By Leora Leboff, Mar 21 2016 01:25AM
Is it just me or has it felt like an extraordinarily long winter this year?
As Spring Equinox was finally with us yesterday, I welcome in the light with immense gratitude, the balance that it brought and now for all the new possibilities and a time of ascension.
A question was asked of me this weekend - which essential oils would support the spring equinox?
I've pondered the oils would help to ease us into the new light, a time of nurturing fertility, not just our own, but that of the earth and of our souls?
Here are three essential oils that might just help this time of transition:
My first choice would have to be Sweet Orange (citrus sinesis)
It's an oil that exudes utter joy; is uplifting and a perfect fragrance to bring you gently out of the winter darkness. An oil of regeneration; it is sweet, fruity and fresh, and often lights up the eyes of those who breathe in its revitalising odour.
It blends well with so many other oils, but for the purposes of super boosting regeneration and a fertile soul, a more summery oil, Jasmine Absolute (jasminum officinalis), and a fellow spring oil Bergamot (citrus bergamia), are beautiful. These three oils offer sweet, slightly bitter, and deeply floral notes which come together in synergistic bliss.
My second choice of Spring Equinox support is Bergamot (citrus bergamia or citrus aurantium).
I love Valerie Ann Worwood's description of the oil "It lightens the shadows of the mind, bringing illumination and laughter...lifting us from stagnation, bringing an awareness that the light will rescue us and take us ever forward to the realms of peace and joy" - The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood
A popular oil, it's gentle aroma and flavour is used in Earl Grey Tea, but psychologically, as Valerie Ann Worwood alludes, an aroma particularly wonderful for depression. When used with other oils it tends to take not just the blend, but the person receiving it, to wherever they need to be. I can't think of another oil it doesn't work beautifully in synergy with.
The last oil I'll mention to ease you through the changes of Spring Equinox is Helichrysum (helichrysum italicum or helichrysum angustifolium), also known as Immortelle or Everlasting.
It has a bitter-sweet aroma. As Gabriel Mojay writes "At it's most transformative, everlasting oil can loosen the hardest of knots lying deep within the psyche..." Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabiel Mojay.
Using Helichrysum in a blend during an Abdominal Massage, especially at the solar plexus and over the womb, could truly be a game changer in emotional release.
Blending Helichrysum with uplifitng citrus oils such as Bergamot and Grapefruit makes emerging from the darkness into the possibilities brought by spring, quite a magical prospect.
To support the transition from winter to spring, a wonderful way of using the oils mentioned would be to vapourise them, or ask your local friendly Aromatherapist to use them in a blend for you. For optimal results with vapourising, do so in an airy room, for not more than 10-15 minutes.
Blessings on your spring emergence.
***A couple of notes of caution
- Jasmine should not be used during pregnancy, unless under the guidance of an Aromatherapist.
- Bermamot (unless it is furocumarin free), is phototoxic, if not used in a safe dilution, and can cause burning if exposed to UV light.