The Summer Solstice is a time of renewal, to celebrate creativity, passion, and rebirth.
The scents are lighter and greener; it comes from the herbs growing in my garden, the freshness of citrus & the scent of the sun-warmed earth. The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and is considered the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere; it usually arrives on or around June 21, and it is when the sun is at its furthest point from the equator.
Ancient cultures all around the world celebrated the sun, the changes in nature and of the seasons, as well as the planting and the harvesting of the crops. Many of the ceremonies would include drumming, singing and praying. During Solstice celebrations, the Celts would dance around balefires that were lit on their land and some people would leap thru the flames as a purifying rite.
Monuments were built to honor the sun & this sacred time. Stonehenge, (the large “megalithic” circle of stones) which is located in Wiltshire, England, was built around 3100 B.C. & was considered a sacred shrine for worshipping the sun. The Egyptians aligned the Sphinx so it gets enveloped in sunlight, as the sun sets between two of the largest pyramids, on the evening of the Summer Solstice.
As the weather gets warmer I like to use my “Summer Solstice” diffuser blend. It is a lighter scented blend made from essential oils that remind me of summer; citrusy Tangerine, floral Ylang Ylang, the fresh & herbal scent of Rosemary, & earthy, exotic Patchouli…
Patchouli, (Latin name Pogostemon cablin), is a perennial shrub with large green leaves and whitish- pink flowers. Patchouli is native to the tropical regions of Asia & is often used in meditation due to it’s grounding properties, & the exotic scent. Patchouli is also used extensively to make soap, cosmetics, & perfume.
Patchouli is a sensual, grounding base note and its properties may be helpful for:
- Stress & anxiety
- soothing skin irritations
- skin care
- your libido
Patchouli first became popular in the Western world during the early part of the 19th century, when Europe started importing textiles, clothing & carpets from the Middle East & India. “Crushed or ground Patchouli was sprinkled between the layers of fabrics to protect the precious cargo from moths & other insects”.
Come summer, I like to stop & take a moment to just be. To honor the different seasons of the year & what they represent; it helps me to stay more present, to not get as caught up in future worries; to observe and honor the ever-changing cycle of life & of my life …
*** Patchouli is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing when properly diluted before topical use. Use caution during the 1st trimester of pregnancy.
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace Medical Advice.
Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
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- Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion, an imprint of Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005
- Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002
- Tisserand, Robert, & Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2014
Photos for this blog from http://www.canstockphoto.com & from my own personal collection. – CP