Going to class almost felt like a bit of a counselling session for me. Learning about a new constitution each week helped me become mindful of how that constitution shows up in my daily life, and which essential oils I can use to create more balance in my life. I would find myself in situations when I was stressed, and I’d realized I was laughing uncharacteristically loudly (fire) or showing lack of shout (wood). When this happened, I would understand that I was feeling a need to be loved (fire) and was frustrated I wasn’t seeing goals met in the way I had hoped (wood). Putting on an essential oil like Cypress would help me feel calmer, more grounded, and less stressed about the situation. In the past, I didn’t have the knowledge that pairing an essential oil with a certain event, disease, or stressor, could help in knowing myself or understanding others in a greater way. Who knew?! Taking this course has enabled me to see life through a clearer lens. It has broadened my understanding of the physical and emotional responses we have to situations or people around us, and why – based on our constitutions – we have those responses. Knowing how to use essential oils as a tool to achieve greater fluidity in our daily living is a huge gift! Thank you, Paula.