Our emotional well-being is intricately and inextricably connected to our physical health. Eating healthy foods, being physically active, meditation or other methods of mindfulness, and cultivating positive thoughts all go a long way towards improving one’s spiritual health.
There are also a number of metaphysical elements you can use to assist in healing emotional wounds caused by trauma, illness, grief, negative energies, or just plain stress.
Associated with the astrological sign of Libra (The Scales), the color pink has been shown to have a pacifying affect on prison inmates. You don’t have to paint your walls pink to experience the calming effects of this color. (Although if that’s your thing GO FOR IT!) You can burn pink candles, fill vases full of pink flowers (like roses, branches of cherry blossoms, calla lilies, carnations, chrysanthemums, or dahlias), or set-out a bowl filled with pink-hued crystals and gemstones: rose quartz, pink opal, star ruby, morganite.
Sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh (both resins), pine resin, copal (resin), hellebore, and rose are all good elements to burn. I love copal and regularly use it to cleanse my tarot deck before a reading but it does fill a room with smoke – so make sure you leave a window open (even slightly) when you burn incense, especially if you are burning resins.
Rose: According to Vancouver EMDR Therapy, “Rose oil is the second most popular essential oil used to treat anxiety and depression.”
Lavender: I add a few drops of lavender oil to my cleaning products (either homemade or non-scented plant-derived). I love the scent. Studies have shown that lavender oil can not only help you fall asleep but also improve your overall quality of rest. Apply to your feet, temples, and wrists before you go to bed.
Other good choices: bergamot, frankincense, ylang-ylang, and vetiver.
Oils can be applied directly to the skin (To avoid possible skin irritation, you may want to dilute first with a carrier oil.), added to bath water, or used in a diffuser. To receive optimal benefits you’ll want to purchase a high-quality, non-synthetic oil (such as Aura Cacia).
After a cleansing ritual, wash away any lingering negativity in a luxurious bath to which you’ve added a few drops of Rose or Frankincense oil.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the health benefits of chamomile tea (specifically as a sleep aid and to de-stress) BUT you may experience a reaction if you are allergic to plants in the daisy family, such as ragweed and chrysanthemums. Like me, if you’re one of these people I have an alternative: agrimony. Agrimony is a tall, perennial herb native to Europe and parts of North America and is distantly related to the Rose. It has a lemony scent. According to WedMD, “agrimony contains chemicals called tannins [which] may cause side effects such as stomach irritation, nausea, vomiting…” Both green and black teas also contain tannins, so if you have stomach issues with those you may experience the same with agrimony.