Summer Solstice

"Connect with the sun that keeps you bright and alive. Accept the fire that burns away all you have outgrown, all that no longer serves you. Release it by using your new power, and welcome the future into your present because today is a TURNING POINT for you and for all. Say yes to the Light, YOUR Light. Happy Summer Solstice!"  ~Black Mountain Yoga  Welcome to the longest daylight of the year as well as our entrance into the astrological sign of cancer. The sign of cancer brings introspection and while aligning on the solstice this can immense feelings of nostalgia today. The moon moving into the ali...

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 ye...

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.” ― Nikit...

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 behavio...

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...

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 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 not only to relationships but friendships? Or jobs? Or goals? I shared this quote at the beginning of yoga but then I asked the question, how do you get delivered to the wrong address? Sometimes ...

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...

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 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 day, right before I do a saging of the ...

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 whic...

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 medica...

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 tensi...

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...

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 diffuser...

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 su...

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 doi...

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. ...

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 ...