Aromatherapy for Solace and Joy


By Well Garden Therapist Samantha Allen

Usually at this time of year, my tendency would be to focus on essential oils that are of benefit to winter colds and flus. Of course, those oils are great for now but I’m drawn to writing about the more emotional and spiritual aspects of essential oils that can offer solace and joy.

It’s been a long 12 months of uncertainty and attending to our emotional needs is vital to our overall well being. So, whatever this time has brought you – sadness and loss, an enjoyment of the quietening down, stress and anxiety at what may or may not lie ahead, or joy at noticing the small comforts in this enforced hibernation– I hope one or some of these oils will resonate with you.

Cardamom (Elletaria cardamomum)

Spicy, sweet, uplifting and grounding. Cardamom is energetically warming and can be useful if we need to concentrate or ease tension if we are burdened with too many thoughts. It has an action on the digestive system and can be used to support the respiratory system. Gabriel Mojay considers this oil useful when “helping to restore an “appetite for life””.

Rose (Rosa damascena)

A wonderful oil for supporting self love and compassion. Nurturing rose can help to ease feelings of anxiety and fear, helping to uplift our spirit. The gentle, floral yet slightly sour aroma of Rose essential oil is miles away from the sickly hand creams of our grandmother’s era.

Bergamot (Citrus aurantium, ssp bergamia)

The citrus oils generally have the ability to uplift us. Bergamot is my particular favourite with its gentle, sherbert-like aroma. With a calming action on the nervous system, helping to ease stress, tension and frustration, Bergamot essential oil can bring a joyful uplift.
It’s worth noting that the oil is photo-toxic so, if using topically, do not go into direct sunlight or use a sunbed for 12 hours afterwards. It’s possible to buy a version of Bergamot where the chemical compound responsible for photo-toxicity has been taken out, so it does not have this risk.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

One of my all time favourite essential oils. Frankincense is reputed to deepen the breath and can be used as a respiratory support. It has an ancient historical use for prayer and meditation. I often use it in blends to help ease anxiety and bring clarity and calm to busy minds.

Blend for Solace & Joy

30mls base cream, base lotion or cold pressed vegetable oil such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond

  • Cardamom 4 drops
  • Rose 3 drops
  • Frankincense 3 drops
  • Bergamot 5 drops

This blend is at 2% dilution of essential oils which is suitable for a healthy adult and topical use.
If you are pregnant or have any health concerns do get in touch with me or another qualified aromatherapist for advice before using essential oils.
Please note essential oils should never be used neat on the skin or ingested.

If a particular individual essential oil above resonates with you I suggest simply popping a couple of neat drops on a tissue and gently inhaling. Take time to connect with the oil and its therapeutic properties.

I’m offering individual aromatherapy consultations over Zoom if you’d like something bespoke to support you wherever you’re at right now. The session usually lasts around 30 mins. It costs £35 and includes a bespoke blended essential oil inhaler stick that I’ll post (or hand deliver if you are local).
I can be contacted at:

Mojay, Gabriel (1996) Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, London: Gaia Books
Bataglia S (2003) The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (second edition), Brisbane: The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy
Materia Aromatica www.

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