Let’s start a new little series on the Aromatherapy/Mystical/Magickal elemental qualities of herbs!💚🌜🌚🌛
Essential Oils, Hydrosols, dried Herbs & leaves...all are great ways to experience the benefits although Essential Oils are the best known...❤️🌟
Mercury has just come out of retrograde (April 15) so it’s a great time to consider ways & means of calming & centring ourselves in the
Natural World...enjoying what Gaia/Mother Nature/ Great Goddess has provided for us~
There is a great relationship between Essential Oils & Crystals - how they relate to our moods, emotions, health & wellbeing.
From both an Aromatherapy & a metaphysical point of view we can benefit from the essences of plants & the Minerals & Crystals we source from the earth to calm, centre, heal & relieve our stress, depression & anxiety.
In a marvellous little work by Lisa Chamberlain
‘Wicca Essential Oils Magic’ she goes into wonderful detail about the correspondences between 13 essential oils she has chosen for versatility, economic reasons & being most useful for mental & physical health, Magickal & mystical, Wicca, Pagan, green & nature witches & wise women!! Astrology & Divination buffs may also find the correspondences useful, we shall start with Bergamot ~
*🌱Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Bergamot is the fruit of a citrus tree, which is related to the orange tree, but far more bitter and not generally eaten on its own. It takes its name from the Italian province of Bergamo, where it was first cultivated after being brought to Europe from its native Morocco (it is also native to many parts of Asia). For centuries, it was used in Italian folk medicine, but remained largely unknown to the rest of the Western world until more recent times. Tea drinkers may recognize its floral, citrus scent as part of the unique flavor of Earl Grey tea, which is made with bergamot oil. It is also used in many classic fragrance blends.
The essential oil is derived from the peel of the fruit. Once used primarily for treating fevers, bergamot’s antiseptic properties have been applied in modern times to combat infections—particularly in the lungs and urinary
tract. Its interesting combination of uplifting and calming energies make it effective for a variety of physical ailments, including insect bites
and other skin injuries, as well as ulcers, colds and flu, and even tonsillitis. On the emotional and spiritual levels, bergamot essential oil is great for relieving stress, grief, and depression, and enhancing joy and strength. Inhaling the scent of bergamot is uplifting to the inner self and can promote restful sleep—which is key to maintaining an overall balance of mind, body, and spirit! Magically, bergamot is strongly associated with the Sun, and is used in rituals to clear the mind and spirit, dispelling the shadows of depression, despondency, and fogginess that can come from focusing too much on worry and problems. It can help us reconnect to our higher selves, lightening us up so that we can once again enjoy humor and happiness. It also has a protective quality, shielding us from negative impulses that may be lurking in the shadows of our thought patterns. If you feel a slide into sadness or despair coming on, use a few drops of bergamot oil in a ritual bath to sort yourself out!
Bergamot also has a strong association with prosperity, and is used in plenty of magic related to success. Its energies can be directed to helping you spend your money wisely, and being on the alert for new opportunities to bring more into your life. Place three drops of the oil on your purse or wallet to attract cash, or use it in a sachet to bring success in all your endeavors. Other magical associations for bergamot include peace, confidence, and harmony. Use it to help you resolve conflicts in a way that keeps your self-worth intact without inflicting harm on others. Note: Bergamot is a photosensitizing oil, meaning that it can cause severe burns if worn on the skin during exposure to the Sun. Several citrus oils fall into this category, but bergamot poses a substantially higher risk than any other. If you’re wanting to wear an oil blend that includes bergamot, either stay out of direct sunlight altogether, or use a bergaptene-free bergamot oil, which is re-distilled to remove the component that causes photosensitivity. It should also not be used by pregnant women.
Bergamot blends well with other citrus oils like lemon, neroli, orange, geranium and lemon verbena, as well as lavender, cinnamon, rose, clary sage and jasmine.
*Bergamot Essential Oil is wonderful mixed with other citrus oils/Hydrosols such as Neroli ... or mix it with earthy scents such as our gorgeous Hydrosol in Sandalwood... perfect for a healing, skin-nourishing body spray when mixed together! ( caution should be used to avoid spraying/ using citrus type oils directly on/near the face!)