The moon has been a part of natural and holistic wellbeing for centuries. The moon is said to affect our energy. Moon rituals can help support our energies and help to drive action. They can also be used to help release old energies and to set up for positivity moving forward. Aromatherapy and essential oils can help to accent moon rituals.
To fully understand how aromatherapy can help affect moon rituals, we need to look at the lunar cycle and its energies. There are eight phases of the moon per month.
The new moon signals a fresh start. You are setting intentions and goals. This time is high in creativity and inspiration, so it’s perfect for starting new projects and hobbies.
New moon rituals include cleansing your rooms with sage sticks, writing down intentions and goals, and taking a creativity-boosting aromatherapy bath. Include essential oils like lavender, clary sage, and frankincense to help cleanse your body and mind. Relaxing your mind can help let in your creativity and inspiration.
The waxing crescent stage is about moving forward. It explores trust and self-courage. This is a good stage to work on your self-esteem and to take time for yourself.
Waxing crescent rituals include a courage boosting spray with sweet orange and cedarwood essential oils to help you visualize your projects and dreams coming true.
The first quarter phase is all about confidence. You might feel a loss of confidence, so a moon ritual supporting faith in yourself might be a good idea.
First quarter rituals include diffusing some essential oils that encourage you to let go of feelings of anxiety and worry, such as geranium, patchouli, and lemon. While diffusing your oils, sit and think about your intentions and trust your mind as you reflect.
The waxing gibbous moon reminds us to keep going and never give up. You’re almost to the full moon, so just keep working towards the goals you set in the new moon phase.
For the waxing gibbous moon rituals, diffuse essential oils that encourage strength and determination, like rosemary, peppermint, and lemon. You can also use these oils topically to help relieve tension.
You’ve made it to the full moon! This time is high in energy and a great time to finish goals and projects. It’s a time based around results. High energy can also result in anxiety and high emotions, so it can be important to let go of tensions and relax.
To help release some of high energy and emotions that comes with the full moon, diffuse relaxing essential oils like bergamot, rose, and lavender. Find balance with sweet orange, geranium, and ylang ylang essential oils. The full moon is another good time to do a cleansing ritual with sage.
The disseminating moon phase is about acceptance. The full moon can be so high energy and highly emotional that this phase can help us get back into the flow of the lunar cycle. This is the time to relax and restore your energy from the chaos of the full moon.
Enjoy relaxing rituals like meditative yoga and massages that use restorative essential oils like geranium, lavender, and ylang ylang. Allow yourself to take time out of the day to be still and inhale these soothing floral aromas.
The third quarter moon is about rebalancing. Let go of anything holding you back and only keep what you feel actually helps you and what you enjoy.
The third quarter moon phase rituals include diffusing essential oils that encourage you to let go. Detox and refresh with oils like pink grapefruit, eucalyptus, and tea tree.
The last moon phase is the balsamic moon. This is about surrendering your time to relax, soothe, and restore your energy before the new moon arrives to refresh your creative energy.
Balsamic moon rituals are all about taking time to rest and recharge. Use essential oils that promote quality sleep and a meditative state, such as frankincense, sweet orange, lavender, and geranium.