In the Celtic and pagan calendar, Imbolc, a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring, is taking place on Saturday, February 2nd 2019. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals – along with Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain – and is also celebrated by pagans and Wiccans as a day of power.
Although the etymology remains unclear, the term “Imbolc” is thought to come from the old Irish “I mbolc”, meaning “in the belly”. This idea is quite relevant to the season: we are witnessing the very first promise of a new life, a parallel with a pregnant belly hiding a beautiful potential. Light is slowly returning, and nature is about to be reborn. It is, in essence, the celebration of new beginnings.
This is the perfect time to move forward, look toward the future and make space for hope.
Seeding Your Future
It makes perfect sense to work with seeds at this time of year. Seeds literally contain the energy of potential and creativity. They are the promise of life; life in the making, waiting to be reborn – the perfect energy to celebrate Imbolc.
Here is my choice of essential oils that are steam distilled from the seed of the plant. Although cardamom is technically a pod containing several seeds, I chose to add it to this list.
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Promotes creativity and imagination, encouraging, motivating, brings optimism.
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Warming, stimulating, good if there is a lack of energy, promotes motivation and enthusiasm, helps in giving a sense of clarity and direction.
Carrot seed (Daucus carota)
Warming, promotes creativity, helps letting go and release of blockages (i.e. feeling “stuck”), regeneration.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Release of emotional and mental blocks, enlivening, motivating, fortifying, can help during periods of transition.
Safety note: due to the presence of fennel, this blend should not be used with pregnant women, women presenting hormonal imbalance or hormone-dependent diseases.
Belly Rub Blend
What better way to use your Imbolc synergy than literally “on your belly”!
Another great thing about seeds is that they are excellent to promote healthy digestion.
|Essential Oil||# of Drops|
|Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)||9|
|Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)||6|
|Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)||9|
|Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)||4|
Suggestions for how to use your belly rub oil, salve or butter:
Use it with mindfulness. Take a few minutes to sit down and focus on your breath. If you have a usual meditation or Reiki routine, you can include the belly rub in your ritual.
Slowly massage the belly rub on your stomach, while focusing on the aroma. Place your hands in a cup around your nose and breathe. Visualize the seed, the energy of life inside, and see it growing. Visualize your future goals and their successful accomplishment during the year to come.
Shutes, Jade. Essential Oils Materia Medica & Therapeutics.
Shutes, Jade. Foundations of Aromatherapy.
Worwood, Valerie Ann (1996). The Fragrant Mind. Novato, CA: New World Library.
Cunningham, Scott (2004). Wicca. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications.