Self-care for most people includes the basic practices of grooming, eating and sleeping. However, there are ways to make those basic daily needs a little more nurturing and enjoyable.
It may be surprising to see how fruitful a little scent can invigorate the spirit!
We are all facing challenges from the global changes and pandemic that we are witnessing. Even within daily tasks we may find a challenge that was not there before. Each experience offers us an opportunity to see how we might support ourselves. We are facing new challenges that require keeping a distance from each other with all forms of remotely working, going to school or visiting loved ones via technology.
The aspect of being physically distanced as social beings, has created a new type of collective stress. This is likely to build as we begin to come into the change of seasons. This collective burden of global changes and unpredictability can be released through awareness of ourselves. One by one, we can each shift into peace and receptivity.
One of the best ways to quickly shift moods is through the power of scent. Using essential oils is a great way to encourage a positive response to mitigate stress. There are some scents that we are naturally attracted too. These scents might remind us of our childhood, a favorite memory, or person.
Aromatherapy has been applied to most of the products we find in the market. And it is common to find all sorts of atomizers, candles or incenses to help fill our spaces with smells we enjoy. However, when we use essential oils more mindfully. We discover a pathway that can instantly release stress, encourage mental alertness or encourage sleep.
As we look at what we respond best too, keep in mind that this might change from one day to the next. We may feel differently depending on what kind of day we’re experiencing. There are many different essential oils to choose and each has a specific profile for healing uses. This information can be useful in determining where to begin.
Remember to trust your nose when choosing. It maybe be a different essential oil than expected that helps to shift our emotions or mental attachments. Be a detective and discover which is best. It may be helpful to have a few different oils to choose from to allow for greater support.
Here’s a quick list of the best essential oils for self-care.
1. Lavender/Lavandin – This is a wonderful and widely used essential oil. It is great for calming down and releasing stress. It acts like a cleanser with antiseptic properties and can be helpful to induce sleep.
2. Frankincense – This is a sacred oil that is used to lift spiritual energy. It is very powerful to use during meditations allowing for greater access to higher level forces. It is useful in consecration rites and practices to honor the sacred within, or during prayer work.
3. Rose --- This special essential oil has traditionally been associated with the divine feminine. It is like a powerful energetic hug. Rose helps to heal, honor and reflect our inner beauty. It speaks of love and gentleness. Rose is often used in heart healing work as it offers a gentle resilience and comforting supporting energy.