First Posted September 2015
Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is is change. – Edwin Teale
Leaves have been falling in my garden for awhile now, and you can feel the changes in the air. The asters are blooming; The wind is crisp in the evening, the Sun is lower in the sky, & sunsets are starting to come earlier as we move towards the Autumnal Equinox on September 23.
The Autumnal Equinox or Mabon as it is now known is considered to be the second harvest festival. In ancient times, our ancestors would be celebrating the harvest, it was a time of prosperity; the fruition of months of hard work. The celebration would be similar to our Thanksgiving. A time to thank the God and the Goddess for all of the blessings that they had received.
I like to honor the equinoxes. I find that these quieter moments are more meaningful as I reflect on the changes that are happening in my life. My way of honoring these moments usually involves essential oils. Either using them in my diffuser while I meditate or creating a new blend. The process of creating a blend is different every single time. Sometimes it’s more intuitive, and sometimes it’s more research based depending on what the diffuser blend is to be used for.The oils that I chose to use for my Autumn Equinox diffuser blend were definitely a combination of research as well as some inspiration.There are oils that honored the harvest, like Rosemary and Basil as well as oils that honored the return to the earth, an ending of a cycle, like Myrrh and Patchouli. For balance, I had to use my beloved Clary Sage. But my first choice was always Cypress.
Cypress, Latin name Cupressus sempervirens, is an evergreen tree that is native to the southeastern Mediterranean part of Europe. Cypress trees are extremely long-lived, with some trees thought to be approx. 2000 years old. These trees can be found in France, Spain, Portugal, North Africa, and Italy. Most of the Cypress essential oil is produced in France, Spain, and Morocco.
Cypress was used for hundreds of years as incense in Nepal and Tibet.The ancient Egyptians used Cypress wood to make coffins and the ancient Greeks dedicated the Cypress tree to Pluto, god of the underworld, which is probably why you will often find Cypress trees planted outside of cemeteries.Cypress has many properties that are useful in aromatherapy, Cypress:
- works well for acne, oily skin and excessive sweating
- eases muscular aches and pains as well as menstrual cramps and PMS.
- relaxes both the body and the mind in times of stress.
I wasn’t sure why I chose Cypress, but after doing research for this blog, it started to make sense. Well, at least it did to me… Cypress is all about wisdom, transitions and finding the strength within. (It may be helpful at this exciting, yet bittersweet time of year for the moms who are sending their babies off to kindergarten or to college).
Robbi Zeck, author of “The Blossoming Heart” says that “Cypress supports and holds the space for the soul to remain in balance.”
The Autumnal Equinox is all about balance. It is the day that is divided equally into day and night, light and dark. And if you think about it, it is the perfect time to do some inner work, to look at the balance within ourselves. The balance of our masculine and feminine energies, as well as the dark and the light that dwells within each of us. I think that we should all take at least a moment for some Self- Care, to honor all aspects of ourselves without judgment. To be a little kinder to that person who stares back at us from the mirror each morning.
- While Cypress has been reported as non-toxic, non-irritating, & non-sensitizing, it is best to Avoid using if you are pregnant, have untreated high blood pressure or have or had cancer.
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to diagnose or replace medical advice.Essential oils should not be ingested & always need to be diluted before topical use.
- Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
- Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002
- Tisserand, Robert, & Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2014