Aromatherapy For Spring Renewal

The start of spring is a time of revitalization, the promise of new things, the chance for a fresh start.  It’s a time to clear winter stagnation and dormancy and begin to look outward again. 

You can smell spring in the air. A whiff of green, floral and earth. There’s a certain lightness and energy that starts to appear. It helps that the days are longer with more light and we see the first buds appear on the plants. 

Let’s talk about the ways we can come out of the dark, dormant energy of winter and open up for the possibilities that spring offers.  

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HOLISTIC RENEWAL

Integrating all elements of ourselves and our surroundings is beneficial when considering aromatherapy support. 

 

The Spirit 

While the winter is a time of rest and introspection, the spring offers us the chance to express ourselves and to slowly open up and look outward. For the spirit, this means increasing our motivational drive to make things happen, shifting our feelings to a more positive outlook, lifting the heavy load for more lightness, and building emotional strength.

Essential oils that are particularly helpful for uplifting the spirit - creating motivation, radiating energy and increasing happy feelings are citrus essential oils:

  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

  • Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

  • Lemon (Citrus limon)

  • Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

  • Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

  • Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) 

Take action: Make a sunshine blend of any combination of citrus essential oils and diffuse it in the morning for 10-15 minutes as you prepare for your day. 

 

The Mind 

The spring offers us a chance to shed the mental fatigue and heaviness of the winter and instead lets us begin clearing our mind to allow in fresh, creative thoughts. It’s also a chance to look outward for new perspectives and build awareness for what’s truly important. For your mind this means more clarity and understanding.

Essential oils that are particularly helpful for cleansing the mind are:

  • Lemon (Citrus limon)

  • Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)

  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Take action: Carve 5 minutes out of your day to sit quietly and meditate. Let your mind focus. While doing this, diffuse a blend combination of lemon & frankincense to support this concentration. Another activity is putting a few drops of rosemary & lime on a scent strip or cotton pad and placing it next to you while working at the computer. 

 

The Body

The spring brings a desire for movement, for releasing pent up energy stored during the dark, cold winter months. It’s a time for your body to feel lightness and take action, as well as to unblock and circulate stagnation. For your body this means

Essential oils that are particularly helpful for revitalizing the body - creating movement, increasing circulation and fortifying your body are seed essential oils

  • Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

  • Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

  • Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)

  • Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

Take action: Make a 1oz (30ml) massage oil blend of jojoba wax carrier oil mixed with a 10-12 drop essential oil blend of activating seed oils like juniper berry & black pepper combined with the warmth of ginger. Massage the neck, back and leg muscles regularly to release tension and stagnation left from the winter. 

 

The Environment 

In the spring, the environment is, at first, still cool, as it emerges from winter. But gradually the air transitions to becoming more damp, the thaw begins and the rain appears more frequently. During this transition we see plants begin to germinate, peaking out beneath the soil. Like nature, Spring is a chance for us to emerge from the indoors, to go outside and connect with our environment. It’s a chance to get out of isolation and make connections. 

Essential oils that are particularly helpful for making connections and showing compassion are floral essential oils:

  • Geranium / Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

  • Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)

  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)

  • Rose Otto (Rosa x damascena)

Take action: Spend 10 minutes in your backyard (or on your balcony) and connect with the plants. Notice how they are starting to come out of winter dormancy and beginning to grow. Try doing this for 7 days in a row. What changes do you see? How are the plants evolving? Another action is diffusing a blend of light floral oils (the heavy ones have difficulty diffusing in an atomizer) such as geranium with sweet orange and bergamot. Or make a perfume rollerball blend of jojoba oil with neroli, rose, bergamot and sandalwood to apply to your wrist. It’s a way to make a connection and enjoy the aroma of the emerging spring garden in an instant. 

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