Aromatherapy and Five Element Theory
The first things I learned in my shiatsu training was the theories of Yin & Yang and the Five Elements. Subsequently these theories are fundamental to how I perceive my clients. When I finally decided to undertake the training to become an aromatherapist I found I kept turning to a book I had owned for many years that described the properties of essential oils in five element terms, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay.
Gabriel Mojay's book along with another I came across, Aromatherapy with Chinese Medicine by Dennis Willmont, helped me to relate aromatherapy to my existing practice as well as transform my knowledge of aromatherapy to an instinctual short hand.
One of the beauties of thinking of essential oils in Five Element terms is in creating blends to balance the conditions expressed by clients. It is amazing how inspired a blend appears when reflected upon later, when one has time to check the less likely remembered qualities, and see just how synergistic the blend was.