Recently, I was creating a blend that needed to be calming and centering. I wanted to make something different and the result was Spice So Nice (Yes, that’s the name I have chosen.). Today, I thought I would discuss and explore the ingredients in this yummy blend: Clove, Cinnamon, Cardamon, Bergamot and Valerian.
Spice So Nice smells like vanilla and Christmas with just a touch of citrus. Sometimes when I inhale an oil or blend I feel it resonate in an area of my body. Being a blend composed of mainly digestive oils, its no surprise that I felt the blend relax my abdominal area. Not only is this blend grounding and relaxing, it acts as a nervous system tonic and it is highly antimicrobial.
Clove Bud was used during the Renaissance in pomanders to protect people from epidemics and plague. Highly antimicrobial, Clove Bud has a broad spectrum action against bacteria and is antiviral. The eugenol content of this oil is 80% so caution should be used when applying to the skin. Always dilute it in a carrier oil and you only need to use a few drops. Clove Bud is analgesic and is well know for its ability to alleviate tooth pain. Clove Bud is carminative (warming) and antispasmodic. It helps to stimulate digestion, and restore appetite. Clove Bud is also an excellent anti inflammatory and can be applied to areas of inflammation in the body provided it is diluted. Finally, Clove Bud is a physical and mental tonic and returns one to a state of relaxed restoration.
Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf oil have a reputation of being strong antibacterial agents and are useful for resisting viral infections and contagious disease. Similar to Clove Bud, this oil can be irritating so dilute in a carrier and use in small quantities if applying to the body. Like Clove Bud, Cinnamon is also an excellent gastrointestinal stimulant and is useful for treating disorders of the digestive tract. Cinnamon is very warming so it would be useful in a massage blend when one is fighting a cold or flu. Diffused during the winter months, it can act as a tonic when one is feeling depressed or tired. It is recommended for people who are devitalized and suffering from nervous depression. In general, Cinnamon stimulates circulation, generates warmth, and supports the immune system.
Cardamon is reputed to be one of the oldest spices known and has been used for years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Cardamon has anti inflammatory and anti spasmodic properties as well as significant analgesic activity. It is reputed to be a general tonic of the body and is recommended for digestive complaints as well as nervous exhaustion and depression. Cardamon oil is also recommended for catarrhal conditions (excessive mucus) of the respiratory system and chronic bronchtis.
Bergamot shares similar properties to the preceding oils. It too is antiviral and has been found to inhibit the herpes simplex 1 virus and used with other oils has been useful for treating chicken pox and shingles. Bergamot is a sedating but uplifting oil and as such is recommended for people who are tense, anxious or depressed. It too acts on the digestive system as a carminative and is recommended for nervous indigestion and loss of appetite due to emotional stress.
Valerian is commonly used for insomnia or sleeping disorders of of a nervous nature. Its main function is sedative and as such I added a few drops to enhance the grounding relaxing qualities of this blend. Valerian is not a pleasant smelling oil so I am careful to only add as much as I can get away with.
I would recommend this blend for people that are experiencing anxiety or nervous tension, especially as it relates to appetite. People experiencing grief would be another good candidate. In general this blend is a nerve tonic that will be well received as it does smell yummy. This blend is especially nice during the winter months as it is warming and anti-microbial. This oil could be used in a massage oil if one feels a cold or flu coming on and it can be diffused in the house as a preventative to ward off sickness. Spice So Nice can be added to water and used as a disinfectant around the house as well.
5 ml, $20
Ravensara, My Boundaries are clearly defined.
As I navigate the twisty path of self awareness, meditation and my Clear Being workshops have revealed to me patterns and topics for contemplation. I recently came across the quote, Before I built a wall, I’d ask to know what i was walling in or walling out. Robert Frost This quote got me contemplating the walls I have and what purpose they serve. While my focus has been on resistance and my walls acting as barriers to a fuller, richer experience, once I read the Blossoming Heart Reflection for the oil this quote belonged to, I realized that walls can also be healthy such as when we create personal boundaries.
Ravensara smells similar to eucalyptus and contains 1,8cineole which is also found in eucalyptus. On a physical level, Ravensara exhibits strong antiviral action, particularly against the flu, especially when combined with eucalyptus radiata. At the first signs of chills, shivers or tiredness, this is the first oil you should turn to. It is also highly effective in the treatment of bronchitis, rhinitis and sinusitis. It boosts the immune system and is an expectorant as well. Ravensara is also a good nerve tonic and can be used to revitalize people who suffer from physical or nervous fatigue.
On an emotional level, Ravensara teaches us about learning how to define one’s boundaries. Defining and maintaining healthy boundaries is integral to self empowerment. As Robbi Zeck states in The Blossoming Heart, “Learn to say no! And remember “no” is a complete sentence. As we work with the energy of ravensara we move from a place of being tentative to a place of acting definite. We learn to become aware of our own needs and educate others how to treat us well.
When working with ravensara for emotional healing, place a drop of the oil in your palm or on a popsicle stick. Sit in quiet meditation and reflect on the affirmation, My boundaries are clearly defined. Ask yourself the following questions: Is there an area in your life where you feel taken advantage of in your relationships?, Do you find it difficult to say no? How could you set different boundaries? 1 As you allow each question to drop into your being like a pebble in the water, become aware of what images, emotions or insights come to you. Where do these emotions sit in your body. Allow yourself to be with whatever arises without judgement or action. Every time you find yourself faced with this challenge, incorporate ravensara into your routine by either adding a drop to a cotton ball and wearing it tucked in your bra, diffusing it, meditating with it, adding it to your bath and so on. Let ravensara remind you of the importance of setting healthy boundaries.
1. Zeck, Robbi. The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation Aroma Tours, Australia 2008 pg 109.