Today's August 8th energy is influenced by a new moon in the sign of Leo. It is a fortuitous day of intention setting for what you wish to manifest, cultivate, nourish, and attract in your life. The new moon is the beginning of an eight phase cycle of the moon's orbit and under the "new" phase, it is a great time for seeding or planting desires. The moon in the new phase when it is conjunct or next to the sun in our sky. Our ancestors were guided by these lunar patterns and create rituals to work with this luminary influence. The date 8-8 is particularly significant, known as the Lion's Gate portal, considered lucky and abundant. In numerology, the number...
Essential oils or distilled concentrated fragrant plant material, carry particular elemental and aromatic qualities that align with the qualities of Aries and the Spring season. The sign of Aries is ruled by the planet, Mars in the astrological language. It is a fiery, hot planet and aromatically it is represented by aromas that are: spicey, sharp, herbaceous, citrus, mint.
The method of diffusion is one of the easiest ways to experience essential oils. It is the means of dispersing the molecules of essential oils into the atmosphere through an application that helps facilitate this process. One advantage of diffusing essential oils is the ability to affect not just yourself but others around you so they may benefit from the aroma. Diffusion is also a favorable way to use essential oils since it offers safer means for use around elderly or small children.
The art of distillation is both a sacred art and science-- it's the alchemy of converting plant material into an entirely new form and substance for supporting our mind, body and spirit. Most of us are familiar with this end result of plant conversion in an essential oil. But what many of us don’t know during this distillation process is it also provides the aromatic water of the plant known as hydrosol.
As both a licensed massage therapist and certified aromatherapist, I have been turning to my professional resources to manage my own mental distress lately and what I have found to be immensely helpful is the practice of an aromatic ritual. I use my rituals to begin my day or when I feel uneasy . What is an aromatic ritual, you may wonder? It is the practice and repetition of using aromatics, specifically, essential oils to help manage stress.