I haven't written about essential oils in a bit and I thought I would bring to you a favorite combination of scents which reminds Brandon of the South of France, Provence. In our diffuser we combine the pure scents of Lavender, Rosemary, and a bit of Lemon to create a fantastic summer blend in the house. It's deep, bright, and fragrant tones fill the air.
Lavender is fertile, clear, and soothing. Used in ancient cultures for birthing, as an offering at Midsummer, and throughout time as a remedy to relax. It is potent in working with the physical, emotional, and mental bodies.
When combined with Lemon the mental clearing effect of Lavender is empowered. A noted study in Japan (Essential Oils Desk Reference, pg. 61) notes, "University researchers in Japan found that diffusing certain aromas in an office environment dramatically improved mental accuracy and concentration. Diffused lemon resulted in 54 percent fewer errors..."
Lemon brings in a high note, reminding me of childhood as my Grandma Schwartz had a big lemon tree in the backyard. It promotes clarity of thought and purpose with a warm fragrance.
In the book a compendium of HERBAL MAGICK, Paul Beyerl, we find has the qualities of an aphrodisiac and is associated with love. The Modern Herbal, Simon Y. Mills, notes the effects that lemon can have on tension and anxiety.
Rosemary is another favored herb of mine, and known throughout the ages for its uplifting scent. We see it used for anything from headache, tension, and depression. It is sharp, focusing and helps with clarity.
I find that rosemary's rich history of use in religious rites from weddings to funerals very proper since it primarily excites clarity and memory. Magickally it is related to the sun and is associated with Wisdom, and love, of loyalty, and fidelity. Personally I like to combine the use of Rosemary when working with any Greek Deity... I am not sure that there is an association beyond my own personal draw to the scent, but I mark the fragrance as a power herb.
Combined the scent is refreshing, clearing, soothing, balancing, and thus empowering for good conversation, time together, and an overall centralizing scent for our home environment.
We're diffusing it now! :)
Naturally I'm going to point you towards Young Living. If you have other access to good quality essential oils through another source, and a diffuser, I suggest you try this blend out. It rocks!
In the diffuser I combine 6 drops of Lavender, 6 drops of Rosemary, and 6 drops of Lemon. Diffuse for 10-15 minutes, up to once an hour.
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