CONNECTING ESSENTIAL OILS AND THE FIVE ELEMENTS
Choosing essential oils with knowledge of the Chinese elements can enhance an individual’s adaptive abilities toward ecological, environmental and climatic factors, making possible the reduction or use of antibiotics. From the Chinese medical perspective, improved immunity against pathogens is a consequence of uninhibited flow of weiqi (protective qi) and also that of strengthened identity of Yuan qi Resonance.
The term “qi” used in the description of the environmental conditions is the same as that used throughout the discussions of Chinese medicine, and refers to the characteristics of the atmosphere and its influence on the body. Weather that is extreme or unseasonal can cause internal disruption and harm, pushing the qi out of balance. This is especially the case if the body is not fully nourished and the vessels are not rich in qi and blood; there is insufficient protection from the potential adverse impact of the outside. It is commonly said that if disease enters the body, it is because the weiqi (protective qi) is deficient; the situation is also expressed as the vessels being “empty” and thus readily receiving the evil from the exterior.
Yuan qi resonance – Chinese medicine contends that essential oils interact with Yuan (original) qi to influence disease processes. There is also research that demonstrates the antitumor effects of essential oils.
FIVE ELEMENTS AND ESSENTIAL OILS
WOOD EXCESS: Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Spikenard
WOOD DEFICIENCY: Carrot Seed, Chamomile, Rose, Vetiver
FIRE EXCESS: Lemon Verbena, Sweet Marjoram, Neroli, Orange, Valerian
FIRE DEFICIENCY: Frankincense, Sage, Sandalwood
EARTH EXCESS: Cardamom, Patchouli, Petitgrain
EARTH DEFICIENCY: Caraway, Coriander
METAL EXCESS: Citronella, Eucalyptus, Myrtle, Ravensara
METAL DEFICIENCY: Fir, Hyssop Linalool, Niaouli, Pine, Thyme Linalool
WATER EXCESS: Cedarwood, Juniper
WATER DEFICIENCY: Basil, Clary Sage, Geranium
We are also looking at oils to enhance the chakras.
It is still too early to report on the effectiveness of the various Helichrysum italicums for skin treatment, as well as the Elemi/Tansy blend. Further research and feedback is needed.
This information contained in this update is taken and excerpted from the writings of Kurt Schaubelt, Ph.D