Blending Aromatherapy and Humor

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Nothing can strike a memory, a spark, and emotion more than a certain scent. Certain smells can trigger something within us, and make us well up with emotions. Whenever I smell Light Blue I think of my mom getting ready to go out for the evening when I was a child. Whenever I smell a campfire, I think of my Uncle who took me to the country western town Rawhide when I was little, and I would watch the crackling fires and take in that lovely, woody scent. Lavender reminds me of my husband.  All of these beautiful memories to say, that scent is a wonderful, powerful player in our lives, and I love to surround myself with them. Whether I am burning a candle, lighting incense or sprinkling essential oils around my house, I am always surrounding myself with beautiful, natural scents.

Aromatherapy is a powerful thing. It can facilitate healing on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Here are just a few benefits of using daily aromatherapy:

  • Helps to eliminate feelings of depression
  • Provides relief from insomnia and stress
  • Boosts the immune & digestive systems
  • Increases circulation and energy within the body
  • Helps in treating indigestion & bloating

And those are just to name a few!

 

I recently collaborated with a funky fun company called Frankie & Myrrh, and they spray_the_bitch_away_white_background_close_up_900x.jpggenerously scent (see what I did there?) me a package to try out their aromatherapies! Upon opening the package, I was first impressed and amused with the naming of their products. I first spritzed some Hottie By Nature, and inhale the wonderful fragrance of vanilla and tangerine. Two of my favorite scents! Second, I sprayed the Spray The Bitch Away, which, if I can be completely honest, I needed that day in particular! This one had a floral scent with notes of lavender and citrus. The bright notes really did lift my mood, and now this one is a staple in my purse at all times. In addition, they also sent me Hippie Go Lucky ( which was a well- balanced patchouli and grapefruit blend) and Serenity Now!!! which, first made me laugh from the Seinfeld reference, and second, impressed me with its delicate woody fragrance with hints of citrus.

Frankie and Myrrh is a lighthearted, fun company that blends humor and healing together. I will share what the owner, Kim, says about herself and the company:

“I’m Kim, my venture into aromatherapy started as a stressed-beyond-belief social worker in Oakland, CA. Looking for an alternative to readily-available coping methods like Valium or whiskey,  I decided to try aromatherapy on the suggestion of a nurse/friend. Several college classes later, including a bitter struggle with organic chemistry, I started making what I thought at the time were the greatest blends of all-time blends.
The more monumental struggle was for me to explain my products to my friends, coworkers, and family. I would regale (aka bore-to-death) them with the virtues of sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes, and aldehydes contained in the essential oils. To my surprise, they just weren’t fans of polysyllabic words like me. After awhile I started giving funny/stupid nicknames to my blends so that I could more easily explain their uses and benefits. To my surprise, suddenly people were more, much more interested and Frankie & Myrrh was born.
We hope that our products bring joy and fun to your lives.  
Have a wonderful day! Hope it smells awesome!!”
Oh, and hey! It’s almost the Holidays, isn’t it? Why not share some fresh scents and some healing with your friends and family?

Getting Sensual: Chakra Intimates

 

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As a woman, I love to feel sexy- but truthfully, I don’t always feel that way. Some days I am more bloated than other days, or maybe I have put on a few pounds, or my skin is sort of dull. Ideally, these things wouldn’t bother me, and I would always feel like a bad-ass babe feeling sexy all the time, but we know that isn’t realistic. Sometimes these things just get us down, and exploring new ways to embrace oursexiness despite these feelings are really needed. Does this sound familiar to you? One of my favorite ways to really get into that sexy feeling is wearing lingerie. There is something about lingerie that makes me feel so feminine, womanly and completely sensual. Everyone has different styles of lingerie that works for them- whether that’s neon pink thongs or a beautiful silk vintage nightgown- but what I do know, is the classic shapes in classic colors are always in style, always sexy, and always a mood-booster.

 

 

Five Ways to Boost Your Mood-

  1. Dance– Put that sexy lingerie on, put on a fast paced song (or a so

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  2. Write-  Take out a piece of notebook paper or your bound journal, and write down the sexiest words you know. Caress, Embrace, Sensual, Stroke, etc. Now, as you have your words begin to form them into sentences about yourself. Just notice where this goes, and allow the words to flow freely.
  3. Lotion or Oil– Warm up a bottle of lotion in some hot water, or some beautiful smelling oils, and beginning at the feet and  moving up the legs, massage the oil into the skin. Again, notice the sensations and how it feels on your skin. Work it up to the stomach, noticing the shape of the tummy and embracing it, up to the breasts and spend some extra time here. Rub the oil into the breasts, and feel the sensual nature of this act.
  4. Take A Bath- Nothing is more sensual than a lover drawing you a bath. So, draw your own! Draw it exactly as you’d like your lover to- salts, oils, candles, herbs. Anything that makes you feel beautiful. Allow yourself to soak for 20 minutes and notice the warmth on the skin.
  5. Lingerie- I’ll bring this one up again, as it truly is one of my favorites. I love to don a sexy black nightgown, and a lacy bra. It doesn’t matter how my body looks in it, because each hill of flesh and each rounded area is gorgeous in it’s own way. The lingerie just enhances that. Look at yourself in the mirror, and tell yourself a few loving words.

Chakra Intimates: Spiritual and Sexy

There is a wonderful company that I have been infatuated with on  Instagram that embraces the art of sensuality and spirituality, and rolls it into one. As two of my favorite things, I was immediately drawn into their creations: beautiful, classic lingerie with reiki infused stones sewn into the garments. Chakra Intimates offers a huge variety of shapes and styles of lingerie- bras, panties, boy-shorts, nighties, robes and more- that will suit any body of any size. I was ecstatic when they wanted to collaborate with me, and I couldn’t want to try out their products!

I tried out two products from their line: The Harmony Bra and the Grace Chemise. The word chemise is so beautiful on it’s own, isn’t it? Just saying it makes me feel sexier. The Grace Chemise is an inviting nightie that has a beautiful lace trim, and in the center of the breast area is a stitched Tiger’s Eye stone. Tiger’s Eye activates the solar plexus, which enables you to stand in your own power and embrace yourself AND your sexiness.  It helps to release fear and promote positivity. The stone is infused with reiki, which amplifies the vibration of the stone and makes wearing this nightie not just sexy, but powerful and a spiritual experience which enhances the wearer’s vibrations as well as being transferred to any lover nearby. Oh, and did I mention it is silky smooth and soft? Wearing it made me feel so luscious. And my husband certainly felt that way, as well.

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The Harmony Bra is one that even Emma Watson is a fan of! She showcased it in a magazine about what was in her closet- and well, if it’s good enough for BELLE it’s certainly good enough for me. I love that it’s lacy as well as supportive- the band across the bottom offers a lot of support for women with any breast shape or size. And stitched into the breast bone area of the bra, are two tourmalated quartz. Tourmalated quartz opens and balances the heart chakra, and invites forgiveness. Wearing this bra daily, and allowing the quartz to sit on the heart offers so many benefits and a peaceful feeling of love, comfort and forgiveness. Allowing the soft fabric to caress your skin, your breasts, and your heart center offers the feeling of safety to open into your sensuality.

 

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Get Skin Like a Goddess

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Skin care feels like the bane of my existence most of the time. I had decent skin until I hit my 20’s, and then I began to deal with adult acne. Which, seems so unfair because at that point, after the teen years, you feel like you’re in the clear, and then one day: BOOM! Now you have acne to deal with. Bah! I’ll be the first to admit, though, that I continuously slept in my make-up, despite my mother’s warnings, until I was 25. That’s when I decided I should really focus on my skin care and actually get this under control. I went a little crazy- Sephora became my new best friend and worst enemy (as in, I tried nearly every product in the store and most would agitate my skin even more.)

Then, finally, one day a sales consultant told me something I really needed to know: less is more. Put down the 30% glycolic acid pads and use a natural based cleanser for sensitive skin. Choose a single moisturizer over 15 different kinds for different days the week. Keep it simple and your skin will eventually calm down. I needed to know this: I’ve always wanted to have skin like a Goddess.

Now my process is much easier, cheaper and more refined and I can choose to put my money towards the items that are worth it, rather than every item I see.

Eight Tips To Better Skin:

  1. Water, water, water: This should be number one. Allow the water to flush out the toxins and illuminate your skin from within.
  2. Keep it simple: Choose quality products for sensitive skin and don’t go overboard like I did!
  3. Exfoliate: Scrub away those dead skin cells that give your face texture at least two times a week, and watch your face glow.
  4. Choose a weekly mask: Every Sunday, I love to treat myself to a spa night with a mask. I choose the mask based on my skins needs that day. Clay if it’s oily, and a gel or cream mask if I need moisture.
  5. Steam: This is another ritual I do weekly, if I have the time. Fill a bowl with boiling water, and add a few drops of tea tree & lavender oil. Cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl for 10 minutes. This allows the pores to open, and afterwards wash your face and deeply moisturize.
  6. Moisturize: Never forget the step! Even if you have oily skin, your skin needs moisture to keep it’s balance. Choose a simple but hydrating lotion.
  7. Eye Cream: It’s literally never too early for this step. Keep your eyes moisturized buy using a light eye cream, using the ring finger to tap the cream into the sensitive skin.
  8. Mist with Rose Water: This is such an easy step, but so soothing for irritated skin. Rose water calms irritation, so if you’ve recently given yourself a facial, spritze rose water on your face before you moisturize.

I’ve recently added a new product to my routine: Athanasia Goddess Elixir Drops . These drops are a handmade, generations old secret recipe from the owner of the product, Sia. “The ultimate youth glow elixir created from the finest, most effective combination of pure, natural oils of a reconstituted, secret family recipe dating back to ancient times, and revered as ‘Golden Tears’ of the Gods and Goddesses.  Use alone or boost your moisturizer an energized, glowing complexion.” It’s a combination of oils and herbs which soothe the skin, and I particularly appreciate it’s hydrating qualities. I’ve been using it daily under my eyes, on my face before I moisturize and also on my arms, legs, and chest for all over moisture. I love the silky smoothness of my skin when I use these drops, and the product absorbs quickly, leaving behind softness rather than greasiness. I love this little history from the owner:

“There is a reason why an exceptionally beautiful woman is called a “Greek Goddess.” 
The ultimate compliment to a man is to be called  an “Adonis” 
 The origin of these legendary ingredients have existed for thousands of years. Through the ages, people have searched for the “fountain of youth”

as the way to stay young forever.
Fortunately, thousand of years later these rituals and secrets have made their way into our world of beauty in your hands today with the AthanaSia skincare line derived from the essence of the same ingredients they applied daily and rituals performed by the immortals dd864a_3c4f5e8004244079969076ba2f622ec4~mv2_d_2720_3952_s_4_2themselves. Ancient Greece, dating back to 500 bc where the Gods and goddess were created. The Greeks were big lovers of physical beauty. They were in tune with the body’s natural aging process, thus they were always seeking ways to sustain their alluring appearance.
The philosophy of beauty is recognized within many different cultures, the various rituals and standards vary from one culture to another, yet is the same goal to behold of that pure glowing radiance. There were many cultures who immersed themselves in the realm of beauty.  Now introducing to the world AthanaSia Glow Skincare. 
 Aphrodite, the Olympian Greek goddess of love and beauty, caries a quintessential Beauty ideal among woman. This goddess symbolized true femininity and grace, which influenced the Greeks and their prestigious ancient beauty rituals.

Goddess Hera cleared all from her desirable body with ambrosia, then drenched her body with olive and immortal oil,  pleasant scents, and 
they said to Hera: “If you dangle this oil above the palace of Zeus, the smell of it would reach the earth and heaven.”  

The woman used honey and olive oil as part of their mixtures to keep their complexion smooth, glowing, radiant and youthful.
Woman anointed themselves in olive oil to protect their skin from the sun, aging, and to have achieved the ultimate glow of all glows. An achieved, adorned glow only known to come from the legendary Gods and Goddesses. 
They collected various leaves of plants and dried them to infuse baths and as part of their rituals of bathing and soaking and smoothing on lotions to radiate youth. 
Aphrodite called the rose “the Queen of all flowers” 
Containing potent beauty properties she used rose petals and oil in baths and daily surrounded herself with beauty. 
Infused with Rose Quartz, which is the stone of Beauty and Love, is part of the bottling and steeping of my products! Rose Quartz helps to promote a softer complexion, clear skin and helps to reduce wrinkles.
With its healing and high vibrational properties, it adds an extra magic effect to conclude this combination of this perfection.”

And who doesn’t want skin like a Goddess?

 

The Three Doshas

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The oldest systems of healing are often the best and most reliable, and one of the oldest systems of health and healing is Ayurveda. Ayurveda was developed over 3,000 years ago in India, and is among one of the most ancient forms of holistic (whole-body) healing systems that is still prevalent today. Ayurveda is held in the belief that the mind, body, and spirit all must work together in order to achieve a balance of full healing. If you begin to study Ayurveda, and want to practice and reap it’s benefits in your own life, you must figure out what your dosha is. So, what exactly is a dosha? Continue reading “The Three Doshas”

Spiritual Baths

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Like many people, you probably enjoy taking a nice, luxurious, warm bath at the end of the evening. I know that I do! In fact, it’s one of my favorite daily activities, and if it doesn’t happen at least once a day, something feels off. But, how much thought and effort are you putting into these baths? Maybe you’re like me, and don’t add much effort at all. I  run my bath to the desired temperature, hop it, sit around for 15 minutes playing on my phone, hop out and that’s a wrap. So, what’s the point? Well, have you ever had a spiritual bath? Continue reading “Spiritual Baths”

The Myths of Tarot

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When you hear someone say the word “tarot,” what comes to mind? Usually dark, cloudy images, scary things. Coupled with superstitions, misguided thoughts and ideas, and myths, tarot has gotten a bad rap in many arenas. These myths and judgements are far from the basis of truth. I want to dispel some of these myths and misguided thoughts for you, if you’re nervous about dabbling into tarot or just curious about what it is. So, what is tarot, anyway? Tarot is an ancient art, which uses a pack of playing cards with symbols, where the reader  pulls the cards for the querent, or “one who seeks,” to answer his or her questions based on what the cards pulled represent. Yes, the cards are used for fortune-telling, but fortune telling may not be exactly what you think it is. Continue reading “The Myths of Tarot”