For our ongoing series, The Zodiac Guide to Essential Oils, we’re examining all the signs and the health challenges that are common to each of them. This month we’re focusing on Aries, sign of the Ram, of fire and of passion.
- Symbol: Ram
- Opposite Sign: Libra
- Colors: Red
- Ruling Planet: Mars
- Ruled by: Head, eyes and face
An Aries is almost always the dominant personality in the room. Because it’s the first sign in the zodiac, it’s associated with beginnings, energetic participation and forward-thinking. People of this sign are competitive, quick decision-makers who feel compelled to take charge at work, among friends and in their relationships. An Aries is most compatible with Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius. They don’t mix well will Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces or Capricorn.
Determined, confident, enthusiastic and pro-active, an Aries feels comfortable going it alone. They are natural leaders, passionate about their work and relationships.
Because of their dominant streak, Aries often needs to dominate conversations, almost to a compulsive degree. Their admirable determination can be driven by fear or anxiety rather than ambition, which can cause an Aries to act controlling.
An Aries’ dominant personality is naturally prone to stress; all that energy and drive can lead them to a build-up of anxiety and worry over the future. Also, such a dominant sign can lead one to conflict in interpersonal relationships, another source of stress which has effects throughout the body. Because they are ruled by the head, Aries is naturally prone to headaches, driven by tension in the jaw and neck.
Because of this propensity for headaches, Aries can benefit greatly by using peppermint oil. Peppermint (menthe arvensis) is native to Japan, naturally resistant to pests and contains menthone, a yellow oil distilled directly from the plant and most commonly found in a liquid or capsule form.
Dating back to Egypt and Asia as early as 1000 B.C., peppermint has been prized as a healing and restorative agent, which aligns well with Aries’ tendency to need energy to start anew and maintain vigor and passion. It’s helpful both for headaches and stomach ailments.
Using Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is ideal for a host of ailments, but for Aries the applications are primarily related to stress-relief, headaches and digestive issues.
For stomach and digestion:
- Add to your tea or other beverage
For headaches or bad moods:
- Inhale the fumes and aroma through a hot-compress.
- Add to your steam bath or combine with soap in the shower.
- Rub oil onto your forehead, temples or sinus areas.
- Massage peppermint oil into your neck and shoulders.
Combine peppermint with other oils in the methods described above or use it alone. Remember, the ailments for Aries primarily stem from stress, which means anything you can do to induce relaxation and minimize tension is ideal.
Next, we’ll be covering Taurus and the benefits of eucalyptus oil! Don’t forget to check back for more information about that sign’s attributes, health challenges and the benefits of eucalyptus for folks with that sign.
Joel Halstead writes about natural living, essential oils and nutrition for Bulk Apothecary. When he isn’t crafting aromatherapy regimens or adding a new essential oil to his cake recipes, you can find him on the trail or on the water—bike, foot or boat.
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