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 date is forever changing because this holiday, like Easter is marked by the moon. The Lunar New Year is the day after the second new moon after the winter solstice.     The Lunar Calendar involves the 12 zodiac signs alternating every year, an element and an energy of yin or...

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: Po...

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 question was recently posed on the Aligned is the New Hustle podcast and stopped me in my tracks. After the loss of my father this January I found myself in the anger stage of grief for much longer than I cared to be. Being triggered to anger at the slightest inconvenience I allowed mys...

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 ...

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...

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 acro...

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. Yes, even just smelling this oil can relax and calm improving mood. How does it achieve this magic? Monoterpenes. These organic compounds are known to boost mood. More specifically, alpha pinene, one of the most studied plant constituents, can penetrate the bloo...

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 ant...

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 Muertos. I diffuse purify or use a spritz bottle of water and purify to cleanse my house and the altar we set up on this d...

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 scor...

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...

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 all...

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 quote to see how we speak to ourselves. Nothing like a physical pr...

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 diffusers blasting to help clear the air and support normal breathing. Some of our favorite oils to diffuse during fire season include Breathe, peppermint, lemon eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, tea tree and of course, eucalyptus. The main chemical components of Eucalyptus radiata are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol, making it an ideal oil to promote clear breathing and support open airways. No diffuser? Just add a couple drops...

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.” ~Robert Longley 🍂 🍃 🍁 🍂 Welcome to the Autumn Equinox. Today is the day where the sun crosses the equator and those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere will begin to see more darkness than daylight. The hours of daylight between sunrise and sunset ha...

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 lo...

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 a...

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 peop...

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 o...