Over the years I have looked for different ways to help people tap into the power of plants, specifically aromatic plants and their essential oils. I learned from great teachers who wisely passed on how the most effective way to understand a plant, or an oil, and its “actions” is to sit with it. “Smell the oil!” It is true and it helps to have tools to help do this.
Enter in Attunement
In herbalism, many people call the process of getting to know a plant “attunement.” Literally tuning-in to the plant by ingesting the herb and seeing what happens or even just sitting with it when it is growing, before it is taken to be prepared for food or medicine. Attunement is a meditation: “tuning in” to your mind/body/spirit’s interaction with the herb through your senses. This is often done by slowly sipping on an infusion (i.e., “tea”) over a period of 10 minutes or more and noticing what is happening to your body. Always remember: plants have information that our bodies recognize.
Over the years I’ve written several meditations to help students and clients connect with essential oils. As you may surmise, these meditations can be applied to myriad things beyond essential oils; the general idea may help you “tune-in” to anything.