By Katie E. Boyle, MPH
I researched the blend a little more and found that its main ingredient is oil from the needles of spruce trees (followed by the oil of Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy and Blue Chamomile, each of which on their own have powerful therapeutic properties!). Spruce tree oil, however, was the particular standout.
We know that, upon inhalation, smells in the air go through the olfactory bulb, which is closely connected to the memory and emotion centers of the brain. Trees are a familiar and welcome smell to me and draw out amazing childhood memories.
The second nugget I unearthed is Grounding Blend's ability to evoke feelings of whole-body tranquility, balance and relaxation. Based on chemical constituents, tree oils are classified as renewing and uplifting oils, as shown in the tan and yellow sections of Oil Properties Wheel. Upon smelling them, some "feel right" to me; some don't. The Oil Properties Wheel is one way to organize them by chemical make-up and was the starting point for me to understand why I felt I *needed* Grounding Blend. (I, and many of us, know without any chart when we are stressed, busy, tired, burnt out. I know every time I am awoken by my crying child in the middle of the night, or am fighting off another head cold, or encountering chaos and mess in every room of the house that my body's energy and spirit need some positive energy, renewal and plain old calm.) But this chart adds more depth to my understanding.
The truth is, each and every oil has a potential to interact with the human body, and I am only at the tip of the mountain top in my understanding of this! (As a practical note, I suggest beginning your day by putting Grounding Blend on the bottom of your feet to lessen stress throughout the day. See if it works for you!)
So putting it all together, there is a sacred stretch of lake in northern New Hampshire on the southern side of Lake Winnipesaukee that, as most of you know, is as sacred as it gets for me. Memories of my father resurface most vibrantly when I'm there.
How many days did I spend playing in woodsy areas by the lake..building things with sticks and sap-covered hands in front of Rachel's camp? How many dusks did I walk back from the beach with pine needles stuck to my feet, hungry for dinner? Countless and countless.
As I approach the 20th year since my father passed, it is obvious to me just how powerful, important and necessary it is to find things that trigger the good and rid the bad. The fact that I am blessed enough to know about the existence of essential oils and be *in place* to have this most powerful of parallel experiences: the smell triggering past memories while also helping me find tranquility in the present day?! That is powerful and an unbelievable gift.
There is a supreme relevance and need right now in our world to fill up our lives with good, healthful things. So I ask that you leave this page and go find these positive, powerful things for yourself. And do not only encounter them by chance. Seek them out!