By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist
Recently, we discussed the practice of holistic care in “What Does Holistic Have to Do with Our Health.” Essentially, we are caring for mind, body and spirit to bring balance to our whole being for a greater state of wellbeing.
You may recall from “Food for Thought,” that our mind, body and spirit are interconnected. Depending on our state of mind, our body and spirit are impacted in chemical messages from the brain created by stress. This distress of the mind, especially over the long-term, can lead to dis-ease due to our body’s inability to compensate and re-balance.
Aromatherapy, in particular, the practice of holistic aromatherapy, is the perfect partner for helping to support harmony on all three levels of our existence. When we can find balance within ourselves and our environment, we can experience a greater sense of optimal wellbeing.
And, often, we blend synergies from a selection of essential oils to create the holistic profile we are seeking as we did to accompany self-balancing activities outlined in “Balancing Our Whole Being.”
There are, however, some essential oils and extracts that are just excellent at equally supporting and entire being.
I find myself reaching over and again for three in particular when I want well-rounded and robust support to bring my being back into balance.
On their own, they are wonderful to bring equilibrium to mind, body and spirit. Mixed in other synergies, they enhance the holistic value. In my opinion, blended together, they create something extraordinary.
Below, you will find why I consider these my top three essences as my very favorites for holistic support on all three levels — mind, body and spirit.
In addition, I have included one of my very favorite blends with the added benefit of a soothing bath. I find this one of the best ways to find balance from within for my whole being.
As always, I encourage you to consider options that match your own unique needs.
Bergamot Citrus bergamia (bergapten free)
It is especially helpful when you feel off balance due to nervous tension and when you need to invite in more positive thinking and energy.
Mind: Balancing to emotions. Uplifting and calming. Promotes positive thinking while helping to release negative emotions.
Body: Supports the body in returning to a state of relaxation. Soothes the nervous system and smooths nervous tension held in the tissues.
Spirit: Helps to harmonize the spirit, especially when affected by strong, negative emotions. Supports the ability to receive positive energy and helps our natural energy to flow smoothly.
Fragonia Taxandria fragrans
It is especially helpful for letting go of old emotional thought patterns and negative energy blocks that are impacting your balance and wellbeing.
Mind: Helps to release old emotional patterns. Calming and uplifting, it helps to reduce worry and nervous tension.
Body: Balancing to the nervous system. Relaxing and relieving to nervous tension creating discomfort in the body.
Spirit: Helps to release deep-seated blocks in the energy flow caused by old wounds. Strengthening to the spirit.
Blue Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
Its “blue” constituents are especially helpful to bring a cooling sense of balance to heated conditions of mind, body and spirit.
Mind: Supports emotional equilibrium. Helps to calm worry and nervous tension.
Body: Calming to the nervous system. Relaxing and relieving for nervous tension held in the tissues.
Spirit: Powerful support in releasing blocks created by repressed strong, negative emotions. Helps to support a smooth natural energy flow. Balanced between opposing energies, it helps to equalize these energies in our own being.
Balancing Bath Blend
2 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia
2 drops Fragonia Taxandria fragrans
1 drop Blue Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Mix with 2 T natural, unscented body wash
Add 1/2 c of Epsom Salts and mix.
Add to your warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.
Bringing the best of the abilities from my top three oils for whole being balance. This is an especially wonderful immersion experience before bedtime.
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