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August 03, 2021
Scents-ibility for August: Aromatherapy by Star
In parts of the northern hemisphere in the U.S. and especially the south, August is generally a hot and steamy affair. The month seems more suited to lounging on the porch or under a fan during the worst heat of the day surrounded by the scents of the seasons. The smells of ripening fruit from the garden, apples and peaches, freshly mown hay, and the ever so faint smell of rot from the compost pile when the wind is right.The period of July 3 to August 11 is often referred to as the “Dogs Days of Summer” and references the alignment of the sun and Sirius, a bright star commonly called the Dog Star, which is part of the constellation Canis Major or the Greater Dog. The ancient Romans believed Sirius combined with the sun’s light and power contributed to and enhanced the summer heat hence diēs caniculārēs or “dog days.”Yet to my mind it also calls up visions of a large dog languishing on or under a porch to avoid the unrepenting heat of the sun and the sudden pop-up thunderstorms of the afternoon.The August heat hails the beginning of the harvest season holidays in the Pagan calendar and begins the process of taking stock of what has born fruit, and what has not. August too is an odd month in that seems to inspire both a restlessness and a hazy stagnation--a lot of hurry-up-wait energy.To combat the weariness of the heat, Roman Chamomile (Chamamelum nobilis) may be just the ticket. The properties of chamomile as a tea for calming and soothing, and even as helping to relax a person enough to induce restful sleep are fairly well-known. As an essential oil it can be used in a variety of beneficial ways.In addition to its sedative properties, it can be used to help sooth teething pain and colic in babies and children, and have a marked impact on digestive issues. When it comes to the nervous system it can have an antidepressant effect helping to relieve stress, anxiety, and even reduce migraines,headaches, and insomnia. Chamomile can also be beneficial for regulating the cycles of the reproductive system, and has applications for skin care use in soothing dry or irritated skin.Roman Chamomile’s scent conjures to mind apples heavy on the tree with sun beating down and the hay in the field bending under the weight of the season. It is both cheerful and languorous, seeming to reflect the season of late summer and offer some healing relief from it at the same time.Magically speaking chamomile has a variety of applications. It can be used to promote peace and harmony; help provide a more positive, better vision of the world and circumstances; used to heal and protect those most vulnerable; break a love spell; and even help to conjure more luck and prosperity.As note of caution for those with seasonal ragweed allergies may wish to avoid chamomile as they are in the same botanical family of Asteraceae. Roman Chamomile should also not be confused with German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) as while they share the same botanical family, they differ greatly in properties.Blend to soothe and relax the mind, body and soul:5 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil5 drops of Lavender essential oil3 drops of Bergamot essential oilTo apply topically:Blend with 1-2 oz of Sweet AlmondShake well before each useTo use as a spray:12 oz of distilled or filtered water1⁄2 oz of witch hazel or alcoholAdd witch hazel to spray bottle, then drops of oil, and finally water. Shake well before each use. To use in an oil burning diffuser:Fill the bowl of the burner 3⁄4 full with water and then add 4-5 drops of the blend.
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