An interesting thing happened this weekend at the spa. Several of my clients either booked services that already incorporated aromatherapy, or asked about it as an add-on to complement their service.
This isn't uncommon, but the part that stuck out to me was that all of these clients mentioned the need to "feel more grounded".
I'm not sure if there is something going on with the moon cycle, the seasons, the current political state of the US, or if people are just really, really busy these days. What I am sure of is that everyone could always use a bit more grounding.
Grounding is simply feeling mentally alert and connected to your emotions so that you can handle this thing called life. Grounded = stable.
Back to the topic today: Essential oils. When my clients asked for some aromatherapy assistance in becoming more grounded, I reached for the following three oils.
Frankincense is one lovely essential oil that I don't use enough. It has a deep, warm, spicy, earthy scent. Because of the heavier quality of scent, Frankincense has antidepressant and sedative qualities. I wanted to use it for this very reason: to help alleviate any stress and bring about a sense of calm.
Lavender is very, very well known. If you ask someone about an essential oil or scent to help relieve stress, 9 times out of 10 they are going to say "Lavender". For good reason! The floral scent is very soothing, and can help disrupt the "fight or flight" response in the body. Personally, it has helped calm me down when I've gotten too caught up in my emotions, and sometimes it helps me fall asleep. Fun fact: Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years! Various culutres used Lavender to bathe, protect, and cure.
Juniper was an impluse pick for me, but I'm so glad I chose to use it. The woody yet fresh scent was a nice complement to the Frankincense and Lavender. Juniper is considered a purifying essential oil, and can help break up emotional or mental stagnation while getting energy flowing. After doing some research on it, I've started diffusing it while I write or practice yoga, and I love the smell and how I feel.
A note on essential oils: A lot of times when I am using Essential oils in my sessions, I choose them intuitively based on the conversation I have with my client, and the results they desire. This also includes taking a look at their medical history and any medications they are currently taking. Some essential oils will have a negative reaction with certain types of medications. For this reason, I will either choose to diffuse the essential oil, have them inhale it on a tissue or a warm towel, or if there is no contraindication, I will blend it with a carrier oil to massage with.
This blog post is for informational purposes. If you have an interest in using these or any other essential oils, or if you have questions at all, email me and I would love to talk to you about them!