Eastern Healing Philosophy

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YIN AND YANG

Most of us have been raised in the western approach to health care which deals primarily with the state of the physical body. In western thought, disease is too often considered an isolated entity residing or beginning in one bodily organ or another.

Oriental philosophies view human beings as a series of subtle bodies, and disease as a disturbance in the energy of one or more of them. These philosophies maintain that healing is a process that must be accomplished throughout these subtle layers, meaning throughout the entire person—body, mind, spirit, soul, etc. Regardless of where in the physical body the symptoms are manifesting, it is understood that the entire body/mind/spirit complex is ill.

Western medicine is often considered to be scientific and logical, while the deeply philosophical eastern thinking sometimes seems, to those of us conditioned to western thought, to be metaphysical and even bizarre. Closer examination, however, reveals the underlying principles to be logical, sound, valid, and easily observed all around us in nature. Difficulties in understanding, when they arise, seem to be the result of terminology. We in the western world have no appropriate words to describe eastern thinking; we end up using their words and struggling to come to terms with the layers of meaning that are embodied by them.

Two such words are yin and yang. An adequate explanation of these two words would take several pages; a very short paragraph will be provided here.

Basically, yang refers to the energizing force that streams down from Heaven above, while yin refers to the receptive, creative, material world of earth. Yang is creative, forceful, and enthusiastic, while yin is quieter and more contemplative. Yin and yang can be seen in every function and aspect of living. We can observe yin and yang in the change of the seasons, the cycle of night and day, the growth of plants, and in the functions of our own bodies. Every function of any living thing manifests these two opposing forces. An understanding of the way yin and yang relate and manifest in the body, creating symptoms of sickness or health, as they slide in and out of balanced states is an asset to any branch of the healing arts.

To know which oils balance the energies of yin or yang most effectively gives another dimension to your understanding, application, and use of essential oils. Many oils, especially ones comprised of several different single oils, seem to affect both energies for the better. The strengthening of one aspect allows a corresponding strengthening of the other, making the entire system stronger.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS CONSIDERED STRONGLY YANG OR YIN

YANG

basil, bay, benzoin, bergamot, black pepper, caraway, cardamom, cedarwood, clary sage, elemi, frankincense, hyssop, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, marjoram, melissa, myrrh, neroli, oregano, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, thyme; many of these are members of the labiatae family

YIN

blue tansy, chamomile, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, palmarosa, rose, rose geranium, vetiver, ylang ylang

BALANCES YIN AND YANG: vetiver

MODERATES YIN: clary sage

SUGGESTED ESSENTIAL OILS FOR EACH MERIDIAN

In oriental medicine the subtle energy that moves throughout the body is considered of prime importance. Blockages in this flow are believed to occur long before the physical problem that will be the result if the blockage is not removed. Meridians (also called channels, vessels, or elements) is the term chosen to describe the overall distribution system of this energy. It must be understood, however, that energy frequently moves between these meridians and back and forth among the chakras also.

Each of these meridians (with the exception of 0, which is considered to be Mind and Air) is associated with a season and with the emotional patterns appropriate to that season. These emotional characteristics have been drawn from the observation of nature, and human emotions over the centuries.

Most of us seem to live quite strongly within one rhythm, or season, while being greatly influenced by the seasons preceding and following it in the Chinese Creative Cycle. Our own basic rhythm is made up of the strengths and weakness within our primary rhythm, mixed with a unique combination of the abundance or depletion of the qualities of the others. This is a fascinating, but complicated, topic and too lengthy for in depth consideration here.

Although we seem to live our lives in our particular rhythm or blend of rhythms, we also move through all five of the seasons many times during the cycles that make up a lifetime. Both your core rhythm and the season through which you are passing at the moment profoundly influence the way you respond to your world and the people in it. Understanding your rhythms can help you to understand your vulnerabilities and your responses to people and situations.

A study of the emotional patterns of the meridians can help us identify our faults and our strengths, understand the amazing things we are capable of accomplishing, and point out to us the things in our core personalities that we should be on our guard against. Behaviors that exhibit the out-of-balance patterns of these seasons are usually not serving us well or making us happy and should be identified and abandoned.

Understanding our children and the people around us can also be helpful, but only if we can contemplate them with love and compassion, while managing to mind our own business and not use our new-found understanding in any manipulative or controlling manner.

Professional aromatherapists use personality classifications to help determine which oils from the wide range available will be most beneficial to a person. Of course, it is not ever just one personality type that fits us at any point in our lives, but several layered one on top of another. Sometimes a particular characteristic only becomes apparent in certain stressful situations and when dealing with, or associating with, certain people.

The properties of essential oils are very much a part of the plant family they come from, the part of the plant they are extracted from, and the season in which it is harvested. Each oil, or combination of oils, has very strong characteristics and affinities for certain personality imbalances as well as physical problems.

Each meridian (rhythm or personality type) is prone to certain types of imbalances, and can be brought back into balance most quickly in certain ways and with the use of the essential oils which have an affinity for or a balancing effect on those problems. The next few pages will give you a brief over-view of each meridian and suggest essential oils that are useful in balancing and strengthening them.

When you achieve a deep harmony between a particular person and a particular essential oil, physical, mental, and emotional problems can clear up very quickly. Choosing oils based only on personality type, without any regard for physical ailments, often brings about dramatic results. This illustrates that certain types of personalities are prone to certain types of physical illnesses. This phenomenon is often seen, and used successfully, in homeopathic treatment programs. It is effective in working with essential oils, also.

It is interesting to ponder on and consider what it is that we inherit from our ancestors. Is it just the shape of our nose or the color of our hair, or do we also inherit a tendency to certain personality traits and a vulnerability to certain types of illnesses? Will an oil that has been successful for you also be successful for your children? Is your husband partial to particular oils that you are not fond of, and are some of your children fond of your favorites and some fond of his favorites? Is there a correlation between the oils that work for your spouse and children and their various personality types?

The goal of this type of study is to help us achieve as many positive qualities and characteristics as we can. We want to be balanced and productive in all aspects of our lives and able to withstand—and even thrive—in the environment in which we live.

#0 – AIR/MIND

GOVERNING VESSEL

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES

The ability to move forward on life’s path with faith and confidence.

NEGATIVE TRAITS

Stymied in life with mind and body numbing feelings of reluctance to move forward; unable to get to work on the accomplishment of important goals.

The governing vessel meridian controls the peripheral nervous system, which has two main divisions: the somatic nervous system and the autonomic nervous system.

The somatic nervous system has two separate important functions. The first of these is to collect information from the outside world using the sensory organs. The second function is to transmit the information obtained to the central nervous system which then sends this information on to the skeletal muscles as instruction for action.

The autonomic nervous system is concerned with functions over which we do not consider ourselves as having conscious control such as the heartbeat, the function of the kidneys, and the flow of hormones. Recent research is verifying that we have more control in these areas that we think because our thoughts affect our physical bodies and we can control our thoughts. (Soldiers and sniper/gunmen are taught this in their training and take advantage of it in their marksmanship.)

Emotionally, the peripheral nervous system represents our perception of the world around us, the place we feel we hold in it, and our ability to stay firmly on the path that we believe is right for us. When we are out of balance or weak in this meridian we are vulnerable to self-doubt. We can become overly influenced, or even controlled, by other people’s opinions of what we should do, how we should do it, and who we should be.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE GOVERNING VESSEL MERIDIAN

Trust, Gift, Mind In, ChimeraFinesse , Freedom, Afloat, Beginnings, Sanctorum, Verve, clary sage, clove, coriander, frankincense, lavender, mandarin, marjoram, niaouli, pine, spruce, vanilla

CENTRAL VESSEL

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES

Balance in this meridian gives us firmness of purpose and a good balance between logic and emotion when making decisions. A strong central vessel meridian helps us to be considerate of, but not unduly influenced by, other people’s energies or opinions.

NEGATIVE TRAITS

Deficiency here creates feelings of shame, inadequacy, and shyness.

The central vessel meridian controls the central nervous system whose core processing units are the brain and the spinal cord. This meridian is closely attuned to both the left-brained analytical side and the more right-brained creative side. When weakened in this meridian we are at the mercy of our own widely fluctuating emotions and are more vulnerable to the energies (particularly the negative ones) of others. When out of balance or depleted in this meridian, our ability to analyze and act appropriately on presented facts becomes erratic or inhibited.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE CENTRAL VESSEL MERIDIAN

Knowing, Trust, Gift, Finesse, Afloat, Beginnings, Sanctorum, angelica, cardamom, cedarwood, celery seed, clove, cypress, fennel, frankincense, lavender, niaouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood

INFORMATION ABOUT BLENDS FOR THESE MERIDIANS

Knowing generates enthusiasm for new things and new ideas. It can bring us an expectation that things will work out well for us and that we will be able to bring joy and abundance into our lives. This blend is like a dose of reality with a focus on the positive.

Trust helps me remember that I am just as smart, just as lucky, and just as blessed by Heaven as everyone else. I feel a sense of confidence that I will be in the right place, at the right time, and able to do the things that need to be done.

Gift provides protection from other people’s negativity and opinions.

Mind In is designed to help us see more clearly the negative thought patterns and self-defeating behaviors that unduly influence our decisions. Regular use often helps clear the clouds of confusion in our minds because of the many different voices and choices that we have every day.

Chimera encourages restful sleep and feelings that all will be well in our world even though we are sleeping and not actively watching over it.

Freedom helps us release the desire to please others instead of walking our own way. It can also help us let go of past mistakes without giving up the lessons that were learned.

Afloat targets decision making ability, including communication with Heaven on the issues of our lives. This is a good essential oil blend for use when pondering spiritual things or thinking about the direction of one’s life.

Beginnings is the easiest way to balance all meridians at once. Using Beginnings always brings feelings of courage and self-confidence. It can help us move forward with calmness and purpose. Beginnings should be used in combination with another appropriate blend or single.

Sanctorum can help us achieve self-awareness and good spiritual judgement.

Verve increases stamina and nervous system function. It also strengthens our belief in ourselves, decreases self-doubt, and moderates the influence of other people’s opinions of our actions.

BRIEF INFORMATION ABOUT SOME SINGLE OILS FOR THESE MERIDIANS

Angelica aids the liver in discharging anger and toxins. When we are angry it is almost impossible to make decisions rationally.

Cedarwood enhances spiritual communication while allowing us to remain firmly in the present, concerned and in charge of things in our physical and material world.

Coriander can be used for swings in mood and emotion during convalescence from an illness or following a particularly traumatic time.

Cypress is considered in many cultures to be symbolic of life after death. This essential oil is centering and can be an aid in helping us live by the things that are important in an eternal perspective.

Angelica (China) is similar in many ways to its close cousin, Angelica. Central Vessel energy includes the energy of reproduction and, in women, is particularly involved with the uterus and the emotions of childbirth.

Fennel supports the liver and balances hormones, making it a useful oil for emotional stability.

Frankincense enhances communication with the Creator and improves attitude and judgement.

Lavender reminds us that we are loved and will be supported through life’s challenges.

Mandarin moderates irritability and helps us make decisions based on rationality instead of irritation.

Niaouli helps us see the bigger picture of our lives and find the things we were born to do.

Pine / Spruce, being conifers, are noted for their ability to maintain their needles in times of cold. There is a definite corollary between this stability and the essential oil’s ability to aid us in remaining constant when under a great deal of stress, or when life is being hostile or difficult.

Rose is the highest frequency essential oil and the best choice for emotional crisis or extreme fatigue.

Rosewood brings feelings of peace and gentleness. It’s use can help us find a balance between giving and receiving in our lives.

Sandalwood energy vibrates between the crown chakra and the base chakra along the governing and central meridians and brings harmony to the entire mind / body complex.

Vanilla eases anger and frustration and helps us to feel warm and welcome in our personal world.

#1 WOOD/SEASON OF SPRING & WIND—THE PIONEER

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE GALLBLADDER MERIDIAN

Feelings of love and acceptance of other people and their faults, or feelings of rage at almost everyone.

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE LIVER MERIDIAN

Happy and cheerful most of the time, or angry and annoyed and willing to let these emotions show.

The characteristics of the wood meridian, since it embodies the season of spring, is one of new beginnings. A person whose primary meridian is spring has their roots firmly entrenched and is ready to push forth with new ideas and accomplishments. A spring phase in our lives is a time of turning ideas and energy into work and accomplishment. The winds of spring bring in new ideas and the rearrangement of old patterns and ways of living and being.

A balanced Liver meridian allows our lives to flow more smoothly as we are able to take things in our stride. Through its management of the blood, the liver nourishes our muscles and tissues, regulates menstruation, and strengthens our heart and mind. Of course, the liver absorbs what cannot be digested, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Gallbladder, which is closely associated with the Gallbladder meridian is the only yang organ that is an organ of storage. When the gallbladder is compromised, fats can accumulate in the bloodstream or tissues. The gallbladder also controls that part of the energy system that governs choice.

People balanced and clear in their wood meridian are able to take a strong stand. They seek challenges and push to their limits. They enjoy and do well under pressure and like to be the first, the best, and the only one. They are bold and decisive and act immediately on their hunches with a clear and inspiring vision. They are organized. Their goals are sound. They show good judgement and make wise decisions.

The “terrible twos” are the first cycle of Spring’s rhythm.

SYMPTOMS OF IMBALANCE

Self-confidence sometimes becomes arrogance and their assertiveness can become inflexible and self-indulgent. In their self-righteousness, they judge those who do not agree with them, usually harshly and vocally. When they lose their vision they become discouraged, angry, and indecisive under stress.

PHYSICAL COMPLAINTS

Stiff neck, frequently caused or aggravated by wind and weather; stress in their liver creates headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, and nerve inflammations.

BALANCE IS RESTORED BY

Expressing themselves creatively; yoga and other forms of flexibility and stretching exercises; learning to back down from arguments and retreat from or use judgement in adventures.

Age usually mellows the characteristics of Spring into wisdom, a healthy determination to live life well. People balanced in this meridian have an ability to work well with others.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE GALLBLADDER MERIDIAN

Trust , ToucheRhythm LivCare Beginnings , Purity, Reconcile, Sanctorum, Optimism, Prudence, bergamot, carrot seed, chamomile German, clove, fennel, frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, lemon, lime, mandarin, melissa, orange bitter, orange sweet, peppermint, sandalwood, yarrow

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE LIVER MERIDIAN

KnowingFairy Dust , Breathe, Freedom, LivCare, Beginnings, Reconcile, Serenity, Unanimity, copaiba balsam, lavender, lemon, lime, melissa, nutmeg, orange bitter, orange sweet, peppermint, petitgrain, rosemary, spruce, vanilla, yarrow

INFORMATION ABOUT BLENDS FOR THESE MERIDIANS

Fairy Dust aids in releasing both the anger and the toxic build-up that is stored in the liver, especially those connected to traumatic or negative childhood experiences or abuse.

Trust focuses on the release of negativity at the cellular level. When these feelings are gone from our lives we have more confidence in our ability to do the right things and be in the right place at the right time in the future.

Touche The sage, angelica, angelica (China), and ylang ylang in Touche have an affinity for the pelvic area chakras and organs while the spruce and the cedarwood have to do with the solar plexus and the receiving of divine inspiration. This blend connects those two areas giving us great core strength and emotional equilibrium.

Freedom is for the letting go of anger and frustration and the rebelliousness that sometimes accompanies these feelings. Freedom aids the gallbladder and liver in letting go of past resentments and anger.

Beginnings is the easiest way to balance all meridians at once. Beginnings brings feeling of courage, self-confidence, and a desire to move forward with both calmness and purpose.

Serenity can bring us a fuller understanding of all parts of a situation. It can help us achieve a calmness and inner strength that will allow us to be decisive when the need for action arises.

Unanimity contains several of the single oils specific to these meridians. Unanimity seems to balance all of the meridians and chakras. It promotes unity within ourselves and with those around us.

Optimism is a synergistic blend that encompasses several plant cycles and plant families. Optimism can help us curb our frustration at other people’s poor choices and bring us peace even in the face of the impossibility of stepping in and “doing it for them and doing it right.” So many times in our lives the only thing we can do is sit and wait—and pray and pray.

INFORMATION ABOUT SINGLE OILS FOR THESE MERIDIANS

Bergamot promotes “young at heart” qualities and helps build confidence and the ability to concentrate. Bergamot is for those times when outward cheerfulness is covering despair and depression.

Fennel brings us the confidence to stand by decisions that we have already made. Fennel can stabilize hormones and increase the absorption of nutrients, thus relieving mood swings, etc.

Helichrysum can bring calm acceptance of change. It can remove emotional blockages from abuse and bring relief from emotional and mental fatigue. Helichrysum is healing to physical tissues.

Lavender is called the “grandmother” of essential oils because of its ability to care for and nurture us. Lavender can bring balance between masculine and feminine traits and protection from outside energies and influences.

Lemon is for handling life’s problems calmly, with joy, energy, and enthusiasm. It creates an attitude of “I can do it.” Lemon can be both sweet and sour—both sensitive to others and critical of them. It is a good oil for those who start projects but have difficulty completing them.

Mandarin is for those who are dwelling too much in the past and is calming to those who are easily over-stimulated. Mandarin can relieve anxiety and depression and aid us in relationships with children and the very elderly.

Orange bitter has very little information available but is being used recently (since MaHuang ran afoul of the FDA) as an ingredient in weight loss formulas and as a gallbladder stimulant.

Petitgrain helps us overcome pessimism and insomnia due to anger (the kind that is accompanied by feelings of betrayal). Petitgrain can remove mental fatigue, confusion, and irrationality.

Rosemary can be used for memory loss, learning difficulties, indecisiveness, and mental fatigue.

Sandalwood brings us a desire to ponder on our problems and then act on the solutions we have found. It can help us curb manipulative or controlling tendencies and creates an attitude of forgiveness.

Vanilla is soothing to the soul. It promotes feelings of confidence and the ability to listen to the Spirit.

#2 WATER/SEASON OF WINTER—THE PHILOSOPHER

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE KIDNEY MERIDIAN

Trust in ones self and in the future; or feelings of fear, anxiety, and inner trembling.

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE BLADDER MERIDIAN

Authoritative, sure of ones self, feeling in-tune; or timid, with lack of backbone or self-will.

In winter, many things become dormant, which is a state in which strength is gathered for coming seasons of growth. In reality, the season of winter is about beginnings. There is childlike enthusiasm tempered with periods of deep introspection where the energy is directed inward. Water people tend to go with the flow and seek the path of least resistance.

They would rather adapt to than try to change a situation, but when feeling safe they are playful and spontaneous (like a small child). This trait isn’t seen much in most of them as they rarely feel that safe. Water people can be articulate and self-sufficient. They spend a lifetime seeking understanding, truth, the meaning of life, and finding their own spiritual strengths.

They are particularly good at envisioning a project and getting it under way, but their energy sometimes runs out before the project is completed. They withdraw into themselves, seeking quiet and alone (much like a hibernating bear) to restore themselves.

SYMPTOMS OF IMBALANCE

The negative side of water personalities is fear! Fear is what water people feel when they have overextended themselves or been pushed beyond their comfort zone or imagined limitations. Confronted with a situation they feel they have no control over or lack the skills to cope with, water people respond with fear and its attendant health problems and energy disturbances.

The energies of winter/water people may be limited (since this season has little light and light is energy). They are usually more vulnerable to illness and fatigue than most. Their energy is easily depleted and they frequently fall into the stress patterns of their rhythm. A little time alone usually brings back their energy and optimism quite quickly.

Winter / water people sometimes think they need special care and attention (surviving in winter seems difficult to them). They are often unable to recognize how their actions affect other people because they are focusing only on what others are doing to them. Water people can be difficult to live with because they must be showered with love in order to feel loved.

Water meridian people tend to adapt to the ideas and purposes of those around them. They are only truly themselves when alone. When they are under stress their natural courage becomes fear, particularly fear of moving forward or making a commitment. They are sometimes paralyzed by dangers, real or imagined (doesn’t matter which since they can’t perceive the difference). This is a difficult meridian to be in many ways.

PHYSICAL COMPLAINTS

Include hardening of the arteries, heart problems, bladder infections, black circles under the eyes, deterioration of teeth and gums, back ache, chilliness, and loss of libido.

In maturity, a winter person’s tendency to be fearful tempers into a wise and discerning caution that includes great faith in life, God, and other people. They develop an astonishing ability to listen to the Spirit.

BALANCE RESTORED BY

Water / winter people’s energies can be seriously depleted by the excess energies of fire and earth people. Time alone to study, think, reflect, or just putter around is essential to Water people.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE BLADDER MERIDIAN

Trust, GiftDivinity , Beginnings, Sanctorum, chamomile, frankincense, lavender, neroli, palmarosa, rosewood, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, yarrow

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE KIDNEY MERIDIAN

Trust, Travelmate, Hope, Beginnings, Sanctorum, Solstice, Optimism, bergamot, cedarwood, coriander, frankincense, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, neroli, tea tree, thyme

INFORMATION ABOUT BLENDS FOR THE KIDNEY/BLADDER MERIDIANS

Trust can help us replace the overwhelming, pervasive fear of everything with confidence that we have the ability to do what is needed and be where we need to be at the appropriate time.

Gift protects against the energy drains to which Winter meridian people are so susceptible.

Travelmate calms the nervous stomach that so often accompanies a state of fearfulness. Emotionally this blends adds a bit of humor and make us glad just to be alive.

Hope promotes feelings of hopefulness instead of fear and trembling. It is particularly useful for issues having to do with abandonment. Hope can bring us confidence instead of worry.

Divinity is particularly helpful for fear of being alone or being left alone. Water people must have time alone to recharge; they can’t afford to be afraid to be alone. Divinity helps to clarify intuition and the whisperings of the Spirit. This blend offsets the despair of this meridian.

Beginnings is the perfect blend for Water meridian people since this meridian is about fears and lack of courage and faith; Beginnings helps us move forward with confidence, courage, and faith.

Sanctorum brings feelings of protection and safety. This blend can help us feel greater trust in our own intuition, wisdom, and good judgement.

Solstice is like a little dose in a bottle of the quiet, alone time that is desperately needed sometimes by water people. This blend is for use when there simply isn’t time for any real solitude.

INFORMATION ABOUT SINGLE OILS FOR THE KIDNEY/BLADDER MERIDIANS

Bergamot is for those times when the weight of other people’s distress is bearing you down and the cheerful face you would like to present to the world is sagging badly.

Cedarwood quiets the mind and lets us come to a decision, then helps us find the backbone to carry it through.

Coriander is for those who are overly cautious and concerned about their ability to make decisions. Coriander is especially helpful for those experiencing self-doubt or fear of failure. It can bring us energy and enthusiasm when we have lost our usual zest and passion for life.

Juniper berry is about our developing a reverence for sacred things and the ability to be directed by inspiration and religious beliefs. We can learn to delight in new experiences, rather than live in dread of them. Juniper berry is an antidote for the uneasiness and unnamed and unfounded fears that sometimes beset us.

Lavender brings feelings of faith and confidence, even in times of hardship or great unease and distress.

Lemon adds a zestful dose of reality to the attitudes and perceptions of this meridian when it is out of balance. The constant fearfulness of this meridian can lead to a great deal of resentment, even grudges, toward the people and situations that are perceived as causing problems.

Neroli helps with cynicism and despair and the feeling that nothing changes, nothing ever will. Neroli is especially for those who are becoming fearful, withdrawn, and timid because the world out there feels like a really scary, cold place. Neroli oil can seem to have an appealing aroma or one that is almost offensive according to your own state of mind.

Palmarosa promotes feelings of security and can help us recover from nervous exhaustion. It has an affinity for the cardiovascular system, the thyroid gland, and the heart chakra.

Sandalwood helps us find inner calm even when we know there are difficult challenges ahead. Sandalwood can help us develop good communication and management skills.

Yarrow, in Chinese folklore, is said to bring about the meeting of Heaven and earth, allowing us to have both the vision of our head in the clouds and the stability of our feet firmly planted on earth. This is an accurate description of the emotional characteristics of yarrow essential oil.

#3 METAL/SEASON OF LATE FALL—THE ALCHEMIST

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE LARGE INTESTINE MERIDIAN

Feelings of confidence and self-worth; or feelings of guilt

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE LUNG MERIDIAN

Humility and feelings of tolerance; or pride and intolerance

This rhythm seems to be stretched between heaven and earth and is called the alchemist because of the ability to find truth from every day experiences and restore order from chaos. These people maintain personal standards and see clearly what needs to happen for the best in any situation.

Balanced Metal people are almost always high achievers. They maintain standards of excellence for themselves yet they manage to be sympathetic to the problems of those around them. They are neat, orderly, meticulous, logical, analytical, and reflective. They are only accepting of authority if the person in authority is more competent than they are (which is something they rarely see). They enjoy moderation in all things and are reluctant to express opinions, but somehow make excellent leaders anyway. An amazing thing to watch. They often exhibit great depths of kindness, honesty, and integrity.

This is the cycle of coming death—the final death and all the little “deaths” that change and moving on in life brings to each of us. Autumn is a season of closure, but there need not be the grief of regret for the past. This season should be about release and letting go. Resolve is the gift that comes after grief. This stage should bring to us the recognition that we have the choice to move forward, taking with us the many blessings and lessons that we have learned from loss and the changes that have occurred in our lives.

This is the energy we often feel when we experience a death, a breakup with a friend, or other loss.

SYMPTOMS OF IMBALANCE

Metal people are vulnerable to becoming overly serious, sinking into depression, and becoming dry and too restrained. They sometimes appear, or even are, aloof, and often try to cram more into each day than it can contain. The type of depression that out of balance metal people are prone to comes from the pressure they put on themselves to reach perfection. They often look forward to things in the future while ignoring things that need their attention today. They freeze in place while they obsessively evaluate and re-evaluate a situation, looking for the right solution. Sometimes they struggle with patience, especially when others fail to live by the rules.

PHYSICAL COMPLAINTS

Stiff joints and muscles, dry hair and skin, sensitive to climate and climate changes, poor circulation, acne, respiratory problems, cough.

Maturity sometimes brings sadness for opportunities missed and for what must be left behind. There is also an understanding and a deep peace and acceptance of maturity and death. Metal people become wise and often become teachers who pass their knowledge along to others.

BALANCE RESTORED BY

Metal is associated with dryness. Many of the imbalances of metal people can be corrected with water—taking a drink or going for a swim or a soak.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE LARGE INTESTINE MERIDIAN

Beginnings, Sanctorum, Prudence, basil, bergamot, cedarwood, clove, cypress, elemi, fennel, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, yarrow

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE LUNG MERIDIAN

Breathe, Trust, Beginnings, Sanctorum, Confidence, bergamot, birch, cajeput, cardamom, clove, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, peppermint, pine, tea tree, thyme, yarrow

INFORMATION ABOUT BLENDS FOR THE LARGE INTESTINE AND LUNG MERIDIANS

Breathe can help us maintain positive energy balance and avoid depression even when we are spending much of our time helping people resolve difficult situations in their lives. Breathe is also for those times when we feel that our ideas and suggestions are under appreciated.

Trust can help us put away the grief of regret for things that are in the past and cannot be changed. This blend can balance the need to be prepared for anything with a trust that our future lies safely in the hands of the Creator.

Beginnings, in out of balance third element situations, helps to regulate the moisture and fluids in the body. It also helps us find equilibrium between being organized, neat, orderly, meticulous, logical, and analytical, and being obsessively focused on perfection (or the lack of it) in ourselves and in others. Beginnings can help us develop more tolerance for other people’s lack of neatness and orderliness.

Prudence helps us overcome feelings of resistance to the changes that are a normal part of life. This blend can help us maintain a firm presence in today, rather than worrying incessantly about what might be coming tomorrow, and whether or not we have prepared for every eventuality in every way that we should have.

Sanctorum helps us to see clearly our own strengths and weaknesses. It can aid us in developing wisdom and good judgement, and makes it easier for us to replace fear with confidence, and guilt with forgiveness.

INFORMATION ABOUT SINGLE OILS FOR THE LARGE INTESTINE AND LUNG MERIDIANS

Basil is a good oil for burnout and exhaustion as it helps to restore powers of concentration and feelings of joy. Basil tempers a tendency to be too blunt or too insistent on having our way.

Cardamom allows us to see the endless possibilities and opportunities that are before us. It reminds us of the abundance and blessings in our lives. Cardamom helps us understand that we are of worth with many fine qualities.

Cedarwood helps with tendencies to be dogmatic or self-righteous. It can help us move on from obsessively evaluating and re-evaluating everything to the point of doing nothing at all. Cedarwood helps to moderate obsessive tendencies in all aspects of our lives.

Cypress is for those who have become unbending or fixed in their attitudes and ideas, or have a tendency to pride or arrogance. Cypress can help us loosen the purse strings and open ourselves to spending on things that are not absolute necessities if this is a problem for us.

Frankincense relieves feelings of bitterness, skepticism, and cynicism. It promotes a return of drive, forcefulness, and the will to live. Frankincense is useful in the relief of anxiety attacks brought on by stress. Balance in this meridian creates forceful, alive, remarkably gifted people.

Myrrh opens our minds to the direction and inspiration of the spirit while keeping us firmly grounded in reality. We are better able to see the ways and means at our disposal that will make the achievement of our dreams possible.

Lavender, as always, promotes feelings of calm and a return of psychological harmony and balance. This often brings a return to kindness and generosity instead of judgement.

Opoponax is generally used to bring precision and clarity of thinking. Persons out of balance in this meridian are either too precise or completely disheveled and unorganized in their thinking processes. This wonderful oil helps us to sort truth from error and encourages personal responsibility. Opoponax also dries up the phlegm and muscous that is so often a problem with this particular meridian.

Pine is specific for moving on from regrets and self-judgement. It can bring relief from feelings that we are carrying the whole world on our own shoulders every minute of every day. Pine can help us establish a healthy respect for our own needs and desires.

Sandalwood helps dryer personalities open to the pleasures and relaxations available in this life. It can also help us accept others as they are and temper off ego-centricities.

Yarrow helps us keep heaven’s view of who we can be in our minds and hearts, even while we are struggling with who we are in the here and now.

#4 Earth/Season of Late Summer The Peacemaker

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE STOMACH MERIDIAN

Contentment, appreciation for what is; or disappointment, greed, never has enough.

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE SPLEEN MERIDIAN

Happy anticipation of the future; or anxiety about the future, lack of faith and hope. This is a season of transition between the extremes of summer and winter—and symbolizes the strength to stay stable while nurturing the changes that are happening around them or within them.

Justice and fairness are important to earth people, but they can be supportive and compassionate when others are struggling. They are able to bring a fresh perspective to the most mundane of situations and almost always give people a feeling of safety. Both their balanced and imbalanced states include putting the needs of others before their own, and being involved, or too involved, in other people’s lives. They are loyal and always accessible to friends and relatives.

Because earth holds within it all of the other elements, this meridian reflects the whole of the meridian cycles more than the other meridians do. Earth’s wood facets control the shifts between yin and yang, or the masculine/feminine sides of our nature. Earth’s fire elements create a balance which is the management of opposing forces. Energy out of balance creates heat but balanced energy produces a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Earth’s wood attributes are about accumulating the nutrients and resources needed for growth and development later.

This part of the earth meridian is where money issues and imbalances occur. An interesting aspect of this meridian is the metal aspect in that when earth has nourished others (which it is constantly doing) these resources are then lost to the earth person. All things related to reproduction and birth, with the natural result of the child growing away and leaving the mother, are earth element functions. Any cycle of your life that is bringing change can fall into this category.

SYMPTOMS OF IMBALANCE

Earth people often put the needs of others far ahead of their own needs. They can become overprotective or controlling, feeling that they know best what others should be doing or should have done. Often, earth people are so busy with other people’s problems that they fail to see or grow from their own mistakes. Staying with a bad situation too long or becoming codependent with our sympathy are often problems for earth people. Earth people tend to accept other people’s assessments of them and rely too much on the skill and judgement of others. Obsessive worry and lack of concentration also plague them when stressed.

PHYSICAL COMPLAINTS

Nausea, vomiting, canker sores, eating disorders, diabetes, menstrual pain.

BALANCE RESTORED BY

Earth people are restored by reconnecting with earth by walking barefoot on the earth or lying on the earth. They benefit by spending time alone or meditating. They must learn to value themselves and set boundaries. With maturity, exaggerated compassion ripens into a wise and balanced compassion along with a healthy sense of one’s own worth.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE STOMACH MERIDIAN

Opulence, Finnesse, Osmosis, Beginnings, Perseptione, Sanctorum, anethi, caraway, clove, coriander, dill, fennel, frankincense, ginger, hyssop, lavender, marjoram, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, sage, yarrow, ylang ylang

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE SPLEEN MERIDIAN

Trust, Endocare, Beginnings, Rev Up, Sanctorum, anthopogon, benzoin, caraway, cardamom, cedarwood, the chamomiles, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, myrrh, neroli, orange sweet, peppermint, rose, tangerine

INFORMATION ABOUT BLENDS FOR THE STOMACH AND SPLEEN MERIDIANS

Trust can help us be more forgiving and compassionate towards ourselves and others. Trust is meant to help us find a balance between the need to protect ourselves from the sort of hurt we have felt in the past and the need to trust that the future will be better than the past.

Endocare supports the endocrine system which is easily thrown out of balance and depleted of energy. Use this blend for strengthening the various organs and reestablishing the boundaries between ourselves and others as they relate to us.

Opulence is a very good oil for these two meridians. It helps ease the feeling that there is never enough for everybody to have what they need. This feeling of lack of abundance creates greed and lack of faith in the future and what it holds for us.

Osmosis helps relieve the nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and eating disorders caused by the obsessive patterns of worry and anxiety that is often the result of imbalances in these two meridians.

Beginnings can help us find clarity of mind about what is and isn’t necessary for happiness and contentment.

Rev Up can strengthen this meridian when it has become depleted from continually serving and doing for others. This blend helps to replenish inner stores of strength, increases mental alertness, and alleviates mental fatigue.

Sanctorum promotes feelings of protection and safety. From this safe place we can listen more closely to the whisperings of the spirit and to our intuition and innate wisdom.

Perseptione aids our ability to see and grow from mistakes and misperceptions. This blend can help us move past over reliance on other people’s opinions of us and our lives, helping us learn to rely on our own judgement and skill.

INFORMATION ABOUT SINGLE OILS FOR THE STOMACH AND SPLEEN MERIDIANS

Chamomile German The deep, emotionally strong blue chamomile personality, when out of balance, is prone to dark moods, periods of indifference, and outbursts directed at those nearest to them. Use this oil, or a blend containing it, to subdue these tendencies if you see them in yourself.

Clary sage is for those with a tendency, when tired, to be hypersensitive and find fault with others. It is also for those whose pattern has been to choose the wrong friends and companions.

Dill has an affinity for the pancreas. As dill stabilizes blood sugar, energy levels stabilize — no spikes that are followed by lows. Dill is calming to the autonomic nervous system.

Fennel is believed to bestow strength and courage. It can help us establish a balance between appropriate service to others and service to the point of exhaustion and burnout.

Frankincense is perfect for this meridian because is brings peace to the ending periods of our lives like the children leaving home and the loss of some of the physical attributes of youth and youthfulness.

Ginger is another good stomach tonic herb but is more appropriate to the usually fiery and dynamic soul who has lost all drive and has become confused, apathetic, and without direction. Ginger is useful for a particular type of profound sadness that is not depression but rather the loss of warmth and connection to others.

Lemongrass, like the other oils in this section, aids those who too often put other’s needs before their own. It helps us find deep compassion that is tempered by common sense.

Orange sweet encourages escape from patterns of emotional and physical abuse. The aroma can help to reestablish optimism and a sense of humor when they have become lost due to stress.

Patchouli is for strong, well-grounded personalities who are unaccustomed to paying attention to their health and have ignored warning signals up to the point of collapse, mentally and physically, from burning the candle on both ends for too long.

Pine can help us establish a healthy respect for our own needs and desires, including the need to rest and rejuvenate when we have worn ourselves out from trying to fix everyone else’s problems.

Sage is supportive of all pelvic organs and functions.

#5 – #6 FIRE/SEASON OF SUMMER—THE WIZARD

THIS SEASON HAS FOUR MERIDIANS ASSOCIATED WITH IT, THE FIRST TWO OF WHICH ARE PROTECTIVE IN NATURE.

#5 MERIDIANS (THE FIRST HALF OF THIS PAIRED SET)

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE TRIPLE WARMER MERIDIAN

Protection of the physical body, feeling of lightness and hope; or frequent illness and feeling of depression.

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE PERICARDIUM MERIDIAN

Protection of the heart and emotions, open and peaceful in relationships; or withdrawal into anger and hurt.

The Triple Warmer is closely associated with the immune system and protects the entire body from external threats. It gauges everything from the temperature of the room to the safety of the building that we are entering or standing in. Triple warmer governs those feelings or inspirations that we get concerning external events such as what is happening with our children, or to the economy, or in politics.

This meridian is responsible for the distribution of water in the cells and tissues of the body. It energetically connects all the organs to each other and distributes energy among them. Some suggest that the Triple Warmer has a correspondence to the connective tissue that wraps every organ, every vessel, and every muscle, tendon, and nerve in the body. This connective tissue has been shown to conduct bioelectricity.

Because the heart, of necessity, must be open and able to feel both joy and sorrow, the body has provided a strong defense for it. It is called by several different names in different cultures; here we will call it the pericardium because the physical pericardium is the sack that surrounds and protects the heart.

The heart protector, or pericardium, considers its job to be to protect the heart from unexpected hurt and violation. It evaluates every person, remark, or action for potential to harm the heart. An important part of this function is providing us with an evaluation about the trustworthiness of the people around us. The pericardium allows us to be open only with those who have demonstrated themselves to be responsible and gentle. Apology and forgiveness are heart activities but it is the heart protector meridian that signals us that we need to apologize or that it will be safe to accept another’s apology. The heart protector meridian, or pericardium (as it is sometimes called), also keeps us from being overwhelmed by the thousands of signals that other people are sending out about themselves all the time.

When in balance these two meridians help us feel hope and a lightness of spirit and body. We can delight in physical and emotional intimacy and feel safe enough to be open and vulnerable with close loved ones.

SYMPTOMS OF IMBALANCE

If there is too much energy in this meridian, there is often unrealistic expectations of others that are rarely met, and when their joy and enthusiasm for a project fail to bring about the desired results they sink into hopelessness and despair. On the other hand, deficiency in this area can lead to withdrawal into anger and hurt, deceit and mistrust in relationships, depression and despair because people cannot be trusted or because of a feeling that relationships always go sour.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE TRIPLE WARMER MERIDIAN

Trust, OpulenceFinnesse , Beginnings, Reconcile, Sanctorum, Turbulence, Prudence, anise, anthopogon, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, melissa, neroli, sandalwood, tea tree

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE PERICARDIUM MERIDIAN

Fairy Dust, Trust, Opulence, Visions, Finnesse, Rhythm, Beginnings, Reconcile, anthopogon, basil, black pepper, clove, coriander, frankincense, lavender, melissa, neroli, tea tree, ylang ylang

INFORMATION ABOUT BLENDS FOR THE TRIPLE WARMER AND PERICARDIUM MERIDIANS

Fairy Dust aids in the release of traumatic memories, and the anger and helplessness felt when the triple warmer meridian was unable to protect us because we were simply too young and vulnerable to change the situation.

Trust balances the need to protect, that is characteristic of this meridian, with trust in the future and forgiveness of the past.

Opulence is an immune stimulant. It strengthens the energy fields that surround us, bringing abundance and joy into our lives.

Visions can help soothe an over active heart protector (pericardium) meridian which is creating bad dreams and insomnia. It is especially useful for children who fear things they cannot see when it is dark. This oil can also be used to release pent-up emotions, resentments, and fears from the subconscious mind.

Beginnings maintains or reestablishes the integrity of the connective tissues that wrap, connect, and protect every organ of our bodies and every emotion that we experience. Beginnings provides the courage to pick oneself up, make amends, and move on when mistakes have been made.

Reconcile can fill the deep well of loneliness we sometimes feel between us and our loved ones when we are apart from them physically or emotionally. This blend can help us find peace with the past, joy for today, and hope for the future of our relationships.

Turbulence is a good treatment for shock and trauma to the body or the soul. It is a remedy for both the wounded warrior and the wounded healer because it helps us view our trials from the perspective of what we were able to learn from those experiences.

Prudence is an oil meant to help us recover from the losses and traumas we have sustained in spite of the triple warmer’s valiant efforts to protect us from emotional or physical trauma.

INFORMATION ABOUT SINGLE OILS FOR THE TRIPLE WARMER AND PERICARDIUM MERIDIANS

Anthopogon pulls us into a mood of remembering, but with the blessing of a focus on the good times and the good in people. Anthopogon helps us find perspective and forgiveness in our relationships, especially with family members.

Black pepper increases cellular oxygenation, helping us maintain stamina and energy. Emotionally, it helps us have empathy, compassion, and more realistic expectations of other people.

Eucalyptus The heart protector meridian sometimes stores resentments and remembrances of slights and insults. Eucalyptus can help us release these emotions calmly, without an explosion of temper or hostility.

Frankincense returns us to a state of generosity, warmheartedness, and equanimity when we have allowed bitterness and recrimination to enter our lives. Frankincense promotes recovery from anxiety attacks and other stress related behavior patterns.

Grapefruit addresses the emotional issues of self worth and discontent with one’s body and alleviates the depression that is the result of aiming too high in your expectations of yourself and others. Grapefruit relieves the frustration that often leads to blame and guilt.

Neroli changes a negative outlook and brings us renewed hope. Neroli is one of the best oils for people who are timid or who have withdrawn from people because they have been hurt emotionally. Neroli can help alleviate feelings of “nothing changes, nothing ever will” when things really are changing and that emotion no longer fits the situation.

Ylang ylang can relieve feelings of insecurity and the dare-devil tendencies and temper tantrums thrown with the intent of getting our own way. Ylang ylang is also good for sudden loss of interest in work, appearance, or family members that is characteristic of the out of balance state of these meridians.

#6 MERIDIANS (THE SECOND HALF OF THIS PAIRED SET)

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE HEART MERIDIAN

Feelings of love and forgiveness, with miracles in your life; or anger, resentment, and judgement.

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND NEGATIVE TRAITS OF THE SMALL INTESTINE MERIDIAN

Feelings of great joy; or feelings of deep sorrow.

Summer meridian people enjoy the present and bask in its warmth. Their voice is often full of laughter and they have a characteristic up and down movement to their walk, with their arms rising and falling. Called “The Wizard” because this is the dynamic personality that is often a catalyst for miracles. Just as in cooking, fire alters the properties of anything to which it is applied—hopefully, improving them. Fire is the stage of peak power, and maximum activity and productivity.

The Small Intestine, as an energetic meridian, separates truth from untruth. It sorts beliefs and precepts, discerning which to hold onto in our hearts and which to discard as unworthy or untrue.

When the heart and small intestine meridians are working properly, Summer people are warm, empathetic, joyful, and exuberant. They have a great deal of charisma, relish excitement, love drama and sentiment (chick-flicks). They are animated, enthusiastic, organized, liking to categorize and consolidate things into piles. The most extroverted of the rhythms and also the most principle driven. They are often faithful throughout life to a particular belief system, holding every aspect of their lives to its standard and measure.

Adolescence is the first major cycle of summer’s rhythm.

Desire is one of the marks of a fire phase, and teenagers are absolutely driven by their desires for independence, for someone who understands them, for peace and social justice, for love, for knowledge, and especially for freedom and for the understanding of all the mysteries of life.

SYMPTOMS OF IMBALANCE

Fire is explosive; there is little room for error because they are already at maximum, right to the edge, “playing with fire.” They rarely recognize dangerous or negative situations. Fire must burn something up to keep itself going. Out of balance fire people can draw energy from those around them, to the detriment of others. They often burn themselves out because they are over committed.

COMPLAINTS

Blood pressure problems, heart disease, insomnia, night sweats. Pollyanna optimism often followed by the despair of burnout.

BALANCE RESTORED BY

Exercise, expressing himself at great length to others, playing, having fun, being creative, learning to set priorities and limits.

Maturity should bring compassion, patience with others, stability, and the outstanding characteristic of deep love for their spouse and family. Balanced people with these meridian strengths are often able to look at all sides of a situation quickly and accurately. They have deep faith and communicate easily with the spirit. They possess the absolute knowledge that God exists.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE SMALL INTESTINE MERIDIAN

Trust, NeutralityFinnesse , Beginnings, Reconcile, Valley Lily, Unanimity, anthopogon, clove, coriander, frankincense, ginger, lavender, melissa, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE HEART MERIDIAN

Trust, Treasured, SavvyFinnesse , Melody,Rhythm, Beginnings, Reconcile, Sanctorum, Prudence, anthopogon, cedarwood, clove, coriander, frankincense, hyssop, lavender, myrtle, rosemary, spruce

INFORMATION ABOUT BLENDS FOR THE SMALL INTESTINE AND HEART MERIDIANS

Trust is the perfect blend for replacing negative feelings with love, forgiveness, peace, and understanding. This blend returns the heart to a state of joyous anticipation for life.

Treasured is a beautiful oil for healing relationships, including our relationship to God. It helps us to respond to others generously from our whole and healed heart.

Savvy helps us discover the path that is most likely to bring us happiness and contentment. It promotes faith in the future, thus helping us achieve our goals and dreams.

Melody a very effective, high frequency blend for reminding us that we are loved and cherished by many. This can be a remedy for deep sorrow and depression. Use it with Unanimity to overcome blockages to loving and being loved in return.

Neutrality promotes harmony between ourselves and others. It helps us stay focused on the direction we would like our life to be going in. Like Gift, Neutrality protects our minds and bodies from attacks upon, and depletion of, our energy resources.

Beginnings is always a good choice for restoring joy, faith, courage, and perspective to our lives, and energy and well-being to our bodies.

Rhythm brings vitality to the heart chakra and to the heart muscle and is effective for quieting heart palpitations, especially those brought on by worrying about things we have no capacity to change.

Valley Lily is a simple, delightful smelling blend. Valley Lily smells nice enough to wear as perfume anywhere. It promotes feelings of being loved and appreciated, and inspires us to show love and appreciation for others.

Unanimity has an affinity for and is strengthening to every chakra and meridian. It promotes emotional balance and spiritual growth.

Prudence contains the high floral notes of ylang ylang and neroli, which help connect us to our spirituality. Hinoki and spruce provide grounding and protecting influences. This mixture is then modulated by the optimism of orange sweet and the clarity, strength, and direction of lemon. This blend is amazing for helping us move from anger and judgement to love and forgiveness.

INFORMATION ABOUT SINGLE OILS FOR THE SMALL INTESTINE AND HEART MERIDIANS

Anthopogon helps us remember the good times and the good in people.

Coriander helps us find contentment in the routine and predictable (sometimes boring) aspects of our lives. It can also help us overcome our fears of failure and inadequacy.

Frankincense has a specific place for those needing a new way to look at an old situation. It can be helpful when there is intellectual or physical exhaustion and a lack of direction.

Ginger is appropriate to the usually fiery and dynamic soul who has lost drive and direction and has become confused or apathetic. Ginger is useful for a particular type of profound sadness that is not depression but rather the loss of warmth and connection to others.

Peppermint is specific to those who struggle between highs and lows, sadness and happiness until the ever-widening mood swings settle into lethargy, intolerance, and frustration. Before the apathy sets in, people needing peppermint were almost fearless, loving bright colors, able to think quickly, and always alert to the opportunities of life.

Rosemary people, when well balanced, are vibrant, happy, sensitive, and industrious. Use rosemary oil to revive these qualities when they have become lost due to perceived hurts or injustices. Rosemary people rarely suffer from or become imbalanced because of overwork, because they have a great capacity to organize and they move quickly from project to project, but they are sensitive to insults and unfairness.

Thyme, though not often thought of for use in emotional work, is effective for protecting the heart from stress.

THE CHAKRAS

Chakras are a basic part of most eastern philosophies. Chakras, or Energy Centers as they are sometimes called, seem to exist on all levels of our subtle bodies (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical). The energy of the chakras communicates freely with the denser matter of our physical bodies. Chakras can be compared to energy transformers which allow the higher energy frequencies of the spiritual, mental, or emotional bodies to function and communicate with the lower frequency levels of the physical body.

There are hundreds of different energy centers which can be referred to as chakras, but there are seven major chakras that eastern philosophies are in agreement about the particulars of. I prefer, most often, to add 5 additional chakras to my own work (See Appendix). Each chakra is associated with particular organs, glands, or areas of the body. These associations reflect the impact each chakra has on the physical body.

Most people are able to feel the energy of the chakras with their hands. There are those who are able to see the colors and energy patterns of the chakras. You might find it interesting to put your hand over a chakra area, waiting quietly for a moment or two, and then describe the energy you feel to yourself. You might ask yourself if the energy is warm or cool, dense or fluffy? Do you “feel” the color that the literature describes? Does the color feel vibrant? Is the energy flowing freely?

As scientific studies in the western hemisphere begin to focus on studying the electromagnetic fields of the bodies, chakras (or at least energy centers very similar to them) are being acknowledged more and more. These energy centers are known to connect into the major organs, glands, and ganglia and to form a single column of energy that connects into the spine and the spinal fluid.

It has been clearly demonstrated that certain thought processes and emotional reactions are associated with particular chakras. Imbalances in specific chakras—or in the energy flow between them—can directly, and fairly immediately, result in physical, emotional, and mental imbalances.

The true nature of energy centers is complex and difficult to explain using terminology that is familiar to the western thinking mind. Depending on the circumstances of our lives, our general health, and the flow of energy in our bodies, we can demonstrate all the qualities—both positive and negative—of each of the chakras at various times in our lives. Studied and understood just a little, the chakras and their patterns can be a mirror held up to our souls. Such insights can aid us in our journey toward balance and perfection.

Chakras are energy and they respond very readily to the energy patterns of essential oils.

#1 ROOT (OR BASE)

HARMONIOUS AND CONTENTED OR FEARFUL AND VICTIMIZED

The energies of the root chakra spin over the pelvis, sexual organs, hips, and legs. This chakra pushes its energy both upward and downward, providing life energy and a column of support. It is believed that it is in and through this chakra that inherited, generational tendencies are passed from one generation to the next.

The emotional issues of this chakra revolve around the essentials needed for survival and happiness. When we are out of balance here we see ourselves as having no control over own lives. We see ourselves as victims and see someone else as responsible for our problems. Life seems very unfair. There is often a deep lack of self-worth. The underlying feeling often seems to be that the negative stuff life is giving us is all that we deserve anyway. This type of despair makes recovery from tragedy or loss very difficult. There is a tendency to be either too cautious and fearful or to act with thoughtlessness and exhibit compulsive behaviors.

Balance in this chakra allows us to nourish and look after ourselves and others appropriately. We feel no need to be either dependent or domineering in our relationships. There is great peace in our lives.

Essential oils for this chakra may include: Fairy Dust, Trust, Touche, Carna, Beginnings, Afloat, Luminescence, Silence, Unanimity, Circulate, Sanctorum, Verve, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile Egyptian (absolute), cinnamon, clove, fir siberica, frankincense, ginger, myrrh, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme

#2 SACRAL OR NAVEL

SERENITY AND SELF-AWARENESS OR MARTYRDOM AND LOSS OF SELF

The sacral chakra encompasses the small and large intestines, the womb, and reproductive organs. It represents the assimilation of nourishment from food and the acceptance of new ideas, both of which result in growth and the creation of new life. This chakra governs appetite and abundance issues in our lives. Emotionally, this chakra’s balanced and unbalanced states are the polar opposites of suffering and sacrifice or pleasure, happiness, and contentment. This is called the martyr because that is the perception that we have.

A martyr feels that endless suffering and sacrifice is the role of “good” people. We should serve to exhaustion every day. Families and friends of martyrs often unconsciously encourage this behavior so that they are free of the responsibility of having to take care of themselves or help others. This insidious pattern often gets passed down to at least one of the martyrs offspring because the martyr has a phenomenal ability to make others feel guilty. Their particular brand of misery seems to really like company. A martyr personality does takes a greater degree of responsibility for his or her own life than does a victim does, however.

Essential oils for this chakra may include: Knowing, Fairy Dust, Trust, Finnesse, Heavenly Home, Beginnings, Luminescence, Circulate, Sanctorum, Unanimity, Prudence, cedarwood, clary sage, cinnamon bark and cinnamon berry, coriander, fennel, frankincense, nutmeg, orange sweet, oregano, patchouli, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, ylang ylang, zanthoxylum

#3 SOLAR PLEXUS

SELF WORTH AND CONFIDENCE OR LOW SELF ESTEEM AND EASILY MANIPULATED

This chakra governs more organs than any other and is deeply linked to our ability to make wise decisions with ease and comfort. The solar plexus chakra focuses primarily on relationship issues and it controls the intake and outflow of the energy produced in our interchanges with other people.

Imbalance in this chakra produces a person who lives for recognition from others and makes them responsible for her happiness. There is often difficulty setting boundaries and they are easily manipulated because they are searching for love and recognition from the people who are often least capable of giving it.

Essential oils for this chakra may include: Fairy Dust, Promise, Trust, Embrace, Touche, Crystalline, Spirited, Finnesse, LivCare, Divinity, Beginnings, Circulate,Silence, Sanctorum, Unanimity, black pepper, blue tansy, cedarwood, chamomile German, clove, cypress, fir balsam, fir siberica, frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, osmanthus, palmarosa, rose geranium, rosemary, sandalwood, spruce

#4 HEART

LOVE AND COMPASSION OR RESENTMENT AND A JUDGEMENTAL ATTITUDE

Eastern philosophy, most indigenous cultures, and scriptures all teach that thought originates in the heart, not in the brain. Recent research by western scientists bears this philosophy out!

The heart chakra is the core of our physical and spiritual being just as the heart is the dominant organ of our physical bodies. Balance in the heart chakra will do a lot to improve and harmonize the energies of all of the other chakras, just as the entire body is influenced, for better or worse, by a weak heart.

The heart chakra is all about love; love is the center and most necessary ingredient of our lives. Loving and serving our fellow man and allowing then the freedom to walk their own paths without judgement, resentment, and manipulation from us will bring peace and joy to our own lives. The heart, both the chakra and the physical organ, have no built-in systems of protection. They are designed to be completely open and vulnerable, able to love and be loved, and this is how they are when we are balanced, happy, and feeling safe.

Essential oils for this chakra may include: Knowing, Timeless, Fairy Dust, Innocence, Trust, Treasured, Embrace, Savvy, Spirited, Sensuality, Hope, Finnesse, Melody, Heavenly Home, Neutrality, Rhythm, Beginnings, Luminescence, Circulate, Silence, Reconcile, Sanctorum, Valley Lily, Solstice, Unanimity, Arise, anthopogon, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile German, fir balsam, fir siberica, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, myrtle, osmanthus, palmarosa, rose, rose geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang

#5 THE THROAT

SINCERITY AND CLEAR COMMUNICATION OR INABILITY TO EXPRESS FEELINGS

This chakra is located at the cross-roads of the body, both from the left to the right and from upper to lower, and acts as a bridge between the feelings centered in our hearts and the thoughts of our minds. Although difficulties in communication are its primary focus, the throat chakra covers so much more than just the ability to communicate one’s feeling and needs appropriately. The throat chakra processes information from all of the other chakras. Additionally, the thyroid gland, which governs metabolism, sits within this chakra. This chakra governs creativity and will-power, as well as issues of self-expression. More than any other chakra—except, possibly, the heart—imbalances here often manifest in the physical body. The throat becomes inflamed if there is too much energy in this chakra or closed, with difficulty swallowing, as the “silent child” within swallows words and feelings rather than expressing themselves.

Essential oils for this chakra may include: Knowing, Fairy Dust, Trust, Gift, Visions, Sensuality, Hope, Chimera, Melody, Rhythm, Afloat, Beginnings, Circulate, Sanctorum, Unanimity, Prudence, basil, cedarwood, chamomile Egyptian, chamomile German, chamomile Roman, cypress, fir siberica, frankincense, helichrysum, myrrh, peppermint, petitgrain, rosewood, sage, sandalwood

#6 BROW

INTUITIVE—PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN ANALYTICAL AND CREATIVE OR OVERLY INTELLECTUAL

From the brow chakra conscious control is exerted over our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. This chakra is the center of thought, analysis, discernment, and— eventually—wisdom. The brow chakra is the seat of our artistic and psychic gifts, our imagination and intuition. Strength in this center is critically important. We will see clearly, maintaining a sense of proportion and having accurate perceptions.

People out of balance in this chakra often limit their goals and dreams because they trust too implicitly in conventional ideas or cling too firmly to old, familiar patterns. They may have a tendency to over-analyze until they are stuck, unable to move in any direction at all. On the other hand, imbalance here may manifest as too little concern for the future and an inability to learn from the events of the past.

Essential oils for this chakra may include: Fairy Dust, Trust, Crystalline, Savvy, Visions, Finnesse, Melody, Rhythm, Afloat, Beginnings, Circulate, Sanctorum, Unanimity, angelica, cedarwood, frankincense, juniper berry, litsea cubeba, melissa, pine, ravensara, rose geranium, sandalwood, spruce, tea tree

#7 CROWN (BALANCE IN AND BETWEEN ALL THE CHAKRAS)

LIGHT, COMPASSION AND SPIRITUALITY/PROUD, ARROGANT, SELF-IMPORTANT

The purpose of the crown chakra, in my mind, is to open us to the light that can come to us from Heaven. Radiant health in this chakra enables us to be guided and inspired in all that we do. We walk the path that is ours with peace and enthusiasm. Balance here comes from the weeding out of imperfections in ourselves through the acknowledgment of our dependence on the Savior and his Atonement. (If this does not fit with your personal beliefs, you will find plenty of information about this chakra in books that make reference to the higher self and spiritual awareness. I must speak from where I stand, however.) Negativity, judgment, manipulation, unkindness, and insincerity are conspicuously absent from those who are balanced here.

Essential oils for this chakra may include: Mirage, Fairy Dust, Trust, Gift, Embrace, Savvy, Visions, Melody, Carna, Divinity, Afloat, Beginnings, Circulate, Reconcile, Sanctorum, Unanimity, Verve, Prudence, anthopogon, cedarwood, fir siberica, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, melissa, neroli, pine, sandalwood, spikenard

ESSENTIAL OILS WITH AN AFFINITY FOR ALL OF THE CHAKRAS

Fairy Dust, Trust, Beginnings, Circulate, Sanctorum, and Unanimity, bring all the chakras and meridians into balance. Circulate seems to heal the broken places in both the chakras and meridians.

Each chakras borrows strength, or is thrown out of balance, by the others. The goal of chakra work and understanding is, of course, to constantly evaluate ourselves and strive for improvement and balance in all areas of our lives. The surest way to chakra balance in unconditional love for ourselves and others.

 

Disclaimer

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

 

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