Vitality can be defined as a state of being active, energetic, and alive. It is the cultivation of strength, both mental and physical. Much of the positive effects of using herbs depend on our intention of using them. We can cultivate our intention by having faith in ourselves, our ability to receive benefits, and our faith in the medicinal properties of these herbs. Using aromatherapy with these herbs is a great way to change our immediate mental state from a less than desirable and perhaps sluggish state to a more invigorated, energized, or motivated. Some great herbs and flowers that can be used for aromatherapy include:
- Tulsi (Holy Basil) – Cimum Sanctum/Cimum Tenuiflorum. This herb has an adaptogenic or stress-relieving effect, but it can also gently energize you when it is used. You can use tulsi (holy basil) if you are seeking a gentle boost but not necessarily needing an intense level of concentration. It can be diffused into teas or used in aromatherapy. It could be arranged or grown in areas where you can frequently provide a regularly accessed aroma.
- Rose petals (Rosa). This incredibly versatile flower has many uses. Its value and chemical components are still not fully understood. Chinese tradition uses them as well. They are used to increase energy or “qi” as it is referred to in Chinese medicine. These flowers can be dried and used in teas or consumed on their own. But rose petals are also commonly used in aromatherapy and can be infused to create steams. Having roses growing in your garden or arranged in vases throughout your home could give a vitalizing aroma to your experience.
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). Rosemary herbs can be dried and used in many ways. Teas infused with rosemary are believed to improve cognition and enhance mental clarity. It is also used by soaking the dried herb to create ointments, which are great for the skin but also works as a method of aromatherapy. Rosemary can help you create the clarity and sharpness of cognition needed to push yourself into your space of creativity.
These three herbs can be used in their purest form for many purposes. All of them are also available in essential oil form. There are many other options for essential oil blends that assert to be blended for vitality. One blend example contains cedar oil, black pepper oil, fruit oil, clove oil, ho leaf oil, vetiver root oil, lemongrass oil, ginger root oil, pine leaf oil, ravensara twig oil, citral and geraniol. However, these oils are superstrength condensed form of the plant. Therefore, it is important to use the oil in minimal amounts and for its power to be respected. Sometimes over-harvesting of plants is needed for one bottle of essential oil. Essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin for the purpose of aromatherapy. If you would like to use it and smell it all day, blend it with a carrier oil and then use this oil on your skin. If possible, try using the pure form of the plant first before using essential oils and diffusers.