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Aromatherapy, Confusion, Awareness and Clarity

Confusion, who hasn’t experimented it? It happens when one has many options and deep inside isn’t convinced by any of them. Then comes sadness about it and one asks oneself  “what should I do? Where should I go?”. To me it has happened many times. Facing thousands of theorethical options with the feeling of ending up empty handed. And above all, the feeling of not having the capability to understand which would be the right option for us out of so many.The opposite can also happen, having few options to choose from and none that seems actually right. In both cases one must “take oneself by the hand” and start to walk.

Often indeed the confusing or unsatisfying situations can produce a stagnant effect. Which means that when facing chaos we do nothing. It is certainly an option, but this ‘not moving’ state cannot last long. Not moving regarding a relationship, for example, even a friendship. Most of the times we leave words in stand-by mode (meaning we don’t express and don’t listen to what we should). This way the hypothesis, the fantasies and projections rise. In short, the confusion rises while for us to live well clarity is necessary as much as possible.

I have recently understood how important was for me a friendship with a person. Living far away we hadn’t  spoken for some time. And then I wrote to her. And got an almost instant response. In short this relationship was so solid even not having heard from each other for so long. But if I hadn’t written there would have been a suspension. And one does not live well suspended.

For this reason, when one faces a confusing situation regarding a person, a relashionship, a job… that’s when one must stay away the most from thoughts. It is advisable to look for a centered inner position, for lucidity, and to take a step (a concrete action) towards checking the situation.

Let’s see how essential oils and Bach flowers can help us go further towards a bigger balance with ourselves. And let’s not forget to act from the inside to the outside.

citrus sinensis aromaterapia emozioni
By Ellen Levy Finch (Elf) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39146

I would start choosing Walnut. It is a Bach flower that speaks of centering, of interior voice, of trusting what we feel deep inside and of going ahead. It is suitable to every moment in which we need ourselves to keep on going and to feel what our moment is, to be able to communicate it to others, to be able to dialogue with more clarity. I think it is suitable also when we just need plain and “simple centering”.

Preparing a spray, for example, we can add the essential oils of cypress, ginger and sweet orange to Walnut. A mix that I would define as follows:

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) helps us at centering, listening to our interiority and also at connecting with ourselves. Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) a root rich in vitality, can give us a sense of grounding and lucidity, helping us ‘digest’ the situations in life, the things we struggle to get along with. Together with these two such intense essences we can add the essential oil of sweet orange (citrus sinensis), which rounds and softens up the synergy and donates us that lightness that helps us feel free and in movement.

30 ml: 15 ml of vodka at 40 degrees with which essential oils are mixed plus 15 ml of distilled water

5 drops of cypress esential oil

5 drops of ginger essential oil

10 drops of sweet orange essential oil

5 drops of Walnut

This is clearly a basis formula, and you can personalize it as you feel fits you better. You can take it with you as a ‘personal perfume’ that gives you support.

If you have tipps or questions, leave me a comment, I will love to read it.

Theory U application to olfactory education, aromatherapy and perfumery

Smell is our most ancient sense, and it is in direct connection with our limbic system. This means that smells are capable of reaching the deepest centers of our memory, our emotions and also the regulation of some fundamental functions of our organism, such as hormones.

Certainly perfumes and aromas form a language that we can compare to that of colors and other forms of expression, such as music; we possess the innate ability to ‘think using perfumes’ and to find in them a possibility of expression.

Through the use of aromas we have in hand the ‘colors’ with which we can evoke interior states of mind, memories and our current needs. During the workshop of botanical perfumery in which we use Otto Scharmers’ Theory U to facilitate the creative process, people go through this path in a sensory and sensitive way.

Let’s see how we can go through a path of sensory consciousness with Theory U:

1- co-starting: each participant expresses his/her present moment, wishes and intentions for the workshop; a space is created in which it is possible to ‘look at with new eyes’, i.e. free of judgement about oneself and the others;

2- co-feeling: the exploration of a certain number of essences allows to explore the sensory ‘field’, with aromas coming from the italian terroir and from all over the world. From this point of view aromatherapy and perfumery enables a way of “rooting our awareness” regarding to territory, selecting familiar raw material, but also allowing an extension of perceptive knowledge  sniffing at smells of distant places, which may have been collected at different parts of the world.

This said, the sensory horizon broadens and with it also the possibilities of expression do expand; a new consciousness is born about sensory contexts that are often known only through images and stories. The enlargement of the expressive possibilities always corresponds to an enlargement of consciousness of the self – if I find myself in resonance with a tropical flower of which existence I did not even know about, I will ponder about what inspires me in that never smelled perfume, I will find myself discovering a quality of mine that I did not know before (i.e. I find a ‘mirror’ I didn’t know existed), maybe I will start to have more interest in its place of provenance, in people from that land and their culture, to better understand the perfume I just got to know.

3- presencing: the process of smell occurs in silence, and giving oneself the space and time to be able to collect all of the necessary ‘smell-information’. Not only are the essences being sniffed at but also ‘listened to’ in an active meditation process, which means following the intent and letting themselves be guided by the sense and keeping anchored by the emerging self-perception.

intelligenza emotiva corpo

4- crystallizing: from this sensory and consciousness exploration some olfactory associations are born in a spontaneous way,  combinations ‘speak’ to the person according to what he/her appreciates. In this way prototyping naturally occurs, without steady rules, being left to the persons’ sensibility to choose.

5- prototyping: the person ‘creates its perfume’, i.e. he/she creates his/her own personal synergy, evaluating it personally and asking eventually some comparison; at the end of its personal creative process each person shares its finished work with the group, getting as a feedback a mirroring response in form of colors, inspirations, drawings. It is often incredible how ‘perfect’ the mirroring is, restoring to the person senses and images that she/he had used and perceived during the creation of the perfume. Thus, the person creates a self portrait in an olfactory mode, ‘painting’ about him/herself while feeling at ease.

The olfactory intelligence’ is a form of creative consciousness accessible to everyone. It is a form of consciousness that is able to facillitate self-consciousness and creativity, giving voice to the expressive needs of self in each human being. The ‘product’ of such creativity is subsequently used eveyday, and as such it is a transitory product, not intended to last forever, but rather being meant to make the present moment easier.

By creating a formula, the person may also subsequently recreate the perfume – the sensory part in this is transient, while the formula lasts ‘forever’(the formula is the formal architecture that can be interpreted because clearly the choice of the essences has also a psychoaromatic sense).

For more information on Theory U: www.presencing.org

 

Coriander, or Coriandrum sativum, in Aromatherapy and Ayurveda

Coriander is a seed of a nice scented plant, which has always been known in Ayurveda for its beneficial properties. It is distilled from the Coriander seeds: essential oil scent remininds of lemon or citronella … and it’s it, Coriander, which seems to have inspired the use of carnival confetti!

Olio essenziale di Coriandolo in Aromaterapia, Coriander essential oil

This spice (above in one of the images of Koehler) has ancient roots, and we can find traces of its use in Egypt, in Greece, and it is mentioned in the Bible, in the texts of Exodus and Numbers.

In Ayurveda it is considered pungent and bitter, and having cooling effect. It is often used for its carminative and diuretic properties.

The use of coriander infusion is useful to people with digestive problems.

The essential oil extracted from the seeds has many properties, including :

– Tonic and stimulant;

– Euphoric;

– Bactericidal;

– Analgesic;

and therefore it can be a valuable aid, diluted in a vegetable oil, for local applications in case of:

– Arthritis;

-Weak digestion, flatulence;

– Fatigue, nervous exhaustion.

There is also a distillation of the leaves of coriander, which contain different chemical components, in fact it has different properties, ie it is a sedative and anti-inflammatory. This distillation is rare to find, so when you buy the essential oil of coriander, it will always be one of the seeds.

Its olfactory profile is varied , with sweet, spicy, some reminiscent of lime background, and bitter and a “rounding” bitter sweet aspect that mitigates its power base.

Its stimulating properties for the nervous system make it suitable also in small doses in massage, and in self massage of the feet in the morning, to begin the day with energy.

Warning: it smells very intense,use it carefully!

Curry recipes contain Coriander, and there are hundreds of recipes Eastern and Middle Eastern containing it.

A book inspired by this beautiful spice is “Damascus, taste of a city” written by Marie Fadel and Rafik Scham.

Damascus, Coriander essential oil and Aromatherapy

 

Happy reading … and happy carnival with Coriander (in Italy carnival confetti are known as “carnival corianders”) !