Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. Some of the oldest recorded uses of fennel is in China and Egypt, but the Romans, Greeks and Anglo-Saxons used it too. I am revisiting fennel and a few other essential oils since entering the Age of Wisdom.
Fennel is a seed. Literally, seeds are for new life, but symbolically they represent potential or a new beginning. They are the perfect herb and essential oil for a woman going through the changes of menopause, because it is a new chapter, one that should be looked upon as full of potential.
Part of the struggle is embracing the changes and finding new balance. There is no better essential oil suited for supporting emotional balance than Ylang ylang. It has traditionally been the flower of newlywed couples on their wedding night, strewn over the marriage bed. The essential oil uplifts the spirit and encourages self-esteem. This is so necessary when one is full of doubts about one’s appearance and desiring to feel attractive as a mature woman. Love is emotional, but also mental. Ylang ylang can help you imagine back to when love was young.
What about sensuality? An essential oil that support the emotions of confidence, joy, and sensuality is neroli. It is also relaxing. This oil is extracted from the flowers of the orange tree. I used to live in Tampa, FL and I vividly remember driving by orange orchards in bloom. The smell was divine!
Along the same line is mandarin essential oil, cold-pressed from the rind. I think of citrus as liquid sunshine that brightens your outlook. It is also a wonderful oil that improves the appearance of healthy skin. Avoid applying this to areas of exposed skin if you are going to be in the sun within 24 hours. It is best to put it where the skin will not be exposed to sunlight.
Now, let’s get practical. All four of these essential oils are wonderful separately, but put them together and you have a lovely blend that supports and balances a woman’s femininity, individuality, potential, and sensuality.
Try equal parts with a carrier oil as a roll on or as an abdominal or lower back massage oil. If I were making a 10 ml roll on, I might put 3 drops of each and top it off with a carrier oil like jojoba. That would be a 12% dilution. Five drops of each in one ounce of carrier oil would make a lovely massage oil. It is really up to you to combine them the way that you prefer. Let me know how you enjoy it!