|Stress Response||Recommended Essential oils||Why they work||How to Use|
|Nervous tension, frustration and agitation||Blue Chamomile, Mandarin, Bergamot, Sleep Time Essential Oil||Relaxing and regulating||Combine 3 drops of each with 1 cup Epson Salts. Take a bath at least once a week.|
|Worrying, obsessing and over-thinking||Vetiver, Palo Santo, Cedarwood||Grounding, stabilizing and settling||Put 1-2 drops on a paper towel, inhale as often as you need. Close your eyes, and feel the earthy scent clear your mind.|
|Apprehension and Anxiety||Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Alegria essential oil||Calming, comforting and reassuring||Add 3 drops of each to 1 oz bottle of Carrier Oil and massage your solar plexus area twice a day.|
|Anger and Frustration||Bergamot, Grapefruit, Peppermint||Cleansing, refreshing and peace-inspiring||Keep it in your office or your house. Use an aromatherapy burner, fill bowl with water and add 3 drops of each. Best if used during the day.|
I was doing my annual inventory count which involves transferring the essential oil liquids from their container into a measuring cylinder to see how many milliliters I have. I simply love this annual task because it gives me an opportunity to connect with the wonders of essential oils all over again. On regular days, when we handle small bottles of these oils, we tend to forget their origin, the plant where they came from, and their color.
This inky-blue liquid that you see here is German Chamomile (Matricaria recutica). If you have ever had a cup of chamomile tea, you would probably remember the color to be greenish or yellowish. Now, look again at this picture – doesn’t look like chamomile by a mile, right?
One of the main components of German Chamomile is Chamazulene which gives this oil its blue color. This component is not present in the fresh flower but is only produced during the process of distillation.
Chamazulene, present in some volatile oils, is markedly anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic.
Just by looking at the color of the oil, one can determine its therapeutic qualities:
– Since blue is a ‘cooling’ color, think about all the ‘hot’ conditions that this refreshing oil is going to counteract.
– On the emotional front, blue chamomile has a very strong influence in soothing the solar plexus – the major nerve center located in the stomach area.
According to Gabriel Mojay, the solar plexus is the vital center of our psychological needs and wants. When negative or ‘hot’ feelings like frustration, chronic tension and insomnia appear, the cooling blue effect of this oil helps in restoring balance.
In the physical plane, hot conditions such as irritable bowel, inflammation and spasms, can be easily relieved with the topical application of this oil when combined with a carrier oil.
Like the wise Hippocrates rightly said, “The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day”. I often propagate the benefits of aromatic baths in my classes and lectures. Whether it is an achy body, creaking joints, stuffy nose or a heavy head, a warm and comforting dip can boost your circulation and relax your muscles almost instantly. Aromatic baths can also heal respiratory problems, skin disorders and dryness.Not only do these baths release toxins from your body, they also cleanse your mind and soul.