Certainly, aromas affect us all in the same way? Not really! According to healers, you should follow the wisdom of the universe to guide your selection.
Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy, benefiting the whole person as one unique being. Extracted from nature, essential oils are often referred to as the ‘life force’ of plants. They contain many healing and beneficial properties that may be either relaxing or invigorating, depending upon the ones chosen. Its benefits can be embraced in many different ways via compresses or, best of all, massage. It’s also common for people to add a few drops of a cleansing aroma to water in order to create a cleaning elixir that can be used for general housework – lemon is a common favourite for this.
Many healers believe that everything in our life is a reflection of what was going on in the universe. They believed people, plants and animals are made of the same elements as the planets and the zodiac signs: air, fire, water and earth. Each living thing was linked with a corresponding planet and astrological sign. Ancient healers used astrology to diagnose disease, deciding which plants, herbs and flowers would be best-suited to treat people based on the plants’ astrological correspondences, the area of the body affected and the person’s horoscope. Today, many aroma-therapists start off with a background in herbalism. They will look at the person as a whole – their lifestyle and their horoscope – before choosing a blend of essential oils to suit the person’s needs. Usually these oils will consist of top, middle and base note oils because, when used together, a blend of essences has a greater therapeutic impact than an individual choice.
Find the Balance
Quick, beneficial healing can come from inhaling a few drops of oil on a handkerchief and letting the aroma stimulate your senses. As you inhale, the essential oils enter your nostrils and affect the limbic system in the brain, thereby acting as mood enhancers. And by restoring and promoting a balance between body and mind, essences can be all that’s needed to give your spirits a lift. So, if you’re looking for a new way to boost your natural feel-good vibes, why not try soothing your body’s energy by combing herbalism, aromatherapy and astrology? Once you understand the common characteristics of your zodiac sign, with a little investigation into the properties of essences, you can select the most appropriate aromas to heal yourself.
21st March - 20th April
Enthusiastic, intelligent and daring, Arians are natural-born leaders who are always up for new adventures. While hugely ambitious and excitable, those born under this sign can come across as impulsive and sometimes slightly aggressive. Aromas governed by Aries’ ruler, Mars, are stimulating and warming. Pick basil, black pepper and ginger as these ‘hot’ and detoxifying essences are ruled by the God of War. What’s more, black pepper is excellent for pacifying an Arians’ fiery demeanour. Meanwhile, ginger is a strong and spicy essence that’s linked with love, sexuality and prosperity.
21st April - 21st May
Generous, down-to-earth and independent, Taureans are pragmatic and can always be relied on to lend a helping hand. On the other side of the coin, they can also be possessive, materialistic and idle. Aromas under the rulership of Venus often come from flowers with very sweet perfumes. These oils are used to boost one’s aesthetic sense, and some of them are particularly therapeutic for women. Essential oils best-suited to this sign are not only sensual but also balancing, such as uplifting geranium and ylang-ylang. In line with their tactile nature, the best way for Taureans to explore aromatherapy is with a full body massage. Select a rose-infused oil or light some scented candles and you’ll be on to a winner!
22nd May - 21st June
Sharp-witted, adaptable and imaginative, Geminis are freedom chasers who try to avoid being tied down. Explosions of excitable energy, their independent nature can lead them to be restless and see them flit from one emotion to the next. The light and zesty aroma of lemon verbena is a fab choice for those born under this sign. Why? Citrus aromas support the Gemini’s way of working – in short, intense bursts. Basil is also well-suited to their intellectual nature as it aids concentration and strokes tired minds. True to Gemini’s mercurial nature, they often need to calm their frantic thoughts. An ideal way to do so is to put one drop of lemon or basil essence onto a tissue and inhale the scent, allowing it to detox a busy mind.
22nd June - 23rd July
Complex and temperamental, Cancerians are highly sensitive and can be rather needy. That said, they do make extremely loyal companions as they are very caring and responsive. When it comes to aromas, Cancerians need lunar scents that help to relax and calm them, while broadening their intuition. With that in mind, they would benefit most from relaxation-enhancers, like hyssop. Juniper is another top choice – not only is it said to work wonders at easing anxiety, but this aromatic shrub has also been relied upon for its ability to ward off evil spirits.
24th July - 23rd August
PLANET: THE SUN
The outgoing Leo exudes confidence and loves to be the centre of attention. Those born under this charming sign tend to have a big circle of friends as they are very warm and encouraging, but their demand for attention can lead them to be melodramatic and a dash self-indulgent. Essences ruled by the Sun have a stimulating, warming effect and are believed to be helpful to the circulatory system. Melissa, neroli, chamomile, and rosemary are all solar essences. Traditionally, sprigs of rosemary were used to drive bad spirits away and were burned to fumigate sickrooms. Neroli, (produced from the blossom of the bitter orange), is a great buy if you’re feeling blue, struggling to sleep or need to calm your emotions – perfect for Leos.
24th August - 23rd September
Wise, practical and modest, Virgos are intelligent perfectionists who make true and loyal friends. To those born under this sign, perception is reality so it’s hugely important for Virgos to surround themselves with positive energy, as they struggle to see the good in testing situations. The most versatile of all the essential oils and one that can truly be termed ‘healing’, lavender is linked with the sign of Virgo. It is an adaptive plant – meaning it can stimulate or sedate depending upon your body’s needs. It’s also commonly used as a mood enhancer, promoting a sunny disposition and calming the nerves. Another great essence for this sign is fennel, which strengthens your spirituality with its grounding energy.
24th September - 23rd October
Libras are kind souls who struggle to say ‘no’. Fair, diplomatic and loving, those born under this star sign hold partnerships dear. That said, Libras can be judgmental and self-pitying. Rose oil is said to be the blood of Venus (Libra’s ruling planet). Its beauty lies not only in its sweet aroma, but also in its capacity to soothe the skin. Rose oil is another aroma that is very sweet, even heady, and is excellent at steadying nerves. Meanwhile, Venus-ruled jasmine works well as an aphrodisiac and is also said to be wonderfully uplifting. As Libra is the sign of balance, when having a massage, make sure that both sides of the body are touched for the same amount of time and with equal movements.
24th October - 22nd November
PLANETS: PLUTO AND MARS
If Scorpio had a middle name, it’d be ‘complicated’. These personalities are ambitious, loyal and passionate, which drives them to success. Natural leaders, Scorpios tend to demand control and can be obsessive. They also have fabulous memories which means they can struggle to let go. Fragrances ruled by Pluto are purifying and some of them are said to be beneficial for the female reproductive system. Sensual oils such as jasmine and ylang-ylang come under the sway of Pluto and Scorpio. Jasmine is said to relieve menstrual cramps and the pains of childbirth, while ylang-ylang fights against impotence and frigidity, as well as being a good aphrodisiac. Meanwhile, sandalwood is a great way to soften the infamous Scorpio sting!
23rd November - 21st December
Forever seeking the good in all situations, Sagittarians are vibrant and positive personalities. That said, there are two distinct sides to this sign: one is kind-hearted and open-minded and the other is arrogant and quick-tempered. Scents ruled by Jupiter are uplifting to the spirit and are often used in religious ceremonies. Cedar wood, sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh and sage all come under the Centaur’s influence. Aside from its supposed ability to drive out bad spirits, frankincense is also used for its calming and clarity-boosting properties.
22nd December - 29th January
Strong, sensible and reliable, Capricorns are hard workers who crave structure. Their practical and realistic nature makes them great leaders, but also earns them an uncreative reputation. Gifted with wisdom and common sense, they can often come across as relatively controlling. Essences ruled by Saturn are yin and have a cooling effect , though they are also said to have a warming effect when used on stiff joints. Oils like pine, hemp and camphor also fall into this category. Another great choice is bergamot as this essence is favoured for its usefulness in times of burn-out. Spend some alone time unwinding and burn patchouli, sandalwood or bergamot in an oil burner, allowing the cooling essences to lift the energy of your room. This will help Capricorns get stuck into a great read or to spend some quiet time meditating.
21st January – 19th February
Fiercely independent, Aquarians are shy visionaries, renowned for being stubborn and somewhat detached. With this in mind, it can take a while for those of this sign to make new friends. Aromas ruled by Uranus, such as hyssop and marjoram oils, calm worries. Hyssop is mainly used for healing the respiratory tract, whereas marjoram has a warming effect in massage, and helps in times of grief and emotional turmoil. That said, chamomile is a great choice for this sign as it can be used to soften stubbornness. A rose- or chamomile-scented diffuser would make a valued addition to an Aquarian’s desk to dial down their frustrations.
20th February - 20th March
Mysterious, somewhat elusive, Pisceans live a life of extremes; when happy, they bounce on the walls, but when they’re sad, they’re thoroughly miserable. As natural empaths, Pisceans are highly compassionate and sensitive, therefore they are deeply affected by the energy of their surroundings. Aromas ruled by Neptune tend to be exhilarating, uplifting and spiritually-enhancing, like clary sage, myrrh and frankincense. All of these essences were once used to purge evil spirits and clean the air. Clary sage has a softer, more floral scent than common sage and is said to leave users in a state of euphoria. What’s more, it’s a solid choice when you need courage or a tonic for steadying Pisceans’ worry and tension.