Updated: May 2
An aromatic anchor, also referred to as an aromatic dressing or body oiling, is a daily self-care ritual designed to infuse a specific feeling or emotion into your body and energetic field with the use of pure, plant oils.
In this article you'll learn how to aromatically dress your entire body with essential oils while holding specific intentions, affirmations, and blessings that you want to embody throughout your day.
Daily aromatic anchoring teaches you to fall deeper in love with yourself while fostering body acceptance and self-confidence. We cannot live an enjoyable and successful life if we are not committed to caring for ourselves on a regular basis. Self-care is not selfish. In fact, in today's fast-paced and chaotic times, self-care is a necessity.
We cannot pour from an empty, or even a half-empty cup. Otherwise, we will feel depleted of valuable life force energy at all times. This means, that we cannot fully show up in the world as our whole, and best self and serve the people we love with 100% dedication and commitment unless our cup is full.
Aromatic anchoring is one of those simple, daily practices, that can energetically restore your vitality and fill your Soul up with a never-ending supply of life force.
Benefits of Body Oiling
Practicing aromatic anchoring empowers you to be in control of your moods and emotions throughout the day. This daily habit balances and harmonizes the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual layers.
This simple tradition can help you to manifest your daily goals into a reality. Intentions and affirmations become energetically stronger when you combine them with the healing powers of essential oils.
The benefits of aromatic anchoring are palpable; you can sense the changes in your body and energy field as soon as you apply the oils. The benefits of consistent aromatic anchoring include:
Boosted confidence and self-love
Calm and relaxed nervous system
Energetic cleansing of the aura and chakra system
Feeling more grounded and centered
Greater presence and awareness
Higher vibrational frequency
Hydrated, healthy skin
Improved memory and focus
More energy and vitality
Provides more joy, happiness and pleasure
Relief for achy muscles and stiff joints
Spiritual and energetic protection
Stronger connection to God and nature
An Ancient Sacrament
Full body oiling has been practiced by humans for thousands of years. Before essential oils, our ancient ancestors practiced anointing their bodies by infusing fresh herbs with olive oil. For example, the Old Testament teaches us how to infuse olive oil with myrrh, cinnamon, sweet cane, and cassia, to anoint the body.
Anointing is an ancient ceremonial practice of applying oil on a person's body or head. Historically, anointing oil was used to signify a Godly or holy presence. Anointing was a spiritual ritual used for healing. It is believed to protect a person and their home from malicious Spirits, disease, illness, and negative energies.
The Ancient Egyptians also utilized various forms of body oiling in their rituals and as a part of daily cosmetic routines. They understood that natural scents had the ability to alter a person’s consciousness and bring them closer to the sacred.
Body oil is also used in Ayurveda, an ancient medical system that originated in India. Ayurvedic practitioners teach that a daily, full body massage with oils balances your physiological, mental, and emotional health and nourishes all parts of the body.
Daily Intentions and Affirmations
Aromatic anchoring is a process that helps you to start each day with a powerful intention or affirmation that will carry you throughout your day. First thing in the morning (right after your cup of coffee or morning shower) you'll consciously choose an intention to set for the day ahead:
What energy or frequency do you want to attract today?
How do you want to feel?
What kind of experiences do you desire to manifest today?
You will choose one or more essential oils to help anchor those frequencies and intentions into your body so that you can carry them throughout your day.
Essential oils are aromatic compounds that are extracted from plants, trees, flowers, seeds, herbs, grasses, leaves, resins, spices, and fruits. During application, pure essential oils are combined with a carrier oil or body lotion and massaged into your entire body to help calm, center, and balance your energy.
Essential oils are a powerful tool used to support mental health and wellbeing. They have a strong influence on our emotional and physiological responses. Scents, especially those that are natural or organic, have the capacity to activate strong feelings and positive memories.
Simply breathing in the scent of a pure essential oil triggers the limbic system. Your limbic system is the part of your brain that controls emotions and your mood. So, the more you incorporate these aromatics into your daily routines, the easier it is to stay emotionally balanced throughout the day.
Essential oils have been used for centuries to promote physical health as well. Certain oils can have a very calming or grounding effect on the nervous system. While other plants can energize or uplift you. Essential oils are extremely adaptable and can support the body, emotions, mind, and Spirit to perform at its best.
Aromatic anchors always include the dilution of your oils in a carrier oil or lotion to slow the rate of evaporation, enhance absorption into the skin, and protect against sensitive or delicate skin.
Below you will learn how to aromatically dress your skin from head to toe while anchoring in positive affirmations and intentions for healing, blessings, and optimized health:
Preparation: The first thing you want to do is designate a small bowl specifically for your aromatic dressings. Then, add an ample amount of carrier oil or unscented body lotion to your bowl. Remember, you need enough to cover your entire body. Next, you will consciously choose your essential oil(s) and carefully blend them into your carrier oil with your fingertips.
Intention: Next, you will choose a simple intention or affirmation that you wish to anchor into your body for the day. As you apply your anchor into your body, you will repeat your daily mantra to yourself during the entire ritual. What makes this daily practice so powerful is the act of grounding potent healing frequencies and affirmations into your body with the magic of nature and essential oils.
Application: Finally, you will apply your aromatic blend into your entire body. Start at your feet and work your way all the way up to your neck and/or face. Gently and lovingly massage your entire body while repeating your affirmation to yourself.
An Act of Self-Love
Aromatic anchoring is a conscious practice that should be approached like a sacred, self-care ceremony. Aromatic dressings are an act of love and deep affection for your body.
While you apply your body oil, talk to your body with words of encouragement and gratitude for all that it has given you. The more you practice this, the more you will learn to honor and appreciate your body for the beautiful gift that it is.
I have spent years creating beautiful, custom blends and essential oil affirmations as a part of my morning rituals. Many months ago, while sitting on the bathroom floor adorning my body with luxurious body oil, I realized I needed to share this self-care practice with others.
That is why I've dedicated the last few months creating and designing Aromatic Anchoring: A Daily Self-Love Ritual for Emotional Wellbeing. I wrote, not one or two, but THREE volumes worth of aromatic anchors, daily affirmations, and special essential oil blends to make every morning special.
Each volume of Aromatic Anchoring includes more than 30 pages of digital content to help you discover the ancient sacrament of full body oiling. In addition, each book comes with dozens of one-of-a-kind essential oil blends and printable affirmation cards. In each eBook you will also find essential oil substitution charts, shopping guides, and a plethora of frequently asked questions and answers.
If you're interested in discovering this beautiful self-care practice than I recommend that you start with Aromatic Anchoring: Volume 1. In Volume 1, only twenty essential oils were selected to create the first 24 blends in the first workbook. I designed it this way to make aromatic anchoring cost effective and easy to use, even for beginners. Each consecutive volume adds brand new blends and affirmations to your collection while adding more essential oils to create even deeper and more sophisticated blends.