One of my favorite things about Spring is watching the trees bud. As I watch them unfurl and open, I am reminded of how I also have the ability to blossom and grow year after year. In Denver it is always such a welcoming sight as I know the cold Winter is coming to an end. Living so long in California I forgot how drastically different I feel with each season change. It feels good to witness my internal and external bloom!
Open & Bloom Spritz
2 drops Magnolia blossom essential oil- for transformation of self and spirit
2 drops Lavender essential oil- for accepting ourselves in times of transition
2 drops Mandarin essential oil- for integrating changes during transformation
2 drops Frankincense essential oil- for holding on to the truths of transformation
Add all essential oils to 1 ounce of spring water in a glass spritzer bottle.
Shake well. Spray yourself as often as needed to help with times of transformation.
Although winter is not over, I am definitely feeling the vibrancy of longer days. I have already begun some spring cleaning and it feels good to clear out closets and drawers of unused clothes and clutter.
My sinuses have felt a little active since cleaning means stirring up dust and dander. Thankfully in Colorado there isn’t a mold issue, like I experience in Northern California, but the pollution of the city is present and I have noticed more congestion (what I call the Colorado dry booger!), sneezing, and shortness of breath.
What has been saving me is is my House Clearing Spray. It not only smells delicious, it also has the infectious fighting properties of aromatic terpenoids.
House Clearing Spray
2 ounces spring water
2 drops Thyme linalool essential oil
2 drops Mandarin essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
1 drop Artemisia alba essential oil
Add drops of essential oils to the spring water. Pour into a 2-ounce glass spritzer bottle. Shake well. Spray your closets, drawers, or any musty places. You can also spritz yourself when you need energetic clearing.
I’m feeling a little bluesy today because of the news of three strong women passing in just a couple of days. The one that hit the hardest was the death of one of my best friend’s mom. I am extremely sad and still a little in shock. I am once again reminded of how precious life is and how important it is to live every day to the fullest.
Today’s recipe is for her. She was a feisty, strong woman with a love that knew no boundaries. Babs, I send this aromatic offering to you. May your journey into the unknown be filled with love, peace, and light. Big hugs to you on the other side from your J Jesser!
Live & Love Spritzer
3 drops Mount Shasta Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) essential oil
3 drops Rose (Rosa centifolia) essential oil
1 drop Angelica (Angelica archangelica) essential oil
Add all essential oils to a 1 ounce glass spray bottle and add spring water to fill. Shake well. Spritz yourself as needed to remind yourself how loved and supported you are. Give thanks to your angels and guides for guiding you on your path. Be grateful that you are alive!
Somehow all the craziness of the last few weeks has finally left my body and I am starting to feel “normal” again. Right now, “normal” means I have hours where I don’t feel panicked or despair. I am sleeping pretty well again and I don’t believe we are all going to hell in a hand basket. At least not today.
When my anxiety rises I’ve noticed all of my self-care techniques and advice to my clients go out the window. It’s like I don’t know what herbs and oils I need to be in balance. I am great at doing this for others, but not always for myself. I finally got enough distance from it to remember what I need to do.
Breathe! It sounds obvious but it’s not. I have finally been taking deep breaths and it feels great!
Drink herbal tea! Again, sounds easy enough but when I’m stressed I go for black tea instead of nourishing nervines. My favorite this week (and every week)- skullcap and oat straw.
Sniff essential oils! Not straight out of the bottle necessarily, but I’ve been using my diluted roll-ons. This week my go-to’s have been St. John’s Wort, Hemp, and Frankincense. My mood has improved and I have a much brighter outlook on life.
Walk in the woods. Or sit on the beach. Or go into nature and just be. You will feel wonderful. And you’ll breathe better!
Tomorrow is the Autumnal Equinox, one of my favorite days of the year. There is something about equal day and night that brings balance to my ever changing moods. This year, more than most, I feel we need a sense of balance. We need to remember the importance of equality, duality, harmony.
Today’s recipe is very simple. Two herbs that represent yin yang, day and night, sun and moon. May we honor the light and the dark that resides within us all. May we be illuminated by our own courage to see the beauty in ourselves so we can finally recognize it in everyone else!
Autumnal Equinox Blend
3 drops St. John’s Wort essential oil
2 drops Night blooming Jasmine essential oil
10 ml Organic Apricot kernel oil
Pour apricot kernel oil into a 10 ml roll-on glass bottle. Add essential oils to carrier oil and shake gently. Apply to areas of the chakras to feel the balance of light and dark.
Spring seems to be in full swing here in Denver, with the days getting up in the 70’s and the nights still dipping into the 30’s. I Love this time of year! I feel the renewed spirit of the Earth, as the longer days warm me deep within my core.
For others, Spring starts getting that Yang rising! Irritability, frustration, lack of focus and burn out can already be starting for those with a Wood element/phase imbalance.
This blend really helps me when I feel tension building in my neck and shoulders or I find it hard to take a deep breath in moments of impatience, anger or worry. As always use organic and/or ethically wild harvested herbs and essential oils.
Let It Flow Blend
3 drops Chamomile essential oil (Tanacetum is great to use too, and way less expensive)
3 drops St. Johns Wort essential oil
3 drops Myrrh essential oil
3 drops Conifer essential oil (Pinyon pine, Douglas Fir, your choice!)
Add all essential oils (play around with what you blend first- it will give insight into the alchemy of plants as you notice the change in aroma depending on what gets added together first- use the blend even if you don’t Love the smell, these concentrated plant medicines are not to be wasted) to 1 ounces of Carrier Oil like Olive Oil, Apricot kernel or your oil of choice. I like to put my blends in roll-on bottles, that way I can carry with me and use easily anywhere I am.
Chinese medicine is rooted in the knowledge that humans are cosmic beings of this Earth that are intricately connected to the rhythms of nature.
Use this blend when you need balance, clarity or harmony in your life.
Fire (Summer)- 3 drops St. John’s Wort essential oil
Earth (Center)- 2 drops Mandarin essential oil
Metal (Autumn)- 2 drops Himalayan Mint essential oil
Water (Winter)- 3 drops Pink Lotus absolute
Wood (Spring)- 2 drops Douglas Fir essential oil
Add all essential oils to a carrier oil (olive, apricot kernel, coconut) and put in a 1 ounce glass bottle. Apply the oil to your heart, head or low back when feeling fatigued, overwhelmed or out of sorts.
The snow has finally arrived in Denver and I can feel the cold seep into my muscles and joints. I make this blend to use for guasha or cupping, as it is warming and alleviates aches and pains. This oil can also be massaged into sore muscles- but I recommend using gloves, as this blend contains essential oils that are known to cause irritation and redness of the skin. If you don’t use gloves, wash your hands thoroughly before you touch any delicate mucus membranes (eyes, mouth, genitalia). I learned this the hard way…many times!
Warm Those Achy Muscles Blend
3 drops artemisia alba essential oil (warming, enters all primary meridians)
3 drops st. john’s wort essential oil (cooling, uplifts spirit, reduces nerve and muscle pain)
Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. It is celebrated as the turning of the wheel and the return of the Sun. We are in rhythm with these holy days and we feel our own energy slowly begin to rise as our yang energy increases with the sun.
This essential oil blend honors the holy season of spiritual rebirth with Frankincense, Myrrh and Hemp and celebrates the return of the sun with Saint John’s Wort. It is divine!
Winter Solstice Blend
1 ounce Apricot Kernel Oil
3 drops Frankincense essential oil
3 drops Myrrh essential oil
2 drops Hemp essential oil
2 drops St. John’s Wort essential oil
Add essential oils to Apricot kernel oil, one at a time, blending completely between each addition. Pour into a 1 ounce roll-on bottle. Anoint yourself and your loved ones on the top of the head, temples, chest, and lower back.
Invoke the energy of the sun and give thanks for the warmth, light and life it provides.
As I sit among the redwood trees and bask in their majestic presence, I am deeply saturated by not only the moisture the traps in their canopy, but also by all the essential oils exuded by their cells. If you have ever sat in an old growth redwood forest, you know the sensation I am talking about. The density of the air is palatable and there is a silence that pervades deep within.
I like to use the Douglas Fir instead of Redwood in this blend, as I have yet to see redwood essential oil on the market. Like all conifers, Fir is anti-infectious and decongestant, so it has the extra benefit of protecting you from illness.
Ingredients: 3 drops Douglas Fir essential oil
3 drops Pinon Pine essential oil
3 drops Frankincense essential oil
Put essential oils and 1-ounce spring water in a spritzer bottle.
Mist yourself as needed for meditation, concentration or focus. Or anytime your mood needs a little pick me up!