Lavender is probably the most well-known essential oil there is which is no surprise when you look into its history. It’s versatile and kind to the body yet incredibly powerful, so much so it kept the plague at bay for the lavender field workers! It probably doesn’t get the recognition it deserves especially when you read about its many surprising uses and benefits – usually I like to edit down the content on an oil write-up, but not this time!
The oil of boundaries. It is no accident that our grannies told us to use cloves if we felt sick or had toothache, since its efficacies go back to before the birth of Christ! During the Renaissance (14th – 17th century), pomanders were made with cloves to keep epidemics and the plague at bay. Pliny (AD23 – 79) praised cloves, as did the great Roman doctor Alexander Trallianus (c. 525 – c.605), one of the most eminent of the ancient physicians.
Having a Zyto scan takes no effort, is non-invasive, fascinating and yet scientifically technical. It takes 6-7 minutes to run, is simple to do and can be likened to a questionnaire which your body provides the answers to. An easy-to-read report is generated which displays a ranking of essential oils and/or nutritional supplements whose corresponding digital signature results in biological preferences to help maintain health and wellness. So many times people say their scan is spot on; other times are not so obvious since we don’t know everything going on inside us, particularly at a cellular level.
Orange is a zesty, refreshing citrus fragrance. The essential oil of the fruit is cold-pressed from the outer peel and its cheerful, sensuous and radiant nature conveys warmth and happiness. It assists people to relax and unwind and children love its smell which can actually help them sleep. The orange tree is native to China and India and was brought to Europe for cultivation in the seventeenth century, and is now grown in the Mediterranean region, Israel and the Americas.
The rich sweet-scented tropical yellow star-shaped Ylang Ylang flower is harvested in Madagascar and has been used for centuries in perfumes, religious ceremonies, aromatherapy and wedding events; the resultant potent essential oil is also just as versatile and is a gem of the aroma industry. The Ylang Ylang plant is also called the perfume tree, due to its highly fragrant flowers.
The subject of chakras is vast; there are many books available on the subject along with different interpretations. The yogis of ancient civilisations would have spent an entire lifetime studying just one chakra, content in the knowledge that there would be other lifetimes in which to continue learning about the rest. With the Sanskrit word “chakra” meaning wheel, this system is a very complex system of energy awareness. They are subtle energy points, literally wheels or vortexes of energy that act as gateways or exchange points directly linking to our mental, physical and spiritual attributes.
As this year 2017 is the start of a new 9-year cycle I wanted to create an appropriate essential oil blend that encapsulates the best essential oil support to help us make the make the most of this new beginning. Apart from the physical effects these oils have, which are hugely beneficial anyway, I’m working with their energetic properties considering how they can best support us emotionally. Selecting my oils with this in mind this is what I’ve chosen:
Birch, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Ginger, Lemon, Peppermint, Tangerine and Wild Orange
Ready for a fresh start, letting go of the old and looking forward to 2017? I know I am. If you’re like most people I know, you may have a feeling of relief as we shed and release 2016. Saying last year was challenging could be an understatement for some. I watched many friends walk through pain and adversity and you can’t help but wonder at how many famous people passed on, even over the Christmas period we were still saying our good byes. I had to say “farewell” to both my remaining grandparents who amazingly made it to their 90’s, their passing taught me so much not only about death but also about life and the generation they came from and what hardships they endured – now they really got to see some changes over the decades! I do like to consider though why so many “goodbyes”; interestingly, according to numerology 2016 was a number 9 year, the end of a 9 year cycle, hence full of “endings” practically, physically and emotionally. As sad and difficult as this has been it does mean that moving into 2017 we are starting a new cycle, a number 1 year, which is all about new beginnings. I remember feeling that 2016 would be a great year of change – I had no idea what that meant but do know these experiences can be our greatest teachers.
Aromatherapy has become more popular over recent years, especially with the re-introduction of essential oils as plant-based medicine. Like many little girls, I’ve happy memories of making magic healing potions and rose petal perfume for my Mum and proudly presenting it to her when I was 5 years old!
Historically pure frankincense was treasured by the ancients and considered to be worth its weight in gold and amongst the highest valued currency traded throughout the Middle East. Its held value was so immense that the high priests of Israel would burn it as a most precious sacrifice to God. It is highly versatile in its uses and benefits, and results have been proven over thousands of years of application along with more recent research.