Stephanie Gailing is a holistic astrologer based in Seattle, and the author of Planetary Apothecary.
When the Sun is in Leo, the focus is on our hearts and the inner light that resides within. We are called upon to be generous, to give of our time and support, shining our unique light upon those around us. Being ourselves and illuminating others through our radiance is mission and purpose during the Leo season.
And doing so is also good for our health. If we block the flow of our vital energy, keep it repressed because of lack of confidence of our inherent extra-ordinariness, it gets stuck within and may foster low mood or vitality. Remember that giving of our gifts—of our selves that are divinely special—is important not only to others but also to our sense of well-being.
If you need some support bolstering your self-confidence, flower essences can be helpful. For example, Sunflower essence can help us stoke our inner solar fire, Buttercup essence can assist us in disconnecting our sense of self-worth from a link to outer recognition, and Borage essence can help inspire courage and dissipate a heavy-hearted feeling.
Lions, the astrological totems of Leo, are known for their manes. And when the Sun is in Leo we can use this time to focus on nourishing ours. Massaging the scalp with some avocado or jojoba oil infused with rosemary oil can get the blood flowing and support hair health. A deep conditioning treatment using shea butter can also be beneficial. If you want to turn to wisdom from Ayurvedic health traditions, try sesame oil infused with Bhringaraj leaf (Eclipta alba), a traditional treatment for encouraging hair growth and luster (and one also said to promote good sleep as well).
Consider doing these luxurious hair health treatments around the New Moon (August 9). Not only will the Sun and Moon be aligned in Leo, but Venus, the planet of beauty, will be making connections with Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto.As always,