Many of us have read the Law of Attraction books, created vision boards and embarked on journeys of healing our spirits, families and even ancestral lineages. Now that we collectively aim for “high-vibe”, it would be a natural step to explore reconnecting to self-nurturing & empowerment through aromatics. By using botanical perfumes, we can utilize essential oils to create an opportunity for self-actualization.
It is said that the three functions of perfume are prayer, seduction and healing.
By expanding our typical aromatherapy perspective of treatment to include personal transformation, we can weave the art of perfuming into our practice and our lives.
For aromatherapists, now is a fascinating time to explore botanical perfumes. One reason I was originally inspired by aromatherapy was learning that the first uses of scent were to shift consciousness and carry messages through the smoke and into the heavens (The word “perfume” is derived from the Italian parfumer – “to smoke through”.) During Cleopatra’s time, she doused the sails of her ship in perfume to beguile citizens prior to her arrival!
As aromatherapists we know that essential oils joined with the appropriate medium (anointing oils, alcohol, incense, etc.) can become a catalyst to shift energy to a higher frequency, thus supporting us to a place of optimal balance.
Considering this, we might conclude that the earliest perfumers were also powerful alchemists and healers. Even common folk of the time may have used the application of aromatics to practice the “magic” of attracting their desires.
As said by Scott Cunningham in Magical Aromatherapy, “Magical Aromatherapy merges the energies contained within essential oils and plants with our own. When charged through simple visualization techniques they can produce love, psychic awareness, peace, sleep…”
For example, if we want to exude strength & magnetism, one might opt for a blend of Cedarwood paired with an aphrodisiac such as Jasmine Sambac or Ylang Ylang (peace, sex, love). Or, if we want to give off the air of trustworthiness and safety, one might opt for a blend with Vetiver (protection) and Lavender (peace, conscious mind).
When awareness is synced with intention, we can take aromatherapy a step further, thus harnessing its emotionally supportive powers helping us to embody the people we wish to be.