Like flowing water traveling down a rocky stream, solely fueled by the power of nature, essential oils are inherently intuitive in their make up, and with their subtle forces gravitate toward what is in need of healing. Above our own mental system of intent, once applied, they attend to the area calling for their name, and services.
Interestingly enough, I find music shares this quality, as well as notes, chords, and synergistic harmonies.
The top note in an essential oil is known to evaporate fastest, being the first whiff we experience in a fragrance. The chemical molecules are small and quickly dissipate when exposed to oxygen. Some examples of top notes are Sweet Orange(Citrus sinensis), Eucalyptus(Eucalyptus globulus), and Lime(Citrus aurantifolia). Their effects are uplifting, fresh, bright, sharp, and penetrating.
Similarly, in music, the higher octave tends to create a light, airy and overall uplifted emotional sense.
Middle notes in essential oils evaporate slower, and are considered the core, or body notes. This class of oils are known for balancing, and harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit. Some examples are Lavender(Lavandula angustifolia), Sweet Marjoram(Origanum marjorana), and Geranium(Pelargonium graveolens). These soothing notes relate to the middle keys, and tend to feel very comfortable. They are the heart of the piece, and offer unity, smoothness, and centering.
Essential oils that are considered base notes are grounding, deep, and somewhat mysterious. They evaporate the slowest, and are often used as fixatives in blends. Examples would be Vetiver(Vetiveria zizanoides), Patchouli(Pogostemom cablin), and Frankincense(Boswellia carterii). Base notes, and low octaves are often used to set a heavy tone. They are deep, rich, and the opposite in mood to the very bright, and brilliant top notes.
What’s a chord?
In music a chord is defined as, “a combination of three or more pitches sounded simultaneously.” You will see this is the same in essential oil blending. A chord is when 3(or more) essential oils from the same category(top, middle or base) are used together, at this same time. Perfumers rely on chords when creating fantastic interwoven scents. The more interesting the chord variations, the more alluring the piece… or perfume.
And then there comes Harmony…
Isn’t this what we all crave? Where everything we encounter agrees, is in perfect order, works well together, and has a pleasing outcome? Ahhhh… as is the case in melodic music & synergistic essential oil blends; the coming together of counterparts, the play, the emotional dance, the power to transform.
Until next time…