In life stuff can get us down, emotionally and physically, but it is what we reach for out of our toolkit, that will determine whether we thrive or just survive.
Now I don't know about you but I would much rather THRIVE!
For the last 21 years I have been turned on and tuned in, to the gentle but powerful healing nature of plants and their extracts, so it is no surprise that the plant kingdom and aromatherapy which are essences straight out of the fine kingdom of plants, will always be my first point of call for all kinds of ailments that come up.
I use aromatherapy for my personal wellbeing, my familys wellbeing and also the wellbeing of my clients at Nurturing Massage in Te Aroha. I use aromatherapy for everything, even pest protection in the garden or with my furry friends. I find the use of essential oils in my daily life to be very uplifting, and extremely useful. I combine the use of oils in my daily practices with breathwork and practices of gratitude and body movement. They allow me to keep myself real, and authentic in my own practice with others and I feel healthier and better in myself for the use of the oils.
Have you ever noticed the wee little plants that pop themselves right outside your door offering their healing powers to you? Try going outside and taking a little look, you may be pleasantly surprised to find out that the little weeds growing nearby have healing properties in their cells, exactly what you need at this exact moment in time.
So in honour of these little power houses I offer up some personal recipes that I have used over the last two decades.
Why do we need essential oils in our lives?
We all fall out of alignment at time's (usually when we get cocky and think we are super heroes). We aren't perfect beings, that would be boring, so... when this happens reach for your tool kit of Therapeutic Grade Aromatherapy. (you will know this if you check out the bottle of essential oil for a number that looks like the image below)
On a scientific level we are better off using essential oils, because they are gentle, they work quickly, they go exactly where they need to, it doesn't even matter if you don't know where they need to go, they do, they will find the spot 100% of the time. They also don't build up in your body and create toxicity like pharmaceuticals and they just smell so good, everyone benefits from you using them. Some oils may clash with medication but not all so consult with your aromatherapist on which ones may be best for you. Pregnant women, may need to be more aware too. Again consult with your Doctor or your Aromatherapist.
Rituals for Self Love and Self Healing
Essential oils are a great medium to include into your rituals for self love and self healing of the body, mind and spirit. They are especially great for body awakening and relaxing you after a stressful day. They have transcendent qualities which are helpful for total mind relaxation and meditation. It was no mistake that the three wise men carried gifts of Frankincense and Myrrh for baby Jesus. Aromatherapy in an oil burner is a great way for clearing spaces of stagnant toxic energy, and clearing aura's of individuals.
3 Ways to Rescue yourself with Aromatherapy
These are the 3 main ways that I rescue myself, and it all depends on just how quickly I need the problem tackled.
1. Aromatherapy oils can be vaporized in an oil burner or a diffuser (breathe in)
2. Added to a carrier oil (massage)
3. Or placed into Epsom salts or plant milk and dispersed into bath water. (hydrotherapy)
The choice is really up to you. The effects will be gentle but effective. Take time to switch off the tech and come back to basics with natures plant allies. Breathe in deeply, visualize those oils going exactly where they need. Essential oils have individual frequencies that they resonate at, so the life force that are contained within these oils will resonate with your own frequency in your own energy systems. Studies have shown that the use of essential oils have reduced disease, tumour growth and in some cases healed cancer altogether! And what a gentle and cost effective way to look after yourself and your family. Essential oils work with your body not against it.
When my beautiful daughter left home to live abroad and follow her dreams, I made sure she had a little 'rescue box' filled with Aromatherapy Oils of her own to turn to. She has used them for her skincare regime, migraine and period pain, sports injuries, study and recall during exams... and even when she was missing home, they lifted and supported her and gave her back her sparkle...but like any teenager or young adult she gets busy falls out of alignment, and I need to remind her to reach for her tools.
Important before you start
- Purchase only therapeutic grade essential oils, (fragrant oils have no place in healing) I personally use LeReve Aromatherapy. Talk to me about this if wish to know how to start your own toolkit.
- Massaging: Remember to always blend your essential oils into a carrier oil (such as almond oil, macadamia, rice bran, apricot kernel, coconut oil)
- Bathing: place them into the milk or Epsom salts if you are bathing with them
- Burning/Diffuser: place them into water in your oil burner/diffuser if you are burning or vaporizing them
- Never use them neat unless you know what you are doing,
- Use your therapeutic grade essential oils sparingly, 1- 2 drops per bottle in massage, 4-5 drops per bottle in bath, 3-4 drops per bottle in oil burner, diffusers use less essential oil, so value for money is great.
- Never leave open flames unattended
- Never leave your oils open to the elements, keep them in a dark cool place and they will last you for years to come.
- Never let your children play with your oils, keep out of reach.
- Enjoy, breathe, and thrive!
Aphrodisiac Oil: impotence/frigidity- relaxes the body and soothes emotions
For people alienated from their senses and emotions:
To relax nerves and calm the intellect, great for exam revision:
Panic hysteria/overly emotional people:
Bergamot (encourages us to loosen up)
Orange (restores sense of humour)
Lavender or Melissa (helps dissipate nervous tension and smooth the flow of chi, calm heart/mind
Asthma/Mucus/Wheezing: (powerful 4 blend using Chinese Medicine Philosophy)
Emperor: Marjoram (expectorant)
Minister: Pine (reinforce)
Assistant: Clary Sage (enhances)
Messenger: Eucalyptus (directs the action of the blend to the lungs)
Restlessness/Anxiety/Pressures at Work: Water Element- imbalance of Will
Passify Will and Ease Frustration: Wood Element - Qi energy not in harmony
Lavender or Chamomile
Decision Making: Calming fretful and overthinking, mental fatigue
Help in accepting deep loss
Vascular Decongestant: Haemorrhoids, Varicose Veins