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Astrology and Essential Oils

One unique use of essential oils is in combination with astrology. Here's a brief summary from Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit:

Sun: Source of light and life. Linked to the heart and circulatory system. Essential oils: rosemary, bay laurel, and frankincense.

Moon: Reflects yin energy. Linked to digestion and nourishment, pancreas, and mammary glands. Essential oils: jasmine, coriander, and clary sage.

Mercury: Related to the nervous system, thyroid gland, and speech and hearing. Essential oils: fennel and caraway.

Venus: Pertains to the skin, parathyroid gland, and female reproductive system. Essential oils: rose, geranium, lemon, and benzoin.

Mars: Reflected in blood, muscles, adrenal glands, and male reproductive system. Essential oils: ginger, juniper, and other pungent essential oils.

Jupiter: Represents bodily growth, liver, and anterior pituitary gland. Essential oils: Hyssop and orange.

Saturn: Governs bones, posterior pituitary gland, and aging process. Essential oil: cedarwood.

Aromatherapy and Sun Signs

The book Astrological Aromatherapy by Patricia Davis identifies a signature oil for each sun sign. The signature oil reflects some aspect of the character of the sun sign. Davis recommends keeping the signature oil in mind when creating an aromatherapy blend for a specific purpose. Here are the signature oils Davis identifies for each sun sign:

  • Aries – Rosemary is warming and stimulating with a no-nonsense aroma simliar to the directness of an Aries.

  • Taurus – Rose embodies Taurus's love of luxury and earthly delights, when used as a perfume, a bath oil, or for massage.

  • Gemini – Basil is mentally stimulating, akin to the predominantly mental nature of a Gemini.

  • Cancer – German chamomile essential oil is calming and soothing, removes heat, and promotes a calm, clear mind, settling feelings of rage and anger.

  • Leo – Jasmine's calming and sedative properties make it a great choice when Leo needs to unwind.

  • Virgo – Lavender can ease Virgo's tendency to worry, soothe weary muscles, and promote restful sleep.

  • Libra – Geranium is the supreme balancer. However, some Libras can't stand this essential oil, and the secondary signature oil for this sign is palmarosa.

  • Scorpio – Patchouli's aphrodisiac properties are reminder that Scorpio is profoundly linked to sexuality.

  • Sagittarius – Black pepper has a directness that reflects the Sagittarian single-mindedness and love of truth.

  • Capricorn – Vetiver reflects the earthy nature of Capricorn. The oil has tranquil properties that may help the conscientious Capricorn who worries too much.

  • Aquarius – Neroli has an ethereal nature reflects the best of the Aquarian character. The oil is both a meditation aid and an aphrodisiac.

  • Pisces – Melissa has healing and comforting properties reflected in the compassionate nature of Pisces. This oil harmonizes the mind and body and helps sensitive people who feel pressure easily by restoring clarity and bringing support and balance back to the spirit.

Planetary Apothecary by Stephanie Gailing offers some different suggestions:

  • Aries – Ginger to counter overexertion, vetivert for calming, and black pepper for warming and energizing
  • TaurusVanilla for grounding and relaxing, palmarosa in skin care products, and thyme to promote courage
  • Gemini – Rosemary to calm nerves, lavender for relaxing, eucalyptus for respiratory health and to relieve muscle aches and pains
  • Cancer – Jasmine to promote nurturing instincts, hyssop decumbens to cleanse the air or promote digestion, clary sage for clarity and to relieve menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms
  • Leo – Neroli for calming, lemon to uplift, and German chamomile to relieve red, dry, irritated skin
  • Virgo – Melissa to relieve worry that keeps you awake at night, cardamon for upliftment and to promote sensuality, carrot seed for skin care
  • Libra – Rose otto for opening the heart and skin care, geranium for balance, and peppermint to relieve mental fatigue and improve concentration
  • Scorpio – Ylang ylang to enhance your love life, basil to help integrate your conscious and subconscious minds, and helichrysum for emotional healing
  • Sagittarius – Juniper to relieve muscle cramps and uncomfortable feeling from eating or drinking too much, grapefruit for relieving muscle tension, joint pain, and water retention, and nutmeg to uplift and expand your mind
  • Capricorn – Cypress for fortitude and to relieve sore joints, frankincense for skin care, and Scotch pine to uplift
  • Aquarius – Patchouli to enhance sensual pleasure, majoram to calm the nervous system, and benzoin to relieve muscle spasms
  • Pisces – Sandalwood to energize the pineal gland and relieve nervous tension, myrrh for skin care and meditation, and tea tree to inspire feelings of optimism

Astrology and Essential Oils

For more about astrology and essential oils, see this series of articles covering each astrological sign by aromatherapist Suzanne Bovenizer.

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