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May 30, 2022
Summer has finally arrived with all of its lushness, flowers, and the full greenery of the deciduous trees on display.
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, Summer Solstice or Midsummer is height. It symbolizes the fecundity or abundance of growth, which is on display all around us.
The energy of Midsummer is good for continuing to grow things—albeit garden or our own resources, knowledge, and wealth. In fact, just about anything you would like to expand, June is a good month for this kind of work. Aromatherapy offers a lot of options for encouraging or attracting what we want or need in our lives. But first we need to know exactly what we need. And what we want.Once the needs and wants have been assessed and decided upon, then a plan of action can be implemented. Since I have no idea what the specific needs any of our readers might be, I have decided to outline some of the oils that are good for certain purposes.
Love, love, love… Finding love is often a tricky proposition. I’m not a huge fan of love spells simple because too often folks are not completely aware of what it is they really want. And in my experience, love often finds us when we have given up on finding it all.
Often the best approach is rather than searching outside of ourselves for that which would complete us, it is better to start within. The better we understand and love ourselves, the better able we are to recognize those traits in others. Scents for Self-loveRose – Rosa damasceneNeroli – Citrus aurantium var. amaraJasmine – Jasminum grandiflorum or officinaleCardamon – Elettaria cardamomumThese oils are some of the most popular associated with love, and unfortunately are fairly costly. However, rose, neroli, and jasmine can be found in fragrance oils that will work just as well as expensive essential oils when it comes to magical practices. After all, we frequently use symbols to represent physical items in magical practices, so this is no different.
Scents for Money and Prosperity
Benzoin – Styrax benzoinCinnamon – Cinnamonum zeylanicumGinger – Zingiber officinaleVetiver – Vetiveria zizanoidesMost of these oils are fairly easy to come by, though vetiver has become increasingly costly over the past few years, as has true cinnamon oil derived from the bark of the plant. (Cassia and cinnamon leaf are not recommended due to their very high aldehyde content. As a result of this they can be extremely irritating to the skin, and cinnamon leaf carries concerns of having a negative impact on the liver and the ability of the blood to clot.)
Scents for Good Health
Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus globulusJuniper – Juniperus communis Lavender – Lavendula officinalisLemon – Citrus limonumAll of these oils are fairly inexpensive and easily accessible. They all offer a variety of qualities but make great choices to use individually or blended for promoting good health.
One of my favorite ways to use oils magically, especially when you are searching or trying to find something is to place the oils on the soles of your shoes or a dab on car tires. This way they can help to guide you on your way to finding what you need. They could also be dabbed on a dash or rearview mirror ornament.
Often when searching for things, places, or services we use our computers and phones. Using a bit of oil on your keyboard or fingers can also aid your ability to find what you need.Blend for Love, Money, & Success:8 drops of Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara) essential oil3 drops of Cinnamon (Cinnamonum zeylanicum) essential oil3 drops of Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) essential oilBlend for Health & Prosperity:6 drops of Lemon (Citrus limonum) essential oil6 drops of Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) essential oil2 drops of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin) essential oil
To use as an oil:Blend with one ounce of base oil, like sweet almondTo use as a linen spray:16 oz of distilled or filtered water½ oz of witch hazel or alcoholAdd witch hazel to spray bottle, then drops of oil, and finally water. Shake well before each use.
As with all essential oil blends, a skin patch test should be done before topically applying. Simply apply a small amount of the blend to the inside of the upper arm. If no irritation develops after 24 hours, then it is safe to use. If at any point during a skin patch test if irritation develops, the application area should be immediately treated with either a dairy-based product like milk or yogurt to halt the irritation. Then the testing area should be and thoroughly washed with mild soap and water and cleaned of the substance applied.
Please note that no matter how safe and natural you believe essential oils to be, they are not recommended to be applied straight or “neat” directly on the skin. There are a few exceptions for regular use, but even those should only be used that way under the advice of a certified or registered aromatherapist. Young children, the elderly, anyone with a comprised immune system, and those who are pregnant may require a formula that is much reduced in active ingredients. Essential oils of any variety should always be cautiously used around pets, and never used on cats or in any way that would allow them to ingest it—like breathing in vaporized spray or licking it off of their fur.
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