In Volume III of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy – Subtle and Psyche, (coming soon!) I examine the spiritual allure of scent and why so many cultures use scent within their spiritual practices.
The social distancing restrictions being enforced in Australia and around the world are going to disrupt so many Easter family traditions. This may be time with family, time with friends to reconnect with nature, or time to contemplate our faith and spirituality, which for many Christians means reflecting on the life of Jesus and perhaps the significance of rebirth and resurrection.
Our religious and spiritual practices have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. Research indicates people with more spirituality report better physical health, psychological adjustment and lower rates of problematic social behaviours. Spirituality strengthens the sense of self and self-esteem, feeling more like a ‘whole person’ and being valued by the divine. Higher levels of spirituality are associated with decreased levels of depression, lower levels of general anxiety and with positive outcomes in coping with anxiety. Participation in spiritual activities helps to integrate individuals into their families.
Now more than ever, our spiritual and religious practices and beliefs will give us the strength to cope with the challenges of living with COVID-19. The current restrictions placed upon us may challenge those traditional spiritual practices we all too often take for granted. Therefore, as our daily routine is reorganised and traditional ways of connecting with others and nature are disrupted, I hope you find solace in essential oils to nurture your spirituality.
I have come up with my own delightful blend called soul comfort. The blend includes buddha wood, Santalum album, patchouli, sweet orange, frankincense, geranium, rose absolute, bergamot, lemon and hinoki wood. Soul comfort envelops me with a sense of comfort and calm, it is at once reassuring and yet spiritually invigorating. What is your soul comfort blend?
May you find solace this Easter in the sanctuary of your home.