Saturday, October 22, 2016

Halloween - All Souls; the scents of the season!

When I think of All Souls, Samhain, the Day of the Dead or Halloween (!) there are so many scents that fill our senses!  Shall we go about this by 'feel'?   
The first place we go is into the kitchen! 
Spices -  
Cassia or cinnamon - what does it evoke generally?  I prefer cassia, in essential oil.  It clarifies a moment by bringing up your attention and uplifts!  It will also stimulate your immune system, at the perfect time of year for sniffle starts.  Cinnamon leaf essential oil is lighter, brighter less reactive to the skin and can be used in your pot pourri with a lighter touch.   
Ginger! - what does it invite?  Ginger settles and comforts with warmth.  As an incredible digestive raw, the essential oil can clear the atmosphere / environment and particularly any kind of disharmony.  It warms the conversation and softly tells the heart to accept.  
Allspice - the hot n' tot inviting frivolity and fertility!  Along with Clove Bud, it will perk things up, invite friendship and aid in uplifting the environment.  Together they make a couple, she (allspice) with her sense of humor and he (clove bud) with his relieving strength. 
Vanilla - the power of the past and a confidence in the moment all in one!  Mom's cooking, the sweetness of yesterday encouraging the present and just general all round power booster.  

Woods and plants - 
Cedarwood -  A warm wood!  This is the foundation, cedarwood brings balance and protective sensual awareness.   Often used to invite Ancestor spirit, cedar teaches us to hold on to the Earth Mother with respect and awe. 
Amber - brings that 'presence of place and time' into the room with a quality of memories to be kept.  Serene and unifying.  Magical and protective through the night. 
Vetiver - the grounding and wise scent of the grasses.  Full, rich and prosperous, vetiver compliments all the seasonal scents with inner awareness, the closeness of dreams and guidance.  
Oakmoss - Did you know the very earthy scent of oakmoss draws the Angels near?  Bet you didn't!  It gives them a sensual anchor to cling to!  It's magically insistent on a sense level, asking you to allow and accept in the moment.  As with all the seasonal scents, it compliments perfectly!  

Fruits -
Tangerine -  Did you know that the scent of a tangerine, especially during winter, can invite calm sleep?  Its a sedative tonic.  Among it's many properties it magically invites the spirits and sprites of the season to join you and bring their merriment with them.  Throwing your tangerine peels outside for them is a treat, one that will keep the tp-ing and egging to a minimum!  And it smells so refreshing!  
Green Apples!  - Prosperous, anti-addictive encouragement and the last visit of the Green Man, old Herne stopping by before retreating for winter.  Doesn't the smell of apples cooking with spices take you 'home'?  Any home, any where, at any time.  Timeless, that's the apple.  

Those are the Traditional scents of All Souls, All Hallows or Halloween.  Here are just a couple from Daughters of Isis for your ritual and celebrations. 

During the traditional time of 
Parting the Veil - a unique blending of over 30 EOs.  Prime are sandalwood, rose geranium, patchouli, lavender, oakmoss, honeysuckle, hyssop and green spikenard to name a few.  The flower essences of Dittany of Crete, Astral Initiator, Azurite and Sweetgrass compliment.  ON SALE this month for you!

Owl Medicine - a nighteagle blend of violet leaf, patchouli, vanilla, bay, vetiver and rose attar.  ON SALE this month!

Our Ancestors> Magickal Kids' spray! - inviting our children to take the magical, imaginative journey with our Ancestors; preparing for ceremonies, creating a prayerful bridge, celebrating! Infusing nature and the land to evoke the past with the present, African blue sage, Bulgarian lavender abs, French lavender, foin coupe' (hay) and sweet marjoram.  

Happy Halloween!

Friday, September 23, 2016

O the ALLERGIES!!!! Combat Sinusitis / Colds & Flu with Essential Oils.

So, here we are in the deep south as the seasons change with the challenge of sinus allergies... pollen counts, dust ups across the flatlands from out west and the Gulf or Atlantic oceans.   When sinus troubles happen for me, I am always way behind it, I didn't actually have any problems with 'allergies' until I was 30!  So, here I sit again with a bit of heavy head getting out my netty pot and mixing essential oils to remedy my affliction.  Vaporizing works too!  Even if you're just using a small tea light burner.  To the point: what essential oils work best to remedy the sinus infection?   Let's go green.  

#1 savior for me?  OREGANO

Healthy benefits of oregano?  It's antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, anti INFLAMMATORY, a digestive and anti ALLERGENIC.   Did you know that the Greeks used it to preserve and protect food stuffs?  It assists in curing skin wounds, too.  It grows in higher altitudes, that's how it claimed the name "oregano" which translates from the Greek as 'delight of the mountains'.  A few drops of oregano essential oil in your EO mix for sinusitis will do a Herculean job! 

#2 recommendation?   Breath! EUCALYPTUS! 

Benefits?  It's an anti-inflamatory, decongestant, anti-bacterial and breath inviting miracle of scent and property.  So many uses!  Primarily it's all of the above + it gives breath.  Evergreen, the eucalyptus trees are slightly different in each locale.  The most elegant bouquet, in my own opinion, comes from the Australian blue gum... a cooling, refreshing breeze of aromatic that elevates mental exhaustion while bringing deeper breath and respitory relief. It surely does increase blood flow upstairs.  I use it as a topical application... it has been used thus since ancient remedy to combat TB - consumption and pneumonia. With a bit of tea tree or juniperberry, vaporizing and topical applications  can bring healing.  Try some of our "Lyptus Breeze" from the Medicine Oils collection!  Lyptus Breeze contains EOs of blue eucalyptus and tea tree... curtesy of our friends 'Down under'. Vaporizing Lyptus Breeze in the sick room assist the remedy of flus and colds throughout the cold season, safely.  

#3 recommendation?  LAVENDER (I use a 'cold' lavender - Bulgarian) 
Relaxing, clear and comforting... lavender essential oil is remedy for much.  In the cold and flu season it's physically 'washing' properties confront and help heal asthma, bronchitis, sore throat and provide assistance for anti-bacterial symptoms.  I don't 'blend' the lavender oil, I mix it with a macerated 'green lavender' (the leaves of the lavender plant, fresh cut) while the essential oil provides a stability useful for topical applications.   The stimulant nature of lavender opens up congestion, helps to release the build up of phlegm and speeds your recovery.  Try our unique Green Lavender oil from the Medicine Oils collection!  

#4 recommendation?  TEA TREE (of course!)  

Tea Tree, melaleuca alternifolia, has achieved the 'big boy' on the block in essential oil healing circles.  A deserved rep!  Another of the Australian plant miracles', it's qualities and properties can't be argued with.  The ancients considered it a cure all.  It will effectively work to heal nearly every topical aliment.  Nearly ANY malady you name can benefit by applying Tea Tree.  Though, I'm not too fond of it's aromatic qualities, I reach for it nearly always. Working on aromatherapy qualifications in the UK I detected it's aromatics nearly everywhere I went.  The use of homeopathy and Tea Tree can be safely said to be the 'go to' of British healers, alternative and allopathic.  -I mention this because the long traditions and applications of natural remedies in western Europe that have kept them from combating so much of the curing 'wall' that American phrama has produced with the over prescribing of antibiotics.-  Tea Tree is bang! in curative applications.  It's properties are boundless ... reach for it in any need.   Our Lyptus Breeze is half full of Tea Tree.  Excellent remedy for cold, flu or worse.  

#5 recommendation?  Wild ROSEMARY.  
Rosemary is the first of the 'mints' I will work with in respiratory aliments.  Why?  Perhaps it's the ceremonial traditions of it, or the wisdom of Paracelsus who found it to be an all around body / physical strengthener... builder.   He found it (and we have consequently affirmed) that it has the ability to heal internal organs with lasting success.  Indigestion, beauty aid, mouth medicine, mental acuity, stress reduction, immune boosting.... rosemary gets to work.  Combining it's overall properties including pain reduction and respiratory relief, rosemary is just a no brainer to add to the mix.  And it smells so clean and crisp!  It will particularly work on your allergy troubles.  One of our most popular formulas' in the Medicine Oil collection is Dream Lodge, a blend of armoise (mugwort), basil, wild chamomile and lots of wild rosemary!  

#6 recommendation?  THYME!
Why Thyme?  Listen, when you formulate a blend to assist in healing you will desire to found your oils with strength and longevity.  Thyme brings both to the blend.   It can work to keep the properties of stimulant oils in check; carminative, diuretic, expectorant, tonic, vermifuge substance (or kills any critters taking up residence within... ya follow?).   It eases the body during flu, being an excellent antirheumatic.  It's antispasmodic and helps if you have a persistent cough.  It's a tonic!  Calms the heart.  And it's been a general remedy among many cultures for respiratory aliments.   

#7 recommendation?  PEPPERMINT! (did you think I'd forgot?) 
So, you have a headache?  A few drops of peppermint blended with lavender might relieve you.  Peppermint is actually a cross between spearmint and watermint coming from Europe.  It is known as the world's oldest medicine!  As well as the maker of the truly decent mojito!  Indigestion?  Mint tea, as in peppermint!  Bad breath? Peppermint since the Greeks wore sandals.  Have a nail fungus? Peppermint.  Got nausea? Yes, peppermint.  Stressed?!!!  Make a cup of tea.  Peppermint.  Boosts the immune system, reduces pain, prompts your circulation, livens up your skin and helps you to Breath!  Peppermint is your can do prescription.   

Those are my remedy herbes for the allergy, cold and flu season. Below are formulas for assistance with your netty pot, vaporizer and or application topical.  Always remember to skin test your essential oils!  These are MEDICINES and need to be respected and used with care and caution! 

Netty Pot-ting.
3 drops of Oregano
2 drops of Thyme
2 drops of Eucalyptus
3 drops of Tea Tree
Combined; use 2-3 drops in your full netty pot! 

Netty 2
3 drops of Peppermint
2 drops Oregano
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops of Tea Tree
Combined; use 2-3 drops in your full netty pot. 

Vaporizing agent
4 drops Tea Tree
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Thyme
5 drops Eucalyptus

Vapor 2 - flu recovery
4 drops of Eucalyptus 
6 drops Tea Tree 
3 drops Peppermint
3 drops Oregano 

Topical applications for allergy, cold & flu
1oz carrier oil (I suggest organic grapeseed or sweet almond oil)
6 drops Oregano
9 drops Rosemary
6 drops Tea Tree
7 drops Eucalyptus

You can make shift your own aromatic appeal.  We tend to push away what smells too medicinal or sharp.  I would use small amounts of oil... drops per 1oz to begin with.  None of these essential oils are difficult to find or overly expensive.   Keep your good health!  Share it with others.  
We are One!   

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fall Equinox Cleansing & Balance... you, the house, the everything!

Well, hasn't it been fun lately?   

There is a personal task facing us all on planet earth right now.... you are being impulsed to make your 'stand'.  

 It's simply not possible to learn and grow spiritually any longer without addressing the state of flux the world is in.   Most of us realized just about 30 years ago that this time, the period of transition was coming.  While Jose Arguelles held ceremonies at Chitzen Itza to usher in Harmonic Convergence a cosmic gateway began allowing the winds of the Xibalba Be journey, the Mayan rebirthing of this world / humanity on planet Earth / to begin their work shifting us into a natural evolutionary cycle.  It's all about consciousness... and how are going to act?  While catalyst moments have been many,  at this point we are being literally shoved into the vacume of polarity that insists you choose, or make your 'stand'.   Who are you?  What is your purpose here?  It ain't easy.  It's the most difficult and some would propose it's the easiest choice you can make... rise above, plunge in or give up.  Each choice is valuable in the deeply personal journey that at this moment is behind you, beside you, in front of you, above you, below you and sourced within you.  These are the 'cosmic winds' of development and new consciousness that are most accurately the triggers of cosmic elements.   We are being urged to consciously join the greater 'awareness' of the universe or in the very least, our corner of it.  (some 'least'!)   Paying attention to nature and the natural cycles that compel us is vital for harmony and clarity.  

AUTUMNAL EQUINOX:  This year's equinox is on September 22 at EDT 10:21 am.  This is astonomical start of the fall season.  Equal in night and day, as the sun drifts quicker now into the dark dominant days of winter.  The Harvest Home or Harvest Tide ... Pick the apples!  Enjoy the abundance!  Look to the corn maidens!  Time to switch up your focus and make changes accordingly. This is the ending of the 'sun cycle' and the beginning of plan making, project planning, turning within and storytelling.  Here are a few ideas and tools to assist you with them at this time.   Cleanse and (re)balance_____

The Ancestor North American Indigenous:     Native American - Daughters of Isis

The combination of Sweetgrass, an invitation to all good spirits, with traditional White Sage clearing and cleansing herb is a harmonious beginning!  The green, vanilla like sweetness envelopes the instant White Sage's strong, purifying push of aromatics cleanses yourself, your environment or anything needing renewal with crisp white light!   Always remember to use your visualizations while using aromatic tools!  Before you begin to ceremonially or ordinarily clear / cleanse and invite good spirits to your aid, intend your wishes.  

Establishing a harmonious new beginning for the season: WHITE BUFFALO WOMAN SPIRIT MEDICINE (a flower essence homeopathy).  The White Buffalo Woman gently connects with our Inner Warrior to guide us with clear directions, an ability to focus, to demonstrate our commitment and to make our completions. White Buffalo Woman speaks to our Inner Nurturer about the renewal of our spiritual inspiration and inner resolve for making changes in our lives. What resources do you draw on to become the non-conformist? How do you approach the action of change when it's so much easier to stay static in 'the way it is'? Do you avoid changing because of a lack of clarity, the inability to establish and maintain a focus? Are you afraid of change more than you are of just accepting your status quo? White Buffalo Woman Medicine will assist you in finding your clarity of purpose, prognosticating your new future, enabling you to direct and focus your path towards that goal.  APPLICATION: This is a vibrational remedy.  You apply topically or sublingually over a period of time to subtly awaken to the properties and commune with the traditional alliance of White Buffalo Woman.  Take a bath with it!  Immerse yourself in a ceremonial bath!  

FOUR FORCES MEDICINE OIL   Four Forces Oil nurtures your personal seasonality, the cycles of your life, helping you to settle into life’s lessons. This oil inspires a sensual focus and balance with Nature to translate into your daily life. It’s an excellent application for ceremonial use when you intend to find answers or begin new directions of experience. Anointing your ceremonial tools, especially the boundaries of your Medicine Wheel, Four Forces Oil sets an unseen standard calling the energies of each season within. Finding a skill in discerning all your directions when working within Nature, Four Forces guides you with a special purity!  The perfect Autumnal Equinox scent!   

Some Celtic assistance!  European Celtic: 
Have a Rune!  

Othala - Ancestral Anchorage

Othala is a rune of ancestral property and our stewardship qualities.

Stewardship encircles much more than the land we live on. We maintain our connective tie to the heart of our Earth Mother through our care for the community. The community polishes who we grow to be.
Othala provides an alignment with our heartcenter. This alliance enables us to make choices that serve us better, we become self masters'... stewards of Self. When we embrace full responsibility for words, actions, intentions, we are empowered: self aware, self confident, authentic. Making choices from this heart center gifts self honesty.
Othala is a gateway to our Ancestral guides! Championing the values of our clan or working to growth through old misdeeds of the clan: Othala is path of enlightenment. Accepting responsibility and finding personal peace are at hand.
Blending of aged patchouli, saffron and sweet amber oils.

MABON ESSENCE: a flower essence remedy!  At Autumnal Equinox Demeter mourns for Persephone.  From Spring’s plantings we reap the Harvest and make our Thanksgivings. Equilibrium revolves to us again as Autumnal Equinox brings the second day of balance to night before the Sun wanes dramatically from our skies. We close that constantly open porch door, gather leaves, admire the color of fire in Nature surrounding us. Fall is crisp, cool, memorable and decadent. We gather our appreciation of the cycles of rebirth in the knowledge that whatever falls to ground seeds the Spring. Winter is on our horizon. The Mabon circle is filled with a special delight; the rich freshness of the ongoing harvest! During another Equinox shifting between worlds, Mabon Essence helps you take advantage of the thinning veils and preserve that freshness the harvest brings as you enter circle for celebration. As an essence promoting inner gratitude and appreciation, a personal unfolds within you! Bathe in Mabon Essence and compliment your water with green color, scented with Money Oil! Whenever you loose your appreciation for what you have, grasp Mabon Essence and apply it’s remedy.

THE DRAGON'S BLOOD MIST:  A blend of EOs with flower essences / no emlsafiers / in pure indigenous water.   The Dragon’s Blood is a traditional Witch’s tool for banishing and empowerment. Using our Dragon’s Blood Witch Oil blending and Wheel of the Year Essences including Mandrake Essence, Symbolis Synthesis Essence and Midsummer Solstice we’ve created a brew to cleanse negativity, awaken the Fey and invite the Merry Meet! Patchouli’s smooth attraction, Liquidamber’s sweetness, Myrtle’s knowledgeable acuity, Myrrh’s sense of the sky, Nutmeg and Clary Sage to intoxicate with Lemongrass to open your psychic vision all based in the crimson tree blood of the Dragon!  All purpose! 

ANIMAL MEDICINE s ....  Lets look to Brother Hawk! 

Hawks always are in the skies above someone with vision. Foresight is a strategic asset, clairvoyance is a perspective higher than skies... it rises above through dimensions. Hawk brings you intuitive quality for divination while aiding you in building your skills. 
Hawk Medicine includes:
--visionary instincts
--new spiritual awareness
--closer relationship with your guides
The perfect choice of Animal Medicine to explore in the coming of the dark of the year!  Your inner explorations enhanced while your awareness of nature is stimulated. 
Hawk Medicine blend EO's include cedar leaf, fir & foin coupe' abs. (hay).

Enjoy the turning of the seasons!  Use your alignment with the Earth Mother to heal, not just self ... the planet!  Fall is a decadent period that invites you to begin with celebration and ease in to the dark, more self exploring time of the year.