Moments of Reflection & Change…

Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is, is change. – Edwin Teale

Leaves have been falling in my garden for a while now, and you can feel the changes astersin the air. The asters are blooming, the wind is crisp and sunset is coming earlier as we move towards the Autumnal Equinox.
In ancient times, our ancestors celebrated the Autumnal Equinox (or Mabon) as the second harvest festival; it was a time of prosperity; the fruition of months of hard work. The celebration would be similar to our Thanksgiving.

I like to honor the equinoxes. I find that these quieter moments are more meaningful as I reflect on the changes that are happening in my life. My way of honoring these moments usually involves essential oils. Either using them in my diffuser while I meditate or by creating a new blend.

The process of creating a blend is different every single time. Sometimes it’s more intuitive, and sometimes it’s more research-based depending on what the diffuser blend is to be used for. The oils that I chose to use for my Autumn Equinox diffuser blend were definitely a combination of research as well as some inspiration. There are oils for balance, that honored the harvest and the ending of a cycle. But my first choice for this blend was always Cypress. Read More

Inspiring the Possibilities…

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.”    –  From “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)

canstockphoto12846846 I think that spring is all about great expectations; it is all about new growth both environmentally and spiritually. In many traditions, this is the start of the New Year, which to me, makes more sense because it is the beginning of the season of growth, not the beginning of winter. (The ancient Romans celebrated the Ides of March on March 15th (March is named after the Roman god Mars).

Being a gardener, spring is an exciting time; bulbs are starting to bloom, and I’m starting to see the new growth of my perennials. (I’m always amazed at these hardy, little plants that come back year after year). Some of my herbs from last year are starting to fill out, and I can’t wait to start adding them to my cooking; salads, sandwiches, and plates of pasta. (Bring on the  Pesto sauce).

My favorite herb is also one of my favorite essential oils. Sweet Basil is from the Latincanstockphoto0063361 “Basileum” which means royal or king. It is native to tropical Asia and has naturalized and grows wild all around the Mediterranean region of Europe where it thrives in the sunny weather. Basil has long been used in India for Ayurvedic medicine for colds & flues and in the middle ages, was used to treat “melancholy” and depression.   While they have identified 5 different chemotypes of Basil essential oil, I like to use the Sweet Basil ct Linalool variety. I find that it has an uplifting, fresh herbal scent. Read More