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Holiday2016| ISSUE no 8
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White Light, Pure and Positive- The Holiday Issue
This issue's inspiration for our contributors were the words white light, pure and positive.
The definition of white light is said to be the space within the universe where positive energies are stored. White light cannot be used to harm, nor can it be harmed in any way.
And that is exactly what we wanted to create-- an issue where all things positive are positive energy is stored, leaving no harm and focusing on beautiful energy, especially with it being the holiday season.
We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it.
Snow Capped Portobellos
Ginger Cranberry Elixir
Benefits of Pomegranate Oil
Properties of Cinnamon Essential Oil
Non-Toxic Holiday Makeup:
Step by step application for natural holiday makeup
UN-FOLLOW THE LEADER:
Learning to listen and ignite your inner wisdom
The Blessing of Holiday Light:
Low fat potato Latkes
The simple recipe for great skin
FOOD & DRINK
Vibrant energy of nature
Cauliflower Almond Soup
Spotlight on Macadamia Nut Oil
Practicing peace and compassion
Holistic Holiday Gift Guide:
5 gifts for the green beauties in your life
Spiced Coffee Truffle
DIY Body Scrub
Winter Fitness- HINT- it's more like playing
Herbal Winter Bath Soak
Love is the most important relationship
Holistic "Bee & Bee"
Interview with creator of the Hive B&B
The Power of Touch
Vanilla Spice Pumpkin Face Mask
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Igniting Your Inner Wisdom
By Kristy Pisani, Mindful Movement Yoga Instructor
Through my Yoga experience I have noticed that there can be a hierarchal system within a school or style of Yoga which can unfortunately lead to one not trusting in themselves and being in fear of no longer belonging (which can also apply in many other settings).
Connecting through a community is great, but know that you are your own person and the leader of your own destiny. External guidance and mentoring is awesome but look for it without dependence and trust in your own ability to create and perform the way you yearn to.
Notice and become aware (without judgment) of how much of your time and energy is spent on praising others and NOT yourself. Praising others for their success is wonderful but make sure to give yourself the same attention and expect the same in return.
Surround yourself with like-minded people who fuel your mission. Just as you would with your best friend or spouse, make sure your relationships have a nice balance between give and take so you can feed off each other and not feel depleted or under appreciated. You know yourself more than anyone ever will.
UN-FOLLOW THE LEADER (unless its yourself)!
Since my teaching career began, I have experienced many highs and lows, happiness and joy, sacrifice and struggle; but overall I feel fulfilled with the endeavors I have chosen.
To this day I still share how the practice of Yoga changed my life and helped me heal from an on and off eating disorder and much more. However, about a decade into my journey things started to become questionable. As a student and a teacher, I experienced fear, rejection, fear of rejection, and a lot of uncertainty. The hardest part about having a passion at times can be the ability to stay motivated without having to compromise your core values and desires. I am here to share a couple tips on how to stay true to yourself when feeling unclear or doubtful while following your dreams.
YOU ARE WISER THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE!
Open yourself up to your inner wisdom!
Critically ask questions along the way and have NO fear! Change is inevitable. To grow, evolve and understand we must ask questions when we are uncertain or unclear. Start by asking yourself, “Does this line up with my core values and beliefs? “Remember the saying, “There is no such thing as a bad question.” Don’t let fear or disappointment prevent you from asking. Look for the silver lining when you question things? It’s a GOOD thing to ask! After nearly a decade of practicing yoga, I experienced a catastrophic rib injury that lasted over 2 years (and I am still not 100%) and thought my Teaching career was over! My entire identity was based on yoga and I was certain for many years that Yoga was EVERYTHING. I became lost and depressed. As a full-time yoga teacher, I was horrified. By asking questions I realized my life was like a puzzle and there were pieces missing that Yoga could no longer give me (that’s a whole other article). That was a hard pill to swallow at the time, but I was determined to find answers anyway (even when I didn’t always get one). I realized it was OK to feel this way and it did not make me less of a “Yogi.” From that moment on I became my own leader and I started trusting in my capacity to ask questions and listen to my inner intuition.
Listening to & Igniting your inner wisdom cont'd
“Feeling Old Wounds is the Souls Way of Finding Deeper Healing.” ~Danielle Leporte~
Vanilla Spice Pumpkin
Face Mask for Dull, Dry Skin
Pumpkin is full of beautiful enzymes that chemically exfoliates the skin, While honey is a humectant so it'll help draw the moisture into the skin. Whereas, Benzoin Essential Oil is great for dry skin, as well as soothes red, irritated skin and cinnamon is great for getting that blood flowing for a healthy complexion.
Benzoin essential oil
Pinch of cinnamon
Pour 3 tbsp coconut milk in a bowl
Add 6 tbsp of pumpkin puree
Add 1 tsp honey
Add 10 drops of Benzoin essential oil
Add a pinch of ground cinnamon
Mix all ingredients throughly
You may need to add a little more coconut milk or honey to reach desired consistency.
Apply a nice thick layer to the skin, leave for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water to remove, pat dry.
Finish with an all natural moisturizer
“If as a chemist, I see a flower, I know all that is involved in synthesizing a flower`s elements.
And I know that even the fact that it exists is not something that is natural. It is a miracle”.
Vibrant Energy of Nature
Essential oils for stings, sun and summer fun!
By Natasha Samardzic, Founder of Folium Medica
Everything living is in constant state of activity and change. Everything living has vibration and living force - essence of our life. Similar life force (energy) manifest itself in every plant which are often referred to as "Beings of Light”.
Absorbing light via process of photosynthesis plants generate, through their secondary metabolism, hundreds of thousands of organic molecules that are beneficial to our health. These substances are extraordinarily rich in energy, volatile and fragrant plant essences or essential oils.
Extracting the essence of a plant is one of the ways of isolating plant`s personality and its life force that continually brings about a state of health and harmony in the body as they still have the vibrations of living plants. During the delicate process of distillation of essential oils, plant`s biological life passes - where there is no oxygen there is no life - but the energy is maintained in its almost pure formation similar to catalyzing function of minerals and trace elements.
The proposed theory by Daniel McKenzie that there might be two types of odor perception mechanisms which operate simultaneously - chemical and vibrational is in line with both our empirical knowledge and modern science.* If we recognize the existence of this life force, as the only power which can produce health within us, we will realize that we can only help the body to heal itself by encouraging the natural healing force within. This energy and its origin in living plants makes essential oils able to absorb by the living body (bio-available), where they are integrated into the metabolism up to the cells. When applied to the skin, the plant’s life-force is absorbed into the body’s fluid systems which eventually circulates through the organ and glandular systems of the body and eventually through all fluids and tissues of the body.
Vibrant energy of Nature cont'd
Essential oils operate in the sense of the totality of the human being, of body, soul and spirit by:
The neural effect via the nervous system (olfactory) - a spiritual effect.
The humoral effect via the blood and fluid circulation – an emotional effect.
The hormonal effect intracellularly - a physical effect
Aromatherapy contributes to the realization of health and encourages the natural healing what no material science can – it accepts and integrates phenomena of the soul. Essential oil molecules are so intricately involved with the chemistry of life that their interactions with an organism are much too numerous to be fully explained by today`s scientific methods. They interact with physical systems via receptors, they play important roles in the psychosomatic network, and through olfaction they interact with emotional centers. Through the combined effect of all of the above, they create powerful imprints on our consciousness.
Also interesting and related to our emotional health is classification of essential oils based on their volatility. Light volatile ethereal plant essences have the strongest influence on the cell`s energy because of their high vibration and the most prominent spiritual-energetic effect. Flower oils mobilize the self- healing powers in us, have a great support to our mental balance, and generate positive feelings, harmony, and joy. Essential oils combined with other holistic modalities can help us maintain balance and inner peace in today`s fast-paced modern society.
*This theory is not to be confused with modern vibrational theories of odor perception which is becoming very popular and also controversial since it has many opponents.
All above is for informational purposes only. Consult with your certified aromatherapist before using. Always do a patch test on the inner elbow whenever a new essential oil is used.
References: Tisserand, R. 1977. The Art of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont. 323 pp.
Gumbel, D. 2001. Aromatische Pflanzenpflege. OLV mbH, Postfach. 78pp.
McKenzie, D. 1923. Aromatics and the soul. William Heinemann Ltd, London. 164 pp.
Zyga. L.. 2011. Quantum explanation for how we smell gets new support. [http://phys.org/news/2011-03-quantum-explanation.html]. Accessed November 17, 2016.
Positive energy Blend:
Bergamot Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
Orange Essential Oil
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
Jasmine Essential Oil
Roman ChamomileEssential Oil
Rose Essential Oil
Pour 30 ml almond oil in a glass bowl
Add 1 drop of each essential oil
Apply to body
Macadamia Nut Oil
Botanical Name: Macadamia ternifolia
Extraction Method: Cold pressing of nuts
The Macadamia tree is native to Australia and the islands of Hawaii and New Zealand. The appearance is clear with a slight amber colour. A very stable oil which is not prone to oxidization and rancidity due to high concentration of mono unsaturated fats (palmitoleic and oleic acids). This in turn makes it useful for acne and general skincare as it is chemically similar to the sebum in our skin.
In addition, macadamia nut oil improves skin structure by strengthening the lipid barrier within the skin. It has emollient, regenerative and skin conditioning properties which make it a popular ingredient for anti aging and anti wrinkle creams as well as hair care.
Add a small amount (1-5%) to a natural cream to create a delicate eye or facial treatment. Add up to 10% to a natural lotion for a smooth luxurious formula that will soften and soothe dry skin.
Facial and Massage Oils:
Make a nourishing facial oil by applying full strength or for a lighter effect, add 25% to 75% fractionated coconut oil. Also great as a massage oil to revive dry chapped, sun damaged skin
Add up to 5 % to a plant based hair conditioner for daily application. Add 10 - 25% to other key oils which nourish and strengthen damaged hair such as Fractionated Coconut, jojoba and argan oil as a scalp treatment, head massage mix or hot oil treatment.
I love the holidays because there are so many reasons to dress up and get fancy. Although, I do understand how this time of year can get overwhelming for those who are not used to styling their hair, makeup or wardrobe.
Adding more makeup to your typical routine is not an excuse to overload your body with toxins, which is why I created this toxin free holiday makeup look. Putting a little more effort into your makeup look also does not have to take an extra 30 minutes, in fact, I created a holiday look under 5 minutes. As a makeup artist, using products that do not contain harsh toxins is quite important to me.
First Step: Clean, moisturize skin.
I begin this look with a fresh face, and applied the Edible Beauty “Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil”. It is important to moisturize the skin in the cold months. I personally love this facial oil as it brightens the skin.
I applied the Evelyn Iona creme blush in “Ash” on the apples of my cheeks using my finger.
For the eyes I swept the Elate Cosmetics twinkle powder in “Ethereal” across my eye lid, and then blended the Elate Cosmetics twinkle powder in “Gifted” into the crease. Finishing with A thin line of Elate Cosmetics “Origin” liner across the top lash line and black “Mascara” on the lashes.
To finish off this holiday look I applied Elate Cosmetics lipstick in “Warrior" and added lipgloss in “Idol” overtop.
By: Jacqueline Parker, Owner of Beauty Reawakened
Non-toxic Holiday makeup look
Before Agnieszka zebrak e
60% of everything we apply to our skin is absorbed into our blood stream, within minutes. Not to mention all of the lipstick you are constantly swallowing off of your lips. By choosing to use cosmetics that are not only safe for you, you are choosing to support companies that have less of a negative impact on the environment, do not abuse animals during testing processes and in the end, making you feel a whole lot prettier because your beauty is not the result of a cruel, dirty industry.
With technology and science coming a long way, you no longer have to choose health over cosmetics. I have discovered lists and lists of incredible companies that have spent years formulating cosmetics that not only work just as well as regular cosmetics, but have beautiful colour payoff and options.
Lips: Ellate Cosmetics Lipstick in "Warrior"
After Agnieszka zebrak e
Cheeks: Evelyn lona creme blush in "Ash"
Our deepest desire is to to be unconditionally loved, it is something that is synonymous with being human.
It is one of the first questions we ask our self. Am I Loved?
It influences all our actions and creates our coping mechanisms. The second question we ask ourselves is am I safe and taken care of? Do I have everything I need to survive?
If we do not have these things, our life becomes more chaotic, we live in a space of stress, we develop the neural pathways in our brain that cause us to lead a life on auto pilot, where we bask in fight or flight. This impacts our soul, as well as the physical and mental parts of our being. Our relationships, our careers, the ways in which we look at the world, the ways we show up as leaders. We lose ourselves. We lose our ability to know who we are, our connection with ourselves, we forget how to love, we unlearn how to love ourselves fully. Holding these memories in our cells. Our stories, experiences and beliefs, associated with painful & uncomfortable feelings cloud our vision and we forget that our past is no longer real. When we live from a space of love we create from love, and when we live in a space without, we find ways that assist us in feeling safe, in feeling the most love we have access to. Connecting with our body lets us know when we are upsetting this delicate balance. To love is our natural state of being, you are love, you are loved, you are enough, you are beautiful, unique, sacred. This is unconditional. Once we realize that we are innately love, we develop the capacity to choose. We can create new neural pathways that stem from the deep belief that we are loved and worthy of love. Thats often why we experience so much emotional pain when we embark on creating a life of healing. Its because we are actually doing the opposite of what we have unconsciously done our whole life. We are creating change, growing, developing the capacity to feel more deeply & fully all the parts of our being we have never allowed ourself to see before, we are asking to step into our vulnerability, our authenticity, our power and our grace. We are stepping into ourselves from a space of love and compassion.
My practice is my act of self love. It is the way I show up for myself continually, even when my ego gets in the way. Even when I feel scared, fearful, angry, tired, when I don't know what to do, or when I feel I deserve it the least. I breathe. I surrender. Knowing with great reverence that what we feel is different frequencies of vibration that we experience and perceive in different ways in our body. Fear is the same energy as love. I must be seen, felt, moved. We create this unconscious movement through our breathe, through meditation, through conscious awareness, curiosity & compassion for ourselves.
“There is a way through every block” - Yogi Bhajan
We can all have the capacity to live the life we want, we have the choice to choose. We just have to be willing to see ourself in our wholeness. To choose weather we want to live from a space of love or fear.
Close your eyes and find yourself in a comfortable cross-legged position
Making sure your spine is straight
Your chin in slightly tucked allowing your spin to lengthen
Place you left hand on your heart
Allowing your right hand to rest gently on your thigh palm facing upward
Now bring your awareness to your breathe
Take a deep breathe in and out do this three times
Making sure you are filling your stomach completely
Noticing the quality of your breathe, anything that is coming up for you, just witness it as you breathe
Now bringing your focus to your heart centre
As you breathe in and out imagine you are receiving love; this may be a colour, a feeling. Allowing it to expand with each breathe, knowing you are safe and worthy of receiving love
If your mind wanders witness where it goes and bring your attention back to love & your breathe.
Continue with deep diaphragmatic breathing for 5-60 minutes daily.
By: Cassie Zaychuk , owner of stillness and sureender
Love is the most important relationship we can have in life
Love is the most important relationship Cont'd
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Botanical Name: Punica granatum
Extraction Method: Cold pressing of seeds
Viscosity: Medium thickness
Pomegranate Oil is super softening and moisturizing oil that is great for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging because it is high in nutrients, anti-oxidants and helps promote new skin cell growth.
Great for mature and dry skin
Promotes cellular growth
Revitalizes damaged skin
Creams / Lotions :
Add 1 -3% for delicate facial creams and lotions used for healing wounds, rashes and irritations, reducing appearance of wrinkles and improving elasticity.
Facial / Massage Oils:
Add up to 5 % to a base oil mixture of any combination of coconut, jojoba or macadamia oil to create a luxurious nourishing skin treatment
By: Hayley Roy, Therapeutic Skin Coach
The simple recipe for
As a holistic esthetician with a decade of experience I can categorize my clients in two groups. The first being the ones who love themselves and the second are the ones who don’t or may not know how yet.
The ones who love themselves see changes in their skin health really quickly and generally just need a little bit of guidance in terms of what is suited for them. The ones who don’t tend to struggle with the same conditions for a lot longer. It’s incredibly frustrating for them and as their skin coach, I experienced times where I felt hopeless in how I could help them overcome this. As someone who use to hate myself, I have dedicated my entire practice to helping people discover their worth.
The recipe for great skin is simple, turn your skincare routine into the ultimate act of love. The truth is that our minds don’t recognize that we are just thinking negative thoughts. When we think thoughts like “I’m ugly” “I’m undeserving” “My skin is horrible” your brain starts to make the connections as if these statements reign true.
I realized this when one day in my mid twenties, I finally started accepting compliments. I healed my skin after almost 11 years of chronic acne yet I still saw myself as this awkward pimply faced teenager. I made the connection that it is sort of hurtful when someone thinks I’m not serious when I pay them a compliment. The response of “No, my skin is horrible!” sort of dumbs down my ability to identify healthy skin. Realizing how it felt on the other sign of a compliment rebuttal made me decide to make a conscious effort to start accepting the kindness. At first, there may be discomfort from breaking a habit of self deprecation but then the most beautiful thing starts to happen and you start to believe the compliments.
I started handing out homework to my clients; “wash your skin with love and see what happens”. If you genuinely open up your heart to the idea that you can be as beautiful as you desire, your body will honor you and grant you what you wish for. You can trick your brain into thinking you are beautiful and worthy of glowing skin. Your brain will manifest the result.
Acts of love throughout the day can start to shift aspects of your day so just take it one day at a time. Little by little I realized how my skincare routine was my opportunity to genuinely give myself a piece of self care each day. As someone who has been diligent about skincare since I was 10, it dawned on me that giving myself the 5 minutes each morning and evening to wash my face with love and breathe as I gently cared for myself, was the ultimate self care. One day at a time I was creating space for myself to do something I believe in and love and as a result I self healed my eczema and my chronic acne.
Perfect skin doesn’t exist, we are made to be flawed and age with each day of life. If you can see yourself as beautiful regardless of the wrinkles and the pimples then your skin will honor you by healing itself. The more you believe you are worthy of great skin, the more small shifts of self care will turn your health around.
Perfect for spring time.
There are so many traditions that are associated with the holidays—visiting with friends and family, exchanging gifts, and let’s not forget the holiday dinner. Increasingly, holiday hosts have guests around their table with different dietary preferences or tolerances.
This plantiful (meat-free, dairy-free and gluten-free) main dish is the perfect solution.
With a ‘meaty’ roasted portobello mushrooms filled with a white savory white bean mash this dish will appeal to everyone that gathers around your table this holiday season, enjoy!
A savory navy bean mash caps simple marinated, roasted portobello mushrooms in this delicious gluten-free, dairy free and meat-free holiday main. Even if you only have one plant based diner at your celebration, it’s likely best to make the full recipe so everyone can enjoy this dish.
4 portobello mushrooms, cleaned with gills removed
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 sprig fresh rosemary, chopped
1 sprig thyme, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sea or rock salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
6 leaves sage, roughly chopped (big enough so you can remove before mashing the
¼ cup cooking onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup water or dairy-free milk (unflavoured and unsweetened)
Salt to taste
Marinating the Mushrooms
In a mixing bowl, whisk the vinegar, oil, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper.
Place the prepared mushrooms in a casserole dish, that will allow the mushrooms to lay flat, or in a resealable bag.
Pour the marinade over the mushrooms, coating each one completely.
This can marinate at room temperature for half an hour, or in the refrigerator up to 6 hours.
Roasting the Mushrooms
If your mushrooms are in the refrigerator, remove them about 30 minutes prior to roasting, so they go into the oven at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 400F
Place the mushrooms top side up on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes, then flip and roast an additional 10 minutes.
White Bean Mash
In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat.
Add the sage and stir to infuse the oil before adding the onions.
Add onions, cooking for 3 to 5 minutes, until they are softened.
Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds before stirring in the beans.
Add in beans. Stir all of the ingredients together, and let the beans heat through, 1-2 minutes.
Reduce the heat, using tongs, remove the sage leaves.
Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of salt and mash the beans with a potato masher, adding liquid as necessary to ensure a smooth consistency.
Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
Remove the roasted mushrooms from the oven and scoop an even amount of the bean mash into each cap and serve.
To fancy it up for the dinner table: drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh parsley or chives or serve with mushroom gravy.
Michelle MacDonald, Culinary Nutrition Expert
Snow capped portobellos
gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
This season of the year we are surrounded by beautiful lights. However you celebrate, no matter religious or non-religious, light is a part of December traditions. Light brings warmth, safety, visibility, and guidance. As humans we are drawn to the light. When the morning breaks and light streams in, our brains shuts off the hormone that helps us sleep so we can rise and meet the day with vigor.
Let me tell you a story that you’ll never forget. It’s about a miracle that is so inspirational and encouraging.
2100 years ago, the land of Israel was under the rule of the Syrian/Greek emperor Antiochus. He forced his Greek ideologies on the Jewish people and outlawed their Jewish religious observances by penalty of death. It was a very unsafe period of history.
Being vastly outnumbered, a band of Jews began to battle against the powerful Greek armies and drove them out of the land. When they reclaimed their holy Temple, their desire was to light the Temple Menorah (candelabra), only to discover, that the Greeks had contaminated all of their oil. All that was left was 1 crus of pure oil, only enough to last one night. It would take 8 days to get new pure oil.
They lit the menorah and miraculously, this one day supply of oil lasted 8 days and nights and the holiday of Hanukkah was established. It’s often referred to as the “Festival of Lights.”
To commemorate this historical miracle, Jews light the Hanukkah menorah on each of the 8 nights of Hanukkah. This festival starts on different dates each year in December but, interestingly, this year it falls on December 24, Christmas Eve, and goes until January 1, 2017.
During this special season of the year open yourself up to the light and believe that miracles can still happen in any sphere of your life…business, health, family and relationships. My hope for you is that you may you be blessed in new ways in 2017!
Recipe from the Festival of Lights
Hanukkah recipes traditionally contain lots of oil as a reminder of the miracle of the oil. Here is a favorite latke recipe made healthier.
3 tbsp high heat avocado oil or melted coconut oil
2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 or 5), peeled
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion (about 1 medium onion)
1/4 cup all-purpose white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
Set oven racks at middle and lower positions of the oven. Preheat oven to 450° F. Prepare 2 baking sheets by brushing with 1 tablespoon of oil on each sheet.
Grate potatoes using hand grater or shredding blade of food processor. Place in a large bowl and add onions, flour, salt and pepper; toss to mix well. Add egg, egg white and remaining 1 tbsp oil; toss to mix.
Drop onto prepared cookie sheets by the tablespoonful and press lightly to form cakes. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. Flip latkes, switch position of baking sheets, and bake about 5 more minutes, or until golden brown.
Transfer to a platter, arranging browned-side up, and serve with low fat sour cream or applesauce, or both. May be made ahead and stored overnight in fridge. Reheat at 350° F for 10 minutes.
Makes about 24 latkes.
The Blessing of Holiday Light
Low fat latke recipe
By: Judy Schneider, Holistic Nutritionist
The modern quest to find true health and wellness has led to a resurgence of interest in ancient wisdom traditions such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yoga and Ayurveda. One of the basic tenets of these teachings is that the very nature of balance and wellness starts with cultivating a harmonious mind, and therefore, in one of the foremost texts of Yoga, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Yamas and Niyamas - the Ten Commandments of Yoga - pave the way to achieving the end goal of ultimate peace and bliss (Samadhi). Without the basic act of disciplining the mind with these simple moral guidelines, we cannot hope to achieve the dazzling heights of Samadhi that the yogis describe so eloquently in these sacred texts. Even for those of us who may not have these ambitions to reach everlasting bliss, I still think we can all relate to wanting to live a life free of stress and hardship and aspire towards being happy, peaceful and content. All of these states of being are described in the Yoga Sutras, with a simple road map on how to get there.
First and foremost in this illustrious road map is the Yogic principle of Ahimsa, the path of non-violence, or what I prefer to think of as Peace as a result of the absence of violence in thought, speech and action. Everything in Yoga trickles down from the mind, and therefore, purifying the mind of hateful thoughts, judgments and negativity is the first step in achieving a life of harmony and balance as that in turn leads to peaceful speech and action. It seems so simple and yet the mind can be extremely difficult to control when we find ourselves in stressful situations. One of the first steps towards achieving this peace is by cultivating compassion towards ourselves and others.
Most of us know how important it is to incorporate self-care into our daily routine. In Yoga, this is a discipline known as sadhana, which means taking a timeout from our day-to-day activities to do our own practice of movement and stillness which ultimately leads to a higher sustained state of wellbeing, awareness and relaxed presence. Even if we lead busy lives, I truly believe we can take a few minutes every day to sit in silence and allow ourselves to breathe deeply and simply rest. Over time, this practice strengthens the muscle of calm and ripples out into our daily lives. The perfect time to cultivate this practice would be upon waking up and just before going to bed to allow our minds to reset. Over time, as and where we can, we can start to incorporate mindful movement, yoked with breath to balance the nervous system and strengthen the body.
Cultivating compassion towards others is an equally vital practice if we start to realize that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to achieve peace if the rest of the community and world around us are not happy. Just think of how affected we can get by a negative Facebook or social media feed, or how the media can affect us with a story of violence or tragedy. Consider the effects that pollution from different parts of the world have on our ecosystem or how our purchasing habits affect entire economies and we start to realize how powerful our personal actions and decisions truly are. There may not be much that we can do to control our external circumstances, but there is a lot we can do to work on cultivating an internal landscape of compassion and harmony in order to make more discerning and empowered decisions. In fact, if we can take a step back and realize the inherent interconnectivity of all things, we start to see the big picture, that is truly vital to the welfare of this planet that we do not see ourselves as separate from life and from others, but that we understand that we are a part of a larger whole.
A simple practice to cultivate more harmonious thoughts is simply to stop judging others by recognizing that we see the world through our own filters and stories and not as it truly is. Our lower, reactive mind is geared towards compartmentalization and seeing ourselves as separate as a survival mechanism. If we are able to step outside of that and see the interconnectivity of all life, we can understand that everyone is suffering to one degree or another, and that a simple way out of our own suffering is by helping alleviate another's suffering in whatever small way that we can. Whenever we catch ourselves judging another, we can observe this as being a transient thought, and not as the truth. We can refrain from negative talk and gossip and start sowing the seeds of positivity and peace. Over time, as we mature in our practice, we see that this is really vital to our own internal landscape of peace as sustained negativity results in unhappiness at best and chronic disease at worst. The Buddhists have a beautiful practice of cultivating compassion through a meditation method called Tonglen, where we seek to alleviate the suffering of others through breath and visualization. This is a wonderful way of allowing us to detach from our own suffering so that we can be present to our own inherent compassionate nature. It is only from this place that we can be agents of Ahimsa in the world.
A simple way to practice Tonglen:
- Find a peaceful and quiet place to sit or lie down comfortably.
- Focus your awareness on your breath.
- Visualize yourself breathing into your Heart, and visualize the breath caressing the Heart centre as it radiates outward.
- Now bring to your mind someone who may be experiencing suffering, it can be someone you know, or a stranger, or even yourself.
- Visualize yourself breathing their suffering into your Heart and visualize this suffering being transformed by compassion into peace and wisdom.
- Visualize yourself breathing this transformed energy back into the person and feeling the lotus of compassion blossoming in your heart, bringing you an increased sense of well-being and inner peace.
With peaceful minds and compassionate hearts, we can make decisions and take actions that will truly be of service and benefit to the planet around us. And living life from this state will ultimately trickle down to us in the form of a life full of peace, fulfillment and well being.
Three simple steps to living a life of Ahimsa:
1) Take some time every day to do self practice or self-care. Do yoga, meditate, take a bath, eat healthy delicious food, dance, do something you enjoy simply because you deserve it.
2) Refuse to indulge in negative judgment about yourself or others. Cultivate a positive, peaceful mind and refrain from harsh and negative speech and violent actions.
3) Make decisions and foster relationships that will support yourself, your community and the planet. Consume less, enjoy the simplicity of life more. Purchase goods and support businesses that protect the welfare of the planet.
By: Stefani Chan-Wright , Yoga teacher and therapist, Holistic Nutritionist
the Yoga of Peace and Compassion
Ahimsa: the Yoga or Peace and Compassion Cont'd
By Kate Chen, Founder of Akar Skin Care
Winter poses the perfect time to sink into a hot bath. As the temperature drops outside, there’s nothing better than taking a hot bath right before bed. Not only does it relax your muscles and prepare your body for falling asleep, a hot bath also provides many health benefits.
With winter around the corner, it is only imperative that we have our bath blends ready. I’ve listed an easy do-it- yourself bath blend recipe below for you to transition into winter.
1 cup epsom salt (provide a boost of magnesium)
1 cup dead sea salt (replenishes 21 essential minerals for the body)
4 tablespoons of baking soda (neutralize skin acidity and eliminate toxins)
1 teaspoon of coconut oil (nourish skin)
20 drops of any combined of rose/sandalwood/lavender essential oils (stress relief)
A handful of rose or lavender flowers (refresh skin)
One 500ml mason jar
Mix coconut oil and essential oils together thoroughly
Add in salts and baking soda and mix throughly until combined.
Add ½ cup of the blend to the tub as the water runs.
Sink in and let the steam and essential oils clear your mind.
Fitness doesn't have to be so serious and regimented. Remember what it was like to just want to get outdoors and have fun?
Quick and fun, cold weather workouts...
and by workouts we mean, just get outside and play!
The Bear Crawl is not only a playful and primitive exercise, it is also multi-joint, functional movement that works the entire body in unison (especially the shoulders and abdominals).
Here are some other great benefits to consider:
Crawling patterns train the coordination between your upper and lower body, while exercising your brain, which is hugely important for pretty much every single physical activity you do; physically or mentally.
Improved Mobility & Functional Strength:
By adding the bear crawl into your movement regime, you can improve your core stability, full body strength and exercise healthy range of motion without over stretching connective tissues.
Improved Walking Mechanics:
The bear crawl is very evolutionary. An infant learns how to crawl before it can walk. Crawling is the foundation of our walking pattern which is the most practical movement we perform daily. The bear crawl helps us become more efficient walkers.
start in all fours and hover bent knees
right hand forward left foot forward (opposite hand to foot) staying low to the ground.
when going backwards right hand back, left foot back. there's not really a right or wrong way to crawl.
Experiment and find freedom in your crawl and have fun!
Don't take yourself too seriously and get out there, make some snow angels, giggle, stare into the sky, heck, open your mouth and let a snowflake fall on your tongue like you did when you were a kid!
Here are some other great benefits to consider:
Increased strength and mobility:
Pushing and pulling your arms and legs through heavy snow will get you sweating and work your shoulders and glute muscles.
Improved creativity and emotional well-being:
PLAY, research shows that more adults should make playing a priority, and is important to boost creativity, imagination, improve emotional well being, and increase intimacy in our relationships.
Instructions: Have fun!
Photo Cred: Pinterest
Exercise from Alyssa Coleman, Holistic Nutritionist and Yoga Teacher
Exercise from Kristy Pisani, Mindful Movement coach
The power of touch
Written By: Aleixa Buttigieg.
Have you ever wondered why the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet are white?
Scientifically there is one explanation!! and that is in these areas we do not have melanin which gives the pigment to the rest of our body. But I like believing that they are white to make us all the same no matter the colour of our skin, those areas for me are the gate to our inner selves which has no colour, sex or political ethics just YOU. Energy is transferred or absorbed from these areas, so yes I may sound mystic or nonsense to some, but after many years practicing massages and reflexology treatments I am a firm believer that through these white ‘gates’ we are able to heal.
It’s our body’s natural reflex that if we are hurt or we are in pain we touch the area with our hands, if we are feeling cold, we also try to warm the body by rubbing our palms. When babies or adults are distressed we tend to stroke, or pat or gently place a hand on the other individual. So energy does pass through us through our hands and is able to transfer the energy to the other individuals.
A hand shake can give you a thousand answers, even if you wouldn’t know the other person, by the way they give the handshake one could understand how reserved or how open the other person is. Sense of security or being shy and introvert. All by the power of touch….and more since energy is transferred through the palms of the hands even if you are not touching!! but that is a skill to acquire, and another topic which involves reiki too. But let’s keep to our topic which is transferring pure energy by touching someone in need of comfort or security.
Researchers, such as DePauw University psychologist Matthew Hertenstein, who study it. In 2009, he demonstrated that we have an innate ability to decode emotions via touch alone. In a series of studies, Hertenstein had volunteers attempt to communicate a list of emotions to a blindfolded stranger solely through touch. Many participants were apprehensive about the experiment. "This is a touch-phobic society" he says. "We're not used to touching strangers, or even our friends, necessarily" But touch they did—it was, after all, for science. The results suggest that for all our caution about touching, we come equipped with an ability to send and receive emotional signals solely by doing so. Participants communicated eight distinct emotions—anger,fear, disgust, love, gratitude, sympathy, happiness, and sadness—with accuracy rates as high as 78 percent. "I was surprised," Hertenstein admits. "I thought the accuracy would be at chance level,"about 25 percent.
So even studies do demonstrate that energy is real through touch but we are using it much less as of a colder society. First sense that is developed but the most taken for granted. We must believe and nurture the power of touch to transfer our light to others, Hug and hold your babies and children, stroke someones’s back when in distress, do shake hands firmly and positively with a new acquaintance, hug your friends and family members, stroke your pets and hold hands with your loved ones when for a walk. You don’t need to be a qualified masseuse to stroke a hurt back or ankle, neither to be a reflexologist to apply pressure to the sole of the foot. No machines, no oils or creams, none. Just believe that through the white palms of your hands you can transfer your love, compassion, empathy and care to someone who needs pure energy. It works all the time.
The power of Touch Continued
Cauliflower almond soup:
Cauliflower contains lots of vitamin C which helps prevent hangnails, and biotin which is a B vitamin. When we are deficient in biotin our nails become frail and we sometimes see horizontal or vertical ridges in our nails. Whereas, the kidney beans in the recipe are a great source of protein which is important for healthy nails. Nails are made of protein, and protein deficiency leads to split, thin nails that don’t grow quickly.
Cauliflower Almond Soup Recipe:
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Serving size: 2 meals or 4 sides
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
1 small cauliflower, diced roughly 4 cups
3 cups veggie stock
1 cup cooked white kidney beans
1/3 tsp nutmeg
Juice of ½ a lemon
1/3 cup almond butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional garnish – toasted almonds, parsley, crispy navy beans, roasted cauliflower, nutmeg
Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until browned, roughly 5 minutes.
Add cauliflower, veggie stock, navy beans, nutmeg and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until cauliflower is soft, 20 minutes.
Add lemon juice, almond butter, salt and pepper and blend using an immersion blender or in a food processor.
Serve hot and garnish with toasted almonds, parsley, and crispy navy beans.
By: Jessie Lane Lee, Holistic Nutritionist
Healthy Winter Warmers:
Cauliflower Almond Soup & Dandelion Latte
Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Guilt-free!
Dandelion Latte Recipe
1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk ·
2 Tbsp dandy blend (or another coffee replacement)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
Whisk ingredients together in a pot and heat until hot.
The cold season is HERE ladies and gentlemen and I love me some coziness. Over-sized sweaters, hot herbal teas and yummy grounding spicy oils such as Cinnamon.
I have been using it in my home lately because it just seriously sets the Fall season, not to mention it has high anti-microbial properties which I love because everyone and their mother around me is sick lately. Plus it is good for stress, which I am always down for less of that noise.
Cinnamon is from the Lauraceae (laurel) botanical family and is a tropical evergreen tree that has small flowers and spicy fragrant leaves. Cinnamon was first used medicinally in Egypt and has a long history of use in India, however Cinnamon essential oil has been produced in Sri Lanka for over 2,000 years!
It really goes without saying but Cinnamon Essential oil is best avoided in baths, on the skin, and pregnancy. It should also be avoided with high blood pressure/someone using blood thinners, liver or kidney problems. Cinnamon bark oil per os might be best avoided in liver conditions, alcoholism, when taking paracetamol (Tisserand & Balacs 1995b p. 130)
Blends well with:
As always content is provided for general informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice. Product information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and should not be substituted for medical care. Please consult a healthcare provider if you have any questions about a particular health condition.
Cinnamon Essential OIL
Akar Skin Care's Ruby Tint Lip Butter
What: Almond Oil hydrates the lips, Goji Berry extract rejuvenates, Orange Peel extract gives a zesty dose of hydration whilst Rose Flower Oil soothes and calms any irritations. The new hero product also contains wonder ingredient Baobab Oil, which is rich in natural properties to protect skin against free radical damage, while high Vitamin C content keeps lips plump and pouty! The colour is derived from alkanet root and leaves a subtle red hue on your lips. Perfect for a gorgeous, natural look.
Why: Perfect lip color for the holiday season!
How: $22.00 USD on Akarskin.com
Holistic Gift Guide:
5 lovely artisans that are spreading self care and self love daily
Jesse Lane Wellness Cookbook: Healthy Dairy Free Desserts
What: This holiday perfect cookbook contains over 30 holistically delicious dessert recipes . All of the unique recipes are nutritionist approved, made with whole food ingredients and do not contain any soy, dairy, white flour or processed sugar.
Why: This is a fantastic holiday gift for someone who has a sweet tooth but is sensitive or allergic to dairy. All of the recipes are free from processed sugar and flour and made with whole food ingredients.
Who: Clean Eating Magazine "There is something for every dietary need: vegan, gluten-free or paleo. You’ll wish you started eating healthier years ago."
How: $7.99 CND Digital $21.00 CND Paperback on Amazon
Herbal Bouquet Whipped Hand and Body Butter
by Love-Essential Skin Care
What: This cream is all natural, hand crafted and made with a non-greasy formula. Filled with yummy ingredients like babassu and meadowfoam oil you can trust this nourishes and softens the skin.
Why: This whipped body butter is perfect for gift giving season because it is such a miracle worker for dry, chapped hands- soothing deep cracks from cold winters.
How: $28.00USD on loveessentialskincare.com
May you know Joy Meditation Cards
What: May You Know Joy meditation cards are designed to inspire daily reflection, intention setting and mindful living. The set includes a deck of 42 ribbon-tied meditation cards, a companion booklet and these come in a beautiful draw-string linen bag. These cards are being used in daily self-care rituals, to inspire journaling, in art workshop, at retreats, in yoga classes, at the breakfast table and even at the boardroom table. The creativity of use is up to the user!
Why: May You Know Joy cards have been invited into the lives of people of all ages. When you give May You Know Joy cards, you are giving intention and inspiration and joy. What a beautiful sentiment to pass from your hands to those of another! It is a thoughtful gift for hostesses, teachers, friends, family and even secret Santas. It’s the mindful stocking stuffer. And - it is gift that will resonate long after the holidays.
How: $28.00 CND on mayyouknowjoy.com
Holiday Essential Oil Pack
by Andrea Ashley Co
What: Cinnamon, Peppermint and Black Spruce Essential Oils
Why: So many of use love having the home smell of holiday classics, but many of us buy scented candles to do this. Most of these have toxic ingredients that can fill our air with harmful substances. This year why not use nature's oils to make the home smell just as yummy, without the harmful ingredients plus even add in a few health happy benefits!
How: $52.95 CND at andreaashley.ca. If you are purchasing from outside of Canada please email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
Holistic "Bee & Bee"
Interview with the creator of The Hive event venue and B&B
The Hive is a beautiful "Bee and Bee" located just north of Durham Region and mastermind of Elsii Faria and her husband, Kevin Craddock. The concept of The Hive has been evolving since 2001. As a result of shared experiences and values, my husband and I had a desire to connect community through meaningful activities, offer information related to well-being, and provide access to nature and eco-education.
In many ways, this desire was fueled by our strong connection to the buildings and the natural environment at The Hive, becoming parents, and a journey through a chronic and life-threatening illness.
Since we opened our doors in 2013, we have had many supporters and participants who have helped shape The Hive into the entity it has become.
Why did you decide to start the Hive? What does it mean to you?
The Hive started for many reasons. Not the least of which is a chronic illness that I have been living with for more than a decade. In order to get through the pain, I had to find ways to help me cope on an emotional, psychological and physical level. As a result, I have experienced profound personal growth; a comprehensive understanding of disease; a strong connection to the healing qualities of nature; and a great deal of knowledge and experience with integrative and holistic health care practices.
My husband and I had a desire to share some of the knowledge that was uncovered throughout the process. The Hive Centre became a natural outlet for this. We definitely understand that The Hive is bigger than us. Many people have referred to our family as guardians of The Hive. I respect and honour our roles but to be honest, it can be very daunting and challenging.
Tell us more- what exactly is The Hive, what can we expect and how can we benefit from the space?
The Hive is comprised of two buildings - a heritage church (The Hive Centre) and a retro executive home (The Hive Bee & Bee) nestled in 18 acres of the Wilmot Creek Commemorative Forest.
Visitors of The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee can expect to feel at home. It is the ideal environment to connect with nature, self and others. Both The Hive Centre and the Bee & Bee are used to deliver programming and are available for private events.
People from all over the world come to The Hive for many reasons – to get-away from everyday life; to enjoy local world-class attractions, cycling routes and walking trails; to connect with friends and family; for business and team- building activities; or to attend The Hive-focused workshops, retreats and events related to community, nature and well-being. Guests of The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee report feeling calm, relaxed and even transformed.
What is your self care ritual? The things you do that make you feel the best?
We had a barefoot workshop with Sue Kenney that really changed my perspective and made me remember the joys of walking barefoot. I now regularly take off my shoes to walk in the forest at The Hive. The connection to the earth makes me feel energized and supported. I feel that my most decadent self care ritual is taking hot showers. It was not so long ago that people did not have access to this luxury and I often wonder if it will be available to us in the future. Every time I shower I feel very grateful.
What is your favorite workshop or event held at your space and why? (Or favorite thing that has ever happened at the space)
Every year, we welcome Karen Stephenson to lead an Edible Wild Food Tour and Tasting. I love participating for so many reasons. It is such a fun family- friendly day of physical activity and interaction with the natural environment.
I find it absolutely fascinating to learn useful information about the medicinal and nutritional properties of the plants beneath our feet. The love of wild food has lead to some nutritious culinary creations and has helped support our family’s health care needs.
6. What is your biggest self care struggle? (Past or present)
I find that living a balanced life is the biggest self care struggle. We run a few businesses that help support the responsibilities of The Hive so our days (and nights) are full. Still, I find time for myself and family in the spaces between – we take regular walks in the forest, visit the park, eat at a local restaurant or visit local attractions. It makes a big difference when we take time to enjoy each other and our surroundings.
7. Self love can be a tough topic to conquer- we want to know 5 things you love about yourself! And if you always loved those things or did it take time?
I love the fact that I am good with the aging process. I almost did not live to see my 39th birthday so every additional year has been a gift and an opportunityfor growth.
In my early twenties I stressed out about aging. Like many others, I was deeply affected by the limiting beliefs about women that are perpetuated through cultural, familial and media channels.
Before I was 20, I had bad skin and worried about wrinkles. My attempts to cover my skin made me feel like I was wearing a mask and exacerbated my skin issues.
It was not until I stopped wearing makeup that my skin began to heal.
I love that I have no choice but to follow my heart. I have always been this way. No matter how difficult, I do my best to be truthful with myself and others.
What has changed is the manner in which I communicate my truth. My goal is to communicate consciously - with love and compassion.
In many ways, I love my extreme sensitivity. It is my barometer. My body tells me very clearly what works for me and what doesn’t. I am sensitive to social situations, food, environments, scents, etc.
Although it is often difficult to experience intense sensitivity, I have learned some effective strategies to help manage my reactions.
I love that I am able to communicate effectively with many people. I remember going to an interview when I was 16 and thinking that I really need to work on my communication skills. I did just that and am constantly evolving in this regard.
I love that I am part of a family. While we have our issues like everyone else, I feel very grateful and fortunate to be supported by a core unit.
8. There are several venues available for holistic practitioners to work with- why is the Hive different?
There are many features that make The Hive a very special and unique environment including the connection to the land, heritage and history.
We offer space rentals and have been working on an evolving collaborative model for facilitators. Our Connecting Community event is focused on gaining feedback from the facilitator community and exploring ways to work collaboratively.
There are so many possibilities at The Hive and we do our best to create a space that works with the objectives of the facilitator or group.
9. At Andrea Ashley we want to inspire healthy, holistic skin care, self care and self love- what are your skin care, self care and self love goals for 2017?
I use natural oils (jojoba, coconut oil, etc.) to moisturize. I occasionally apply a clay mask and wear natural make-up infrequently. This works for me. I am not fussy when it comes to beautifying routines and rituals.
Time in nature is important to me as is spending quality time with family and friends. Self care also means making time for me to be creative.
Exercising self love is about being nice to me – giving myself encouragement and paying attention to my needs.
10. Any words of wisdom, healthy vibes or tips you would like to share with our readers?
When I discovered that the root cause of my illness was related to standard dental procedures, I learned the importance of caring for your teeth through nutrition. As a general rule, I like to limit my consumption of sugar, alcohol and white flour.
In terms of personal growth, one of the most important things that I learned was from Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements. He states – Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing anyone ever does is because of you, it is because of them. Life is much easier when you don’t take things personally. While I am still working on it, this one simple lesson helped me alleviate a great deal of pain in my life.
For anyone struggling with anxiety, worry, fear, I would recommend mindfulness
which can help bring awareness and change to incessant negative chatter.
Inside the Church
The Hive Trail
Ground Turkish Coffee
Organic Cacao Powder
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Ginger Essential Oil
Nutmeg Essential Oil
Measure 3 tbsp of coffee into bowl
Add 2 tbsp of organic cacao powder
In a separate bowl add 2 tbsp coconut oil
Add ONLY 1 drop of each essential oil to the coconut oil, mix thoroughly.
Add oil mixture to coffee mixture
Blend up until smooth and thoroughly mixed
Roll into a ball, creating your "truffle"
Break off pieces to use as a body scrub as desired
Spiced Coffee Truffle Ball
Wash and chop 1/4-1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
Chop 1 inch of fresh ginger
Wash and chop 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Place all ingredients in a tea strainer, pour hot water over
Let steep for 15 minutes
Skin and Soul Elixir!
I love eating and drinking healthy for overall health, but it is also SO good for the skin and soul! There is just nothing better for the skin than hydrating, nutritious ingredients and nothing more soothing for soul than holding on to a hot tea in the cold months of winter.
Rather than use store bought dried herb teas, I like to make mine with fresh ingredients and experiment with flavours.
Cranberries are known to be high in vitamin C and studies have said to find that cranberries have higher anti-oxidants than many other fruits and vegetables! Anti-oxidants are great both for keeping the body healthy and skin fresh looking.
Ginger has been linked to helping digestion time and time again. Digestion is definitely a first stop inquiry for most holistic skin care therapists when looking at poor skin conditions. Plus the heat of the ginger is an extra bonus during cold and flu season.
Rosemary is also great for digestion, as well as said to be good for coughs and headaches.
Essential oils are a great tool to have but do you know how to decifer which ones are actually good for you?
Each of the oils carry their own independent list of therapeutic properties- all so complex and diverse. However it can be hard to know which oils are actually a good fit for you and you specific needs or concerns. Having a full Aromatherapy consultation with certified aromatherapist can help you weed through all the information out there as it focuses just on you and your needs. Not the general public. I learn about you and provide you with a comprehensive list of the best oil choices for your specific needs as well as proper usage and dilutions to ensure safety.
What you will achieve with this consult:
Takes the guessing game out of having to buy and try numerous essential oils.
You will now know what specific oils to look for when shopping, which are best for your needs.
You will have the convenience of being able to make your own blends with the easy recipes included in your consultation.
Understand why you are using each of the oils and what they are specifically doing for you.
Learn how to use the oils in safe method of application for your specific needs (proper dilutions, frequency, etc).
Peace, love, & positive vibes for your holiday season