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Distillation: Dancing with Plants and Water

The Poetically Elemental Essence of Distillation Working with aromatic plants and their distilled essences is poetry. We are in-touch with the most volatile components able to come over the still carried by water in its gaseous state: steam. Water and distillation are essential (pun intended) for obtaining essential oils and hydrosols from the wonderful aromaticContinue reading “Distillation: Dancing with Plants and Water”

Hecate: Illuminating Transition and Darkness

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.

Myth of the Emotional Brain

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 whichContinue reading “Myth of the Emotional Brain”

Root Chakra Rituals

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. Some ways to support the root chakra is connecting with the Earth, which includes workingContinue reading “Root Chakra Rituals”

Aromatherapy For Transformation

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.

Your Other | Wild Side

In Search of Basil 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 forContinue reading “Your Other | Wild Side”

Shells: A Haiku & Ruminations

Many things may be found along Earth’s shorelines, where rocks and sand meet the rolling waters edge. Shells, rocks, washed up garbage. All sorts of detritus. Shells. I don’t think of them as detritus. More like mysterious beauties shrouded in juxtapositions: seemingly solid yet often easily crushed. Hard minerals yet ephemeral. Light in weight butContinue reading “Shells: A Haiku & Ruminations”

Earth Day: On Plants and Their “USES”

In deference to Earth Day the following is a reflection on a common relationship many of us humans may have with plants. It may be human nature or a cultural thing; what ever it is I’ve tried to stop doing it for a few years now. The “thing” being us humans thinking in terms ofContinue reading “Earth Day: On Plants and Their “USES””