Aromatherapy Recipe for September 2016: Cypress

By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA
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Now is a time of great transition. September 1st unofficially marked the end of summer as children in this area went back to school. The Autumn Equinox is this month and the leaves will start changing color and fall. It is also currently Mercury Retrograde, and September 1st was the new moon and a partial solar eclipse. All these astrological events symbolize new beginnings and movement towards a greater clarity in your life. This has personally been a very rough summer for me and my family with unexpected deaths and big changes. I am looking forward to the changing of the season with hope and positivity. I think we all could use some sunshine and blessings right now. So it is very fitting that the intuitive essential oil for the month of September is Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). To me, Cypress overwhelming symbolizes transition. As a tree, Cypress also symbolizes strength, especially in healing deep, painful inner wounds. It reminds you that you are stronger than you think you are. Do not doubt yourself. This oil is here for you to comfort and support you in times of change, whatever your change may be; death, loss of a relationship, new job, new home. Cypress whispers to us, “this too, will pass.” Emotionally, Cypress is calming and assists in grief and loss. Physically, Cypress is beneficial for circulation, cellulite, for balancing skin, helps regulate menstruation, and for asthma and coughs. Spiritually and energetically, Cypress reminds me of the Footprints in the Sand poem:

“One night I had a dream… I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me. The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Let Cypress carry you in your darkest and lowest times. It will not leave you in your time of need.

My Cypress Forecast for September 2016: Are you a mental time traveler? Do you travel to the past in your memories and thoughts and ruminate over things that happened and wonder what you would have and could have done differently? Do you torment yourself by playing things out in your mind over and over again? Are you full of grief, guilt, and despair? The past is passed. Sometimes we need to let it be otherwise it will kill us emotionally and drain us dry. Everything is a life lesson if we choose to learn from it. Everything happens for a reason. Thank the universe for the lessons. Thank loved ones now gone for sharing their life with you and that you will see them again one day. Try to move forward with strength and hope. If you find yourself visiting the past in sadness, you can bring yourself back into the here and now, back into your body with your breath. Breathe in deep, and count your breath in and out. Be here, be still, be present, be in the now. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~Dr. Seuss

A blend for grief and loss

  • 7 drops Cypress
  • 5 drops Myrrh
  • 4 drops Rosewood (or Ho wood)
  • 2 drops Rose

For use in a diffuser. You can also dilute in one ounce of a carrier oil (like coconut oil or jojoba) and apply topically to your heart chakra area. Repeat the following affirmation as you breathe in the aroma: “Heal my heart, heal my soul, bring me peace.” Namaste.

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This blend is dedicated to my loved one, Kali. Rest in peace baby girl.

Aroma Readings are a divination technique using essential oils developed by Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach, a Holistic Health Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher.  She offers individual Aroma Readings and spreads as well as teaches Aroma Readings in her level 2 ‘Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy’ certification series. Interested in learning more about herbs, aromatherapy and essential oils? The next level 1 Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy series starts online October 17, 2016. Visit Mind, Soul, and Self LLC for more info: