Increasing my use of essential oils has been in response to my ongoing battle with stress and that has driven me to try some new oils this time around.
So what did I buy?
Rosemaryis something I used to use a few years ago but sort of fell off my radar for a while, now feels like an excellent time to get re-acquainted with it. It is such a great oil for clarity and mental stimulation but it also feels very strengthening which is also something I could do with right now.
The next 3 are completely new to me.
Palma Rosa – I really wasn’t sure about the scent of this when I first smelled it. I think I was expecting it to be very rose-like, because of the name (silly I know) and whilst is most certainly floral, it isn’t really “rosy”. I am using it on my clothes today so that all day at work I am inhaling it, contemplating it and remembering to relax and breathe. Despite my initial reaction to the scent as the day goes on it does feel very calming, with some underlying complexities in the scent which are delightful. All in all it is really growing on me and I am experiencing a sense of relative calm at work
Lemon – Not a great deal to say about the scent; it smells of lemon. Gorgeous citrusy and sunshine in bottle. When I am ready to experience a gentle uplifting of my spirit then I know this oil will be perfect. I have used Orange and Grapefruit successfully in the past and whilst they both have very different scents the effect is similar. I bought Lemon this time around to add to my armoury of citrus delights.
Roman Chamomile – All the books say this smells a bit like apples. Well I really didn’t get that – maybe apple pie…at a push! Only goes to show how differently we all experience the world we share. The scent was familiar but I just couldn’t place it. I used a little of this last night in a new practice I am trying out – which is anointing and massaging my feet prior to entering a meditative state. The scent of Roman Chamomile made me feel very homely - like I had some baking in the oven or something.
Obviously the other reason for picking these oils was blending. Most of them work well with the others and with the other oils I already have and I want to get back into making my own blends again.
On a final note, I am using this opportunity to branch out into a new way of experiencing aromatherapy. In the many years I have been using it (as an amateur) I have been concentrating on the physical properties, and the way the scents made me feel. I would like to start thinking more about the energetic vibration of the oils and how I could be using that aspect more consciously in my practice.
I tend to buy my oils from Starchild who are very knowledgeable, fast and reliable (and have the most beautiful little shop in Glastonbury if you ever get to visit).