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5 Tips for Using Positive Aromatic Affirmations

5 Tips for Using Positive Aromatic Affirmations

If you use affirmations you know they can help you be more motivated and successful in meeting your goals. Combining them with essential oils and the 5 tips below can make them even more powerful and transformative.

Focusing on the positive aspects of your affirmation and what you want to achieve and anchoring them in with aroma can help keep you focused on your goals. Make sure the energy of your affirmation feels light and motivating rather than heavy and a duty.

You can use these five tips to turn your affirmations around and make them high energy and motivating.

1. Make Your Affirmations Active
Using active verbs keeps the energy upbeat and your focus in the present moment so start your affirmation with “I am or I have [positive verb] …”
Rosemary – I am a creative person who finds creative solutions to my problems.
Cedarwood – I have the strength and courage to weather any crisis.

2. Include Positive Emotions
Think of how you want to feel when you reach your goal. Are you happy? Proud of yourself? Relaxed? Grateful? Make sure your affirmation makes you feel good when you say it out loud.
Grapefruit – I appreciate all that I have and the abundance that flows to me each day.
Laurel – I celebrate all my successes, large and small.

Laurel FCHC

3. Keep it Short
Make your affirmations brief and memorable. Concise, focused statements are easier to remember.
Eucalyptus – My life is filled with unlimited possibilities.
Lime – I stay calm and relaxed under pressure.

4. Stay in the Present
Your affirmation should always be in the present tense. Make sure you use “I am” or “I have” rather than “I will” statements.
Thyme – I am strong enough to overcome any obstacle.
Ginger – I have the strength and endurance to move forward and succeed.

Sweet Thyme FCHC

5. Keep it Positive
Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. Think of the positive result you want to achieve.
Juniper – I cleanse my body, mind and spirit of negativity so I can soar.
Pine – I have the self-confidence to stand tall and allow the world to see the unique person I am.

6. Switch up Your Affirmations
Have a look at your current affirmations and see if they are working as well as they could be.
Mandarin – I make time for fun and play every day, instead of I feel less stressed every day.
Vetiver – I am more grounded when I spend time in nature, instead of I will make time to walk outside each day.

Vetiver FCHC

Play around with the words until they feel right for you. Keep your affirmations in the present, focused on what you want and what feels good.

Repeat your affirmations at least three times a day and look forward to manifesting the life you want.

Using Essential Oils with Your Affirmations
You can sniff the oil from the bottle or an inhaler, dilute the oil in some carrier oil and apply to your wrist or take a leaf from the plant, in the case of rosemary, eucalyptus and laurel to sniff while saying your affirmation.

You may also choose to make a blend with 2 or 3 oils that encapsulate the words in your affirmation. You can also add a crystal to carry with you to remind you of your affirmation.

Below is a short affirmation for gratitude that uses 3 essential oils to encapsulate the feeling of gratitude.
Gratitude affirmation

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Sweet Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

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Family: Lamiaceae

Synonyms: Common thyme, garden thyme

Aroma: Sweet, warm, herbaceous

Colour: Reddish amber

Sweet thymePlant: A perennial herb that grows to 40cm (8 inches) in height with narrow, deep green gray elliptical leaves and white to lilac flowers.

Main Growing Areas: France, Spain and the Mediterranean.

Major Constituents: Linalool, linalyl acetate, terpinene-4-ol, thymol, beta-caryophyllene

Interesting snippets: Roman soldiers bathed in a bath infused with thyme before entering battle.

Thyme was a strewing herb in Britain and was included in the posies carried by judges and kings to protect them from disease in public.

Thyme was used with clove, lemon and chamomile essential oils as a disinfectant and antiseptic in hospitals until World War 1.

Part of Plant used / Extraction: Leaves and flowering tops/ steam distillation

Therapeutic actions: analgesic, antifungal, expectorant, bronchitis, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infections, arthritic and rheumatic pain, boils and infected pimples, cold hands and feet, chronic fatigue

Emotional and Spiritual: relieves fear and apathy, clears energy blockages, promotes self-confidence and courage, nervous depression, mental fatigue, stress, emotional confusion, mood swings, feeling disconnected

Robbi Zeck writes that thyme activates a vital force for the positive use of willpower, strengthening resolve and assisting in the breaking of negative patterns or habits. Thyme brings in a dynamic quality of energy that is needed by the physical body to maintain willpower, instilling a greater sense of fulfillment, empowerment and strong belief in oneself.

Gabriel Mojay states that by restoring morale at the very deepest level, thyme seeks to imbue both spiritual fortitude and bodily vigour. Whether discouraged, demoralised, apprehensive or alienated, we should always consider reaching for the oil’s warm and virile strength.

Philippe Mailhebiau writes that sweet thyme is very helpful for children suffering psychic problems due to parental lack of understanding and conflicts and who are unbalanced by family disharmony, due to its strong antidepressive and stimulating effect on the psyche.

Valerie Ann Worwood states that thyme joins with our guardians in assisting us in having strength and love for ourselves during times of reconciliation, when we strive to acknowledge the shadows and disrobe the outer shell of protection – the disguise which we may find difficult even to acknowledge.

Aromatherapy Insight Card:Thyme Insight cardWILLPOWER & STRENGTH
Thyme is a fortifying essential oil that dispels despondency and negativity, giving those who withdraw, the strength to emerge with self-confidence and overcome obstacles. It removes fears and gives strength to feel fulfilled and worthy. Trust your intuition and draw on its power and influence to strengthen your will. Work with the positive aspects of willpower to draw on the dynamic energy of thyme and strengthen yourself on all levels.

Fragrant Change Healing Card: I am strong enough to overcome any obstacle.

Sweet Thyme FCHCContemplations for the Soul:Thyme Contemplation cardIs there something you need to do but lack the strength and resolve to do it?
Are you feeling discouraged, despondent and negative with no belief in your ability to change?
Do have difficulty overcoming obstacles in your life?
Break those negative habits and strengthen your belief in yourself.
If you’re lacking in resolve look internally to understand the reason why.
Is it because you really don’t want to do it or are you afraid of the consequences if you do it?
Begin building your self-confidence by taking small action steps.
Each day do something to increase your confidence and belief in yourself.

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

Sources:
Atterby D, Thyme Essential Oil Profile. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.46 (2009)
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)
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)
Mailhebiau P, Portraits in Oils. The C.W.Daniel Company Ltd. (1995)
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)

Juniper (Juniperus communis)

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Family: Cupressaceae

Synonyms: Juniper

Aroma: Fresh, warm, rich balsamic, woody sweet pine needle like

Colour: Clear to very pale yellow

Juniper berriesPlant: Small tree that can grow to 12 metres in height with blue green needle like leaves, greenish yellow flowers and small round berries. The same tree carries green unripe one year old berries and blue ripe two to three year old berries.

Main Growing Areas: Northern Italy, Austria, Czech republic, Hungry, Croatia, Serbia and France

Major Constituents: alpha-pinene, beta-farnesene, beta-elemene, camphene, sabinene, myrcene, 1,4 cineole

Interesting snippets: Juniper branches were burned in temples as purifying herbs.

In England juniper branches were often strewn on the floor to sweeten the smell of the room and to cleanse the air of infection and disease

During the 19th century, the berries were burnt in French hospitals to prevent the spread of smallpox.

To the ancient Germans, juniper was the “Tree of Life” and branches were buried with the dead to facilitate their easy passage to their heaven, Valhalla.

ginJuniper berries are used for making gin.

Part of Plant used / Extraction: crushed, dried or partly dried berries/ steam distilled

Therapeutic actions: antiseptic, carminative, diuretic, weeping eczema, acne, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, arthritis, lower back pain, tiredness, poor circulation, cold hands and feet.

Emotional and Spiritual: nervous and intellectual fatigue, lethargy, apathy, negative thoughts, confusion

Fischer-Rizzi writes that psychologically juniper strengthens and uplifts the spirit during times of low energy, anxiety and weakness.

Keim Loughran and Bull state that juniper clears the body/mind/spirit of the damaging perceptions that interfere with our confidence and self-worth. She releases old thoughts, strengthens our intuition and deepens trust in our inner voice.

Robbie Zeck writes when you are feeling distressed and shut off from the experience of joy in your body and in your life, Juniper prepares the way for finding your centre. It brings clarification and stability during times of emotional and spiritual challenge. Juniper reduces the negativity stemming from habits, beliefs and behaviours that rob you of your joy of life.

Gabriel Mojay states that juniper is suited to the type of individual who feels burdened and aloof, deeply absorbed in their own thoughts – thoughts which revolve around worries, pressures and unpleasant memories. Feeling unsupported and misunderstood by others, they tend to withdraw and lose their social confidence. Juniper helps to purge them of the worry and self-absorption that is rooted in a fear of failure. Restoring their determination to overcome life’s obstacles, it replaces stasis and isolation with movement and openness.

Aromatherapy Insight Card:PREPARATION
Prepare for emotional, physical and spiritual challenges ahead. Set your goals and focus on preventing any of life’s little negative surprises. It is only when we are not prepared that we get those “surprises”. Failure to prepare leads to an emptiness and dissatisfied state allowing disappointment, self-doubt, guilt and low self-esteem to creep in. Be prepared and move beyond your limitations.

Fragrant Change Healing Card: I cleanse my body, mind and spirit of negativity so I can soar.

Contemplations for the Soul:Are you feeling mentally exhausted due to the never ending thoughts going on in your head about how unworthy you are or the guilt and shame over something you have or haven’t done?
Are you afraid to do something because you feel you will fail or not make the grade?
Are you feeling angry, frustrated, uncertain or confused?
It’s time to cleanse the negativity from your body, mind and spirit and allow clarity and insight to shine through.
Take a shower or bath imaging you are washing away all the negativity. Watch the dirty water and negativity drain away.
Make the decision to meet whatever challenges come your way; ask for support when you need help to overcome them.
Be all you’re meant to be.

Safety: Non-irritating, non-sensitising, non-toxic. Skin sensitisation may occur if the oil has oxidised.

Note: Often adulterated with fermented berries. May also be adulterated with pinene, camphene, turpentine oil fractions, juniper wood and twig oils.

There are some trees in the Juniperus genera whose essential oils are called cedars such as Juniperus virginiana known as Virginia cedarwood or cedarwood, Juniperus ashei known as Texas cedarwood and Juniperus procera known as east African cedarwood. True cedarwood comes from the pinaceae family and the genera Cedrus.

Sources:
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)
Fischer-Rizzi S, Complete Aromatherapy Handbook. Essential Oils for Radiant Health Sterling Publishing Company (1990)
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, Juniper Essential Oil Profile. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.18 (2001)
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 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)
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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)