The collision of electrically charged, gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere creates the wondrous glow known as the Aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. Young Living Essential Oils recently revealed a new blend formulated specially for their Sweedish grand opening April 26, 2014 aimed at capturing these wonders in an essential oil blend.
In a way, essential oils are similar to the Northern Lights. For one, they bring together a collision of essential oil compounds that provide wondrous benefits to those who use them wisely. Second, they are often referred to as Nature’s living energy.
Exploring the composition of this blend helps one understand better why it was named Northern Lights.
Cananga odorata - Mention ylang ylang and most people think of its potential as an aphrodisiac. However, there is more to this beautiful oil than added desire for romance. Ylang ylang balances male and female energies and supports increased spiritual awareness. Its recognizable aroma encourages feelings of confidence, helps focus thoughts, and aids relaxation. Applied topically, it can soothe occasional pain and discomfort, cleanse cuts and wounds and help support the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
Elettaria cardamomum - Cardamom is used extensively as a spice throughout the world, but its therapeutic benefits are what make this versatile oil so admired. With its antispasmodic properties it is often used to relieve occasional muscle spasms and cramps, as well as soothe coughs and other respiratory complaints. Cardamom also helps disinfect the oral cavity and eliminate germs in the mouth. This same property makes it very cleansing to the skin. It stimulates the digestive process by aiding the release of gastric juices and bile. Its aroma is uplifting and stimulating, and some consider it an aphrodisiac.
Boswellia carterii - Frankincense has been cherished throughout the ages and for good reason. Its diversity of uses and ability to influence health at the cellular level are topnotch. Frankincense supports a health cell cycle and protects DNA from damage, all leading to healthy cells and tissues. In addition, frankincense is considered a tonic for the whole body, supporting the respiratory, immune, digestive, nervous and execratory systems. It is an excellent choice for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other age-related blemishes. Frankincense contains incensole acetate, which is believed to be responsible for its spirituality promoting abilities. It is balancing to the mood and aids the body’s response to occasional stress, anxious feelings and sadness.
Chamaecyparis obtuse - Native to Japan, the sacred hinoki is an evergreen conifer tree used traditionally to build palaces, temples, shrines and baths. Its spicy, lemon scent is balancing and intuitive, energizing and uplifting when necessary, but equally adept at calming and relaxing during periods of agitation. It is very cleansing to the skin and protective of the body. It supports the respiratory system and may help the body eliminate excess mucus.
Pinus ponderosa - Ponderosa pine contains d-limonene, but it also contains alpha-pinene, which helps enhance skin penetration of other oils. It is supportive of both the immune and respiratory systems, helping to expel excess mucus and aid the body’s natural defenses against germs. It is comforting to aches and helps cleanse wounds.
Picea mariana - Black spruce was used by the Lakota Indians to strengthen their ability to communicate with the Great Spirit. Its fresh woodsy aroma is very grounding and centering and may help release emotional blocks. Black spruce also strengthens the adrenal glands aiding the body’s response to occasional stress. It is soothing to sore muscles and joints and helps encourage a normal inflammatory response in the body. It is supportive of the respiratory system and often used to calm coughs and expel excess phlegm from the respiratory tract.
Abies balsamia - It is hard to smell balsam fir without thinking of the winter season and the peace of the outdoors. Its earthy evergreen scent is soothing to both the mind and body and encourages a general sense of well-being. It’s fresh, herbaceous aroma is very grounding and balancing to the mind, quickly correcting negative emotions. Balsam fir is very soothing to sore, tired muscles when applied topically, particularly when combined with other anti-inflammatory essential oils. It is supportive of the respiratory system and helps one breathe easier.
Bursera graveolens - Palo Santo essential oil is known as a spiritual oil and has traditionally been used to purify and cleanse the spirit from negative energies. Its aroma encourages focus and helps to release fear and anger. Palo santo is rich in the potent antioxidant d-limonene, which helps protect cells and supports a normal inflammatory response. Palo santo helps relieve pain. This action may be because d-limonene interacts with pain receptors and nerves involved in the perception of pain. Palo santo supports the immune system and aids the body’s natural defenses.
To enjoy Northern Lights:
- Apply to the chest and back to support the respiratory system and breathe easier.
- Apply to sore, tired muscles and joints to relieve discomfort.
- Apply to wounds to disinfect and prevent infection.
- Apply to the bottoms of the feet to support the immune system and boost the body’s natural defenses.
- Diffuse to balance emotions and encourage feelings of strength, grounding and happiness.
- Diffuse to relax during occasional periods of stress and anxiety.
- Diffuse to encourage feelings of romance.