The sights and sounds of nature on this morning’s walk were far too autumnal for my liking. Picking up windfalls earlier in the week had got me thinking along these lines and with these thoughts a sense of dread and discomfort loomed. Having had a third, especially wet summer in a row in the West of Ireland I feel partly justified. Although I am aware how this internal dialogue is a tad unreasonable!
Today, as the sun sets on August I am thinking about transitioning the seasons and what essential oils may assist during the changeover.
Sunshine in a Bottle (aka Citrus Essential Oils)
Instinctively I want to use every citrus oil I have! Mmmm, Mandarin, Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot and more ………. Close to hand is Bergamot and the tangy aromas from the smelling strip are seemingly just what I need.
Humans appear to naturally try and resist transition in general. Futile of course, especially when deep down we know that embracing change is key to a smooth transformation.
Cypress oil (cypressus sempervirens (semper meaning always and virens, flourishing or green)) is favoured by many as an excellent oil to use during times of change. It’s astringent and decongestant properties relating to the venous, lymph and respiratory systems appear to have similar effect on an emotional level. Perhaps congestion soars when we face change and releasing it then helps us to move on.
Cypress Trees with Almond Blossom
I really enjoyed reading this post regarding Cypress oil during times of transition:
Interesting, I think, is the trees affiliation to spiritual matters down through history. Philipp Mailhebiau, in his book Portraits in Oils sites several texts of old (Biblical, Byzantine and Greek) where the tree is mentioned.
In Shirley and Len Price’s book Aromatherapy for Health Professionals there are various useful charts, this one caught my eye ‘Mental and Nervous System effects of essential oils mentioned by various authors’, Cypress is highlighted under the following headings
- Depression (nervous)
Sitting with my Bergamot smell strip I am considering it will blend well with Cypress but I want more!
Cedarwood, Frankincense and Sandalwood all blend well with other ‘tree’ oils. I see Vetivert in a few ‘transition’ blends however on this occasion I’m not tempted due to it’s grounding properties, I’m trying to move forward!
However I can testify to the exceptionally effective grounding ability of Vetivert especially if one feels they are about to defy gravity and fly off into their own orbit around the planet. Generally I find this best avoided!
Rose Otto, for me, gives a delicate lift to woody blends.
Rosa damascena in Bulgaria
I am now in two minds about the Bergamot, Mandarin oil is calling. I will try both and return my verdict before the day is out.
In 5ml of Sweet Almond Oil add:
- Cypress Organic – 3 drops
- Cedarwood Organic – 1 drop
- Sandalwood – 1 drop
- Rose Otto – 1 drop
I made two of the above blends and then added:
- Bergamot Organic – 2 drops
to one and
- Mandarin Organic – 2 drops
to the other.
Approx. a little over 3% dilution.
Both blends are lovely.
The Bergamot blend is a little more rosy and woody in aroma. On exploring the chemical composition I think Bergamot brings a little more diversity to the table with it’s high esther content which is known to be regulating to the nervous system.
The Mandarin blend is a little lighter in aroma.
This blend (minus the Almond Oil) may be very useful in an aromatherapy diffuser. Speaking of, I am, with great excitement awaiting a new electrical one from Florihana in France https://florihana.com/en/diffusers.html It came recommended from a trusted source.
You may have your own thoughts or preferences on tweaking this blend to suit your needs or personal preference.
Ultimately I am satisfied that the overall properties will be useful in assisting a smooth transition from one season to the next. Roll on September!
That’s got me thinking, I will fill one of these roller balls bottles so I’ll have my blend on the move, whatever the weather!
Metal Roller Balls
(I like the 2ml for travel, available online in a number of sizes from various suppliers)