Darkness and illumination. These words resonate with the Autumnal Equinox. That time of year when nights slowly become longer, plants shed their leaves and energy goes down to the roots. This time is also under the auspice of the Hecate archetype, which has fascinated me for years. I finally took time to understand what this figure represents and I invite you to join me as I explore Illumination, Darkness, Hecate and two plants that embody some of her messages.
You Are Not Your Emotions Emotions seem to be some sort of mystical trickery don't they? They make the heart race or slow down, change the breath and overall seem to get the best of us. But that is not the case. No, really. The basic needs of our bodies directly impact our AFFECT which … Continue reading Myth of the Emotional Brain
Have you ever felt “out of sorts,” like you’re “living in your head,” “ungrounded” or tightly clenching to concepts, ideas or possessions? It may be a sign to start tending to the roots of your private garden, your root chakra. This is an energy vortex at base of your spine and seated at the perineum. … Continue reading Root Chakra Rituals
Change. There are times it comes with warning. Other times with a sudden breathless strike. Regardless, how do we cope with the aftermath? Symbols may help us articulate and see. Tools such as Aromatherapy may help us manage how we cope with change and associated stress. This article explores these themes and offers aromatherapy blending ideas and usage applications to help integrate change and possibly see the beauty in the fleeting.
Rosemary has been recognized as a powerfully cleansing and regenerative herb for centuries. But Rosemary goes deeper than that by stirring the heart's soul and more. Spend a few minutes getting to know Rosemary the plant and the essential oil including recipes and an episode of "Plant Talk" where I'm distilling rosemary leaves!
Have you tried the "No Poo" method of hair washing but found it's not quite working for you? Fear not! Options like clay and simple plant based preparations such as infusions and hydrosols may be what you have been looking for.
Yarrow, the plant of "thousands of leaves" may bring an element of healing and protection to your life. This post includes an aromatherapy blend for a mood mist.
German chamomile essential oil is distilled from the flowers of Matricaria recutita and often grown and distilled for its essential oil in Hungary as well as other parts of Eastern Europe, North America and Australia. Native to temperate parts of Eurasia, M. recutita best expresses itself when grown in this type of terroir. As many … Continue reading Plant Talk: German Chamomile
Lavandula stoechas in full bloom on the Long Island coast. Lavandula stoechas is classified in the mint (Lamiaceae) family and native to the Mediterranean basin. It is a compact perennial shrub with linear gray-green leaves. Its characteristically dark purple flowers, topped by purple bracts, are on dense, oblong spikes reaching to 1.25” long. Unlike its … Continue reading Plant Talk: Spanish Lavender
Have you ever stumbled upon a piece of genius that stopped you in your tracks and uplifted you so much that it stayed with you and you chewed on it, ruminated on it for so long that it almost became you? That recently happened to me as I was searching for poems that mentioned Basil … Continue reading Your Other | Wild Side