Don’t worry, it’s just Anxiety.

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. ~Author Unknown

Most people use the term “stressed out” as an umbrella explanation for what is going on anxietywith them. What may be causing some of the confusion is that while stress & anxiety share similar symptoms, the causes are very different.

“Psychology Today” defines stress as, “Simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium.”  According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, “Anxiety is characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things. The fear of the unknown & the uncontrolled situations in life & and the worry about how to handle it.” Read More

Small Magics & Essential Oils…

This is what Rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place – Elizabeth Gilbert…                                                                 

The wheel of the year continues to turn, and in our busy world, many have lost touch with the small magics in life. We need to take a moment, take a breath, observe a perfect canstockphoto16014219tulip in April or the geese flying south in October. These small moments become our daily reflection or our daily rituals.

Humans have been doing rituals for thousands of years. Whether it is in a temple or in the forest, it could be honoring God, the Goddess or Mother Earth, it’s still a ritual. Taking time to connect to your own inner wisdom and belief system helps to make sense of what is happening in our lives. It can be something as simple as lighting a candle.

Essential oils have been used in rituals and ceremonies for close to 6000 years by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Persians. They have been used to celebrate love, fertility, the changing seasons as well as honoring the dead. 

You too can use essential oils in your daily rituals. You may want to: 

-Add Essential oils to a ceremonial bath before starting a ritual or meditation. (Use a carrier oil to properly dilute them first)

-Make a space clearing spray to cleanse and bless a new home, or to clear the energies in your room before shamanic journeying, meditation or doing yoga.

-Diffusing essential oils when you are setting your intentions, during meditation or prayers. (Using a candle diffuser would work for the ambiance as well as diffusing the essential oil).

-Make an anointing oil. A blend diluted with Jojoba oil could be used for your body or for anointing candles for your altar when doing a ritual to honor the changing seasons or a special moment in your life…

When using essential oils for spiritual practices it is still important to check the contraindications. Essential Oils have many different properties; some you may want to consider:

canstockphoto4680461Honoring our Ancestors: Essential Oil: Cypress, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood.

Mediumship/ Connection to Afterlife: Essential oil: Cedarwood, Cypress, Fir, Myrrh, Myrtle, Oak Moss, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sage, Yarrow. Candle Color: Purple,

Dream Work: Essential Oil: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Orange, Rose, Ylang Ylang. Candle Color: Blue.

Psychic Abilities:

canstockphoto1274262Clairvoyance: Essential Oil: Bay Laurel, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Nutmeg, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary Spruce. Candle Color: White & Yellow

Intuition: Essential Oil: Bay Laurel, Birch, Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemongrass, Pine, Rosemary, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang. Candle Color: Lavender, Purple & Brown.

Divination: Using Pendulums, Tarot Cards & Crystal Balls: Essential Oil: Bay Laurel, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Frankincense, Lemon, Patchouli, Thyme.
Candle Color: Violet or Gold

 

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Back to School…

canstockphoto1593771With the beginning of September comes all sorts of changes. Our holidays are over and our free time is somewhat limited. If you have children, you are probably finding that as their schedules start to fill up, yours does too. It is really important to allow for some downtime as well as some flexibility in your schedule to prevent burn out. During these busy months leading up to the holidays, try diffusing essential oils in your home to enhance your family’s well-being as well as your own self – care. (There are essential oils that are more appropriate if you have younger children, but you still have a lot to choose from).

Diffusing Essential Oils is helpful for stress, focus, relaxation, as well as seasonal congestion, colds, and allergies. Blends that have antiviral and antibacterial properties. would be a good choice for the start of the school year as well as the cold season. You can also use essential oil blends that are more calming especially if your child is feeling a little anxious about starting or going back to school.Try more relaxing essential oils for your bedtime routines. Better night sleep is always a good thing as it helps boost the immune system. I prefer to use an ultrasonic diffuser because most have timers and the added safety feature of turning off when the water level gets too low. When you are diffusing essential oils:

  • try 3 – 4 drops of your blend and diffuse for 15 – 30 min, to see how you like the scent, but more importantly, to see how you and your child feel.
  • When using your diffuser, Author Robert Tisserand (2014) says,  “Don’t diffuse for long periods of time, 30 – 60 minutes is good for adults”. For young children ages 2 & up diffuse for 15 – 30 min for specific reasons, like congestion or sleep issues. Check the timer setting on your diffuser to find the best one for you, your family and your environment.

For Everyday & the Cold Season…
best breezyOne of my favorite blends is my Breezy Diffuser Blend. It’s a good choice for everyday use during the cold season, especially if you have younger children. Try it first thing in the morning to wake everyone up or after school, when kids are doing their homework.  (I wouldn’t use this one at bedtime as it is a more stimulating blend.) You could also try Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender or Palmarosa essential oils for younger children.
***For older children (9 & up) or adults you can try my Inhale blend; Purify,  or Life Support Diffuser Blends, both have stronger scents, so depending on your scent preference and the situation, you have a few choices. You can also try Niaouli, Tea Tree, Thyme, and/or one of the Eucalyptus varieties for older children or adults. Just check the contraindications before use.

Relaxing & Bedtime Routines…
canstockphoto8095059With back to school, little ones can get anxious and not sleep very well. Those little worries can seem awfully big to someone just starting school or having to make new friends. Try Lavender, Mandarin, or Roman Chamomile for younger children. Adults and older children can also use these essential oils as well as Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Sweet Marjoram, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang. Just check the contraindications before use. Read More

Pink Grapefruit & Green Thumbs…

canstockphoto4710604When most people think about February, they think about Cupid, hearts, and chocolate…

For me, I’m still recovering from the fudge that I ate at Christmas. Come February, I like the idea of Candlemass, which is celebrated on Feb 2. It is the halfway point between winter and spring; a celebration to welcome the returning sun and the longer days that start to awaken new growth. Being a gardener, all that I can say is “Bring on Spring”.

Living on the west coast of Canada, winters tend to be rainy, dull and gray and a lot of people get the winter blues. Citrus oils are perfect for this time of year. They smell so fresh and crisp, they just make you feel better. My favorite by far is Grapefruit. Both pink and white varieties are available, with the pink being the sweeter smelling of the two. Read More

Rosemary for Remembrance…

“There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember.”
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet – 1603

canstockphoto3545672November is the month to take a moment to remember the veterans of all of the wars, and to remember our peacekeepers. To honor them for their sacrifices; for the freedom that we take for granted. It is also a time to think about peace & tolerance and to learn from our past, from our choices, and from our mistakes.

In honor of November, I thought that Rosemary would be the perfect essential oil to blog about this month.  Rosemary is one of the oldest known herbs. It was found in ancient tombs in Egypt and was considered by the Romans and the Greeks to be a sacred plant, symbolizing love and death. Rosemary, along with Juniper berries,  was a cheaper alternative than some of the pricier resins and was burned instead of incense in their religious ceremonies to purify the air.
Rosemary is a popular herb, and it is a member of the mint family. It has a long history canstockphoto18229567as a medicinal herb, being burnt in the middle ages to ward off the Plague. It was used in hospital wards in France until the 20th century, which was right around the time that Rosemary’s antiseptic properties were proven.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers, leaves, and twigs. The essential oil has a strong, herbaceous fragrance, but the scent is quite different depending on the country and the conditions that the Rosemary was grown in.

Research has shown that Rosemary:

  • is said to be helpful to ease the muscular and arthritic pain. (The camphor borneal chemotype of Rosemary)
  • diffusing the cineole chemotype of Rosemary may ease symptoms of chest colds, bronchitis. Do not use Rosemary around infants, or children under 8 years old.
    is useful for hair care. (The verbenone chem type). Rosemary has long been thought to stimulate hair re-growth.
  • may help with concentration and a poor memory

* Diffusing Rosemary essential oil when you are studying for a test, is helpful for remembering the information.  The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses that is linked directly to the limbic portion of the brain.  Author / Aromatherapist Robert Tisserand had an interesting article on his blog about “Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75%” check it out here. Read More