Healing with Essential Oils
A Self Directed Home Study Course on the Use of
Plant Aromatics for Health and Well-being
By KG Stiles, BA, LMT, CBT, CBP
Certified Clinical Aromatherapist
Class 8: Aromatherapy Everyday Lifestyle – Energy Healing Body & Soul
“Relationship is surely the mirror in which you discover yourself.” ~Krishnamurti
Topics at a Glance
MOVIE: Chakra Balancing & Healing with Aromas
7 Major Chakras Balancing Treatments
YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Aroma Soul Journey “Micro Cosmic Orbit to Balance Feminine & Masculine Energies” a guided empowerment meditation MP3 Podcast and/or activate healing hands and explore chakra balancing treatments, and/or experience any of the product(s) you formulate, and/or aromatherapy food(s).
Balance Masculine & Feminine Energies
Regulator Essential Oils
Culinary Wellness Oils
Cooking with Essential Oils
Aromatherapy Foods – Kitchen Recipes
Eco-friendly Cleaning Supplies
Healthy Laundry Care
Animal & Pet Care
BONUS: Introducing Essential Oils into your home or workplace
BONUS: Energy Clearing Aroma Tip
Reference, Suggested Reading & Resources
MOVIE: Chakra Balancing and Healing with Aromas
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CHAKRA BALANCING TREATMENTS – Essential Oils to Use for 7 Major Chakras
Chakra clearing and balancing is an essential part of healthy hygiene for your body, mind and soul, and supports health and longevity. Here are some simple guidelines to clear and strengthen your chakras, and get them clear, vibrantly alive and healthy.
1st Chakra Muladhara – The Red Chakra (Earth) found at the top of the legs. This chakra is about security and survival. Its function supports healthy bones and nerves. Symptoms of weakness include: sciatica and reproductive issues. Chronic fear is a symptom of blockage. Strengthen with aromatherapy by inhaling, and anointing your chakra with sweet, earthy and grounding aromas like Vetiver and Patchouli. Lay healing gemstones directly on your chakra, i.e. Red Ruby, Red Garnet. Visualize a wheel of red light spinning in a counter clockwise direction to cleanse, and in a clockwise direction to strengthen. Sound the Sanskrit seed syllable LA while focusing attention at your chakra. Recite the Mantra Affirmation: I am Connected, I am Safe, All is One. Conclude with the Gratitude Blessing: “I give thanks for being one with all of life.”
2nd Chakra Svadhisthana – The Coral Orange Chakra (Water) located in upper pelvic area. This chakra is about sexuality and sensuality, and supports healthy relationships of all kinds, including with money. Symptoms of weakness include: lower back pain, urinary problems, addictions and power struggles. Chronic guilt is a symptom of blockage. Strengthen with aromatherapy by inhaling, and anointing your chakra with sensual aromas like Ylang Ylang and Rose. Lay healing gemstones on your chakra, i.e. Rose quartz, Carnelian. Visualize a wheel of coral/orange light spinning in a counter clockwise direction to cleanse, and in a clockwise direction to strengthen. Sound the Sanskrit seed syllable BA while focusing attention at your chakra. Recite the Mantra Affirmation: I flow, I relate, I co-create. Conclude with the Gratitude Blessing: “I love and honor myself and all of life.”
3rd Chakra Manipura – The Yellow Gold Chakra (Fire) located at solar plexus, just above navel. This chakra is about desire and supports self love and integrity. Symptoms of weakness include: eating disorders, hormonal and digestive system complaints, chronic fatigue. Chronic shame is a symptom of blockage. Strengthen with aromatherapy by inhaling, and anointing your chakra with sweet, sour, earthy, woody aromas like: Lemongrass and Sandalwood. Lay healing gemstones on your chakra, i.e. Emerald, Citrine. Visualize a wheel of yellow light spinning in a counter clockwise direction to cleanse, and in a clockwise direction to strengthen. Sound the Sanskrit seed syllable RA while focusing attention at your chakra. Recite the Mantra Affirmation: I desire, I focus, I flower. Conclude with Gratitude Blessing: “I am the powerful creator of my reality and I love it.”
4th Chakra Anahata – The Green Chakra (Air) located at your heart This chakra is about compassion. It supports the body’s communication systems, and gives rise to the sense of touch and clairsentience. Symptoms of weakness include: Cardio-vascular and respiratory problems, restrictions upper thoracic area. Chronic depression is a symptom of blockage. Strengthen with aromatherapy by inhaling, and anointing your chakra with sweet, citrus aromas like: Neroli and Sweet Orange. Lay healing gemstones on your chakra, i.e. Gold Topaz, Rose Quartz. Visualize a wheel of green light spinning in a counter clockwise direction to cleanse, and in a clockwise direction to strengthen. Sound the Sanskrit seed syllable YAM while focusing attention at your chakra. Recite the Mantra Affirmation: I touch, I feel, I love. Conclude with Gratitude Blessing: “I am an unconditionally loving person.”
5th Chakra Vishuddha – The Blue Chakra (Ether) located at your throat This chakra is about intention and creativity. It supports self expression and clairaudience. Symptoms of weakness include: throat, voice, hearing and thyroid problems. Chronic obsessive, compulsive behaviors, phobias and indecision are symptoms of blockage. Strengthen with aromatherapy by inhaling, and anointing your chakra with sweet, herbaceous aromas like Frankincense and Lavender. Lay healing gemstones on your chakra, i.e. Blue Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli. Visualize a wheel of blue light spinning in a counter clockwise direction to cleanse, and in a clockwise direction to strengthen. Sound the Sanskrit seed syllable HA while focusing attention at your chakra. Recite the Mantra Affirmation: I trust, I choose, I express. Conclude with the Gratitude Blessing: “I trust the creative flow of my life. The power of choice is mine.”
6th Chakra Ajna – The Purple Indigo Chakra (Light) located between your eyebrows. This chakra is about awareness and intelligence. It gives rise to imagination and clairvoyance. Symptoms of weakness include: Headache, confusion, eye problems, learning disabilities. Illusion, recurring nightmares, lack of focus and discipline are symptoms of blockage. Strengthen with aromatherapy by inhaling, and anointing your chakra with sweet, warm, citrus aromas like: Spikenard, Petitgrain. Lay healing gemstones on your chakra, i.e. Moonstone, Clear Quartz Crystal. Visualize a wheel of purple indigo light spinning in a counter clockwise direction to cleanse, and in a clockwise direction to strengthen. Sound the Sanskrit seed syllable AH while focusing attention at your chakra. Recite the Mantra Affirmation: I perceive, I integrate, I see truth. Conclude with the Mantra Affirmation: “It is safe for me to see the truth.”
7th Chakra Sahasrara – White Violet Chakra (Sound) located at top of your head. This chakra is about inspiration and spirituality. It gives rise to thoughts and claircognizance. Symptoms of weakness include: Endocrine and musculo-skeletal disorders, environmental hypersensitivity. Loss of purpose and confusion are symptoms of blockage. Strengthen with aromatherapy by inhaling, and anointing your chakra with sweet, citrus, or floral aromas like Rose, Neroli. Lay healing gemstones on your chakra, i.e. Amethyst, Clear Diamond. Visualize a wheel of white/violet light spinning in a counter clockwise direction to cleanse, and in a clockwise direction to strengthen. Sound the Sanskrit seed syllable AUM while focusing attention at your chakra. Recite the Mantra Affirmation: I am silence, I am truth, I am one with the Divine. Conclude with the gratitude blessing: “I enter the silence and know truth.”
YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Aroma Soul Journey, “Micro Cosmic Orbit to Balance Masculine and Feminine Energies,” a guided empowerment meditation MP3 Podcast (click below to play or download, right click and ‘save target as’ for PC) and/or activate healing hands & explore chakra balancing treatments, and/or experience any of the product(s) you formulate, and/or aromatherapy food(s).
BALANCE MASCULINE & FEMININE ENERGIES
When you’re feeling stressed, tense, anxious, or experiencing mood swings your masculine and feminine energies are out of balance. The cosmos is continually balancing energies at the most micro cosmic levels. A beautiful reminder of this dance of balance and integration of yin and yang energies is seen in astrology. When planets are said to be moving Direct they are energetically more masculine as they dance across the heavens. However, when a planet stations Retrograde we begin an internal cycle of review for deepening our internal alignment and integration of all that has transpired since the last retrograde period. This a time when our intuition regarding the particular archetypal energies a planet symbolizes is most strong, and much can be accomplished. During a retrograde phase we are more psychically open to receiving downloads of information and guidance from our dreams and synchronous events may occur more frequently in our lives.
Aromatherapy can help with the balance and integration of your masculine and feminine energies. Essential oils known for balancing energies are known as Regulators and can be used as adaptogenic agents to improve your body’s ability to adapt to stress and promote balance.
Geranium oil is one of the essential oils in aromatherapy which has been researched in Germany to understand the mechanism for why it is so effective in regulating hormonal imbalance. The results of these studies show successful treatment for autonomic nervous system imbalance. The autonomic nervous system controls the fight/flight stress response and is known to stimulate hormonal production and response. Autonomic nervous system balance is an essential KEY for healthy functioning and synchronization of the body, mind, spirit and emotions. “Vegetative dystony” is the term used to describe autonomic nervous system imbalance and its accompanying symptoms. Manifestations of autonomic nervous system imbalance reported include common symptoms of headache, hot flashes, irregular heartbeat, nervousness, depression and anxiety.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil medical vocabulary for imbalances of the autonomic nervous system practically do not exist in North American medicine. However both Germany and Japan, two modern day industrial giants, acknowledge the condition and use the term “vegetative dystony.”
The current modern day lifestyle promotes our living in a chronic condition of stress and subject to an increasing array of environmental toxins. These two conditions are cited as primary causes for autonomic nervous system imbalance and resulting hormonal disturbances.
Rose Geranium oil, as well as other essential oils, are known to be useful in regulating physical, mental, and emotional imbalances, have a calming and uplifting effect on the emotions, and helpful for relieving depression, nervousness and fear.
REGULATOR ESSENTIAL OILS
The “Regulator” essential oil’s tonic action gently balance extremes and help to relieve nervous emotional conditions like anxiety, confusion, depression, lethargy, energy swings and tearfulness. When you are feeling out of sync with yourself try using a regulating essential oil to gently reconnect you with yourself and your body’s own natural rhythms.
Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
Blue Tansy – Tanacetum anuum
Blue Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
Carrot Seed – Daucus carota
Chamomile, German (England) – Matricaria recutita
Chamomile, Roman – Athemis nobilis
Eucalyptus Globulus – Eucalyptus globulus & radiata
Frankincense – Boswellia carterii
Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens
Rose Geranium – Pelargonium roseum
Ginger – Zingiber officinale
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Sweet Marjoram – Origanum marjorana
Myrrh – Commiphora myrrha
Patchouli – Pogostemon cablin
Peppermint – Mentha x piperita
Petitgrain – Citrus aurantifolia
Rose otto – Rosa damacena
Rosemary verbenone – Rosmarinus officinalis
Sandalwood – Santalum album
Spikenard – Nardostachys jatamans
Ylang Ylang III – Cananga odorata
HOLY OILS – Ancient Oils for Healing & Anointing Rituals
Often referred to as Holy Oils many of these essential oils have been used for millennia as sacred healing oils and traditionally used in ceremonies for life transitions, i.e. birth, death, marriage, puberty, etc. Holy Oils have an established reputation for their capacity to promote balance and healing for body, mind, spirit and emotions, and are excellent for clearing stagnant chi or to clear and balance your chakras and personal energy field or the atmosphere in your home, car or work space.
Traditional Holy Oils* & Ancient Healing Essential Oils:
CULINARY WELLNESS OILS
Sweet Basil – Ocimum basilicum ct linalool
Black Pepper – Piper nigrum
Carrot Seed – Daucus carota
Celery Seed – Apium graveolens
Clove Bud – Eugenia Caryophyllata
Coriander – Coriandrum sativum
Ginger – Zingiber officinale
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Lemon – Citrus limon
Sweet Marjoram – Origanum marjorana
Orange – Citrus sinensis
Peppermint – Mentha x piperita
Rose otto – Rosa damacena
Rosemary verbenone – Rosmarinus officinalis
Spearmint – Mentah spicata
Thyme – Thymus vulgaris L.
Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare
COOKING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS – Enhance Nutrition & Flavor
Pure essential oils have a wide range of therapeutic uses and benefits for culinary wellness. With a little practice you’ll be able to incorporate essential oils into every aspect of your everyday life, including cooking. By doing so, you’ll benefit from the healing properties of the oils to support your health and well-being.
BASIC GUIDELINES FOR FLAVORING YOUR FOOD
BAKING – Flavor an assortment of sweeteners and dry ingredients for baking
Add a drop or two of a citrus, mint, spice, or floral essential oil to a cup of honey, mix well and let stand, OR put a couple of drops of your selected oil on a piece of paper towel, lay it on top of sugar, or other ‘dry’ ingredient you wish to flavor, inside a jar and let stand for a week. Use for all your baking needs. Both of these methods will add the flavor of your essential oil to the honey, sugar, or other ‘dry’ ingredient, lending a distinguishing note to your baking.
DRESSINGS – Appetizing and delicious
You can use the herbal essential oils (Sweet Marjoram, Coriander, Carrot Seed, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Sweet Basil, Thyme, Fennel) to flavor olive oil, or other vegetable oil for salad dressings, or simply add to your favorite store bought variety to enhance nutrition and add flavorful zest.
SOUPS, STEWS, GRAVIES, SAUCES & MARINADES – create nutritious, memorable meals
Add a drop or two of an herbal essential oil to your soups, stews, gravies, or sauces. To maximize their benefits and flavors add essential oils at the end of the cooking process.
Add a drop of mint, spice, or citrus oil in a teaspoon of honey and stir into your favorite hot or cold drink to enjoy a refreshing break in your day!
Cook a dish, or an entire meal using essential oils. Please note in your Aromatherapy Journal what you make, what oils you use, and your culinary experience of cooking with essential oils.
AROMATHERAPY FOODS – Kitchen Tested Recipes made with love and pure essential oil
FRENCH LENTIL SOUP
Here’s my nutritious recipe for French lentil soup. This soup uses the small green ‘Puy’ lentils: they keep their shape much better than the more familiar brown ones. Serve as a main dish with some crusty sourdough bread, or French baguette, and a fresh mixed green salad. Makes wonderful quick and yummy leftovers!
1/8-1/4 tsp. Virgin olive oil, pour into a small glass jar, add pure essential oils: 1 drop coriander, 1 drop marjoram & 1 drop black pepper, cover and let stand
2 c small French green lentils, soak for 45 minutes
1 medium onion, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
4 medium potatoes, chopped
2 cups diced carrots
3 medium broccoli buds, sliced
1-2 teaspoons Celtic salt, to taste In a heavy soup pot, cook French lentils in 6-8 cups of pure water (less water makes a thicker soup), bring to a boil then lower heat and allow lentils to maintain a steady simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until lentils are soft and soup is beginning to thicken slightly.
Add the prepared veggies, the more dense veggies first until they begin to soften, adding the carrots and broccoli at the end of the cooking process, bring to low simmering boil then turn off and let soup rest for 5 minutes.Stir in your olive oil flavored with pure essential oils and let soup rest for another 5 minutes before serving. Bon Appetit! Serves 4 – 6 as a main course
DELICIOUS LEMON BARS
High protein and lemon pure essential oil is known to increase your metabolism and fat burning ability. For the best sweet and tart lemon bars ever make a handmade buttery dough crust that’s pre-baked for a tender and flaky crust that stays light and crisp after adding the lemon filling. Makes about 3 dozen square bars.
Preparation – what you will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted (for crust and lemon filling)
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted, plus more for dusting top of bars
3/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into tiny pieces
6 large eggs
3 cups raw cane sugar
Grated zest of 3 lemons
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, (about 8 lemons)
2 drops lemon pure essential oil
9″ x 13″ glass baking dish
Optional: 1/4 tsp salt, blend into 1 1/2 cup sifted flour for crust)
Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl combine together 1 1/2 cups flour (with salt if using) and confectioners sugar. Use a chilled pastry cutter and cut butter into dry mixture until it resembles coarse meal. If you don’t have a pastry cutter use a chilled fork instead. Gently pat dough mixture into a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish, and bake until crust is light, golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow baking dish with crust to cool on a rack.
Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend raw cane sugar and eggs together in a medium bowl. Add lemon juice, zest, and 2 drops lemon pure essential oil to mixture, and blend together. Finally add 1/2 cup of flour and blend together thoroughly for a heavenly lemon filling. Pour freshly prepared lemon filling into baked crust.
Bake until the filling sets, about 40-45 minutes. Cool on a rack (1 hour), then refrigerate until well chilled before slicing, 3-4 hours or more. Dust top of lemon bars with confectioners’ sugar, slice into square pieces with a cold, sharp knife, and serve immediately. Memorably delicious!
ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING SUPPLIES
There is now a plethora of cleaning agents available on the market touting the addition of pure essential oils to their products. Adding pure essential oils with properties known for their antibacterial and antiviral powers to your cleaner, dishpan or scrub bucket will kill germs and leave your home smelling clean and fresh!
HERE’S HOW:All Purpose Cleaner –
Disperse 8-10 drops of Lemon pure essential oil with 1-2 drops of Eucalyptus in liquid soap and add to your sink or bucket of warm water for a powerful surface cleaner. Wipe down your kitchen counters and all bathroom surfaces with these cleansing, germicidal oils.
Washing dishes –
Lemon pure essential oil is a great grease cutter; add 1-3 drops to your liquid soap and stir into your dish pan of warm water. Great for those hard to clean pots and pans!
HEALTHY LAUNDRY CARE
Pure essential oils known for their antiseptic properties destroy germs, as well as allergens such as dust mites.
Dispense 8-12 drops of Lavender, or Lemon pure essential oil (or one of your favorite aromas) onto a cotton cloth and put in the dryer for a few minutes in the cool down cycle (not hot). Remember essential oils are flammable, so keep them away from fire hazards and direct open flame heat sources.
FOR ANIMALS & PETS
As animals have extremely sensitive olfactory senses use them in very low percentages of less than 1% to achieve the results desired. A few general uses, include: pet wash, grooming spray, fleas and ticks, breath freshener, horseflies, stress and anxiety.
Please remember to take especial care when using any essential oil on a cat. They simply can’t metabolize them the way dogs, horses and humans do. When diffusing oils for your own use, make very sure that your cat can exit the room if he/she chooses. Hydrosols, floral waters, on the other hand, are safe and gentle for your feline friends.
INTRODUCING Essential Oils into your Professional Practice, Home or Work place
When Introducing pure essential oils and aromatherapy into your daily life whether at home, in your professional practice, or workplace always remember:
LESS IS MORE. Pure essential oils are extremely concentrated; one drop of pure essential oils is equal to 3-4 cups of plant matter. Even a drop or two can produce significant and immediate results upon inhalation, or application.
Slowly introduce your oils whether to yourself, or with others, and observe the response to a single essential oil first before introducing more complex aromatherapy blends.
Listen to and watch for signs of sensitivity, or displeasure for a particular scent. An essential oil may have the chemical constituents to produce the desired results, but its aroma may not be well tolerated. Remember the greatest benefits of aromatherapy can be enjoyed simply through inhaling their aroma, so it’s essential to choose oils that are enjoyed for their aromatic scent, as well as their chemical properties.
As the nose becomes accustomed to a wide spectrum of aromas for enjoyment the response to different essential oils will change overtime. When you are first learning it’s advisable to keep notes in your aromatherapy journal about how you, or someone you are administering essential oils to, is responding and being affected. This will support your gaining knowledge about aromatherapy and the best method of application to use for obtaining consistently good results in practice. As well through keeping an aromatherapy journal you will develop your intuition for which aroma or blend to use when treating a wide variety of conditions.
ENERGY CLEARING AROMA TIP
Peppermint, Lemon, Cypress and Cinnamon essential oil’s powerful astringent action protects you from picking up ‘Bad Vibes!’ For those of you who are especially sensitive and prone to absorbing environmental psychic toxins you¡¯ll appreciate this Energy Clearing Aroma Tip that will act to protect you from picking up and inadvertently passing-on ‘Bad Vibes.’
The powerful astringency of these oils is what makes them excellent for staving off “Bad Vibes.” Nothing can stick to highly astringent oil! Highly sensitive and sixth sensory individuals who have a tendency to absorb vibrations from their surroundings will greatly benefit from using any of these oils or a combination of them for this reason. Knowledge and use of these essential oils for clearing negative or stuck energy has been passed on by previous generations of energy healers to clear stagnant chi. Use the pure essential oil or blend in dilution as a perfume or body mist for protection from picking up ‘Bad Vibes.’
You can also use these oils as a general all-purpose cleaner in your home by creating an energy wash to clean your walls, doors and floors. You’ll want to pay especial attention to corners and thresholds.
Remember to flush your cleaning waters afterward to completely release the negative energies from your home. To keep the atmosphere of your home fresh and clear of ‘Bad Vibes’ after cleansing use an aromatic room spray made of one or more of these oils in pure water and spray frequently, or as desired.
RESEARCH PROOF for essential oils energy clearing effect on driver’s behavior
Essential Oils in the News – Research was released on the influence of aromas on drivers and reported on CBS News. Researchers reported findings that the smell of cinnamon or peppermint oil can relax drivers’ tension and relieve driver fatigue while increasing alertness. Peppermint oil was also linked to minimizing driving frustration. “Periodic administration of these odors over long-term driving may prove beneficial in maintaining alertness and decreasing highway accidents and fatalities,” the researchers reported.
REFERENCES, SUGGESTED READING & RESOURCES
This a partial list of recommended publications with informations that covers a wide array of topics of interest in the field of aromatherapy. There are numerous publications about aromatherapy and how to use essential oils on the market. Please be mindful when reading aromatherapy publications to check to find out if claims for results are well referenced and supported by either empiracal, evidence based studies in practice or actual scientific, controlled experiments. As well you’ll also want to experiement with the use of essential oils for yourself to see if you get the same results as experienced by others, and record these in your Aromatherapy Journal.
Aromatherapy: The Complete Guide to Plant and Flower Essences for Health and Beauty, Danielle Ryman
The Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines and Their Healing Properties, Jean Valnet MD and Robert B. Tisserand
Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing, Jane Buckle RN
The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers by Robert Tisserand
Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils, Gabriel Mojay
The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual, Sylla Sheppard-Hanger
How Aromatherapy Works: Principle Mechanisms in Olfaction – Vol. 1, Michael Alexander
The Science and Art of Perfumery, Edward Sagarin
The Story of Lavender, Sally Festing
Scent (The Mysterious and Essential Powers of Smell), Annick Le Guerer
The Chemistry of Essential Oils, David G. Williams
Aromatherapy Workbook Best-selling Classic, Marcel Lavabre
Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 2nd edition, by Len and Shirley Price
First Steps in Aromatherapy: A Simple and Straightforward Guide Listing 58 Essential Oils, Jane Dye
Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Susan E. Worwood
Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals, Kristen Leigh Bell
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) www.naha.org
Cropwatch, Independent Watchdog for Natural Aromatherapy www.cropwatch.org