The range of disciplines which aromatherapy can be combined with is wide. It can be used with different forms of healing, including Reiki and the laying on of hands which work on the Chakras and aura, as well as with herbal remedies. It can be used with forms of activity that stimulate the physical and energy body, such as Yoga and Tai Chi, and those that calm the mind, such as different forms of meditation.
Aromatherapy can also be used to enhance psychic work like fortune telling, and activities like spell casting.
Whether it be bathing, anointing, burning in an oil burner, use on pillows and handkerchiefs, use in charms or other methods, there is an application suited to most situations.
As long as you bear in mind the properties of the oils and their cautions and choose those relevant, your day can be filled with fragrance.
What can't you use oils for?
As aromatherapy is a complementary therapy, there very few healing or divining techniques that you can't combine it with. For Thai massage and Shiatsu practitioners, essential oils are generally considered unsuitable as part of a treatment. This is because the massage session is best performed fully clothed so as to allow the giver to sense energy with no distractions and to prevent friction burn.
Obviously a ritual that is based around or includes a different set of smells, for example smudging, will clash with aromatherapy as the scents will fight for dominance. Finally you must always bear in mind that essential oils should never be taken orally, which means that they cannot be added to any herbal remedy or other healing technique that is to be eaten or drunk. Of course, you can always consume your remedy while burning your blend in a vaporiser.
The Scope of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy and other healers
With its subtle effects on your body, emotions and mind, all at the same time, aromatherapy is compatible with many other forms of natural healing.
- Essential oils can be used to strengthen the effects of other types of healing because they work on the physical body as well as the emotional and mental state.
- The best known use of aromatherapy oils in combination with other healing disciplines is in massage, most notably in Swedish and Indian head massage, where it can help make the massage strokes smoother.
In this context it offers the extra advantage that it can be beneficial for healer as well as recipient.
- It is equally useful and beneficial as an accompaniment to the laying on of hands and other forms of energy healing, such as Reiki, helping to focus and direct your energies.
- Aromatherapy can be used in conjunction with herbal remedies.
- Oils enhance health-boosting activities like Yoga and meditation by focusing your attention and clearing your mind, and can be used in an on-going manner by bathing and showering with appropriate oils.
For your spiritual side
Aromatherapy stimulates the emotions and mind, so it is ideal for enhancing spiritual practices as well. Aromatherapy can be used to enhance physical practices such as Yoga and Tai Chi, which will help tone your physical body and balance your energy levels. It also enhances meditation by stimulating the state of mind you seek through the type of meditation you choose to practise.
Pure and Simple
It's also a great alternative to incense as it can be used to stimulate your mind, memory, focus intent, and promote greater energy, which will totally enhance any energy work.
It also lasts longer, and is more discreet (no smoke). Aromatherapy can also form part of the purification process through bathing and anointing, to help you feel refreshed, clean and ready to begin energy work.
For your psychic self
As aromatherapy can work on your subtle energy body, it can be very useful for psychic work. You can use the oils to help stimulate your psychic senses, which is vital for fortune telling. You can also use it to help relax your client and enhance their psychic energy and general awareness.
Adding essential oils tends to work best for forms of fortune telling where the client is supposed to handle the medium that is the focus of the reading, such as Tarot, runes, or I Ching coins.
However, it can also be of help for palmistry, astrology and other forms of fortune telling that require you to concentrate for long periods of time, enabling you to maintain your focus on the task at hand.