Since I published this last in April 2013, there've been many aromatherapy workshops hosted by Luminere. Each seasonally centered and full of quirky fun as we learn how essential oils can affect our moods and outlooks profoundly while making a mess with our concoctions. The aromatherapy workshops have grown over the last few years as well. During our last holiday aromatherapy workshop, which is always my favorite, we nearly ran out of space. Next year's most likely will have to be a catered event to make it a bona fide party!
There is definite magic that comes with aromatherapy. This is one thing I've learned for certain with these workshops. By setting an intention with each oil we work with, and the products we make with them, we can summon up those intentions at a later time. For instance, lemongrass is a wonderful calming essential oil that helps reduce anger. Making a spray with it at one of the aromatherapy workshops, one participant learned that when she used it in her car, she no longer felt tense with bad drivers and traffic jams. How's that for some practical magic.
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I first realized the benefits of aromatherapy when an undergraduate in college. Having come across Scott Cunningham’s Magical Aromatherapy (1993), I read his notes on sage’s ability to increase memory and instill wisdom. Studying for my upcoming English history exam on Elizabethan history, I decided it couldn’t hurt to give sage a try. Inhaling its aroma from some dried sage leaves I’d bought at a local health foods store, I instantly felt clearer in mind. It was akin to taking a breath of fresh air after hours of study. Getting ready to go to class the next afternoon, I rubbed some of the sage on my shirt cuffs so that I could take that mental feeling with me to the exam. It worked.
In later years, when struggling with skin concerns of deep cystic acne, I again employed aromatherapy. I understood that my acne, while genetic, was in large part out of control due to my inability to properly process stress of graduate school, despite loving it and doing well. In addition to studying Ayurveda, which led me to enroll in esthetics school, I delved into aromatherapy. Western medicine was important to my skin’s recovery. Yet, I needed more. I needed inner balance if I were to address the root problem and not be continually reliant on medication. This was where subtle, gentle healing modalities like Ayurveda, Reiki, and aromatherapy had profound effects. While subtle, these holistic methods were necessary components for daily health. It was, in essence, a lifestyle change.
Having studied aromatherapy in depth while living in San Francisco, I have attended various certification courses. What I’ve learned, primarily, is that aromatherapy can be used at will based on how the aroma personally speaks to you. Yet, seasonally seems to be a great way of approaching it. Most essential oils have attributes dedicated to particular seasons and tend to be most effective during those times of year.
Beginning, then, with Spring, I am so excited to announce that there will be four series of aromatherapy courses throughout the upcoming year. Spring will include the essential oils and the aromatherapeutic qualities of Lemongrass, Juniper Berry, Bergamot, Geranium, and Eucalyptus. In this Spring class, we will use these essential oils to clear and cleanse, release negativity, manifest hope, connect to the feminine, and discover inspiration. Participants will take home samples of the essential oils along with practices and recipes for mixtures.