Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Willful Act of Resistance in a Vase of Flowers

"A Willful Act of Resistance", © 2017 Sheryl Karas
This is my latest painting and I'm very happy with it. It's a willful act of resistance in a couple of senses. When times feel hard or scary, painting something this exuberant is making a statement. And politically, a vase of flowers as act of resistance is the symbolic gesture of standing up for truth and beauty and life! Prints and prints on products are available at Fine Art America. As well as on Society 6 and Red Bubble.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Flower Essence for Loving Relationships and Compassionate Communication

Calendula Flower Essence

One of the things that has always fascinated me in the world of flower healing and herbalism is how old names for plants often indicate the emotional aspect of what they are used for. One example is Marigold or "Mary's Gold", also known as Calendula. Calendula is famous for soothing irritated skin. I use the petals in an Oatmeal Bath I carry in my Etsy shop. I use the flower essence, that is used for soothing irritated emotions, in an oil for Soothing Sensitive Skin (an option in that same listing). The Virgin Mary is known for compassion so you could say that the Marigold brings the warmth and compassion of Mary into your reality. Compassion for you, compassion for others. Less irritation, far less anger. More love, more wellbeing! And for all those reasons I also use it in my Soothing the Angry Heart flower essence aromatherapy formula. It brings love back into your communication with yourself and others. You can buy it as a single flower essence here.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Borage Flower Essence for Renewed Optimism and Healing Discouragement

Borage Flower Essence
Borage Flower Essence is used to help a deeply discouraged person take heart and feel optimistic again.  It helps not by giving ferocious strength but by lifting your heart up so you can rise above the discouragement that binds you. I use it in my "Renewed Faith and Optimism" formula, but many people find working with a single flower essence at a time is more appropriate for their specific needs so that's why I offer Borage alone in a bottle made to dosage strength and infused with Reiki in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy for Energy and Enthusiasm

Mama Love for Energy and Enthusiasm, Reiki-Infused Flower Essence Aromatherapy
Mama Love for Energy and Enthusiasm is one of the new formulas on my list and one I'm using for myself these days. It is designed to help overcome mental and emotional exhaustion and it REALLY works! In fact, I highly recommend not using it before bed if you are sensitive to flower essences like I tend to be. It kept me awake all night with happy positive thoughts—not the worst way to spend a night but I'd rather do that during the day!

Bleeding Heart Flower Essence

Bleeding Heart Flower Essence
Reiki-infused dosage bottles of Bleeding Heart Flower Essence are in my Etsy shop now. Bleeding Heart Flower Essence is helpful for letting go of unhealthy attachments. For example, if you are being overly clingy or co-dependent in a current relationship, it helps you let go and love in a balanced fashion. If you are longing for someone who has died or who broke up with you, it helps you come back to yourself so you can let go, heal and move on. I use it in my "Healing a Broken Heart" formula ( https://www.etsy.com/listing/488315737/flower-essence-for-grief-loss-broken), but many people find working with a single flower essence at a time is more appropriate for their specific needs so that's why I offer Bleeding Heart alone in a bottle made to dosage strength in my shop.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blackberry Flower Essence is for Putting Your Ideas into Action

Blackberry Flower Essence
Now in my Etsy shop! This is the flower essence to use when you have a hard time translating your great ideas into reality. I use it in my Manifesting Life Purpose formula and in one I call Transformation in Times of Crisis.

Baby Blue Eyes Flower Essence For Learning to Trust Again

I just added made on demand dosage bottles of Baby Blue Eyes to my Etsy shop. It's for the ability to trust and feel like the universe is a supportive benign place especially after a past history of having been abused or betrayed by a father figure or other men. I use it in a formula I call "Putting Your Needs First" that I made for people needing to learn better self-care, noting that people with a history of abuse in their pasts often struggle with that. But many people often find that working with certain flower essences singly is best for the needs they had in mind, so I wanted to offer that as well.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Angelica Flower Essence

Angelica Flower Essence
Angelica flower essence is used to help a person feel protected and guided spiritually. Many people say it opens them up spiritually and often report spiritually uplifting effects, but I find it deeply grounding. I'm very sensitive to spiritual energy and have experienced it as gently cleansing the channel between heaven and earth—opening me up spiritually when I need it, grounding my spiritual focus when that is most appropriate. I use it in a flower essence formula I make called "Clearing Negativity" that works kind of like a smoke-free smudge. I also use it in a formula called Trusting Inner Guidance. 

I love my flower essences in combination, but many people find working with a single flower essence at a time more appropriate for their needs. That's why I offer Angelica alone in a bottle made to dosage strength and infused with Reiki in my Etsy shop.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Healing for a Broken Heart, Flower Essence Aromatherapy

Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy for Healing a Broken Heart
New in my Etsy shop
This wonderfully smelling Reiki-infused formula combining Lavender, Neroli, Ylang Ylang and Helichrysum essential oils with Star of Bethlehem, Bleeding Heart, and Walnut flower essences is for anyone going through the grief of having lost a loved one to death or through a break-up. But it might also be used for the heartache of having lost a home or cherished dream. It addresses the shock and trauma, longing for your loved one, and need to let go of what once was. It is for that deeply tender stage when Rose oil (the essential oil many people recommend) would just make a person feel too raw and vulnerable. This one provides a more soothing support for processing intense emotions until the heart is ready to open itself to loving once again.

For Some Of Us Fairy Tales Tell the Real Truth

Artwork: Edward Atkinson Hornel
Have you seen the movie "Beauty and the Beast" yet? You should see that movie! It was so moving and uplifting with a great message (love across all perceived boundaries) for the times we're living in.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Angel's Trumpet Flower Essence

Angel's Trumpet Flower Essence Dosage Bottle
I use Angel's Trumpet in a formula I made for activists after the election called Transformation in Times of Crisis. But it's not really just for activists so I'm changing my ad copy for that tonight. It's for coping with tremendous change of a sort you definitely do not want. And at times like that, holding on too tight is just going to get you battered by the waves of the storm. Best to let go, trust God, and allow yourself to be moved into a new way of life, a new mindset, a new set of plans. And that's a lot what Angel's Trumpet as a single flower essence is all about, too. It's the essence to use when someone is close to death but painfully and fruitlessly struggling to hold on—this essence can help them surrender and feel the closeness of God. It's also the essence to use when you're forced to accept the death of an old way of life or way of looking at life. Remember, there can be joy in transition! It can pave the way for a rebirth into a much better kind of life.

Aloe Vera Flower Essence

Aloe Vera flower essence is probably the one I need right now as I'm writing yet another blog post at 1 am! You know the old saying "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"? Well, it could also make him a sick, burnt-out and exhausted boy! Aloe Vera has great rejuvenation properties. It's great for helping you recover from burn-out and learn a more balanced way of using your time and energy. I just added Aloe Vera dosage bottles to my Etsy shop.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I Went to the Garden of Love

"I went to the Garden of Love,
And saw what I never had seen:
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.
And the gates of the Chapel were shut,
And Thou shalt not writ over the door;
So I turned to the Garden of Love,
That so many sweet flowers bore...."

------William Blake

Restful Sleep (Restful Nights) In Triple Strength

Mama Love for Restful Sleep (Restful Nights) Triple Strength
One of my most popular products is available in triple strength! Wait, whoa, is it safe to offer a flower essence aromatherapy product at that strength? Yes! But NOT if you want to use it extensively like a body or massage oil! Do you use natural perfume made with essential oils without any problem? Then this product should be alright for you used the same way -- a dab or two here and there. And that's how I use it! It comes with a roller ball top so I just roll a little on the soles of my feet and ankles, use a touch on the base of my spine and lower abdomen, a touch on my solar plexus and maybe a dab at the top of my spine or neck. You don't need much! But with a great combination of wonderfully effective flower essences and essential oils, it works so well!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Two Kinds of Custom Flower Essence Formulas

I have two options for custom flower essence formulas in my shop right now.

One is for people who are very experienced with choosing their own flower essences and know EXACTLY which flower essences they want me to include in a dosage strength bottle, already diluted to the proper strength to use straight from the bottle. You could make your own, but if you plan to use between 2-5 essences in your formula, this approach will save you money. I use all the conventional Bach flower remedies and most of the North American flower essences made by FES (Flower Essence Services) in Nevada City, CA where I received my Flower Essence Practitioner training. You'll find the listing here in my Etsy shop.

The other choice is what I recommend for most people, those who need assistance in choosing essences for themselves. It includes up to a 1/2 hour email consultation (about 2-3 emails) plus the time to consult my inner guidance. A listing for a consultation with custom formula is also in my Etsy shop.

Agrimony Flower Essence Dosage Bottles Now in my Etsy Shop

Agrimony Bach Flower Essence
Starting today, I've decided to add flower essence dosage bottles based on a single flower essence to my shop. And because it starts with the letter "A," I'm starting with Agrimony. . . which is also an excellent choice to start with when you're new to emotional work, flower essences in general, or have been using drugs, alcohol or food to avoid feeling your feelings. Agrimony can help soothe the anxiety of feeling those emotions you'd rather not face. 

All my flower essence dosage bottles combine flower essences taken from stock concentrate with distilled water and your choice of either conventional brandy or organic vodka. You also have a choice of a dropper top (the conventional way of using flower essences) or a spray top (an even better way for many people) to use on your skin and in the aura.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Flower Essences and Aromatherapy for Highly Sensitive People

Mama Love for Soothing the Sensitive Soul
This past election year and the aftermath has been quite the time for empaths and other highly sensitive people. Even far less sensitive people have been complaining of fatigue and overwhelm. And help for that was one of the most requested Mama Love formulas I received when I asked people on my Facebook page what they could use right now.

So I made something for us all! (I definitely include myself in the highly sensitive category.) This is a very gentle and highly soothing formula. The first time I used it I was amazed at how calming it was — and shocked at how anxious and ungrounded I must had been! I had gotten so "used" to being in an over-amped way of being I didn't realize how off balance I was anymore. But this formula definitely helps with that and also serves to lighten you up and clear negative feelings in general.

I just added it to my Etsy shop.

Other Mama Love sprays to strongly consider when the news and other outside influences are getting you down are:

SUPPORT FOR TROUBLED TIMES (the product that launched me into business and is one of the most powerful formulas on my list):https://www.etsy.com/listing/114762998/flower-essence-aromatherapy-spray-for

RELEASING WORRY AND FEAR: https://www.etsy.com/listing/114755887/releasing-worry-and-fear-stress-anxiety

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Blending Essential Oils and Other Artistic Endeavors

For things I LOVE to do, starting a new painting or starting to create a new flower essence aromatherapy blend can be surprisingly challenging. I've been stalled on both painting and essential oil blending for a week, maybe longer, and FINALLY got back to it today.
If I'm not already in the swing of working on a painting or working on blends -- say, I've taken time off to work on other aspects of my business or my life -- getting over the hump of  rampant insecurity and procrastination can be quite the task!

"Can I do this? Of course, I can do this! What if I make mistakes and waste materials? That's part of the process!" Back and forth, processing my ridiculous (at this point) insecurities until I realize that I've overcome this lifelong habit SO many times by just getting up off the couch and getting to work. Yeah, Mama Love can be a bit of a "control freak" who can't allow even a little room for making "mistakes" when the real desire is to CREATE! I probably need to do a blend for that! (Okay I will. The next one I make.)

But back to this post. :-)

I made myself get off the couch, walk over to my work table and put together an essential oil blend and here was my reward (the same reward I ALWAYS get -- why don't I remember this?): the WONDERFUL smell of neroli, lavender, ylang ylang and helichrysum is wafting through my entire apartment and making me high with delight. I'll say more about what this blend is going to be for soon but for now, I just wanted to say, get off YOUR couch and do what you LOVE! Disregard thoughts about whether it will "be a success." At least at the start. Dive in! Get into the process. It's worth it.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Mariposa Flower Essence and Mama Love for Troubled Times


Mariposa Lily Flower Essence is used to help with mother-child bonding issues. It helps you feel the embrace of unconditional love and support when birth trauma, adoption issues or other traumatic events related to mothering have occurred. 

Splendid Mariposa Lily is used when the need for comfort is so great it feels like it would have to come from the Great Mother herself. It’s for healing feelings of profound alienation and despair, separations of all sorts (death or divorce, for example), as well as for healing the pain of divisions on a greater scale: alienation from your family, your community, other groups, your country or even the world. It is also the key ingredient in my "Mama Love for Troubled Times" formula and is the inspiration for my shop as a whole.

I am now offering Mama Love for Troubled Times in a variety of forms: flower essence dropper bottle, flower essence aromatherapy oil or flower essence aromatherapy spray. And in this listing I add a 3"x 5" print of the Mariposa Lily art I did for a Flower Essence Tarot deck I am working on. The print has information about the flower essence on the back and can be used to enhance your healing experience by adding it to a ritual altar (for example) or near your Mama Love bottle to remind you of its healing intent. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Have You Got Intentions? (Organic Botanical Perfume)

Intentions Organic Botanical Perfume

Years ago, when I first made my Mama Love for Manifesting Life Purpose flower essence aromatherapy formula I was thrilled by what a wonderful perfume scent it happened to be! Jasmine, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Vetiver and Neroli is so heady it makes want to swoon! But, of course, this product is not anywhere near strong enough for a perfume. It's made to strict aromatherapy standards to be safe enough for regular everyday use or even used as bath, body or massage oil! And many people do.

But I've been obsessed with wanting to make it a perfume so when I created my Flower & Spirit line of eau de parfum fragrances, Manifesting Life Purpose became the basis of the very first one I made. I call it "Intentions" and, if you love Jasmine (its key ingredient) as much as I do, you should definitely give this one a try!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Love in Springtime Organic Botanical Perfume from Flower & Spirit and Mama Love

Love in Springtime Organic Botanical Perfume

What a gorgeous Spring day we had today in Chico, CA! Perfect weather for a nice late afternoon walk with my sweetie Paul. And when I came home I put this perfume in my Etsy shop.

Sweet and charming, uplifting and fun, Love in Springtime combines rosy florals (Rose Geranium, Rosewood and Palmarosa) with the heady fragrance of Ylang Ylang, and a touch of Sandalwood, Patchouli and Vanilla with flower essences chosen to help you feel like singing.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Flower and Spirit Organic Botanical Perfumes Merges with Mama Love

Last Fall I developed a line of premium organic botanical perfumes that I felt were too expensive for my Mama Love shop where I tend to have more therapeutic offerings. But to have a successful Etsy shop you really have to have a lot of listings. Or a great ability to network and get the word out about what you do. (Neither of which I was succeeding with—there's only so many directions I can go at once!)

So I've reformulated these perfumes. They're still eau de parfum strength—significantly stronger than my Mama Love line—but are not quite as strong as they were before so I can now offer them at a more accessible price. And they're really not so far removed from what I do with Mama Love. They're made of the same high quality therapeutic ingredients. I even add flower essences to add emotionally soothing or uplifting effects. And, of course, the essential oils I use do that as well. So why not have them in my Mama Love shop? My perfumes have their own section—you can find them here.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy for Resolve and Determination

I've moved Mama Love for Resolve & Determination into my regular list because I am so impressed with it through my own experimentation that I feel committed to it. I wrote about that in my most recent newsletter.

You’ll find Resolve and Determination in my Etsy shop now (and, hopefully, in my other shop later this week). 
• The oil dram-sized version attached to little cards: https://www.etsy.com/listing/516325343/resolve-and-determination-aromatherapy
• 1 oz and 2 oz unscented (flower essence only) sprays: https://www.etsy.com/listing/516384097/resolve-and-determination-organic
• 1 oz conventional flower essence dropper bottles: https://www.etsy.com/listing/494613952/resolve-and-determination-flower-essence

Saturday, March 04, 2017

New Spray Pump Caps for Mama Love Oils

I just added the option of adding a spray treatment pump cap to my 1 and 2 oz flower essence aromatherapy oils in my Etsy shop. These caps disperse the oil in a stream instead of a spray mist which can be more convenient, especially for massage therapists.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Short Flower Essence Consultations from Mama Love

Sometime in the Fall of last year I added Custom Flower Essence consultation to my shop. And I am happy to report that several people have taken me up on it because it is a service I really like to provide. My ready-made formulas are great for a wide range of issues and I'm adding more all the time. However, everybody is different and having a custom-made formula is often a much better way to go. I do it for myself all the time!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Evolve Movement in Raleigh, North Carolina Now Carries Mama Love!

I can't believe I forgot to announce this a month or two ago, but this wonderful yoga and fitness studio in Raleigh, N.C. now carries a nice selection of my most popular flower essence aromatherapy sprays in their gift shop! Evolve Movement offers classes in yoga, Pilates and Gyrotonics. They also offer massage and other bodywork services. Sounds like a great place to me! Be sure to check them out at 219 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC.

Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy is Now at Chico Natural Foods

Yay! You can now find my most popular flower essence aromatherapy sprays in the wellness department at Chico Natural Foods Cooperative, near the essential oils and other aromatherapy products! Look for "Releasing Worry & Fear", "Restful Nights", and "Soothing the Angry Heart", just past the cash registers as you walk in, in the center aisle of the store on the lefthand side. They have testers so be sure to try them out! The address is 818 Main St, Chico, CA.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sell Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy

I'm currently expanding out of my comfort zone to attract new stores for Mama Love. I am already selling my products in a variety of venues across the United States and in other countries, but in recent years most of my stores have approached me. (Mama Love is a little shy about selling.) What has been useful about this is that I've learned where Mama Love does best. Oddly, it's not where I expected!

When I first started out I envisioned Mama Love in every Whole Foods in the country! (ha ha ha). The problem with that idea, I found out soon enough, is that 1) I don't have the advertising budget to pay for premium shelf space and 2) large grocery stores expect larger returns and do far less to sell your products than the smaller boutiques that typically approach me. Shock of my life was when the Whole Foods-like chain of natural food, health, bath and beauty products in Santa Cruz was horribly disappointed with HIGHER sales than the boutique a few streets away who was ecstatic! Not that size or not being a grocery store matters—one of my stores is a quite large organic food and health-oriented grocery store—but mindset is everything.


• Places that put a spotlight on health, well-being and personal care products made of all-natural ingredients that are good for you and a pleasure to use. For example, New Earth Market in Chico or Radiance Herbs and Massage in Olympia, WA.

• Places with a customer base that appreciates organic ingredients (see above examples).

• Places that put a spotlight on handmade products (especially from California, the west coast, or the United States). For example, Made in Chico, in my hometown.

• Personal growth and spiritually-oriented businesses like retreat centers, and spiritual bookshop/gift stores with a section of the store devoted to related items (other aromatherapy, bath and beauty products). (Visitors to Esalen, that only has a tiny bookstore, love visiting the Phoenix shop just down the road!)

• Bohemian-style gift and clothing stores with a bath and beauty section. For example, Warm NY in New York City and the Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe in Big Sur.

• Alternative healing practitioners like massage therapists, herbalists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths and holistic healing centers or large yoga studios with gift shops. Evolve Movement in Raleigh, North Carolina and Radiance Herbs and Massage are two examples.


People who try Mama Love, like the concept behind it, place a display or nice selection of sprays at counter height in a good location near other aromatherapy products (or near the checkout counter), and encourage people to use one of the testers and try some.


At my website, for general information, or by contacting me here to get my wholesale list and a few photos sent directly to you via email.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

New Reiki-infused Flower Essence and Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Irresistible You Flower Essence Aromatherapy Bath Salts by Mama Love
Finally! Literally years in the making! Did I ever mention that Mama Love is an indecisive Libra? But I finally figured out a way to make high end 98-100% organic bath salts more affordable and, I think adorable, as well.

This harkens back to my college years when nothing felt more luxurious to me than taking a wonderfully scented bath. But I couldn't afford much so I always splurged (yes, it felt like a splurge) on individual bath packets because I could never make up my mind which scent I wanted. I'd buy 3 different sample sized packets . . and then I'd only use half of one per bath! I do not recommend this—some people use more than one! But now you understand the poverty mindset that's been plaguing me. Mama Love believes in quality ingredients and taking the time to infuse my batches with Reiki and, well, that costs money.

What's great about this product line, though, is that they not only smell wonderful. Like all my Mama Love flower essence aromatherapy products, each choice is designed for specific emotional-healing effects. This one, "Irresistible You," (100% organic) is designed to help you feel irresistible! Confident, relaxed, open to love and feeling lovable, and truly attractive from the inside out.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sometimes Art Can See Into the Future!

Triple Goddess in the 21st Century © 2015 Sheryl Karas
This piece has been on my mind. I did it two years ago in a beginning Printmaking class and it's called "The Triple Goddess in the 21st Century." The "Mother Goddess" figure is holding a baby man with a comb-over clutching more lollipops than he can hold! Originally, the baby man had no mustache--I added it to make it obvious that this was a man. I also wanted him to look corporate. I think he actually looks a lot like Hitler but that was not intentional. Here's the wild thing: Trump was not even a candidate back then! This was done Spring Semester 2015.

I used a technique I thought I invented (but I later learned the surrealists experimented with it, too). I scribble with my eyes closed on a piece of paper, get into a meditative state, and try to see if I see anything in the scribbles. Then I draw over what I see so other people can see it, too.

I know I feared something frightening was brewing on the horizon. But I actually had NO idea of what was to come (on a conscious level). Pretty interesting to me now. I also did this one at that same time (But I know I did not need my psychic abilities to see this one coming!):

Beware of Capitalists in Sheep's Clothing © 2015 Sheryl Karas

Friday, February 17, 2017

Reportback on a Healing Journey Using Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy

Photo © Sheryl Karas
One of the ways I recommend using flower essences is for healing transformation over a month or so at a time. Long-seated chronic patterns, in particular, SHOULD be addressed that way—and might require multiple formulas to deal with each part of the transformation as it occurs. Today I'd like to share a healing journey of my own as it stands today.

A few weeks ago I received a special request for a formula for someone having trouble getting themselves to take care of themselves. Things like making a decent dinner, making the bed, getting exercise, doing laundry, applying for jobs, doing various small business tasks, were falling by the wayside. . .  even though they knew better. As a flower essence practitioner, I was stumped so I used dowsing techniques and chose:

ALPINE LILY: for honoring yourself as a woman and having a healthier relationship with your body.

DOGWOOD: for ease in living in a body, and for transcending and finding grace despite the traumas attached to physical existence.  

LOVE-LIES-BLEEDING: for acceptance and letting go of the pain lodged in physical world experience. Usually this is for grief but it could be used for old experiences of abuse or traumas of a physical sort.

BABY BLUE EYES: for trusting life and feeling at ease with oneself, worthy of emotional support and self-love. 

I recognized that these are often used for issues related to disability and physical pain as well as for father issues and issues related to abuse or neglect from outside one's self -- and it disturbed me because, well, it just wasn't what I was expecting! And not only that, I had a nagging feeling — without understanding why—that I needed to at least use the Dogwood because of shoulder and jaw pain I've had for no obvious physical reason for awhile.

Sigh! I know my history, and I was dismayed that this might require dredging it up, but . . . 

I decided to give it a try.

So—truth in advertising—at first, I didn't think it did anything!  But I used the scented oil formula that smells wonderful with Jasmine, Orange, Ylang Ylang and Vanilla —and I know flower essences should be used over time—so I kept going.

Within a couple of days, a rash I have on and off during my most stressful times appeared in a mild form. Now, I wasn't sure if this was because of the formula or because of Trump! (Anyone with difficult father issues might be feeling a little triggered right now!) So I made a note of that and dropped my use to twice a day—as a body oil right after my morning shower and again before going to bed at night. I thought long-buried feelings might be coming up, and I wanted to slow things down to make the process easier to integrate. (If the rash had gotten really bad, I would have stopped using it altogether for a day or two, but that didn't happen.)

And then, feelings did come up to be released:  old grief, as I expected. I used my Healing a Broken Heart dropper bottle formula because it is specific for that, for just 3-4 days, but crying with conscious awareness of the issue or several counseling sessions (if you haven't identified the issues) would have done as well. I also continued using the oil and, after that short time period, the rash disappeared.

In its place came an intense desire to mix my Open-Hearted Loving formula with this one, the one I had been using, that I call Putting Your Needs First. That immediately told me one thing: I was going to be moved to be acting on my deepest heart's desires! (I thought this might have something to do with art -- being a painter -- and, because of that, a flutter of excitement started to stir with my very first use. But I also enjoyed an immediate feeling of relaxation which was very soothing.)

Two weeks later, I am still using both oils, mixed in my hand, half and half, just twice a day after my morning shower and just before going to bed. And now ALL SORTS OF GREAT INTENTIONS I HAVEN'T BEEN ACTING ON ARE WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING!!! Naturally, as if it had nothing to do with these formulas, I spontaneously started to make cold calls for my business—something I KNOW I've needed to do for years (and it wasn't even on my mind as an intention anymore). AND I brought out a canvas and got started on another painting (after having pushed that to the background for a long time as well).

I have my feelings about both of these activities—trust me on that! And I really can't say whether these activities alone will lead to the financial well-being I want (and deserve). But I KNOW I've needed to at least try! So that's what I'm doing—putting my real heart's desires first. And that actually makes a big difference whether my art and Mama Love wind up paying all the bills (which is what I recently haven't dared to want) or—especially—if I wind up taking a job working for someone else. At least, I'm doing what has needed to be done.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The EPA is Under Attack!

While were worrying about Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education, Florida Republican Representative Matt Gaetz introduced bill H.R. 861 to TERMINATE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)!!!! (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/861) It's gone to committee. Please flood them with calls and postcards protesting this action: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 2321 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • Phone: 202-225-6371 • Fax: 202-226-0113

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Activist Support for Resolve and Determination

Paul and I are very busy right now trying to figure out how to support activists on lots of levels: participating by signing petitions, making phone calls and writing postcards, for sure, but also sharing information and inspiration, calls to action, words of encouragement, and keeping our intuition tuned to how to rally the troops in the healthiest ways possible. An odd alternative focus for a spiritual counseling and healing team, but that's where our attention has gone and what we feel most called to do.

I also make flower essence and flower essence with aromatherapy products infused with Reiki and many of my newest products were designed just in the last week for activist support as a response to requests from people on my Facebook friends list. One of the biggest requests was for help dealing with the daunting amount of work dealing with the Trump administration seems to require. 

In an earlier post related to those requests, I included the famous image of the kerchiefed WWII female war effort worker with the words "We Can Do It!" on top. That's because we might be involved in a "war effort" now when it comes to the actions required to oppose an alt-right administration. If you're like almost everyone else on my list, you're probably feeling a bit frantic and driven to stay outraged and in action so you can do what has to be done. We appear to be attacked on every front because of a non-stop barrage of Trump executive orders and cabinet appointments designed to rip apart everything we hold dear. It feels like we need SUPERHUMAN strength so we can wield our weapons Jackie Chan-like while fighting off 50 attackers at once.

But there's something else that needs to be done, and it is going to require strength and determination over time. We're doing GREAT work in opposing their actions today, but, I hate to say it, I think we are unlikely to win many of these battles with the Republican majority in control of almost every branch of government.  We ARE winning some and we need to win more. Yay! Keep going! I very much doubt Trump will remain in office even a year. But the Republicans, including the alt-right, will be doing so much damage that, with each day and every defeat, they intend us to simply disintegrate. Meanwhile, Trump has been dog-whistling their troops to enact more intense levels of voter suppression and levy their real attacks in the 2018 election and beyond. 

But don't despair!

As I'm writing this, I just heard that the New England Patriots pulled out a stunning come-from-behind victory in the last moments of the Superbowl. What a GREAT metaphor for what I want to say. We CAN win this thing over the long haul. But not if we use all our energy up in the first quarter. And in regards to the Trump administration, we've only just begun. They hope we will use our efforts to fight their every move in the present. They hope we exhaust ourselves so we'll neglect to help opposing candidates run for office in the mid-terms, raise the funds to do so, talk to people, register them, and get out the vote! And, as an aside—if we're not doing that—we lose the ability to levy a real threat with teeth against them to make them listen to what we demand right now and over the next four years!

So let's not play their game.

Our resolve and determination needs to shift to the longer view. We protest today to make our voices heard. AND in order to flush out any Republican or neo-Liberal conservative Democrat willing to stand up with us . . . OR get them in our sights for replacement in 2018 and 2020. Our attention needs to shift to something we will be accomplishing AS A TEAM together, step by step, over YEARS to come. 

But if we're driven by terror about what we're seeing today, we will burn ourselves out, so back to the healing work that I try to do with my Reiki-infused flower essence products. In particular, the one I made for  Resolve and Determination

I'm embarrassed to say that I almost put this one out without trying it. Because I tend to be SO driven a lot of the time, I feared it might make that feeling worse. But the formula kept nagged at me to try it — I always test my own products— so I did and was blown away! It did not jack me up as I feared it might do. Instead I felt still inside, centered, and strong. Not "fiercely" strong but . . . I'm searching for words . . . ready . . . able . . . sufficient. Calm inner strength. I actually cried because the relief was so palpable. I felt relaxed, at ease, and I experienced a shift in mindset. Instead of "get it done, get it done, you can DO IT, Go, Go, GO!!!!" I moved into a place of "I'm ready, I can do what has to be done, step by step. What I do today is sufficient. I will rise again tomorrow." 

And, whether you use my products or not, that is the mindset we need to move into right now.

Flower Essence Support for Soothing the Sensitive Soul

After several days of experimentation I've decided to change the name of my "Lightening the Soul" flower essence and flower essence with aromatherapy formulas to "Mama Love for the Sensitive Soul." If you're empathic or have become a bit emotionally raw because of this election, this formula can help. I especially noticed a big difference after using it 2-3 days. I've been using the flower essence-only conventional flower essence dropper bottle, but it also is available as a scented or unscented spray or flower essence aromatherapy oil.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Flower Essence Support for Resolve and Determination

I recently asked people on my Facebook friends list what kind of flower essence or flower essence with aromatherapy support they could use in the time of Trump (January 2017). Many people were getting involved in various sorts of political activism and wanted help with having the inner strength and determination to do whatever it takes to resist his agenda persistently and effectively over the long haul.

I had to put some thought into this because they also requested many different formulas that seemed to be related issues: how to calm down enough to focus, how to be emotionally resilient in the face of new horrors every day, how to have more energy as the enormity of the task appeared to loom so large, and what to do about already being in a state of burnout and exhaustion? So I decided to make all these! (See the previous links)

But I also did one specifically for resolve and determination

What does it take to have resolve and determination? Wanting something so badly you are intent on overcoming any obstacle in your path! Having patience and acceptance that things usually take longer than we would naturally prefer. Having self-confidence and a positive enough mindset to persist over time. And the inner fortitude and perseverance to keep going as long as it takes. That's what this fundamental flower essence- based formula is for.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Flower Essence Soothing for Healing a Broken Heart

Flower essences (and flower essences with aromatherapy added) are a wonderful support for people going through the grief and pain of losing a loved one. But this new formula on my list is also recommended for working with the loss of a cherished home or even a cherished dream. I use Bleeding Heart to help soothe the longing this kind of loss entails. I add Star of Bethlehem, one of the classic Bach remedies used in times of shock, trauma or grief. And Walnut is for dealing with a traumatic transition to help with letting go of how things used to be. It is infused with Reiki healing energy to be the most emotionally beneficial product I can make.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Flower Essences for Self-Nurturance Instead of Self-Soothing and Self-Sabotage

Soothing the Sensitive Soul

There’s been a need for a lot of self-soothing going on lately! (post-Trump election 2017). If some of us were inclined to act like small children, we’d be clutching our blankies or favorite stuffed animal and rocking back and forth while watching the evening news these days! We could shut it off. . . but no! We have to know what’s going on!!!! So rock we will, with our soda cans or beer, our cigarettes or big bowls of ice cream. 

And, ya know what, a little bit of that won’t kill us! 

On the other hand, this can be trouble if you are a person for which this behavior is inclined to get out of hand—and all of us fall into that at one time or another. (If you’re obsessively working out at the gym these days, lol, don’t get all superior!) We all grab our comforts when we can.

That said, how do we take care of ourselves in a way that won’t end up hurting us somewhere down the line? Self-nurturance with a mindful perspective could hold the key.

What makes you feel better in addition to these potential pitfall behaviors? Well, sitting on my porch with the TV, cell phone and computer turned off, drinking a cup of tea and watching the people, birds and squirrels passing by does a lot for me. Going for a swim, walks in the park, meditating, yoga, a nice hot bath with some soothing essential oils or flower essences, healthy food that also tastes good! Those are a lot of my old standbys. . . when I commit myself to doing them!

A friend online asked for help sticking to a similar commitment by using one of my flower essence or flower essence aromatherapy formulas. I was stumped so I asked for a little guidance and dowsed for the flower essences most applicable (I always start with flower essences):

Saint John’s Wort was the first to come up. Famous in tincture form for depression, as a flower essence it also addresses emotional or spiritual darkness and the need for light in one’s consciousness and soul. It helps reduce one’s vulnerability to negative outside influences and soothes over-sensitivity.

Rock Rose was next, one of the strongest Bach Flower Remedies I know for transcending terror, anxiety or fear.

Larch—one I get guided to in the formulas I make a lot—was third. It’s for self-confidence and a more positive belief in what is possible. It’s future oriented in the sense that we need to have positive beliefs about what’s possible or we won’t pick ourselves up and even try.

I’m making this available as a formula that I’m calling Mama Love for Soothing the Sensitive Soul. It’s available now as a conventional unscented flower essence dropper bottle or spray. 

I can also offer the spray with essential oils added: I’m using a combination of Rose Geranium and Lemon. I don’t have standard labels made yet. I’ll be making these on demand and using the labels I use for my custom formulas and handwriting the name on them. You’ll have the choice of either a spray or oil, already diluted to ready-to-use strength.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Awesome Recipe for Hot Chocolate Elderberry Spice -- Healthy Drink with a Twist

By masatoshi_ from Kyoto, Japan (ホットチョコレート)
[CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Well, it starts with a healthy enough drink! Elderberry tea is a traditional tool for supporting the immune system. As soon as cold and flu season hits I make pots of my Elderberry Licorice Spice tea blend and store them in mason jars in the refrigerator so all I have to do is reheat a cup in my microwave whenever I want some. I use 16 teaspoons for a 2 quart pot of water, simmer 10 minutes, strain the liquid into a clean mason jar, add more water and simmer again. I get 3 pots full before the ingredients really get tapped out.

Start with pre-brewed Elderberry Licorice Spice tea, prepared as described above. Then I add 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon (or a little less) of granulated sugar to 1/2 cup of the tea, directly in my largest mug (I think it holds 15 oz). I put that in my microwave for about 20 seconds to get the liquid warm enough to mix the cocoa powder and sugar in. (Don't bother mixing when the mixture is cold -- it won't work.) Then I add enough milk or half and half to fill my cup and heat it up to drinking temperature. Actually, I usually leave a little space in my mug to add a bit of brandy after it's hot, but that's optional, of course. Then top it off with whipped cream. SO GOOD!!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Flower Essence Aromatherapy for Emotional Resiliency and Inner Strength

Mama Love for Emotional Resilience
As I mentioned in my last blog post, people on my Facebook friends list have been sharing what kinds of flower essence aromatherapy formulas they could use right now post-election 2017. The age of Trump has been hitting people HARD, and one of the issues that came to mind first for me as I was listening to them was the need for emotional resiliency.

This article by Mira Curzer, sharing advice from long time activists, is SO good I recommend it to everyone. Dealing with emotional overwhelm is the key to keeping strong and staying well, and it's not just about sleeping and eating well, it's about emotional refreshment and self-care.

So, in that vein I offer this formula. I've been using it myself and it is doing me a lot of good!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Flower Essence Aromatherapy for Post-Election Stress

By Victor Bezrukov [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], 
via Wikimedia Commons
In case you haven't visited my blog before, I make flower essence aromatherapy products infused with Reiki for emotional support. I make them for myself, then gave one particularly effective one away to friends, and they insisted I sell it and make it available to everyone else.

A number of people on my Facebook friends list (and my partner Paul's friends list), who are reeling about the results of the election and the aftermath, recently helped me think about needs they have right now in regards to emotional support. It was interesting and I am grateful for their feedback. I am hard at work following through on their suggestions. 

But A LOT of people wanted things I already make! So here's a link to my Mama Love Organics shop and links to the requests people mentioned most that I currently have available.

#1 request: Help for shock, trauma, extreme stress and grief. Sounds like it could be more than one formula but I actually have one pretty much made for these times -- the first formula I mentioned above that put me into business: Support for Troubled Times.

#2 request: Relief for worry, anxiety and fear. My most popular formula of all addresses this issue. It's called Releasing Worry and Fear.

#3 request: Help for being able to calm down enough to focus. One of my newest formulas is actually very good for that: Calm Focus

It was not requested but mentioned that an issue related to not being able to focus was having trouble sleeping. I've been using one I make for that myself! Restful Sleep (soon to be called "Restful Nights").

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Finding your Inner Calm and Ability to Focus on Something Besides Politics

By Moyan Brenn from Anzio, Italy (Meditation)
[CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Well, typically, I would say make time to meditate, but there are times when that is just not going to happen! Perhaps you're at work or really ought to be getting something else done. Perhaps the feeling of distraction is so intense that feeling unable to concentrate even when meditating is the problem. Whatever it is that brought you to this blog post, I feel your pain — I just had to remind myself to use a product I made specifically for times like this BECAUSE I COULDN'T CONCENTRATE ENOUGH TO REMEMBER TO USE IT even when I was about to write this post about it! It's Trump, Trump, Trump and OMG, what are they up to with all these bizarre cabinet appointments, what's going to happen to my health insurance, and . . . you know how it is! That's why you're here!

Okay! First, one thing that came to me first thing upon waking up this morning is that we need to take the longer term view and imagine the possibility that excesses created by either party's ideology creates hardship. And sometimes things need to come apart so we won't just sit back on the laurels of past success for our side and continue to do nothing about the mistakes. What mistakes? Well, I guess we'll need to listen better in order to work it all out. But that's not what this blog post is about. What I'm trying to say is breathe deep and strive to think about the longer view. Think of our problems like a hand that you're holding up close to your face. You can't see around it and it feels like that's all you can focus on. Try it! Put your hand right up close in front of your face! Then pull it back until you can see your hand in the context of the room or whatever else is around and beyond it. Notice how much more relaxed you feel? It's because you naturally breathe easier taking in a wider and longer view.

Second, know you are so very not alone. I asked my Facebook friends what they would want a flower essence aromatherapy formula for in terms of their emotional well-being since the election, and the ability to be calm enough to focus was one of the things that came up multiple times. And that woke me up: my most recent product that I haven't been telling people about is called "Calm Focus."

And it works!

I use Rock Rose and Indian Pink flower essences for inner peace, strength, and the ability to focus despite overstimulating influences. I combine that with Vetiver, Sweet Orange and Lavender essential oils for emotional stability, release of nervous tension, balance, and grounding. I make this formula in multiple forms but my favorite is as a spray that is fast, easy to use and can be shared with people in your environment. I just used two or three spritzes around my head and shoulders and felt instant relief.