Zodiac Signs paired with Essential Oils
Sarah McCallum blog North Lake Massage and Skin Care
Aquarius and Grapefruit
As we delve into the last of the air signs let us focus on the difference between the Aquarian versus the other air signs. While Gemini likes to make connections among friends and discuss smaller social situations and Libra prefers to act out the mental activity hidden beneath their diplomatic exterior, the Aquarian prefers to make their original and inventive ideas come to life for the benefit of society at large. The true desire of any Aquarius is to bring truth to light. Here is the reason why this sign is often mistaken for a water element; being known as the water bearer confuses most. The idea of bringing water is parallel to the idea of bringing truth. The unveiling of large-scale ideas and off the cuff plans can lead to a lot of gossip. The Aquarian hardly ever looks inward; rather their focus is always on the outside world. The ruling planet of Aquarius is Uranus and this planet can make for a lot of uniquely creative and even brazen works of consciousness. These people are usually on the move navigating bumpy and possibly dangerous terrain. The ankles and shins of an Aquarius person need extra love and care. The circulatory system is also a weak spot for this on the go air sign. Therefore, these types would be wise to turn to Grapefruit essential oil when looking to boost circulation and avoid varicose veins. A regular application of Grapefruit essential oil and coconut oil mixed together and applied to the thighs and calves can help immensely in curbing the formation of varicose veins and bruises. Be sure to keep your legs covered after topical application because this particular essential oil is photo-toxic and may cause skin sensitivity when exposed to sunlight. Grapefruit improves focus and uplifts mood making it a wonderful addition to your morning routine. I even enjoy a drop or two in my morning smoothie when I am feeling a little under the weather. Kids love this flavor and aroma as well because it is juicy and fresh. If you are dealing with sore legs after a long day on the lake water skiing, please come by the spa for a fantastic reflexology treatment featuring this beautiful citrus scent. Our spa offers a wide range of treatments varying from deep tissue to shiatsu to esthetics so bring a friend or two! Be well!
Pisces and Clove
As we embark upon our final astrological sign in the zodiac it seems fitting to explain how we have come full circle. Pisces, ruled by Neptune, is a water sign that governs the liver, lymphatic system and feet. As we began this series with Aries and the head we end this series with Pisces and the feet. Each sign progresses in many ways but the most obvious is its flow forward through the human body. Pisces are imaginative, intuitive and highly sensitive individuals whom often times complain about aches and pains especially during the cooler months. As we approach the Autumnal equinox and dropping temperatures I myself sure feel chilled to the bone. While this shift is quite welcome it can be very shocking to those with more delicate constitutions. Warming Clove essential oil can help increase warmth within the body during the fall and winter months. It is said that a Pisces in particular should never sit around in a wet bathing suit and this is due to their vulnerability surrounding the lymphatic system as well as the feet. Cold hands and feet most often times result in a cold or flu. Be wise as we head into the changing seasons and carry a warming essential oil like Clove or Cinnamon when embarking on hikes or walks outdoors. Be careful when applying Clove essential oil topically as it can cause a burning sensation in most so make sure to always dilute in coconut oil. A foot massage with Clove not only helps to warm the toes, it also decreases the production of fungus that leads to athletes foot. This same treatment may also help reduce soreness of the feet and body. Surely you are in the mood for some immune boosting self-care during the transition from bright and cheery summer to cool and cloudy fall. Please allow us to treat your tired feet to an aromatherapy foot soak followed by a blissful reflexology session. Your body and mind will float happily home!
Aries & Peppermint
As we embark upon this journey called life many of us encounter obstacles through which we learn a deeper understanding of ourselves. In my experience, astrology has opened my eyes to many of my gifts as well as my shortcomings. Working with essential oils, herbs, foods and various forms of exercise has helped immensely in balancing my intensely passionate makeup. We are all very unique and our needs vary over a wide range of activities and nutrients. What is good for one may be destructive for the other. Today I want to embark upon a series of blogs involving astrological signs and essential oils. I decided to start with the first sign or the sign that introduces spring in the seasonal year. This signals rebirth and renewal and thus the start of the zodiac. Coincidentally I myself have my Sun in the fiercely driven fire sign of Aries. I know first hand just how impatient, assertive and willful the energy can become for those born between March 21st and April 19th. Those individuals born with a different Sun Sign but who may also have a lot of planets in Aries in their birth chart will also find this energy quite familiar. First we need to understand that each sign governs a particular region of the body and for the Aries ram this is the head. Aries when unbalanced will typically experience headaches, stress related fatigue and eyestrain. An Arian is prone to accidents involving the face and scalp because of their headstrong ways and a bad habit of leaping before looking. In order to temper the mental fatigue, Peppermint essential oil should be used regularly during a scalp massage or while shampooing. The cooling and refreshing aroma helps to ease any excess heat in the body and encourages rejuvenation. Mars, Aries ruling planet, is that of the warrior and tends to increase stamina as well as aggression. Peppermint essential oil helps reduce intensity and over assertive attitudes so that a sense of calm replaces impatience. Lets face it, the independent and pioneering Aries type is happiest when setting foot in uncharted territory and Peppermint essential oil increases one sense of creativity, helping the Arian to get those juices flowing in the right direction. For those of you with highly fiery constitutions, don’t hesitate to visit the spa for a luxurious Peppermint inspired neck and scalp massage. The cooling vapors are sure to revive an over heated body in no time!
Taurus and Lavender
Astrology has a beautiful way of depicting each sign through the description of an animal or entity. In this weeks entry I dive head first into the stubborn and pleasure seeking Bull. The typical Taurus individual may display signs of tension in the neck and shoulders due to their constant need to take on the responsibilities of others. This is the sign of the steady achiever, the nose to the grindstone worker, the wine and diner. The Taurus Bull loves all things related to pleasure like good food, fabulous friends and luscious desserts. They enjoy emotional connections on a sympathetic and simple level, no need to finesse a Taurus in the bedroom because the art of lovemaking comes easily to the Bull. Lavender is a fabulous essential oil to diffuse in the evening for a Taurus who is looking to blow off some steam after a long day at work since this oil helps to increase positive feelings and reduce rigidity. Sometimes the Taurus encounters bouts of aches and pains within the throat or neck due to an inability to express feelings that may hurt others. Lavender essential oil can help to encourage free flow of energy while reducing fatigue. Try applying a few drops on the neck twice a day for any soreness that results from mental strain or overextension. Taking on a heavy load is something a Taurus does all too often. They are givers and although possessive at times the Taurus is here to improve the lives of others. When a Taurus spends too much time helping others while neglecting their own needs they can become grumpy and downright exhausted. Lavender essential oil is an exquisite component in any self-care routine because it can encourage a connection with the feminine. The floral smell is calming, cooling, soothing and popular among women and men alike. Each sign evolves from the previous sign and in this instance Taurus has gone from the selfish and impatient Ram into a slow moving and enduring Bull. This is a beautiful transition and yet sometimes the Bull needs to remember a little bit of that self-centered focus that the Aries knows all too well. Lavender essential oil is the perfect massage oil for this time of year as it almost immediately relieves sunburn when applied topically. Come by the spa and enjoy a renewing Swedish massage with any of our talented and caring therapists. You needn’t be a Taurus Bull to find this treatment pleasure full either.
Gemini and Sandalwood
The power of the mind can be quite astonishing. It even seems at times that our mental powers outweigh those of the body. As a human species we have moved away from mental exercises and stepped into an era chalk full of physical prowess, think Cross Fit, yoga, marathon running, extreme sports. People really enjoy the benefits that result from a long session at the gym. Physical exercise brings people together and that is a beautiful thing. However, let us not forget the importance of exercising the mind through activities like crossword puzzles, reading, writing, meditation, and even simple conversations. The mental element in astrology is known as air and three signs fit into this category of like “minded” people. Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra are all air signs meaning they respond to situations and people in the mind first. While water signs might become emotionally involved and fire signs may feel the need to act when confronted with a problem the air signs mull it over in their head before moving onto the next step. You can find a Gemini, for instance, flitting about at a party sparking conversation with many different types of people for the sheer fact that they love connecting with others mentally. As the next sign in our astrological journey Gemini is a mutable air sign meaning they have the wonderful ability to shift and change direction depending upon their surroundings. You may have heard others refer to this sign as the Twins and this speaks to the dual nature of their personality. The typical Gemini is flexible, communicative, intelligent and at times moody. Their nervous systems need support and often times this vulnerability can lead to hyperactivity and even anxiety. Sandalwood essential oil can help those with high energy to gain focus and relax mentally. This particular essential oil is a fabulous component for meditation because it enables the wearer to find a sense of balance. Sandalwood comes from a tree and therefore increases ones connection to the earth. It is said that a Gemini in his/her highest form can link soul to personality and a drop or two of Sandalwood can be a wonderful aid for this transition. Here at the spa we can help you unwind with an aromatherapy treatment this summer so that you may go out and share with the world your highest self. Namaste.
Cancer and Chamomile
As the Cancer time of the year comes to an end it seems fitting to blog about this comfort loving and at times crabby sign of the zodiac. Cancer is a water sign and therefore emotional and sensitive. While Pisces uses intuition as a guide and Scorpio uses strong powers of persuasion to get what they need the Cancer is known to nurture those in their life in order to receive care in return. There is a sense of fear within the Crab that can manifest as stomach upset and even ulcers. Chamomile essential oil has long been known as a fabulous digestive aid because it calms and soothes the intestines. This same floral herb has the ability to aid in reducing fears by imparting a strong sense of tranquility when applied topically to the body. The typical Cancerian will retreat into their protective shell when emotions get out of hand and only in that space will they work through their issues. Chamomile essential oil can act as a guide when diving deep into the psyche by encouraging the release of tension from within the body and the mind. The shell of the crab can be likened to the home of a human and in this analogy the home of a Cancer will be cozy, comfortable and full of delicious food. While the Taurus loves to entertain in a luxurious space the Cancer enjoys a relaxed environment where he or she can take care of loved ones and practice their innate need to mother. This love of creature comforts creates a strong emotional connection with food and at times allows for overindulgence. This bad habit can make matters worse for the Crab who already has a tendency towards tummy troubles. Applying two drops of Chamomile essential oil to the abdomen immediately after meals is a great way to avoid stomach upset. The sweet and comforting aroma of Chamomile is great for adults as well as young children. Bring yourself and loved ones by the spa this summer to enjoy a healing treatment featuring this beautiful and delicate scent. Just take a load off and we will do the rest.
Leo and Rose
Sunshine and sweet flowers always make for such a beautiful summer season. We currently have three large Rose bushes growing in our front yard and the aroma is completely divine. The Rose is a confident and regal bloom that carries feelings of love buried within its crimson petals. Rose essential oil is a fabulous tonic for the heart muscle and the back in general. Our blog topic today covers the generous and fiercely loyal sign known as Leo. This fire sign is portrayed as a lion because the typical Leo is known as fearless and prideful. Leos are quite magnetic and charming, they are ruled by the Sun and therefore they shine light and warmth wherever they roam. This particular zodiac sign is also known to have heart ailments and strain involving the spine and back. Rose essential oil can help to eliminate sore muscles because it is anti-spasmodic in nature. Apply a drop or two in a tablespoon of olive oil for a soothing and sensuous massage blend. Rose essential oil helps to warm the body and increase circulation hence it has the power to aid in the healing of cold hands and feet as well as lackluster hair. Leos are known to have vanity issues that revolve around the hair or mane; therefore Rose essential oil can be used quite effectively to beautify this vulnerable area. The scent of Rose essential oil is unlike any other, so deep and velvety; rich and enchanting, this particular smell is likened by most anyone. Do not let the summer season scorch your hair and skin, come by the spa for a luxurious body treatment. Our fantastic therapists will whisk you away for some serious self-care featuring fabulous essential oils of your choice. We will be sure to attend to your every need while you slip away into a blissful reprieve.
Virgo and Rosemary
As we move on through the signs of the zodiac we begin to notice an interesting link between one sign and the next. As I have previously mentioned, every astrological sign governs a particular area of the body. For instance, Aries rules the head and face; next we see that Taurus rules the throat, thyroid and neck. The signs move onward in a pattern that creates an awesome cycle between the human body and the zodiac. This is when we can start to associate discomfort in a certain area with a particular sign. Perhaps your feet are aching, you may be a Pisces or have a lot of Pisces in your natal chart because Pisces rules the feet. All of this analyzing brings me to our next topic: the mastermind known as Virgo. These types are quick thinking, logical, practical and fabulous with detail. They rarely need others to get the job done since Virgo or the Virgin is here to serve. Virgo is an earth sign and has the ability to digest information and produce tangible results almost instantly. The ruling planet is Mercury and this lends a strong sense of mental acuity to the typical Virgo repertoire of talent. Unfortunately all of that analyzing can provoke a stress response in the gut. Remember the health of your mental digestion directly affects the health of your intestinal digestion. Virgos can find helpful relief with the use of Rosemary essential oil. Rosemary is a known tonic for both the brain as well as the stomach. It can aid in the reduction of mental stress, digestive upset and even anxiety. Virgos are known to turn the blame on themselves when problems arise in their lives and this repetitive behavior can trigger not only anxious but even depressive thoughts. Using Rosemary essential oil on the scalp in the shower may be a great way to take away some of those negative thought processes. On a positive note this particular oil is one of the best for memory recall and therefore a vital component to a Virgo and his or her work. Give your mind a break this week and drop by the spa for a sweetly scented treatment. A healthy mental state is the foundation for a healthy body. Be well.
Libra and Juniper Berry
The golden rule to leading a healthy life is everything in balance. The astrological sign most familiar with this idea is diplomatic and peaceful Libra. This air sign is portrayed as the scales and seeks fairness and justice above all else. The Libra typically battles with low back pain or possibly kidney ailments. If they feel a lack of support throughout their lifetime this pain may increase. This sign is very interested in finding their life partner and thus may feel negative bodily stress when lonely. As not only the daughter of a Libra but also the mother of a Libra I have become very well versed in the common behaviors of this lovely sign. When we begin our bedtime routine my son starts to snuggle closer and linger longer, hoping to convince his mommy to sleep in his room so he won’t need to be alone. My go to oil for this type of nighttime behavior is Juniper Berry. The aroma is reminiscent of a crisp and cool forest and the scent creates a cocoon of safety that encourages my son to let go. Try applying 2-3 drops to the bottoms of feet about 20 minutes before lights out for children who struggle with bedtime. This particular essential oil also helps tremendously with sore muscles so try adding a few drops to your massage oil before a treatment. Juniper Berry cools the body and helps to detoxify the urinary and sexual organs. This makes for such a fabulous end of summer tonic as it helps to clear out the internal system after months of beach parties and barbeques. The gorgeous aroma is very inviting as we prepare to welcome the fall scents and sights, think leaves changing colors, a warm cup of herbal tea and a brisk evening walk in the woods. Come see us at the spa over the course of the next month as we transition into the upcoming fall season with a relaxing and detoxifying foot soak. As the kids get back into the groove of school give yourself an early afternoon break for another long and successful summer in the books. You and your body deserve some quality self-care!
Scorpio and Clary Sage
As a Scorpio rising I tend to gravitate towards the intense and mysterious in life. This water sign is known for powerful, sensual and intuitive actions. Here we have the phoenix rising out of the ashes for this sign is above all else regenerative. This is also why Scorpio governs the reproductive organs as well as the excretory systems of the body. Pluto, ruling planet of Scorpio, governs the dark side of life encouraging transformation and change. Many Scorpios will complain about an illness directly after experiencing an emotionally upsetting event. It is true that the emotional health of this erratic sign can directly determine its physical health. Enter an awesomely calming and healing essential oil known as Clary Sage. Here we have an essential oil that can help to aid in the healing of menstrual irregularities, hormonal imbalance and urinary tract infections. Clary Sage works to reduce depressive symptoms in most adults while bringing their body and mind back to a state of bliss. Combine this oil with a citrus scent and apply to the abdomen and low back for an instant mood boost when feeling down. Beware of applying this particular oil to children because it is known to act similarly as a narcotic on the body. If pregnant please avoid using Clary Sage for reasons stated above. In my experience this essential oil has come in handy when working on clients because it not only helps to decrease their anxiety but also opens my body to healing work as well. Scorpio is associated with the color purple and this color reminds me of Clary Sage. There is a strong connection between this sign and water so use a few drops of Clary Sage in the tub next time you want to decompress. At the spa we love to cater to your needs and make your experience as fulfilling as possible. Essential oils help tremendously when it comes to customizing a client’s treatment. Your session can go from wow to WOW with just a few drops of an essential oil. Please come by soon for an unforgettable massage with one of our talented and caring therapists.
Sagittarius and Melaleuca
I have found that those days I fill with adventure and travel tend to be my best days. There is something so very liberating about stepping out into the unknown with no itinerary whatsoever. The fire sign known as Sagittarius would understand this statement quite well. The Archer, representation of Sagittarius, loves nothing more than freedom. Freedom to think outside the box, freedom to chart far off lands, freedom to be uniquely outgoing; these are all very important to a typical Sagittarian. The area of the body governed by far reaching Sagittarius is the hips, thighs and liver. Cleansing the liver is a very necessary part of a healthy Sagittarian’s regimen. Many of these highly idealistic types tend to reduce their stress levels with lengthy hikes, walks or bike rides. Through this fabulous form of exercise the Sagittarian ends up with sore legs and hips. Melaleuca can help aid in the reduction of inflammation that of which causes most of the pain experienced after a high endurance trek. Melaleuca also helps to detoxify the body internally as well as externally, try a drop in coconut oil for acne reducing face oil. You could add a drop in a veggie capsule and take daily for regular GI cleansing. This particular essential oil also helps to ward off worms, Candida and other nasty invaders. While the aroma is known to be quite medicinal to most the scent doesn’t tend to linger for long. I feel as if Melaleuca is one of those essential oils that can benefit almost every household in one way or another. It can be said that this oil has an emotional component that helps breakdown co-dependent relationships. I think I understand most why the freedom loving and always-autonomous Sagittarian would gravitate towards this simple and straightforward scent. If you feel your feet could use some pampering as well as cleansing please come to the spa for a Melaleuca infused treatment. We will be sure you’re sent home fresh and free!
Capricorn and Myrrh
One of the first things I learned in the healing arts field is the idea of yin/yang or feminine/masculine. This idea that there are varying levels of passive versus aggressive tendencies within each and every one of us made so much sense once I began working on different bodies. Some people requested deeper pressure while others liked a lighter touch; some would talk the entire massage while others quickly escaped to a place of quiet. Two opposing astrological signs of the zodiac represent the mother and the father and these are known as Cancer and Capricorn. As I previously stated in an earlier blog post, Cancer and the Moon are full of maternal, intuitive and introspective vibrations. Capricorn on the other hand is known as the father and Saturn has the vibration of hard work, endurance, and logical thought processes. Capricorn men and women are fabulous go-getters who almost always achieve their goals after a lengthy and admirable trek to the top. A Capricorn is always climbing and this causes a lot of stress on the joints, in particular the knees. Myrrh essential oil can give the goat a beautiful sense of relief due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. This essential oil is one of the best restorative oils and it is sure to help heal a variety of issues that typically result from stress and overwork. On an emotional level, Myrrh can encourage the acceptance of the self and others. It is thought of as a softening essential oil that helps to clear up congestion of the mind, skin, joints etc. Myrrh essential oil has long been associated with motherly love and therefore it is a perfect fit for balancing out the fatherly Capricorn. Be sure to come into the spa for a full body massage that will deliver a healthful boost to worn out joints and skin. We are here to serve and enjoy doing so, please stop by for some self care soon, your body is deserving of the love.