Using Essential Oils from a Place of Wisdom – Intuitive Aromatherapy
“No one can give away wisdom. A teacher can only lead you to it via words, hoping you will have the courage to look within yourself and find it inside your own consciousness.”
~ Sydney Banks
So many blogs out there offer advice about using aromatherapy blending – including my own! I’ve written hundreds of tips for various publications about how to use essential oils, and these can be useful as a guide! However, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know there’s a bit of a theme about tapping into your own wisdom and seeing the truth, in all areas of life! This post is no different, and it explains how to use your own wisdom to create beautiful blends that will help you with whatever wellbeing issue you need to work on.
Sydney Banks sums up the essence of this advice quite well. A teacher can only provide words, but it is you who has to find the courage, do the work and create your own experience of life as a human. And, really, is there any work to do? I’m not sure there is, because underneath all our thinking that we have to ‘work’ for anything good, there is goodness already within; there is a wisdom that we all have within us – an intuitive light – that we just have to remember to unravel…
Of course, we can’t just go pouring essential oils all over the place; there are cautions in using these powerful oils because they are natural chemicals, made from plant extracts that have therapeutic effects. But, with a few handy hints, you can start using your oils at home safely and intuitively!
Research and Make Your Individualised Choices
Health is individualised and, when we research, we can make our own choices about what is best for us! There are some great blogs out there where you can research tips on essential oils – there are some on here, some in our magazine features, and will be more to come in future, and I can also recommend www.baseformula.com and www.englisharomatherapist.com. What I love to share, though, is that if you ‘think’ you can’t use essential oils easily, you’re wrong! Health is individual, so just research and make sure you are comfortable with your choices, and get going!
Choose How to Use & Always Stick to Guidelines
There are many ways to use essential oils: in a diffuser, in a massage blend, in your bath, in a spritz – and many others! The first rule of thumb, whatever your method is to stick to dilution guidelines. I can’t emphasize how important this is because you cannot apply essential oils to the skin in their neat form. These guidelines are there for a reason. You can see more in an article I wrote for Base Formula here on Aromatherapy for Beginners, but generally, you don’t want to use more than a total of 6 drops (of a blend of 3 oils) in 15ml carrier in a massage oil, as a guide. For diffusers try up to 6 drops in water, for the bath try up to 6 drops mixed in a cup of full fat milk, for a spritz, mix up to 30 drops in 100ml of hydrolat or water in a spray bottle.
Please note that if you’re using essential oils for the face, with children, with medical conditions, or in pregnancy (avoid unless you’ve spoken to a specialist) then there will be different (much more diluted) guidelines and maybe even certain oils to avoid, so consult your local Aromatherapist or GP – and read specialist advice from the above recommended blogs, which I trust! You can also drop me an email and I’ll be happy to advise on your individual circumstances where possible.
Synergetic Blending with your Nose
Blending in aromatherapy is about getting a good synergy of oils that work well together chemically (as they all have different therapeutic properties) and smell good together! However, I do believe that our bodies know what they need. In my Aromatherapy treatments, I always get clients to ‘smell test’ which oils they like in order to make the final selection of oils. I get them to choose 3 objectives and then pull out all the oils that are going to work well for those aims, and get them to see which ones they like the smell of – and it changes on a weekly basis. You see, life evolves – we are in a constant state of flux, so the ones you need now, might not be the ones you need in a week. That’s why it’s best to build up a range of oils, and then intuitively connect with the ones that you need.
Build Up a Selection
My advice is to buy a selection of oils you love the smell of, research what they are useful for, and I’ll bet that you find they fulfil the things you need help with. Make a list of the sorts of uses each oil has, and then when you come to use them, you can pull out which oils might be useful for your objectives in that day. The more choice you have, the better!
Allow the Process
You might find that you begin to overthink which oils you need if you read too much on them. Thoughts are part of our experience as a human, and they are perfectly ok because they can’t really impact us. Observe any thoughts that come up about what you feel you need in this moment, allow those thoughts to just be there. Then, just follow your intuition.
The Choosing Ritual
If you like the idea, you can make the selection a little ritual. I am of the opinion that we don’t need rituals to help us feel better, but that sometimes, if we connect with something, we can enjoy rituals – and so this idea pulls at my heart strings! I’m envisioning getting a box of oils, sitting on a little cushion in the cosiness of my lounge, burning some beautiful sage, and connecting with my wisdom in order to select intuitively. Make it your own little, special process. You could meditate to create a grounded feeling first, if you so wish (I love that idea!).
Then, all that is left to do is to tap into your wisdom. Follow your nose – see which oils you love in that moment, sniff them, and pull out 4 or 5 favourites. Once you have these, see which oils smell nice together. That will be your synergetic blend.
Simple, huh? You’ve got this – the wisdom is innately within. I hope these words lead you to that; have the courage to go within and enjoy your blending!
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