By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist
Oh happy days are here!
I am a child of summer. And, my inner child remains happiest in the season of the sun. This I have learned about myself.
Summer is when my spirit feels most buoyant and unbound. Joy is easier to access as it readily bubbles to the surface.
If winter is the hibernal season, and spring is of renewal, for me summer is a season of sustenance.
Our mind, body and spirits are nourished by the abundance of sunshine and daylight, the refreshing array fresh fruit and vegetables, the heady scent of summer blooms, and the frequency of the dazzling dragonflies. For many, these beautiful, blessed dragonflies — whose magical beauty shimmers under the summer sun — represent and remind us of the ability to reflect light for the greater good.
I arrived in this world as a native to perpetually sunny Southern California. Though I was born in December, it was as summer-like, bright, 85-degree-day.
Reflecting back, I realize my spirit has always sought the sun ever since to find and create summer for my soul wherever I happen to be.
As a child in Southern California there was joyful abandon playing outdoors and walking barefoot in the grass, especially with the heady scent of the orange groves at the end of our street.
To this day, I prefer my feet unbound to feel more grounded. If I am not barefoot, then flip flops are the footwear of choice. From my perspective, you cannot have too many pairs.
In my early adulthood, I moved to the Midwest for work. That’s when I quickly realized I needed sunlight and warmth to feel vital and nourished. What I had taken for granted, now needed to be recreated. If it was going to take awhile for summer to come to me where I was, then I needed to go in search of summer.
Winters breaks became tropical getaways to the Caribbean where the season of the sun was only a flight away. Immediately upon arrival, my whole being was transported by the soft air, shimmering waters, and the sun in the sky. Not only did my body thaw, but any tension I carried immediately melted away. Breathing in the sea breeze allowed me to clear the clutter in my head, returning back to real life with a sense of renewed clarity.
Later, I moved to New England with shorter winters, but also shorter summers. This meant ensuring that I savored every drop of summer while it was in season. I joined the tradition of spending idyllic long weekends on Cape Cod. Crossing that bridge from the mainland marked the point where I was able to let go of the go-go-go and relax into loafing.
Now, I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Another west coast for sunsets on the sea and walks on the beach framed by turquoise water and white sugar sand. And, though actual summer is a swelter, but most of the rest of the year we live in season as if it is part of our daily life. My challenge here is taking the time from daily life to enjoy living in paradise.
No matter where you live, and what your experience, you can always create your own summer for the spirit. Aromatherapy offers a natural opportunity to help create that buoyant and relaxed state of mind. Even when you can’t break away to chase the sun, a sniff of the synergies evoking the sense of summer can transport you instantly to to a mini-break in your own mind’s eye.
For me, the sensory experiences of the summer season call for a switch to scents that are fresher and cooling such as citrus and mints.
To help you get started, or to inspire you to create your own experiences, I offer below some summer loving synergies curated from my own collection to evoke favorite seasonal memories.
These were created for inhalation purposes to most readily connect with the mind and spirit. I prefer to make these in a personal inhaler to have with me when needed. You may also choose to use your diffuser, with the exception of the Beach Rose synergy because the rose otto 10% is diluted in vegetable oil, which can damage the unit.
I wish you an abundance of sun in your spirit!
This uplifting and cheerful blend helps restore my joy of the simple life on a sunny day during my childhood in Southern California.
2 drops Grapefruit Pink, Citrus x paradisi
2 drops Mandarin, Citrus reticulata
1 drop Spearmint, Mentha spicata
This refreshing and revitalizing scent helps when I need that sense of clear -headed clarity created after a Caribbean Vacation.
3 drops Lime, Citrus x aurantifolia
This soothing scent is evocative of the slow days, sand dunes, and snow cones of Cape Cod where I crossed the bridge into a state of contentment and relaxation.
2 drops Rose Otto (Diluted at 10%) Rosa damascena
2 drops Sandalwood Australian, Santalum spicatum
1 drop Bergamot, Citrus bergamia
This deeply relaxing and uplifting synergy is reflective of the lazy days of a Florida summer calling for loafing on the lanai for rest and reflection.
2 drops Davana, Artemisia pallens
1 drop Lemon, Citrus x limon
1 drop Orange Sweet, Citrus sinensis