Various homeopathic remedies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As an aromatherapist and homeopath I am often told that we cannot use the two modalities together, however I have different thoughts on that idea. I’ve never been one to run with the crowd, so I’m not surprised that I’m not doing so on this idea either!
When I discuss ‘subtle aromatherapy’ I am discussing the use of essential oils in a diluted manner, very similar to the preparation of homeopathic remedies. The low % use in ‘subtle aromatherapy’, 1% or less, allows for the spiritual and emotional use of the essential oils rather than relating specifically to the physical use, when the blend is approximately 2 – 3%. I am going to be addressing the spiritual and emotional level of the essential oils and homeopathic remedies, rather than just the physical level, though I will briefly refer to this also.
When assessing essential oils for their subtle aromatherapy properties, I need to assess what chakra it may relate to, what it may be used for physically and if it has been given a personality profile. When assessing the homeopathic remedies, I will also be assessing these aspects and matching them. This match should then be beneficial.
I want to run a series of blogs that looks at the essential oils, and how they are used, and also look at homeopathic remedies and how they’re used, joining the two together to make a real justification for their joint use.
These blogs will contain the beginning aromatic blend. After this details on each individual essential oil will follow. This will include the history of use, the plant it’s from, the chemical constituents and the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of each oil. Once each oil is explored, I then will continue with equivalent homeopathic remedies that will be supported by each oil.
As aromatherapists tend to utilise blends of essential oils in carrier oils (for therapeutic massage or products) I will also be exploring the use of the unique blend to support differing homeopathic remedies also.
As you can see, this will entail some dialogue, so this will become a series of blogs. I trust you will enjoy the journey with me in learning more about the essential oils and the homeopathic remedies that relate well to these oils.
Blend 1: Cedarwood, Jasmine, Nutmeg
To begin this journey, I want to use my intuitive side to see what emerges for study. So, I used my Aromatherapy Insight Cards this morning to see what essential oils I should be discussing in my blogs (I chose three cards as my aromatherapy blends usually contain three essential oils to give a balance).
The essential oils I am to look at with you in this series are:
Cedarwood – base to middle note
Jasmine – middle note
Nutmeg – middle to top note
With the balancing effect of the three types of notes, it appears that I have intuitively chosen a balanced blend.
The use of the terms base, middle and top note reflects the overall molecular weight of the essential oils, the heavier base notes stay on the skin for longer, thus also holding onto the lighter top and middle note oils to ensure effective use.
As I mentioned earlier, I want to explore each oil individually, and then the blend in total, while also investigating which homeopathic remedies appear to reflect the totality of each essential oil, and ultimately the blend.
Let’s begin with…… Cedarwood
Cedarwood, Cedrus atlantica – essential oil
Name: Also known as Cedrus libani subsp atlantica (Note: cedarwood is obtained from many different sources, so the source is important to know), though we typically see it for sale as Cedrus atlantica.
Source: Cedrus atlantica is native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria. Other types of cedarwood are found in differing areas, e.g., Turkey, Lebanon, and Nepal. Due to the nature of gardening it is also within Europe and America today. Other essential oils commonly called cedarwood are Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red Cedar, or Eastern Juniper) and Cedrus deodora (cedarwood Himalayan). So, if you are going to choose cedarwood after reading about it here, make sure you are sourcing the one I’m discussing.
Folklore: Cedar oil was said to be used for embalming by the Egyptians, and is used in temple incense in Tibet, while Turkish carpet shops are often constructed from cedar to deter moths. Folklore describes the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Solomon’s Temple as being built using cedarwood. Typically though, cedarwood oil has been used to deter insects.
General chemical makeup: Cedarwood comprises 50% sesquiterpenes, or hydrocarbons, while the remainder of the constituents are alcohols (30%) and ketones (20%). Boring stuff, but vital in order to understand the potential therapeutic uses of cedarwood essential oil. In this instance the presence of a higher percentage of ketones gives us an indication that it would not be suitable to use for pregnant women. However, the presence of hydrocarbons and alcohols allows us to speculate that the therapeutic properties will include those of antiseptic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, calming and generally immune system boosting.
Enough of the chemical aspects I hear you say, what does it get used for??
Strength & Courage
in times of adversity, with fairness
Powerful, dignified, strengthening, grounding, kindness
Dictatorial, obsessive, demanding, selfish, paranoid
Used physically for bronchial and urinary infections; breaking up catarrh, antiseptic, healing of wounds, calming and as a stimulant for the lymph and circulation systems
Overall Use of Cedarwood:
Based on these properties and principles, Cedarwood can be considered where:
- The emotions need to be flowing more freely, releasing & healing toxic emotions, such as jealousy, obsessions, gloom, selfishness
- There is fear of the next obstacle to be faced, to support the individual’s growth in their own unique place in the world
- There is a need to persist in the journey ahead, to stand in your own space without judgement of others, or becoming irrational or oversensitive
- Focus and willpower are required
In order to achieve:
- an identity that is uniquely your own
- to face the hurdles of life today, with strength and integrity
- balance and control over your own life
- emotional healing of past events, hurdles, lack of self-worth
- stimulation of a clogged mind
Next time…… which homeopathic remedy suits Cedarwood?