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Essential Oils and Crystals for the Crown Chakra

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The crown chakra is located on the crown of the head and is associated with divine wisdom, spiritual awareness, connection to your Higher Self and enlightenment.

When in balance you have faith in a Higher Power, believe that you are divinely guided and protected and can put things into perspective. You feel happy and are comfortable expressing your own form of spirituality. You may also experience claircognizance knowing, without knowing how you know.

When out of balance you may have difficulty with finishing things, constantly seek validation from others, feel that your life is without meaning or sense of purpose, spacey, ungrounded, indecisive, alienated, confused, cut off from spirituality, fear opening up to your Higher Self or a Higher Power. You may feel disassociated from or unattached to your physical body.

On a physical level you may have chronic exhaustion, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, learning disabilities or problems with perception.

Some questions to consider and perhaps journal about
Do you feel disconnected from your higher Self?
Do you feel or know you have a purpose in life and are fulfilling it?
Do you live by your spiritual truths?
Are you rigid in your thoughts and beliefs?
Do you meditate? When?
Do you feel that you have to give up money to be true to your spiritual path?
Do you often neglect others in favour of connecting to a Higher Power, angels, ascended masters or guides?

15 essential oils that can help with crown chakra issues
Crown chakra issues that relate to intuition and spirituality can be addressed with the help of essential oils.

The oils can be used in various ways including inhalation, bathing, anointing, massage and as perfumes.

AngelicaAngelica (Angelica archangelica) helps you connect with the angelic realm and your spiritual purpose.

BasilBasil (Ocimum basilicum) raises your vibration and helps you change your reality by accepting new thoughts and concepts.

bergamot tree and fruitBergamot (Citrus bergamia) shines the light of hope when you visit your shadow side and experience a dark night of the soul.

Black spruceBlack spruce (Picea mariana) clears energetic blockages and renews your sense of purpose, motivation and inspiration. She encourages forgiveness, self-acceptance and setting healthy boundaries.

Cedarwood conesCedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) brings a sense of spiritual certainty and gives you the strength and courage to express your truth.

German Chamomile flowersChamomile German (Matricaria recutita) allows you to let go of old ideas and beliefs so you can be open to your intuitive guidance and inner wisdom.

HyssopClary Sage (Salvia sclarea) stimulates your intuition and dream world without disconnecting you from your body.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) helps to unearth the fears that block change and your spiritual growth while giving you the inner strength to continue on your chosen path.

Frankincense treeFrankincense (Boswellia carterii) calms, centres and stills your mind and helps awaken your soul’s purpose.

Juniper berriesJuniper berry (Juniperus communis) helps break up blockages and strengthens your spiritual will encouraging you to speak your truth.

LavenderLavender (Lavendula officinalis) helps open, align and expand the heart and crown chakras simultaneously promoting spiritual growth.

myrrh resinMyrrh (Commiphora myrrha) strengthens the link between your crown and base chakras helping to keep you grounded while being inspired.

Blue_myrtle_berriesMyrtle (Myrtus communis) reminds you that we are all connected and embraced by Divine love. She also strengthens your deep inner wisdom.

Rosemary-flowerRosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) renews enthusiasm and improves self-confidence helping you to remember your own true path.

sandalwood chipsSandalwood (Santalum album) calms your mental chatter allowing you to access your Higher Self, gain clarity and a sense of inner peace.

Make your own crown chakra anointing blend
Choose 1-3 essential oils for a total of 3 drops and add to 10 mls of cold pressed vegetable oil.

Either sit or lie down. Take a couple of deep even breaths. Anoint your crown with a few drops of the blend in a clockwise direction with your fingertips. Use your intention to open, balance, heal and then close the chakra. Continue your slow deep breathing allowing the oils to do their work and when you feel ready open your eyes. Note down anything you felt or any thoughts that came to you.

15 crystals that may be used to balance the crown chakra
Choose one or two to work with. These may be used directly on the crown chakra, carried in the pocket, worn as jewellery or used as an essence or spray.

AlexandriteAlexandrite helps you learn to trust your intuition and guidance while opening your heart to Divine love.

AmegreenAmegreen is a combination of purple and green amethyst and white quartz that brings all the chakras into alignment while enhancing psychic ability and keeping you heart centred.

ametrineAmetrine assists in connecting you with your Divine guidance and taking action based on that guidance.

CelestiteCelestite enhances your inner vision and intuition as well as your ability to connect with the angelic realm.

CharoiteCharoite stimulates your intuitive and psychic abilities and helps you recognize and overcome resistance to your sacred path.

Clear CalciteClear calcite helps you release energetic blockages that are impeding your connection with the Divine and releasing the past.

Elestial quartzElestial quartz helps you uncover the deeper aspects of yourself and strengthens your connection with Divine wisdom and knowledge.

Herkimer DiamondHerkimer diamonds help you communicate with the angelic realm, are useful for dream work and can increase your psychic ability.

MoonstoneMoonstone increases psychic awareness and intuition helping you to become attuned to your guides and their guidance. It is also a useful stone for past life work.

PrasiolitePrasiolite also known as green amethyst opens the crown and third eye chakras and helps you express your spiritual ideals in your everyday life.

Purple chalcedonyPurple chalcedony helps protect you from the negative psychic impressions you may pick up from people or your environment.

Selenite Selenite clears etheric blockages, opens and activates the third eye, stimulates your intuition and ability to communicate with your spirit guides and the angelic realm.

Seraphinite Seraphinite assists you in communicating with the angelic realm and brings healing to your body, mind and spirit.

SugliteSuglite activates your inner vision, heart and mind so you can find or remember your spiritual passion.

TanzaniteTanzanite aligns your heart and mind allowing you to share spiritual information from a heart centred perspective.

Accessing Your Inner Guidance Aromatic Affirmation: I am able to access and trust my inner guidance.

Aromatic Affirmation For Accessing Your Inner Guidance

 

Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

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Family: Lauraceae

Synonyms: Bay laurel, laurel leaf, sweet bay, Mediterranean bay

Aroma: Fresh, strong but also sweet, camphoraceous and spicy

Colour: Colourless but can become yellow with age

Bay laurelPlant: An upright evergreen shrub with dark green lanceolate leaves and small clusters of yellow flowers followed by small black berries. The bark on mature shrubs is greyish and on younger stems it is smooth and shiny, often with a reddish tint. It can reach a height of 10-20 metres.

Main Growing Areas: Mediterranean, North Africa, Spain, Italy and Yugoslavia

Major Constituents: 1,8 cineole, linalool, eugenol, alpha-terpinyl acetate, sabinene

Laurel wreathInteresting snippets: A garland of woven laurel leaves was awarded as a symbol of honour or victory in ancient Rome and Greece.

In the middle ages, distinguished men were crowned with a wreath of berried laurel, hence the term Poet Laureate.

In the past the laurel leaves were placed in bags of flour and grain to prevent insect infestation

Bay LaurelPart of Plant used /Extraction: Leaves and branches / steam distillation

Therapeutic actions: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-viral, antispasmodic, oral infections and toothaches, abdominal bloating, flatulence, indigestion, stomach cramps, stimulates appetite, skin ulcers, boils, acne, abscesses, expectorant, decongestant, chronic bronchitis flu, sore muscles, physical exhaustion.

Emotional and Spiritual: poor concentration, chronic nervous debility, emotional exhaustion.

Mojay states laurel is particularly indicated for chilly, congested individuals who lack energy and confidence. It is useful for those individuals who lack self-esteem, doubt their abilities, intellectual and otherwise which can inhibit their capacity for intuitive thought. Laurel assists by stimulating both the rational and higher mind helping to renew one’s belief in one’s own boundless potential.

Keim Loughran and Bull write laurel strengthens our intuition, helps to release old outmoded thoughts about ourselves and energetically prepares us so that we can prepare and integrate new beliefs into our minds and hearts.

Worwood states that laurel is the fragrance of victors and poets who have used imagination and inspiration to attain their goals. This is the fragrance to use when the way ahead seems uncertain or fraught with danger, when impoverished thoughts fly silently through the night to disturb our dreams and our waking consciousness. To protect yet give inspiration, in the darkest hours when the mind interferes and tells us that all is lost in the challenge to conquer the shadows.

Mailhebiau writes that laurel is an antidepressant for people who are unable to verbalise and give concrete expression to their abilities and who are afraid of themselves as much as others. It then brings a powerful, exorcising fire affording the person the opportunity of a certain degree of self-domination.

Fragrant Change Healing Card: I celebrate all my successes, large and small.Laurel FCHC

Contemplations for the Soul Card:

Do you lack confidence in your ability to create and be successful?
Are you always striving to be and do more, not taking time out to celebrate the little successes on the way to your big achievement?
Are you afraid of success and what it could bring?
Are you so focussed on the final outcome that when it sometimes ends in perceived failure you fail to acknowledge the minor successes you had during the process?
The fact that you had the courage to follow your dreams is reason enough to celebrate whatever the outcome.
It’s time to celebrate all your successes and achievements both small and large in your life.

Safety: Non-irritating, non-sensitising, non-toxic. Tisserand and Young recommend caution when using on people with hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin and children under 2 years of age. It is advisable to use laurel with caution on people with bleeding disorders or who are on blood thinners.

Note: Laurel may be adulterated with turpentine, pimento or clove oils. Don’t confuse bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) with bay oil (Pimenta racemosa) as they are two very different oils with different chemical compositions. Bay oil has a much higher eugenol content of 30-70 % compared to laurel’s 1.44%.

Sources:
Atterby D, Bay Laurel Essential Oil Profile. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.58 (2013)
Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. Third Edition. Black Pepper Creative Pty Ltd, Australia (2018)
Bowles E.J, The A to Z of Essential Oils. New Burlington Books (2003)
Hodges C. Contemplations for the Soul (2016)
Hodges C, Fragrant Change Healing Cards (2015)
Keim Loughran J, Bull R, Aromatherapy Anointing Oils, Frog Books (2001)
Mailhebiau P, Portraits in Oils. The C.W.Daniel Company Ltd. (1995)
Mojay G, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Hodder and Stoughton (1996)
Smith I, In Essence Vol.3 No.3 (2004)
Tisserand R and Young R, Essential Oil Safety Second Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014
Worwood, V.A, The Fragrant Heavens. Doubleday Publishing UK (1999)

Essential Oils and Crystals for the Third Eye Chakra

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The third eye is located above the eyebrows in the middle of forehead.

The 3rd eye or brow chakra is the place where you connect with and develop trust in your intuition, perceptions, psychic talents, wisdom and inner vision. It is the centre of both your conscious and unconscious beliefs, the place where you interpret your thoughts, pains and losses to reach a greater understanding of your true self.

You connect to a higher power to receive insightful visions of the past, present and future so you can separate truth from illusion. You use your imagination and power to visualize, envision and imagine a new way of being.

When out of balance you may have headaches, migraines, acute sinusitis, vision and eye problems. You may not believe in your intuition or clairvoyance and dismiss others as fakes who develop and use their intuition or psychic talents to help themselves and others. You may be unable to access or assess your intuition, be disconnected from your spiritual truths, confused about your life purpose or scared to be who you truly are.

Some questions to consider and perhaps journal about
Do you consider yourself an intuitive person?
Do you feel disconnected from your intuition?
Do you resist or ignore your intuition?
Do you have an active imagination?
Are you limited or expanded by your imagination?
Do you believe you are a human being having a spiritual experience or a spiritual being having a human experience?
Do you believe you are responsible for your life?
Do you believe your life has meaning?

16 essential oils that can help with third eye chakra issues
Third eye chakra issues that relate to intuition and rigid thinking can all be addressed with the help of essential oils.

Bay LaurelBay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) helps overcome the fear of claiming your personal power and awakens your desire to create allowing imaginative ideas and intuition to flourish. Releases outdated beliefs and thoughts that now longer serve you allowing space for new perspectives and ideas.

Black spruceBlack spruce (Picea mariana) clears energetic blockages and renews your sense of purpose, motivation and inspiration. She also strengthens and expands your intuition.

Carrot seedCarrot seed (Daucus carota) stimulates your ability to understand another person’s point of view and have compassion. She opens your 3rd eye to bring greater clarity and wisdom on the journey to your true self.

German Chamomile flowersChamomile German (Matricaria recutita) allows you to let go of old ideas and beliefs so you can be open to your intuitive guidance and inner wisdom.

CinnamonCinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) promotes a willingness to act on your own inner guidance.

Cistus (Cistus ladaniferus)Cistus (Cistus landiferus), strengthens and expands your intuition allowing you to connect to your inner wisdom.

 

Clary sageClary Sage (Salvia sclarea) stimulates your intuition and dream world without disconnecting you from your body.

 

ElemiElemi (Canarium luzonicum) helps you understand that you are a co-creator of your destiny and offers support and strength when you need to reconnect with yourself and others.

Frankincense resinFrankincense (Boswellia carteri) calms, centres and stills your mind when there is worry and ceaseless negative mental chatter giving you the space to communicate with a Higher power.

Grapefruit treeGrapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) heightens clairaudience by calming your mind chatter.

 

Sweet MarjoramMarjoram (Marjorama hortensis) opens your third eye and aligns with the spiritual body heightening your intuition.

 

Neroli flowerNeroli (Citrus aurantium) helps you to access and trust your inner guidance.

 

Palo Santo wood and resinPalo Santo (Bursera graveolens) helps you gain clarity around your life’s purpose.

 

Peppermint leaves and flowersPeppermint (Mentha piperita) expands your third eye and heightens intuition helping to calm the mind and clear confusion

 

Petitgrain treePetitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara) helps you open up to your intuition.

 

sandalwood chipsSandalwood (Santalum album) calms your mental chatter allowing you to access your Higher Self, gain clarity and a sense of inner peace.

Make your own solar plexus chakra anointing blend
Choose 1-3 essential oils for a total of 3 drops and add to 10 mls of cold pressed vegetable oil.

Either sit or lie down. Take a couple of deep even breaths. Anoint your third eye with a few drops of the blend in a clockwise direction with your fingertips. Be careful not to let any oil drip into your eyes. Use your intention to open, balance, heal and then close the chakra. Continue your slow deep breathing allowing the oils to do their work and when you feel ready open your eyes.

16 crystals that may be used to balance the third eye chakra
Indigo, blue and purple crystals are used to balance the third eye chakra. Choose one or two to work with. These may be used directly on the third eye chakra, carried in the pocket, worn as jewellery or used as an essence or spray.

AmethystAmethyst opens and clears the third eye accelerating the development of your intuitive and psychic abilities.

Angelite heartAngelite helps you connect in a clear, concise and compassionate manner leading to deeper understanding. Helps connect you to the angels.

ApophylliteApophyllite helps you connect to and communicate with your Higher Self and soul.

Blue calciteBlue calcite helps clear blockages in the third eye helping you to access your inner vision and clairvoyance.

CelestiteCelestite enhances your inner vision and intuition as well as your ability to connect with the angelic realm.

Charoite Charoite stimulates the third eye and helps you recognize and overcome resistance to your sacred path.

Iolite Iolite awakens your psychic gifts, helps you to take action based on your higher wisdom and to express that wisdom creatively.

KyaniteKyanite initiates psychic ability and promotes communication with higher beings. It clears your energetic field and creates a protective shield in which to do psychic work.

Lapis LazuliLapis lazuli enhances clairvoyance, facilitates past life work and gives you a clearer perspective on your life and opportunities for growth.

Moonstone increases psychic awareness and intuition helping you to become attuned to your guides and their guidance. It is also a useful stone for past life work.

PietersitePietersite stimulates your psychic vision helping you find a new direction and move forward when you are unable to see your path.

Satyaloka quartzSatyaloka quartz enhances spiritual vision assisting clear communication with your spirit guides.

Selenite clears etheric blockages, opens and activates the third eye, stimulates your intuition and ability to communicate with your spirit guides and the angelic realm.

shattuckiteShattuckite is a stone of truth helping you to express the wisdom and information you have received from higher realms.

Smokey QuartzSmokey quartz is a very powerful clearing and grounding stone and can provide protection from the negative energies in your environment.

SugliteSuglite activates your inner vision, heart and mind so you can find or remember your spiritual passion.

Insight Aromatic Affirmation: I have the wisdom, spiritual understanding, compassion and insight to deal with this situation.

Insight aromatic affirmation

 

Sandalwood (Santalum album)

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Family: Santalaceae

Synonyms: East Indian sandalwood, Mysore sandalwood, white sandalwood

Aroma: Warm, sweet, woody, and lingering.

Colour: Yellowish

Plant: A small, evergreen, parasitic tree with small purple flowers that grows up to 15 metres high. To survive the roots of the sandalwood tree must attach themselves to the roots of another tree but they don’t kill the host tree supplying them with nutrients. The tree must be over 30 years of age before it is cut down for oil.

Main Growing Areas: Southern India, Western Australia

Major Constituents: cis-alpha- santalol, cis-beta-santalol, epi-beta-santalol, alpha- santalal

Interesting snippets: It was used in ancient India for religious ceremonies.
The wood was used by the ancient Egyptians in medicine, for embalming the dead and ritual burnings to worship the gods.

sandalwood handicraftsThe wood is used for carved objects of high quality and has been referred to as botanical ivory.

Powdered sandalwood is burned as incense in Buddhist and Hindu temples.

In 1998 Indian sandalwood was listed as a vulnerable species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species in India.

Part of Plant used / Extraction: Steam distilled from the inner heartwood of the tree. 11.25 kgs of wood produces approximately 0.45 to 0.7 kgs of oil.

Therapeutic actions: Chronic infections of the pulmonary and genito-urinary tracts. Dry and inflamed skin, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, varicose veins, swollen lymph nodes, cold sores and sore, dry throat.

Emotional and Spiritual: Calming helping to reduce tension and confusion, nervous depression, insomnia and fear.

Susanne Fischer-Rizzi writes that sandalwood aids people who want to make human contact and overcome isolation. It helps them accept others with an open heart and diminish their egocentricity. Sandalwood fosters openness warmth and understanding.

Robbie Zeck writes that when seeking an overview, guidance or wise council concerning a particular aspect of your life, take time out for quiet reflection. Imagine standing on the highest mountain where the view is clear and expansive. Sandalwood will support you in shifting you from your present point of view, to a different kind of viewing point.

Gabriel Mojay states that sandalwood is indicated for states of obsessive worry and worldly ‘over-attachment’. Whenever we over-invest in seeing specific outcomes to our efforts – especially out of a neurotic need for security – sandalwood helps to re-establish an acceptance of reality as it is.

Loughran and Bull write that sandalwood quiets the mind, promotes a meditative state to better receive and integrate healing energy. She also encourages states of higher consciousness and a sense of unity.

Sal Battaglia believes that sandalwood has a strong affinity with the water element’s Zhi (Will). Zhi represents willpower, ambition, self-actualization and the will to live. It is the will we draw on to survive ordeals, overcome obstacles and preserve against hardships. It also represents collectivity – our sense of being part of a whole.

Valerie Ann Worwood writes that sandalwood is a fragrance that stretches out to the universe into the hallowed space between heaven and earth, to contact the divine presence. Sandalwood brings our wisdom into a meditative state, quieting us so we can hear and rejoice in the choral singing of the universal soul.

Aromatherapy Insight Card:Sandalwood Aroma Insight cardCONTEMPLATION
Contemplate life: go inside to realize the answers you seek. When working from inside, we have a peace and strength to see exactly how life’s events really are. Allow yourself to be still, away from the busyness of the external world. Sandalwood helps keep your space as your own: strong and free of other people’s negative energies, so that you can operate efficiently and enjoy life.

Fragrant Change Healing Card: I allow my inner awareness to guide me to the answer.

Contemplations for the Soul Card:Are you looking for answers?
Are you forever busy giving yourself no time to think?
Are you feeling emotionally drained wondering what the future will bring?
Do you feel frustrated, anxious and worried about your future security?
Take time out for contemplation today.
If you are seeking the answer to a problem you can simply go for a walk or sit in nature and allow your mind to wander.
Use your imagination to explore possible solutions to your problem. Worry and anxiety will only cloud your mind.
Take some slow deep breaths and allow your intuition to give you the answer.
Anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Safety: In general, non-irritating, non-sensitising and non-toxic. Because 0.34% of dermatitis patients reacted to patch testing with 2% sandalwood oil and the fact that there is a risk of photoallergic reactions especially in Japanese people Tisserand and Young recommend a maximum use level of 2%

Sources: Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. The Perfect Potion, Australia (1995)
Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. Third Edition. Black Pepper Creative Pty Ltd, Australia (2018)
Bowles E.J, The A to Z of Essential Oils. New Burlington Books (2003)
Fischer-Rizzi S, Complete Aromatherapy Handbook. Essential Oils for Radiant Health Sterling Publishing Company (1990)
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)
Keim Loughran J, Bull R, Aromatherapy & Subtle energy techniques, Frog Books (2000)
Mojay G, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Hodder and Stoughton (1996)
Tisserand R and Young R, Essential Oil Safety Second Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014
Worwood, V.A, The Fragrant Heavens. Doubleday Publishing UK (1999)
Zeck R, The Blossoming Heart. Aroma Tours (2004)

Essential Oils and Crystals for the Base Chakra

Essential oils and crystals for the base chakra

The base chakra also known as the root chakra is located at the base of the spine at the coccyx.

It is concerned with survival, safety, security, tribe, shelter, feeling supported, financial stability, food, protection, physical health, abundance on all levels and the ability to stand up for yourself.

When out of balance you may have fears around not being able to support yourself or your family, not having enough love, money or food, change, being rejected, failing or succeeding. There can be feelings of anxiety, frustration, anger, insecurity, grief, depression and the inability to let go of people or possessions.

On a physical level you may have chronic lower back, knee or leg pain, arthritis, sciatica, varicose veins, constipation, obesity, haemorrhoids, lethargy. There may be bladder, prostrate, ovarian, uterine, bone or immune problems.

Some questions to consider and perhaps journal about
Do you feel safe at home and in the world?
Do you feel you have to always watch your back? Why?
Do you feel a sense of belonging to your family, work and culture?
Are you able to stand up for yourself?
Do you suffer from a lack of energy and constant fatigue?
Are you able to support your family and yourself or are you always worried where the money is coming from?
What are your greatest fears?

10 essential oils that can help with base chakra issues
Many authors suggest using grounding oils such as the woods, cedarwood, cypress etc. which all help but it is wise to look at the underlying issues and choose oils that also help to ease and heal those issues surrounding confidence, security and emotional stability.

The oils can be used in various ways including inhalation, bathing, anointing, massage and as perfumes.

bergamot tree and fruitBergamot (Citrus bergamia) helps release pent up anger and frustration that can lead to depression when you feel unsupported or insecure.

 

Black pepperBlack Pepper (Piper nigrum) helps unblock stagnant energy and restore a sense of direction and determination.

 

Cedarwood conesCedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) grounds and centres you giving you immovable strength and courage in times of crisis.

 

CinnamonCinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is useful if you have isolated yourself emotionally from others.

 

Cypress leaves and conesCypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is useful when you want to change your circumstances but doubt your ability to do so.

 

elemiElemi (Canarium luzonicum) is very calming, centring and grounding, offering support and strength when you need to reconnect with yourself and others.

 

ginger rootGinger (Zingiber officinale) is useful if you procrastinate or lack the strength, determination or endurance to succeed.

 

Sweet MarjoramMarjoram (Marjorama hortensis) is helpful for obsessive worry and thinking and real or imagined emotional deprivation.

 

myrrh resinMyrrh (Commiphora myrrha) is grounding and calming instilling a deep sense of peace.

 

Vetiver rootsVetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) brings calm, reassuring strength and a sense of belonging.

 

Make your own base chakra anointing blend
Choose 1-3 essential oils for a total of 3 drops and add to 10 mls of cold pressed vegetable oil.
Either sit or lie down. Take a couple of deep even breaths. Anoint your lower back (and soles of your feet if you wish) with a few drops of the blend in a clockwise direction with your fingertips. Use your intention to open, balance, heal and then close the chakra. Continue your slow deep breathing allowing the oils to do their work and when you feel ready open your eyes.

10 crystals that may be used to balance the base chakra
Choose one or two to work with. These may be used directly on the base chakra, carried in the pocket, worn as jewellery or used as an essence or spray. Red and black crystals are often used to balance the base chakra.

Black obsidianBlack obsidian helps you to recognize where you are holding negativity and cleanse it from your aura.

BloodstoneBloodstone grounds you fully in your body offering support and courage in difficult times.

clear quartzClear quartz can be used to clear and balance all the chakras.

 

Fire agateFire agate is calming and gives a sense of safety and security giving you the ability to take risks and decisive action even when you are unsure of the outcome.

 

Hematite is best known for its grounding properties giving you strength and courage to move through the crises in your life.

Mahogany obsidianMahogany obsidian is useful in helping you to face your fears around scarcity issues, allowing you to move through them and into abundance.

 

moss agateMoss agate helps when you are feeling ungrounded and gives you the persistence and endurance to complete your goals.

Red aventurineRed aventurine helps you to take on, persevere during and finally overcome the challenges in your life.

Smokey QuartzSmokey quartz is a very powerful clearing and grounding stone and can provide protection from the negative energies in your environment.

 

Tiger ironTiger iron is a stone of strength, courage and stamina helping you to remain grounded, calm and centred during challenging times.

 

Grounding Aromatic Affirmation: Like the cedarwood tree my roots are deep in the earth so I have the strength and balance to remain grounded.

Grounding Aromatic Affirmation

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)

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A graceful feminine grass, Palmarosa bears tiny flowers and leaves to float her fragrance like a vesper onto the warm night air.
Jane Grayson

Family: Gramineae, Poaceae

Synonyms: Andropogon martinii, East Indian geranium, rosha grass, motia

Aroma: Sweet, floral with a hint of rose

Colour: Pale yellow or pale olive

Plant: Grows up to 3 metres in the wild. It has long slender stems and terminal flowering tops that turn from bluish white to dark red as they mature. The grassy leaves are very fragrant.

Main Growing Areas: India, Comoro Islands, Madagascar

Major Constituents: Myrcene, linalool, geraniol, geranyl acetate, limonene, nerol

Interesting snippets: Used in the flavouring of tobacco and scenting soaps.
Can be used as a natural deodorant because it kills the bacteria that cause the odour.

PalmarosaPart of Plant used /Extraction: The leaves and upper third of the stems of plants that are just about to bloom are dried for a week prior to distilling/ Steam distilling for around 3–4 hours yields approximately 1% essential oil.

Therapeutic actions: Palpitations, restlessness, insomnia, sinusitis and bronchitis. Antiseptic, bactericide, cytophylactic, febrifuge, hydrates dry skin and stimulates appetite.

Emotional and Spiritual: Anxiety, tension, exhaustion, stress, mood swings, negative feelings, calming but uplifting

Palmarosa helps to heal your soul when you have been wounded by betrayal. She allows you to forgive yourself and others when you are ready.
On an emotional level palmarosa encourages adaptability and a feeling of security.

Gabriel Mojay writes that palmarosa is suited to the type of individual who suffers from nervousness and insecurity, but who, in addition, cannot abide change, and the frequent absence of intimate loved ones. They therefore have a tendency to be clinging, possessive or jealous, finding it hard to ‘let go’ of those they love.

Valerie Ann Worwood writes that the fragrance reminds us that strength lies in direction and purpose, but that there is only one road – that of the illuminated heart. Travelling this road, we can overcome the impediments of the physical world, learn to let go and walk with spirit.

Keim Loughran and Bull state that palmarosa assists the breaking down, breaking through and breaking forth that leads to wholeness. It also helps with the timing of the healing so the process can be deeply and completely integrated into the body, mind and spirit.

Aromatherapy Insight Card:Palmarosa aromatherapy insight cardADAPTABILITY
Sometimes we hang onto things so tight that they almost break, masking insecurities that conceal past hurts. Palmarosa allows you to embrace change and let go, and then you can truly move forward and grow. We live in an ever-changing environment where we have to let go of some “old” to provide a space for some “new’.
If we are constantly growing and adapting to the changes in life, success is assured. Life will always be exciting. Shift your consciousness to a place where you are comfortable and enjoy being versatile, going with the changes that life brings.

Safety: Non-irritating, non-sensitizing, non-toxic

Note: Frequently adulterated with gingergrass, a close cousin. Turpentine and citronella oil are often used with synthetic geraniol to adulterate palmarosa. Palmarosa is often used as a cheap substitute for rose and geranium. These are all reasons to choose your essential oil supplier carefully.

Sources:
Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. The Perfect Potion, Australia (1995)
Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. Third Edition. Black pepper Creative Pty Ltd, Australia (2018)
Bowles E.J, The A to Z of Essential Oils. New Burlington Books (2003)
Grayson J, The Fragrant Year. The Aquarian Press (1993)
Jefferies J, Osborn. K, Aromatherapy Insight Cards. Living Energy, Aust. (2nd Ed. 2005)
Keim Loughran J, Bull R, Aromatherapy Anointing Oils, Frog Books (2001)
Kerr, J, Palmarosa Essential Oil Profile. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.10 (1999)
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)

Rosalina, Nerolina, Niaouli – What’s the Difference?

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What is the difference between rosalina and nerolina essential oils? Are nerolina and neroli the same oil? I was asked these questions last week and thought I would answer them in this blog post.

Nerolina and niaouli
Melaleuca quinuenervia tree Firstly its important to understand that both nerolina and niaouli are two chemotypes of the broad-leaved paperbark tree Melaleuca quinquenervia. Nerolina is Melaleuca quinquenervia CT nerolidol/linalool while niaouli is Melaleuca quinquenervia CT cineole.

The aroma of nerolina has been described as fresh, green and fruity while the aroma of niaouli has been described as strong, fresh and similar to that of eucalyptus.

Nerolina essential oil is a clear to amber yellow colour while niaouli is an almost clear, pale yellow to greenish colour.
Both essential oils are obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs.

Chemical constituents in nerolina and niaouli vary but generally nerolina is high in nerolidol and linalool while niaouli is high in 1.8 cineole. Both contain alpha-terpineol, alpha-pinene and limonene in varying amounts.

Nerolina has been reported to help in cases of adrenal fatigue, shingles, cold sores and wound healing. Mark Webb has found nerolina ideal for small children with persistent dry, non-productive cough when applied as part of a chest rub formula.

Niaouli because of her high 1.8 cineole is beneficial for coughs, colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, muscular aches and pains.

Nerolina is calming, soothing and uplifting. Both are helpful for mental fatigue and exhaustion, confusion, poor focus, anxiety and stress.

Both oils are considered nontoxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising. If using on children nerolina may be the better choice because of her low cineole content and aroma.

Note: nerolina may be marketed as niaouli so it’s important to check the botanical name and chemotype so you know what you are purchasing.

Rosalina
RosalinaRosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia) is also known as lavender tea tree.
The aroma has been described as soft and medicinal with a slightly piney scent.

Rosalina essential oil is a clear, pale straw to golden yellow colour. An oil darker in colour may indicate inappropriate distillation.

Rosalina essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs.

The main chemical constituent in rosalina is linalool, with smaller amounts of 1.8 cineole, limonene, aromadendrene, alpha-terpinene and terpinene-4-ol.

Rosalina is useful for a sore throat, sinus infections, respiratory congestion, coughs, colds, flu, cold sores, insect bites, muscular aches and pains.

On an emotional level rosalina is very calming, nurturing, relaxing and uplifting so useful for stress, insomnia, nervous tension, irritability and anxiety.

Battaglia writes that the chemical profile of rosalina oil suggests that it would have properties similar to a blend of tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus essential oils.

This is another oil that can safely be used on children as she is considered nontoxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising.

Nerolina, niaouli and rosalina are all Australian essential oils from the genus Melaleuca and they all share similar properties. They are all helpful for respiratory issues, muscular aches and pains. All are helpful for anxiety, stress and nervous tension and all are calming and uplifting. They are all considered nontoxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising. They vary in their major chemical constituents which contributes to their varying aromas and some differences in their therapeutics.

Both nerolina and rosalina are considered safe oils to use on children and may be better received than the stronger smelling oils of niaouli, tea tree and eucalyptus.

Neroli and Nerolina
Those new to aromatherapy sometimes confuse neroli and nerolina. I think this is due to the similarity in the names but they are very different oils, used for different purposes.

Neroli flowerNeroli (Citrus aurantium var.amara)  is distilled from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree and is used for more emotional issues such as depression, stress, anxiety, and shock. Although nerolina can also be used for emotional issues she is more often used for respiratory and other physical issues.

Neroli is also a very expensive oil compared to nerolina. As was seen above nerolina is a Melaleuca from the Myrtle family whereas neroli belongs to the Rutaceae family.

For more information on neroli click on the link to be taken to my post on neroli.

Sources:
Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. Third Edition. Black pepper Creative Pty Ltd, Australia (2018)
Rosalina photo Melburnian / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
Tisserand R and Young R, Essential Oil Safety Second Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014
Webb M, Australian Essential Oil Profile – Nerolina, Aromatherapy Today, Vol.18 (2001)
Webb M, Australian Essential Oil Profile – Rosalina, Aromatherapy Today, Vol.17 (2001)
Webb M, Bush Scents. Griffin Press, Adelaide (2000)

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

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Family: Zingiberaceae

Synonyms: Green cardamom, small cardamom, Amomum elettaria

Aroma: Warm and spicy with a slightly penetrating camphoraceous-cineole like odour

CardamonEssOilColour: Colourless to pale yellow, darkens when exposed to sunlight

Plant: A leafy stemmed shrub up to 4 metres high with very long leaves bearing small, yellow flowers with purple tips. The oblong grey fruit contains upwards of 20 dark red-brown seeds and are gathered just before they are ripe.

Main Growing Areas: Sri Lanka, India, Guatemala and El Salvador

Major Constituents: 1,8 cineole, alpha-terpineol, linalool, terpinene-4-ol, alpha-terpinyl acetate, geraniol

Interesting snippets: Reputed to be one of the oldest known spices.
Cardamom has been used in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine for over 3000 years and was brought to Europe by the Greeks in the 4th century BC.

It is a principal ingredient in curry powder, and is used to flavour pastries, liqueurs and chewing gum.

Interestingly, Scandinavians use more cardamom than anyone else in the Western Hemisphere. They use it to flavour breads, cakes, candies, sausages and other meats. Their use of it originated with the Vikings who more than a 1000 years ago purchased it in Constantinople for their use back home.

cardamom-pods and seedsPart of Plant used / Extraction: Seeds/steam distillation

Therapeutic actions: Analgesic, antispasmodic, digestive, nausea and vomiting, colic, cramps, chronic bronchitis, lethargy, flatulence, coughs and colds

Emotional and Spiritual: Nervous exhaustion, depression, poor concentration, overthinking and burdened by worries, feelings of weakness and fatigue. Calming, grounding, soothing & uplifting emotionally. Cardamom EO can help restore an “appetite for life”, our ability to digest, assimilate & be nourished by life.

Joy Bowles writes that psychologically cardamom seems to open and widen the imagination

Gabriel Mojay writes that cardamom is indicated for poor concentration, overthinking and worry – especially where there is a degree of nervous exhaustion. He further states that whenever we feel deprived of opportunity or generosity and fear that we may be denied fulfillment, cardamom oil reminds us of life’s true abundance and restores our desire for contentment.

Valerie Ann Worwood writes, cardamom gives us wisdom when we are overburdened with responsibilities, when we need to tap into our generosity of spirit to allow our hearts to be open and expansive in order to be gracious in our dealings with others. Also it gives encouragement when we need to take a step forward to offer a hand in friendship when we see that a person is in need.

Barry Kapp writes that cardamom taps into the corridor that leads us to our higher selves in a gentle and positive way. She expels fear, being stuck, frozenness and gives us feelings of courage, stamina, patience and strength.

Keim Loughran and Bull suggest cardamom helps to teach others with a grounded, clear, heart centred perspective and also helps us to accept life as it is while encouraging an enthusiasm for it.

Safety: Non-irritating, non-sensitising, non-toxic. Tisserand and Young suggest not applying cardamom to or near the face of infants or children due to her high level of 1,8 cineole.

Note: Cardamom is often adulterated with 1,8 cineole from eucalyptus or camphor oil

Sources:
Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. The Perfect Potion, Australia (1995)
Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. Third Edition. Black Pepper Creative Pty Ltd, Australia (2018)
Berkowsky B, Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils (2006)
Bowles E.J, The A to Z of Essential Oils. New Burlington Books (2003)
Kapp B, Wisdom of the Earth Speaks, The Truth About Medicinal Aromatherapy. www.WisdomoftheEarth.com (2008)
Keim Loughran J, Bull R, Aromatherapy & Subtle energy techniques, Frog Books (2000)
Mojay G, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Hodder and Stoughton (1996)
Tisserand R and Young R, Essential Oil Safety Second Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014
Worwood V.A, The Fragrant Heavens. Doubleday Publishing UK (1999)

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var genuina)

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Family: Annonaceae

Synonyms: Perfume tree, flower of flowers

Aroma: Warm, sweet, floral, exotic

Colour: Pale yellow.

Ylang Ylang treePlant: Fast growing tree that can reach 20 metres in height. The leaves are oval and pointy with wavy margins around 15 to 20 cms in length and evergreen with a smooth glossy appearance. The flowers are green when they first appear changing to yellow, pink and mauve but the essential oil is only extracted from the yellow flowers.

Main Growing Areas: Philippines, Java, Sumatra, Reunion, Madagascar, the Comores

Major Constituents: para-cresyl methyl ether – contributes to strong euphoric odour and possibly antispasmodic effects.

Linalool – sedative, geranyl acetate and benzyl benzoate – relaxing and calming, caryophyllene – possible anti-inflammatory.

Interesting snippets: Cananga oil (Cananga odorata var macrophylla) is often used to adulterate ylang ylang oil and is also used in soaps and cheap  perfumes.

In Japan Ylang Ylang was associated with the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu-o-mi-Kami, ancestor of the Imperial family.

Dr Tim Betts of Birmingham University’s Neuropsychiatry Clinic, UK , stated that Ylang Ylang oil can also be effective for controlling epilepsy, especially when smelt before the onset of a seizure.

Used to treat typhus, malaria and other fevers at the beginning of the century.

Ylang Ylang-flowerPart of Plant used / Extraction: Yellow flowers soon after picking. Steam fractionation as various grades are taken off at various stages of the approx. 20 hour distillation process.  Extra (up to 1 hour), first (up to 3 hours), second (up to 6 hours), third (up to 10 hours).  A complete oil is continuously distilled for 15 hours without any fraction being taken out or by combining the extra, first and second grades.

Therapeutic actions: Rapid breathing, tachycardia, reduces high blood pressure, PMS

Emotional and Spiritual: Antidepressant, aphrodisiac and sedative that soothes the nerves and softens anger. Anxiety, panic, anger and fear, shock, integrates the emotions and soothes the nervous system

Gabriel Mojay writes that Ylang Ylang may be used by people in whom fear, anxiety and the urge to withdraw have subconsciously blocked their feelings of sexuality.

Suzanne Catty writes that ylang ylang is a top choice for anyone with control issues. The scent being both floral and animal at the same time reconnects the mind and body, something that control often seeks to separate. Ylang Ylang also dispels aggressiveness. She also notes that Ylang Ylang hydrosol is more truly like the crazy, messy, emotional beings that humans really are in physical form.

Robbie Zeck writes that this exotic, sweet ‘flower of flowers’ softens attitudes, breaks old patterns and evokes flexibility. Explore and transform your anger and be mindful of how you are affecting others. Consider where knots of anger may be located in your body. Mindfully apply Ylang Ylang over those parts to nourish and relax your body and mind.

Susanne Fischer-Rizzi states that ylang ylang is helpful in reducing pain and is calming and antispasmodic. She helps reconcile feelings of anger, rage and frustration, replacing them with joy, sensuality, euphoria, inner trust and peacefulness.

Aromatherapy Insight Card:Ylang Ylang Insight Card

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It is the oil for people of all ages who have too much angry energy. Ylang Ylang has a feminine aroma that brings a sense of peace, love and tenderness.
Ylang Ylang invokes feelings of peace and tranquility, reuniting us with our emotional, caring, nurturing, intuitive side. Balancing left and right brain, Ylang Ylang is the “warm fuzzy” nurturing essential oil that softens us and relieves life’s frustrations that often lead to anger. When locked in that logical, analytical mode, use Ylang Ylang to reveal your inner strength, more resilient and able to conquer any negative emotions you may show. “Be in touch with your feminine side.”

Contemplations for the Soul Card:Ylang Ylang CFTS card Are you feeling frustrated, angry, fearful or unhappy?
Look for the underlying cause of your fear and anger and deal with it.
Your anger doesn’t only affect you but others in your circle.
What do you need to feel a sense of peace and wellbeing?
How will you attain it?
Spend time in relaxation practices and learn to deal with your anger more constructively.
You can express your anger in a relatively calm manner without blowing your top.
Is it necessary to get angry and frustrated by the person or situation or can you let it go? If you can, let it go.
If not, express your opinion or feelings in a calm manner and move on.

Safety: Non-irritating, non-sensitising, non-toxic excessive use may lead to headaches and nausea. Moderate risk of skin sensitisation so use with care on people with hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin and children under 2 years of age.

Sources: Atterby D, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Profile. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.51 (2011)
Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. The Perfect Potion, Australia (1995)
Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. Third Edition. Black pepper Creative Pty Ltd, Australia (2018)
Bowles E.J, The A to Z of Essential Oils. New Burlington Books (2003)
Catty S, Cananga odorata. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.51 (2011)
Eidson D, Vibrational Healing, Frog Books (2000)
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Hodges C, Contemplations for the Soul Cards (2016)
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Mojay G, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Hodder and Stoughton (1996)
Tisserand R and Young R, Essential Oil Safety Second Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014
Zeck R, The Blossoming Heart. Aroma Tours (2004)

 

A Sense of Purpose and Essential Oils

A Sense of Purpose and Essential Oils

There may be times in your life when you feel you have lost your sense of purpose or are unsure what it is. You may feel that you followed a path that no longer seems to fit the person you have become. Or perhaps you have changed careers several times and are no longer sure what you should be doing.

Maybe your children have grown up and moved away from home or married and you feel that all the energy you directed into their welfare has nowhere to go and your life has lost direction.

You may need to talk to someone about the above issues but you can also use essential oils to help you gain some clarity. They can help you understand that you are where you are meant to be at this moment in time.

If you don’t like where you are or if you’re not sure where you are meant to be choose an oil and spend a little time with her and then take a step in the direction you would like to go. If you like the direction in which you’re heading continue that way if not stop and course correct.

You can use the following oils in several different ways. Place 4-5 drops in half a cup of full fat milk and add to a warm bath and allow your mind to wander along the possibilities of your life’s purpose. Place 3 or 4 drops in a vaporizer while you meditate on the possibilities. Place a drop or two on a tissue while you are outside with your feet on the grass or sand, breathe in and out and allow possibilities to fill your thoughts before choosing one. Have a massage with a blend of oils and see what thoughts enter your mind in this relaxed state.

After each oil you will find a Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation that you can use as a guide while considering your sense of purpose.

Oils to help you in your quest to find your purpose are:

Angelica (Angelica archangelica) can help you see and understand your life and purpose from a different perspective. You may come to realize that your sense of purpose has changed perhaps many times over the course of your life and it may be time to change again. This can encourage a sense of optimism allowing you to appreciate your life and all you have learned so far and can continue to learn.

If you are still unsure what your life purpose is, now is the time to ask for angelic support. Be open to all the possibilities as the answer you seek may come from nature, music, another person or a totally unexpected source.

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I receive inspiration from many sources, nature, human and angelic.

Note, mildly phototoxic so best to avoid exposure to the sun for 12 to 24 hours after massage or application to the skin.

Black Pepper CFTS cardBlack Pepper (Piper nigrum) allows you to stay focused on your path and follow your direction in life. She reminds you that you are responsible for what you think, do, feel and say. She can help restore your determination to follow your path no matter what others think. If you are unsure which path to take, be still, listen to your inner guidance and follow it.

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I take responsibility for my life choices and decisions.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) gives you the courage and commitment to follow your path and stand firm in the face of opposition. Just as cedarwood spreads her branches taking the room she needs to expand and grow tall so too can you face all the challenges that life throws at you with courage, determination, dignity and grace; learning, growing and gaining strength from each challenge and experience.

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I have the strength and courage to weather any crisis.

HyssopClary Sage (Salvia sclarea) helps you to stay clear and focused on what you want in your life. When your life is full of worry, nervous anxiety and indecision it is impossible to see clearly and you can lose your ability to know your life’s true purpose.

 

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I listen to my intuition and follow its guidance.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) can help when you going through a period of change emotionally, spiritually or in your circumstances. At these times you may question or doubt your purpose in life. You may need support to help you move through this time but know that within you there is an inner strength which will allow you to move forward and renew your sense of purpose.

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I move forward with ease and grace.

Eucalyptus staigerianaEucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) can help clear the clutter within and give you room to breathe so you can look more fully at your sense of purpose. Do you need or want to continue down this path or is it time for change and a new direction? Release any regrets you may have about your life and the purpose of it. You have the freedom to change your purpose or to continue on with a clearer vision of what that purpose maybe.

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – My life is filled with unlimited possibilities.

Neroli flowerNeroli (Citrus aurantium var amara) allows you to make different and empowered choices. You have made many choices on your life’s path including those in which you elected not to make a choice and let things stay the same. Take the time now to sit quietly and listen to your inner voice and allow it to lead you to your purpose.

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I consider all my options and make a choice knowing I can always choose differently next time.

Patchouli leaves and flowersPatchouli (Pogostemon cablin) awakens a sense of peace on all levels and the realization that your real strength lies in being you. This realization is the first step on the path to remembering your purpose.

 

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I feel a sense of peace in all areas of my life.

Peppermint leaves and flowersPeppermint (Mentha piperita) helps you to connect to your purpose in life. She helps you to digest new ideas and impressions and to focus on your passions and being true to yourself.

 

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I stay true to myself and my highest potential.

Scots pinePine (Pinus sylvestris) provides the insight to know that you have unique gifts and talents and that you are enough as you are. Sometimes you don’t allow yourself to see or follow your path because of low self-esteem but pine tells you that you have all you need to follow or decide on your purpose.

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I have the self-confidence to stand tall and allow the world to see the unique person I am.

Rosemary-flowerRosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) reminds you that you can create the life you want. Spend time thinking about your purpose and imaging what it could be or simply remembering what was once important to you and begin taking steps to create it.

 

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I am a creative person who finds creative solutions to my problems.

sandalwood chipsSandalwood (Santalum album) gives you another perspective from which to view your life. Take time out to meditate with sandalwood on the direction you would like your life to take.

 

Fragrant Change Healing Affirmation – I allow my inner awareness to guide me to the answer.