Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Easter Gift Set!

Exodus Anointing Oil,
Frankincense & Myrrh resins with a Golden Pouch
Frankincense & Myrrh Nourishing Soap
All placed a in 6″ dia. rattan basket and shrink wrapped

Seven Reasons to Practice Meditation - Dr. Weil's Daily Tip

Achieving a Meditative State:

I just recently had a conversation with a friend on Meditation.  She said I can't Meditation.  I said her mind was to full of thoughts.

I said, "I take you're trying to block your thoughts... Don't." 
Meditation is about focus and concentration.  So I would suggest focusing on something, your breathing or the light & colors you see when you close your eyes.  Do not over analysis the forms or shapes that tend to form.  Just admire them, enjoy the peace and beauty you are experiencing.  Then before you know it you will be in a deep meditative state. 

Meanwhile, if a thought pops in, acknowledge it then release it.  "Yes, must pick up dry cleaning, thank you." and go back to your breathe or the colors.  Then, when you are done, You Are Done.  Don't worry about the time.  So what if it was only 5 minutes.  That is still 5 minutes.  It's more about being the observing in this state of being.  When you learn to be the observer your meditations will last a bit longer.  The important thing is that you awaken relax and centered.

Essential Oils for Meditation: Sandalwood and Frankincense

Sandalwood promotes relaxation, openness, and grounding. Its special calming effect has been used to treat anxiety and depression, and it acts as a mild sedative. It can aid with opening the Third Eye.

Frankincense is so popular due to its calming effect on the nervous system. Frankincense contains certain phytochemicals that affect the cerebral cortex and limbic systems—these have been known to expand consciousness and even induce mystical visions.

Seven Reasons to Practice Meditation - Dr. Weil's Daily Tip

Published: 10/25/2011 

Meditation is simply directed concentration, and involves learning to focus your awareness and direct it onto an object: your breath, a phrase or word repeated silently, a memorized inspirational passage, or an image in the mind's eye. The benefits of meditation are numerous, and include...

  1. Helping lower blood pressure
  2. Decreasing heart and respiratory rates
  3. Increasing blood flow
  4. Enhancing immune function
  5. Reducing perception of pain 
  6. Relieving chronic pain due to arthritis and other disorders
  7. Maintaining level mood
  8. Bringing awareness and mindfulness to everyday aspects of life
A simple form of meditation that can be practiced by anyone is to walk or sit quietly in a natural setting and allow your thoughts and sensations to occur; observing them without judgment.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Basil Essential Oil for ear infections

I have been experiencing a minor ear infection for the last couple of days.  Although it was not server it was very uncomfortable and a bit painful.  I was even experiencing some dizziness with it.  When it first started I summed up my symptoms as a sinus issues with the dizziness and ear pressure.  So I reach for my Helichrysum oil and massage a drop behind my ear tracing down the ear canal.  Then I place a drop of cedarwood on the palms of my hand, cupped my hands over my nose and inhale.  Cedarwood helped to easy the dizziness.  Even though the oils helped with the symptoms it was obvious that there was more going on.  The pressure in my ears worsen.  It was the weekend and I wasn't able to call my doctor till Monday morning.  So, I reach for Basil essential oil.  

Here’s a recent study that indicates Basil essential oil can be helpful for ear infections. Of course we NEVER put oils directly into the ear!! but if you put a few drops on a cotton ball and rest the cotton ball on the ear, the aromatic vapors will gently work into the ear and do their wonderful healing. Grapefruit oil is also helpful for ear issues. Do the cotton ball thing, and also rub a drop of the oil on the mastoid process and around the outer ear. (Extra benefit: basil oil and the citrus oils also have relaxing qualities. So if you have a little one (or one who’s not so little!) who is uncomfortable and irritable from the ear infection, these oils can give a double dose of benefit!

Essential oils may cure ear infections
Journal of Infectious Diseases, June 2005
Applying certain essential oils to the ear canal appears to be an effective treatment for ear infections. If toxicity studies confirm the safety of (anti-bacterial) essential oil components for use in the ear, then a significant advance can be made in the treatment of ear infections. The vapours that are released by essential oils, such  as oil of basil, have been shown to have rapid bacteria-killing effects. Topical therapy for ear infections is usually not recommended because most drugs are in a liquid form that cannot penetrate the eardrum to reach the infected middle ear. However, the vapours from essential oils may be able to diffuse through the eardrum and destroy the microbes present.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Moon - Manifesting

New Moon Ritual For Manifesting:

by Carole Fogarty

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish”  Tony Robbins
Any new moon is the perfect time to release your monthly wishes out into the universe.  Astrologically it carries a strong energy for giving birth to new ideas, habits or projects.
To give my wishes the special attention they deserve, I send them on their merry way with a simple, yet meaningful ritual.  Rituals needn’t be complicated, time consuming or confusing.  In fact mine are around 3 – 5 minutes.

Firstly, I become still and arrive fully into the moment.  I want my whole body, mind and breath to participate.  Secondly, I connect with the four elements of nature, after all they nourish us all on a daily basis and we certainly couldn’t survive without them.   Then, and only then, do I feel connected and prepared to release my wishes out into the big wide world.

Photo by bekah stargazer

Next new moon 22th January – 25rd January 2012:
For me rituals are deeply satisfying and fuel my soul.   They create a feeling that something special, magical is happening, and the whole universe is involved.  Rituals are nothing short of inspiring and uplifting.
So, if the idea of a new moon wish ritual appeals to you, I’ve shared the simple steps (below) for one of my favourite new moon rituals.
Sunday 22th through the 25 January will be the next new moon for us in the United States.  This gives you plenty of time to buy some sage, a special candle and get clear with your wish or wishes for next month.  Depending on where you live it may be a good idea to check the next new moon times for your part of the world.
Remember if you need any help with your ritual, don’t be shy, I’m here to help in whatever small way I can.

Acknowledge the start of your ritual:
Light a candle to signify the start of the ritual – giving thanks and gratitude. You can even open with a little blessing or prayer if that feels right for you.

Arrive fully at the ritual:
Give 100% of your whole self when releasing your wishes by arriving fully into the moment.  Involve your mind fully,  breath fully, body fully and your soul fully.
Feel and become aware of  your body (feet, toes, fingers, legs, arms etc), shake and move your body if you need too.
Feel and become aware of your breath, follow it as it moves through your body.  It is your breath and words that will give energy to your wishes.
Feel and become aware of your thoughts – do not follow your thoughts just notice them and your mind will soon arrive without getting distracted.
Feel and sense the energy of your heart, the core of your being, the essence of who you are.
Now, pay closer attention to the environment around you. Tap into your senses.  What can you see, smell, taste, touch or hear?
If you need help arriving, then you might like to read my article called the 3 arrivals.  A simple Buddhist practice that encourages you to arrive fully into the here and now.

Connect with the elements of nature:
To connect with the essence of the universe you need to acknowledge the four main elements of nature.  Fire – water – earth – water.  You can do this by feeling, sensing or having a physical representation for each of the elements.
Earth: go barefoot and feel the earth beneath your feet.  If you can’t go outside you may prefer to wear or hold a crystal, be close to a plant or vase of flowers. Breathe the earths energy up through your feet.  Feel the connection.
Fire: the burning candle signifies fire – feel or sense the cleansing properties of the fire, and the energy it is fueling your wishes with.
Air: light a piece of dried white sage or sage smudge stick (as shown in the picture above).  The smoke represents air. Let the smoke fill the air around you.
Water: have a bowl of water with a small handful of rock salt. This connects you to the ocean and all water on this planet. Add essences, flowers , crystals or infuse your water with sunshine – if this feels right for you.

Write and cleanse your wishes:
Write your wishes down on a piece of paper and then cleanse away unseen obstacles and energy blocks with the smoke from your sage smudge stick (Shown in the photo above).  Continue cleansing until you feel a lighter energy around your written wishes.
I have used dried white sage (either loose or as a smudge stick) for over 20 years and strongly believe in its cleansing and purification properties.  Burning sage is almost a daily occurrence in my home.  If you can find organic, then all the better.

Release your wishes:
The first part of releasing your wishes is writing them down.  The second part is saying them out aloud as if you are speaking in person to the universe.  Feel or sense the words of your wishes in your breath, in your exhale as they leave your body. Release them with love and grace.

Close ritual:
Finish your new moon wish ritual by blowing out your candle and giving thanks and gratitude. Close your eyes and spend a few special moments in silence – feeling whatever you need to feel.  I usually get a feeling of my wishes flying out into all corners of the world.
You may  keep your written wishes under your pillow, next to your favourite crystal,  on your bedside table, in your wish bowl, on your altar or bury them in the ground for the next month.  You may even prefer to keep a visual image or picture that represents your monthly wish.  Alternately read your monthly wish/wishes just before you go to bed.   Do whatever feels right for you. Trust and be guided your intuition.
In case you are wondering what my monthly wish is – it’s to complete my first e-book “Unwind” and become an author.   Wish me luck.  May all our wishes come true, easily and effortlessly.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cleopatra's Beauty Secret!

Cleopatra was famous for her beautiful skin. Her secret was milk! Not drinking it but soaking in a tub of fresh milk. Today we know that the lactic acid in milk is an alpha hydroxy acid, a natural material that dissolves the glue that holds dead skin cells together. Milk can cleanse the skin down to its deepest layers. This secret beauty formula couldn’t be simpler. Add 2 to 4 cups of fresh milk or buttermilk to the bathwater as the tub is filling. Soak for a good 20 minutes. Gently rub your skin with a washcloth or loofa to slough off the dead skin. Rinse your body thoroughly after soaking.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/cleopatras-milk-bath-formula.html#ixzz1jx2t5raC

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Need a quick toner?

Here is a natural blend for making your own toner. 
Try 2 oz. of Apple Cider vinegar, 2 oz. distill water with 7 drops of Lemon or Lavender. Essential oil. 
For sensitive skin reduce the Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 oz and increase the distill water to 3 oz.  Then add 7 drops of Lavender. 
Lemon essential oil has the ability to cleanse and shrink the appearance of pores, prefect for acne prone skin.

While Lavender's offers anti-inflammatory properties that instantly remove redness and irritation, great for sensitive skins.
Directions for use:
First wash your face. Then saturate a cotton pad with the mixture and wipe away any traces of a face makeup or residue left behind.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tips for Keeping a Positive outlook for the New Year!

Having and maintaining a positive attitude is vital for success in life and business. Zig Ziglar gots it right when he said, “It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.” Sure you need skills, but you can learn skills - in fact a positive attitude will make it much more likely that you will learn the skills necessary to succeed. If you take two people with an equal skill set the person with the better attitude will win.

Unfortunately it is not always easy to stay positive and keep a good attitude. As things go wrong throughout your day, it is easy to let negative thoughts start to take over. Thankfully there are many things that you can do to help maintain a positive attitude.  
1. Change your screensaver to an inspirational image.
2. Change my password to a positive affirmation
3. Diffuse Jasmine, or Idaho Tansy essential oil to foster a positive Attitude.
4. Be Thank You - emotion carries energy with gratitude vibrations higher than love.
5. Stay Spiritual Connected whether prayer, meditation or reading scripture, spirituality lifts the spirit.
6. Surround yourself by Passive People.  Their high vibration fill raise your low vibration.  Like laughter, positive attitude is catchy!