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Crystals and Essential Oils

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Crystals and essential oils work in harmony with each other and can be used in many different ways. Many have similar properties and when combined have powerful synergistic effects. It is important to realize that crystals can magnify and transmit the healer’s intent so be clear what your intent is before beginning the healing session.

These are some of the crystal and essential oil pairings you may like to consider. There are no hard and fast rules except to be guided by your intuition.

AmethystAmethyst and lavender – calming, anxiety and insomnia.

BloodstoneBloodstone and cedarwood – grounding and courage.

bluelaceagate

Blue lace agate and German chamomile – stress, inflammation, letting go of out dated beliefs and worries.

Citrine

Citrine and rosemary – self-confidence, motivation, creativity and concentration.

 

hematite-wandHematite and myrrh – grounding, harmonises body, mind and spirit.

labradorite

Labradorite and sandalwood – intuition, introspection and stress.

moonstone

Moonstone and clary sage – intuition, emotional stress, PMS and mood swings.

rose-quartz-wandRose quartz and rose – compassion, love and healing.

sunstonesSunstone and bergamot – antidepressant, anger, vitality, confidence and optimism.

Ways to use
Place a tumblestone in your massage oil to potentise it. You may then add your essential oils. 2 or 3 drops of essential oil to 10 mls of vegetable oil is sufficient if you are making an energetic blend.

Crystal spheres and wands can be used to massage painful parts of the body. Bloodstone and hematite are good to use for this purpose.

Hematite is also very useful for grounding people who are feeling spaced out after massage. Gently rub a tumblestone under the soles of their feet or along their lower legs.

A tumblestone for example, citrine can be placed in 50 mls of spring water to potentise it, the crystal is then removed and the water poured into a spray bottle. 8-10 drops of an essential oil for example juniper, sage or spruce can then be added to the bottle, shaken and used to cleanse the room after each healing session.

Cleaning your crystals
The easiest way to cleanse your crystals is to place them under running water with the intention they will be cleansed. Another simple way is to clap your hands, hum, chant or ring a bell over your crystals.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globus/Eucalyptus radiata)

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“When I used to walk through the big Eucalyptus forests,
I had trouble preventing myself from leaving my body.”
Bashistya Shivananta

Eucalyptus is one of the oils I grew up with. In times past whenever we had a cold or blocked nose we were given eucalyptus to smell usually on a tissue to help ease the symptoms. It is used in balms and cough lozenges and the trees are what give the Blue Mountains near Sydney their name.

Family: Myrtaceae

Synonyms: Tasmanian blue gum (E. globus), Eucalyptus australiana, Narrowed leaved peppermint gum (E. radiata).

Aroma: Fresh, peppery-camphoraceous, medicinal. (E. radiata), camphoraceous with a woody sweet undertone (E. globus).

Colour: Colourless to pale yellow.

eucalyptus-barkPlant: E. radiata is a small green evergreen tree growing to 15 metres. Trees growing to 30 metres have been found in old growth forests. E.globus can grow to 40 metres and has leathery pale blue green lanceolate leaves. The oldest bark peels off in long reddish patches, leaving a smooth, pale grey bark.

Main Growing Areas: China, North and South America, Europe, India, Africa (E. globus), Australia (E. radiata).

Major Constituents: 1.8 cineole, alpha-terpineol, limonene (E. radiata), 1.8 cineole, a-pinene, globulol.

Interesting snippets: Although E. globus is produced in large quantities around the world it is not distilled in Australia.

The eucalyptus is indigenous to Australia but has been planted in many other parts of the world from Australian seed.

Indigenous Australians used eucalyptus leaves in decoctions and poultices for fever, respiratory problems and wound healing.

eucalyptus flowersThe name comes from the Greek word eucalyptos meaning well covered, because the flower buds are covered with a cup like membrane, which is thrown off as the flower expands.

Eucalyptus essential oil was first distilled in Australia in 1788 and today produces 5 –10% of the 2000 – 3000 tons produced annually worldwide.

Eucalyptus trees were planted in the most marshy and malarial areas of Algiers and due to the powerful drying action of the roots on the soil they turned those areas into some of the driest.

Part of Plant used / Extraction: Leaves and twigs by steam distillation. Yields 3% from fresh material and 1.5% from dry.

eucalyptus-treesTherapeutic actions: Opens blocked nasal and respiratory passages so useful for colds, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, laryngitis and tonsillitis. Muscle pain and arthritis. Increases concentration and logical thought.

Emotional and Spiritual: Fresh and uplifting. Helps to dispel feelings of pessimism and listlessness. Helps to provide a positive outlook. Dispels stagnant feelings and negative energy allowing us to be open to other possibilities.

Valerie Ann Worwood writes that Eucalyptus radiata is a fragrance of newness, renewal and the seeking of new horizons while being fully aware of the past. Eucalyptus awakens the power of our own healer within and is a precursor to the fragrances that exist on an angelic frequency. Its role is to encapsulate the spirit within the physical form.

Gabriel Mojay writes that eucalyptus is suited to people who feel hemmed in by their surroundings. They sense the possibility of achieving greater freedom but dare not seek to create it due to excessive caution, fear or responsibility. Eucalyptus helps dispel the negative feelings and gives them inwardly room to breathe, leading to either change or greater acceptance thus transforming a sense of suffocation into one of expansive renewal.

Robbi Zeck advises the use of Eucalyptus when you are overwhelmed with the many components in your life that require attention. She writes to get organised, create systems and plan ahead. Breathe in the stimulating aroma of Eucalyptus and imagine oxygen being received by every cell in your body expanding and integrating your thinking processes.

Patricia Davis writes to use Eucalyptus to cleanse any rooms or areas where there has been conflict both physical and verbal or where any negative energies are felt.

Philippe Mailhebiau thinks Eucalyptus is one of the best essential oils that we can discover and one, which helps us to reveal the best of ourselves.

Aromatherapy Insight Card:

EucalyptusCourtesy of J.Jefferies & K. Osborn

Integration: Removes self-imposed restrictions, releases regrets and fears. Remove confusion and link all parts of the equation to make the whole you were seeking in the first place. Be spontaneous, give up negative habits and achieve the freedom you seek. Experience the lightness of Eucalyptus as you stop being predictable and integrate everything outside your box.

Fragrant Change Healing Cards: My life is filled with unlimited possibilities.

Eucalyptus Fragrant Change Healing Card

Contemplations For the Soul Card:

Eucalyptus Contemplations for the Soul card

Are you feeling angry and frustrated because your needs are not being met?
Are you feeling hemmed in by people, circumstances or your own inability to change?
When things don’t work out the way you want, do you blame and try to manipulate others rather than accept you may be fully or partly to blame and look at ways you can change the situation?
Release all your regrets about not having the life you wanted, face your fears and move towards the freedom you want.
If you cannot change than either accept the way things are or compromise.
Take responsibility for your decision and stop blaming others for the life you are living.

Safety: Safe when used externally. Inhalation is not recommended for babies under 12 months old or for people who are prone to asthma. There have been serious side effects noted when the pure oil was taken internally.

Sources: Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. The Perfect Potion, Australia (1995)
Davis, P, Subtle Aromatherapy. The C.W.Daniel Company Ltd. (1992)
Hodges C. Contemplations for the Soul (2016)
Hodges C, Fragrant Change Healing Cards (2015)
Jefferies J, Osborn. K, Aromatherapy Insight Cards. Living Energy, Aust. (2nd Ed. 2005)
Kerr, J, Eucalyptus Essential Oil Profile. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.30 (2004)
Mailhebiau P, Portraits in Oils. The C.W.Daniel Company Ltd. (1995)
Mojay G, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Hodder and Stoughton (1996)
Worwood, V.A, The Fragrant Heavens. Doubleday Publishing UK (1999)
Zeck R, The Blossoming Heart. Aroma Tours (2004)

Essential Oils and Overwhelm

essential oils and overwhelm

Many people today are in a state of overwhelm. How many times do you hear someone say, “I have so much to do, I don’t know where to start.” or “I’m so overwhelmed, I can’t cope.” and perhaps burst into tears?

OverwhelmOverwhelm occurs when you are stressed, stuck and afraid to tackle something that is unknown, difficult or scares you. It is the fear that you have too much to do, too little time or energy, don’t know where to start and will never get it all done. It is a form of procrastination especially for the perfectionist and those who feel responsible for everything and everyone. For those who have poor self-esteem and lack personal boundaries, the inability to say no can result in overwhelm when they realize they can’t fulfil all their commitments.

Overwhelm manifests on both physical and emotional levels and can show up as tight neck and shoulders, a knot in your stomach, tiredness, stress, confusion, anxiety, helplessness, lack of motivation, short-temper and panic attacks. Each person is unique and so your way of manifesting overwhelm will be unique to you.

Burnout occurs when overwhelm has been present for an extended period of time without being addressed.

Here are a few tips and essential oils to help you get out of overwhelm and back on track.
1. Admit you are overwhelmed and ask for help.

2. Make a to-do list of all that needs to be done. Choose 3 to 5 tasks to do each day. These may be the most pressing, or will help you breathe easier and give you a sense of accomplishment once they are completed. Also consider choosing tasks that once done will eliminate the need to do other tasks on your list. Only plan to finish these tasks so they can be crossed off your list. Should you finish these quickly you then have the choice to add another 3 to 5 tasks or give yourself time for you and your own self-nourishment.

3. Learn to say no. This can be difficult when you have low self-esteem or difficulty setting boundaries. Pine essential oil (along with an affirmation or mantra such as I am worthy and I can say no) used on your solar plexus can be helpful here.

4. Delegate and let others help you. You don’t have to do it all. If you feel responsible for everyone and everything try using black pepper essential oil in your diffuser or on your solar plexus or sacral chakras.

5. If there seem to be too many tasks and you don’t know which to choose first try meditating with neroli or sandalwood. Meditation can be as simple as taking 5 minutes to inhale the oil and savouring the aroma or of going into the garden and really seeing a flower or looking out the window and really concentrating on an object. After taking this time out look at your list again and choose.

6. Get grounded. When you are overwhelmed your energy is scattered. Try grounding yourself by going outside, taking off your shoes and socks and putting your feet on the grass or some other natural surface. Take a barefoot walk, lie on the grass and look at the clouds, sit on the ground and do some deep breathing. Breathe in vetiver, a very grounding oil, if you don’t have access to the outdoors.

7. Consider what you are avoiding and what the fear is behind it. Once you are clear about what’s stopping you, face the fear and go and do the task. Use nutmeg to help you over that feeling that it’s all too hard, ginger to help stop procrastinating, geranium to bring balance and grapefruit to remove those heavy negative feelings.

8. Use sweet fennel in your diffuser to help you complete your tasks.

9. Once you have completed the 3-5 tasks you set yourself for the day, take some time out to nourish yourself. Have a fragrant bath, eat a nourishing meal, spend a little time outdoors, have a massage or do something you really enjoy.

Before you know it you will have completed your to-do list and have a sense of accomplishment. Continue to use the tips and essential oils above to stop you getting into overwhelm and possible burnout again.