There are many modalities to transport plant medicine into the body, mind and soul. One vehicle of choice...essential oils.
The term “essential oil” is a contraction of the original “quintessential oil.” This stems from the Aristotelian idea that matter is composed of four elements, namely, fire, air, earth, and water. The fifth element, or quintessence, was then considered to be spirit or life force. Distillation and evaporation were thought to be processes of removing the spirit from the plant and this is also reflected in our language since the term “spirits” is used to describe distilled alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whiskey, and eau de vie. The last of these again shows reference to the concept of removing the life force from the plant. Nowadays, of course, we know that, far from being spirit, essential oils are physical in nature and composed of complex mixtures of chemicals. The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy
Although I believe in the spirit of plants, it's also important to note that there is science behind it. Plants are made up of a complex mixture of chemicals which I will explore in a later post..and just as with any medicine....that mixture must be understood to know what effect it will have on the body, mind and soul.
The good news is that you don't really have to know about any of this...that is our job. When we are blending oils, we not only look at the particular scent but also the chemical make up and the impact that it will have on your system. I know that the lotion, butter, soap, etc.. that you are using will also be a transport system for the essential oils contained within. What goes on your body goes directly into your blood stream...and we take that seriously in the formulation of our products. We hope you do too.
The really fun part is the amazing effect the oils have both in application and inhalation. When I'm using a rose geranium scrub in the shower...or putting on a blood orange body butter, I'm focused on the beauty of the scent....the same sensation as if I was down the road at Solage Napa Valley. It's not the spa that transports us...it's the scent of all of the beautiful oils. It sounds so cliche but honestly you can bring that same spa feeling into your home by surrounding yourself with products using essential oils.
I wasn't quite sure what scent blends to start with but today we are in full production of our Rose Geranium products...so it's all I can think about! The essential oils that we use in this scent blend are Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, Vanillosmopsis erythropappa (bisabolol) wood oil, Tanacetum annuum (blue tansy) flower oil, and Santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil, Boswellia Carterii (frankincense) oil, and Melissa Officinalis (lemon balm) oil.
Balance is at the heart of the intention for our Rose Geranium Scent Blend. Since my accident I've learned that balance doesn't come from a schedule...or outside practices....balance comes from within....when you are still. In stillness you are grounded. In the spirit of this intention, I used the wood oils for grounding and the flower oils for release of worry and stress.
The individual oils are providing the following medicines:
- Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil was used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems. It stimulates the adrenal cortex and provides relief from stress and worry. It is also known to support the balance of female hormones. Wonderful for "wiser" skin.
- Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil is calming. it is a muscular relaxant, anti-inflammatory and revitalizer of our entire system.
- Santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil is calming and emotionally balancing...eases stress and allows our mind to unwind.
- Tanacetum annuum (blue tansy) flower oil is calming and clearing...much like a dip in the ocean.
- Boswellia Carterii (frankincense) oil is high in sesquiterpenes which stimulates and oxygenates the limbic system of the brain. A stress reducer...mood elevator.
- Melissa Officinalis (lemon balm) oil uses is supportive of immune system function. It soothes while strengthening and revitalizing.
All this being said, I encourage you to find out what this blend does for YOU. As with any essential oils, allow yourself to experience the scent. Stop. Breathe in the goodness....and out the stress. Give yourself this moment...if only the time it takes to put on a lotion...to be fully immersed in the experience. Just be warned...plants have a way of turning that moment into minutes, hours and perhaps even a lifetime.