Monday, February 23, 2015

Scents that make you go "Ahhh"

Aromatherapy for the Throat Chakra

We complete our month-long exploration of the Throat Chakra with Aromatherapy.  The scents associated with the Throat Chakra will not only clear the energy; they also have an immediate effect on your physical being.  Who has never felt an opening of the lungs and a clearing of the throat, nasal passages and sinus while inhaling the scent of eucalyptus and peppermint?  As I write this, I have a sudden flashback of those white inhaler plastic tubes (from Vick’s?) that had a small pad inside, infused with menthol and eucalyptus.  As children, my sisters and I stuffed them up our nostrils when we had colds.  When we were lucky enough to have 2 tubes each (we didn’t share!), then we would have one tube in each nostril…  Pure image of sexy…  The things we do when we’re kids…  The tips I have for you today do not include stuffing anything up your nostrils, thank goodness!

The Throat Chakra is linked with the element of ether.  This is the fifth element, and it is of a higher vibration than the earthly elements (earth, water, fire and air - linked with the 4 lower chakras).  The ether is almost like a veil, but one just outside of our normal perception.  Once you have worked on and released the issues keeping you stuck in the physical and emotional vibrations, you are able to access this fifth element.  Your ability to perceive and receive spiritual communication increases, as does your ability to share them truthfully.

To simulate ether, I invite you this week to use that tested-and-true steam technique to inhale and enjoy the scents specific to the Throat Chakra.  You’ll need a thick 1L (4 cups) bowl that can retain heat, boiling water, 10 drops of your essential oil of choice, a towel, and at least 10 minutes of quiet time.

Recommended essential oils include:

  • Eucalyptus: to clear infections, nasal blockages, colds.  It opens up the airways.
  • Grapefruit: to strengthen the immune system and bring renewed energy
  • Peppermint: a tonic and can help release tension and headaches

If you don’t have essential oils, no worries!  Add citrus peel and a few branches of fresh herbs to the boiling water - thyme, rosemary, or peppermint.  These fresh herbs are typically easy to find at the super market.

You know the technique - our grandmothers have taught it to us.  Tent the towel over the bowl and your head, and relax as you breathe in deeply for at least 10 minutes.  Now, for the spiritual twist to grandma’s recipe, practice your affirmations.  Inhale deeply…  then exhale as you state your affirmation out loud.  These affirmations could be something like this:

  • I am aligned - body, heart, mind and spirit…
  • I express my thoughts and emotions with love and clarity…
  • I easily hear and understand messages from Spirit…

Or use mantras, such as these:

  • Shanti…  Peace…  
  • Om Mani Padmi Hum
  • Truth…
  • Harmony…

An other good way to enjoy these uplifting aromas through steam is by using shower pucks.  For a recipe, Google “shower pucks” or “shower discs”, or visit my Pinterest board to see the recipes I’ve pinned.

Enjoy these simple measures to clear and harmonize your Throat Chakra.  Next week, we will start our exploration of the Third Eye or Brow Chakra, and I am looking forward to the insights we will receive in this journey.

Surrounding you in Love & Light.

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