Has an essential oil ever opened up something inside of you? Or uncovered a deeper truth?

I’ve known for a long time that essential oils can do this, but I’m still in the beginning stages of using them most effectively for deep inner work.

Part of this lies in the mystery of how olfactory nerves communicate with the emotional and survival centers of the brain—affecting our body chemistry and influencing our conscious thoughts—all in a matter of seconds! How all this works is a subject for another blog (or honestly, a lifetime study), but here I have a special message to share with you.

Each month in the Inner Sanctum, we feature a new essential oil. Sylla speaks at length about the science, research, therapeutics, chemistry, and botany of the oil. Then I take what she finds, do my own “inner research,” and write a meditation based on that oil to share as well.

Usually, I turn to several references to find out the emotional/energetic properties of the oils. The first stop is The Blossoming Heart by Robbi Zeck. The second stop is Aromatherapy for the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay. I try to get a sense of what others have found on the oils and start there.

But Blue Tansy was different.

It hasn’t been used as an aromatic as long as other oils like Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, or Eucalyptus have, so there wasn’t much out there that I could find. I had to go within myself.

One day, I sat down with Blue Tansy just to see what emerged.

As it goes in meditation, my thoughts started wandering a few minutes in. I found myself suddenly sure that I needed to let go of a commitment in my life. I didn’t really see it coming, but I felt a reassurance that, “It’s okay to say no to something you’ve already said yes to.”

Wow, Blue Tansy, that’s one powerful message!

I wrote the Inner Sanctum Meditation about this and sent it to Sylla. It really spoke to her, too, as she’d recently been working to change a habit of overcommitting herself.

We also used this message to create a personal perfume for one of our monthly Inner Sanctum recipes. We call this blend, “Say Yes to You.” 

Sylla’s scented salt jar she made for her desk.

Since I started working with Blue Tansy in this way, I’ve been able to get a clearer picture of what I need to say goodbye to. I’ve seen Mom making this shift too. But one thing I am saying a full-hearted yes to is finding new and better ways to serve you in your search for aromatherapy education.

I love how aromatics and the messages they bring can come into our lives and change them—instantly. Of course it takes work on our part, but they are such wonderful tools with so much wisdom to share.

So we’d like to know: what is it time for you to say no to (even if you’ve already said yes)? What oil or oils would you use to help you make that transition? Let us know and leave a comment below.

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