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By Leora Leboff, Dec 20 2016 11:01PM


Where’s my cave?


Searching for warmth and enduring comfort as winter solstice falls upon us, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It's also a time to gently sow seeds, ready to emerge as spring begins to arrive.


What’s the nature of your internal landscape? Does your menstrual cycle match that of the yearly cycle? Are you menstruating in sync with the shortest day? Are you within your inner summer, ovulating and craving an expansiveness that is hard to reach on a wintry day? Breath in to where you are at this winter solstice.


To ease you through the winter months, please enjoy a selection of essential oils that will nourish and offer you comfort; your very own blanket of essential oil care...


Cedarwood – cedrus atlantica


Atlas cedarwood is a woody, sweet, slightly balsamic and deeply nourishing oil; it offers a softness in it’s aroma that you just may want to welcome with open arms during the winter.


But, don’t underestimate the softness of this healing oil, it’s one that offers solidity and stability. According to Valerie Ann Worwood “It has qualities which are often needed when the spirit is weakened by living too much, loving too much, and being unable to forgive” (The Fragrant Heavens, Valerie Ann Worwood)


It’s the perfect oil for menopause “It encourages the strength we need to continue on our pathway, and urges us to hold fast to our dreams, helping bringing our hopes to reality” Valerie Ann Worwood


As a physical support, winter coughs and colds can also be supported by atlas cedarwood, with it's warming expectorant and anti-spasmodic actions.


It’s considered a powerful tonic, according to Gabriel Mojay “The oil is tonifying to the kidneys and spleen-pancreas and may be used for general lethargy, nervous debility, lower back ache and poor concentration” (Aromatherapy for Healing The Spirit ,Gabriel Mojay)


Delicious oils to blend with cedarwood for winter nurturing are, frankincense, petitgrain or orange.


Ginger – zingiber officinale


Spicy, pungent sometimes sweet tones, but ever so warming.


Ginger is a perfect companion during the festive season, with its digestive qualities; useful for nausea, bloating and flatulence.


With ginger’s ability to stimulate circulation, add it to a massage blend over the abdomen to relieve not just digestive, also menstrual disturbances.


This is another oil that encourages strength, according to Valerie Ann Worwodd “Ginger is a fragrance of valour and courage”. (The Fragant Heavens) P Holmes agrees “It is recommended for conditions associated with loss of motivation, will or inner strength, especially when these present apathy, listlessness, indecision, confusion and disconnection” (The International Journal of Aromatherapy)


When blended with sweet orange, you are gifted with a warming chocolate orange aroma. One you may quite happily envelope yourself in all winter!


It blends beautifully with all other citrus oils, or introduce some fun into the long wintry nights with aphrodisiacs such as ylang ylang, rose or patchouli.


Geranium – pelargonium graveolens


As Valerie Ann Worwood proclaims: “Geranium resonates with Mother Earth. It signifies the archetypal energy of goddess culture, and encompasses the energy of the feminine, of reproduction, of birth and rebirth” (The Fragrant Heavens)


As you can imagine, geranium is an oil I turn to frequently.


With an aroma that is sweet and floral (even though it’s the leaves of the plant that hold the essential oil), it is soft, green with ever so slightly citrus notes.


Along with deeply feminine qualities, geranium is regenerative and an anti-depressant, as Gabriel Mojay shares: “Clearing heat and smoothing the flow of Qi, geranium, like lavender is able to relax the mind, calm agitation, and ease frustration and irritability”. (Aromatherapy fo Healing the Spirit) It has PMS support written all over it.


Geranium blends well with citrus oils, but as a menstrual support it’s beautiful with clary sage and lavender.


Each of the oils I have shared, offer warmth, hope and that glimmer of light we may look for in the darkness of winter solstice.



Now, imagine being holed up in a cave with these delectable oils, comforting soups, your favourite book and the comfiest of blankets! You might just find me there all winter!


Winter solstice blessings to all.


x


To enjoy your own exploration of how aromatherapy can support your menstrual cycle and menopause book in here.




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.


x


***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.


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