Peppermint Aroma

Peppermint makes a fantastic aroma for the holidays!

So I have to admit, I was a little surprised with the intuitive message I received for this months aroma. I really believed it would be the inspiring and soft scent of Pine. But as I sat in meditation the powerhouse of Peppermint showed up again and again. Later, as I reflected on my knowledge of peppermint and it’s energetic value I began to realize exactly how perfect this aroma is for December. Here is why…

This month we will explore the scent of Peppermint. This crisp cooling aroma is a perfect reflection of winter. When you come in contact with peppermint it even feels like a cool winters breeze. This powerful aroma invokes, understanding and appreciation. Peppermint is great to use when life gets busy as it will help individuals find focus, increase awareness and encourage mindfulness. Are you beginning to see why this is the perfect aroma for this month? Me too… BUT WAIT that’s not all! Oh, there is so much more to this spectacular scent. Peppermint has the ability to guide you out of the mind trap of having to “get it all done” and putting you into a state of allowing life to unfold exactly as it needs to be. No longer having to be in control. But rather being one who can mindfully participate in the celebrations that life holds. WOW how cool is that? During the busy holiday season could the magic of peppermint REALLY save me from falling victim to the old mantra of “get’er done” and pull me UP to just simply allowing everything to BE? Oh yes, I will take an order of that! I think I’ll be immersing myself in the energy of peppermint anyway I can get it this month! This uplifting aroma can also help create a refreshing renewed energy to an individual or space. So I say hail to the to the powerhouse of peppermint!

Emotional & Energetic Healing: Peppermint encourages Self-acceptance, concentration, vitality, vibrancy, understanding and appreciation.

Healing properties of Peppermint include: Analgesic (pain relieving), antiseptic, stimulant, expectorant, digestive.

You can use peppermint in variety of ways this month. Here are a few of my favorites:

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1. Let’s face it, driving during the holiday season can get a bit stressful. More traffic, everyones rushing, parking spaces are few and far between, stores are more crowded. I say put a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place it in your car to keep you calm and refreshed during the holiday travel season. Everyone around you will wonder what your secret it.

2. Put a 6-8 drops in a spray bottle fill the rest up with water and spritzer it around any space that needs upliftment, understanding, or a new energy. Added bonus is you will also be cleaning the air around you!

3. Make your own sea salt bath scrub and use Peppermint essential oil as your aroma. Here is an easy recipe to make your own:

Supplies:
1 mason jar with a lid ( I like to use a 16oz jar)
1 cup of sea salt
2 tablespoons of baking soda (optional, but it’s great for softening the skin)
1/3 cup of carrier oil I like to use Safflower oil or Sunflower oil as they tend to be less sticky)
Peppermint essential oil
1 stirring stick

Directions:
combine sea salt and baking soda into jar and mix. Add 6-8 drops of peppermint essential oil (a little goes a long way. You can always add more if needed but be careful as skin irritation can occur as well as cold sweats from using to much. Trust me, I know this from experience). Use stirring stick and and mix well. Place a lid on the jar and give it a shake for 30 seconds and then let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir in carrier oil of your choice and incorporate it through out. If you need to add a little more oil to keep the blend moist then do so.

You will get plenty of showers out of this recipe and will likely last your through the month. Enjoy!

4. How about a soothing cup of peppermint tea? My favorite is Yogi brand “purely peppermint”. I always feel brand new after sipping on this.

5. Do you love hot chocolate? Next time add a peppermint tea bag to your cup of hot chocolate. It’s the best of both worlds… you can thank me later.

I hope you have a new appreciation and understanding of peppermint. Have fun with it and enjoy your celebrations this month!

Nutmeg is Novembers Aroma of the Month

Nutmeg is Novembers Aroma of the Month

This month we will explore the scent of nutmeg. From a energetic stand point this warm spicy aroma invokes hopes, dreams, kindness, compassion and gratitude to the home or space that uses it. Nutmeg helps us to reflect on life’s gifts and graces with a kind heart of love and gratitude. This heart warming essence can stir the spirit with liberation allowing one to soar to their hopes and dreams.

Nutmeg encourages calm, peace, dreams, gratitude, kindness, compassion, comfort.

Healing properties of nutmeg include: Analgesic (pain relieving), antispasmodic, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, stimulant.

 

You can charge your room or space in a variety of ways using nutmeg this month. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. In a diffuser add 4-6 drops of nutmeg essential oil and fill the space with this warm spicy essence. You can also add other oils such as orange, lemon, cinnamon, or clove to enhance the invigorating aroma of your home or space.

2. In a pot simmer 3 cups of water and sprinkle in nutmeg spice. Add any extra spices you like. Let it simmer on your stove and the steam will move through the air. Changing the space with warmth and love.

3. Use the nutmeg spice in your baking this month and enjoy all of the benefits that this ingredient gives. (Note use the spice not the essential oil for internal consumption).

4. I love a good cup of coffee in the morning. As the season changes I find myself spicing my cup up with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. You can also try it with a sweet and spicy tea. It creates one glorious cup of gratitude!

Boost Your Immune System


With the cold and flu season approaching it’s nice to find ways of keeping your immune system healthy. This months in my Yoga classes I have been teaching students some of my favorite natural remedies.  I thought I would share some of those techniques here with you as well.

Immune boosting foods:
Ginger Root: According to Ayurvedic traditions, ginger warms the body and helps to break down the accumulation of toxins in the organs, particularly in the lungs and sinuses.

Avocados: This is an easy way to support adrenal function and keep your immune system happy. Avocados contain essential amino acids, antioxidants and some healthy fats to help balance hormone production.

Shiitake Mushrooms:  These are a great immunity booster. This super food has antiviral, anti fungal and antibacterial effects.

Warm Lemon Water:  Add this to your morning routine for a Vitamin C boost.

Immunity boosting yoga poses:
Here are a few poses that increase circulation of the lymph.  Unlike blood that moves as a result of blood pumping lymph moves by muscular contractions.  Physical exercise such as yoga is key to keeping the lymph flowing.

Cat Cow: Come into a table top position on your hands and knees. Placing palms facing forward and pressing them into the floor.  Wrists elbows and shoulders all come into alignment.  Knees are stacked under the hips. Keep the core engaged. Once you have your strong foundation drop the belly down and the head comes up (this is your inhale) then curl through the spine tuck the chin towards the chest (this is your exhale.  Continue to move in and out 10-15 times with your breath. Nice deep inhales strong exhales.  As you do this try to breathe through the back of the throat.  This helps to stimulate that lymphatic system through the throat.

Bridge pose: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips. Ground the outer border of your shoulders into the floor and lift the sides of your torso up, keeping your front ribs, sternum, and collarbones broad. Breathe in and out through the nostrils and feel that breath enter the back of your throat and move all the way down to the belly.

Reclined chair pose:  Reclined chair pose: lying on your floor take your hips right up to either your couch or a chair.  Hug knees towards the chest and then place both legs  on the chair or couch.  Knees will be bent and the back of your calves will rest on the couch or chair.  Stay here for 3-15 minutes. Continue to focus on your breath.

Other Immune boosting recommendations:
Dry brushing:
Dry brushing has so many positive benefits. Dry brushing stimulates the body’s circulation and lymphatic systems. Some people use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, circulates the lymph system and more.

You can pick up a dry brush at most health food stores. Make sure to get a brush made with natural, not synthetic, bristles the best time to dry brush is first thing in the morning, before you shower, but you can also do it before bed.

Brushing technique:
Begin at the ankles and brush upward using light but firm strokes. You always want to brush toward the heart because that is the way the lymph flows naturally. After you finish your legs, brush your stomach (when brushing the stomach go in a clockwise circle), arms, and shoulders brushing towards the heart.

Tapping: Tapping is a great technique for keeping your immune system strong.

Using your finger tips gently tap along your collarbone from the outside in moving toward the center of your chest.  This stimulates the lymph system.  Make 3 passes each time working from the outside in.  Then move along the throat starting at the sides of the throat and moving to center.  Once you have finished take three finger tips and massage gently in a circular motion along the Thymus for 10-15 seconds. Try this as a daily practice when you wake up in the morning.

Try these tools if you begin to feel the ickies coming on:

Neti pot:

I love to neti pot it is my go to during the fall and winter months.  We breathe in and out of our nose all day long.  With that we take in some of the airborne pathogens and toxins that are flying around.  Just as we clean our hands, and shower our bodies our noses need attention too.  Using a neti pot is a wonderful way to clean out your nose and keep a good immune system, it is also very important to use the neti pot when you have been hit by a cold.  It will help you tremendously with head and nose congestion.  If you would like my full written instruction on how to use the neti pot feel free to email me and I would be happy to send that to you.

 

Drink up!

Take a shot of this immune boosting powerhouse.  I like to use this if I start to feel a cold or flu symptoms coming on.

Juice 1 lemon

Juice a thumb of 1 ginger root

Add in a dash of cayenne pepper and black pepper for the heat and helps to stimulate.  You may feel a little heat from the body for hours afterward.

Mix and drink it down.

Restoring your energy while taking a bath:

On top of your feet, in the spaces between the bones that correspond to spaces between the toes are your “gait reflexes” Energy tends to clog there.  With your fingers at the sole of each foot and your thumbs at the “gait reflex” massage and smooth the energy down each of the five gait reflexes on each foot with your thumbs.  End with a foot massage

I love this one when I feel a cold coming on.  I learned the information from the book Energy Medicine by Donna Eden and it has helped me on a number of occasions to get me feeling well again.

If you feel a cold coming on, while in the bath let your knees fall out so they are supported by the sides of the tub. Cross your arms and put your elbows into the side and middle portion of your thighs. Push your thumbs into your biceps. Sitting this way for 2-3 minutes helps the congestion drain out of the lungs, and by the time you get out of the tub, you just may have stopped the cold from attacking the immune system.

Bath Blends:

Baths are also wonderful ways to help us get back to feeling good again.

Here is a simple healing bath recipe

In a glass bowl mix the following:

  • ½ cup Epsom salt.
  • ½ cup of sea salt or Himalayan rock salt.
  • ½ cup of baking soda.
  • 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
  • 8 drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil.

Mix it all together with a plastic/ non re-usable spoon or knife.

Add a tbl spoon of carrier oil such as olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil, safflower oil, or grape seed oil.

Dump mixture into the bath as the water is running.  Once the bath is full sink in and enjoy.  Try one of the above energy medicine techniques while you soak.

If you don’t own essential oils I do make a variety of bath blends to purchase.  Including immune enhancing bath recipe, congestion therapy, as well as calming baths for relaxation.  Just email me and I will be happy to make your own bath blend.

Here is a list of other healing ointments and blends that you might be interested in ordering from me:

  • Chest congestion relief comes in a salve or oil.
  • Muscle ease: Great for tight, over used or inflamed muscles.
  • Joint, tendon, sciatic, and soar muscle relief. Helps stimulate the joints, tendons and muscles for a quicker recovery.
  • Easing Rheumatoid arthritis salve and/ or bath salt blend.
  • Menstrual cramp relief: For those times when the cramps are taking over.
  • Head ache no more:  Great gel salve to place on temples and help relieve headache symptoms.
  • Anxiety Relief
  • Meditation blends
  • Savasana blends
  • Air purifying sprays
  • Linen sprays: Helps kill germs on mattresses and other linens

How To Celebrate With Autumn Equinox

 

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I love rituals that have meaning in my life. Often I find myself being drawn to the rituals of the season. A way to celebrate the transition of energy. It helps prepare me for the next step (wherever that might lead).

As we enter towards Autumn we can reflect upon our own life. The season encourages balance, just as daylight and night find the equal balance so do we. It is also a time of clearing as we watch the leaves begin to change and even dispose of the old we have the opportunity to do that in our life as well. Furthermore it brings about a time of cultivation, to look at what is working in life and what still needs love and care.

Here are a few ideas you might like to use as we head towards the Autumn Equinox on September 22nd.

1) Space Clearing:
Now is a great time to clear out or give away unwanted things that are no longer useful or that might have negative memories associated with them. Releasing items will create space for new positive energy to flow in.

2) Get Back To The Earth:
Fall is a great time to get outdoors. Start your fall garden, go for a hike, sit outside, go for a walk, have a picnic in the park. Anything goes here!

3) Cultivate:
The summer activities have come and gone. Fall allows us to get back into a rhythm of life. Creating the perfect opportunity to begin to put some of the focus back on you. Consider what is working in your life and what you
would like to change. Make a plan that can support
those changes. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to write down how I want my life to look and feel on a piece of fabric. I list all my goals and visions. After I am done I attach a piece of yarn or heavy string to the fabric and hang it outside on one of my tree limbs and every time the wind blows I feel my hopes, dreams and prayers being delivered across the universe. It acts as a beautiful reminder all season long.

4) Gratitude:
Autumn is the season of gratitude. Make it a daily ritual starting with the Fall Equinox on September 22nd to write down 5 things each day that you are grateful for. You can do this at the start of your day or at the end of your day. gratitude is one of the most powerful gifts you can give to yourself and to the world.

5) Breathe it in:
Fall comes with some of the best smells in the world. I love walking into a house that is filled with all the warm vibrant scents of the season. Here is one of my favorite recipes to use to infuse my house with the smells of Autumn.
Directions:
In a pot place 4-8 cups of water
add cinnamon spice or 2 cinnamon sticks to the water
add nutmeg or clove to the water
slice one apple and add it to the pot.
Let it simmer on the stove and enjoy the aroma of your space.
* Here is an added benefit for this recipe, not only will your home smell great but cinnamon when infused into the air helps to kill airborne bacteria which means you’re creating a healthier environment too!

Bugger Off Bug Spray

BUGGER OFF BUG SPRAY
Recently I have been braving the evening heat here in Arizona with some walks. Those of you who live here know that it can still be 100 degrees at 9pm. While I am enjoying my time outdoors I have discovered that each night I return home I have new mosquito bites. Not a perk that I look forward to. Since it is still the hot and sticky season in some parts of the world I thought I would offer you a fun and easy recipe to combat those mosquitos!

YOU WILL NEED

2 oz spray bottle
Water
Lavender essential oil
Lemongrass essential oil
Peppermint essential oil

DIRECTIONS
In your spray bottle combine the following essential oils
6 drops of lemongrass essential oil
5 drops of Lavender essential oil
2 drops of peppermint essential oil
Place the cap on the bottle and let the oils combine for 5 to 10 minutes.
Once the oils have come together add water filling the bottle. Be sure not to over fill and leave room for the sprayer to be inserted.

Wait 24 hours and allow the essential oils to combine with the water. After 24 hours place a coffee filter over a glass jar and slowly pour the contents of your spray over the filter into the glass jar. Once the blend has been filtered pour the liquid back into the spray bottle and use as you need.

CAUTION: As with any essential oil always use caution and keep away from animals and children. Do NOT use if you are allergic to any of these oils. Stop use if you find skin redness or irritation.

Need A Little Courage?

Courage seems to be a common theme lately in many lives and the fear of moving forward can hold many of us back. This is a year of transition and the shedding of old energies, thoughts, or belief systems that no longer serve ones spirit.  A new energy is beginning to emerge and new possibilities are calling to our individual spirit.  However sometimes with transition we still find that we may have fear to overcome, doubt, maybe even grief of letting something go. Do you experience such feelings?  Do you ever wish that just like the lion in the Wizard of OZ that you could find the courage by visiting the “GREAT WIZARD?”

Well, you can!! Here is a little secret, the act of courage is always within you and available to you. Sometimes we just have to dig a little deeper to find it.  But it is there and it’s waiting for you, to believe in… YOU!  Are  you ready?

If so we can make it easier.  Essential oils are a wonderful way to work with the emotions in ones body and any long held belief systems from our sub conscious.

For todays topic of COURAGE I would recommend the use of Cedarwood essential oil.

Cedarwood has a lot of wonderful attributes, one of my favorite things to use cedarwood for is courage. Cedarwood has a lovely sweet wood tone to it.  When used as an essential oil it helps to ground us and connect us to earthly forces.  It also restores a sense of spiritual certainty and strengthens the connection with the divine. Cedarwood encourages strength, focus, balance persistence, and confidence. Cedarwood helps us remove hidden fears.  All common themes to finding our courage. Wouldn’t you say?

Try mixing cedarwood with other essential oils. For a well balanced blend try one of the following in combination with the cedarwood.  Roman chamomile,  clary sage, cypress, geranium, lavender, rosemary, orange, or frankincense.

Be sure to always mix your essential oils with a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil, olive oil, jojoba, or sunflower oil. Always use essential oils for external use only. Not recommended if you are pregnant and can cause skin irritation on some individuals.

Are you ready to tap into your inner lion? Your space of courage? Cedarwood helps us to remove our hidden fears. So what have you been holding yourself back from?  Try working with cedarwood and see what happens. Enjoy the process, enjoy LIFE!!

Awakening Room Spray

Article as published on Arizona Yoga Community

Awakening Room Spray 

Ahhhh, I just love a room that smells good.  It wakes up the senses, can help to change the mood and energy of a room, and when using the appropriate oils can even help to clean the air of  bacteria.  My favorites tend to change with the seasons, however one that I love all year round and makes me feel all giddy and happy inside is this sweet citrus spray.  Give it a try and let the giggles fill your space 🙂

What you will need:
2oz glass spray bottle
Lime essential oil
Lemon essential oil
2oz of bottled water

Directions:

In the 2oz bottle take your lime essential oils and add 8 drops of lime to the bottle and 18 drops of lemon essential oil. Place the spray cap on the bottle and shake lightly for 3-5 minutes.  It’s ok to put the bottle down and then come back and shake a little more.  Allow the merging or the 2 essential oils to begin to connect. After 5 minutes add purified water to the bottle. Be careful not to overfill and be sure to leave room to add your spray cap back in. You don’t want to loose all those drops by overfilling… trust me it’s been done 🙂  once water has been added replace spray cap and shake lightly.  Leave as is  for 24 hours.  After a full day take a  glass measuring cup with a spout and place a coffee filter over the top. Holding the filter around the measuring cup pour the blend that you made the previous day over the filter and let it drain into the measuring cup.  This will help filter out the harshness of the oils if it touches the skin and leave the fresh scents and essential properties of the oil in.  Once you have filtered the blend then you can pour it back into your spray bottle and you are ready to invigorate your mind, body, and home, office, or whatever space you desire. Enjoy!

Benefits of this blend:

Lime is wonderful for awakening and inspiring.  It is typically an oil that enhances ones mood and helps them feel happy.  This oil is great to use around people who might be going through depression.  Lime essential oil is also one that speaks to the solar plexus chakra and the heart chakra.  Great oil to use as an air purifier.

Lemon is an oil that is great for centering, it also helps to clear emotional confusion and energizes the space. This is also an oil that helps facilitate letting go. Lemon is also known for cleansing and uplifting.

This blend  when combined makes a wonderful spray for meditation,  inspiration, awakening, creates joy and happiness.

New moon energy and how you can use it to help manifest your desires

New Moon energy and how you can use it to help manifest your desires.  I love new moon energy because it reminds me to begin to plant my seeds of intention for that month.  I watch these intention grow just as the moon grows each evening.  It connects me on a deeper level of not only what I am manifesting in my life,  but it also anchors my intentions on a more mindful level.  As I watch the moon grow ever more brighter and expansive each night I see and feel that my dreams, wishes, hopes, desires, and intentions grow as well.  Celebrating the movement and motion in the right direction for me at that time. Then as the moon approaches the full moon status I feel my intentions shining brighter and more beautiful then ever. I allow the full moons light to shower over me as I receive the fullest expression of my intentions move through me.

The new moon this evening is in Taurus along with an eclipse. Taurus is about acquiring, feeding and growing. Tonights new moon plus the solar eclipse in Taurus opens the gates for a new beginning. Think about what new gateway you wish to walk through and begin imagining yourself there.  Taurus also has a high vibration in the area of money. Choose your thoughts wisely this month.  If you think in lack you will receive lack.  If you think in wealth, abundance and flow you will receive wealth, abundance and flow.

Here are a few things that you can do to help you prepare for the full moon energy tonight and to use as you watch the moon and your intentions grow stronger, brighter, and more full.

  1. give yourself time to meditate today. Ask yourself what would be for the highest good for you at this time to bring focus and intention to during this new moon phase.  It might come in the way of a feeling, words, or a thought.  It’s OK if the answer doesn’t appear to you right away. Trust that it will
  2. Once you receive that information write it down.
  3. Create affirmations for yourself regarding your intentions. Take these affirmations with you into your daily life. Affirmations focus attention on the positive outcome of a situation, and are structured to affirm that the positive outcome is already a reality. For example a person who feels loneliness in life may use an affirmation such as ” I am worthy and I have   fulfilling and loving relationships in my life.”
  4. Plant those words into the moon. In other words go outside look up at the moon, connect to it’s energy and plant your intentions and your affirmations there.
  5. Every night walk outside and look up to the moon. Thank it for it’s beauty, thank it for shining your intentions with the universe. Repeat your intentions and or your affirmations.  See what comes up as you connect for a moment with the moons energy and your intentions.
  6. As the moon grows allow our energy to grow as well. Feel the excitement, joy, gratitude of your intentions becoming more powerful and stronger.
  7. Full moon celebration. Find a way to celebrate the full moon and the growth of your intentions.  A few examples might be to have dinner outside that evening.  Sit with loved ones. Take a walk around your neighborhood or a local park at dusk and watch the full moon begin to peak out. I love kayaking or boating under the full moon.  If that calls to you and you have a boat do that! The options are endless.  Your create it!

Some great stones or crystals you can use this month to go along with the taurus energy would be:

Emerald: I san all purpose healing stone. Wonderful stone to use for meditation and dream work. Helps to deepen spirituality and consciousness.

Carnilian “Creates balance between mental focus and creative inspiration, allowing your vision to be actualized.”

Essential oils that would be good to use during this moon phase:  Earthy tones such as vetiver, patchouli, cedarwood, pine, and sandalwood. Oils that bring about abundances such as frankincense neroli, and sweet orange.

*** oil safety***

Please remember, essential oils should be for external use only. Do not use if you have any allergies to the oil. It is recommended that you do not use essential oils if pregnant or for those who may have epilepsy.  Please keep out of reach of children and pets. Always remember to use a carrier oil when applying essential oils to the skin.  Carrier oils might include olive oil, salflower, sunflower, or almond oil.

Candle Gazing Meditation And Spray.

Candle Gazing is a wonderful meditation for those who have been practicing for a while as well as those who are new to meditating.

1) To prepare, you will want to place a candle arms distance away and if possible at eye level. If you are sitting on the floor perhaps you can use a chair or a small table. Turn off any lights and draw the curtains, this will help to calm the central nervous system and prepare you for your meditation. Try and make sure that you place the candle in a location where the flam can remain steady and not flicker. Light your candle and find a soft seated position on the floor preferably with legs crossed or sitting in heros pose (on the knees).

2) With eyes softly gazing at the candle light begin to check in with the body notice if you are holding tension in the eyes, face, jaw, or throat. Allow yourself to begin to relax. Now check into the shoulders, back, arms and hips. Once again allow yourself to relax the muscles. Finally begin to focus on the legs and feet, move out any existing tension.

3) Now take in three deep inhales and softly exhaling them out through the mouth. Begin to allow the breath to come in and out naturally or if you prefer to use ujai breath (inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the nose, long slow deep breaths) What ever you choose do not force the breath.

4) Begin to look deeply into the candle flame. Do not cross the eyes or lose focus (you will know that this has happened if you see multiple images). Try to watch the flame without blinking. If tears begin to form then gently blink and know that you are simply cleansing and purifying the eyes. Continue to gaze at the candle light and notice that it has several rings of different colors. Hold your gaze on them for about a minute.

5) Now gently close your eyes. Relax your eye muscles and visualize the flame you have been looking at. See it with your minds eye. Draw the image as a mental picture at your third eye. Continue to hold that image for as long as possible. When you can no longer hold the image with your eyes closed open your eyes to a soft gaze.

6) Repeat steps 4 and 5 slowly increasing the time with your eyes closed each round. Working with keeping the vision of that flame in your minds eye.

Continue this meditation to help still and calm the mind. Be sure to remember to blow your candle out when you are done.

Looking for a good meditation spray to help clear your space and create a more intimate space for your meditation practice?

Try this formula blend:
What your will need:
2oz spray bottle
Lavender essential oil
Cedar wood essential oil
purified water
glass measuring cup preferably with a pouring spout.
one coffee filter.

Directions:
In a 2oz spray bottle add 10 drops of lavender and 4 drops of cedar wood.
Gently shake so that the two oils begin to merge together.
Cover with the spray top and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Add water, NOTE** be sure to leave room at the top to make sure your spray top can go back in without spilling your essential oils out.
Tighten the spray cap onto the bottle and gently shake.
Let sit for 24 hours.
After 24 hours place the coffee filter over the top of your glass measuring cup.
Pour water and essential oil blend over the coffee filter and into the glass measuring cup.
This creates a filter so that the essential oils are not to strong if they hit the skin directly as well as to protect floors and furniture.
Pour the filtered blend into the spray bottle add spray cap and enjoy.

Surrendering to an open heart through the gifts of lavender

A few years ago when I was studying to be an Aromatherapist at the South West Institute Of Healing Arts in Tempe Arizona I became intrigued by the distillation process of essential oils and wanted to know if Arizona had anyone who was involved in this process of oils (This is the process of which the flowers, herbs, and other natural forms are made into the pureness of the oil). Upon further investigation (which basically means I asked my instructor :)) I found out that there is only one place in Arizona that does distill to make pure essential oil. It is a lavender farm located in Concho, Arizona called Red Rock Lavender Farm and they open their doors to the public only one time per year. I knew of this area as I had previously hosted a women’s retreat only a few miles from where the farm was located. It’s a beautiful home with beautiful views of the painted desert. It makes for the perfect place to find the peace, stillness and silence with in. The only sounds are those of the birds near by and the rabbits that occasionally come and sit with you to visit. The home opens you up to the gorgeous and vast sky, a perfect place to watch the sunsets and never ending galaxy of stars that light up the night sky. For me it was an absolute must, to take myself, and my friend Heather who run’s retreats with me back up to this space and to explore the lavender farm to see if we could host another women’s retreat. As we pulled up to the home we both once again felt that ease and peacefulness of the space move through us. Happy to be here once again we set up some chairs and sat on the porch marveling at the vast beautiful land before us. Excited to find the stillness and silence once again.

The next day we packed up our lunches and headed to the lavender festival. Rolling down our windows as we approached we could feel the soft breeze carrying the fragrance of the lavender straight into our car, smiles bloomed on both of our faces. Simple and profound gifts from the universe were sweeping over us. As we entered the farm we decided to first go and listen to a talk on how the farm came to be. A fascinating and brilliant story of a mans journey of taking a few lavender plants and plopping them into the ground… having no idea at the time what gifts his land would cultivate and bring. Next we grabbed some clippers for the chance to pick our own bouquets of lavender. As I watched my friend gather her bundle, mindfully clipping each thread of lavender with love and intention I felt the great sense of how special this memory and this space was. Next we went to watch a demonstration on how to cook with lavender, here is where I would have the best lavender lemonade I have ever experienced and a lavender BROWNIE to accompany it. I was definitely in heaven. Soon we made our way over to a beautiful lawn where lavender fields faced us in all directions. As we sat eating our lunch connecting through conversation we soon found ourselves giggling like little girls without a care in the world, rolling around in belly laughter on the grass. I still do not remember what we were laughing about. All I remember is that our hearts were opening into a vast space of pureness. There were no attachments, no worries,no judgements, no thoughts. Just pure love, pure joy, pure laughter. It was the gift of the lavender, in all of its purity and grace it over came us and we happily surrendered.

Later as I researched more of the energy and therapeutic values of lavender from Author, Valerie Ann Worwood. According to Valerie it is known to embody the warm, protective love of Mother Earth. Lavender is caring, cherishing, and nurturing. With compassion it seeks to bring out the best in every one of us, letting us know that we are all precious children, and we have our destiny of goodness to fulfill.

As an aromatherapist I knew how powerful lavender was for treating many ailments. But from an energetic point the values above resonated with me so deeply. As this was the connection I felt sitting on that lawn with 130 acres of lavender circulating around me. It was an experience to remember.

Because I believe that lavender is one of the most powerful forms of healing I have included several ways that you can use it in your own way and allow it to open you heart into that space of vast love and grace.

  • If you have a lavender plant pick a few stems and place them around your house. Every time you pass by your senses will come alive.
  • By some lavender essential oil. Place 10 drops in a 2 oz spray bottle and use around your home or office.
  • Drink some lavender tea.
  • Meditate with lavender, if you have a lavender plant maybe you take your meditation outside and sit with the plant.  Another option is to use some lavender spray around your meditation area.
  • Take a bath with lavender. Place 10 drops of essential oil into 1 cup of sea salt add 2-3 oz of carrier oil (olive oil, safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, almond oil). Please make sure you are not using spike lavender, the proper lavender for skin would be lavendula angustifolia.
  • Come on the Women’s Retreat with us to the lavender farm this summer and surround yourself in the amazing healing powers of this land!
  • Make lavender lemonade YUM! Here is a simple lavender lemonade recipe that I love… mostly because I like simple.
1 cups of water
1/2 cup of dried culinary lavender
2 cups of Ice cubes
Your favorite bottled lemonade or pink lemonade
Mint (optional)
  1. In a large saucepan, add your water and bring to a boil to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat, add the lavender flowers and cover with a lid; steep for about 10 minutes. Strain,  lavender flowers and set aside.
  2. Combine the lemonade with the ice cubes in a large pitcher. Add to the lavender infused water and adjust with more lemonade if needed. Stir to combine and transfer to the refrigerator to chill. Serve over ice with sprigs of fresh lavender or mint.