As a professional aromatherapist, I incorporate essential oils in all manner of ways in my everyday life. Essential oils are a major part of my last ritual for the day. I have a warm shower where I scrub my body with a home-made bodyscrub (you can find recipes in the forum), and apply oils to my damp skin afterwards.
For Emotional Healing
This time I am using an olive oil base with 2 drops of rose oil, 2 drops of frankincense and 1 drop of grapefruit. I am currently menstruating, so I have chosen these oils to support my emotional healing, my letting go and also for love and rejuvenation.
I massage the oils slowly into my body, taking care always to stroke towards the heart. My lower back tends to get stiff, so I pay special attention to this area.
When I’m all done, I put on my favourite slouchy pyjamas. This is mainly to stop oil getting everywhere, but it’s worth noting that using oils in this way cause clothing to wear out faster. Because I apply the oils so liberally, there is a thin film left on my skin, which is then absorbed by my clothing.
That’s why I always keep separate slouching clothes. Once I’m in my pj’s I’m ready for bed. Getting into bed early, with a mug of hibiscus or rosehip tea and a book sets me up for a good night’s sleep. Marvelling at the miracle that is a woman’s body, I lie back on my pillow and surrender myself to sleep.
For A Good Night’s Sleep
My dreams are often powerful and vivid, particularly during my menses. Sometimes there is strange, unknown imagery that seems frightening. While still sleeping, I concentrate on letting go of fear and allowing the dream to happen. I want to see what it is showing me and I want to learn what I can from it.
I have been studying CGJung for a while now and have come to see my dreams as reflections of my own deep and sometimes unknown aspects. If you’re unfamiliar with Jung’s writings, his autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections.
Sometimes, if I need a really good night’s sleep I will add a drop of valerian to my oil mix. Valerian smells a little odd, some say it smells like goats, but it is deeply restful.
If I want my dreams to be a little lighter I will use vetivert instead, which is also a deeply restful oil with a somewhat musty smell.
Another favourite dream-oil I use is Rosewood. It is rich and soothing and smells delicious, but please be aware that you only buy ethically sourced oil.
When You Need Additional Strength and Nurturing
The final oil-tip I want to share with you this time is Palmarosa. I have used Palmarosa successfully at times of great emotional upheaval and dramatic life-changes, and find the oil nurturing and strong. In a busy week, where I may not have as much time to rest and meditation as I would like, I add some Palmarosa to my oil mix and savour the dreams it promotes in me. When using Palmarosa, I often dream of walking on a beach or of resting in a meadow. I wake up I feel rested and restored, as if I have just returned from holiday.
Always consult a professional aromatherapist. Do not use when pregnant. Always ensure your oils are ethically sourced, and buy organic wherever possible.
Finding the community of Cycle Harmony has made a huge difference to me. I am delighted to be writing to you from the Red Tent and hope to share thoughts and experiences you recognise, or find useful to ponder upon. I look forward to working with you all in exploring what it is to be women, and hope to hear from you. ~ Vild