As with crystals, people react in different ways to the aromatherapy essential oils, so trust your intuition. As always, if in doubt, consult a qualified aromatherapist for guidance.
Fragrance, in the form of essential oils, has been used in healing for thousands of years, even before the ancient Egyptians.
The essential oils are extracted from plants and trees and fall in to 8 basic categories. These are:-
- Citrus - eg. bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange.
- Floral - eg. geranium, chamomile(Roman), rose otto, lavender, ylang ylang, neroli.
- Herbaceous - eg. chamomile, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, clary sage.
- Camphoraceous - eg. eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, tea tree.
- Spicy - eg. coriander, black pepper, ginger, cardamom.
- Resinous - eg. frankincense, myrrh, galbanum.
- Woody - eg. cedarwood, sandalwood, juniper, cypress.Earthy - eg. patchouli.
Some essences fall in to more than one group - this a a reflection of their complex makeup. The essences have many uses and one essence can have a number of different uses. Since they have an effect on the physical and the emotional, their uses vary depending on what effect is being sought. They can also be blended, thus giving even more possibilities.
Below are a few ideas of essences in relation to the body chakras.
Frankincense - emotional problems, calming, antidepressant, antiseptic, tonic.
Myrrh - heals sores and wounds with external application, astringent, anti-spasmodic.
Viola - soporific, analgesic.
Angelica Seed - general tonic, encourages inspiration and inner focus. (Avoid during pregnancy.)
Lavender - calming, cleansing, antiseptic, anti-infectious restorative.
Hyacinth - hypnotic, sedative, used for aroma-psychology. (Very strong, so only a small amount to be used in blends).
Chamomile (Roman) - soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious.
Linden Blossom - calming, anti-spasmodic.
Geranium - eases tired nerves, balancing endocrine system, regeneration.
Eucalyptus - expectorant, tonic, anti-infectious.
Rose - calming the nerves, headaches, shock.
Basil - good for stress (pre-exams), for nervous system, intestinal antiseptic, digestion. (Avoid during pregnancy and can cause irritation to sensitive skin).
Bergamot - good for stomach, antidepressant, calming.
Neroli - antidepressant, good tonic Cardamom - stimulant, antiseptic, eases abdominal pain by relieving flatulence.
Clary Sage - tonic, anti-infectious, helps menstrual problems.
Ylang Ylang - aids confidence, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, calming.
Black pepper - ( Can cause irritation to sensitive skin. Do not use undiluted in baths.) For circulation, aching muscles, low blood pressure, lethargy.
Rosemary - (Not to be used during pregnancy or by those with epilepsy) eases acid in the joints, analgesic, antidepressant.
Cedarwood - antiseptic, good tonic, aids regeneration.