I have been working with the elements for years, they are how I begin and end each women's circle and workshop that I facilitate. I love how universal they are, as we all have access to nature and the ability to connect with mother earth. The four elements are just a compartmentalised way of harnessing the individual aspects of nature.
Here I will be exploring each element individually. Through the process I will go into some of the ingredients I chose to use for each element in the line of botanical candles.
When I connect with the element of earth, I often think of the season of winter. This season conjurs up the appearance of a barren landscape for me, but when I sink deeper into it I start to contemplate what is really happening beneath that landscape. There is so much going on below the surface where the intricate root systems lay. No matter what we might find ourselves up against, that we can sit in quiet contemplation beneath a tree, we can feel the support of its trunk against our back or the ground beneath our sits bones, and we can allow Gaia to cradle us.
Earth is the element that sustains us, grounds us, and supports us. It is the element that shows us the power of release as a means to nurture our own growth. Just as the leaves fall to the ground to nourish the trees for the spring, we can harness our struggles and compost them into something that will give us wisdom, strength, and sustenance for what lies ahead.
Earth smells of fresh dirt, wet leaves, old worn leather, with a hint of smoke. The blending of botanicals for this candle contains cedarwood, patchouli, and vetiver.
In the jar, the scent is pungent and strong but of the four elements, it burns the softest and most subtle. I find this so reflective of earth. How often do we take for granted the quiet strength and unwavering support that earth provides? Always there quietly beneath our feet holding us up.
The earth scent is one where people either love it or hate it. It truly does smell of dirt and for those who love patchouli, this is a favorite! I have found out of the four scents, it is one that with time, has the ability to win people over.