Subtle Aromatherapy

Posted: July 7, 2018 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Subtle aromatherapy is the use of essential oils in non-physical ways, it can be described as a form of vibrational healing, by drawing on the subtle, energetic or vibrational qualities of essential oils.
Some applications of essential oils that can be described as subtle Aromatherapy are auric massage,  chakra balancing, absent healing, planetary healing, meditation and ritual ceremony, and the use of oils to help personal growth on both the personality and the spiritual level.
Thanks to recent and ongoing research we now have a wealth of knowledge about the physical properties and actions of essential oils. Parallel with this increasing volume of factual information about physical aromatherapy has been a growing desire to know more about the non-physical effects of essential oils.

Subtle aromatherapy: How to use essential oils

MASSAGE
Form a clear mental picture of the plant or plants whose oil you are about to use and try to carry that picture in your mind while you are working. Ground and center your own energies before you begin work.
Mix your chosen oil or oils in a carrier oil, as usual, but using a much lower dilution (0.5% – 1% rather than 2 – 3%) concentrate on light effleurage and long sweeping strokes. Let your hands come to rest on any area of the body that feels as if it needs special healing. Pay attention to the extremities: hand, feet, and head, drawing off any negative energy that may be present (remember to give your hands a brisk shake each time you do so). End by holding the feet for a minute or more, to ground their energy and allow a gentle return to everyday reality.

RITUAL BATHS
Choose a quiet time when you will not be disturbed. When you are ready to get into the water, add a mixture of five drops of oils with one tablespoon carrier oil.  Relax in the bath for 15-20 minutes, holding in your mind the result you wish to achieve by bathing in this way.  Don’t use this time for washing.  A ritual bath can be a way to mark the change from mundane activities to special ones, it can also be used to ‘clear’ after a bad experience. 

BURNERS AND DIFFUSERS

This is perhaps the most subtle of the traditional methods, as it involves only the aroma of the plant, representing its energy in the most refined form. We experience the essential oil in its gaseous state – the least solid form of physical matter. 
A valuable use of burners or diffusers is in preparing a room for meditation or healing, mainly if the room is generally used for different purposes.  You may even need to clear the atmosphere at a purely physical level, to unpleasant smells.  Another use of room perfuming is to ‘clean’ places where there has been an unpleasant event.  Arguments, fights or any kind of trauma can leave very negative vibrations.
Vaporized oils can also be used to enhance creativity.

AURIC MASSAGE

Dis-ease manifests in the subtle body before any physical symptoms are apparent, and the ‘echoes’ of illness and accidents can remain within a person’s aura long after physical healing has taken place.  The same is true of emotional trauma.  Bringing the appropriate essential oils into the aura helps to restore harmony.
To give an auric massage, just put a drop of the chosen oil or oils on your hands (you don’t need carrier oil) and make gentle stroking movements at the level where you feel the energy connection. (Do not touch the skin)
ANOINTING
Putting oil directly on the body is a very ancient practice, familiar to many religions and spiritual traditions.
Anointing can be used as a form of protection, by putting a few drops of an oil such as Rosemary, Juniper or Vetiver on the body before going into a threatening situation or a place where the current energy is unpleasant.
If anointing is being done for protection, apply the oil on the head and the solar plexus area.

INHALING

Merely smelling an essential oil can dramatically change our state of awareness, and is often the best way to use essential oils to assist visualization or strengthen affirmations. Sniffing the oil directly from the bottle is often overpowering, so just putting a drop on a tissue is better.  A single drop is all that is needed: inhale it deeper before beginning a visualization, meditation or affirmation. Inhale deeply again at the end to anchor the experience.

Remember:

1. WORK SAFELY
Use essential oils that are not irritating to the skin. Less is always more.

2. USE VERY LITTLE OIL
When you use essential oils for their subtle properties, you will need far less than when you are looking for a physical effect.  As a general rule, the smaller the quantity of oils used, the more potent the subtle effect.
For example, in preparing an aromatic bath to sleep better, you would use 10 drops of essential oil. To prepare a bath for ritual cleansing, you should use 5 drops or less.

3. USE VERY GOOD OILS
Use the very highest quality essential oils you can find.

4. WORK ETHICALLY
Always work from your Higher Self. All healing or subtle work needs to be undertaken with a pure and altruistic motivation.

Next post: SUBTLE EFFECTS OF INDIVIDUAL ESSENTIAL OILS
Also read: Essential Oils and Chakras Chart

References:

Vibrational Healing by Deborah Eidson
The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood
Subtle Aromatherapy by Patricia Davis 

© 2018, Cristina Proano-Carrion – aromatherapy blog. This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy, and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a healthcare professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
 
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