List of Natural Healing Oils and Their Essential Properties in Feng
This article is a summary of the properties of Essential Oils and how they can be used in your work spaces based
on Feng Shui elements and their relationships.
Benzoin: This is an oil often found in incense. Ancient culture felt benzoin was able
to drive away evil spirits. Feng shui applications include using benzoin to clear a room after an argument.
Bergamot: This wonderful herb has a sweet fruity scent. In an oil diffuser, its has a
refreshing and very uplifting quality. This makes Bergamot ideal for combating anxiety and depression.
Chamomile: The soft and calming herb is considered one of the nine healing plants by the
Saxpns and also revered by the Egyptians. Chamomile is used throughout the world for its relaxing and de-stressing
properties. If if need, you can use Chamomile in a tea for calming an upset stomach. The oil also helps nervous tension,
or ulcers, and chamomile blends can ease tensions and help people stay calm when they might be prone to get upset.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus oil used in the office encourages deep breathing, which oxygenates
the body and clears the head. There are two primary types of eucalyptus. One is a broad-leafed peppermint variety
and the other a lemon-scented variety. The peppermint eucalyptus plant was used by the Aborogines to relieve fevers,
whereas the lemon-scented variety is currently used to repel cockroaches. Medicinal uses for eucalyptus assist in
clearing the sinuses and help ease muscular aches.
Frankincense: Frankincense is collected from small trees as a resin and is commonly used
by both the Chinese and the Catholic church in incense. A deep base note, frankincense is grounding and comforting.
Introduce frankincense into the office when you are feeling scattered and lacking focus.
Geranium: A strong rose-like scent, use geranium sparingly. Although used historically
to reduce inflammation, including inflamed tempers, geranium can overpower the room and cause headaches.
Jasmin: The Chinese traditionally used jasmine to induce an overall feeling of optimism
and confidence. A heady floral scent invites a general feeling of euphoria and well-being. This is what makes Jasmin
a favorite scent in office spaces, especially for salespeople.
Lavender: For people who tend to worry a lot, lavender calms the mind and assists in the
release of obsessive thoughts. It is one of the most commonly used oils. Really, lavender is like an herbal first-aid
box. It is useful in combating daily upsets, as well as soothing emotions after a major trauma or shocking experience.
Lemon: Ah, so fresh with its citrus scent. Without the sweetness of other citrus fruits,
lemon adds a clean refined sharpness to the atmosphere. Whenever life feels confusing, use lemon oil to find clarity.
Marjoram: A warm woodsy and spicy scent, marjoram is considered fortifying as well as
calming. If the energy in a room seems a bit scattered, try using Marjoram because it helps ground the energy in
Myrrh: The use of myrrh has been common for over 3700 years in both Eastern and Western
medicine. The Chinese use myrrh in feng shui to solidify a shifting energy. Because it is not liquid at room temperature,
myrrh is more easily introduced into a room through incense.
Patchouli: A favorite in the 60s, this herb has a deep, earthy scent. Patchouli oil is
also calming and grounding. Because the scent is heavy, it helps hold lighter scents in place when used in blends.
Rose: The symbolism of roses is probably more intricate than that of any other flower,
and its association with Venus, the goddess of love> It certainly has not gone unnoticed by perfume makers (rose
oil from one of the 10,000 rose varieties is used in over 46 percent of men’s fragrances and over 90 percent
of women’s). Because it is a deep sweet floral scent, rose will overpower just about any other scent if not
blended correctly. For feng shui purposes, it activates the senses and arouses the passions, making it a scent to
avoid in office spaces.
Rosewood: The production of rosewood oil is damaging to the South American rain forests,
so the oil is being replaced by the synthetic form. As such, it has primarily perfumery use. Rosewood is said to
aid headaches and lessen nausea.
Rosemary: A stimulant for the circulatory system, rosemary is often used to combat mental
fatigue and nervous exhaustion. Rosemary has a fresh pungent herbaceous scent.
Sandalwood: A deep, soft woodsy scent, sandalwood relaxes the muscles and has a general
aphrodisiacal influence. The sandalwood from East India is known for combating depression and uplifting the spirits.
Sweet Basil: A powerful aromatic scent, basil is known as a “cooling” herb,
soothing nervous tension and general irritability. If anyone in your office is feeling grouchy, try adding basil.
Tangerine: More pungent and less intensely sweet than its cousin-scent mandarin, tangerine
is refreshing and can rejuvenate the spirits and lagging energy in the late afternoon.
Tea Tree: A deep, earthy scent, patchouli is calming and grounding. Because the scent
is heavy, it helps hold lighter scents in place when used in blends.
Ylang Ylang: Said to have high, middle, and base note qualities contained within a single
oil, Ylang Ylang is an aphrodisiac and is not usually appropriate for work settings.
This article is a summary from Feng Shui Your Work Spaces by Sharon Stasney.