This week, I have been thinking about loss and grief. Yesterday, my ninety-three year old father in law (the same age as my own father) died. Everyone deals with these things in their own way and there isn’t a right or wrong way to do this. We are all different and each person’s relationship with a deceased person is different which will affect how they feel.
I will be using three essential oils that are especially useful in grief. They are Rosemary, Myrrh and Cyprus. All of these herbs have along with a few others been burned at funerals in different traditions. with different given reasons for this, ranging from, “Rosemary is for Remembrance” to aiding the spirit of the deceased in its journey to the next phase of existence.
Irrespective of the origins of these traditions, it is my belief that these herbs can aid us in dealing with grief. Either by using the essential herb or the plant. Rosemary placed in a warm area will give off its essential oil in a gentle manner without the need for a diffuser.
Of course an Aromatherapy Massage is another way to gain the benefits of these essential oils helping us to feel cared for in our grief whether that loss be via death or any other reason.