plant rituals

Refocus Through this Offering to the Plants

I have been a little reluctant to talk about my upcoming projects, as I have not been exactly clear on what my goals and intentions for such projects. As I develop more clarity around my purpose it is obvious that educating about the sustainable use of herbs and essential oils is of utmost importance. As consumers, it is our responsibility to assure the viability and availability of our plant medicines are here for future generations.

As I develop more clarity around my purpose it is obvious that educating about the sustainable use of herbs and essential oils is of utmost importance. As consumers, it is our responsibility to assure the viability and availability of our plant medicines are here for future generations.

I hear people using excessive dosages of essential oils, with a “more is better” attitude, without taking into account the large amounts of plant material it requires to make 1 ounce of essential oil. In many cases, one to two drops, diluted in a fat-based substance, will do the trick. Use wisely, and with a thought to sustainability.

I also want to encourage bringing ritual back. We have lost ritual in our societies and I think it’s important to have reverence for the precious life we are blessed to have.

Today I diffuse essential oils of:

Lavender (organically grown)

Clary Sage (organically grown)

Palo Santo (from dead trees only)

as an offering of gratitude to the plant spirits as they guide me on this journey of life.

peppermint

Smoothing the Transition Into Fall With Essential Oils

We are in the transition time between summer and autumn.

In Chinese medicine, the days between seasons are associated with the Earth element, reminding us to take this time to nourish and prepare ourselves for the season ahead. Autumn is associated with the Metal element and our body systems that include the Lungs and Large Intestine. These systems remind us to take a deep breath in, and upon your exhale, let it go. Nothing exemplifies this more than the paired organs of the lung and large intestine!

Autumn is usually a melancholic time for me, which is fitting since the emotion associated with the Metal element is grief. Part of grieving is an array of emotions that come before acceptance and forgiveness. Essential oils can help transition you from the depths of despair into a place of acceptance. The spicy flavor is also associated with the Metal element. Spicy herbs get our qi (life force) moving and can help get us out of any funk.

3 Essential Oils for Fall

1. Peppermint — not only great for digestion but also calms down an “angry” liver and helps move you from anger into acceptance. Diffuse this throughout your home or take in the form of peppermint spirits.

2. Thyme — one of our spiciest herbs and one of the best for preventing colds and flus; I also find thyme to be helpful in situations that take time to heal. For grief, I like to diffuse thyme with lavender and rosemary to help me remember the good times and move past the bad.

3. Clary Sage — known as a euphoric and helpful for menopausal symptoms, clary sage also aids us in gaining clarity and insight and lifting the clouds that surround us when we are in grief. I like to make a roll-on with a carrier oil and essential oils of clary sage, angelica, vetiver, and jasmine absolute when I feel sad from a significant loss.

Let me know your favorite spicy herbs and essential oils for fall!