Harnessing the colour properties of essential oils – Part 2

This article is the second of two dealing with the use of essential oils based on their colour.

Part 2 covers the higher end of the spectrum Green-Blue-Indigo

RedEnergising,   Stimulating, Warming, Releasing, Provides stamina and strength, moves   stagnant energy, aphrodisiacBenzoin, Patchouli,   Vetiver
Orange(GoldJoy and energyWisdom)Cedarwood, Rose,   Jasmine
YellowIntellect and mindClary Sage, Fennel,   Peppermint, Petigrain, Rosemary
Lime GreenImbalance, ToxicityCypress, Grapefruit, Lemon, Juniper
GreenBalance, AntisepticRose, Bergamot,   Inula, Geranium
BlueRelaxing and   expanding, peace and tranquillityGerman Camomile,   Roman Camomile
IndigoSpace, painkiller,   antisepticGerman Camomile

Lime Green Essential Oils:

  • Cypress

Cypressoil is useful at times of transition such as career changes, moving home, bereavement, ending close relationships or changing one’s religion. It distils remorse and instils optimism and allows suppressed obstructive feelings to emerge to consciousness. It can remove the fear or concern of what others might think of one’s actions.

At a therapeutic level it can be used as follows: for circulatory problems – it enlivens and regulates the flow of blood and helps to control nosebleeds, haemorrhages, wounds, varicose veins, excessive menstrual bleeding  etc. It is very useful where there is excess fluid such as heavy perspiration, oedema, incontinence, lymphatic congestion. In skin care it can balance oily and over-hydrated skin, and can help with acne and skin rashes. It is useful in treating cellulite, both deep and superficial.

  • Grapefruit

Grapefruit’s subtle properties relate to releasing and optimism. It is helpful for ditherers and where there is resistance to change. It smoothes tensions, frustrations, irritability and moodiness.

Therapeutically it is used to stimulate and refresh. It lifts lethargy and mild depression. It is a digestive stimulant and aids constipation. It can also be useful for an overheated liver and a sluggish lymphatic system.

  • Juniper

Juniper is a detoxifier of both the subtle and physical body. It is particularly good at clearing any negative energy which has accumulated either about one’s person or in a particular location. It gets rid of negative thoughts and attitudes and is good for clearing toxic thoughts.

Therapeutically it is used for nasal and bronchial infections or congestion, for stimulating lymph flow, for reducing inflammation and for local massage of injured muscles.

  • Lemon

At a subtle level Lemon is related to health, physical energy and purification. It can be revitalising to a sluggish system. It can be used for the purification of both self and home.

Therapeutically it is good to use where there is congestion such as bronchial or sinus infections. It is a mild expectorant.  It is also useful for rheumatic conditions and lethargy.

Green Essential Oils:

  • Rose  (RosaCentifolia)

Rose is the supreme oil of the heart chakra. It brings healing to the heart chakra and helps it to open again when grief has caused it to close down. It heals emotional wounds. Rose strengthens the heart energy , enabling love energy to radiate out.  It is also nourishing and cleansing to the heart.

Therapeutically Rose is used to treat stress related conditions and psychological ailments, having a strong influence on the mind and emotions. It can also clear heat and inflammation and is often used to treat toxic and infectious conditions.

  • Bergamot

This is a particularly valuable oil where the Heart chakra is affected by grief. The uplifting, calming and joyous effect of Bergamot can help in healing and opening up the heart chakra. When the heart is already open Bergamot can help an individual to radiate joy and healing to others.

Therapeutically Bergamot is used to treat mild depression and anxiety due to its uplifting properties. It is also useful for skin problems particularly if they are related to stress. Bergamot is an appetite regulator and is particularly useful where appetite is affected due to emotional stress.

  • Inula

This oil has a strengthening effect and is very helpful to the faint-hearted or for those who find it difficult to experience love or express it.

  • Geranium

This oil is associated with happiness and protection. It is used for getting in control of one’s life and allows us to reconnect with our feelings.

It is used therapeutically as an anti-depressant – its relaxing yet uplifting qualities make it useful for all stress related ailments. It is also known as the “balancing” oil, and for this reason is used extensively for skin care, female hormonal problems and diuretic and elimination problems.

Blue Essential Oils:

  • German Camomile

This oil can vary from a deep greeny blue (turquoise) to a deep inky blue (indigo) as it ages. This oil is soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory. it is particularly useful where there is soreness and irritation of the mucous membranes due to hayfever, colds, bronchial ailments etc. It is a useful nasal and bronchial decongestant. It is also used as an agent for calming and soothing particularly in irritable skin conditions. It’s subtle uses relate to promoting sleep, inner peace and assisting with meditation. It is related to the throat chakra and the expression of the inner voice and higher truth.

  • Roman Camomile

This oil is soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory. it is particularly useful where there is soreness and irritation of the mucous membranes due to hayfever, colds, bronchial ailments etc. Roman camomile is useful for soothing irritable skin conditions such as eczema. It is very useful for treating nervous conditions such as insomnia and nervous tension.

On a subtle level it helps one to let go of fixed expectations and to acknowledge one’s limitations. It is related to sleep, meditation and peace and is strongly associated with the throat chakra.

Indigo Essential Oils:

  • German Camomile

This oil can turn  to a deep inky blue (indigo) as it ages. It’s subtle uses relate to promoting sleep, inner peace and assisting with meditation. It is also a strong anti-inflammatory.

  • Yarrow

Used therapeutically this oil is excellent for all disorders of the female reproductive system since it appears to have a hormonal action, possibly working upon the pituitary gland. It is used in skin care for acne, burns, cuts, eczema, inflammations and wounds. Yarrow can be effective against colds, fevers, influenza and other immune system related disorders. It can also be used for nervous disorders such as insomnia and stress related conditions.

On a subtle level it is linked to protection and supposedly has an ability to consolidate the aura. Yarrow can also provide a “visionary” effect on an emotional level, encouraging the need to accept pain in order to heal and go beyond it.