fennel and lavender

Dear Wolflings,

I am sorry for a little bit of a digital absence. School has started again for summer classes….and these classes are a doozy. I am taking Anatomy 1 and Statistics as part of the core curriculum towards my Holistic Health degree. Neither of these classes are in my wheelhouse of comfort. I am excited to take them and to broaden my studies further, but it is already a bit of a struggle.

I use essential oils a lot at home, and I thought I would start mentioning some of the ones that I use most, or currently use. Essential oils are the Earth’s pharmacy, but I am not advocating for a disconnect from Western medicine entirely. If you ever need a trained medical physician, please seek them out. Mental, physical, or emotional stigma and judgement against needing any sort of medicine is bullshit. I like to approach all forms of medicine equally, and essential oils are one of my most cherished.

Both of these classes require a lot of memorizing, retaining, and deep understanding of how the individual connects to the whole. Because of this, I have been reaching for Fennel and Lavender frequently. These scents together have been a nice bedtime remedy, but both of these can become quite pungent, so use sparingly!!!

Lavender is actually a scent that I do not care for. I mostly use it in my steam diffuser or face oil. Lavender does not need many words from me as it is one of the most recognized oils or fragrance. It is calming, balances the planes of the body (i.e. physical, mental), and harmonizes. It helps encourage a kind of homeostasis in our hearts and psyches. It is for these reasons that I love to put Lavender in my nighttime diffusion. Everything down to my bones eases into a more comfortable and whole presence. I wake feeling less groggy and more combined in all my faculties.

Fennel smells a lot like licorice. If you are not a fan of that scent, I would use only in a diffuser, or find an alternative. Fennel is quickly becoming one of my favorites though. I use more Fennel and less Lavender because Fennel is an essential oil that is great for mental clarity, retention, and recollection. It helps to stabilize the mental faculties and ground the rest of the body, so the mind can have more exploration. Both of these oils are also helpful in dream work and subconscious retention.

I use these oils to help my mind find harmony and clarity from the stress of the day, but I also want to capitalize on the memory retention of the brain during sleep to hold on to the knowledge from my studies. These oils drop the body down into deeper sleep, but free the mind to work into metaphor what I have learned. If you do not have either of these fragrances you can use many others including Jasmine, Rosemary, Basil, Lemon, and others. Many sites will suggest Sandalwood, but I am trying to work away from using or relying on Sandalwood in my practice because Sandalwood trees are currently listed as vulnerable because they are so heavily used and impacted by deforestation, market use, and climate change.

The Fennel was purchased from Sage Goddess, and can be found at http://www.sagegoddes.com. Sage Goddess is an amazing site where you can find SOOOO much for any sort of spiritual medicine. The Lavender came from Tenswall, although I bought it through Amazon. I don’t believe they sell essential oils anymore. These are not affiliate links.

If you work with these scents, please let me know how you love to use them. If you have questions, let me know. Stay Wild Wolfling!

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