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, especially with the re-introduction of essential oils as plant-based medicine thanks to the company dōTERRA whose oils are the only ones I now use (the name dōTERRA translates to “gift of the earth”). I love creating with them as it comes so naturally to me; sometimes they “speak to me” as I get tingles down my back when selecting which oils to use – I love it when that happens! I felt I had found what I was meant to be doing when I trained to be an aromatherapist many years ago; until then I felt a bit lost and didn’t feel I was in the right job. I felt just as excited then about oils as I do now and with my practical experience and amazing results and outcomes since 2015 when I started to truly appreciate essential oils as plant-based medicine. Like many little girls, I’ve happy memories of making 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.
Every now and again I get busy with a flurry of clients wanting their ears “candled”. Also known as thermal-auricular therapy, this treatment can help with some ear, nose and head problems. I know several people that like to have it done before they fly, with one particular lady absolutely swearing by it. Whether it’s for a group of people (yes, I’ve even done a couple of “Ear Candling Parties”) or an individual, I’m always fascinated by their experience in terms of how relaxed they find themselves, how their hearing is afterwards with the finale of getting to see what “comes out” in the candle at the end of a session when the candle is “opened”.
For many of us moments of complete ease and happiness, of knowing Ourselves and being in tune with our surroundings can be rare moments indeed. Being “at odds”, “out of tune” and not quite Ourselves can be “more of the norm” for some. Yet inner stability, confidence and quiet assurance is available to everyone through the practice of MEDITATION.
Firstly, here’s a very quick anatomy and physiology lesson about the IMMUNE SYSTEM – this is just like being back at college for me :)…