Creating a Seasonal Atmosphere with Essential Oils

Creating a Seasonal Atmosphere with Essential Oils

Evoke the feeling of Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall any time of year, or provide an extra boost to the season at hand with essential oils. Each season we instinctively mirror the activities of Nature. Spring is a time of rebirth for the flowers, trees, and animals, and a time of “spring cleaning” of our homes, minds, and hearts for us. Essential oils with energetic brightness like bergamot, lemon verbena, and lime support new beginnings and fresh starts. Summer is a time of growth and well-being in Nature, as it is a time when we naturally are more active, drawn to the outdoors, and feeling relaxed. Those feelings can be evoked year round with the gorgeous floral notes of neroli, rose, and ylang ylang essential oils. Autumn innately brings back-to-school busyness (even if you aren’t in school anymore) and a deep desire to complete any lingering projects from the Spring and Summer. We see this in Nature, too, with the squirrels storing away their nuts, and the bounty of the Summer growing season ready for harvest. Essential oils like melissa, cypress, and nutmeg support our need to keep our energy up as we scurry from place to place and complete our to do lists. Winter finds animals hibernating, plants and trees digging deep into the earth, Nature quietly at rest and restoring its energy. Our lives also slow down, and we nestle in with our families. We tend to be more introspective and quiet this time of year, with its longer nights and shorter days. Essential oils that can help us adapt and thrive during Winter are warming spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. Download the full...
Seasonal Health and Transitions

Seasonal Health and Transitions

Essential oils were made for easing anxiety, depression, heaviness of spirit, and sadness, all of which can creep into our lives during the change of seasons. Essential oils are at their most effective for these times of transition, when we need an infusion of brightness and grounding. Comment below with which oils have worked for you, or with questions about how to use the ones I’ve suggested in the graphic. Have a wonderful autumn! Download the full Seasonal Health & Transitions...
Blending Musically

Blending Musically

I struggle mightily with expressing my vision and approach to healing work in a way that adequately represents it. To me, essential oils are the essence of Nature’s beauty and spirit, and deeply associated with God’s love and care for us. My healing work with essential oils comes through me, from a place both inside and outside myself. There is a rhythm to my process and a strong connection inside me to what I can only describe as artful creation. One day I may be gifted with the best words to explain what my work means to me and how I feel while creating it. Kandinsky to the rescue Meanwhile, Wassily Kandinsky, in his 1914 book Concerning the Spiritual in Art, has found a way to express something that has helped me understand myself and the world. Isn’t it great how art and literature can do that? He writes about how different forms of art are getting closer to each other, closer to harmonizing and utilizing the strengths of one to augment the message in another. He is particulary focused on the powerful role of music in this merging. With few exceptions music has been for some centuries the art which has devoted itself not to the reproduction of natural phenomena, but rather to the expression of the artist’s soul, in musical sound.1 He goes on to say that in order for this borrowing of method to succeed it must come from a place of internal, fundamental understanding of the borrowed form. The adoption of musical methods to painting in the late 1800s and early 1900s (the time period about which he...

Home remedies for battling mosquito bites

Mosquitoes! Those vampiric little demons, sucking out our life blood and replacing it with itchiness, welts, and about a thousand other plagues, have ruined my ability to go into my backyard from May through October. Who cares if you have cool names like “Asian Tiger” and “Cattail,” mosquito? You make puppies sick! You kill around one million people EVERY YEAR! You’re just no good. Experts say that one in 10 people are super attractive to mosquitoes. As a member of that 10%, and someone who is averse to putting highly toxic chemicals all over the skin, I’ve been conducting a one-woman experiment in natural, safe mosquito repelling for over 10 years. Here’s what I’ve figured out for me and my family that keeps mosquitoes from finding us delicious: To fight our foe we have a 3-pronged battle plan. Preparation. About 20-30 minutes before we go into a Potential Mosquito Situation (PMS – ha!), we take a B Complex vitamin. I discovered this completely by accident one summer, when I noticed a mosquito approach my arm, hover over it, and then fly away. It clicked in my brain (call it intuition) that I’d just taken a B Complex, which does make pee smell really weird. Maybe I smelled weird to the mosquito! Through trial and error (the error mostly being me forgetting to take the B complex, then getting eaten alive), I figured out that B Complex keeps mosquitoes off of me. It works for my daughter, too. “Well,” you may be saying, “perhaps you have some sort of mutant genetic makeup that causes this to work.” To that I...

A rose by any other name would still be … squid

Flowers are pretty. They smell good (most of the time). They symbolize emotions like love, joy, and friendship. In aromatherapy the essential oils from flowers are used to promote health, wellness, and harmony. The same cannot be said for stomach of bull, duck tongues, deer eyelids, or chicken combs but somehow Heide Hatry brings out the beauty and emotion in these unlikely objects. I caught her exhibit “Not a Rose” at Stux Gallery this past weekend by happy chance. The photograph shown above caught my eye as I walked by in search of gelato. “What a gorgeous photograph of delicate blossoms,” thought I. Then I caught the caption, and I was hooked. There were maybe 40 photos on display, each one showcasing grotesque parts of animals shaped into lush, exotic, and gorgeous “flowers.” I had a huge smile on my face as I moved from print to print, equal parts amazed and delighted at Hatry’s ability to pull beauty out of what most people would think gross. To me she’s proving that beauty and art are truly everywhere and in everything, from a deer esophagus to a sliced sheep penis. Take a step back and her “flowers” are as gorgeous as anything found in nature. Take a step closer and find the beauty in the disturbing. Heide Hatry is a New York based artist from southern...

The Art of Scent at MAD is fascinating and fun

I had the serendipitous pleasure of catching The Art of Scent 1889-2012 at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City a couple weeks ago. A friend and I were having lunch there (the museum hosts a sweet little restaurant called Robert’s that offers treats like parsnip and cherry sorbet1, and truffle grilled cheese sandwiches) and as we’re browsing the posters in the elevator I noticed one advertising the exhibit. I was, of course, immediately hooked just by the name. Instead of traveling back down to the lobby level after lunch we stopped at the 4th floor to see what the Art of Scent was all about. We walked into a white room with round indentations in the wall at about head level, each with a screen that would slowly phase in the name of a perfume, the year it was created, and the name of the creator. As you put your head into the indentation a puff of the fragrance would waft up at you. A little startling at first, but so cool. The artistry of the exhibit itself supported the idea of fragrance as art beautifully. What struck me most about this part of the exhibit was how fragrance has changed over the past 100+ years. The first fragrance featured is called Jicky, created by Aimé Guerlain in 1889. My friend and I hated the smell of it, which I can only describe as bitter grass. My favorite is Prada Amber, a fragrance I’d never smelled before that day. It was created in 2004 and is warm, sensual, and I’m guessing has some sandalwood...