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Roots, Flowers, Leaves…Essential Oils with Similar Tendencies

When essential oils get distilled or cold pressed from the plant material, did you ever wonder what part of the plant is used?  Is it possible that plants from different species could have similar tendencies when using the same parts of these plants?  I think this is fascinating and just had to share with all of you. 

Roots:  Essential oils produced in the roots such as vetiver tend to have a very grounding energy. 

Leaves:  A plant’s leaf system corresponds to its vital body.  Essential oils produced in the leaves such as eucalyptus and peppermint have a strong affinity with the respiratory system. 

Flowers:  The flower is a plant’s ultimate achievement!  Only the most spiritually evolved plants such as the rose can fully create at this level.  Although the essential oils are found in extremely small amounts in the flowers, their fragrances are typically very intense.  These fragrances have a tendency to be exhilarating or even intoxicating. 

Seeds:  Oils produced in the seed bring us fully into the physical world, more humble and straightforward such as citrus fruits, fennel and coriander.  They are invigorating and show a strong affinity with the digestive system.  Particularly those seeds that are food or spices. 

Wood:  Trees and bushes also have the ability to create oils in their wood such as sandalwood and cedarwood.  These oils are centering and balancing.  Here the creative process is drawn into the heart of the wood.  These oils support the power to open our consciousness to high spheres without making us lose control.  They are particularly suited to meditation and yoga. 

Resins and Gums:  Many trees and bushes such as myrrh, frankincense and conifers produce odorous resins and gums.  These essential oils have a strong affinity for the glandular system.  They are helpful in balancing hormonal secretions and demonstrate cosmetic properties for skin care, cuts and abdominal sores.  (M. Lavabre 68-69)

What are you drawn to today?  I think I’m going to reach for some Myrrh…I’m going to breath it in because emotionally this is “The Oil of Mother Earth” (Emotions & Essential Oils 50) but I’ll also put this on the skin below my eyes since this has helped the puffiness under my eyes when I wake up each morning.  Enjoy the exploration of your essential oils!

Works Cited:

Lavabre, Marcel.  Aromatherapy Workbook.  Healing Arts Press 1996.

Emotions & Essential Oils:  A Modern Resource for Healing.  Fourth Edition Updated Fall 2015.  Enlighten Alternative Healing, LLC 2015.

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