Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Crystal: Green Tourmaline
Angel: Archangel Chamuel
It carries the healing vibrations of the orange and violet Highly connected with the Flower Power era in the 60’s Patchouli can bring either loveable or very dislikable memories to the one who smells it. As I was born much later, meditating with Patchouli takes me back to my childhood’s Christmas in the farm of my grandparents and this winter feeling of being around the warmth and safety of a lit fireplace.
Patchouli connects us with the healing vibrations of the Earth. It is grounding and strengthening, whilst it brings harmony to the mind and the emotions. It is especially good for the over-worrying and those that have focused on their spiritual path, neglecting their physical self (Remember Balance is needed everywhere!). Great grounding and centering tool during meditations, it largely acts upon the Root and Sacral Chakra. However, it can also warm the Heart, easing emotional pain and calming the overworking Mind. Its earthy but spiritual personality dispels the blockages between the Chakra connections, allowing the energy to flow freely from the Root to the Crown.
When working with the Root Chakra its grounding and strengthening effect assists to relieve energetic blocks and its powerful spiritual action connects the physical body with the auric field, opening the feet centers to unite us with the Earth, enabling us to draw its valuable energy.
Patchouli has strong affiliation with the Sacral Chakra spiritualising
sexuality, bringing enjoyment of the senses and awakens creativity.
Concerning the Third Eye, Patchouli is great for relaxing the tense and overactive mind, leaving space for the Inner Vision to grow. Patchouli can influence our vibrations towards our sexuality, physical energy and money. The deep, rich earthy scent has musky overtones, and when partnered with visualisation and mediations can ease anxiety connected with sexuality but also helps to open to receive abundance.
Cautions and contraindications: Patchouli is possible to cause drug interaction and may inhibit blood clotting. Taken orally it is contraindicated with anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer and other bleeding disorders. It is a low risk allergen but does not require dermal use limit. (Tisserand and Young, 2014) (Purchon and Cantele, 2014
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Since essential oils became part of my life, my relationship with the plant world has changed. It is as if essential oils have tuned me in their vibrant kingdom. Walking through the small streets of Kingston upon Thames, the flowers from the lovely gardens seem to be palpitating. In a big chain store with a gardening section in the basement, I notice the complete absence of vibrancy among the plants on the shelves. They are lonely and sad. Like the strays in the rescue home cages.
In the New Forest of Hampshire, UK, trees are standing tall for thousands of years sharing their earthy wisdom.
In the deeper part of the forest there is a strong overwhelming sensation. The colours are breathtaking -and a strong woody scent enters the lungs with the clear, fresh oxygen. In tune with the nature, part of the detailed perfection that Earth has created.
The flowers and the grass smile at you.
The atmosphere is crystal clear like Avon Water -where wild horses come to drink and munch their grass.
I was taken in the crystal clear atmosphere of nature. I was part of the forest’s vibrations, and there I felt absolute happiness.
Coming back to Kingston the energy change of the trees struck me. The trees and plants of the cities all look tired compared to the ones of the forest. They are dull and drained. There is too much pollution for the trees to produce adequate amount of oxygen to provide us with the positivity and stillness I felt in the depths of New Forest- as nature would like it to be.
There are happy and healthy trees as well as sad and tired ones. They have an effect on us, as much as we have an effect on them. Respect them so they can provide.
A few weeks ago, I was at work when my friend passed by to say hello. I was holding my little roll-on bottle I had made the previous evening to apply on my swollen wrist throughout the day. My friend saw the little bottle and asked me what it was. It was a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary and chamomile, so I said that is for headaches and suff. He took the bottle, opened it, smelled it and rubbed some on his temples. After a few minutes he said: “It works. It really works. It’s magic.”
Essential oils contained in these little bottles that you see at the back corner of health food store, are of the most loving, caring and warm companions in life. It is a ritual. Pick up the bottle, rub it unconsciously between the palms , unscrew the lid, bring it to close to the nose, inhale the nature’s aroma spreading out in the air and then pour the drops into the carrier. Mix up the carrier and then apply. This volatile life force of nature is given by the plants can fight all sorts of bacteria, germs and viruses, reduce our wrinkles and moisturise our skin, balance our emotional whirlwinds and clear the energies and auras. They are of all kinds: stimulating, relaxing, powerful and gentle, woody and floral, for all tastes and needs.
Where all of these amazing properties of the oils come from?
If not an aromatherapy enthusiast, or a training/trained aromatherapist, the chances are that little do you know about the magical -or scientific?- particles of the essential oils that penetrate our skin and work for our benefit. Is it really? There is a lot of science in those little bottles. Ketones, and esters, monoterpenes and phenols, alcohols, and all those chemistry words that are so perplexing and seriously scientific. All of those chemical constituents, meet together in different parts of the plant in various amounts, creating the Essential oil. Then, humans, gather the part of the plant, extract it with steam distillation, enfleurage or any other type of extraction, put it in bottle, and use it for its therapeutic properties. A chemist can explain why each essential oil has the specific effect on our health and mood by describing the forces of very chemical constituent in it. Research showed that if one constituent is pulled out from the essential oil the outcome is not the same. And one constituent by itself cannot do the job it supposed to do as a whole. The next question is why all this chemistry has all those amazing effects on us? And how did nature put them together working in absolute harmony providing us with all this goodness? How they can affect us in all three levels of body, mind and spirit at the same time?
Science or Magic aromatherapy works. It works for those who believe in it and for those who do not. I like to believe in Magic so maybe that is my answer. But I like that fact that I can refer to chemistry to convince the sceptics.