Celebrated for over a century every second Sunday of May, Mother’s day is the perfect opportunity to honor the many aspects of motherhood.
There are a million ways to be a mother and that is the beauty of it. You may be a mother, grandmother, or a mother’s daughter or son but all of us have some connection with the focus of this day. Whichever mother figure you are celebrating, three major themes stand out when it comes to motherhood: unconditional love, compassion and gratitude.
Let us explore the emotional realm of six essential oils, and how their special aromas can help celebrate a special someone.
Oils to encourage and celebrate unconditional love:
Rose Damascena – (Rose Damascena)
How can we talk about motherhood without mentioning rose? According to the poet Sappho in 600 BC, “the rose breathes of love”, one needs only to look at its morphology. Its delicate, heart-shaped petals represent an image of our physical heart, the embodiment of love. The colors of rose petals – in shades of pink and red – are opposite to green on the color wheel, therefore complementary and deeply connected to the green hue associated with the heart chakra. Rose is the queen of essential oils. She is caring, gentle, joyful, and celebrates femininity. Smelling rose is an extraordinary experience. Take the time to close your eyes, relax, and feel her nurturing arms wrapping around you.
A perennial herb with leaves of a light green color, marjoram is another plant of love, connected to the heart chakra. The Greeks and the Romans used marjoram in various ways to nurture feelings of love: newlyweds wore wreaths of marjoram and it is said that its leaves were used to invite love throughout one’s life. On an emotional level, marjoram is comforting, calming and strengthening, and very helpful when it comes to acceptance of loss. It blends beautifully with rose to celebrate the beloved mothers that are no longer with us.
Oils to nourish compassion for self as well as others:
Roman Chamomile – (Chamaemelum nobile)
Mothers love also implies empathy and an acceptance of flaws. A mother’s natural compassion for her children can also support the mother herself, encouraging freedom from self-judgment. Being from the Asteraceae family, Roman chamomile thrives in a warm and sunny environment and can promote a joyful and harmonious disposition, self-understanding and compassion. Aromatic benefits of Roman chamomile essential oil include calming, comforting, easing of frustration and clearing of emotional congestion.
Also from the Asteraceae family, Yarrow carries the energy of the wounded healer and lends itself well to all who do healing work – including mothers, of course. It is said that it was a great ally of Achilles himself, who used the plant to heal wounds on the battlefield. Energetically its aroma has a beautiful way of bringing peace, resolution and the release of blocked emotions. On an emotional level, Yarrow itself is full of compassion. Inhale the scent of this benevolent and wise ally, who is willing to help you unlock repressed anger or bitterness, and embark on a healing journey.
Oils to inspire gratitude:
Sweet Orange – (Citrus sinensis)
Whether it is gratitude for the love, education and values received from a mother, or for the joy received by a mother from her children, nurturing gratefulness is a major step towards a balanced and fulfilling life. With its uplifting aroma, Sweet orange can remind us to be thankful for life itself. It’s sunny and cheerful quality promotes happiness and helps us see the bright side of life. Sweet orange also helps enhance positive thoughts, detoxing the mind from negative ones.
Here is another beautiful flower with sensual feminine energy. Studies have proven the harmonizing, relaxing effect of Ylang ylang1. This tropical blossom essential oil is also known to decrease blood pressure1. Ylang ylang sets us on an ideal path to gratitude: it can help dissipate negative emotional states and promote joy and peace. Smelling Ylang ylang essential oil can have a side effect: bringing a smile to your face! It can generate genuine feelings of euphoria and soothe frustration. This bewitching flower’s personality is warm, enthusiastic and awakened.
A Mother’s Day Synergy:
As a treat for the mother you are or one you love, I suggest making your own customized blend of some of these essential oils in a way that resonates the most with you or the mother you are blending for. You can also try the synergy below:
|Essential Oil||Number of Drops|
|Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)||12|
|Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)||4|
|Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)||28|
|Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)||16|
How to Make:
Add total drops to a dark glass bottle with orifice-reducer top and shake to integrate.
Place 6 drops of this or your own synergy in a steam diffuser or lend its beautiful aroma to the creation of a nurturing bath salt by adding 10 drops of your synergy to 1 TBS. of jojoba oil and 1 cup of pink Himalayan salt. You could even try your hand at making a bath fizzie!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Jade Shutes, Foundations of Aromatherapy Level One Aromatherapy Certification Course
Valerie Ann Worwood, The Fragrant Mind
Julia Graves, A Guide to the Doctrine of Signatures
Written by: Amandine Peter
(Aromatic Studies Instructor)
Amandine Peter has lived with plants as long as she can remember. She grew up in the countryside with nature as her playground, and remembers playing all day long with her siblings and cousins in her grandfather’s garden, picking fruits and vegetables from the ground and eating them, and helping her grandfather hand-pick beetles to keep them out of our potato plants. Her mother used to diffuse eucalyptus essential oil in the winter to keep the family safe from germs and purify the atmosphere. She started to study essential oils in her teens because she was a very sensitive person who used to be sick every two months, with all sorts of benign ailments. She was also diagnosed with depression and anxiety. After incorporating essential oils into her life, she is now physically, mentally and emotionally healthy and connected to her body and to mother nature.
Amandine rejects everything that is processed and unnatural, because our bodies are not prepared to deal with the synthetic substances we find in basically everything. She makes all my cosmetics, and does not eat processed food. She believes that essential oils are precious allies to remind us how powerful plants are, and how right it feels to use them to enhance our general health, especially in a preventive way.