Like many of us in the Enneagram community, I have always been open to growth opportunities. As a member of Sandra Maitri’s International Retreat Group since 2010, I have come to know the benefits of Diamond Heart work. The integration made possible for me through both this spiritual and psychological approach changed my life. The common descriptions of Type 6 describe me well. I have a basic fear being without support and guidance. I tend to avoid deviance and I have problems with self-doubt and suspicion of others. Noticing and naming this has allowed me to accept these traits. Doing the deep inner work has brought integration which manifests in various actions. Meditations, inquiry, yoga, sensing practice, and working with a diamond heart teacher are a regular part of my life. I’m excited to share with you that essential oil use has also become a valuable addition.
I began using essential oils in 2011, not long after joining the IRG. I longed for additional tools to address some of the emotional and physical issues I was experiencing. As I mentioned, meditation, inquiry, yoga, sensing practice, and regular work with a Diamond Heart teacher were already a part of my daily practice, so when a friend introduced me to essential oils, I was open.
I admit to being skeptical at first. I purchased a bottle of Clove oil, known for its ability to support the cardiovascular system with the hope that it may relieve my hypertension. A few months later, when I had a physical checkup, my Doctor cut my high blood pressure medicine in half. Was this the result of the oil? While I can’t prove it, I believed it. Upon further study, I learned that Clove oil may also do the following: release a feeling of rejection, instill courage, and create an easier transition through difficult changes. That was an added benefit and most welcome.
I kept adding oils to my daily routine. The first time I inhaled pure Sandalwood oil (not the overpowering incense of my college days), I felt a calm come over me. It felt safe to risk openness, to be vulnerable and honest with others. Sandalwood oil is my go to oil for emotional support. For my Soul child at point 9, I am drawn to Wild Orange oil. It helps me release depression, fear, anxiety, and irritability. It also sparks my creativity and productivity. Those dominant in Type 9 may find that Wild Orange oil helps reduce their basic fear of loss and separation. I will share some more remarkable suggestions for each of the Enneatypes, but first, a little back ground on essential oils.
There is extensive literature to support the use of aromatherapy for emotional support. While there has been less research in the literature to support the efficacy of essential oils for physical support, that body of research is growing. (see references)
What are essential oils? They are natural aromatic compounds. They come from plants (seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, etc.). When you think rose, lavender or mint aren’t you pulled back to a memory? Smells elicit powerful emotional responses. But the use of oils goes beyond their fragrant appeal.
“Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their health-promoting properties. Modern trends toward more holistic approaches to self-care and growing scientific validation of alternative health practices are driving a rediscovery of the profound health benefits of essential oils. Many have powerful cleansing properties. Their unique chemical structure allows them to deliver targeted benefits through topical application. Certain oils may be used as dietary aids to promote vitality and well-being.” (doTERRA product Guide/Fall 2017)
Essential oils can also be blended, combining the benefits. All oils can be used aromatically (diffused), many can be used topically (with a carrier oil if you have skin sensitivity), and some can be taken internally as dietary supplements. Always read the label and do your homework when choosing oil products. I choose oils that are the highest standard of quality, purity and safety. It is important to me to use oils that do not contain fillers or artificial ingredients and that are free of contaminants or other chemical residues. This is especially true as more and more people experience environmental sensitivities. It is important to note that essential oils have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
Below you will find two suggested oils for each of the 9 types. Since no type has a corner on the market of emotional and physical issues, any of these oils could help you if you are experiencing the listed emotional or physical concerns. For example, I suggest Sandalwood for people dominant in type 6 because it may create feelings of security, but all types can feel insecure at times. Likewise, anyone can have high blood pressure and Clove would be a good recommendation to try.
But I do believe that each type may be prone to specific emotional challenges because of their basic fear and basic desire. And I do believe that each type may be prone to specific physical challenges because of their tendencies. (A set of 9 cards which include 6 suggested oils and more in-depth information about each type and each oil is available for purchase by contacting Deb at [email protected])
Oils by type for Emotional Support Oil and Physical Support:
1 Oregano may instill flexibility. Lemongrass may soothe joints, tendons, and ligaments.
2 Lavender may release fear of rejection. Grapefruit may purify your system of toxins.
3 Bergamot may release feelings of inadequacy. Rosemary may help with chronic fatigue.
4 Melissa may release depression. Ylang Ylang may support the Cardiovascular System.
5 Cedarwood may release reclusiveness. Juniper Berry may relieve urinary issues.
6 Sandalwood may create feelings of security. Frankincense may strengthen the immunity.
7 Vetiver may create a sense of fulfillment. Helichrysum may protect the liver.
8 Cypress may release the need to control. Marjoram may protect the heart.
9 Wild Orange may instill productivity. Peppermint may increase alertness.
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Essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. There are multiple causes for mental & physical health symptoms. Seek the advice of a licensed medical or mental health professional before discontinuing prescription use. Copyright, 2018. Deb Presser. All Rights Reserved.