by Teri Brickey
Imbolc 2003, Vol 2-2
MatriFocus, a Cross-Quarterly Web Zine for Goddess Women Near & Far
The word "aromatherapy" has been so overused these days that just about anything with a scent is labeled with it. True aroma-therapy, however, involves the therapeutic use of essential oils for health and healing. Yes, essential oils were originally produced by perfume houses for their scent. But many of these businesses soon learned that they could get the same scents much cheaper by creating them in a laboratory. The therapeutic properties were then lost in perfumery and scented products.
A true essential oil contains the entire essence of a growing thing (or a part of it, like the flower or fruit), not just the scent. Each drop of essential oil is so chemically complex that scientists have not yet been able to pinpoint all of the ingredients. We do know, however, that many essential oils help to correct imbalances in our human bodies, from physical illness to emotional instability. In much the same way that our growing friends provide for themselves, they help to provide for us.
As this is the season to prepare ourselves and our world for the new growth that will happen in the spring, I will share some of my favorite clearing and balancing oils here. But first, a word of caution. Essential oils are very powerful tools. If not used properly, they can cause harm. Following these few simple guidelines should help make your experience a pleasant one:
Now for the fun stuff! Some great oils to use for clearing and balancing are listed. You can find a lot more info in any aromatherapy book. I prefer books by Jeanne Rose and Valerie Worwood, as each of these women have been practicing for a number of years and are well respected in their fields.
Citrus Oils: Bergamot, Grapefruit,
Lemon, Lime, Orange, Neroli, Petitgrain, Tangerine.
Breathing Oils: Cajeput, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Leaf, Cypress,
Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary,
Another hint: sniff the oil before you use it. If it doesn't smell good to you, it's not the one you need at that time. Your sense of smell is a very powerful tool. Use it, and use it well. Just as it can tell you the difference between dishwater and chicken soup, it can tell you which essential oils you need to balance your system.
In good health!
Disclaimer: the information in this article should not be used as a substitute for competent medical attention. No guarantee of safety or usefulness is implied.
feel free to email questions to Tbrickey@juno.com.