The Times, They Are A-Changin'

Nov 9, 04:43 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

It is finally the end of a long, notably nasty election season. No matter whom you supported, this election, more than any in recent history, has initiated sweeping change. And we don't yet know what this change means nor what form it will take.

Do you resist change? Even if you consider yourself flexible, most people do... it's just natural human behavior. You can help overcome your resistance and fear with some carefully chosen essential oils.

Essential Oils Which Help in Accepting & Processing Change

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Sometimes referred to as the Oil of Transition, cypress helps us go with the flow in any major time of transformation. Cypress is about acceptance. It helps smooth out the bumps and encourages change to proceed smoothly instead of in fits and starts. This oil can also helpful to those who are dealing with father issues or who have difficulty with male authority figures.

Juniper (Juniperus communis)
My very first aromatherapy instructor often referred to juniper as "the roto-rooter oil." A very apt description! Juniper is used to relieve areas of congested fluid in the physical body, but it also opens us up emotionally and spiritually. When you feel stuck, reach for juniper. If you feel bogged down by negative energy, juniper helps clear the bioelectric field as well as your physical surroundings.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
If you are feeling connections to the past which no longer serve you, frankincense can help sever those ties. Whether those ties are to a person, place or situation, frankincense gently dissolves the energetic cords so you have the opportunity to move on. It encourages a pure, open heart. Frankincense is about discernment; it helps us to examine things from a grounded yet spiritual perspective. This is an excellent oil for those who fear the unknown.

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
In addition to the above-mentioned frankincense, bay helps us to look with our inner vision so we can see in higher ways. This spicy, pungent essential oil aspires us to strive for fairness, excellence and right action. Bay imparts courage and asks you to be the best you can be, no matter what the situation.

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Feeling angry about change? Black pepper helps you to release that anger in a quick burst of energy and encourages you transform that energy into positive action. This warm, spicy aromatic speaks of fortitude and supports proceeding forward in adverse or difficult circumstances. It is a good oil for those who are unable to act due to being mired in apathy.

All of these essential oils can be diffused or blended and topically applied in appropriate dilution. When dealing with psychospiritual issues such as resistance to change, they are best used in a daily anointing blend over a period of several months.

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