This past weekend was the festival of Imbolc. In the Old World calendar, Imbolc, was a traditional fire and light festival honoring the turning of the wheel in Mother Earth's cycles and marking the mid-point between Winter and Spring.
It makes perfect sense to work with seeds at this time of year. Seeds literally contain the energy of potential and creativity. They are the promise of life; life in the making, waiting to be reborn – the perfect energy to celebrate Imbolc.
Here is my choice of essential oils that are steam distilled from the seed of the plant. (Although cardamom is technically a pod containing several seeds, I chose to add it to this list.)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) - promotes creativity and imagination, encouraging, motivating, brings optimism.
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) - warming, stimulating, good if there is a lack of energy, promotes motivation and enthusiasm, helps in giving a sense of clarity and direction.
Carrot Seed (Daucus carota) - warming, promotes creativity, helps letting go and release of blockages (i.e. feeling “stuck”), regeneration.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) - release of emotional and mental blocks, enlivening, motivating, fortifying, can help during periods of transition.
((**Safety Note: Due to the presence of fennel, this blend should not be used with pregnant women, women presenting hormonal imbalance or hormone-dependent diseases.))
Belly Rub Blend
What better way to use your Imbolc synergy than literally “on your belly”! Another great thing about these particular seeds, is that they are excellent to promote healthy digestion.
9 drops Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) essential oil
9 drops Carrot Seed (Daucus carota) essential oil
6 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) essential oil
4 drops Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) essential oil
Directions + Usage:
Mix the above oils together in a glass jar. According to your preferences - in terms of ingredients and textures - you can use this synergy in 2 oz. of either pure carrier oil (jojoba, sunflower…), or make it into a salve, or whipped body butter using solid oils (such as Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, and/or Cocoa Butter.
Below are a few ideas to use your belly rub oil, salve or butter:
- Use it with mindfulness. Take a few minutes to sit down and focus on your breath. If you have a usual meditation or Reiki routine, you can include the belly rub in your ritual.
- Slowly massage the belly rub on your abdomen, while focusing on the aroma. After massaging it onto your abdomen, place your hands in a cup around your nose and breathe in the scent. Visualize the seed, the energy of life inside, and see it growing. Visualize your future goals and their successful accomplishment during the year to come.
I will be sharing in another post, how we celebrated Imbolc as a family this past weekend.
References: Shutes, Jade. (2017). Foundations of Aromatherapy. Worwood, Valerie Ann. (1996). The Fragrant Mind.
Neal, Carl F. (2015). Imbolc.