The Art of Subtle Aromatherapy Promotes Inner Peace
By Joni Keim
When Caryn asked me to share an article about promoting a sense of peace in oneself, my mind instantly went to practicing the art of subtle aromatherapy. For many of us, especially during this busy time of year, inner peace can feel elusive.
The art of subtle aromatherapy uses the energetic/vibrational qualities of essential oils to influence the body’s subtle energy anatomy: the energy centers (chakras) and subtle bodies (etheric, astral, mental, and spiritual).
Subtle aromatherapy is a form of energy healing and vibrational medicine. It requires working with the essential oils with sensitivity and intention. It is helpful for personal and spiritual growth and is especially useful combined with transformative techniques such as meditation, affirmations, and visualization.
(For more information about subtle aromatherapy, see “Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques and Aromatherapy Anointing Oils”, by Joni Keim and Ruah Bull.)
I recommend using a mist or an anointing oil to practice the art of subtle aromatherapy. The essential oils that are particularly indicated to support and promote a sense of PEACE are: Chamomile German, Chamomile Roman, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, and Sandalwood. (e3’s Peace blend is another good option.)
Use a single essential oil or make a blend of essential oils. A lovely blend is 1 part Chamomile Roman, 1 part Frankincense, and 5 parts Lavender. Subtle aromatherapy uses small amounts of essential oils (0.5% to 1%).
To make a mist: Mix 5 drops of the essential oil(s) in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before use.
To make an anointing oil: Mix 2 drops of the essential oil(s) in 1 tablespoon of jojoba or fractionated coconut oil. Store in a glass roller bottle, a small glass bottle, or a small glass jar (with caps). Set aside.
- Sit quietly and relax. Breathe slowly and deeply. Breathe in all positivity. Breathe out any negativity.
- Clear your mind and acknowledge the essential oil(s) you are going to use and the plant(s) from which they come.
- Activate your hands by rubbing them back and forth 24 times. Feel the energy in your hands and direct your breath into them for the count of 5 breaths.
- In your mind, hold the intention of the purpose of using the essential oil(s). Pick up the container of the essential oil mixture and direct your intention into it.
- If using a mist: Mist over your heart and top of your head while holding the intention of the essential oil(s). You can choose to repeat an affirmation while misting, such as “I am at peace.”
- If using an anointing oil, anoint your heart and the top of your head. You can choose to use a visualization such as seeing yourself being at peace in all situations.
- Lastly, mist or put a drop of the blend in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and cup your hands over your nose, breathing in the aroma (without touching your nose) and holding its intended purpose in your mind.
Make the art of aromatherapy specifically meaningful for you. Add other actions or change what doesn’t feel right to you. Take as long as you like. Breathe.
In order to be at your best, it’s important to take some time to promote a sense of peace. Give subtle aromatherapy a try and let us know what you think. We love hearing from you! If you’re new to blending essential oils, make sure to download e3’s free guide, Listen to Your Nose: An Introduction to Aromatherapy.