Elemental Aromatherapy: Which Feng Shui Fragrances Can Help Me?

The Chinese see all things as originating from one of five elemental groups: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, or Wood. The idea is to balance all the elements so that not too much or too little of one particular element is present in a space. Purposefully choosing items to fill the home that use the colors and materials most representative of the five elements helps us produce this balance. Objects other than those you can physically see represent the elements, too. Fragrances make a powerful elemental addition to a space.

Choosing an Element

The most basic feng shui tool is the bagua map. Generally, a bagua is used to determine which parts of a room or other space represent various aspirations. The map user chooses an aspiration he or she would like to enhance, uses the bagua to find the area in his or her space that represents that aspiration, and then adds that bagua section’s associated element in order to energize or activate the chi that affects that aspiration. Elements may be represented by something other than their literal physical material; these include color, shape, texture, sound, taste, and fragrance.

You don’t necessarily have to have a bagua to achieve elemental benefits, either. If you find yourself lacking in an area of life you can introduce an element (or something associated with that element such as a scent) to your room to create an environment more conducive to your life needs.

The elements represent and add the following attributes:

WATER – spirituality, reflection, meditation; YIN energy

WOOD – intuition, luck, confidence, and trust

FIRE – emotions, strength, assertiveness, dominance; pure YANG

EARTH – harmony, balance, and groundedness

METAL – mental activity, thought, and creativeness

Choosing a Fragrance

After we identify what we need and which element will help us achieve it we can use elemental aromatherapy, fragrances representing the five feng shui elements, to enhance the identified life area.

Add one or more of the five feng shui elements by using any of the following fragrances:

WATER – Fragrances connected to the Water element energize career and business chi and bring calmness. These scents often smell wet or ethereal and include salt water, bamboo, lotus, and seaweed, among others.

WOOD – Fragrances connected to the Wood element energize family chi and foundation luck and promote harmony. These scents often smell minty or resinous and include sandalwood, musk, ginseng, mint, cedar, and other woods.

FIRE – Fragrances connected to the Fire element energize fame and reputation chi and energize and invigorate. These scents often smell bitter or spicy and include amber, cinnamon, and pepper, among others.

EARTH – Fragrances connected to the Earth element energize romance and marriage chi and promote health. These scents usually smell sweet and earthy and include patchouli, mandarin and citrus, floral aromas, and vanilla, among others.

METAL – Fragrances connected to the Metal element energize creativity and descendants chi. Metal aromas often smell acrid, slippery, cool, and crisp and may include cool mints, snowy scents, and crisp floral fragrances, among others.

Aromatherapy Fragrances For Your Home & Workplace

Uses of aromatherapy fragrances can be used for so many things, they can hide unwanted smells, of just to stimulate your senses. In fact some real estate agents advise their sellers to use clary sage or lemon essential oils in their home before potential buyers arrive to put them at ease. If you are trying to uplift your study or office, to get rid of the stuffy feeling, then I would try some of these oils. Basil, rosemary, bergamot or lemon.

Using a vaporizer or burner in the living / lounge room can add a fragrance that can help to prevent ill-health, can balance your emotions and of cause disguise those unwelcome smells that can occur. In the bedroom for a peaceful night sleep try burning, Rose, neroli and lavender oils to create some atmosphere. If you are having visitors and your spare room hasn't been used for awhile try using lavender to get rid of that musty smell.

To get rid of insects try putting Tea tree, eucalyptus, or lemongrass in a vaporizer. And to keep insects off your clothes in your cupboard, place a drop of oil onto a cotton ball and put in your draw or cupboard. If someone is sick in the home, try vaporizing Tea tree, bergamot, lemon and lavender, all these essential oils have excellent antiseptic properties. You can also wipe down your bathroom using a damp cloth with a few drops of one of these essential oils on it to disinfect it. If you're having a party for a "feel good" atmosphere you could use clary sage or jasmine. Or for a Big Festive effect, blend oils like frankincense, sandalwood, cinnamon or orange.

If you want to make a spray bottle for, disinfectants, air fresheners or insect repellent these are all make the same but different essential oils are used for each. Put 250mls of boiled water (cooled) into a spray bottle and add the blend of oils which you want to use, put the lid on shake and keep in the fridge until you want to use it and then just spray the mist into the air. My favorite air freshener is 7.5mls rose, 2.5mls orange and 2.5mls clove, this gives a lovely floral smell, or just creates your own. My favorite disinfectant I use around the home is, 5mls eucalyptus, 2.5mls tea tree oil, 2.5mls of lemon, 1.5mls clove and 10 drops of cinnamon. For our Insect repellent we use the following essential oils, 5mls eucalyptus, 1.5mls of citronella, 1.5mls of geranium, and 10 drops of peppermint, I find that that blend keeps the insects away.