By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA
As the calendar changes to November, Mother Nature becomes quiet, sleeps, and rests for the next several months. The wheel of light becomes dark. This is a time of inner work and self-reflection. This is a time to celebrate death and prepare for rebirth. We also officially begin the holiday season. There are dozens of holidays celebrated globally from November 1 to January 1, including Dia De Los Muertos, All Souls Day, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Yule, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Spicy aromas like ginger, nutmeg, and clove are strongly associated with autumn and the holidays. The intuitive essential oil for the month of November is the spiciest of them all, Cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.). There are several species of Cinnamomum distilled to make essential oils including Cinnamomum verum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamom ceylanicum, andCinnamomum cassia (known as Cassia). The leaves and bark can both be used. Cinnamon is a very hot oil and it is generally not recommended that you use this oil topically (especially Cinnamon Bark) as it is very irritating to the skin. Cinnamon is great in the diffuser, especially when people are more prone to getting sick in the fall and winter. Cinnamon is a powerful immune booster, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral agent. But, my favorite way to use cinnamon is as a psychic protector. Cinnamon is one of the best tools for your energy toolbox. Traditionally witches’ brooms were made of cinnamon and the brooms were symbolically used to sweep the hearth and remove any negative energies from the space. Cinnamon is a suburb energy shield and energy protector. Even though cinnamon essential oil is delightful, I often prefer to use the actual herb. I have put cinnamon sticks in the corners of rooms to raise the vibration, made cinnamon wands to cleanse space, and made charm bags for protection with cinnamon sticks, star anise, fennel seeds, and rosemary leaves. The more aware you become of energy, the more you understand how important energy protection and cleansing are to your daily routine.
My Cinnamon Forecast for November: Though many look forward to the holiday season, it is important to remember that others do not. Not everyone has family or a lot of loved ones and not everyone gets along with their family. This is a stressful time for some as an emphasis is put on buying gifts and overexerting yourself financially. Cinnamon reminds you to create and enforce strong boundaries, both physical, emotional, and energetic, with yourself and others during this season. It’s ok to say no to others. It’s ok to limit your time with some people because they drain you dry. You don’t have to empty your bank account and buy expensive gifts to show others you love them. Please be extra loving and compassionate to yourself during this time. And if you feel drawn to it, light a candle with the intent to send love and positive intent to those who may need a little extra blessing this season.
Recipe for Psychic Protection
- 3 drops Cinnamon
- 2 drops Anise
- 2 drops Fennel
- 3 drops Sage
- 4 drops Frankincense
- 6 drops Lavender
Mix the above oils in a 2-ounce spray bottle, add one tablespoon or vodka or witch hazel (to help mix the water/oil and disperse the spray) and then fill the remainder of the bottle with purified water. Use the spray to cleanse energy and protect your space and aura. Be careful not to spray the eyes, skin, or breathe in the mist.
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 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? Visit Mind, Soul, and Self LLC for more info: https://mindsoulandself.com/