This month....

September 2018

September & things are changing. The light is softer, the sun warm but lower in the sky, illuminating rather than directly glaring. It's beautiful but a different kind of beautiful. Chilly mornings & evenings. Less daylight meaning it not only seems like a good idea to catch up on sleep but might actually be possible.

Tastes change. Salad leaves & soft fruit give way to something more substantial. Not quite earthy or rootsy yet, but on the way. Colours beckon. Cool blues head towards warmer oranges & reds. Scent preferences alter. You can smell change & dampness in the air. A light, refreshing citrus perfume may be replaced by something smokier & darker. Fascinating, We don't have to think about it, it's just the way we are.

Minds & bodies, however, may be at odds. Minds looking back to a glorious summer, bodies needing comfort & strength. So below are some suggestions for aromatic changes to see you smoothly through the transition ahead.

Skin. Skin is tanned, perhaps slightly dry, probably in need of some gentle exfoliation. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is great to add to your skincare blend. Soothing, anti inflammatory, healing & with enough of a hint of summer days to satisfy any wistful looking back. Or why not carrot seed oil (Daucus carota)? Cold pressed it helps mature skin, is anti fungal & may help protect against wrinkles.

Muscles. With loss of heat & increasing damp something warming helps the body adapt. Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is good for muscles & has that nicely camphoraceous smell. It's analgesic, warming & can relieve muscle pain. Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is another spicy oil. Warming, anti spasmodic & ant inflammatory, it's good for muscles as well as joints.

Immunity. This change of season in particular is the one where we are most likely to feel vulnerable & run down. To protect against air borne germs an essential oil such as eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) is great to diffuse in the home or office, dab on a tissue or soak into an aromastick. It's a protective, familiar smell. Or you could try ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), a strong antiviral, which is used for respiratory infections as well as cold sores & shingles.

Mood. This time of year there's a certain amount of hankering & looking back! Feeling light & heat ebbing away can make us feel sad even depressed. Citrussy lemons or limes just don't feel right. So something more warming & emotionally comforting like mandarin (Citrus reticulata) can be better as a mood booster. Or a petitgrain (Citrus aurantium bergamia) might do the trick? An intriguing, slightly burnt smell that has all the lift of citrus but slightly more body to it.

Energy. Summer is expansive. You're out there. For the coming months we need to bring ourselves back into our core, more centred, more grounded. Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) is a good oil for this. Extensively used in Chinese medicine both for stomach complaints but also inner strength. Alternatively coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum) is a peppy, balancing oil. It aids digestion but can act either as a stimulant or calming oil. It smells warming, friendly & divine.

Find new comforters, supports & balancers, plus a few new scents, & autumn may not be so bad after all! Or if you're feeling overwhelmed or uncertain then book an aromatherapy treatment - 10% discount this month.

© Susan Mumford, 2018