by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
The power of our senses can be harnessed as an unbelievable tool that you can use to your life’s advantage! Diffusing essential oils stimulate our olfactory nerve. These essence can restore balance and harmony to your body, your surroundings and to your life. The energy of a scent can invigorate and cleanse your environment. Here are some of the most noted oils for cleansing and clearing!
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) essential oil kills bacteria when applied topically to the skin. “Ocimum” is from the Greek, meaning “to be fragrant” The word Basil comes from the Greek, meaning “King”. Basilisicum is from the Latin for Basilisk, a creature that could cause madness and death. It was carried or ingested as a charm against attacks. Basil was used in English folk magic, like so many other things, to ward off harmful spells as well as to keep away pests.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) has a very balancing and uplifting quality to it. This great oil can make stressful situations seem less so. Inhaling this oil can help return you to a peaceful, relaxed, energized state. Yet at the same time, if you have been over stimulated by the days events, you could bathe with it at night to help you have a restful sleep. It is analgesic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, digestive, sedative, and uplifting.
Frankincense (Boswellia) can strengthen a mind that is burdened with mental anxiety, nervous tension and stress. It revitalizes and soothes emotional wounds, burdens and trauma. This peaceful loving oil allows us to stabilize our mind and mental power.
Geranium (Geranium cinereum) helps to release anger and negative memories. It can be used for to calm and clarify any situation. Inhaling geranium can ease anxiety and tension on both a mental and physical level.
Jasmine (Aenean) benefits almost any nervous condition. This oil encourage self confidence, optimism as it diminishes fear. Jasmine dissolves emotional blocks.
Lavender (Lavindin casia) is often called the universal oil, because you can use it for so many things. It is analgesic, anti-coagulant, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-toxic, cardiotonic, and is a sedative. It has a very balancing effect on the body, emotions, mind and spirit.
Myrrh oil (Myrrha) fortifies the emotions and the nervous system. Historically known as a sacred oil, its smell is distinct and provides us with clarity, focus and strength. This oil centers our emotions, subdues anger and inflamed emotional states.
Peppermint oil (herba mentha) is another essential oil that has a wide variety of uses. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, is invigorating, and cooling. It helps to disperse anger, depression and fatigue. It can also be used in the treatment of shock. It enhances mental alertness, and is stimulating to the conscious mind.
Rose (Rosaceae) is the mother of all flowers and can spark our intuition. This most rare and expressive oil captures that which reins supreme. Rose oil is synonymous with unconditional love and brings with it the power to soothe the mind’s eye.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus coronarium) or “dew of the sea” is used to ward off evil spirits and nightmares. The branches were often woven into wreaths worn by brides at weddings In Wales, it was distributed to funeral guests to throw into the hole as the coffin was lowered. This pungent, cleansing herb, along with mint, is used to clean the palette.