The autumnal equinox – from the Latin equi (equal) and nox (night), meaning that days and nights are equally long – is happening in 2018 on Saturday, September 22nd. In pagan traditions, the celebration is called Mabon: it represents the moment of harvest, and the end of summer, but also a time of gratitude and reflection:
- Gratitude towards the sun, the abundance of crops, and the goals we achieved during the year.
- Reflection on what remains to be achieved, on the previous year and our life in general.
Fall is the perfect time to walk in wild places, visit forests and enjoy their peaceful aroma while taking long breaths and calmly preparing for a period of rest and introspection, and maybe planning what needs to be done before winter. This time of the year calls for self-awareness and peacefulness and aromas from trees, fruits and calming scents in general.
“Peace and Clarity” Fall Synergy:
Synergy fills one 5ml amber bottle (96 drops).
Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) – 4 drops
I chose Roman Chamomile for two reasons: First, because the aroma reminds me of cooked apples, which I think resonates with the fall season. Second, the heavy scent of this essential oil is also very calming, and brings a sense of inner peace. It supports accepting our limitations and eases feelings of frustration – perfect to bring balance during this time of assessment.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) – 16 drops
Cypress is a wonderful essential oil to help pull things together. Supportive during times of transition, it helps bring patience and wisdom and instill self-confidence. Cypress can be an ally to help refocus on goals not yet achieved.
Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) – 16 drops
Close your eyes and smell Scots Pine, and the refreshing aroma will instantly transport you into a forest, deepen your breath and calm your nervous system. It can cleanse negative energy, and keep you grounded and centered while you reflect on your projects.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisii) – 32 drops
Grapefruit can bring much needed self-awareness and mental clarity. The refreshing aroma is inspiring and detoxifying and helps us keep a clear head to achieve our remaining tasks as it dissolves energy blocks, releasing frustration we may have carried with us through the year.
Red Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) – 28 drops
I chose Red Mandarin for two reasons: Because the seasonal fruit and its rich orange color represent fall in a perfect way, and because the aroma of Red Mandarin is extremely calming and reassuring. It brings peace and joy, connects us to our inner child and is very introspective, helping us clear clogged ideas and re-center on what truly matters.
This autumnal blend can be diffused or smelled directly from the bottle to enjoy the aromatic benefits mentioned above, or can be used to make your own personal aromatherapy products.
“Peace and Clarity” Body Scrub
I like the idea of a body scrub; after the sun exposure from the summer, our skin can benefit from an assessment too, scrubbing off dry, dead skin cells and adjusting our skincare routine to cooler weather.
Cypress and Pine have a strong antiseptic action on the respiratory system 1, which tends to become fragile as temperatures go down. Grapefruit and Red Mandarin help detoxify our skin, while Roman Chamomile offers anti-inflammatory, and anti-itch properties2.
Cane sugar is the best scrub base for the body; it supports an ideal oil balance for the skin while gently scrubbing off dead skin cells, leaving no dryness after use. As it is a fall recipe, sunflower seed oil and cornmeal seemed to be natural choices as well!
- 3 oz. Sugar
- 1 oz. Cornmeal
- 3 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
- 30 Drops of “Peace and Clarity” fall synergy
- Pour the essential oils and sunflower oil into a glass or stainless steel bowl.
- Add the sugar and the cornmeal and mix well.
- Pour mixture into a jar and seal with lid.
- Scrub, rinse and enjoy!
*If you are using in the shower, make sure water doesn’t get into the jar.
1Schnaubelt, Kurt, Ph.D. (1998). Advanced Aromatherapy. Rochester: Healing Art Press
2Shutes, Jade. Foundations of Aromatherapy
Worwood, Valerie Ann (1996). The Fragrant Mind. Novato, CA: New World Library
Keim Loughram, J and Bull R. (2000). Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques. Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd.
Cunninhgham, Scott (2004). Wicca. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications.