We’ve spoken previously about the fact that health exists on many different levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. All have a vital role to play in our well-being.
We have also pointed out that one of the notable features of essential oils is that they interact with us on all these different levels too. In fact if you like to read textbooks about essential oils you will often find under the entry of each oil quite a long list of its properties and applications. These lists can be quite heavy and indigestible, especially if you are not too familiar with some of the terminology.
But one word to look out for is cicatrisant which means ‘wound healing’ and comes from the Latin word cicatrix which apparently means ‘the new tissue that forms over a wound and later contracts into a scar’.
Among oils that are considered to have cicatrisant properties are: Cistus, Helichysum, Lavender, Sage, Frankincense, Niaouli, Myrrh; infused oils such as Calendula; and Rose Hip Seed and Argan carrier oils.
Physical and Emotional Scars
When we think of a scar what comes to mind first is probably something physical, but we also frequently use the same word to describe a mental or emotional state. We say for example that someone ‘was scarred for life by the tragedy’.
The good news is that essential oils can help not only with the physical appearance of a scar, but also with any emotion associated with it.
One of the Marma oil blends is called Ropana. Ropana is the Sanskrit term for a wound or scar, and Dr. med. Ernst Schrott, who teaches the system of Sukshma Marma® Therapy, developed this blend as something to be applied in a specific way on new or established scar tissue in order to release blocked energy and provide a balancing and harmonising effect.
However the blend, which contains Cistus and Frankincense, can also be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of a scar, and I was recently sent the photos below by a friend of a relative of mine who slipped in the bath and hit her head so hard that the bathtub broke. Her head was cut right down to the bone and obviously she was taken to A&E. After the stitches came out she started using Ropana.
It’s true of course that scars anyway have their own healing path, and it would not be right to make any claims for this oil. However the customer certainly felt that using Ropana oil had been a contributory factor in this much improved appearance.