacea; wide variety of uses.
Vetiver: With its wonderful earthy smell this is one of the most powerful grounding oils.