Seeds help with physical, mental, and emotional digestion. They hold potential and beginnings, and are also the container of the full plant to come.
Physiological: Seeds oils that are spices can be very helpful for digestive issues, especially when used topically on the belly.
Psychological: Seed oils are great to use when starting new projects, when wanting to initiative transitions and change. They are also a great support during the New Moon and New Moon rituals and intentions.
Examples of seed oils: cardamom, fennel, caraway, coriander, anise seed, celery seed, dill seed, carrot seed, pepper, nutmeg, clove.
Please note that each oil will have different energetics and do your research (or contact me!): some are cooling, some are heating, some are milder than others etc.
Woods and Roots
Roots and Woods are grounding and provide stability. Woods conduct energy upward, and keep the plant steady. Roots are often harvested late in the fall, when energy moves inward and back to the Earth, and are extremely potent.
Physiological: Woods and roots are soothing for the nervous system, and some of them also have cleansing properties.
Psychological: Woods and roots are very grounding and are there to support us in times of transition, when we feel scared and unsure. They literally provide ground under our feet and unwavering strength. They remind us of our inner strength and give us stability as we navigate difficulties.
Examples of wood and root oils: cedarwood, sandalwood (source ethically as this one is being overharvested), palo santo, guaiacwood, vetiver, angelica root.
Resins are secreted when the tree is injured or scarred, and help heal the wound on the bark. Frankincense and Myrrh are also historically and culturally associated to spirituality and religious rituals, and a connection to the Divine.
Physiological: Resin oils are usually soothing and beneficial for the skin and so great to use with skin care products and topically.
Psychological: Emotionally, they help us tend and heal old, deep wounds. They are best used in small quantities over a longer period of time (healing trauma doesn't happen overnight...) with commitment, intention and ritual.
Examples of resin oils: frankincense, myrrh, copaiba, elemi, benzoin.
Leaves and Needles
Leaves and Needles help the plant transform one component into another through photosynthesis, so it can be nourished, and breathe.
Physiological: Leave and needle essential oils are usually supportive to the lungs and promote clear breathing when there is congestion or stagnation. Most of them also support cleansing and lymphatic movement in the body.
Psychological: When we are hurt or afraid, our breath because shallower and we tend to round forward and close the heart center as a protection mechanism. Leaves and needles help us take a deep breath, open and nourish/ love ourselves through breath and presence. They also help us move stuck emotions so that we can move forward in the world.
Examples of leave and needle oils: eucalyptus, niaouli, all the firs (douglas, balsam, siberian), pines (pine needle, scotch pine) and black spruce, cypress, ravensara, tea tree, basil, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon leaf, lemongrass, melissa, peppermint etc.
Because of the variety in leaf oils, they all have very different scent and energetics profile, so it's important to do more research on each oil.
Zests are the outer protective layer of the citrus fruit. They are often purifying, cleansing but also uplifting.
Physiological: Citrus oils are usually used to purify, detox and cleanse, and can also support the digestive system.
Psychological: Citrus oils pack a punch ! They push us towards optimism and encourage us to take action, so that what we want can actually happen. They are light and fresh, and so help to lift any heaviness and psychological burden, and bring more of a child-like dimension to our lives.
Examples of citrus oils: sweet and wild orange, grapefruit, lime, lemon, bergamot, tangerine, mandarin.
Flowers are a thing of beauty, softness and comfort… They are often used during important moments for humans, and are closely related to the emotional realm. They also hold the reproductive potential of the plant.
Physiological: Flower oils are often great tools for cardiac support, and to reduce and calm heat and inflammation in the body.
Psychological: Flower oils are soothing and loving. They help us get out of our head and into the body, for those of us who tend to overthink and feel a little (or a lot) disconnected from our bodies. They encourage us to be vulnerable, they open and soothe our heart, and tell us we will be fine. They calm anxious feelings and sadness, and hold us as we experience them. They can also be great ally to explore sensuality, sexuality and pleasure in all its forms.
Examples of flower oils: lavender, geranium, clary sage, german and roman chamomile, jasmine, ylang ylang, neroli, rose, magnolia, blue tansy.
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