Vibrational Aromatherapy: Here’s a list of the subtle effects of individual essential oils.
The green color of Bergamot oil suggests an affinity with the Heart Chakra, and this is a particularly valuable oil where the Heart Chakra is affected by grief. When experiencing grief many people close the Heart Chakra making them unable to give or receive love and the uplifting, calming and joyous effect of Bergamot oil can assist in healing and reopening this center once more to joy. Where the heart is already open, Bergamot can help an individual to radiate joy and healing to others. Green is a calming color, and this oil can be used on any of the chakras if heat, disturbance or agitation is present.
The essential oil of Black Pepper is both a mental stimulant and a physical energizer. People who have a tendency to daydream or fall asleep during meditation can benefit from using Black Pepper.
Black Pepper also helps us to ‘get a move on’ at times when our lives feel stuck. It helps move blocks that can prevent the movement of energy from one chakra to another, especially between the Solar Plexus and Heart.
The deep blue color of German Chamomile indicates its affinity to the Throat Chakra, for which it is both strengthening and soothing. Use it when there is a need for communication, for the truth to be spoken, but without anger or bitterness. Blue es a calming color generally, and Chamomile can be used to counteract agitation or overactivity in any chakra. Us it also to heal the aura wherever heat, redness, anger, etc. are present.
Cedarwood has been used as incense since time immemorial in civilizations as diverse as Egypt and Tibet. It is still very actively used in Tibetan medicine and as a meditation aid by Tibetan Buddhists. It is thought to enhance spirituality and strengthen our connection with the Divine, and the wood was used in the construction of temples to symbolize this. It also helps us develop and maintain a sense of balance and control in our lives. In physical applications, Cedarwood is a powerful antiseptic and mucolytic (i.e., it breaks up catarrh) and we can see parallels in its subtle uses: helping us to cut through the ‘mental catarrh’ that can clog our minds.
Clary Sage helps to bring us more closely in touch with the dream world, which can teach us so many spiritual lessons. Clary Sage seems to encourage vivid dreams, or it may be that it enhances dream recall. Smell Clary Sage before bedtime and before falling asleep focus on any problem or issue that needs clarification, with the conscious desire to receive help through dreaming. At the subtle level, we may think of Clary Sage as strengthening the inner eye and helping us to ‘see’ more clearly.
Cypress is helpful at times of transition such as career changes, moving home and other significant decisions. Cypress also helps with painful transitions such as bereavement or the ending of close relationships. The Latin word ‘sempervirens’ in its name ‘ever-living’ and refers to the evergreen leaves of the tree, but it may also be understood as referring to the afterlife, and both the Ancient Romans and the Egyptians dedicated this tree to their gods of death and the afterworld. For thousands of years Cypress trees have been planted in cemeteries, perhaps as a reminder of the life everlasting and the essential oil can be used to give comfort and strength at the time of death.
Physically, Eucalyptus oil is an excellent antiseptic and purifier, burnt or vaporized in sick rooms to cleanse the air and speed recovery, and to help prevent the spread of infection. Use it in the same way at a subtle level, to purge any place where there has been conflict, or anywhere where negative energies are felt.
Frankincense oil is associated with the highest spiritual aspirations. It was offered to the infant Christ in recognition of His Divinity, and it helps each of us to connect to that part of ourselves which is eternal and divine. Frankincense resin is one of the most ancient of the incenses, having been in use for at least 3,000 years. The essential oils are both more powerful and more subtle in action because of the absence of solid matter. Unlike many of the oils used in subtle aromatherapy, we do make use of at least some of the physical properties of Frankincense particularly when using it as a meditation aid. Frankincense can deepen and slow the breath, and this helps to bring the body and mind into a meditative state. This is valuable in all forms of meditation, not only awareness of the breath.
Frankincense helps break ties with the past, especially where these block personal growth. Use it in baths with the conscious intention of ‘washing away’ any old ties which feel like a hindrance.