The Longest Night

Sweet Dreams

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We are soon approaching the longest night of the year, also known as the winter solstice. The earth will shift and begin a slow tilting back towards the sun. This is often used as a time to meditate and reflect, but I also see it as a time to sleep. The long, dark night encourages snoozing and within that sleep is the chance to dream – dream of what you can be and how you want your future to look.

To encourage pleasant dreams try using aromatherapy. Scent has been used in various rituals for centuries as a tool to enhance spiritual awareness which can help guide your dreams. A few examples of essential oils for ritual, excerpted from an article by aromatherapist Mindy Green, are Cedarwood to enhance spirituality and mental clarity, Chamomile to calm and soothe, Clary Sage to enhance dream memory, Patchouli for transformation, and Ylang Ylang to create peace.

A bath can help with relaxation and self-transformation as the solstice wraps you in its embrace:

Sweet Dreams Bath Salts
1/4 cup epsom salts
2 TBS baking soda
3 drops clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil
5 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
2 drops vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) essential oil
1 drop ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) essential oil
Combine epsom salts and baking soda. Add essential oils and mix well. Store in an airtight jar. To use, fill the bathtub with warm water and add bath salts after the tub has filled. Enough for two baths.

What are you dreaming of for next year?