Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils which are extracted from plants and can be used in massage oil, in the bath in in a room oil burner. Plants have natural and original pharmacological properties and are the basis of modern medicine.
We are familiar with some of them which are used in cooking such as sage, mint and rosemary. Others have been used by Aborigines to cleanse the air such as Eucalyptus.
I have an interesting book which links the essential oils with human temperaments. This approach has similarities with Hahnermann when he established the bases of homeopathy (which I intend to cover next week). It has parellels in Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic tradition and in Paracelsus’s theory of signatures and based on energetic resonances of Sheldrake. What it suggests is the patient accept the origin of pathological imbalances in their condition and use the essences to change the condition.
“When I used to walk through the big Eucalyptus forests, I had trouble preventing myself from leaving my body”, said Bashistya Shivananta. The journey of Eucalyptus is an inner one, representing a meditating sage, whose aura one contemplates while breathing. Breath control being the secret to controlling the mind. A very useful essence for recentering a scattered person suffering respiratory spasms, symptoms of no longer being in balance with the world around. It can be used with Cupressus and Rosemary.
“He who has found within himself inner joy, being blissful and lit from within, this yogi, on his way to becoming a Brahman, attains the supreme peace of a Brahman”.
Lavender is characterised as a nature lover, a staunch ecologist, eating natural food and leading a healthful life. Intelligent, often scruffy, reacting to taboo subjects, a campaigner, out of sync with the world and his time.
Lavender is calming, useful in lung complaints, good at fighting fungal infections a very useful essence particularly in blending with Rosemary and Mentha (mint) (teeth), and Cupressus (ulcers).
Sage is used in smudging, cleansing the aura and is useful for this firstly. Sage (Salvia) is characterised as the huntress Artemis, the lunar Goddess and eternal virgin, protector of women, children, wild animals and births.
Salvia is the saving herb used in women’s gynaecological problems, not recommended for pregnant women, or lactating women, unless they desire to stop the milk. It helps with respiratory and gynaecological problems, hot flushes sweating, painful periods.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) a character very much in his mind and without scruples – to the very nature of the intellect. The essential male aspect is sterile unless connected with its feminine counterpart. It symbolises sexual sublimation by the Goddess as it was was used in the rites of Eleusis.
Mint has been used in funeral rites. It is a general stimulant and nerve tonic in convalesce and an excellent blood purifier blended with Citrus and rosemary fighting debility caused by prolonged allopathic treatments. Mint stimulates digestive function with Thymus. It has many other uses.
Rosa damascena is the rose from which the essential oil is mainly distilled. Symbol of Mary and of the Holy Grail, the rose symolises the wounds of Christ and the transmutation of his blood. The rose symbolises life, death and resurrection.
Rose refines our sensitivities, taking us to another world, dispering worries, anxieties and sorrows. Rose leads to respect for the feminine principle symbolised in Aphrodite and as such is another ascension tool, raising the spiritual vibrations.
Mailhebiau, Philippe,(1995), Portraits in Oils, the Personality of Aromatherapy Oils and their link with Human Temperaments. C.W. Daniel Co Ltd
Worwood, V.A.,(1990) The Fragrant Pharmacy. Bantam Books
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