two scents worth

I blogged before about exploring essential oils for whatever use they might be in helping my mother, both with her mental as well as physical states. She has very bad arthritis in her hands and has painful synovial cysts on her finger joints. I had one and had to have it surgically removed. It was painful to hold a pen.
But this time, I combined lavender and eucalyptus essential oils with almond oil and rubbed it on her fingers. Believe it or not, the swelling and redness has subsided and she says the pain is going away. We’ll see.
There are dozens and dozens or essential oils, and if I went by the reference books that explain how to combine and use them for specific purposes, I would have to buy them all. However, I have found that lavender and eucalyptus oils are ingredients in many of the formulas. So I’m experimenting with them, especially since I love the scent of lavender.
I know that lots of people don’t like Autumn. I guess because it’s a season of endings. But I love the scent of that season — the mix of drying leaves and damp earth, the air adrift with the crisp scent of apples, the late night whiff of woodsmoke from a neighbor’s fireplace. Autumn is a season that opens to loneliness — a feeling that I embrace because I have always been able to center myself in that loneliness.
Where I live now, there is not much time and space for being alone. Just late at night. Like now. When in the silent darkness I spray my sheets with lavender and wait for Autumn dreams.