From the day we are born, until the day we die, we go through transition and change. At a young age we learn to deal with personal changes on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Change is often necessary for our growth and development, but when it comes in the form of tragedy or trauma, it’s not as easy to make the transition.
Autumn is often known as the season of transition but change can come upon us at any time of the year. Winter, like any other season, can bring with it many changes and because it is viewed by some of us as the most miserable time of the year, it can be harder to cope with the curve balls that come our way.
The changing of the seasons is a good time to reflect on whether we are resisting a shift in our lives. Aromatherapy used in conjunction with other self-care practices can help us to adapt and move forward.
Burning or diffusing the following blends will bring you feelings of warmth, comfort and joy and help you move from one season into the next. They will also benefit your health and some will help to prepare your immune system for the cold winter months ahead.
Use 1-4 drops of each. You can experiment with the number of drops to suit yourself. Some oils can overpower a blend, so it’s best to add them one drop at a time.
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis)
Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)
Ginger essential oil is extracted from the dried root of the plant, called the rhizome. Ginger stimulates us to take action when our drive and motivation is low. It warms our emotions and helps to boost our immune system.
Sweet orange essential oil is extracted from the rind of the fruit. Its scent is fresh and uplifting, giving us warm feelings of comfort and joy. It encourages positivity and helps us to adapt during times of change. Orange is also a tonic for the immune system; helping to combat colds and flu.
Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from the wood and its aroma is balsamic and sweet with deep lusty tones. Cedarwood gives us strength during times of negativity, and helps to reduce feelings of anxiety. It is often used as a remedy for respiratory ailments such as coughs and bronchitis
Thyme Common Sweet (Thymus vulgaris)
Pine Scotch (Pinus sylvestris)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Sweet thyme is the safest variety of thyme for home us. The essential oil is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the plant. It has a sweet lemon herbaceous aroma and is often used as an antiseptic and expectorant. It stimulates the immune system but should be used in moderation. When your self-esteem and sense of optimism needs reviving, thyme can help to renew your confidence and enthusiasm. It also helps when you’re feeling melancholic and low-spirited.
Pine essential oil is extracted from the needles and has a strong fresh balsamic scent. The essential oils are known to evaporate from the pine needles and it is widely believed that a forest abundant in pine trees has a healing environment. Just like thyme, it dissipates melancholy and pessimism. Pine is known as the herb of protection and is especially useful if you have a tendency to carry guilt and continually blame yourself for everything, including other people’s mistakes.
Cypress is the tree of transition, renewal and change. The essential oil comes from the leaves, cones, needles and twigs. It has a fresh balsamic woody aroma; with sweet spicy tones. When you’re feeling the need to change direction in your life, but you lack the courage and confidence to do so, cypress can help you to move forward.
Remember, aromatherapy is only therapeutic if the aroma appeals to you. If a scent doesn’t bring you comfort, joy or relaxation then it’s not necessarily the one for you. Blending different oils together changes the overall scent. So keep an open mind, experiment and enjoy!
Always seek help if you are struggling during difficult times of transition.
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