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Rose Essential Oil – A Magical Influence

Healing Through The Heart & With Essential Oils

Health & Happiness with Essential Oils, Meditation & Your Heart

The heart is one of our most vital organs, plays a hugely important function, and is at the very core of everything we are, everything we do and everything we have. In addition to that, mankind has had a romantic relationship with our heart throughout history and as a species, if we’re honest, we’re still in awe of this most magical of organ.

All we need to do to look for proof of that is look at (and listen to) the vast number of idioms, poems, songs, prayers, hymns, stories, tales, fables, and myths that have been written, spoken, sung and recorded throughout history with references to both the heart and love.

Why are we so inspired by our heart and why do we have such a close connection with the heart and love?

I am not sure I have the answer for that and indeed I guess there are many, but one thing I do know; there is something in and about the heart that makes us feel good, elated, in love, passionate, happy, ecstatic, wonderful, amazing, on top of the world and “full of life”. In addition to that, I think we know that we can also be left “heart broken” by external events and circumstances.

I also wonder just how much attention we actually give it as it works tirelessly in the centre of chest beating and pumping blood around our bodies?

In all honesty, I, like most other people I guess, have taken it for granted pretty much my whole life until quite recently when I met a fabulous lady called Clare Russell (I highly recommend you look at her websites www.clarerussell.com and www.sacreddestinations.org) who introduced heart meditations, heart breathing, and heart math to me. This has started me off on my exploration of healing with essential oils, our sense of smell and with a focus on and connection to the heart.

In order to listen to our hearts we need some time to sit in peace and quiet and this can take quite a while, especially the more busy our lives become. Fortunately that’s where essential oils come in!

Essential oils are natural plant extracts composed of chemicals that possess therapeutic properties. When inhaled via the nasal passages and absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin, they help to kill bacteria, fight infections, repair, regulate, balance and improve bodily functions, lift our spirits and improve our moods. In addition to that, there are many essential oils that help and have a direct therapeutic action on the heart together with the corresponding circulatory system; at the same time they help to bring us into the present moment, quieten the mind and soothe the emotions.

 

Cardiac Stimulants – Black Pepper, Ginger, Rosemary, Peppermint,

Cardiac Balancers – Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Rose

Circulatory Strengtheners – Marjoram, Lemon, Geranium

 

In addition to that, there are some essential oils that have a direct energetic action on the heart space, its energy system and vibrational rhythms.

 

Heart Chakra Oils – Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Melissa, Ylang Ylang

 

By using essential oils and some breathing techniques we can bring ourselves away from the busy external world of commitment and responsibility and more easily sit in peace and quiet before moving towards a state of calmness, rest and relaxation, when we can really tune into, and spend time building a connection with, our heart.

What I’ve noticed is that when I have a good connection with, and awareness of, my heart, positive change seems to happen – I am happier, I look better, I feel healthier, my posture is better, I am more confident, fears and worries seem to be absent, as are stress, anxiety and tension. When I am feeling connected and aware of my heart, I don’t feel sad, the world seems to slow down and everything just seems to click.

If your heart does all of that, then I figured, why don’t we spend a bit of time on it? We spend a lot of time, and even more money, on other things that are supposed to make us feel good, elated, on top of the world, happy, ecstatic, passionate, wonderful, amazing, and full of life don’t we? Our heart is already there, we don’t need to pay for it, we don’t need to go anywhere to get it, the weather and the traffic won’t affect our ability to tap into it and more importantly, it is uniquely yours and that’s even more special.

When we are stressed, tense, anxious, afraid, worried, nervous, emotionally exhausted, unhappy, shocked, distressed, unwell, and out of sorts, you can feel it in your heart; the beating rhythm is different, tense, stressed and fast and blood pressure is different, often raised. When we are relaxed, calm, confident, happy, well and healthy, you can feel it in your heart; the beating rhythm is even, slower and calm.

Our heart seems to mirror and match our feelings and emotions!

If we, therefore, focused on our heart with positive thoughts, feelings and emotions, is it possible to change the way our heart beats and pumps, change the way we look, change the way we feel, change the way we think and change our outlook on life?

I am not a scientist or a doctor but what I have noticed through experience is that by spending a little time to sit and be with my heart, my perspective on life and on myself changes, my thoughts, emotions and feelings change and something shifts in my physiology too. I’ve also discovered that changes can happen almost immediately, depending on the severity of the situation and circumstances of course.

Working with a focus on my heart has also enhanced my knowledge, understand and experience of working with essential oils and when the combination of essential oils, breathing, meditation and focused attention on the heart space is used, amazing things and positive changes seem to happen to my body, mind and spirit.

For tips on how to use essential oils safely and effectively, please read my corresponding blogs about this topic www.aromatictherapeutics.com/inspiration. Please click on the following links for some examples

http://aromatictherapeutics.com/essential-oils/heart-healing-essential-oil-ritual

http://aromatictherapeutics.com/aromatherapy/heart-chakra-anointing-ritual-negativity-low-self-esteem

Please also contact me directly for more information, a consultation or an appointment – 07972 043 922 or gareth@aromatictherapeutics.com

Please note, this information is not designed to replace conventional treatment. If symptoms exist and serious conditions apply, then please seek medical advice from your GP and Physician. These techniques are designed to help people to maintain a happier and healthy existence on a day-day basis. Professional advice must also be sought where conditions and health concerns exist.

Healing Aromatic Bath Blessing

Healing Aromatic Bath Blessing

A bath is an amazing way of looking after our health & happiness because the warmth eases aches & pains, promotes relaxation and rest, encourages us to unwind, lowers our blood pressure and heart rate and encourages our local blood circulation which reduces stress and tension and enables our body to heal itself. The water also helps to cleanse our skin, especially if you use salt and essential oils.

We can make a bath even more special, magical and wonderful by doing a simple a ritual, by focusing on the things that you want to have, be, do and create. A bath will boost relaxation and the wonderful aroma of essential oils can help to bring you into the present moment and encourage a greater sense of self and conscious awareness. Add to that, the power of your own positive thoughts and emotions and we can start to shift a negative, sad, stressed and worried state of being into one of greater positivity, possibility and potential.

  • Choose your essential oils and find your oil burner. The information below may help you to decide your essential oils.
  • Please check the contraindication (safety data) of the essential oils that you want to use before using them to make sure it is safe for you e.g. rosemary is a great oil but it is contraindicated for people with high blood pressure, epilepsy and during pregnancy. You can do this on my website http://aromatictherapeutics.com/inspiration/essential-oil-contraindications
  • Put water in the bowl of your oil burner and place 6-8 drops of your chosen essential oils into it then light the candle. (Please note, when using a device in the bathroom, please do not use an electric oil diffuser, only an oil burner with a candle)
  • Put the plug into the plug hole and run your bath, then leave the room closing the door behind you. (That way the aroma will be kept in the room)
  • Place some epsom salts or dead sea salts (minimum of 4 tablespoons) into a bowl and add 8-10 drops of your chosen essential oils. Mix well with a spoon.
  • When your bath water is ready, turn the tap off and do your ritual.
  • As you place your bath salts into your bath do your personal ritual which includes your dreams, wishes, desires and prayers.
  • Get into your bath keeping your attention on your dreams, wishes, desires and prayers and enjoy the warm, aromatic and soothing sensations that the warmth, water, essential oils and salts provide. Inhale deeply and slowly as you slowly rest, relax and unwind.
  • Enjoy your bath and anytime your mind starts to wander off or anytime you start to have or create negative thoughts, bring your mind back to the warmth, back to your breath, back to the aroma of the oils, and back to your positive intentions.
  • When it is time to get out of your bath, just finish on a really positive note. What is the one thing that you most love to have or be? Focus on that for a moment and notice any pictures, sounds, smells and feelings that come to mind.
  • When you are dried off, the plug is out and when you are dressed and ready to leave the bathroom, stand still with your hands in the prayer position in front of your heart, bring your attention once again to your wishes, dreams, desires and prayers. Say the healing ritual once more. Say thank you. Blow the candle of the oil burner out and leave the room with a smile on your face.

Winter Oils & Winter Rituals

Lavender, Marjoram, Ginger, Black Pepper, Thyme, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Orange, and Pine

Healing Ritual – “I am well, warm, healthy and happy. This is a time of rest and relaxation, for me to return to myself and allow my mind, body and spirit the time and space to heal and hydrate. I come in peace and I come to co-create with the best of me; with all that I am, all that have been and all that I ever will be.”

Personal Ritual – Now do a short ritual which will include your dreams, wishes, desires and prayers.

Spring Oils & Spring Rituals

Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium, Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Lemongrass, Juniper, and Ylang Ylang

Healing Ritual – “I am springing into life and emerging to create. The days are getting longer, the lightness returns and that light is reflected in my mind, body, spirit and emotions. This is a time to revive my spirit and soul and heal my mind and my body. I come in peace and I come to co-create with the best of me; with all that I am, all that have been and all that I ever will be.”

Personal Ritual – Now do a short ritual which will include your dreams, wishes, desires and prayers.

Summer Oils & Summer Rituals

Lavender, Bergamot, Lime, Cedarwood, and Mandarin

Healing Ritual – “In the height of summer I experience a time of great joy and I come here today to be blessed by this bath. I bring the best of me, I want to co-create and I ask for help to unwind and relax so that I may re-appear with strength and vitality.”

Personal Ritual – Now do a short ritual which will include your dreams, wishes, desires and prayers.

Autumn Oils & Autumn Rituals

Lavender, Sage, Cedarwood, and Frankincense

Healing Ritual – “I come to maintain my peace, to instil a sense of calmness and rest my mind, my body and my soul. I want to do my best, be my best and achieve what is best for myself and everyone concerned.”

Personal Ritual – Now do a short ritual which will include your dreams, wishes, desires and prayers.

The aromatic power of essential oils works with our sense of smell to promote creative space, potential for transformation and the aroma acts as a gateway to spiritual and energetic potential where healing, change and transformation can take place. Using essential oils, our sense of smell with some simple rituals helps us to come back to ourselves, come back to the present moment, to lift our spirits and improve our moods. As we begin to relax and rest, return to a positive emotive sense of self, the act of ritual and positive empowerment enables greater healing to take place. The idea then is that our mind and emotions will begin to shift attention towards the potential of a positive future. It needs to be repeated on a regular basis though and if it is repeated daily or a few times a week, positive changes will start to arise over time and often if done correctly, immediately.

This is the power of the combination of healing essential oils, our sense of smell, the magic and wonder they possess and the act of ritual and ceremony together with positive intentions and the desire and courage to dream.

I run workshops & courses, offer aromatherapy & massage, make handmade perfumes to order and provide positive empowerment & intuitive life coaching. Contact me on 07972 043 922 or gareth@aromatictherapeutics.com