ESSENTIAL OILS, AROMATHERAPY, PLANTS AND ENERGY WORK
Nature’s Link to Vibrant Life Energies
“Consciousness sleeps in the stone, dreams in the plant, awakes in the animal and slowly becomes aware of itself in man.”
Our health, energy, lives, and souls are inextricably entwined with the universe’s many forms, from its four elements to its spiritual realm. This vital relationship is never more clear than when you consider the role the kingdom of plants play in our own quest for health and spirituality.
We not only find beauty and restoration in the sight of plants, but the kingdom of plants is the source of all of our most important and useful essential oils. Flowers, grasses, fruits, seeds, bark, leaves and countless other pieces of the plant kingdom contribute to the making of essential oils.
Why Are Essential Oils Important?
To answer this question, let’s first consider what makes up essential oils. These crucial oils contain volatile organic compounds. The compounds are responsible for each essential oil’s unique aroma, and they’re the agents that start the string of events that make essential oils so effective for your physical and subtle bodies.
Here’s how essential oils work when you smell them. The volatile organic compounds reach your nose, where your olfactory system takes them in. The olfactory system then communicates various messages to your brain’s amygdala and hippocampus. These messages are based on what volatile compounds are contained with the specific essential oil. The exact way that these compounds activate the brain isn’t thoroughly known. Some scientists believe that the essential oils interact with hormones or enzymes in the blood, while others are finding some evidence that the essential oil actually stimulates or suppresses certain activities in the brain.
The end result is the same, though, in that your body makes some changes in reaction to the essential oil smell. Some essential oils act as sedatives, while others improve your mental focus. Some release muscle tension, while others are energisers.
Aromatherapy & Your Subtle Body Energy
We also know that essential oils have a dramatic effect on your subtle body’s energy fields and centres. The volatile compounds in essential oils have unique vibrational frequencies that interact with your subtle body’s energy fields, chakras, and psyche. These frequencies can cleanse, heal, restore and protect these energies in a process called persuasive resonance. This resonance involves a synergistic communication between the person’s life force and essential oils’ plant life force.
As we’ve already mentioned, each essential oil has its own vibrational signature. When a specifically selected essential oil is placed on an imbalanced chakra area, the essential oil allows the chakra’s energy to shift back into alignment.
The combined effect of your subtle body’s response to aromatherapy and your physiological responses are extremely beneficial to one who seeks a higher consciousness. This dual effectiveness is why aromatherapy is often recommended as an accompaniment to meditation, Hatha and Kundalini yoga and a variety of other soul-affirming activities.
Using Aromatherapy for Subtle Body Energy Work
Chakras are the energy wheels of your subtle body, the nexus of various energy fields or aura. Energy also flows from one chakra to the next, just as kundalini energy flows from the base of the energy “snake” to the head. Keeping these energy pathways balanced and free-flowing is vital to your subtle body.
The first order of business, then, is to balance each individual chakra. Having a massage with essential oil blends is a good way to achieve this balance. This allows you to get the benefit of the aromatherapy for both your subtle and physical bodies. Aromatherapy alone is also effective, as is yoga with aromatherapy.
Next, cleansing and restoring your whole-body energy fields, or aura, are also important to your subtle body energy. Again, aromatherapy plays a key role here. You can make a cleansing aura spray with essential oils and water, or place essential oils on a healing crystal or stone. Meditation, simple aromatherapy and yoga are also as beneficial for your aura as your chakras.
The universe provides a bounty of wondrous resources to help you reach your potential for higher consciousness. Using the bounty of the kingdom of plants to achieve deeper spirituality honours that gift.