When you are beginning to gather a collection of oils you may want to start making blends to address certain issues. There are many ways to approach blending and I’ll share a few of my favorites with you through these posts.
First, it’s a good idea to keep things simple. Begin with 3-5 single oils as you are learning.
You can use a variety of carrier oils including olive oil, apricot oil, jojoba, coconut oil etc. The oils that have their own aromas’, for example, olive oil and coconut oil, may require slightly higher percentages of essential oil to balance the essential aroma with the carrier aroma.
So, to begin, we consider three layers to the oil blend:
1. The core oil represents the core issue you’ve decided needs attention. If you have multiple challenges you aren’t alone, however, it’s easiest to focus on one challenge at a time. You’ll choose your core oil based on the individual properties of the essential oils (and qualities of the carrier oils if you’d like to take those into consideration) and their relationship with the symptoms and signs you may be dealing with.For example, if you are struggling with chronic pain that seems to lead to difficulty sleeping, you might look into oils that have anti-inflammatory and stress relieving properties: lavender, helichrysum, basil, bergamot, and cedarwood are examples of these. Once you’ve found oils that may be able to talk to the issue, then choose what you’re attracted to aromatically.
Keep in mind that If you don’t like the smell of something you’re unlikely to use it.
2. Next choose an essential oil that compliments the core oil. Some aromatherapist’s call this oil the enhancer. It can be your second runner up from the previous group. Or, maybe you feel your inflammation is stress related so you choose a stress reducing oil. Lavender, bergamot and cedarwood are good choices from the above list. Each of these oils have anti-inflammatory properties as well as calming properties for the nervous system.
3. Finally, we can choose a harmonizer oil. This oil can bring your blend together aromatically. You can choose this oil purely for the aroma if you like. This is the oil that can bring the others you’ve chosen into a cohesive aroma.
A lovely blend with the oils mentioned above could be, lavender, cedarwood and bergamot.
You can use the dilution chart in the previous message to begin putting your blends together.
Here are some other suggestions for musculoskeletal pain and fatigue:
bergamot, black pepper, roman chamomile, ginger, helichrysum (one of my favorite oils), lavender, sweet marjoram, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, vetiver and ylang ylang.
This is the time of year when so many of us make lists of the things we want to change. We want to weigh less, feel stronger, eat cleaner, do a cleanse, love smarter, start a business, do one thing each month that scares us, move to a city, state, country that inspires us, start the yoga teacher training that will change our lives forever – etc, etc.
We start the New Year wanting to be different than we are. And about 4 weeks in we’re exhausted by our lack of Insta-progress and about 3 months in we’ve gotten bored enough to pack whatever the big change was into next year’s list of things to do (unless it’s some sort of bikini/beach challenge, then we’re desperate to knock it out by May).
It’s even become the thing, not to make resolutions, which may be a little stifling for the naturally goal oriented.
This year I was asked an interesting question: What would it be like to inhabit the truth of who I already am and allow for the fullness of my experiences with less emphasis on trying to alter myself. I heard that and I was like, whoah! I don’t know what this means. And I have done some serious navel gazing in my life!
Realizing that I don’t know these darling details about myself lead me to an excitement about the possibilities of whom I could discover right here under my skin.
The same is true for you. Each experience you’ve had has brought you to this place and your particular expression of humanity. Who are you now? In this moment. What gifts, has your particular way of living, brought into the world? What gifts can continue to move through you as you deepen into who and how you are?
The beautiful thing about integrating our experiences and resting in the realness of who we are individually, is that by allowing what is, we shift past patterns and create room for more of what serves us. We also create room for new patterns that can serve us more deeply and more richly.
Here are some tangible tools (for conscious living) to help you wake up in the body, bring awareness to the places and patterns that are calling your attention so you learn to inhabit your life in all its range of experiences.
Yoga Nidra – a beautiful integration practice. You can read more here.
Chrysocolla – the changing green stone in Chinese Medicine. If you work with stone medicine, chrysocolla is a stone of regeneration and renewal. This stone develops in response to the environmental conditions acting on it. It can have many different looks and even the composition can vary area to area. Just like a human being. It is a stone for moving through the ups, downs, ins and outs of life with your spirit and character intact.
Angelica essential oil – Angelica is an oil for embodying spirit. As a plant it is rooted in earth with aerial parts reaching for the sky. Angelica is hollow inside the stalk and energetically supports us in receiving the truth of our spiritual nature while providing the rooted~ness to lovingly embody our human experience.
If you would like support this year in stepping more deeply into your experience and embracing the beauty of life I would be happy to work with you through consultation, meditation sessions, body work and a variety of group classes.
You can arrange an appointment by calling 937-270-7606.
To a year of deep and joyful living even through bad food choices, those last 10 pounds that won’t drop off (maybe they really do belong right where they are) and the same old boring skylines (I actually love my Dayton city)…
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road does not mean they are lost."