In the last years, essential oils have played an increasingly greater role in my formulations of both topical cremes and internal tonics. Both distilled oils as well as supercritical extracts made with a CO2 process are only extremely potent, but they possess a vibrational integrity that is more stable than in similar natural remedies made from the same plants.
The photographs taken by the late Dr. Emoto and published in Messages from Water suggest that oils retain the image of the flowers in crystalline form long after surrendering the ephemeral beauty of the flowers. This factoid is actually quite amazing and well worth pondering.
The medicinal potency of oils is almost beyond imagination, certainly far superior to antibiotics or other drugs . . . so while oils may be “different” from herbs, the fact is we process what we consume, information as well as food and medicine. As Dr. Vasant Lad often said, “In the end, all food is cooked.” By this, he meant that the transformative power of fire is applied to everything we ingest, this whether digestion begins on the stove or in the gastrointestinal tract where the caustic chemicals transform what will be used as nutrition and what will be eliminated.
If you have ever watched steam distillation, you know that something truly amazing occurs. Loads and loads of plant material are placed into a still in a manner that allows for movement of steam through the plant parts. It’s like a fine art of basket weaving just to place the plants in the still. Then, in a matter of 20-30 minutes, the plants surrender their essence and little drops of oil collect, usually on the top of the hydrosol (or water) but some oils are heavier and go to the bottom. A separation of oil and water occurs and the oils are siphoned off. The still is opened and what is left is bulk plant material, completely odorless. The plants have given up all of their essence and only the fiber mass is left. It’s a fascinating tragedy that one can only accept if the spirit of the plants can live on the form of consciousness in the person who uses this gift.
In my opinion, the rest of the “chakra effects” are different. For instance, the effects on reproductive hormones are mainly chemical, not inspirational.
As many of you know, I really appreciate the work of Sonya Fitzpatrick. One dog told her that the professional dog walker was rushing him. She tried to explain to his “owner” that this was like ripping the newspaper out of someone’s hands. Dogs sniff for information and until they have explored the neighborhood with their noses, they haven’t brought themselves up-to-date on what is going on.
The trouble with people is that the chakra that is most sensitive to aroma operates below the threshold of consciousness, which is why your dog knows more than you about allergies and old karmic enemies and so forth and so on . . . and why your ignorance is profoundly confusing to your better informed companion.
However, we have no choice about whether or not to breathe so conscious or not, scent transforms the functioning of the first chakra more efficiently than any amount of psychotherapy. It also neutralizes odor so to the extent that “bad” smells bad, “good” overcomes it . . . and this affects utilization of energy by all systems of the body, especially the parts of the nervous system that also operate below the threshold of consciousness. In short, synapses and communication are directly impacted.
Moreover, I feel flowers enjoy this spirit work. Just as I like to see patients get well, I think flowers like to know that they are luring people into alignment with God, but it is spirit work because the flower can perform this service intradimensionally . . . which is a very interesting reminder to us also.
Oils are very potent. Most people will see remarkable changes with as little as one drop every day or two. So, while the oils are expensive, they are really not so expensive when we realize how little is needed.
From an environmental perspective, I am not worried about flowers because the plant is not sacrificed. However, I do worry about sandalwood and some other oils where there is more environmental impact from unconscious harvesting. I also worry about popularization of aromatherapy outside the environmental context . . . pesticides can be concentrated through distillation so be warned that almost no oils in stores are suitable for medicinal use.
When it comes to mixing oils, I really feel each batch will be different so one almost needs the nose of a perfumery expert to achieve the result sought. I don’t see the need to combine 20 or 30 or 50 oils. Obviously, it creates mystery and no one can imitate the formula, but to me it’s like trying to talk on the phone and hear the music at the same time. I need to do one or the other. This said, some oils synergize really well with others so I leave it to each to figure out what works and in which circumstances.
Personally, I do not have any tonics with more than three oils or any ointments with more than five — most have just one . . . and I like it this way, but that’s me.
Copyright by Ingrid Naiman 2003 and 2020