Inspiration of Grace and Ease
Updated: Jan 18
Instead of a new year's resolution and a long list to complete, I set my sights on an intention of Grace and Ease for 2022 through this year's journey.
Grace- a smooth and pleasing way of moving or a polite and thoughtful way of behaving.
Ease- the absence of difficulty or effort, moving carefully or gradually.
To my surprise, the next few days after claiming this yearly intention of grace and ease was anything but that. There were many challenges to overcome. I then took some deep breaths, walked in nature, and became more grounded and at peace at the moment.
For many years I have continued to challenge myself beyond my comfort level. I am finally learning it is one deep breath at a time, taking time for myself when needed, and then continuing onward with an open heart and open mind.
Recently Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) essential oil has been my go-to added into blends.
Bergamot is uplifting and relaxing, reduces tension and anxiety, and reduces agitation and insomnia.
I like using bergamot in the winter months as it is so uplifting, and unless I am skiing, I do not spend as much time outside and do not have to be concerned with the phototoxic precaution.
PRECAUTIONS: Bergamot can be a skin irritant if old or oxidized. Not the best choice of essential oils for the bath. Cold-pressed bergamot is phototoxic. A rectified FCF/Bergaptine-Free version of cold-pressed Bergamot Oil is available that dramatically reduces the oil's phototoxicity.
PROPERTIES: analgesic, anti-anxiety, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-viral, antirheumatic, carminative, cicatrisant, digestive stimulant, febrifuge, sedative, tonic, vermifuge, and vulnerary.
En-JOY this Grace and Ease Blend
This blend can be used in a nasal inhaler, in 1 oz. of carrier oil such as jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis) or unscented body lotion.
· 5 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
· 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
· 3 drops Rose (Rosa damascena)
You might also enjoy this citrus refreshing room spray blend with bergamot.
May grace and ease be with you.~
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Purchon, Nerys and Cantele, Lora, The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Toronto, ON, Robert Rose Publisher, 2014, p. 38-39.
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