Autumn rituals: an essential oil to keep you grounded

Steady as a rock
Rooted like a tree
I am here
Standing strong
In my rightful place.
-Kim Brodey

Many of us experience the autumn as a “new year”. Autumn can often be a time of transition and change, calling us to step outside of our comfort zones and into unfamiliar territory.

If you are experiencing a fall with transition and new terrain, consider creating an aromatic ritual to provide you with a sense of stability and groundedness.

I like to use essential oils that are distilled from the roots of a plant whenever I need to feel grounded. Roots are the very definition of grounding – they provide stability and connection for a plant and will nourish your own ability to connect and stabilize yourself.

My favorite root essential OIL to keep you grounded:

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)

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Vetiver essential oil comes from the roots of a tropical grass originally from India and Sri Lanka, but the plant is now grown in many tropical countries.

Vetiver is known as “the oil of tranquility” and it is incredibly grounding and stabilizing. The essential oil is deeply calming, balancing and restorative. Vetiver promotes rejuvenation on all levels and aids relaxation.

Creating an aromatic ritual

When we fully engage with a scent and it becomes our focus, we can detach from busy distracting thoughts and experience a state of mindfulness and reflective awareness.
-Jennifer Peace Rhind

Start or end the day by creating an aromatherapy ritual to ground yourself.

Diffuse a few drops of vetiver for at least five minutes before practicing a simple grounding meditation.

By diffusing a specific essential oil with your meditation practice, you are creating a scent memory. After a short period of time, you will begin to associate the scent with a sense of nourishing groundedness.

There are many grounding meditation exercises available on the internet. Here is a beautiful guided meditation by Linda Hall:

Wishing you a fall season that is filled with ease.

References

Mojay, G. (1996). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. London: Gaia Books Ltd.

Peace Rhind, J. (2014). A Sensory Journey. London: Jessica Kingsley Publication.

Vie, Katie. (2015). Roots: A Year with Morphology – Using Plant-based Origins to Inspire Aromatic Blending. [Website]. Retrieved from: https://naha.org/naha-blog/roots-a-year-with-morphology-using-plant-based-origins-to-inspire-aromatic/

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