New Year recipes; Essential Oil Recipes for New Beginnings

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Happy New Year!!! Can you believe it’s almost 2017 already????happy new year

2016 is now come and gone, and we find ourselves at the beginning of a brand new year.

I love new beginnings. It’s like a fresh start; a way to press the re-start button on a whole new life.

We have the chance to put those things behind us that no longer work for us, or are unhealthy, or cause us negativity in our lives.

Whoo hoo! Out with the old, in with the new. I am ready.

Are you?

Are you ready for new beginnings,  a brand new start, letting go of the past and living for the now, for today?

Here’s a few essential oil blends that can help you get started from my recipe articles:

I originally had this linking back to my article at Yahoo Contributor, but since they have closed, I’ve decided to just post the whole thing here since I’m still looking for permanent homes for my articles. 🙂

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The first essential oil recipe for new beginnings has to do with an over-all fresh blend to give us that ‘breath of fresh air’ so to speak, clearing out the old negative stuff and inhaling a clean, new start. I started with citrus oils of course, as they are so great for an uplifting, and happy feeling. And perfect for winter to aid in easing winter doldrums. Then added a bit of lavender for a super clean and lovely balance. Next is spearmint for a minty freshness and followed up with juniper, Atlas cedarwood, thyme ct. linalool and cypress.

Try this blend for your new year-New Beginnings blend:

 

  • 7 drops grapefruit
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 4 drops tangerine
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 2 drops spearmint or peppermint
  • 3 drops juniper
  • 4 drops Atlas cedarwood
  • 3 drops thyme ct. linalool
  • 3 drops cypress

This blend can be added to many different things depending on how you want to use it.

For a body re-fresher or spritzer add 20 drops of this blend to 4 ounces of water with a splash of vodka, shake and use anytime.

For an anointing oil or perfume type, use 12 drops of this blend mixed with 1 ounce of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil or similar.

For a bath salt or body salt scrub, add 20 drops of the blend to 4 ounces of dead sea salts and 1-2 oz. of jojoba, sweet almond, olive, grapeseed or similar oil, mix and use as an exfoliating body scrub or soaking bath salts.

For a take-with-you-to-go style inhaler for freshness on the go, put about 25 drops or so of this blend in a small dark glass bottle, or you can make your own aromatherapy inhaler. You can find inhalers for pretty inexpensive all over the internet. Here’s a couple places:

Aromatherapy Inhaler – Plastic, Pack of 4 (w/caps & wicks)-These plastic inhalers are convenient and portable. Place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil or Aromatherapy Blend on the wick, slip it into the base and cover. To use, simply remove the top and inhale.

Aromaticsinternational.com Here are a few more blends to help with new beginnings:

Blessings blend

  • 3 drops juniper
  • 3 drops basil
  • 6 drops jasmine
  • 5 drops sandalwood
  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops rose

This blend helps when you want to bless someone, or set a protective blessing around yourself. Mix this blend of oils with a carrier like grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba, olive, or coconut oil…one to two ounces of carrier should do it, if you want to use it on your body. If it’s just for a diffuser for the air you don’t need a carrier.

 

Business Success

  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Basil
  • 1 drop Patchouli
  • 1 drop Cinnamon
  • 1 drop Frankincense

This recipe can be doubled, tripled, whatever, or however much you’d like to make. By all intents and purposes the properties of the oils in this blend should help bring you success in your business. I’ve yet to try this one, but hey, I’ll take anything that can help cash flow! Plus, isn’t belief in something half the battle?

Just mix the oils & add them to a base or carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, coconut, or jojoba. Anoint your hands, business cards, cash register, or the front door of the place of business to increase cash flow. Here’s to making a success in your business!

 

Citrus Purification

  • 7 drops Tangerine
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Grapefruit
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Lavender

This is a beautiful purifying home scent too. Just add this blend to a 4 ounce bottle of water (with a splash of vodka to help dissipate the scent), shake and use anywhere. Also great for your car.

 

Liquid Courage

  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 1 drop Black Pepper
  • 1 drop Clove
  • 1 drop Sandalwood
  • 2 drops cypress

This is the blend to wear when you need liquid courage (no not a shot of vodka!). Wear this blend anytime you want to increase your fortitude, especially before being introduced to new people, or right before you have to do public speaking, or any nerve-wracking situations that cause you distress.

 

Uplifting energy

  • 4 drops orange
  • 2 drops mandarin
  • 1 drop Cardamom
  • 2 drops coriander
  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 1 drop spearmint

This blend is perfect to cheer you up and give you an uplifting feeling, whenever you are feeling depleted, worn out or just ill. This blend is also great when your energy reserves just seem empty and is especially useful after heavy work to ” recharge your batteries.”

 

Interview blend

  • 4 drops Ylang-Ylang
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Rose
  • 2 drops Bergamot or Mandarin

This is a perfect blend to start the new year off when going to an interview. Wear to any interview and not only will it help to calm you, but make a lasting impression after you leave.

 

Peace

  • 3 drops Ylang-ylang
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Chamomile
  • 1 drop Rose Absolute
  • 3 drops mandarin

This blend imbibes the whole aura of peace. Perfect to wear when you feel nervous or upset. This blend will help calm you down.

 

To ease winter depression:

  • 5 drops orange
  • 5 drops mandarin
  • 7 drops bergamot

This blend works great for lifting depression; very uplifting and stress reducing. Just brings a smile whenever inhaled.Also read my article: https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/can-essential-oils-help-with-depression-using-aromatherapy-as-a-mood-regulator/

I hope these essential oil recipes help make your new year better than the last.

Best to you!

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Spring Meditation

After completing  Oprah and Depok Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge, a certain quote stood out in my mind’s eye and has stayed with me ever since.

“It’s been said in many healing traditions that the perfect medicine is often blooming right outside our front door. Everyday nature offers us its healing bounty, creating balance and cultivating greater harmony in our world. ” -Oprah & Depok Chopra

That snippet of their quote reverberated inside me, and echoes of the message still ring true. It even inspired a bit of poetry.

click here to read my poetry: Spring Meditation -on Yahoo! 

Happy Spring!!! words of wisdom and good life advice

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Sometimes we all need a little reminder to be more positive in our lives…how else can we expect to have light in our lives if we are always looking at the darkness?

 

 Here are Some Bits & Pieces of Good Advice I’ve found:

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Always think positive!

If you want to get somewhere, you have to know where you want to go. Then never, never, never give up.

The secret of life isn’t what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.

Self-trust is the first secret of success. So believe and trust yourself.

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.

How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself – so always think positively.

 One of my fave quotes:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,

gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;

it is in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously

give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.

A Return to Love” – Marianne Williamson

Other great quotes:

That as we travel from the old to the new, perhaps we should worry less about choosing what is right and focus on choosing what we cherish.

– Susan Saltrick –

Success is the Journey, Not the Destination.

– author unknown –

On a Positive Note

On a positive note I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life

I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.  People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. I just did. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

Note: people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel…..:)

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night.”  Age 6

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either.  Age 7

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.  Age 9

I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom tells me to clean it.  Age 12

I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.  Age 14

I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me.  Age 15

I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.  Age 24

I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures.  Age 26

I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there.  Age 29

I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.  Age 30

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it.  Age 42

I’ve learned that you can make some one’s day by simply sending them a little note.  Age 44

I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.  Age 46

I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.  Age 47

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.  Age 48

I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours.  Age 49

I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.  Age 50

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.  Age 52

I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.  Age 53

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.  Age 55

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.  Age 58

I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.  Age 61

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.  Age 62

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.  Age 64

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.  But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.  Age 65

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.  Age 66

I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer.  Age 72

I’ve learned that it pays to believe in miracles And to tell the truth, I’ve seen several.  Age 75

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.  Age 82

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.  People love that human touch, holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  Age 85

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.  Age 92

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about.  Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

23 Things I Wish I Had Learned Earlier

1.  Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying “Thank you,” though it helps if you say it with a Southern accent.

2.  Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some are onstage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud.  Know who and where you are.

3.  Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.

4.  When baking, follow directions.  When cooking, go by your own taste.

5.  Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

6.  Good sex should involve laughter.  Because it’s, you know, funny.

7.  You need only two tools.  WD-40 and duct tape.  If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40.  If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape.

8.  If you tell a lie, don’t believe it deceives only the other person.

9.  The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: “I apologize,” and “You are right”.

10.  Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

11.  When you make a mistake, make amends immediately.  It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

12.  The only really good advice that I remember my mother ever gave me was “Go! You might meet somebody!”

13.  If he says that you are too good for him–believe him.

14.  I’ve learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, Will this matter one-year from now? How about one month?  One week? One day?

15.  At hard times I ask myself, “How do I feel?  What do I want?” I use it whenever I’m at loss for words or thoughts.

16.  Never pass up an opportunity to pee.

17.  If you woke up breathing, congratulations!  You have another chance!

18.  If you move far from your family when you’re young, consider choosing a career with an airline.  Your need to see your family will last a lifetime, as will your travel benefits.

19.  Living well really is the best revenge.  Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just proves that the other person was right about you.

20.  Be really nice to your friends because you never know when you are going to need them to empty your bed urinal and hold your hand.

21.  Work is good but it’s not that important.

22.  Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.

23.  And finally…Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect, it just means you’ve decided to see beyond the—imperfections.

Remember, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY, GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.

 

Nepalese Good Luck Mantra

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs:

Respect for self

Respect for others, and

Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.  Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like you do when nobody’s watching.

essential oil scientific research on the human brain

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This is so interesting, a must-read for updates on essential oil scientific research on the brain:

Ananda Apothecary wrote:

Scientific research regarding health and medical applications of essential oils is going on regularly at universities and other facilities around the world. Many of these studies are immediately applicable to aromatherapy practitioners for improved health and well-being, while others spark interest in the potential of essential oils as a part of future medicine protocols. Modern scientific research is regularly confirming aromatherapy’s practical medical applications!

Here’s a look at two important journal publications just released about direct effects of essential oils in the brain, reviewed by the staff at Ananda Aromatherapy of Boulder, Colorado.

In the first study, performed at the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Shizuoka Japan, Tarragon, Inula, Lavender and Tulsi~Holy Basil were tested for their ability to inhibit acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity. In other words, their ability to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, the primary information-handling neurotransmitter. Supplements with this action are becoming more and more popular with regular folks trying to increase their smarts, and are used to treat dementia (Alzheimer’s) by increasing the amount of acetylcholine in the brain.

Of the essential oils tested, Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) produced in France had the highest inhibition of acetylcholinesterase, though all the oils tested showed significant AChE inhibitory activity. All the oils were analyzed by GC/MS to find the individual natural chemical constituents of the oils which produced this effect. Of real interest is that 1,8-Cineol had the greatest inhibitory activity of all the constituents examined. Why this this interesting? Rosemary essential oil has long been considered a mental stimulant (we find in the office to be particularly brightening) and has been studied for this effect, improving mental focus in humans through a variety of tests. The primary component of Rosemary essential oil is 1,8-Cineol (it is also a major constituent of Eucalyptus oils, used for invigorating massages and steam treatments).

Also of great interest was that the effect of these constituents relative to their amounts in the complete natural essential oil was not very high — meaning the complete essential oil, with nature’s balance of the chemical constituents, was synergistically more effective than the singly-extracted molecules. This is a theme in aromatherapy: that the complete natural essential oil will generally have more benefits than a single ‘active ingredient’ extracted in a laboratory — Therapeutic grade oils are those that retain the natural balance of the plant’s, with proper harvesting and distillation methods.

The second study very much ties in with the first, as it demonstrates the ability of Lemon essential oil to directly prevent dementia (Alzheimer’s).

How can you benefit from these studies? The best method is to find a cold-air nebulizing diffuser. These employ no water or other carrier, and make a very fine mist of essential oils that easily evaporate into your room. These are the only diffusers that create high concentrations of essential oils in the air — enough to show measurable biochemical effects. A ‘warming’ diffuser or other non-nebulizing style will allow you to smell the aroma, though the concentration will be significantly lower.

read more at; http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils-news/2009/04/aromatherapy-research-update-essential.html

Best Aromatherapy Books on Chakras

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Books about AROMATHERAPY AND CHAKRAS (Amazon links):

highly recommended reading:
Essential Oil Recipe Blends & Dilutions for Energy Work; Clearing & Balancing the Chakras

The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood. the spiritual aspects of aromatherapy.
Also by Valerie Ann Worwood; The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion ,
Aromatherapy for the Soul: Healing the Spirit with Fragrance and Essential Oils .also by Valerie Ann Worwood.
Anita Slotte’s ” Tools for Transformation ” article, http://www.alternativeculture.com/spirit/chakra.htm
Aromatherapy information; http://www.bhia.org/aromatherapy.htm
Chakra information; http://health.indianetzone.com/aromatherapy/1/essential_oils_chakras.htm
Wonderful website on chakras; Suzanne Bovenizer’s website ; http://www.suzannebovenizer.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/aromatherapy-and-the-energetic-bodies

MORE READING ON CHAKRAS AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE :

MORE OF MY ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE ARTICLES:

February love: Valentine’s Day articles

I love February, and not just because it’s the month of my birthday 🙂 (lol). But  because February is also the month of love, and is always one of the busiest months of the year for me, and I LOVE being busy – it hightens my energy!Image

Sooooo…I though why not share some of my Valentine’s articles with you; from gift ideas for your vexing valentine to essential oils for love…

enjoy! and give your love a big squeeeeeeze! 🙂