All forms of life, in particular human life, have long had a positive connection and relationship with the Moon and its myriad of phases. Throughout history, the Moon has drawn us to itself and its mysteries. Its phases and its pull and push all exert their own kind of power over us.
We experience different emotional states as the Moon changes; from the new through to fullness and back again. And it is these emotions that I would like to address with the help of pure essential oils, which are the life force of plants harnessed to assist in our overall wellbeing and emotional health. Each phase of the Moon has its own energies. And we can attune ourselves with these energies through the use of essential oil blends that correspond to that energy.
New Moon (Amavasya): Intention Setting
A new moon signals a new beginning, a fresh start; it is a time to set goals and objectives, identify the things which you intend to change. This phase requires clarity of thought. Therefore, opening up a clean thought process is important so that the journey ahead is not interrupted by unforeseen obstacles which derail the process of reaching balance and harmony.
I would suggest a blend for use in a diffuser. This can be used a couple of days prior, during and after the New Moon. The synergy; created when Lemon, Lime and Peppermint come together; is highly cleansing. It helps clear the mind and sharpens it, bringing to the mind the clarity of thought required for setting goals and intentions.
New Moon blend: Lemon EO (2 drops) + Lime EO (2 drops) + Peppermint EO (2 drops)
Use this in a diffuser and allow the power of this blend to clear your thoughts. The resultant clarity of though should help with decluttering the thought process. And enable you to achieve better balance of the self.
When the Moon is full our bodies and emotions are full of myriad energies, both negative and positive. This is the opportunity to rid and release from the Self all of the unwanted thoughts and negative energies which have been weighing heavy on us.
New Moon to Half Moon: The Time for Confidence
When we move from the New Moon to the next phase, we need to feel the confidence and commitment that will allow us to achieve the goals we set for ourselves.
Confidence diffuser blend: Cedarwood EO (2 drops) + Cypress EO (2 drops) + Bergamot EO (2 drops)
This diffuser blend is recommended for this lunar phase because of the properties inherent in Cedarwood and Cypress. Both are trees which stand tall and proud, confident and powerful against wind and other environmental conditions. Their essential oils carry this power. Bergamot, a beautiful fresh fruit, is needed to add a touch of peace to the blend. It also brings with it a delicious citrus aroma.
To heighten the feeling of commitment and confidence, you can also create a body oil. Either use as a massage oil or bath oil, using on damp skin immediately after your bath. Or you can keep add a tablespoon to a warm bath and luxuriate in its stunning aroma even as it instils confidence into every fibre of your being.
Confidence body oil blend: Jojoba oil (100 ml) + Cedarwood EO (15 drops) + Frankincense EO (15 drops) + Bergamot EO (10 drops)
To the calm confidence of Cedarwood we add Frankincense. Another tree which endures extreme weather conditions, which makes it a tough survivor, able to adjust to terrible environmental conditions at any given time. Frankincense has been highly prized in religious and spiritual rituals since time immemorial for its ability to ground us. The citrus of Bergamot adds a much needed lighter but joyfully uplifting note.
Full Moon (Purnima) Cleanse
When the Moon is full our bodies and emotions are full of myriad energies, both negative and positive. This is the opportunity to rid and release from the Self all of the unwanted thoughts and negative energies which have been weighing heavy on us. This diffuser blend encourages an emotional and mental cleanse because May Chang’s revitalizing citrus scent uplifts the mind and prepares it for a thorough cleanse. Frankincense calms, soothes and brings about a feeling of being nurtured and protected whilst Cedarwood instils confidence. The synergy of this blend allows the mind to reject the negative and welcome the positive.
Cleanse diffuser blend: Frankincense EO (2 drops) + May Chang (2 drops) + Cedarwood (2 drops)
To heighten the intensity of a cleanse you can also create a body oil. Either use as a massage oil or bath oil, using on damp skin immediately after your bath. Or you can add a tablespoon to a warm bath and let the cleansing energy of the blend seep into your pores for a deep physical and emotional cleanse.
Cleanse body oil blend: Jojoba oil (100 ml) + Frankincense EO (15 drops) + Cedarwood EO (15 drops) + May Chang EO (10 drops)
Full to Half Moon: Time for Detox
This is a good time to rebalance and take stock of the decisions we have made. And to make the necessary corrections and adjustments to our aims and objectives, especially for those which might not have followed their intended route to fruition and success. This is a good time to prepare oneself to let go of things, thoughts and energies which have served their purpose and are no longer of any use. Used in a diffuser, the detox blend is a synergy of powerful detoxing oils. Grapefruit with its fresh citrus scent excites the mind and prepares it for clarity of thought. Orange has the ability to centre the being and bring emotional balance to the heart, while Cypress adds confidence. All of them combine to create a blend that helps us to let go of unwanted baggage and thoughts.
Detox diffuser blend: Grapefruit EO (2 drops) + Juniper EO (2 drops) + Cypress EO (1 drop) + Orange EO (1 drop)
To heighten the elimination process, you can use a detox body oil. Either use as a massage oil or bath oil, using on damp skin immediately after your bath. Or you can add a tablespoon to a warm bath and let the cleansing energy of the blend help you eliminate all that you need to detox yourself from.
Detox body oil blend: Jojoba oil (100 ml) + Cypress EO (10 drops) + Grapefruit EO (15 drops) + Juniper EO (10 drops) + Orange EO (5 drops)
Towards a New Moon: Time to Rebalance
This is the time when balance is required. It is a time to release and heal, a time to nourish, soothe, regenerate and restore yourself. And be ready for the New Moon phase, which will begin the cycle once again. When used in a diffuser, this blend creates an environment of peace and calm. Lavender, used topically or in a diffuser, brings about total balance to our being. Lemon, with an aroma that seems composed of sunshine and brings an instant uplift in mood, has the ability to make a person both physically and mentally positive. Frankincense grounds and calms us, nourishing us emotionally.
Rebalance diffuser blend: Lavender EO (2 drops) + Lemon (2 drops) + frankincense (2 drops)
Again, you can heighten the process of rebalancing mind and mood by using a body oil. Either use as a massage oil or bath oil, using on damp skin immediately after your bath. Or you can add a tablespoon to a warm bath and let the balancing energy of the blend help calm and centre your body and mind.
Rebalance body oil blend: Jojoba oil (100 ml) + Lavender EO (15 drops) + Frankincense EO (15drops) + Lemon (5 drops) + Vetiver EO (5 drops)
Jojoba is a great nourishing oil and a good carrier oil. Blended with the essential oils Lavender, Lemon and Frankincense, this body oil is excellent for removing dead skin whilst nourishing dry, over stressed and mature skins. The addition of Vetiver is so that the blend will also help to release nervous tension, anxiety, anger, restlessness and insomnia, therefore helping the body return to balance.