To create a light euphoric atmosphere sprinkle Clary sage around a room, or put a few drops into a bowl of warm water. Having lived and worked with essential oils for several years I tend to take them for granted, yet visitors always comment on the beautiful aromas and I could not imagine life without this essence. I would rather live with the scent of freshly picked flowers and herbs than with the array of household pollutants we buy to freshen our spaces. Essential oils should be chosen according to the ‘mood’ of the party or the occasion. Bergamont, orange and rosewood for summers evenings Frankincense, pine and orange for Christmas Ylang Ylang and rose for romance Orange and Lemon for energy and vibrance Geranium and Lavender for relaxation and decadence Rose or rosewood for feminine spaces The choice and permutations are only subject to personal preference and budget – experiment!
This oil can be used in the treatment of grief, shock or trauma, yet life can provide many stresses that aren’t necessarily as large yet mini traumas can be created as we have concerns or minor upsets. Sometimes these stresses remain underneath the surface only to rear their head once we lay down and close our eyes in sleep. Neroli has the most divine and uplifting scent, turning pessimism and agitation to serenity, this is a great oil to scent the bedroom and preparing a calming atmosphere. Put a few drops of Neroli and sweet orange oil, which is an equally soothing oil and from the same plant family (Neroli from the blossom of the orange tree, sweet orange extracted from the find of the fruit) into an oil burner or diffuser half an hour before bed.
Promoting peacefulness and comfort, the oil from this gentle flower can ease frustration and disappoint and calm anxiety. this will aid the churning of thoughts that can make sleep so evasive. Try a drop or 2 in a tablespoon of a light oil such as sunflower or coconut into a warm bath , will allow its sweet scent to calm the mind and muscles.
Rose oil has always been highly prized with Roman Emperors being so fond of the aroma that they poured rose water into the canals running through their gardens. Certain essentail oils have ‘heady’ euphoric qualities and can bring the magic and mystique of ancient civilisations in return. With the heavier perfume note of rose being suited to bedrooms and seduction, as its our is on a level similar to that of body scent, as opposed to light citrus oils that are reminiscent of the fresh outdoors and open spaces. Rose is the most favourite scent and perfume of all time. It has been used throughout centuries, being mentioned in the Kama Sutra and Perfumed Garden and is still being incorporated into most high class perfumes of today. Rose otto has always been of cost, and always will be, due to the small yield of essential oil from each flower. Yet the cost is high in comparison to that of other essential oils. Rose otto is distilled from the variety of rose know as rosa damascene. …
Lavender can assist in letting go of pent up tension, it has a beneficial influence upon the respiratory tract, aiding deep breathing. It has a supreme sedative effect making it a nervous system relaxant, whilst its soothing qualities make an excellent choice for calming the mind and body before sleep. It is however often misused. The key is to ensure you keep the amount used to a small minimum, this method is called subtle aromatherapy and it can have a greater effect upon the mind and emotions. Lavender can actually be quite stimulating when used in greater amounts and especially before sleep when our senses don’t need over stimulating. therefore splashing drops on a pillow is not as well served as a drop onto a handkerchief placed underneath the pillow.
A balancing blend of relaxing patchouli, uplifting geranium, nurturing rose and rejuvenating frankincense. The blend works together to relax, calm and restore balance to your body and mind. This blend helps harmonise imbalances during menstruation and menopause both emotionally and physically. The rose and geranium help take the edge off your emotions to support inner clarity and poise. Ideal during hormonal changes For serenity and poise Calming when emotions run high Diffusers & Burners A natural air freshener, this technique creates a balancing ambiance and mood. For adults, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser or burner. For children over 2 years old, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser. Inhalation This technique helps to clear your head and nose. For adults, add 4–6 drops to a bowl of steaming water, pace a towel over your head and breathe. Children over 2 years old, adults with sensitive skin and asthmatics should not inhale directly. Instead, place the bowl of hot water with added oils in the room nearby. Resource: Neils Yard Remedies
Cedarwood brings people together. It inspires feelings of belonging and helps us to become aware of the support networks that are already a part of our life. This woodsy oil can be applied to the arms, legs and feet with a few drops of carrier oil (see above). It’s also perfect for diffusing, or simply rubbing a drop between the palms and inhaling.
In kundalini we greet each other with the phrase Sat Nam. This mantra is loosely translated to I am Truth or Truth is My name. It is a reminder that everything is within us, that our value is infinite, that we are divine. Frankincense is a perfect oil for kundalini as it supports us in living our truth and letting go of lower vibration thoughts. It helps us to connect with divine love and enhances meditation. It helps to reveal our truth and supports us in connecting with our Self. In the morning before a yoga practice, to apply a few drops into a diffuser , inhale and the aroma will enhance experience and atmosphere.
Through the practice of yoga we move our bodies, vibrate mantra, open our voices and meditate so as to create a more easeful flow of kundalini energy through the spine. The practice helps us to remove blocks and stagnation, which is where Clary Sage can be a great support. This oil assists with spiritual clarity, intuition and opening creative channels. It can be used to assist in connecting with the spiritual world and to visualise new possibilities. Clary Sage can be applied to the brow point, behind the ears or diffused. The favourite ways to use this oil is in the bath with Himalayan or epsom salts. Experimenting with the many oils available is a wonderful way to deepen our practice and become the alchemist of our personal experience. Exploring new and different ways to connect with our physical, emotional and energetic bodies can be fun and enjoyable. Thank you to Dharma Temple for this resource.
For those focusing a practice of opening the heart centre through a kriya (set of prescribed exercises). Geranium is a gentle oil that can be applied over the heart with a few drops of carrier oil (almond, fractionated coconut, jojoba, among others). It is nurturing and instills feelings of unconditional love. Geranium is helpful in healing emotional wounds and the heart. Equally to diffuse the oil will immediately soften a space and invite feelings of love, warmth and coziness.