Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Addressing Change

 Christi was intrigued by a question and decided to address it at greater length.

During Marge’s first live "Mondays w/Marge" Facebook Q&A on Monday night, Charlie, an artist making a locational move, asked about which oils she would recommend for new beginnings/change.  Marge addressed the joy and trepidation of the new beginning and the discomfort of leaving the familiar behind. 
She said she would think not only about oils for embracing the new, but transitioning out of the old.  Marge is correct, finality and letting go is a necessary part of big life change, although as humans our tendency is to resist.
Oils she suggested include Petitgrain, Violet Leaf, Galbanum, Bergamot Mint…some of the “Spring-time” scents that came to mind on the spur of the moment. Robbi Zeck affirms the fresh lightness of Petitgrain Bigarade (citrus aurantium) as an excellent oil for mentally and emotionally “awakening,” in her book, THE BLOSSOMING HEART.  As an added bonus, Petitgrain is known to be helpful for calming anxiety.
Another oil to consider is Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) which Zeck calls “supportive.”  She says, “When change is imminent, Cypress brings structure, strength, and a sense of protection.”  Robbi’s book includes heart affirmations at the bottom of each essential oil summary and Cypress’ affirmation to counter the challenge of change, is, “Life supports me.” Well said!
Admittedly I am a Fragonia™ fanatic, but I, (Christi), think Fragonia ™ would be helpful during a life transition, as I find it exceptionally adaptable, and from a mental and spiritual perspective very balancing.  It would also blend well with a majority of oils in the diffuser or as part of an anointing oil blend. 
Ah, dear sweet Vetiver! Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) is an oil I am never without.  It is centering, and solidifying mentally and emotionally, and yet  (Third or solar plexus chakra between ribs and navel.)  Physically, Vetiver is mildly sedating, and can be helpful in anti-anxiety or stress blends.
it is an oil I “feel” deep in my being, as if it is anchoring, securing, grounding and supporting me all at once.
Ultimately, the best oils to use are those speaking to you personally at a given time.  Marge and I have both found over the years, times when certain oils “speak” to us more clearly than others.  Sometimes we’ve been surprised to be drawn to an oil or oils we did not care for at all in the past.  It is always an adventure!
Have an aromatherapy question you would like Marge to answer?  Most Monday evenings she will be answering questions live on our Facebook page at 8:00 p.m. CDT. (Monday, April 11th being the exception as she will be traveling back East from Robert Tisserand’s educational seminar in Denver.) Join us on Facebook as we continue our aromatic journey together:

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