I was asked during lockdown what oils to use during this time. There is not an easy answer. It depends on the situation and of course how you are feeling. Here are some of the oils that I have been using and why. Which will hopefully give you a little insight into the world of essential oils.
Frankincense is a resin-based oil, it comes from the gum of a tree, which is grown in the Middle East and North Africa. It also grows in places that have seen many conflicts like Somalia, Ethiopia, as well as China and southern Arabia. It is a tree now threatened with near extinction.
This aroma is very much related to religious and spiritual beliefs and rituals. You only have to think of going to a Catholic church and incense is being burnt, that will be Frankincense. Famously at Christmas time, it was one of the Wise Men’s gifts.
Frankincense, if you have not come across it, has a light woody aroma, slightly citrusy and has a richness to it, but at the same time not being cloying as it is cool and dry.
This is an oil that will bring in clarity not only of the mind but of the lungs too, permitting you to breathe deeply and clearly allowing for relaxation. Once relaxed things that need to be done are done so much easier.
For me, this is an oil that brings in so much clarity. It works quietly in the background keeping me focused on what I am doing and what I have to do. I use this oil a lot in a burner when writing essays and meeting deadlines. It works like a dream.
Geranium. This is not the same Geranium that you may have for your patio containers and hanging baskets. This is quite a common plant the flowers are small and pink in colour. The leaves are quite firm and have a prickly texture to them when rubbing them you get the aroma of the oil.
Geranium essential oil is used instead of Rose in many cases, as Rose is one of the most expensive. I use it this way because as it reminds me of Rose, but one that I can afford to burn liberally.
It is wonderful for skin conditions and for easing of the body’s aches and pains. Much like that of Frankincense, Geranium is a good one to use for relaxation, but this has much more sweetness about it in the aroma. It is cool, but lingers a little bit more than Frankincense, as it has more floral tones and freshness yet warmth to it.
The oi’s warmth brings in comfort to my heart. The floral tones remind me of warm summer nights, much like the ones that we have had, but also of memories of times past with friends.
An oil that brings in a smile even on the dullest of days. As Gabriel Mojay says in his book Aromatherapy for The Healing The Spirit “The oil, therefore, helps us to reconnect us to our feeling – life. – to our emotional sensitivity…relaxed spontaneity…” A lovely way to relax.
Staying with the floral tones, I love Ylang Ylang, an essential oil it smells like Jasmin only much denser (and lighter on the purse). For me, this oil is softer and gentler than that of Lavender.
Ylang Ylang, is a tropical tree, grown in places in Southeast Asia such as Madagascar and Comoro Islands. It is the flowers that are used to gain essential oil.
Ylang Ylang has traditionally been used in local medicine against malaria, typhus, and infections of the intestinal tract, it also has qualities that help with fevers. The oil has also been known for being great for the skin.
Known for the ability to relax and uplift at the same time and therefore to help when feeling anxious, low in mood, and or with depression. Easing anxiety and calming the heart
I have put this oil on a tissue and put it into my mask to help me keep calm and to give a feeling of security. I have to be aware of when doing this that it is just the one drop as it can be quiet heady. Sometimes less is more, and that is true of this oil.
Other oils. I have of course been relying on;
Lavender and yes, of course, it is known commonly for its aid for sleep, for its healing qualities, but it is also a great one for upliftment. I have been using this one sparingly as not only can it be a relaxant but a stimulant as well. I am respective of this oil.
Palmarosa, is a grass that can grow up to 9 feet in height and is part of the of grasses Lemongrass and Citronella family.
Mostly used for skin conditions where it is dry and undernourished bringing back hydration. On an emotional level, it brings security allowing to accept change easier.
Palmarosa, has a scent that is sweet but sharp, and it cuts through yet has a softness and a hint of rose in the background. This oil reminds me of the Tamarind fruit in that it is sharp but sweet.
As you can see I have used a variety of oils, and all for different reasons, using them together or just on their own. I have put them in oil burners, when working, or have had them in creams that I have made for myself.
As you can see I have used a variety of oils, and all for different rationale, using them together and just on their own. I have put them in oil burners, when working, have had them in creams that I have made for myself.
Each of the oils has a wonderful complexity to it which I may only be looking at one aspect of it, but that does not mean the other attributes are made any less. It is my intention when using the oil at the time which will enhance the aspect that I am requiring from them.
I love oils and all that they can do for us in so many ways. I know that I can go to them as a point of resource of support and comfort for healing the mind and body. Going back to the original question of what oils to use in lockdown, I hope that I have shown to you that it is not just one oil to use but a company of oils complimenting each other and myself on the psyche as well as the physical for that day.
If you would like to experience the wonders of essential oils, their benefits and aromas book a session with me. Going through consultation will help narrow down which oils would be good for you. You will be smelling them, stating what you like and dislike. This in turn will be how you create your own unique blend for that session. I look forward to hearing from you.
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