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Well here we are at the end of twenty ten.

We’re not just rolling into a New Year, but a New Decade. We’ve spend the day cleaning house, organizing, setting tone and sense so that tomorrow when we rise, there is a newness to things. I even made a special batch of house spritz consisting of a few blends of essential oils: Abundance, Acceptance, Believe, and Theives.

Smells yum.

I hope your year was as colorful as mine and that you have a safe, super awesome New Year Celebration, whatever you are doing. One little thing I like to watch for is the first words spoken in a new year. I think that’s why we say “Happy New Year!” What will your first words be? What will your attitude be? What are you planning on doing tonight? Set the tone for the new year today, make it as close to what you would like to see made manifest in your life as possible. 🙂

I’ll see you next year.

Bright blessings.

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Welcome back to Essentials.

In a continuing investigation we’re delving into the components and properties of Young Living (YL) Essential Oils, specifically their formulated blends. Designed with many purposes like emotional healing, attracting abundance, and lifting our vibrational frequencies, to name a few, we find that YL oils are far from simple air fresheners, and take aromatherapy to a new level of healing and use.

I also had some thoughts on the use of herbs magickally versus aromatherapeutically. Is there a difference? Does a plant essence create a different effect when used in Aromatherapy, versus traditional magickal purposes? There are, in some instances, many uses and folklore on herbs that are similar.  The primary focus of YL essential oils is aromatherapeutic. There does seem to be large shared purposes in both magickal practice and aromatherapy.

Which brings us to these posts, welcome to the Essentials.

We’re going to go through the blends first, they contain various essential oils, blended for a purpose. If I like the process, and IF it turns out that people enjoy the comparison, then I may dig into the single blends.

We continue our exploration with Acceptance.

Acceptance

Lately it seems that everything has become a process or resonance, for me the world is an emotionally and energetically tactile place if you feel it, if you accept what it is. Over the past few years of study this has sometimes proved difficult to digest. Parts  of me held on to… I don’t know, numbness, or a lack of “complete vision.” I don’t feel I was actually seeing the world even tho I was looking at things. Make sense?

Now it is as if most things I connect with can be accessed like a library, if I really take the time to resonate with it, the being of people, places, and things.

Acceptance is one of the many doorways. I want to say keys but it is more than a lock turning mechanism, it is part of the living experience. Do I have the words to justify the experience? I believe that this statement is true because it is practical when applied, and so it works, so whether I have the vocab or not it’s functional and in my book, “If it works, then it’s good.”

There is a concept that relates to this and I found it along the way, during the Journey, and that overwhelmingly was another realization that who I thought I was as an Individual, was in fact a part of a larger organism of life. In Buddhism this is called Anatman (Sanskrit), Anatta (Pali).

Arising from this, or in some Qabalistic thinking that we realize that these concepts do not rise one of out of the other but simultaneously existing and manifesting in the larger reality; What I am speaking of is our connection to all things: Oneness. It is the real blossom of compassion, perfect love and trust, because our acceptance, our door through to the sensual world brings about the openness to resonate and experience the great ‘self’ that is all that we experience, encounter, touch, taste, and smell, feel and know. What we will know. What we have known.

What does this have to do with an an essential oil? How can this benefit us with the concept of Acceptance? Through resonance and attunement.

With almost all things, including EO’s, I believe in working with the spirit or vibration first. Getting deep with myself and extending my senses into the essence, asking that it work for the betterment of my life, and through that life around me, and with the intent I wish to the essential oil for, in this case: Acceptance which would be my seed thought. This sets the stage for the working, naturally you should have already decided what you were attempting to accomplish in the degree that it most comfortable for you now.

Setting intentions, crafting affirmations, meditation, and prayer to focus yourself on your goal and inner-wisdom are all good tools. From there you can begin to explore the concept of acceptance through scent, touch, feeling and exploration using the essential oil as a catalyst -and a nicely scented on at that- to create the changes that are for your greater good.

Pushan Mudra Give and Take Gesture. By Phylameana lila Desy, About.com Guide

Mudra’s are a way to utilize our mind body connection, like the Witches Trigger, they can induce a state of mind that encapsulates the idea we are cultivating. Combined with breathing, focused meditation, and regular use Pushan can help us cultivate acceptance through contemplation of the give and take of life, and our self.

We can start with an oil, or many things but the important thing to remember is that tho we work witha method, the method is not the  meaning, that is found by our seeking self, individually. No oil, object, or person (IMO) can give you the answer, it is only found in the experience of living. Living is found in a lifetime and the things along the way, when we are attuned to our deeper self, become significant when we understand our connection to them, to us, that wholeness that is the entire being.

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*From the Essential Oils Desk Reference,  Chapter 8, page, 94. Essential Science Publishing.

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Cover of Essential Oils Desk Reference

(Acceptance) Stimulate the mind, compelling it to open and accept new things in life, allowing one to reach a higher  potential. It also helps to overcome procrastination and denial.

(Acceptance™ stimulates the mind with oils specially blended to promote feelings of accepting ourselves and others, regardless of perceived barriers).

Ingredients

Rosewood, almond oil base, geranium, frankincense, blue tansy, sandalwood and neroli.

Neroli (orange blossom) Thought to heal the mind, body, and spirit in ancient times. Neroli both strengthens and stabilizes the emotions and uplifts and inspires feelings of hopelessness, promoting confidence, courage, joy, peace, and sensuality.

Related to Neptune, fertility, love, with religious uses (historically), favored of Apollo, Gaea, and Hera. Paul Beyerl notes that the oranges have been associated with modern quests, used to strengthen the seeker or to reward the victorious. Blossoms can be used in weddings, having the magick of romance, and fertility. (Comp. Herbal Magick, Pg. 282)

In a sense the Neroli oil can be thought to bring the emotional body into a stable place.

From our post on Abundance:

Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind.

In addition to their fertility property, oranges have been used for luck, divination, and you guessed it, money. The list of folklore and uses of orange could probably fill a library considering they found all over the world.

Sandalwood (Santalum album) has a rich, sweet, warm, and woody aroma that is sensual and romantic. Used traditionally as incense in religious ceremonies and for meditation, it is uplifting and relaxing. It is valued in skin care for its moisturizing and normalizing properties.

According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, the fragrant influence of sandalwood enhance peace (sleep, relaxation). It stimulates the pineal gland and limbic system of the brain, the center of the emotions.

Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum), helps cleanse the liver and lymphatic system helping to overcome anger and negative emotions. Promotes a feeling of self-control. (E.O. Desk Reference, Pg. 94).

There are notes for older magickal uses in several tomes, including Tansy-associated funeral rites, asperging, and women’s mystery  rituals, celebrating womanhood. Several sources indicate that Tansy can be used in offensive magick, repelling insects, powers, and energies.

Could it be that Tansy is part of the mixture to “banish” or exorcise negative emotions.

Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), is said to be empowering and emotionally stabilizing and used in a variety of blends like Acceptance, Joy, Harmony, and White Angelica. Similar to Ho Wood it offers a scent that brings about these emotional triggers.

Thought to boost the immune system and used in other mixtures to alleviate headache, and pain as an amplifier.

Rosewood connected to the heart, and love magick, (being South American), there is a relation to love but also boundaries, in it’s association with Venus and Saturn. I add tidbit because we’re talking about an essential oil that is to “open us to new things” and Saturn, “the great restrictor” finds a useful influence in this particular EO. Opening boundaries.

Rose Geranium.

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Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) relates to memory and the nervous system, specifically in the release of tension and negative emotional memories. It’s fosters a sense of peace, well-being, and hope. (Aromatherapy). It’s anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antitumoral, to name a few. The Healthy Haven notes a use in Aphrodisiacs.

It is a rose scented herb, corresponding to the feminine, related to water, and the planet venus. Tho the color of the flower (parts) can be used for other purposes, there is a strong love association.

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years.

Seems to be another uplifting spiritual herb used to stimulate the mind and energize the energetic field. Frankincense and Myrrh have long been used together and as base for other incense.

Beyerl writes that Frankincense is associated with the Sun and used, as is Myrrh, with consecration, and in ceremony and ritual. There are other uses such as protection and purification, ritual working for “success” if the practitioner is balanced  in the spiritual and daily life.”

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Having a cleansing quality on the Astral Self, or energetic body, used in combination with the other oils I’m thinking we might view the blend(Acceptance), as having multiple uses, but predominantly it could be used in healing emotional trauma through accepting what has happened, in relating with “difficult” people (family, relationships, etc), and broadening our mind to explore facets of our life that could be beneficial to our growth; places where we have closed doors on opportunity, love, growth, and forgiveness.

Application

Naturally Aromatherapy creates benefits through our sense of smell, stimulating our mind-body, but there are other methods of applying essential oils to ourself, and for magickal/energetic purposes.

For aromatic use. Diffuse or apply over the heart, on the wrists, behind the ears, on the neck and on the face.

Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age.

In the past I’ve used other essential oils in our home, in the office, and around the halls of where we live. Spraying the essential oil around, mixing (roughly) about 6-10 drops of EO to a large spray bottle and generously spreading it around the area in the mix, can be a great immediate shift in the energy.

For example. Let’s say you were going to be doing a meditation or hands on healing for yourself or client. You could use Acceptance, along with other essential oils, to set the tone of the working. Water being related to healing, essential oils having a Yesod connection (and therefore the psychic/energetic framework connection), is an immediate and practical working tool that can be used to infuse the air with a vibration for opening to the work being done… especially when blocks are encountered.

I’ve used essential oils like this in the past to amplify a Reiki Attunement, working with Peace & Calming, Three Wise Men, and White Angelica to center, open up the spiritual paths, and strengthen the aura and attunment as it was passed. For the record it was probably one of the most intense attunements I’ve ever passed. You can read about that attunement here at Lifencompass: Easing Spiritual Blocks with Aromatherapy.

Again this is not an air freshener, and though the scent can stay in the air for hours I feel that it is more effective to wear the oil itself and/or diffusing the blend in the air with a proper essential oil diffuser (non-burning).

You can also use Acceptance in other ways such as in a small vial within a pouch or bag you have designed to open you to new ways of relating, new experiences for personal growth, or even in relationships that have become stagnant, challenging, or affairs where you are seeking to accept others. You can anoint candles for spell or ritual, baths, or just diffuse the oil into the air of your home.

A cost saving  method is to mix it with a base oil, lotion, or body spray that you prefer, these are highly-concentrated blends and a little does go a long way.

*Please read instructions carefully when using ANY essential oil.

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Acceptance 5ML.
Item No: 3303
Preferred Customer Price: $40.24
Customer Price: $45.72

You can find Acceptance at the Young Living website, or check out the complete product catalogue here by clicking “pages.” (PDF download).

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  1. Customer: beginning to reap the benefits of the YL Product line.
  2. Preferred Customer: signing up for a customizable monthly “auto-ship” program, you gain a discount on the cost of your oils and begin to receive free learning materials and essential oil rewards.
  3. Distributor: Visit the distributor page for more information.

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I found this while crawling around on the web. I’ve been reading for hours so forgive my short commentary, at the moment.

A neat article on the power of essential oils, Thyme, and Cinnamon.

((ARTICLE EXCERPT))

Professor Yiannis Samaras and Dr Effimia Eriotou, from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands, in Greece, who led the research, tested the antimicrobial activity of eight plant essential oils. They found that thyme essential oil was the most effective and was able to almost completely eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes.

The essential oils of thyme and cinnamon were found to be particularly efficient antibacterial agents against a range of Staphylococcus species. Strains of these bacteria are common inhabitants of the skin and some may cause infection in immunocompromised individuals. Drug-resistant strains, such as meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are extremely difficult to treat. “Not only are essential oils a cheap and effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimise the risk of new strains of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms emerging,” said Professor Samaras.

via Essential oils to fight superbugs.

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Welcome to Essentials.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written in any detail about essential oils and there are two reasons for that. First I had a few discussions with some (unfortunately) misinformed clients. Young Living Essential Oils are not air fresheners.

You could use them as “air fresheners” but honestly, it’s a bit expensive.

I also had some thoughts on the use of herbs magickally versus aromatherapeutically. Is there a difference? Does a plant essence create a different effect when used in Aromatherapy, versus traditional magickal purposes?

From these two thoughts came the idea: Write about the Essential Oils, compare their use, record the results.

Welcome to the Essentials.

We’re going to go through the blends first, they contain various essential oils, blended for a purpose. If I like the process, and IF it turns out that people enjoy the comparison, then I may dig into the single blends. We begin with Abundance.

Abundance

*From the Essential Oils Desk Reference,  Chapter 8, page, 93. Essential Science Publishing.

Increases the attraction of abundance and success. It enhances the frequency of the energy field that surrounds us through stimulation of the somatides. Somatides transmit frequency from the cells to the environment when stimulated through fragrance and thoughts. This frequency creates the “law of attraction,” a harmonic magnetic energy field around oneself.

When focusing on issues of abundance and inhaling this oil, a memory link of the RNA template is created where memory is blueprinted and permanently transcribed.

The Aromatherapeutic properties of the blend Abundance can help focus the mind to create the awareness of our power to “attract” what we want into our lives.

The “Law of Attraction” is really just fancy marketing wrapped around ancient principles: Magick. The Law of Attraction, derived from the Hermetic Principles, and has a modern living from the late 1800’s. My point being, many of these new practices are old practices and you find that they are often missing key elements or core principles that explain and educate.

All that said, I have used Abundance in a few ventures, including at the day job to increase various energies. Abundance doesn’t = money. It can be an abundance of anything unless the proper herbs / oils are brought together.

In this case that is my question, how is Abundance blended? Let’s see how this blend is put together.

Ingredients

Myrrh; Cinnamon Bark; Frankincense; Patchouli; Orange; Clove; Ginger; Spruce.

The EO Desk Reference has an encyclopedic list of essential oils and their uses. I’m going to go through each EO and cross-reference to some other herbal sources to see how Abundance adds up. Note I’m skipping “medical” uses unless blends / EO’s are recommended for medicinal uses.

Myrrh

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(Commiphora myrrha) Promotes spiritual awareness and is uplifting. It has sesquiterpenes wich stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions) and the hypothalamus, pineal , and pituitary glands.

So what we’re looking at here, from Young Living’s standpoint, is that the vibration of Myrrh is uplifting and carries a “spiritual frequency”.

Myrrh, according to Paul Bereyl has both masculine and feminine qualities. Related to the Sun, Moon, Adonis, Aphrodite, Cybele, Demeter, Hecate, Juno, Rhea, and Saturn. Used to Consecrate, in magick and spiritual practices to mark occasions such as funerals, rites, and ceremony.

Broadening our perception of energy, how it flows, and deepening our potential to connect to the mysteries.

Could that be a potential for connecting to the mysteries of “attraction?”

Frankincense

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years.

Seems to be another uplifting spiritual herb used to stimulate the mind and energize the energetic field. Frankincense and Myrrh have long been used together and as base for other incense.

Beryel writes that Frankincense is associated with the Sun and used, as is Myrrh, with consecration, and in ceremony and ritual. There are other uses such as protection and purification, ritual working for “success” if the practitioner is balanced  in the spiritual and daily life.”

Patchouli

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), sometimes called “the scent of the sixties,” has a musky, earthy, exotic aroma. In Eastern cultures, it is commonly used around the house to provide general support for health and to help release negative emotions. It is a relaxant that clarifies thoughts, allowing the discarding of jealousies, obsessions, and insecurities.

I love patchouli as it does have a cleansing property to it, however it can be quit dank.

Patchouli resonates with Pluto and Scorpio, and strangely appears to be used in spells for love, and as an aphrodisiac. However burnt it can be used to attract money, and promote “fertility”. Here we begin to see the “abundance” properties of the blend.

Orange

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Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind.

There is a link here with happiness and attitude. So not only is the blend including money in the properties of the oil but “happiness” as well. So the feeling of Abundance increases the power of the blend by stimulating the mind with the cheerful scent of orange.

In addition to their fertility property, oranges have been used for luck, divination, and you guessed it, money. The list of folklore and uses of orange could probably fill a library considering they found all over the world.

Clove

(Syzygium aromaticum) doesn’t seem to have a YL listing for abundant usage but does show that it stimulates a feeling of protection and courage, “stimulating” being a key word.

Magickaly speaking clove appears to have association with money magick, as well as attracting lovers and insight through visions, and dreams.

Ginger

(Zingiber officinale)

Photographer: Frank C. MĂĽller

Ginger | Image via Wikipedia

 

Young Living lists ginger as another stimulant with qualities associated for potency (fertility).

References abound for ginger but it does seem to have been used in both attraction and money magick.

Paul Beyrel notes a resonance with Mars and that the herb is strongly associated with one’s health, with uses in magick that both strengthen and empower consecrated items.

Spruce

(Picea mariana) “Spruce (Picea mariana) is softer and sweeter in aroma than other evergreen oils. It is refreshing, invigorating, and strengthening. It also has a long history of use in the sauna, steam bath, and as an additive to baths or massage oils. It is supportive of the respiratory and nervous systems.*”

Spruce is included in one of my all time favorite EO blends, Valor. I use valor soap and I apply the oil to my feet and temple after bathing. It’s SO stabilizing, lifting up the vibration while encouraging as sense of being grounded.

Well it seems that I don’t know a hill of beans about spruce, and it doesn’t seem (upon searching various sites) that I was able to find any spell related qualities of the evergreen. I personally feel that it (spruce) is related to the earth, the lungs (breath, air), grounding (manifesting), and cleansing.

I’ll take a weigh-in by anyone familiar with usage of Spruce for spells / magick, naturally.

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So when I do add up the ingredients magickal vs. aromatherapeutic, it seems that Abundance is formulated for the very purpose of attracting money, wealth, and to lift the energy of one’s personal field by invigorating the mind, body and spirit.

Application

Naturally Aromatherapy creates benefits through our sense of smell, stimulating our mind-body, but there are other methods of applying essential oils to ourself, and for magickal/energetic purposes.

For aromatic use. Diffuse or wear on wrists and behind ears as a perfume.

With almost all things, including EO’s, I believe in working with the spirit or vibration first. Getting deep with myself and extending my senses into the essence, asking that it work for the betterment of my life, and through that life around me, and with the intent I wish to the essential oil for. This sets the stage for the working, naturally you should have already decided what you were attempting to manifest. With Abundance we would be looking for more money, income, or business (resulting in income) and be clear about the direction you would like for this to appear.

In the past I’ve used Abundance in the office, as I said then we anointed stones by the door, and sprayed the essential oil around the office mixing (roughly) about 6-10 drops of EO to a large spray bottle and generously spreading it around the area in the mix.

Again this is not an air freshener, and though the scent can stay in the air for hours I feel that it is more effective to wear the oil itself and/or diffusing the blend in the air with a proper essential oil diffuser (non-burning).

You can also use Abundance in other ways such as in a small vial within a pouch or bag you have designed to attract more money. You can anoint candles for spell or ritual. You can trust your intuitive tug while and experiment with new ways to attract more money and “Abundance” into your life.

*Please read instructions carefully when using ANY essential oil.

Ordering Young Living

If you are interested in ordering this or any essential oil you can sign up at Young Living, or contact a distributor in your area.

Abundance 5ML.
tem No: 3091
Preferred Customer Price: $34.74
Customer Price: $39.47

Abundance 15ML.
Item No: 3300
Preferred Customer Price: $36.76
Customer Price: $41.78

You can find Abundance at the Young Living website, or check out the complete product catalogue here by clicking “pages.” (PDF download).

If you are not a Young Living member there are several levels of participation to choose from when exploring Young Living. You can sign up for email updates and join me at Young Living as a:

  1. Customer: beginning to reap the benefits of the YL Product line.
  2. Preferred Customer: signing up for a customizable monthly “auto-ship” program, you gain a discount on the cost of your oils and begin to receive free learning materials and essential oil rewards.
  3. Distributor: Visit the distributor page for more information.

Start by visiting Young Living’s website:

https://www.youngliving.com/signup/custType.faces

Enter Referral Information

If my member number isn’t automatically entered in the referral field, kindly enter the following number.

Sponsoring Distributor Member Number: 896306

You will then create a user name and password, account, etc and then you can begin ordering Young Living Essential Oils.

If you have further questions or want more information please contact me here.

– –

Be well,

Scott K Smith
http://lifencompass.com

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Valerian

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Hi there. This post has taken a few days to write and a lot of thought and feeling. What I had initially planed to be a little ditty on an oil I added to my collection called RutaVaLa, turned into a research project, that in turn morphed into a doorway to ideas and I’ve had to compartmentalize a few things so that the focus isn’t so broad.

I want to preface the post with a few things.

First I am a healer. I am not a doctor. I do not prescribe. I recommend, and I recommend that one does the research for themselves into anything they are looking into for healing. Know your body and learn about how it can be better, healthier, well.

I believe that we are all on a Journey together and that in that travel through life we encounter obstacles and situations that test our mind, our body and our spirit. We encounter illness.

Scott_parisI believe that healing is not just going to the doctor and I find it impossible to understand (in most instances) how a pill is the solution to the problem. That said I believe that there are sometimes solutions in a little pill. What I always try to represent in my writing is a very deep and personal belief that there is only one path to healing, your own. That path should be made almost virtually limitless in its scope because healing does not just come from one place. When we limit ourselves to one source without even considering another idea we are limiting our healing. I don’t believe in many absolutes, and those that I do are pretty flexible, but I do know that there is more to our world that we can individually see and know and so we, I, you, should be open to the variety of modalities and philosophies about healing and how they can be integrated into your life for healing.

Personally I like to develop a relationship with my doctor AND my healing tools that is honest, clear and an open path of communication. Combining Reiki and Essential Oils with meditation and Western Medicine needs the right kind of doctor. I encourage you to find a physician who best suits your healing needs.

I am on a Healers Path, I am using my Healer Practices, I am developing my Healers Consciousness. I’m even updating my healing manual to reflect these ideas more clearly! Ultimately I am still learning and these essential oils, from Young Living, have helped me. That is why I write about them. To share my story, to show you what worked and how, to encourage you to investigate with some joy and with scrutiny the ways in which you can be your ultimate, healthy self. I am still exploring. I may be exploring the rest of my life and I suspect that this is true.

Now, RutaVala…

I finally was able to pick up a bottle of RutaVaLa. Funny name. Some of you are probably cocking heads and raising eyebrows. Well the oil is a blend: Rue, Lavender, and one of my all time favorites Valerian.

I play with my oils as much as I use them therapeutically and I really enjoyed the deep relaxation that this oil brought about. Two drops on the back of the neck, rubbed into the upper spine and the back of the head to affect thebrain stem, and I was sleeping deeply in less than 10 minutes. It’s strong stuff!

Primary Benefits

  1. •Acts as a relaxant for the body and mind and
  2. •counters stressed nerves*
  3. •Rebalances energy to improve vigor during
  4. •daily activities*
  5. •Reduces inhibitions and minimizes stressful
  6. •situations*
  7. •Induces quality sleep*

Product guide has been uploaded to my YL Page.

RutaVaLa has been tremendously helpful for some restful sleep. As I wrote about earlier in || Anxiety. Anger. Fear. Release. Surrender. || I am in a healing process as well and this fifth oil, added to my healing routine has completed a essential step. I have successfully phased out a medication prescribed by my doctor to an “as  needed” basis. And I haven’t needed it! Woo Hoo!

How did RutaVaLa help?

I start my day with a candle burning, light from the morning sun and meditation. I complete that ritual with the essential oils I have been working with over the last few  months. Release. Surrender. 3 Wise Men. White Angelica.

  1. 1.As I have been shown, I hold each bottle.
  2. 2.Feel the vibration of the oil. Young Living Essential Oils are therapeuticgrade, and said to have one of the highest vibrations because of the quality of distillation… and man do they vibrate! When
  3. 3.Take three deep breaths. In through the nose and fill the lungs. Feel the vibration fill your body.
  4. 4.Apply the oils as directed.

In the evening, before turning in, I did the same. Feel the vibration. Breath in the EO apply.

With new essential oils, which are the essence of the plant or herb, I like to get into the mind of the herb and “get to know a new friend”. I meditate and connect with the spirit of the plant. I ask if I can talk with it. When I receive a welcome signal I enter into a dialogue. Intimacy. I travel with the plant back to the first plant of its kind. From that elder of plant, I ask to be shown the purpose of its work, the path of its life and how we two have been brought together.

Any-who-who. As charming as it is to say, you know Valerian Root, you know it smells like dirty socks. Adding Lavender to the blend helps a bit, bringing the scent down to an earthy level. I should tell you that it did get on my pillow as well but in the end I enjoyed the sleep. The scent, tho slightly offensive because it is so oderific, in the end moved into the olfactory background as I slept, deeply.

Why? Well Lavender is a pretty relaxing herb. It clears the head as well as promotes emotional calming but the clearing is important. Valerian can make one a little muggy in the head.

Rue. I was uncertain. I had to look this one up. In the end this is what I was able to glean about these three herbs / essential oils.

Rue (Ruta graveolens)
According to The Oxford Book of Health Foods, extracts from rue have been used to treat eyestrain, sore eyes, and as an insect repellent. Rue has been used internally as an antispasmodic, as a treatment for menstrual problems, as an abortifacient, and as a sedative. (wiki)

Rue is used in banishment, exorcism and protection. Associated with Mars (Roman) and the Strength Card. Denoting it’s value as an inner fortifier, magickally speaking, to be clear and without illusions, to seek balance in power.

I have always thought that Rue was a power herb, used in protection and attraction of money when grown at the doorway. It is a strong herb and I’m curious about your uses, as I understand it, Rue also has some southern magickal connotations as well.  I’m really curious about Rue as a healing herb.

Meditation on Rue:

In brief. Fire. Earth.

Fire for the strength and intensity of Rue. It literally can burn you.

Earth because the power of its connection to the planet and Rues ability to purge the system and work with the lower chakras and thus the lower organs of the body.

Lavender (Lavandula)
This herb has a rich and global history of use. From skin care to relaxation. The range of it’s growth extends across the Canary Islands, North and East Africa, south Europe and the Mediterranean, Arabia, and India.
Prized by beekeepers, loved in gardens, used in syrup, applied in soaps, shampoos, shower gels, lotions, ointments, sprays, and cooking to name but a few applications of this widely used flower.

It can inflate allergies (I should have know that but I admit, I didn’t) but is primarily anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory. It has been used to help with sleep, calm nerves, sooth burns and insect bites, help in healing the skin and promoting elasticity as one ages, on acne, in tea… Wow. Right?

Magickally speaking, the herb has as long and diverse a history. Related to Mercury and the sign of Virgo, and then then / also, Hecate and Saturn. Regardless it is a sacred herb. In times it has been used for fertility, consecration, love, magickal workings, visionary work, dreaming and invocations; hand fasting, Midsummer rites, and most importantly to me Lavender has been used to alleviate stress and bring calmness and serenity to one’s inner self.

I use Lavender every morning as an essential oil that I mix with facial moisturizer. I put it in a spray bottle with Lemon and Purification, and spray it on my sheets, carpets, blankets, pillows and even use the bottle with ironing.

Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils and I don’t know how I ever didn’t have it as a part of my Apotheke.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, Valerianaceae)

For me, Valerian is an herb that can stand up and beat it’s chest in victory, if even it is yawning all the while. It has been around for a long time, written about in ancient Greece, and personally has been a home remedy friend for years and years. In short, it has the right to brag all it wants. I love it. It’s stinky as all hell unless you are a cat, in which case you are probably going to be rolling all over the floor and throwing out the catnip. For felines this herb packs some sort of pleasurable punch. 🙂

Valerian is a sedative. It calms nerves. It soothes the system. Valerian is an excellent herb for inducing sleep… I should know, when I was younger and learning about green craft I accidentally overdosed myself and ended up in a lucid dream like state, out of  my body and not able to get back in!
Valerian is used in Purification, Consecration and Protection. Paul Beyerl  notes association with Virgo, Aquarius and again, Mercury. I see notes that it has even been called the “Witches Herb” but I have yet to use it in any sort of spell work -aside from the healing properties of RutaVaLa.

The three together, in two little drops, on the back of my neck before bed are subtly intoxicating. I forget that I am even going to bed.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
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