Here in the Southern Hemisphere, were are right in the middle of Autumn - my favourite season. I love seeing leaves fluttering to the ground and witnessing nature taking on one final burst of glorious hues of red, orange and gold before everything goes into a standstill; a complete lull with bare branches and cooler days.
Autumn is a season of transition and it prepares us for the arrival of Winter. Work and productivity is the norm as life falls into a routine with structure and balance.
What I really love about seasonal changes is how nature attunes us to flow with its cycles. Autumn to me is a time of letting go; just like the trees let go of their leaves we too can mirror nature's metaphor to have faith to let go of the past seasons burdens or habits and emotions that do not serve us anymore in order to make space for new things, maybe even welcome better things into our life.
In this blog, I would like to share how I use Aromatherapy during the change of seasons to support my wellbeing. Before I give my recommendations and suggestions, I do want to clarify that our general response to seasonal changes is different from person to person. So keeping that in mind, the oils and blends I am suggesting is the best choice based on my experience and is a sample of what is the best possible option of Autumnal oils that has benefited me through the years.
In no way am I prescribing or diagnosing a blend for specific conditions or concerns: for that I recommend you choose to do a consultation with a professional Aromatherapist.
As I mentioned earlier, this is the best season to be productive and allow creativity to flow. The challenge I find is to stay motivated and focused whether I am starting new projects or creating new products the key is to find my balance and energy.
Here are some of the essential oils that I find can be very much a blessing to support my wellbeing during Autumn:
Cardamom: Think of Chai...this is a highly antiseptic oil, stimulates the senses. Its warming and inviting scent keeps me motivated and enthusiastic about my work. Also, aids the digestive system and supports gastrointestinal health. Cardamom features prominently in Cashmere, a perfume blend that I created previous Autumn with a heart of Rose and other essential oils.
Ginger : Strong and spicy, another one of my favourites in a blend never as a single oil as I don't intend to smell like Hainanese Chicken Rice. Its energising scent is wonderful for stagnant energy and increasing metabolism. If letting go is a struggle, I do tend to diffuse Ginger (again) with other oils to combat low energy levels and lethargy. Cold hands and cold feet? Ginger in a balm or oil is very effective.
Orange: I cant think of not having a citrus oil in a synergistic blend and Orange (sweet) is deliciously uplifting. It makes you want to smile with just a single whiff of it - straight out of the bottle. Its simply what I call drops of happiness for managing mood swings. Not to mention, Orange is also antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial - so this oil is great in a hand wash or hand sanitiser - aloe gel base.
Clove - This is the most antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic oil that can come into my defence when I feel a tickle down my throat. The best defence for infections it was used to clean surgical instruments in days of old. Clove is a wonderful scent and along with orange and cinnamon is THE quintessential Autumn Scent.
Onycha - you may not have heard of onycha but perhaps styrax benzoin. They used it in the hospitals just a 100 years ago. I am sure it didn't smell like how hospitals smell today. Onycha has a beautiful sweet vanilla scent and is highly nourishing for the skin. So this one features in my solid perfumes and hand balms. It is also known to cleanse and purify the spirit.
Cinnamon - another one of my immune boosting oils, cinnamon is an anti-oxidant. Its also warming and uplifting so I would diffuse it in a blend, never apply it neat on my skin as its an irritant.
There are various ways for you to enjoy theses oils by incorporating them into your day to day living during the change of seasons. If you would like to know more about the holistic benefits of essential oils, or wish to have a custom blend to help you find balance and invite harmony, then feel free to drop me a line. Also, I would like to invite you to take a look at my Autumn special which includes a holistic assessment and professional consultation with custom blends.
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