I am Cancer.
Roll on this essential oil blend to envelop your body and senses in the energy of Cancer.
Cancer is a beautiful water sign, “the Mother Crab”—in tune with the fluid oceans, emotions moving like tides. The crab makes her home deep in the ocean’s earth where she feels safe, protected, at home.
Like the crab, Cancers often protect their feelings behind a guarded shell. Like the waters that sway them, Cancers are deeply emotional and their moods may ride in like the rush of a wave and, suddenly, wash out, but they may feel uneasy, unable, or unsafe expressing their feelings. They are often sensitive, feeling the immensity of the ocean outside, and use this “shell” for their wellbeing, cocooning them and supporting them in feeling nourished and held.
Some call cancer the “crab,” but I’ve chosen the alternative “Mother Crab” because Cancer is associated with the feminine, receptive Moon, with nurturing, mothering, or gentle, nourishing fathering. Parenthood is often important to Cancer, and they care deeply for children and other creatures of the earth, with whom they are often in tune.
Cancers have a strong bond with their parents, desiring (as all children do) to feel loved and nourished by their own parents. If this nourishment is lacking in their childhood, this sense of lack or desire for love may persist throughout their adult life. So we remind them of the beauty of their own self-love, of the power they have to love, nourish, and give to themselves from their own hearts.
Cancers like to show their affection in kind, nourishing ways, often through food or other forms of nurturing offerings. Behind their armor is a soft and compassionate heart.
About the Oils
This blend is rooted in calendula oil, one of the strongest herbal healers that has been called upon for healing for centuries. Known to open in the day during bright sunlight and close at night or when the days are overcast, calendula flowers match Cancer’s bright inner light and desire to cocoon or find protection behind a shell. Folklore has it that calendula offers protection, providing a safe haven for those born under Cancer’s sign. Calendula is also a warming oil, which is supremely nourishing to the ocean-deep Cancer.
Also selected for this blend is rose geranium, an oil of self-love and the heart. Its greenish hue not only corresponds to the heart chakra, meaning the physical and energetic heart, but represents healing.
Blue chamomile in this blend validates Cancer’s affinity for ocean depths and flowing waves, promoting peace, expansion, ease, and calm. It is a gentle oil, safe for sensitive skin or sensitive souls, so gentle it’s used on infants. It is also the color of the throat chakra, meaning it strengthens communication and speech stemming from our truth. Blue chamomile supports Cancer in releasing her guard and expressing her feelings in a safe, nurturing environment.
Tea tree oil grounds Cancer with its herbaceous, woody scent, purifying mind and body of emotional wounds and offering a rooted sense of stability in the face of mood swings or anxiety. Its deep, earthy scent also fosters trust.
Lastly, orange is a sunny citrus oil that may lift Cancer out of the watery depths, offering light, fun, and ease of spirit.How it works
Essential oils are potent essences that carry the wisdom and magic of the earth. Not only do they heal and honor our skin; they change the frequency of our cells, bringing transformation to our thoughts, our emotions, and our mood.
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With each essential oil, we take our cue from myths and stories of the past and our senses, allowing the lores of how they were used, their color, their scent, and how they make us feel to help us conjure the intuitive energy and properties of each oil.
How to apply it:
- your wrists
- the soles and tops of your feet
- your temples
- your neck
- the crown of your head
- your abdomen
- over your heart
- behind your ears
- your shoulders
- or bring it to your nose and waft in its energy and aroma