by Jessica North-O’Connell
If there’s one thing that is becoming increasingly evident, it is that we cannot simply address a person’s symptoms without looking at the whole person, because that approach drastically influences the effectiveness of our remedy.
While I’ve always appreciated the variety of essential oils available which can address various conditions (and so help us avoid sensitization through overuse of the same essential oils over extended periods), through my practice I came to notice how some essential oils were just more effective for certain people than others.
One thing I noticed specifically through “playing with plants,” and learned more about through study, is that we humans each have our own constitutional type – some of us tend to be naturally hot or cold, moist or dry, in varying proportions, and so it came as no surprise to learn that different plants – and by extension, different essential oils – more effectively complement our unique constitutional conditions.
However, we are also more than our physical bodies; what we consider as our “person” here in the three-dimensional realm is also comprised of subtle bodies than the physical one we readily see. Some people refer to these subtle bodies as the “aura” or energy field, but they are much more than that and also possess their own varying states of wellness. It is in beginning to these subtle states of being that we can attune ourselves to a person’s seemingly less obvious needs, as well as those essential oils which can address these conditions. I call the resulting blends “scented messages.”
METHOD: In order to create these “scented message” blends, I begin by becoming quiet and entering into communion with my own Higher Self, Guides, Angels and helpers, rather like having a “board meeting” with my “unseen team.” There I seek the permission of the client’s Higher Self. What I have learned is that you may obtain permission from a person, but their Higher Self may not grant it; there is no need to proceed if you do not have this permission.
Then I ask to be guided in the choice of three to five essential oils for their blend. I use a 2 ml brown bottle and add carrier oil to the blend in case the client wants to apply it to their skin. If the client does not intend to wear the blend, I usually do not add a carrier. They do not need to wear it, however. Having the blend in their possession and sniffing it from time to time will be effective. The spiritual qualities of the essential oils synergistically influence the client’s subtle bodies.2
Usually, a “scented massage” blend is for use over a short period of time, perhaps up to four weeks. After that, I check to see if another blend may be needed at that time (usually not) and advise the client to dispose of whatever is left of the old blend within a couple of weeks, as the essential oils degrade more rapidly once they are added to a carrier. If the blend is not in a carrier, it may be used in a diffuser or added to a ritual bath with equal amounts of a carrier oil. It is important for the client to understand the need for adding a carrier oil if they are going to use it in the bath, as moist, warm skin is more sensitive.
CHOOSING THE ESSENTIAL OILS: While we can turn to the work and insights of others to help us decide what essential oils to use for their subtle influences, I think it is more effective to develop our own unique rapport and understanding through our own personal experience.
Start with experimentation:
- What are your favorite essential oils and why?
- How do they make you feel?
- What images, messages, information do you receive when you open yourself up to each essential oil?
- What have you learned historically about each essential oil?
When you are sniffing the essential oils to evoke the information, remember that your nose can only process about three scents before it becomes muddled, so keep a small jar of coffee beans handy for sniffing to “clear the nose.” Personally, I like to clear my nose after sniffing each essential oil.
Sniff in small inhalations as you would when sampling a perfume, rather than deep in-breaths. This helps you to discern the different components of scent and can trigger more insights and information. I recommend sniffing no more than five or six essential oils at a sitting. Keep your insights in a journal devoted to your explorations.
You may find that you are drawn to certain essential oils before you have finished compiling your Scent Journal. Trust your intuition and work with those essential oils next when conducting your research. You may even want to create your own scented message with these and note any effects you notice while sniffing or wearing your blend.
Example: Over the winter holidays, I was guided to create a couple of blends for a group of us who experience the “winter doldrums.” Here is one as an example:
In 30 ml (1 oz) of carrier oil of choice, add 8 drops Frankincense, 6 drops Sweet Orange, 6 drops Petitgrain, 6 drops Bergamot and 4 drops Ylang ylang.
This blend yielded roughly fifteen 2 ml bottles, the contents of which could be sniffed or spot-applied to a pulse-point (wrist, crook of the arm, etc.)
CAUTION: If you were planning to use this as a massage blend, you would want to dilute it further. Suggested adult dosage: 15 – 20 drops essential oils total to 30 ml (1 oz) carrier. Always remember to check for essential oil sensitivity, if there is any doubt.
Scented blessings to you!
- See Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay
- To learn more about plant spirits, see Plant Spirit Medicine by Eliot Cowan
Jessica North-O’Connell is founding Priestess of Faerie Mound Mystery School and Great Goddess Alive! Alchemical Arts & Services. She has been a practicing aromatherapist for 20 years, a Reiki and Soul Realignment practitioner, as well as a Tarot and Rune reader. She offers classes and programs and has aspirations of opening a Retreat center for creative recovery. Find her at www.facebook.com/jessica.northoconnell and www.greatgoddessalive.com