Aromatherapy Star Sign – Capricorn (22 December – 20 January)
Capricorn (the sign of the Goat) is an Earth sign and is associated with sensitivity to others, a stable, well balanced personality and a practical approach to life’s challenges. Capricorns are very stable in the face of crisis and can always be depended on to find a way through, hence giving them natural leadership capabilities. They are very aware of boundaries and sometimes find it difficult to let go or let others take care of them. Friends and workmates trust Capricorns but are sometimes jealous of their sense of ambition and focus. Capricorn personalities are very patient which makes them good listeners and excellent therapists.
Aromatherapy Perfume for Capricorns
Orange 20 drops (enhances that natural focus)
Rosemary 4 drops (Rosemary is a solid, robust and dependable oil reflecting the Capricorn character)
May Chang 6 drops (known as the oil of tranquillity – an oil of enlightenment which may help Capricorns open up spiritually and step beyond those self-imposed boundaries)
Lemon 8 drops (a cleansing oil to clear the mind – enhances concentration and listening skills. Lemon is also a healing oil. Capricorns can easily get run down and become susceptible to everyday illnesses as they will do too much and rarely accept help)
15 mls grain alcohol (vodka)
20 mls of mineral water
Add the essential oils to the grain alcohol. Place in a cologne bottle and top up to 35ml with the mineral water
Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Sandalwood is very much a soft comforting oil and is emotionally comforting to men and women. It is very kind to the skin and has a balancing effect, bringing dry or oily skin to a state of equilibrium. It is a well known antidote to nausea and it generally helps to calm the digestive system. Sandalwood essential oil also has a soothing effect on the nervous system, calming the nerves and helping to induce sleep. The therapeutic properties of Sandalwood have been known since the fifth century BC. The wood has been considered sacred by most civilisations and was used to build temples and the essential oil has always been used in the embalming processes of ancient civilisations. The Indians believe that Sandalwood imparts energy into those using it and that it has the power to enlighten the mind. The Japanese use Sandalwood in their worship of and communication with ,whilst the Muslims believe that Sandalwood will purify body and soul and carry prayers heavenward.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary, meaning ‘rose of the sea’, has an energising effect and can be used to treat fatigue and a sense of lack of direction. It be an effective tonic during periods of stress and can aid memory function and concentration particularly whilst studying. It has a similar ‘clearing’ action and scent to Eucalyptus so it is a popular essential oil to use in winter, helping to ease throat, chest and sinus infections. Rosemary is often included in blends for the joints and muscles to treat aches, pains and stiffness. Rosemary essential oil stimulates hair growth and helps to improve shine and condition. It is also beneficial for dandruff and can help improve the condition and appearance of skin in peripheral areas. Avoid in pregnancy or if epileptic.
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Lemon essential oil has long been respected for its ability to lift the spirits and is often recommended for stress-related fatigue. Lemon can help boost mental performance and is useful for anyone who particularly needs to maintain concentration and stay alert. Lemon essential oil has an affinity with the respiratory system and can help treat viral infections including those passed via the air conditioning in aeroplanes and offices. Lemon is also a powerful antiseptic but care must be taken if the skin is sensitive.