Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Experimenting with Tulsi Tea Blends

Organic Tulsi Rama

I've been experimenting with Tulsi Tea lately. Tulsi, also known as HolyBasil, has become quite popular in recent years. Tulsi is a sacred plant that plays a part in several holy rituals in Hinduism. That's pretty interesting in itself but what made me decide to try it was its reputation as an adaptogen herb that is thought to have significant benefits for stress reduction. It is thought to reduce cortisol levels and support stressed adrenals. I haven't been sleeping well lately so I thought I'd give it a try.

I chose the most popular variety, Tulsi Rama. I find it pleasant, rather floral and aromatic, sweet with clove-like or licorice overtones. But it's not my favorite cup of tea. I prefer something a little more robust so I thought I'd start experimenting with it.

Tonight's blend took me in the direction of chai without going super spicy. I combined 2 tsp Tulsi Rama with 1 tsp Red Rose Petals, 1 tsp Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Licorice, and 2 wheels of Star Anise in a medium-sized saucepan of water. I let the blend steep a little more than 10 minutes—I lost track of time—but that was fine. It's very tasty! I liked the addition of 1/2 and 1/2 (don't add very much—a spot will do it) and did not need to add any sweetener. In fact, I might use a little less Licorice next time.

But there's something about Tulsi that seems to be crying out for a tart taste. My next tea experiment will use the ingredients above mixed with a little Hibiscus and/or Rose Hips. And if there's any left I might try it with a dash of elderflower wine.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Using Calla Lily Flower Essence to Work with Gender and Sexual Identity Issues

Calla Lily Flower Essence
Gender and sexual identity issues are a hot topic these days. I think there are many reasons for this -- more acceptance and more support for people coming out on the one hand and vicious counter-attacks by the conservative right wing on the other. But most importantly, I think we are ripe as a culture -- over-ripe-- for  change in regards to how we view and treat each other on all levels.

This flower essence doesn't discriminate. Whether you are are gay or straight, cis or trans, male, female, both or something more fluid, you probably have had issues related to gender or sexuality at some point in your life. You don't think so? Was it okay to be a girl who liked sports or a boy who wanted to play with dolls in your family? How do you like how you're treated in the workplace? Or how you're expected to behave?

This flower essence is for integrating both the male and female aspects of our personalities, healing how we may have been hurt, and developing clarity and acceptance in regards to our true gender and sexual identities.

I recently added dropper bottles and sprays of Calla Lily Flower Essence -- Reiki infused and dosage strength (ready to use without diluting) -- to my Etsy shop.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Learn to Be Grounded Around Psychic Phenomena with Canyon Dudleya Flower Essence

Canyon Dudleya Flower Essence
"OMG, this psychic I met is SO AMAZING, I can't BELIEVE it! OMG! OMG!" As spiritual counselors and healers Paul and I always cringe when we hear someone responding like that! On the one hand we can relate. It certainly was exciting when our psychic and healing abilities opened up. But for me it was way too exciting—it was alternately all consuming (fascinating, exciting, OMG, I can't believe this!) and completely terrifying. When you're overawed by psychic phenomena, it's easy to lack discernment. And if you don't learn to set appropriate boundaries you can leave yourself open to all sorts of unhealthy unwise influences.

Getting grounded and having discernment are such important parts of having a safe, positive, spiritually nurturing and healthy relationship with this aspect of human experience, I would call it a requirement. Learning techniques for getting grounded and setting psychic boundaries is essential. I recommend a variety of flower essences as well depending on what's going on. Canyon Dudleya, in particular, can help calm emotional over-reactivity so it's easy to get grounded and have balance.

I recently added Reiki infused dosage strength dropper bottles and sprays of Canyon Dudleya to my Etsy shop.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sage Wisdom, Seeing Life from a Higher Perspective, With Sage Flower Essence

Reiki Infused Sage Flower Essence Dosage Strength Dropper Bottles or Sprays
A customer recently asked me why I added Sage Flower Essence to my Clearing Negativity formula. It was actually guided to me. I always dowse for what essences to use. I then make sure I know why it makes sense and, unless it's a custom formula for someone else, I experiment with the essences to see how they work for me. But it was a good question so I thought I'd share my response here.

Sage is used in certain Native Americans as a smudge to clear a person's aura of negativity before entering into spiritual practice. As a flower essence it is used to help a person see things from a Higher perspective by first letting go of old conditioning that says "I'm unlucky! I was born under a dark cloud." Sage helps a person gain wisdom from past experience. If a person thinks that there's nothing they can do to change what keeps happening to them or no way to put it behind them, it can help them see things in a stronger light. It's especially great if you want to choose a clearer, more spiritual path, to find your life purpose in the situation you are in, or gain knowledge to find your way out again.

I just added Sage Flower Essence dosage bottles and sprays, infused with Reiki, to my Etsy shop.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy Oils at Bella Med Spa in Tennessee

A display of my Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy oils recently made their way to Bella Medical Spa! They offer quite a number of spa services including massage and aesthetic treatments. Go visit them at 2151 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. in Clarksville, TN.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

California Pitcher Plant Flower Essence for Reclaiming Your Animal Nature

California Pitcher Plant Flower Essence
Th first time I saw a California Pitcher Plant I was pretty horrified. They look like Cobras rising up to strike and flicking out their tongues. Not only that, they're carnivorous! They trap and eat insects. But the flower is nice. It rises up above the snake's head and points back down to the earth.

The Flower Essence Society says this plant is great for helping a person reclaim the animalistic instinctual aspect of themselves, that it is helpful for people who have a hard time eating or assimilating nutrition from the food they eat. It can help with sexual dysfunctions or lack of physical vitality. But what's extremely interesting to me is the snake-like characteristic.

We have been SO socialized to fear and dislike snakes. But in ancient times—all around the world—snakes have been revered as symbols of fertility, health, rebirth and transformation. Snakes were used in ceremonies for healing and healthy crops. The snake even winds around the symbol of modern medicine, the Rod of Asclepius. And the Cobra was used to guard sacred temples because of how fiercely they will defend their ground.

Defending your ground, your relationship to the ground, to life in a physical body. That's what this flower essence conjures up for me. Perhaps you were taught to disavow the importance of your body, your physical instincts and the physical side of life. Perhaps you've suffered physical or sexual abuse. Perhaps you had difficulties receiving enough nutrition in your mother's womb and were born with a tendency to eating disorders or developed one later in your life. California Pitcher Plant flower essence might be the right choice for you.

Reiki infused dosage strength (ready to use without diluting) dropper bottles and sprays of California Pitcher Plant Flower Essence are now available in my Etsy shop.