Elemental Nature Sacred Scents & Anointing Rituals

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When the soul approaches the mysteries;

when it tries to rally

to the great spiritual principles,

the perfumes are there.

~Marguerite Maury

We create a sacred practice of prayer and renewal when we participate in a daily anointing ritual. Through these alchemical scents, we are initiated into centuries of tradition and ceremony that align and attune our body/being with the plant’s ancestral wisdom. This ancient holy art has been offered through ceremonies, rites, and rituals to initiate, celebrate, consecrate, and heal.

Anointing simple means to smear, rub or touch with oil in a sacred way. This is a symbolic gesture that re-connects us with spirit and awakens our consciousness, then we connect with forgotten aspects of ourselves. It is a powerful, symbolic love language and draws us into a sacred attentiveness like prayer and meditation. 

The ritual of anointing is an intimate conversation between you and all that you love. The act of drawing in the sacred scent through your breath brings you closer to all that you are and who you are becoming. Here you envision your intentions and dreams.  You are taken into the present moment, the immediacy of the moment, to the innermost frequencies that resonate within your soul and with the soul of the plants.  Your subtle body/being remembers the ancient ways and responds to the messages that whisper through the scents, calling you into your soul’s garden.

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Anointing with Sacred Scents

Center yourself.

Shake the bottle, then open it and lovingly watch a few drops flow into your palm.

Gently rub your palms together warming and releasing the aroma.

Bring your palms up to your face and take four deep, slow inhalations.

Now you may intutively anoint your body with the oil.

Offer your gratitude for the life -giving ways and wisdom of these alchemical medicine gifts.

You may apply before shamanic journeying, yoga nidra, meditation, dream work, and sleep. Or anytime during the day when you need to return to the moment to re-align and balance yourself.


May we be transformed by these enveloping scents

May we be imbued with a deep sense of well-being.

May the fragrance of the compassionate heart unfold

throughout humanity like the petals of the lotus

bestowing love, kindness,

and generosity of spirit.

For the next generations and beyond.


Deborah Sullivan