Monday night was lonely without Grenwinae. It was also my first day of work at my new job and a very long day it was indeed. I took comfort with a meditation, calling on my animal guides: asking rabbit to help me keep still at work and not to jump the gun on any issues; and for Owl to let me remember the power and wisdom of appropriate silence and when it’s time to swoop down and take it with my powerful claws!
I scented a cotton ball with Jasmine (about four drops) and Roman Chamomile (8 drops) to smell and aid my mood which was feeling kinda low. I find Jasmine overwhelming so wanted Roman Chamomile to bring that intensity down. I actually really liked the balance that the J-RC gave so I may need to work with that a bit in a bath or hair product.
I did use Jasmine prior to bed but didn’t see any adverse effects. I had a bit of a headache (possible culprit Roman Chamomile) when using it today but I think that was more due to weather changes.
The following is from my personal notes. Notations are at the bottom. The areas marked in blue is why I selected these fragrances last night.
Anthemis nobilis (i.e. Whig Plant, Scented Mayweed, Camomyle, Ground Apple,
Manzanilla (Spanish), Maythen, Earth Apple, Camomile)
Used in the Mediterranean region for over 2,000 years, revered by the Egyptians and Moors, it was one of the Saxon’s nine sacred herbs (collectively called ‘maythen’). Improves vitality and promotes peace, as this plant was seen as the plants physician as it promoted the health of plants around it (Lawless, Essential Oils).
Scent: Fresh and clean. Warm, sweet and fruity. Light scent.
Uses: Make rinses and conditioners to heighten blond highlights, helps prevent dandruff and conditions dry hair. Cosmetic use softens the skin and refreshes the eyes (use a very low dilution like 1 percent or less for facial use). Pillow sachets for eye masks. Massage oil for menstrual cramping and/or stomach/digestion pain. Use in an atomizer (or other method) to scent the space.
Use when undergoing difficult times and you need reassurance all will work out well. Reassures you that things that have been irritating or pestering you will pass (Nature-Speak, Ted Andrews). Promotes peace and healing (Pagandreams.co.uk).
Combos: Geranium, bergamot, jasmine, lavender. Neroli and/or clary sage lend a warm, fresh note when added in small quantities. German chamomile is longer lasting.
Aromatherapy benefits: calming, eases anxiety, relaxing.
Magickal (folklore and historical): Love, healing, and reducing stress. Burn as incense for de-stressing, meditation, and restful sleep. Use chamomile around the house to remove hexes, curses and spells. Add to sachets/spells to increase chances of success. Luck & Prosperity: Burn or add to prosperity bags to increase money. Wash hands in an infusion of chamomile before gambling or playing cards. Keep a packet of the herb with lottery tickets. Use in bath magick to attract love.
Medicinal: A gentle oil, suitable for use with children (unless they have allergies – see warning). Anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Skin care: acne, allergies, cuts, burns, dermatitis (can cause this condition with some individuals, depending on sensitivity), insect bites; arthritis, muscular pain, inflammation, colic indigestion, nausea, PMS, menstrual problems, headaches, insomnia, tension and migraine.
RELATED TO RAGWEED FAMILY. DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT or BREASTFEEDING. CAN PRODUCE NAUSEAU IF USED IN LARGE DOSAGES. CAUSES DERMATITIS IN SOME. CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE LOW BLOOD PRESSURE.
Jasminum grandiflorum (i.e. Pikake, Ysmyn, Jessamin, Moonlight on the Grove)
Jasmine is the sacred flower of Persia and in that language translates to “gift from God.” Garlands of Jasmine are given to honored guests in India and 10 days before the marriage, brides would be massaged with a mixture of Jasmine oil, spices and herbs each day.
Awakens greater discrimination, mental clarity, heart chakra, and stimulates the ability for prophetic dreams. Can help foretell coming transitions (Nature-Speak, Ted Andrews).
Scent: rich, floral scent. My experience with this scent is a little goes a long way! It can be overwhelming to those sensitive to smells.
Uses: Meditation, incense, sachets, spells, incense, bathwater. Massage oil for menstrual cramping or as an oil prior to lovemaking. Helpful in lifting your mood. Do not use prior to bed as it stimulates nasal drainage (Nature-Speak, Ted Andrews).
Combos: Clary Sage emphasizes the sensual aspect; try sandalwood (exotic), the citrus family (fresh) or rose (floral). Blends with almost anything.
Aromatherapy benefits: calming, relaxing, sensual, romantic, mood altering.
Magickal: Divination; good for charging quartz crystals. Use in sachets and spells to draw spiritual love and attract a soul mate. Carry or burn the flowers to draw wealth and money. Promotes new, innovative ideas.
Medicinal: Dry, greasy or irritated skin. Muscular spasms, coughs, hoarseness, laryngitis, frigidity, menstrual cramps, labor pains, uterine disorders, depression, stress related disorders. Produces a feeling of optimism, confidence and euphoria and is helpful for those who feel apathy, indifference, or listlessness (Lawless, Essential Oils).
MAY CAUSE IRRITATION IN SOME.
Sources: Magickal Cat for magical references unless indicated elsewhere, Deep Glade Apothecary, Aura Cacia, AromaWeb, Pagandreams.co.uk, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, Clare Maxwell-Hudson’s Aromatherapy Massage, Your Backyard Herb Garden by Miranda Smith, and Readers Digest Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs.