This article contains information that I received intuitively on March 19, 2006 about the spiritual natures of a number of essential oils. The focus is not on the physical properties of each family of plants, but is instead on their spiritual properties. There are many excellent works on the physical properties of essential oils. This work is from a different perspective and contains a great deal of information that I believe has not previously been made available.
I received this information after having spent some intensive time reading books about and experimenting with essential oils. I've been interested in plants and herbs my entire life, and in recent years have been drawn to essential oils. I happen to love the variety of scents and properties of essential oils, and find that they contribute to my sense of well-being. Even if the only contribution they made were through scent, I would love them, but I believe they contribute more largely to my life and health than that.
After working with the oils more intensively, while reading an excellent work on these oils (Aromatherapy Workbook, by Marcel Lavabre; mine is the 1990 edition; I highly recommend this work for his information on botanical families), I suddenly found that I had received some intuitive information about one of them—geranium. I jotted down my impressions in the margin of the book and continued to read a few more lines, then paused a moment and thought about what had happened. I've learned not to ignore these gentle moments of revelation, though I almost did then because it was very late at night and I had been planning on going to bed soon. However, intrigued, I went back through the book to the start of that chapter, which was organized along the lines of plant (botanical) families, and asked my inner self what other information was available on each group of plants. I received a lot of information, and spent hours writing it all down in the margins of my book. It wasn't the first time that sleep was sacrificed on the altar of inspiration. :-)
Having received this information, I want to share it. Though in some cases what I received intuitively corroborates what others have said, I believe that in many cases I have brought through information that has never been said before about a number of these plants and plant families. Of course I am not saying, nor would I ever say, that others cannot or have not also received similar or even the same information on some of these oils. the information is there for those who are open to it. But as I have said in other articles, the combination of an intuitive person and their connection with what I call the vast Internet in the Sky is unique and will result in unique information.
Before proceeding, the caveat: I do not advocate, endorse, or guarantee the curative effects of any of the substances I discuss in this article. I have made every effort to ensure that any plant presented in this article that is dangerous or even potentially so is identified as such. When you use essential oils, recognize their potency and use them with care. If you are seeking medical resolutions, consult a qualified medical practitioner.
Here is the list of the botanical families I received information about. I didn't receive information on every member of every family, though I list members of each family to help you see how each plant is related. Just as in Lavabre's book, I think this organization (by plant family) is valuable. (Note: Any additions I made outside what I received intuitively, I've placed in Italics.)
If you are wondering where to purchase essential oils, I highly recommend Camden-Grey. Their essential oils are pure, unadulterated, and, although not bargain-basement prices (I would be suspicious if they were—such “bargains” are usually diluted or synthesized), they are still yet reasonably and affordably priced. Camden-Grey is always adding new products and listen to their customers. I am especially happy to report that their line of organic essential oils has been steadily increasing.
Also, please note that I do not talk about the properties of these oils in general—what they can be used for and so on. As stated above, there are many, many good resources for that kind of information, both online and in books. I realize that that may make this information seem incomplete, and certainly from that perspective, it is. It is possible that at some point in the future, I may decide to complement the intuitive information here with a summary of what these oils can be used for. Until then, check out Camden-Grey's Essential Oils - Descriptions link (at the bottom of their home page), which gives an excellent summary of the uses of a number of these oils.
Birch helps you release things by radiating them away from you, out of your energy field. The image I see is of individual rays of light representing energy being released appropriately. Birch is good applied in an oil blend for massage.
Caution: Be especially careful working with birch; it contains a high amount of methyl salicylate.back to list
Because of their long association with spirituality and religion, these carry that energy with them. And indeed, fundamentally what they do is help one to grow toward the light. Wearing these oils almost pulls one toward good things, positive energy, good experiences, mature souls. It wouldn't hurt to wear them every day as a fragrance, blending with different oils for different tasks and results.
These are not the ones to choose for specific physical actions on specific organs or bodily systems, however, as they themselves are a "whole" and do not differentiate.back to list
Cinnamon's sharpness is a warning not to overuse it. Its friendliness to other spices means that it is best mixed with compatible oils, which tone down, soften, and complement cinnamon's actions.
Cinnamon is like a wild horse that needs taming to be useful. Its spiritual action is to light a fire in you, physically and spiritually; it helps sluggish physical activity.
Best diffused. Use sparingly and always dilute if applying to the skin.back to list
Cistus is not for everyone. She is shy and reserved, and even a little off-putting. But when she and a person are compatible, she opens herself up to that person and shows breathtaking depths, complexity, and vistas. If she is for you, you will know it, because she will keep calling to you. Trying to use her when you are not truly called will be a waste of time and money; nothing will happen beyond her normal surface actions. But if you are called, then she will open up the entire universe to you.
Good in a perfume made personally for you.back to list
These plants are all part of an Atlantean development of useful plants that could survive in many places and adapt to many different situations. Their usefulness is collectively enormous. Whatever uses people have found for them are true and good. (By that I mean, whatever any legitimate essential oil/aromatherapy book calls out for them is most likely valid.)
Spiritually, as a group, they all are very eager to assist in healing. They are also mostly very gentle, with a few exceptions (mugwort, tansy, and wormwood), which exceptions should be used with care.
Most are excellent applied directly, either as single oils or blends. Some are better diffused, such as mugwort and wormwood.back to list
These trees are all fairly aloof and not interested in very physical activities. Don't look to them to cure sexual complaints or digestive issues. Instead, find in them a kind of iron strength of will and a reinforcing of your throat chakra—your ability to speak up and out.
They also help with accomplishing goals you have set for yourself, even goals you might have half-forgotten.
Treat these oils with respect; they are like ancient monks who have a certain clarity of focus in the mental and spiritual aspects of life.
Most are best diffused, though they also work quite well when applied physically.
Geranium encourages one to open up to new situations and be able to deal with them creatively and appropriately. Therefore, it helps one to break out of ruts and stiff habits, and to embrace the adventure of life.back to list
Ginger helps one to gather one's forces into one place; to develop a protective field and not be scattered energetically. Therefore, it would be an excellent addition to an oil for psychic re-collection and protection.back to list
Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), litsea cubeba (Litsea cubeba), and lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus; the following comments apply to lemongrass to a lesser extent than they do to the first two): Use sparingly. These are the border guards or cops of the plant world, and so although strong against insects, their strength can spill over inappropriately to humans. Best used rarely, diffused, blended with other oils that help restrain them, like thyme.
Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini) and vetiver (Andropogon murcatus), on the other hand, don't have that sharp, semi-toxic feeling I get from the first three in the list. However, these two are "helper" oils, best used in blends to ground and strengthen the overall blend. Vetiver especially can be added to almost any blend to "root" it.back to list
Jasmine represents a man's idea of what a woman should be like: Sexual, available, but submissive to a man's desires and dictates. Therefore it isn't good to use on its own, but is instead best tempered with a more self-aware, enlightened oil, such as rose, and more expansive oils, such as cypress and vetiver.
Jasmine's actions are to bring about things that fit within what you expect, or your world view of how things are. Jasmine is an excellent oil for someone who doesn't want things to change. So, for people who just want everything to always be the same (the melancholic or Sensor-Judger temperament), this is an ideal oil.
Perhaps if life is throwing too many new things at you, jasmine would be a good oil to slow things down a bit, but that might not be that useful in the long run, as avoiding new things means avoiding growth.
Yet there is a tiny spark of fire buried deep inside jasmine, so that those using it are warmed and enlightened by very tiny, very acceptable degrees.back to list
All the herbs in this family are down-to-earth and physical-body related. However, most, if not all, are very "whole" in that they also embody emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects. Excellent for almost any physical healing when physically used, pretty much because of their earthiness though also partly due to their more whole, spiritual-mental-emotional nature as well.
Most of these are very strong, energetically, and should be used with care, sparingly. However, they are excellent when applied to the skin for very specific reasons, reasons which you should hold in your mind when applying them in order to keep their strong forces focused on your specific needs. Otherwise, these can be too strong and too broad-spectrum. Especially, cajuput (Melaleuca leucadendron) is very strong energetically; use sparingly.back to list
A small, friendly oil.back to list
Roses are a sacred plant. They are also very protective in a soft, yielding way that takes attackers off guard. It is an absolutely protecting oil in that attackers can only get so far before they are either completely charmed, completely disarmed, or completely bounced back. In short, rose oil is an unexpected warrior. Excellent for women who don't feel very combative but want to be left alone.back to list
Rosewood works primarily on the physical, skin level, but penetrates and stimulates cellular energies and activities at a deeper level. Excellent for skin care as it helps pull unwanted energies out of the body.back to list
Wow. What can I say about this very useful group of plants? Except rue—see the warning. The comments that follow apply to the citrus only.
All the citrus plants are hearty fellows with lots to offer and little in the way of drawbacks. Still, the essential oils are best diffused and inhaled that way, and not ingested. All citrus brighten and lighten the atmosphere, energetically speaking, and are excellent for enhancing or inducing cheerfulness and a merry attitude.
Spiritually, they are an oil of the angels and can be used in combination with requests for angelic assistance.
Physically, they help bolster and restore failing nerves. Good for exhaustion—not to keep you awake, but to help you rest.back to list
Sandalwood is sacred for a reason. It works on the body's spiritual body, which is not the same as your spirit.back to list
Many of these are excellent for the physical body, especially the skin and circulatory system, bringing things from deeper within outward to the skin, both in a nurturing way and also in a cleansing way.
Take care not to overuse angelica (Angelica archangelica).back to list
There is something a bit harsh about the essential oil and the plant's energy, though ultimately it is a bright, friendly plant that means no harm. Its leaves make a nice tea, but it isn't an everyday plant. It is a good guardian, though, and helps clear the energy field of unwanted influences of all types. Combine with orange, clove, tangerine, and a dash of cinnamon for a refreshing room scent.back to list
I've never liked the smell of ylang ylang (or jasmine, for that matter), but they both have their uses. Ylang ylang has a strong, sticky, smothering, male-masquerading-as-female energy to it. It is all about deception and deceptive purposes. Therefore, intuitively, it is useful for helping people work their way through blockages caused by their own denials. Diffused or used in a blend (as a perfume), it can help keep a cloud of this energy around you so that, when denial energy comes into your energy field, you can more easily recognize it. Lighten it with orange, neroli, tangerine, or other clean citrus scents to help penetrate and illuminate the mist of denial. Possibly throwing in some jasmine would be synergistic.back to list
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