“Flowers are the sweetest things God made and forgot to put a soul into” ~Henry Ward Beecher
Have a sweet day!!! xo
“Flowers are the sweetest things God made and forgot to put a soul into” ~Henry Ward Beecher
Have a sweet day!!! xo
If you missed part one, see it here; Essential Oils and Chakras Part One; Introduction to Using Essential Oils for Balancing the Chakras and Part Two; Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras; The Root Chakra ,and Part Three; The Sacral Chakra. , and Part Four; The Solar Plexus Chakra , and Part Five; The Heart Chakra .
The Fifth Chakra (Vishudha) or Throat Chakra;
The fifth chakra is also known as the throat chakra or in Sanskrit- Vishudha (which means ‘pure’) and relates to communication and divine will, creativity, self-expression and the search for truth. It is where we speak our truths and take responsibility for our words.
The corresponding body parts associated with the throat chakra are the throat and neck, esophagus, mouth, teeth, upper lungs and respiratory system, ears, thyroid and parathyroid glands. The throat chakra also corresponds with the element of ether.
The corresponding colors associated with the throat chakra are blue, and sky blue. Blue symbolizes inspiration, devotion, infinity and religious goals, and the color blue also produces a calm and peaceful feeling.
The throat chakra enables us to communicate our thoughts and feelings, and is directly connected to the ability to express inner creativity. Both our teaching and learning are affected by the balance of the throat chakra. A strong throat chakra encourages leadership, the spirit of truth and listening to one’s intuition.
“Distillation Is In Itself A Simple Natural Phenomenon. When You Look Above Your Head And See Clouds In The Sky,
These Are But Evaporation’s Visible Shape.
And When You Walk At Dawn On Grass Dew, It Is On Night’s Condensate.”
I love this quote. It literally expresses a true natural phenomenon.
It surprises me that more people are not aware of how beautiful our earth is; it’s magical-like qualities and occurrences of life are around every corner.
We are so busy, busy, busy, we forget to stop for a minute and take time to appreciate the beauty around us.
We walk on our man-made sidewalks while looking at our man-made cars and concrete buildings, with hardly a glance upward, or to nature’s wonder and glory.
We are truly missing out on a wonderfully abundant life.
Why not take today to stop and smell the roses?
That is such an old cliche, but a true one to say the least.
How fulfilling it can be to just stop the chaos, if only for a few short minutes, and just enjoy the majesty that surrounds us.
Take a walk, get outside, smell the sunshine!
It can literally help heal body, mind, and soul!
If you walk everyday, …walk a different route this morning; look for new plants or animals.
Try something different and make a point to spend time enjoying it.
If you don’t walk or run in the morning, just spend some quality time in the fresh outdoors (if you are living in a big city, try taking a walk in a park and soak up as much oxygenated air and ‘natural’ energy from the natural world around you.)
You will be so glad you did.
When I’m first surrounded by nature, a part of me is rejoicing while another part of me is nervous (a fear of the unknown).
I immediately dive into the rejoicing/happy part of me, so I won’t recognize the terror trying to rise within me.
It seems to work quite well, especially if I concentrate on the birds that are close by, or a squirrel that is within sight, or something that makes me smile.
It could be anything, a turtle, a bunny, a tree, a flower…whatever it takes to clear my mind and focus entirely on receiving positive energy from the world around me.
After a few minutes the light from the sun mixed with the energy of the natural world seems to fill me with such a wonderful feeling that I entirely forget anything about fear.
I believe this is God working a beautiful magic. But not everyone feels the same way. Whatever your version of God/light/love is, that’s just fine, as long as you’re soaking up nature’s purifying energies!
I hope you find a way to spend some time in nature today to refresh your mind, body and soul with a part of the nurturing world around you.
You’ll find it can add a great deal of clarity, awareness, and ‘being’ into your life.
Start your day with a walk and stop to smell the roses, take a clearing breath (or two, or ten)…….
and I bet you’ll feel great!
light & love to you…..
While creating a menopause blend for some dear friends I noticed a dragonfly sitting next to me.Sometimes, when I meditate, specific animals will make themselves noticed. It doesn’t seem a coincidence that she would show up.
The dragonfly perched so our eyes would meet. While I was meditating on which oils to ask for aid in relieving some of their menopausal symptoms, the dragonfly seemed to be trying to send me a message. Then it hit me…
Most commonly symbolized as change, dragonflies are a beauty and a wonder. Dragonflies signify positive renewal, and the sense of self that comes with maturity as well as the power of life in general knowing they must live life to the fullest, as a dragonfly’s life is short. This is a lesson all of us could take to heart.Some Native Americans believe dragonflies are the souls of the dead. There are also many cultures that believe that the meaning of a dragonfly is happiness, courage and subconscious thoughts. It is also believed that if you see two dragonflies paired together that they represent love and maturity. In some cultures the dragonfly represents good luck, prosperity, swiftness, purity, harmony and strength, positive force, and connection with the earth.
It’s like that “a-ha” moment came to me all at once. And I knew instantly. Of course I thanked God and my angels for this wonderful sense of knowing that they’ve shared with me.
And as I have no idea what dragonflies like best, I could only thank the dragonfly for her open heart as she left.
Going back to my lab with a feeling of gratitude and love I started straight for whatever came to mind; first the pink lotus, then neroli, lavender and my Goddess Blend…one by one they all appeared in my mind’s eye. What a wonderful experience.
I’ve since learned that the dragonfly blend I added to an aloe cucumber lotion for my friend has helped her deal with sleeping better through the night and not getting as overheated which kept her so uncomfortable that she normally couldn’t sleep. She’s raved about dragonfly lotion and even came back to purchase a larger one. Yay! It worked!
How blessed I am… truly.
How blessed we all are.
Geranium, Clary sage and Rose, but a dozen others are just as helpful such as;
Jasmine, Cypress, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Mandarin, just to name some.
I also added rare and exquisite essential oils of pink lotus and blue lotus…. see below the results:
Rosa Damascena – Bulgarian Rose , French Lavender, Jasmine abs., Frankincense-Boswellia Carteri, Cypress Sempervirens, Blue Tansy -Tanacetum annuum, Pink Lotus- Nelumbo Nucifera, Blue Lotus, Palmarosa, Geranium- Pelargonium Graveolens, Clary Sage-Salvia Sclarea-Bulgaria, Neroli (orange blossom), Lemon-Citrus Limon, Lemon Orange Blossom, Rose otto, Jasmine Grandiflorum abs., Sandalwood, Tuberose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Cedarwood Atlas, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang extra, and jojoba and/or frac. coconut oil.
Ingredients: Purified water, glycerin, stearic acid, jojoba oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Rosa Damascena – Bulgaria Rose Hydrosol, French Lavender, Jasmine abs., Frankincense-Boswellia Carteri, Cypress Sempervirens, Blue Tansy -Tanacetum annuum, Pink Lotus- Nelumbo Nucifera, Blue Lotus, Palmarosa, Geranium- Pelargonium Graveolen, Clary Sage-Salvia Sclarea-Bulgaria, Neroli, Lemon-Citrus Limon, Bergamot-citrus bergmia, Lemon Orange Blossom, Rose otto, Jasmine Grandiflorum abs., Sandalwood, Tuberose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Cedarwood Atlas, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang extra, and Jojoba, also Grapeseed, Vitamin E oils, Vitamin A, Vitamin C Palmitate, cetyl alcohol, aloe, tapioca starch, pro vitamin B5, natural preservative, and titanium dioxide.
Dragonfly Cooling Body Spray
A revitalizing and cooling spray enhanced with Jojoba, Olive and Grapeseed oils and beautiful dragonfly blend w/ added peppermint helps those hot flashes and leaves your skin silky and revolutionized.
SHAKE WELL before each use.
Ingredients: Purified water, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, witch hazel, glycerine, Rosa Damascena – Bulgaria Rose Hydrosol, French Lavender, Jasmine abs., Frankincense-Boswellia Carteri, Cypress Sempervirens, Blue Tansy -Tanacetum annuum, Pink Lotus- Nelumbo Nucifera, Blue Lotus, Palmarosa, Geranium- Pelargonium Graveolen, Clary Sage-Salvia Sclarea-Bulgaria, Neroli -citrus aurantium, Lemon-Citrus Limon, Lemon Orange Blossom, Rose otto, Jasmine Grandiflorum abs., Sandalwood, Tuberose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Cedarwood Atlas, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang extra, Peppermint, and Vit. E.
Just the scent of Dragonfly puts me in the mood for some music;
Ch-Ch-Changes...download or listen to Bowie; Changes
OR how about the sweet Owl City; Fireflies ?
Bella Mira Abundant Life Essentials Bella Mira Therapeutic Grade essential oils
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Making sense of SCENT
IN THE UNITED STATES, where using scents to heal has moved into the mainstream, the term aromatherapy is broadly applied. Scented candles with names such as “Meditation” and “Sensuality” can be found at the checkout stand of the local market, along with spray bottles of scents designed to set a mood with the pump of an atomizer. The aromatherapy category has also come to include bath salts, shampoos, lotions, potpourris, and much more. The multitude of products is nothing new, though; historically, essential oils have been used in a variety of forms, depending on the culture and new discoveries about aromatherapy.
While a large selection is nice, it may be confusing when you’re just beginning to use aromatherapy. To help you be a wise consumer, we offer a little basic background.
Aromatherapy is a relatively new term, although the practice of using scents to heal is centuries old and crosses many cultural lines. Ancient Egyptians used scents (incense burners have been found in ancient tombs), as did the early Chinese, who employed scents in civil and religious ceremonies. During times of plague, Europeans carried pomanders made of oranges and cloves to mask odors and fend off diseases.
It wasn’t until the twentieth century, however, that the term aromatherapy actually came about. It refers to a specific form of holistic healing that involves carefully inhaling or applying herbal essential oils, which are volatile, aromatic plant compounds. René Gatefossé, a French chemist working in the lab of his family’s perfume business during the 1930s, is credited with coining the term. Gatefossé began researching the healing properties of herbal essential oils when he saw his own hand—burned accidentally while working—heal quickly and without scarring after he plunged it into a bowl of diluted lavender oil. In 1937, he published Aromathérapie detailing his research. During World War II, another Frenchman, Jean Valnet, a medical doctor, used essential oils to treat wounded soldiers, and an Austrian biochemist, Marguerite Maury, introduced the use of essential oils with massage techniques.
Today in France, more than 1,500 doctors have been trained in aromatherapy and prescribe essential oils routinely; in England, aromatherapy is used in hospitals to help patients relax and sleep after surgery.
Aromatherapy as profession
The aim of trained aromatherapists is to work with the body to promote health, not to provide a “silver bullet” cure. Generally speaking, an aromatherapist assesses both symptoms and an individual’s lifestyle—his or her diet, stresses, personal goals, and fears. From there, the aromatherapist determines which oil or blend of oils is appropriate.
Massage forms the major part of the treatment, and some aromatherapists consider the use of essential oils in therapeutic massage as the oils’ most effective purpose. Aromatherapists choose from among more than 400 essential oils as they work and, when preparing a massage oil, blend essential oils with a carrier oil (see the glossary,). As they massage, the oil penetrates the body.
In the United States, no licensing agency for aromatherapists exists, nor does a national standard for certification. If you are seeking an aromatherapist, remember that many holistic health-care practitioners, including herbalists and naturopaths, use essential oils as part of their practice, so they may be able to direct you to an aromatherapist in your area. . Some aromatherapy schools have created their own certification standards, including required coursework and certified hours of practice.
“Clinical aromatherapy” refers to the use of essential oils to heal specific conditions. The technique is used by many health-care practitioners, including herbalists and naturopaths. Although not yet wholeheartedly embraced by Western medicine, clinical aromatherapy is based on scientific evidence that, in turn, is grounded in basic anatomy.
When we breathe, odors—volatile molecules that float through the air—fill the nostrils and travel up two narrow chambers to the olfactory epithelium, a receiver that extends from the outside directly into the brain. Odor molecules bind to receptors there, and neurons send messages to the brain’s olfactory bulbs, where other neurons reduce the complexities of odors. Mitral neurons send messages to the limbic system, the source of emotion and memory. Scientists say that some smells cause the limbic system to activate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to stimulate hormone production; these glands control sex, appetite, and other body functions. Although much research remains to be done to determine the effects of specific essential oils on both mind and body, strong evidence exists to show that they do
Another way of using scent is what some call “environmental aromatherapy.” It refers to diffusing essential oils into the air to enhance living space. The aim of this practice isn’t to mask foul smells but to cleanse the air. Diffusers are usually made of ceramic or glass, with a small container for water that is heated by a candle or electricity. Drops of essential oil are added to the water (the number of drops of essential oil is determined by the size of the room and the intensity of fragrance desired); heat releases volatile essential oil molecules into the atmosphere. Burning incense is a centuries-old method of diffusing essential oils into the air, as is the burning of scented candles.
The pros and cons of doing it yourself
Aromatherapy can be practiced alone if you’re seeking relaxation or gentle invigoration. Diffusing scent into the air, adding herbal oils to your bath, or rubbing a few drops of diluted essential oil into your feet or hands are simple ways to do it yourself. And if you want to learn more, many books and other resources can provide you with good information on how to begin Because essential oils can be toxic if not used properly, consult the “Usage Warnings and Cautions” from my website.
However, for more serious health conditions, consult a trained professional. Asthma, for example, should never be self-treated, and people undergoing chemotherapy or treatment for serious illnesses such as AIDS shouldn’t try to heal symptoms associated with these conditions without a health-care provider’s guidance. Pregnant women should be especially cautious when trying to decide which essential oils they can use safely, and parents should always consult a health-care provider when considering using essential oils on children.
The best chance for a happy experience with aromatherapy is to choose good-quality products. With the increasing number of products out there, this may sound easier said than done. But a few simple rules of thumb should help.
Keep in mind that not all scents are natural essential oils. Some are synthesized in the laboratory. If an oil is labeled “fragrance,” it’s probably synthetic. A good essential oil will come from a named botanical species and, when appropriate, a named carrier oil. Its aroma will be vigorous and lively, rather than simply strong. Occasionally, essential oils are “extended” by adding alcohol or cheaper vegetable oils, rather than a preferred carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil or similar. Look for both the botanical name and the carrier oil on the ingredients list of the essential oil bottle or accompanying information. Some essential oils, pure or already blended in carrier oil, come in tiny vials; these products should have ingredient information readily available in the packaging, with a clear description of how the product has been prepared and/or instructions on how to use it and whether you need to dilute the oil with a carrier oil.
Many commercial brands will also include instructions for use. One sampler of six essential oils in small vials, for example, includes specific instructions for using each, such as adding a couple of drops to bathwater or mixing them with an ounce of carrier oil.
Remember that essential oils come from plants, so the aroma of the best oils will vary from year to year because of changes in climate, rainfall, and soil conditions—all of which affect the herb from which the essential oil comes.
Store your oils in their bottles, preferably dark ones, in a cool, dry place. Be sure to keep your essential oils separate from medicines and from solutions that might be affected by the oils’ aromas. Keep caps tightly sealed to avoid evaporation.
It’s important that serious conditions be treated by a qualified health-care practitioner. Essential oils are most commonly used in preparations to relieve aches and pains, encourage relaxation, ease stress, and care for hair and skin. Some, such as the antifungal tea tree oil, can be used to fight minor injuries or irritations; others, such as essential oil of eucalyptus, can be added to a steam to help clear a stuffy head.
Finally, take the sniff test. If you’re a healthy individual who doesn’t have a history of sensitivity but wonder whether a particular essential oil is right for you, put a small drop of the oil onto a cotton ball and sniff to make sure that you find the scent appealing. Don’t inhale right from the bottle—essential oils possess strong aromas and can cause a reaction when sniffed in this way.
Carrier oils: As a general rule, herbal essential oils shouldn’t be applied to the skin directly because they are highly concentrated and can sting or otherwise irritate. Instead, essential oils are blended with “carrier oils” to dilute them. The best carrier oils are virgin cold-pressed oils such as almond, walnut, wheatgerm, apricot kernel, and hazelnut. Castor and jojoba oils are also acceptable carrier oils. Essential oils are volatile, so they evaporate quickly when exposed to air but are soluble in carrier oils.
Diffusers:Often made of ceramic or glass, diffusers are used to disperse essential oils into the air. They hold a small container for water, which is heated by a candle or electricity. Drops of essential oil are added to the water; the number of drops of essential oil is determined by the size of the room and the intensity of fragrance desired. Heat releases the volatile essential oil molecules into the atmosphere.
Essential oils: Highly fragrant, concentrated, and potent substances that come from plants and can be irritating to the skin if undiluted. The term can be traced to sixteenth-century alchemists searching for “quintessence,” or the secret of life. Until the early part of the twentieth century, many medicines and personal products such as soaps were made with essential oils.
Perfume: From the Latin per fumare, meaning “through smoke.” Oriental cultures found religious and spiritual connotations in the aromatic smoke of burning herbs; Native Americans burn aromatic herbs to create smoke for their healing ceremonies. Today’s perfumes are largely syntheti
To learn more
BOOKS, ARTICLES, AND OTHER RESOURCES
Gibbons, Boyd. “The Intimate Sense of Smell.” National Geographic 1986, 170(3):324–361.
Green, Mindy. Natural Perfumes: Simple, Sensual, Personal Aromatherapy Recipes. Loveland, Colorado: Interweave Press: In press; due in June 1999.
Kusmerik, Jan, ed. Aromatherapy for the Family: An Introductory Guide to the Use of Holistic Aromatherapy for Harmony and Well-being. London: Wigmore, 1997.
Obuchowski, Christa. “Aromatherapy.” In The Whole Mind: The Definitive Guide to Complementary Treatments for Mind, Mood, and Emotion, edited by Lynette Bassman. Novato, California: New World Library, 1998.
Rose, Jeanne, and Susan Earle, eds. The World of Aromatherapy. Berkeley, California: Frog, Ltd., 1996.
The Aromatic Thymes, a quarterly publication. Subscription information: (847) 304-0975.
Tisserand, Robert, and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1995.
If you’re interested in real essential oils and products made with them, try
Here’s a great list of Holistic Herbal Sources for Natural Nutrition
Herb Sources of Vitamins, Minerals and Trace Minerals
Many herbs are excellent for getting the vitamins and minerals our bodies need
because the body usually digests them easier through plants, much easier
than from fish or animal sources.
Listed below are some herb sources of vitamins, minerals and trace minerals.
Vitamin A: Alfalfa, Cayenne, Eyebright, Lambs Quarter, Paprika, Red Clover, Violet, Yellow Dock
Vitamin B: Alfalfa, Dulse, Fenugreek, Kelp, Licorice, Saffron
Vitamin C: Bee Pollen, Chickweed, Echinecea, Garlic, Golden Seal, Juniper BerrY, Paprika, Peppermint, Rosehips, Sorrel, Violet, Watercress
Vitamin D: Alfalfa, Dandelion, Red Raspberry, Rosehips, Sarsaparilla, Watercress
Vitamin E: Alfalfa, Burdock, Dandelion, Dong Quai, Kelp, Scullcap, Sesame, Slippery Elm, Watercress
Vitamin G: Fo-ti-tieng
Vitamin K: Alfalfa, Gotu Kola, Shepherd’s Purse
Niacin: Alfalfa, Fenugreek, Parsley Watercress
Vitamin P: (Rutin, Bioflavenoids) Acerola, Paprika
Calcium: Aloe, Cayenne, Chamomile, Fennel, Marshmallow, Sage, White Oak Bark
Cobalt: Dandelion, Horsetail, Juniper Berries, Lobelia, Parsley, Red Clover, White Oak Bark
Iodine: Bladderwrack, Kelp
Iron: Burdock, Chickweed, Ginseng, Hops, Mullein, Nettles, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sarsaparilla, Scullcap, Yellow Dock
Magnesium: Alfalfa, Catnip, Ginger, Gotu Kola, Red Clover, Rosemary, Valerian, Wood Betony
Potassium: Aloe, Cayenne, Fennel, Golden Seal, Parsley, Rosehips, Slippery Elm, Valerian
Zinc: Burdock, Chamomile, Dandelion, Eyebright, Marshmallow, Sarsaparilla
Alfalfa, Burdock, Dandelion, Kelp, Yellow Dock, Parsley, Red Clover, Rosehips, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Valerian
Hope you find some good use for this info……..
You could prepare them in a number of ways, here’s some examples;
How Do You Prepare Herbs?
Capsule: This is the most popular way most people take their herbs. Some of the reasons: it’s easy, convenient, avoids bitter taste, saves on preparation, and provides an exact regulated dosage to the body.
Decoction: To extract the deeper essences from harder or coarser herbs such as stems, barks, and roots. The herbs are usually simmered uncovered for 10 to 20 minutes until 1/3 of the water has decreased through evaporation, usually one part plant to twenty parts water. Note: for coarser herbs such as Valerian and Burdock, these must be gently simmered in a covered pot to bring out their medicinal properties. Strain before using.
Extracts: Extracts are a highly concentrated alcohol base in liquid form derived from pure herbs. Many people use herbal extracts who are unable to swallow the usual dose. Exact dosages are recommended on individual bottles. This is one of the more convenient ways to take herbs.
Fomentation: A fomentation is an external application of herbs, generally used to treat swellings, pains, cold and flu. To prepare a fomentation, soak a towel or cloth in the desired tea, and apply the towel over the affected area as hot as can be tolerated without burning. Cover the towel with a dry flannel cloth. Repeat as needed.
Infusion: The most common way of preparing herbs. The extraction of the active properties of a substance by steeping or soaking it, usually in water. The usual amount is a teaspoon of leaves, blossoms, or flowers to a cup of boiling water. The water is poured over the herbs, then steeped for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain before using. Honey may be added to taste.
Plaster: A plaster is much like a poultice, but the herbal materials are placed between two pieces of cloth and applied to the affected area. When there is an irritant to the skin, this method will serve to prevent the herb from coming in direct contact with the skin.
Poultice: A poultice is usually used as an antiseptic and to reduce swelling by applying a warm mass of powdered herbs directly to the skin. To prepare, add enough hot water to make a thick paste, then apply directly to the skin. Cover with a hot moist towel and leave on until it cools. Repeat as often as needed.
Salve: A healing or soothing ointment. Use 3 oz. powered herb, 7 oz. cocoa butter, l oz. beeswax, (depending on consistency desired, more beeswax may be needed). Blend all three ingredients together in a covered pot on low heat for 1 to 2 hours. When it is cold, it should be firm and ready to use.