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.
Parties are always something to look forward to but entertaining so many people at once can be daunting and even stressful at times.
It is not the clothes, decorations or even the food that makes a party a hit – it is the atmosphere.
A host cannot stop worrying about how the guests will get along with each other and whether they will have a good time at all. Luckily for you, we have a solution.
Take a break from the holiday stress and create a pleasant, relaxing, comforting and jovial environment for all your guests with a little help from aromatherapy.
Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang, help people shed their inhibitions and be themselves. While Clary Sage’s scent has a euphoric quality, Ylang Ylang works at eliminating negative emotions like jealousy and envy. They blend perfectly with Litsea Cubeba, a sharp citrus scent that integrates these two flowers and provide emotional well-being.
The heartwarming aroma of this blend induces a friendly and positive atmosphere and you will find your guests more spirited, relaxed and outgoing.
So the next time you are worried about awkward moments between a cousin and a colleague, you know what to turn to! How to do it? Pour a few drops in an aromatherapy burner you can also put some drops on the light bulbs. If you prefer mix the oils with some water and put them in a spray bottle and mist the area where your guests are going to be.
Spare no space for stress when it’s time to party and have fun!
Aromandina recommends: Alegria Essential Oil, a balanced combination of Litsea Cubeba, Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage.
Keep depression, grief and negative emotions at bay with this uplifting blend. This oil provides emotional well-being and work together to cheer up your mood and brighten your day. A happy mind is the key to happier relationships and success.
What’s your secret to be stress free when you host a party?
© Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2010 – Aromatherapy blog – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.