Lunar New Year, Year of the Water Tiger

  I love the Lunar New Year! I save my resolutions, word of the year, and yearly mantra for the Lunar New Year (yes part of the reasoning is due to the fact that I’m just not ready yet January first).     Lunar New year or more commonly called the Chinese New Year is upon us. This day is marked in many regions as a day of large celebration and transition into a new year. Red is commonly worn and it is a day of celebration and food. Yes the dat...

Lion's Gate 

“Remember what you must do when they undervalue you,  when they think your softness is your weakness,  when they treat your kindness like it is their advantage.  You awaken every dragon,  every wolf,  every monster that sleeps inside of you  and you remind them what hell looks like when it wears the skin of a gentle human.” ― Nikita Gill, Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire and Beauty Today I welcome you to the new moon in Leo on a very spe...

Thermostat

You adjust the thermostat in your home. You wouldn't allow strangers off the street to walk into your home and adjust it for you. Nor would you allow your friends to walk right in and turn it all the way up or down.  So why focus on the thoughts of others? Why change behaviors based on what others think? This ques...

Summer Solstice

Summer solstice is the longest day of sunlight. I grew up celebrating the solstices and as I grew older I started to focus more on the symbolism of the celebration and the rituals that came along with it. On this Summer solstice, there is the MOST amount of daylight we will enjoy all year, Light symbolizes good. The following questions I use for my prompts when journaling: What do you love about yourself?  What do you love to do? What lights the fire of passion in you?  When counter or negative thoughts come in to doubt write all these down on a separate piece of paper and then c...

Winter Solstice

✨🌙✨ "Don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in Winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." ~Rumi ✨🌙✨ Today marks the first day of winter and the longest day of darkness in the year. Each day after this will include a little more sunlight, giving us a glimmer of hope of the warmth to come. In my world, solstices and equinoxes are a time of celebration and gathering, filled with food, intentions and love. And although the Winter Solstice includes the same elements of celebration the energy and mood is a bit more somber and quiet. With darkness comes deep reflection. The darkness eliminates the distraction light can bring with all its beauty....

The Whole Package

"You can be the whole package and still end up at the wrong address. When this happens, the receiver will mishandle you bc they don’t know what to do with you and they weren’t meant to have you in the first place." ~Unknown When I read this quote last week in my news feed I assumed it to be about relationships, took a mindful pause and kept scrolling. The universe being the universe, I came across this quote 3 times in one week and decided to start listening. What if we applied this no...

Black Spruce

This oil is high in bornyl acetate, a chemical component that promotes relaxation and calmness. Bornyl acetate can also brighten skin by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase which helps produce melanin. Using on any skin spots topically where melanin seems inconsistent can help smoothen. ...

Election Day

Holding these oils close to me today at the polls. Harnessing and elevating peace is the only way to find our way back to connection. For yoga I read the following reading for our intention and it’s a good read for today. “If you go to the southwest desert and catch 100 red fire ants as well as 100 large black ants and put them in a jar, at first, nothing will happen. However, if you violentl...

Dia de los Muertos

Purify is an oil I think of for those life hacks and deep cleaning tips. Known to purify the air, use as an all purpose cleaner, and air filter booster; purify is all about cleaning and refreshing. I’ve shared its hidden uses to help alleviate symptoms when seasonal threats are high. As well as its ability to eliminate odor and neutralize even the strongest of smells. However, today is Dia de los Muerto...

Samhain Full Moon

Happy Halloween, or Samhain, and welcome to the full blue moon. Samhain was a holiday celebrating the end of the harvest and the welcome of the darker part of the year. Some believed across cultures that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world are thin. This moon coming to us in scorpio season which is a fixed sign bringing in more eeriness and mystique to this powerful moon.  This evening the moon feels powerful and eerie so I’m staying close to home performing the same full moon rituals I grew up doing. Sometimes a little peace and introspection is all we need. On this evening I am wearing a combination of neroli and DILUTED clove as well as d...

La Bouche

The health of your mouth reflects a great deal about your overall health. Many studies, including one done by Harvard Medical School in 2018, have found a connection with increased plaque on your teeth connected to increased plaque in the arteries. So what do you do for the occasional mouth irritation? Do you reach for the OTC tube of chemicals, or try to tough it out until it passes? My son had some gum irritation in between a loose tooth and we used the following routine for 3 nights with success and relief in a short time. We always start with a salt water rinse for 45 seconds. Why? Many medical and dental professionals recommend the use of salt water rinse...

Harvest Moon

🌕 She was devoted to the moon. In its darkness she found comfort. In its light she found hope. 🌕 Welcome to the full harvest moon in Aries, the warrior sign. Most full moons tend to bring tension and high emotions and unfortunately this stubborn sign is no exception. Specifically any tension you are feeling in relationships right now may be at a height; if you are feeling rather frustrated, know that you are not ALONE (I mean, it’s 2020, you don’t need a full moon to tell you that). The tenacious sign of Aries can be impulsive and reckless when out of control, so not acting on extreme emotion but giving yourself space and time to process your “real” emotion is key. The way to navigate this strong pull is to allow yours...

Speaking to Yourself

🔥 "Remember your words can plant gardens or burn whole forests down.” ~Gemma Troy What are you planting inside your head? Are your words encouraging? Loving? Or are you being cruel, fear based and dark? My intentions for speaking kind words to myself start out well, but 20 minutes into the world of 2020 and I’m in a tailspin. From news media, social media, radio and otherwise, 2020 has been filled with messages of hate, fear, and polarization. Even if my day starts off well, 10 minutes into social media and I feel that familiar grip of fear as I watch my thoughts become fire not flowers. In yoga we used this quot...

Eucalyptus

Nothing like fire season to teach us gratitude for clear, blue skies and FRESH air! The last month the west coast has been on fire cloaking us in thick, dangerous smoke. The air quality reaching into the hazardous levels above 400 for multiple days. On those rough days we stayed inside with the air purifiers and diffuse...

Autumn Equinox 

“A seed that’s caught from falling Will never reach the ground And as such its true potential Never can be found Watching is the hardest part The tree lets go its seed Knowing it must fall away If its power should be freed There is no way of knowing Which seeds will find their way We hope that they will safely land And learn to grow someday There is comfort in the knowing That somewhere in each seed Is all of life’s instructions And all the love they need....

Too Much

🖤 “They won’t tell you fairytales of how girls can be dangerous and still win. They will only tell you stories where girls are sweet and kind and reject all sin. I guess to them it’s a terrifying thought, a red riding hood who knew exactly what she was doing when she invited the wild in.” ~Nikita Gil 🖤 Today I have so much gratitude for my best friend. Friends, get you a tribe who not only lifts you up but defends you against the demons in your head. I’ve been told MANY times I’m too much. Too loud. Too pushy. Too inten...

Lemon

Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to lemon essential oil. The amount of uses for lemon oil is so vast it exceeds the word count for instagram. Currently in the state of the world I’m loving this oil in the diffuser with breathe to clean the air in the increasing smoke and incredibly bad air quality. Lemon leaves a fresh scent and compliments beautifully with breathe for an airway supportive blend. This smoke can affect us in many ways and it’s important to remember that the liver has to filter EVERYTHING we put in, on and breathe in to our bodies. Yes, even the air pollution we breathe and take into our lungs has to be filtered through our liver. So drinking a drop of lemon in your water throughout the day can help suppor...

Helichrysum

I am SO grateful to announce that as of October 1st you will be able to purchase this little baby right here. Helichrysum touch is an easy to apply, pre diluted roll on oil. This oil is percfect for first aid kits- those bumps, scrapes, bruises as well as in your skin care line to help reduce swelling and redness. Translated roughly to “golden sun” this oil will leave your skin glowing and beautiful, the perfect pick me up to a long day where your skin is feeling dull and needing that boost (you know, the familiar, “you look tired” line you may get after 10 hours).

Gather

🌙 “I think when the dust settles, we will realize how very little we need, how very much we actually have, and the true value of human connection.” @tinybuddhaofficial 🌙 This last 4 days were the annual doterra world convention. Typically this event is held in Salt Lake City and attended by 30,000 people from all over the world. Doterra never fails to impress with their logistical skills holding space for SO many people and helping them feel welcome, seen and heard. I love the collective energy and community focused on hope and changing the world. People I only see once or twice a year gather and we hav...

Stress

Nothing in our body happens in a vacuum. Our emotions do not solely live and exist in the brain, therefore our body is affected by our emotions and chronic stress. Hormones and chemicals are released, pathways are activated and it becomes a full body experience. This is why so many people are realizing pains and ailments could have stemmed from long term stress or chronic emotional distress as research is pointing towards. So how do we control our emotions when they feel like something outside of us? Smelling ...