Where has all of the time gone?? Has it really been nearly a month since I last blogged about the essences?? I woke up this morning knowing I could not go another day without exploring — deeply and intuitively — the wonderful world of medicinal aromatherapy essences.
Third Chakra Benefits of Benzoin Essential Oil
I knew Benzoin was “up”…I used Benzoin many years ago to help awaken mysolar plexus chakra…the area around the diaphragm. The diaphragm so integral to breath, especially deep breathing. Those who have learned to work well with their diaphragm — for example, opera singers, orators — know how breath from this region of our body relates to our ability to express powerfully. So…expression is not only about the throat chakra, but also about the 3rd Chakra…the solar plexus. This chakra is also about personal power and manifestation, and, understandably, the two go hand in hand. Benzoin served me well those years ago…supporting me in creating (manifesting) the life I desired.
Benzoin – An Absolute Made from the Resin of Styrax Tonkinensis (botanical name)
I put on the golden, thick essence of Benzoin on my wrists and upper lip, and, remembering my previous experience with her, also put some on my solar plexus. She is a tiny bit “burny” on my upper lip, reminding me that she is an Absolute…an essence produced via chemical extraction. Her resin is the source of the essential oil. Sometimes absolutes can affect me that way…slight irritation of my skin. I am amused to realize that, in life, too, absolutes irritate me!! I have never been one for “black and white” interpretations of ANYTHING. I think life is much too deliciously complex for that world view. So, when I am given absolute anything, you can pretty comfortably predict that I will resist it — and it will irritate me! I love all of the symbolism and rich meaning inherent in our words and in the facts of life. Listening deeply and observing carefully, I maintain, are two of the best ways to truly understand life and the world we live in (both natural and man-made).
The Emotional Side of Benzoin
I am struck by the sweetness of Benzoin’s aroma and the creamy consistency of her material essential essence form. In the perfume industry, she can be used as a natural fixative. That means, she helps keep things (chemistries/aromas) from breaking down and deteriorating. Wow. Of course, that means that she can do that for us, too! So when things are “going down the tubes” (deteriorating), and you are in danger of a “break down” (see how informative our words are??), Benzoin can sweetly be the finger in the dike that maintains our security.
Aromatherapy that Supports our Ability to Manifest
As far as personal power and manifesting go, Benzoin helps us to let go of our old stories, reasoning and patterns that no longer serve us, and helps us to create and express our new stories — our dreams for the planet and our own life. She helps us breathe life into our plans and make them a reality…manifestation on a very physical and practical level. The manifestation that comes of DOING SOMETHING. “Wishing & Hoping” is NOT Benzoin’s theme song!
On a physical level, Benzoin is very anti-inflammatory, and has a sedating quality. I see the latter property as enabling us to get off the “fast track to nowhere” and encouraging us to be mindful of life and all of its choices. If you have to stop and think, hard, to remember what your day was like yesterday, because it is literally a blur in your mind, perhaps Benzoin’s deliberate, slow flow is something that will help you regain control over your life.
Take Time to Smell the Flowers!
Benzoin’s sweet, warm comfort cradles you…and when was the last time you allowed yourself or had the opportunity for that oldest of comforts?? “Be gentle with yourself”, she whispers. “Take time to smell the flowers.” Sounds like good advice to me (and for me). How about you?
Much love, Audre Gutierrez
Owner, Shining Sun Aromatherapy
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