What a perfect time to support your body in moving out the sludge (physical, mental, emotional and energetic)!
I invite you to book an appointment for a massage to relax, reconnect and rejuvenate. Using my hand-crafted detox aromatherapy blend, you will receive a nurturing and flowing massage to let go of mental and physical tension, increase circulation and help the body clean and clear the cellular debris.
The hot foot wrap will deepen the peace and stillness as I gently work the points on your head to take you into your Inner Sanctuary (if you choose the add-on) releasing the mental and emotional congestion even more deeply.
You can read more about my style of massage if you’d like, then call or email to book your appointment today – offer good through April 2013.
We know that any real change in the world must begin within each one of us. If we want peace, we must first find that peace within. So in honor of the deep transformational change opportunities that are upon us, I remind you to become the change you wish to see in the world and let us begin at home, within each one of us.
This kit will help you soften the patterns you’ve held, allowing you to shift your thoughts, emotions, actions and way of being more easily. Support yourself with holistic aromatherapy – and sink into the powerful world of scent.
Be the Change Kit
Trust – confident expectation of something
Sweet Inner Peace – a state of mutual harmony
Gratitude – a quality of being grateful or thankful
Inspiration – opening to new perspectives, ideas and opportunities
We’ve all had the experience of being impacted by scent. Fresh cut grass, home baked bread, the deep woods … the garbage.
Here’s a brief version of how it works: When an odor is inhaled it first hits the olfactory epithelium (teal green) which contains 20 million nerve endings. The odor is transmuted into a nerve message which is passed along the olfactory tract (black line) and enters the limbic system. It is first analyzed by the amygdala (yellow) and hippocampus (yellow) which are memory centers and a major player in emotional response. The memories may be current or from long ago. It’s then passed to the hypothalamus (green) which acts as a regulator and relay station. Some euphoric odors, like grapefruit and clary sage, stimulate the thalamus (purple) to secrete neurochemical inducing feelings of well-being. Others, like ylang ylang stimulate the pituitary gland (red) which secretes endorphins and governs other glands including the thyroid and adrenals. Still others, like marjoram and chamomile, causes the brain to stimulate the raphe nucleus (blue) which releases serotonin to relax us. And those stimulating oils, like rosemary, affect the locus ceruleus (yellow) which releases noradrenaline, waking us up.
If you think you aren’t affected by the world of scent that is all around you, think again.
There are times when you are in a situation where you don’t want to take in the aroma that surrounds you. What do you do? Read this – How do you smell?
This blog post offers a lot of good information on the current condition of cleaning products (yep – toxic) and what to have on hand to make your own. It’s a great read. The 2 recipes below are from her post.
This truly is one of my favorite cleaning products. I use ½ cup baking soda and add castile soap to it until it has the texture of frosting. Then add 6 drops Citrus limon and 6 drops Melaleuca alternifolia, and add a squeeze of vegetable glycerin then mix all ingredients together until blended. Use a little of the scrub on a sponge or rag. It is great to use in the bathroom to clean the sink, toilet and shower.
All Purpose Spray Cleaner
You can adjust this recipe to however large you need it. I make mine in 8oz batches because I like to change up the essential oils frequently. This is a great cleaner to use on kitchen countertops and bathroom surfaces.
I’ve always enjoyed giving an Abhyanga massage and I recently came across this blog post which explains how you can do it to yourself! Great self care!!!
In Ayurveda the healing aspects of Abhyanga include relaxation of the muscles and calming of the nervous system as well as attention being paid to many subtle healing aspects that make it a holistic healing modality.Read more and learn how to do it
For many of us it’s SPRING!!!! A time of new found energy to birth new ideas and projects. Problem is – in all of our excitement we commonly overdo it and end up with sore and achy muscles.
So in honor of all that spring awakens in us, here’s a soak to unwind and relax your entire body. You may want to use it for a couple of days if you were particularly enthusiastic:
4 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Juniper essential oil
2 drops Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Peppermint essential oil
1 cup Epsom Salt
Add the essential oils to the Epsom salts before adding to your bath (oil and water doesn’t mix). Then sprinkle the salts into a full bath of hot water and stir with your hand to disperse. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!
It is important to use medicinal grade essential oils. Perfumes don’t work, they are toxic and just aren’t good for you. Mountain Rose is a good source if you don’t have one already.
And while you’re soaking, why not provide your face with a gentle exfoliating mask.
1 TBSP lemon juice
3 tsp yogurt
1 TBSP aloe vera juice or honey
Combine and apply to clean, dry face avoiding eye area.
Recently we were out of power for a week, and I’m grateful that we were relatively comfortable due to our wood stove and enough food to get by (who really needs a shower ).
So the days consisted of the basics – getting wood in, shoveling and preparing food, with time for contemplation and other quiet pursuits.
February is often referred to as the month of Love. So give yourself some Love, some time for YOU and sink into the deliciousness of being alive! I’ve put together a February package to help you slow down, spend some quiet time with yourself checking in and deepening into your inner world.
Generating Joy: Release the Struggle, Embrace the Mystery is full of short food-for-thought passages wonderful for contemplation, journaling or learning new self help tools. Sample Pages from this book
What brought you to the study of aromatherapy and natural lifestyles?
Actually I was drawn to them at the Seattle Health and Wellness Expo in 1990. My children were little and I wanted to raise them in the healthiest way possible – oh the stories I could tell of the rock solid birthday cakes I made as I began the journey into whole grains. But I digress.
Aromatherapy caught my attention at such a deep level that it is a bit hard to describe, but similar to finding something that had been a part of your life long, long ago and you are being reunited. Not a conscious remembering, but more of a soul recognition.
That opened to door to the study of wellness in all its forms and I’ve been on that journey ever since.
What inspired you to create your line of products?
So many of us have had the experience of living in survival mode. And many are feeling complete with that and ready to move on into actually thriving and upleveling the quality of life. My piece in this to-date has been offering and teaching personal empowerment through energy work. But that only reaches those who are drawn to energy work. Continue reading →