By Charlynn Avery
A gratitude ritual is a simple practice that helps us appreciate what we too often overlook in our daily lives. Despite the fact that November is a month with an emphasis on gratitude and giving thanks, it is also a month that accelerates with momentum as we rush toward the holiday season.
Take some time to create a few moments peace with four aroma-specific gratitude rituals. Each oil chosen has specific spiritual and emotional benefits that can help you bring peace and gratitude back into focus.
How to create your ritual:
- Give yourself time. Take 10 or 15 minutes to allow yourself to decompress. This is time devoted to you, so make yourself unavailable to others.
- Find a clear, quiet space. Make sure you find a small place away from it all. It can be a corner of a bedroom or an office with the lights turned low, or out in the garage where no one will disturb you. The key is space and quiet.
- Set your intention. If you are choosing to focus on gratitude and what you are thankful for in your life, make it clear from the outset. It saves from wondering what to do when you get to the point of quiet calm.
- Diffuse your oils. Scent your space with essential oils. Many diffuser options work – and if you don’t have a diffuser, just adding a few drops of the oil to a tissue or cotton ball can work to contain the oil for a short period of time.
- Take a deep breath, close your eyes and focus. Once completed, you can wear a little of your oil (diluted) to continue to expand your gratitude experience into the rest of your day.
Four oils to consider for your gratitude ritual:
- Cultivate remembrance with rosemary. Rosemary is an excellent choice in diffusion for gratitude. Known as the herb of remembrance, rosemary oil provides a focusing scent that brings about clarity. Think about who you want to remember in this moment – family, friends, loved ones who have passed – anyone you wish to remember, celebrate and give thanks for them being a part of your life. Rosemary is the perfect companion to a gratitude practice, as it strengthens the connection of scent and memory and can support us in remembering to be thankful.
- Find nirvana with noble neroli. Neroli has an aroma that is sweet and softly floral. It captures the scent of citrus blossoms in full bloom, bursting with life. Spiritually, it is said to be an essence that is not only elevating, but heavenly. It connects us to spirit and soothes our frayed nerves in times of need. A diffusion of neroli is one that will connect us to the divine and can serve as a reminder to express our thanks for all that brings us bliss and soothing peace.
- Choose cheerfulness with clary sage. Euphoric clary sage is an excellent choice when thinking of gratitude. In times of sadness or on blue mood days, clary sage can give us the emotional boost we need to cheer up. This is an oil that can put a smile on our face and bring us into the moment with joy. Clary sage can bring us cheer if we forget to stop and smile. Gratitude is expressed more fully and experienced more deeply when we approach it with joy.
- Enjoy the moment with jubilant jasmine. Jasmine is an aroma that is a reminder of love. It connects our heart and spirit and softens our feelings towards others. This is an oil that can help you express loving gratitude in your daily life. It is also an uplifting and joyful aroma and can bring love into sharp focus. A diffusion of jasmine can connect our thankfulness in a loving way. Wear it after your gratitude ritual to continue to bring the sensory experience of love into the rest of your day.
Note: Aura Cacia offers neroli and jasmine in our Precious Essentials™ line, which provides affordable and convenient aromatherapy experiences with the most prized essential oils. Expertly blended with jojoba oil, they are ready-to-use right out of the bottle.
Why are you thankful this Thanksgiving season?
About the author: Charlynn Avery, aromatherapist and educator for Aura Cacia, is on a quest to change the way we look at health and healing in the U.S. She has spent her career practicing and teaching in the arena of holistic health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist, and currently holds additional certifications in Holistic Nutrition, Thai Massage and Life Coaching. Although she loves natural healing, she loves spending time in nature even more. An avid traveler both for work and pleasure, she can often be found getting her U.S. National Park Passport stamped or reading a good book in an airport.