AROMATHERAPY FOR CONSTITUTIONAL TRAITS?
Aromatherapy has been used for centuries for physical, mental, emotional, energetic, spiritual and environmental purposes. From the Egyptians to Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Indians, it has been a major part of their personal healing and ceremonial rituals. Combining what we’ve learned from these ancient practices and employing them with today’s research, personality traits and soul-level healing work, delivers profound and meaningful results that carry through each lifetime and generation.
WHAT’S YOUR CONSTITUTION?
We are born with a soul constitution (structural set-up) based on their archetype (framework) that drives our motivation, inspiration, determination, resilience, responses, and reactions. Throughout our years of life, our persona and behaviors are influenced by our surroundings and feedback from family, friends, acquaintances, social media, and television that reinforce perceptions, actions, responses, and reactions. This is a type of conditioning (Pavlov). We are conditioned to learn right from wrong, consequences and joys, how to act around certain people, expectations, and assumptions. We learn the difference between danger and acceptance, or do we? Those in abusive relationships have a blurred line between these two.
Too many operate from a place of what is expected of them rather than what your core constitution would authentically do (if there were no judgment or consequences). You allow yourself to just be you, unapologetically. For example, some people have a shy constitution. They are extremely introverted until motivated by some force to be extroverted. When they walk into a room, they naturally feel like being quiet, sitting in the back and watching everyone else, instead of announcing themselves upon arrival, mingling, chatting with everyone and being what some would call “the life of the party”. In order to cope, manage or “fit in”, they train themselves to be more outspoken by stepping out of their comfort zone. They follow the philosophy of , “I’m scared but I’ll do it anyway.”
Conditioning steers us away from our authentic true self. We move into a place of people pleasing, to fulfil feeling obligated and responsible and stop feeling guilty. But who’s guilt is that? Is it your authentic guilt? Or is it a conditioned guilt? Often times we feel guilty because of lack of self-confidence, self-worth and self-esteem. We think if we do not make someone else happy, they will leave us, or abandon us. The truth is…that may happen. But is it a bad thing? If someone leaves you because you are not serving them, that is not a healthy, loving reciprocal relationship. It can actually harm you instead of help you. You deserve love. You are worthy of love. And more importantly, you are worthy of respect. However, you must respect yourself first.
By setting healthy boundaries of what is acceptable and not acceptable, you let others know through example and feedback of how you need to be respected and treated. If you continue letting blurred lines define relationships, and let them invade your boundaries, you are telling them, and teaching them that is ok. Therefore, you cannot be upset by that, or have bitterness or resentment. Because you allowed it. What you can do, is establish healthy boundaries. Let others know how you want them to treat and respect you through actions, boundaries, and behaviors. If you don’t respect your own boundaries, no one else will.
CONSTITUTIONAL & ARCHETYPAL AROMATHERAPY
Integrating aromatherapy into your daily “self-aligning” ritual is one modality or tool to help bring balance to unhealthy character traits while nourishing healthy behaviors. When you employ Spiritual Phytoessencing (SPE) approach, you bring in and intertwine multiple modalities that feed, nurture and balance your authentic constitution which supports your archetype or personality, in a success state. A success state means you feel your best, think your best, are completely aligned and have the motivation and drive to conquer your goals, without hesitation. You feel like you are in your “element”. Not scared, but excited.
When you match up the right SPE tools to address a case or situation, you are creating a holistic health ecosystem. You use all elements from all directions possible to bring balance and harmony between excess or hyper states and deficient or stagnant states. Essential oils have a constitution and support archetype functions. If someone is shy or scared, you will match up essential oils that bring them out of their shell and fill them with energy. If someone is hyper and needs to be calmed down in order to focus, you may need to add in relaxing and calming scents to a custom blend. This about pottery, you mold the clay over a period of time to create the structure and design that best meets your vision or need for that pottery piece. In health, you use various modalities to mold yourself into a healthy and thriving state. A little of this, a splash of that, a lot of this…you get the picture.
A Chamomile’s “constitution” is that quiet, shy type. It can help calm someone down during times of hysteria, overbearing and overpowering behaviors.
Peppermint, on the other hand, has a constitution of owning its power, letting their voice be heard, being a socialite, and “the life of the party”. It can help bring someone out of their shell. If you need to come out of your shell and conquer fear of public speaking, then you’d combine peppermint and frankincense.
Matching essential oils to healthy constitution traits is a helpful way to effectively and efficiently bring the head, heart and gut into alignment so you feel better, think better, and can operate better. Being able to manage your stress more optimistically, making stronger decisions and releasing anxiety and nervousness are all habits we strive for. Create a blend that builds a strong mind, comforts a strong heart, and ignites a strong gut intuition.
Also, integrating, overlapping and intertwining various healing modalities with aromatherapy can magnify the results you achieve, especially at the soul level. Such modalities include:
- Chakra balancing
- Traditional Chinese Medicine elements
- Guided imagery
- Acupuncture & Acupressure points
The JennScents S.C.R.A.B.B.L.E. Method uses the above SPE modalities, and also includes the following for a more all-encompassing experience. This is my aromatherapy ecosystem™.
- Circadian Rhythm
- Blood Type
- Body Systems
- Energy & Intuitive Guides
There are various personality types and tests that you can also integrate. These help you connect in and understand your constitution type, a a soul level.
- Myers-Briggs 16 personality types
In the JennScents Aromaversity Mind-Body Aromatherapy Course, we dive deep into assessing, formulating, creating and using these modalities in various combinations for particular situations. Coupled with the Advanced Blending Techniques Course, this shows you various ways to blend and create even more precise custom blends such as swirling and twisting techniques, layered blending and nature infusions.
Aromatherapy for Constitution Traits
Energized & Motivated Diffuser Blend (for those overly shy)
- 2 drops Orange, Citrus sinensis*
- 2 drops Lemon, Citrus limonum*
- 2 drops Peppermint, Mentha x piperita
- 2 drops Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus
Calming & Relaxing Diffuser Blend (for those overly extroverted)
- 2 drops Roman chamomile, Anthemis nobilis
- 2 drops Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia
- 3 drops Bergamot, Citrus bergamia*
- 1 drop Patchouli, Pogostemon cablin
*Contraindication: avoid getting citrus oils on skin and exposing to sunlight as these are photosensitive
Article References: JennScents Holistic Comprehensive Guide, JennScents Aromaversity Classes, JennScents E-books and Reference Material
Author: Jennifer Pressimone, Entrepreneur, Formulator, Author
Jennifer Pressimone is an aromatherapy entrepreneur (an Aromapreneur™). She is the founder and President of JennScents®, Inc. and the JennScents Aromaversity®. She is the Vice-President and Regional Florida Director of Central Florida for the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). Jennifer has build, managed and maintained several health and wellness businesses over the last 20 years. She is an incredibly gifted essential oil formulator, aromatherapy educator, public speaker, herbalist, author and philanthropist. She leads with passion, experience and heart to inspire, empower and motivate others to not only follow their dreams, but crush it, realizing more than they ever imagined possible. Jennifer is a life coach and business mentor. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and has thousands of hours in continuing education in many health and wellness topics. Her specialties include mind-body health, gastrointestinal health and cognitive aromatherapy for humans and pets.
Disclaimers: Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe. It is recommended that if serious health issues exist, you consult a licensed medical provider. JennScents does not assume liability or responsibility for the use and/or misuse of this information.