Aromatic Resilience Series: Stress, Scent, and the Brain

If you are like me, then you might find fascination in understanding how the body responds to stress, and to know solutions and resources to shift into states of calm, ease, wholeness and ultimately happiness. In this resilience series, I am going to highlight different facets of our stress response system and discuss how the role of aromatics, ritual, and embodiment practices are helpful to supporting the resilience of an integrated mind and body system.

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The wisdom of mugwort, a plant for the dreamspace, health and vitality

From the distillation, the hydrosol (aromatic waters) of mugwort offers an olfactory profile of sweet, herbaceous, melon, and warm honey tones. It creates an instant mood shift upon breathing in its aroma, and an overall sense of relaxation and calm throughout the mind and body. 

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Plants + Planets | A Ritual to support Solar Eclipse energy 12.4.21

This eclipse is conjuncting the south node in the sign of Sagittarius. The south node represents the past, old patterns and themes. And with the moon eclipsing the sun during this time it is an invitation to release and let go of something, someone that is depleting in your life or perhaps it is something that you have outgrown and moved beyond. A ritual outlined below may be helpful to work with this energy. 

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How to ground yourself during this holiday season

So what does "grounding" actually mean, you may wonder? According to the Collins English Dictionary, "Grounding yourself, is the process of balancing your physical, emotional, mental and energy state and reconnecting them." It is the act of aligning your heart, mind, and body and bringing it to a level of homeostasis. Some symptoms that may indicate that feeling of 'misalignment' are physical attributes of heart racing rapidly, shaken nerves, inability to sit still, stressful thoughts, insomnia and worrying in the mind...this list can run quite long. 

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Plants + Planets: heart opening essential oils for the Leo new moon

    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...

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