It’s official! … in many communities around the world, summer is here! While it might not be the modern day beginning of the season, we can bring a little summer to our homes with an essential oil blend to celebrate May Day. Traditionally celebrated through the first week of May, May Day or “Beltane” is one of the four high days of worship in Celtic culture. Closely intertwined with astrology, this pre-Christian cycle of the seasons is based on what some call Nature or Earth-based religion. As a mid-spring festival, this was a lusty time of year – morals were given the night off during Beltane celebrations. Young couples would spend the night in the woods “A-Maying”, gathering flowering hawthorn and making love. Babies conceived at this time were believed to blossom into both powerful healers and spiritual adepts having been conceived in a powerful, sacred energy.
Beginning on the night of April 30, Beltane is a mid-spring holiday about rebirth after the cold and dark of winter and the sprouting season of early spring, when plants are coming out of the ground, and young animals are being born. Anticipating the summer, it is a time to celebrate the rebirth of life, growth, and love.
I’m watching the flowers come into to bloom and the hummingbirds are starting to visit. This year, we have a family of Blue Jays growing up in our backyard. I am certainly ready for a little more sunshine, some time in the pool and most of all, a new season of growth and abundance.
If you are looking for a way to bring a little spring joy into your home while we’re all #socialdistancing try this Essential Oil Diffuser Blend:
May Day Essential Oil Diffuser Blend
- 3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 2 drop Sandalwood Essential Oil
- 1 drop Jasmine Essential Oil
- 10 drops Rose Hydrosol
Hydrosols, also known as “flower waters,” are produced by distilling fresh leaves, fruits, flowers, and other plant materials. With similar properties to essential oils, these aromatic waters are much less concentrated. Their aromas are often soft and subtle when compared to their essential oil counterpart.
You can find a lovely Rose Hydrosol at Mountain Rose Herbs ►
Beltane Blessing to you and yours! Happy May Day & Happy Summer!!
“Oh, do not tell the Priest our plight,
Or he would call it a sin;
But– we have been out in the woods all night,
A-conjuring Summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth–
Good news for cattle and corn–
Now is the Sun coming up from the South,
With Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!”
~ Rudyard Kipling