Rock the Chakras

It sometimes seems that all things energy lead to questions about the chakra system. What exactly are chakras? How do they function? Why is their balance and clarity important to humans?

The human body is surrounded by, permeated with and consists of a multidimensional energy field called the aura. The aura contains flowing channels of energy that supply nourishment to every cell and organ in the body. These energy streams are called meridians. Chakras are rotating vortices of energy that receive energy from THE universal energy field; they feed that collected energy into the meridians, which in turn feed energy to every cell and organ in the body. This is the flow cycle of the human energy field.

There are seven in-body chakras located along the length of the spine up to the crown of the head. Each of these chakras is associated with a color of the rainbow spectrum. The root chakra is located at the tailbone or base of the spine. It resonates with the color red. Between the pubic bone and navel is the sacral chakra. It is the seat of passion and creativity and vibrates to the color orange. The solar plexus is located about two inches above the navel. It carries the color yellow and governs our sense of self and will. Located in the center of the chest is the heart chakra, and it resonates with the color green. This is our feeling center. The throat chakra is in the middle of the neck and it governs creative and communicative expression in all forms; it resonates with the color blue. The 3rd eye or brow chakra is responsible for intuition, dreams and our curiosity about spirituality. It radiates the color indigo. The crown chakra maintains a connection to the universe or God energy and it resonates to the colors violet or white. This chakra sustains an awareness that we are connected to a larger source such as God, Christ, Buddha, Allah, etc..

The human chakra system is complex and multi-layered. It takes years of study to learn all that is known about each chakra and related functions. For example, chakras have different front- and back-side functions. Each develops and matures at a different time in our lives. Every chakra is associated with mental beliefs, feelings, physical processes and spiritual perceptions. There are 12 chakras that govern our existence on this plane, and 20 spiritual energy centers or chakras, for a total of 32. Even more chakras are reputed to exist, depending on the person doing the talking. The consistent understanding of chakras, though, is that they hold the key to our personal, professional and physical issues. In short, clear and balanced chakras facilitate clear and balanced energy flow, which leads to clear and balanced life choices and, in turn, clear and balanced life circumstances. If we are to thrive in times of stress, anxiety and uncertainty, we must be willing to care for our chakras and energy body as well as our physical body. They work hand-in-hand and always seek stability and an equilibrium in the body, mind and soul which can only be achieved through wholistic self-care.

Energy Body Language

The human body speaks many languages. Each body part holds meaning and has a specific way of communicating physical and energetic needs. This blog entry offers a broad summary of what different body parts may be trying to say to you.

Energetically, feet are associated with grounding and basic survival needs. Chronic foot problems or repeated tripping and stumbling may indicate issues with money, career, home life, or the personal safety and security of your family or your self.

Energetically, feet are associated with grounding and basic survival needs. Chronic foot problems or repeated tripping and stumbling may indicate issues with money, career, home life, or the personal safety and security of your family or your self.

Energetically, knees represent how we move through life. They are an indicator of how quickly and fluidly we pivot, shift, turn, stop and start through life's many ups, downs and unexpected changes. How do you recover after spontaneous change? Knee pain, injury, swelling, soreness, weakness and buckling may imply a need to be more flexible, adaptable and accepting of life changes. There may also be a need to be better prepared for the unexpected.

Energetically, knees represent how we move through life. They are an indicator of how quickly and fluidly we pivot, shift, turn, stop and start through life's many ups, downs and unexpected changes. How do you recover after spontaneous change? Knee pain, injury, swelling, soreness, weakness and buckling may imply a need to be more flexible, adaptable and accepting of life changes. There may also be a need to be better prepared for the unexpected.

Thigh energy relates to beliefs we hold pertaining to masculinity and femininity. These 'acceptances' may be inherited or the result of social programming. Sexual ambiguity and unprocessed emotions related to masculine and feminine nature may also need to be addressed. Physically, these issues may manifest as thigh pain, popping or snapping, weakness, or over- or under-developed thigh muscles.

Thigh energy relates to beliefs we hold pertaining to masculinity and femininity. These 'acceptances' may be inherited or the result of social programming. Sexual ambiguity and unprocessed emotions related to masculine and feminine nature may also need to be addressed. Physically, these issues may manifest as thigh pain, popping or snapping, weakness, or over- or under-developed thigh muscles.

Hips are associated with root chakra energy. They relate to and govern career and job related issues. Hip joint problems, pain on the inside or outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock may indicate a need to reassess career goals, rethink your current employment situation, develop new skills, make a career change or create an exit plan. Use your intuition and seek help from ancestral and spirit guides to point you in the right direction.

Hips are associated with root chakra energy. They relate to and govern career and job related issues. Hip joint problems, pain on the inside or outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock may indicate a need to reassess career goals, rethink your current employment situation, develop new skills, make a career change or create an exit plan. Use your intuition and seek help from ancestral and spirit guides to point you in the right direction.

The sacral chakra is located about two inches below the navel in the lower abdomen. It houses feelings, sensuality, intimacy, emotions and pleasure. Pelvic pain, cramps, urinary disorders and issues with the reproductive system in men and women may indicate a need to get in touch with your feelings. It's time to heal old emotional wounds so you can reconnect to people and circumstances that bring you joy and pleasure.

The sacral chakra is located about two inches below the navel in the lower abdomen. It houses feelings, sensuality, intimacy, emotions and pleasure. Pelvic pain, cramps, urinary disorders and issues with the reproductive system in men and women may indicate a need to get in touch with your feelings. It's time to heal old emotional wounds so you can reconnect to people and circumstances that bring you joy and pleasure.

The stomach area above the navel is related to the solar plexus chakra. This is the center of your mental gifts and success drivers. If you have stomach ulcers, tingles or pain in your belly, acid reflux/indigestion, pancreatic or metastatic cancer, diabetes, pancreatitis or stress, it may be time to honor your gut instincts and reacquaint yourself with what you want and what brings you true joy and happiness. Stop worrying about what others think of you. Release any fears and worries. Stop being a control freak!

The stomach area above the navel is related to the solar plexus chakra. This is the center of your mental gifts and success drivers. If you have stomach ulcers, tingles or pain in your belly, acid reflux/indigestion, pancreatic or metastatic cancer, diabetes, pancreatitis or stress, it may be time to honor your gut instincts and reacquaint yourself with what you want and what brings you true joy and happiness. Stop worrying about what others think of you. Release any fears and worries. Stop being a control freak!

Energetically, the heart relates to the heart chakra. This is where we harbor beliefs about our innocence and worthiness of pure and simple desires and needs. It is the center of relationships, behaviors and personality. Congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, congenital heart disease or arrhythmia may signal a need for balance in your business, romantic or platonic relationships. It also speaks to how you relate to family and others in the world.

Energetically, the heart relates to the heart chakra. This is where we harbor beliefs about our innocence and worthiness of pure and simple desires and needs. It is the center of relationships, behaviors and personality. Congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, congenital heart disease or arrhythmia may signal a need for balance in your business, romantic or platonic relationships. It also speaks to how you relate to family and others in the world.

Energetically, the thymus gland is associated with the connection between you and your spiritual identity. This includes your beliefs about the right to be strong and safe. Lymphatic system disorders, immune system problems, thymoma, DiGeorge's syndrome or thymus cancer may signal a need to reconnect with Source, embrace your divinity, and establish an awareness that you are meant to have a joy-filled, healthy and balanced existence, free from illness and debilitating stress.

Energetically, the thymus gland is associated with the connection between you and your spiritual identity. This includes your beliefs about the right to be strong and safe. Lymphatic system disorders, immune system problems, thymoma, DiGeorge's syndrome or thymus cancer may signal a need to reconnect with Source, embrace your divinity, and establish an awareness that you are meant to have a joy-filled, healthy and balanced existence, free from illness and debilitating stress.

The face is associated with how you see the world and what you need to see when you wake up in the morning. Unexplained skin eruptions, uneven skin tone, chapped lips, yellow or redness in the whites of eyes, or swollen eyes may indicate a need to shift your perspective of the world. You may be missing or misinterpreting something important. Slow down in the morning so you can connect with messages from the universe. Take a moment to ask, "What should I be taking notice of"? Watch and listen for responses from your higher self.

The face is associated with how you see the world and what you need to see when you wake up in the morning. Unexplained skin eruptions, uneven skin tone, chapped lips, yellow or redness in the whites of eyes, or swollen eyes may indicate a need to shift your perspective of the world. You may be missing or misinterpreting something important. Slow down in the morning so you can connect with messages from the universe. Take a moment to ask, "What should I be taking notice of"? Watch and listen for responses from your higher self.

Chakra balancing bath ritual for Reiki practitioners

Reiki-empowered Himalayan Pink Salt

Reiki-empowered Himalayan Pink Salt

Reiki self-treatments are the coolest gifts of being Reiki attuned. If you've received Reiki empowerment to level I, II or III, you have everything you need at your fingertips to call Universal life force into your being for relaxation and self-healing. Paired with rituals, Reiki can serve to strengthen connections to Source and empower you to elicit positive life change with ease and grace. One such ritual is the chakra balancing bath ritual for Reiki practitioners.

Reiki is 100% intuitive; it knows where to go and what to do for your greatest healing benefit. Additionally, balanced  and clear chakras are a natural by-product of Reiki. When we enhance Reiki with healing intentions and elements to support positive outcomes, something as mundane as a bath becomes a sacred act of revolutionary self-care.

Use this chakra balancing bath ritual any time to clear chakras, brighten the aura, and relax mind and body.

Items needed

  • 4 cups of Himalayan pink salt (detoxifying) or Epsom salt (clears the aura and releases unwanted energy)
  • 16 ozs. Drinking water
  • Chakra Balancing essential oils
  • Votive candle (optional)
  • Relaxing music (optional)
  • Echoing Waters oil blend (optional)
  • Glass pitcher or bowl (optional)

Directions

  • The night before, pour Himalayan or Epsom salt into a glass pitcher or bowl of water. Empower with Reiki, cover and allow to soak overnight. This is especially helpful for dissolving large salt chunks.
  • To prepare the bath, run 3-4 inches of warm bath water in tub
  • Pour dissolved or undissolved HImalayan pink or Epsom salt into bath water. 
  • Draw Cho Ku Rei over water and in palms of hands
  • Holding hands 4-6 inches above water, set an intention for this bath to clear and balance all the chakras in the body for your highest healing good. Run Reiki in the water for a few minutes. 
  • Run more water in tub, enough to be able to immerse your body up to the neck. Make it warm enough to encourage light perspiration.
  • Light candle and play soft music if preferred. (optional)
  • Add 1-2 droppers of Echoing Waters relaxing oil blend. Swish in water spread. (optional)
  • Immerse your body fully into the tub. If you are unable to fit your body up to the neck, use a soft towel to wring water over exposed body parts throughout the bath.
  • Soak for at least 20 minutes. Periodically, take sips of the drinking water to stay hydrated.
  • After soaking, step out of tub and drain water. Give thanks for the healing that has occurred.
  • Do not use a drying towel --- allow your body to air dry
  • You will be deeply relaxed and may feel weak. This is Normal.
  • Option: End this ritual powerfully by doing a Reiki self-treatment while listening to Heartbeat or Strengthening Your Reiki Connection MP3 and waiting for your body to air dry. These meditations work best when heard through headphones or earplugs. You may have received them from me as part of your Reiki II certification class.

WARNING: Salt (brine) baths place high demands on the circulatory system. Consult with your doctor before performing this ritual if you have weak or poor heart circulation.

Frankincense Incense: How to Burn Frankincense Resin

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Frankincense is believed by many to possess powerful healing properties. Frankincense essential oil is said to reduce inflammation, prevent infections, relieve anxiety, boost the immune system and fight cancer. It is used as an internal and topical aid to address skin issues. Additionally, researchers at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas have found that frankincense regulates epigenetic machinery. These are the mechanisms essential for normal development and maintenance of tissue-specific gene expression patterns in mammals. This regulation is believed to contribute to the potential use of frankincense as a cancer-fighting and prevention aid. In 2008, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology summarized that burning frankincense may be a viable way to alleviate anxiety or depression. Burning frankincense resin is common in religious and spiritual rituals for purification, meditation, spiritual protection and to enhance spiritual development (psychic energy). The sweet aroma is immediately calming and brings about a sense of peace and connection to one's soul and Source.

Raw incense resins are also referred to as oleoresins. Resins are the oldest forms of incense, used long before sticks or cones. My favorite magic and healing rituals involve burning frankincense or myrrh resin on a hot charcoal puck. As the oleoresin melts, its essential oils (oleo) are released first, followed by aromatic smoke.

Items Needed for Burning Incense Resin

·         Incense burner that can withstand intense heat and temperature change (soapstone, marble, terracotta, aluminum, etc.)

·         Natural ash or sand

·         Self-igniting charcoal puck

·         Tongs

·         Matches, lighter, gas stovetop or fireplace

·         Incense Resin

How to Burn Incense Resin on Charcoal

1.       Place about 2” of ash or sand in incense burner, forming a cone shape or mound.

2.       Holding charcoal puck with metal tongs, light the edge until you see tiny sparks.

3.       Place charcoal puck (concave side-up) on top of ash or sand mound, being careful to leave the edges exposed for air to flow around the charcoal.

4.       Allow charcoal to sit for 3-5 minutes, until it glows red with heat and is covered with gray ash.

5.       Being careful not to touch the charcoal (it can heat up to 1500 degrees), sprinkle a small amount of resin in the indention. ¼ to ½ teaspoon is enough, as more may smother the charcoal.

6.       Enjoy the aroma and smoke of the burning incense, feeling free to add more resin as the smoke thins out. Charcoal puck will remain hot for up to 60 minutes. Do not discard for at least 2 hours to allow proper cooling time. Even then, use tongs to avoid burning your hands.

Tess Whitehurst's Oatmeal Cookie Ritual for Abundance and Luck

Tess Whitehurst is a best-selling author, feng shui consultant and intuitive counselor. I absolutely adore her books. My favorite is Magical Housekeeping. I met Tess in a Reiki class many years ago. Her quiet confidence and magical swag resonated with me immediately. Tess shares magic in a way that makes the extraordinary feel perfectly ordinary and doable for anyone. If you enjoy energy shifting and manifesting, I strongly suggest you add her books to your library. It is with her expressed permission that I share the following ritual to accompany the recipe in the image above. It is a sweet and comforting way to invite abundance and luck into your life, and to share it with others.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. After you turn the knob to preheat, place your open palms on top of the stove and say: "I now summon and activate the luck, prosperous, and life-sustaining energies that live within this stove."
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a blender or food processor, blend the tofu, oil, agave or syrup, and vanilla.
  • Pour tofu mixture into the flour mixture, stir and say aloud or mentally, "health, wealth, joy, abundance, luck," over and over until blended.
  • Add chocolate chips and continue to stir while repeating mentally or aloud, "Life is sweet, and all is well."
  • Once the chocolate chips are well mixed, spoon heaping spoonfuls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet and place it in the oven. Just before you close the oven door, blow three kisses into the oven.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are browned.
  • Eat and share with whomever you'd like to bless with abundance and luck.

I LOVE PENDULUMS

Sephoroton Pendulums for dowsing and divining

Sephoroton Pendulums for dowsing and divining

I LOVE PENDULUMS! Handmade, homemade, wood, metal, glass, plastic, crystal --- cones, drops, points, faceted, Foucault, spirals and wands. I recall the first time pendulums entered my consciousness. I grew up in south Los Angeles and went to Horace Mann Jr. High. It was 1974 and there was a record shop near the corner of Western and Florence called Trippin'. I used to save my allowance to buy LP's once a month. One day, I walked in the door and there were pendulums hanging in a display on the counter. I was captivated by the beautiful colors and gentle swing. Perhaps they stirred memories of my early encounters with subtle energy.

In the 1960's, my family would pack into a Ford Fairlane and drive to Louisiana to visit Mom's family. My grandfather stood 6' 7" and was a man of African American and Native American descent. He was a bible-thumping, backwoods Baptist minister, farmer and energy worker. I don't believe I ever saw him smile. He died when I was very young but I remember two things about him; 1) he would send my sister and me up the red clay dirt road several times a day to purchase one cigarette at a time, and 2) he used a handmade pendulum of ginger root and a tattered piece of rope. He called her Queenie and used her to flush out truths about what us young 'uns were up to in his absence. Holding Queenie over each of our heads he'd bark, "Queenie, who broke that plate?" She was a soulless tattler and accurate every time!

I didn't make an immediate connection to Queenie when I first saw pendulums hanging from a display on the counter in a south Los Angeles record shop called Trippin'; it was 1973 or 1974. I used to save my .50 cents weekly allowance to buy LP's. One day I entered the store and there they were, brightly colored and swinging gently back and forth. I was deeply moved by their rhythmic sway. That's when I began my collection. I didn't know what they were or how to use them; I only knew I felt a connection.

In the 2000's, I became an energy worker and my relationship with pendulums deepened as I learned to dowse for healing and simple answers. Like Grandpa's Queenie, I find them to be accurate. There is a lot of confusion surrounding this very simple yet powerful method of accessing information from the higher mind.

Anyone can use a pendulum. No special gifts or abilities are required. It is a skill that develops with practice, but there are a few rules. A pendulum will respond to any yes/no, either/or multiple choice question. The key is to be clear in the way a question is phrased. Do not attempt to predict the future and refrain from asking frivolous questions or query what you already consciously know. It is perfectly acceptable to ask about love, wisdom, your journey, the timing of important events, authenticity, or life choices. 

Depending on the nature of your questions and if time permits you can create a ritual around dowsing. Light a candle, say a prayer, call on your angels and guides and take notes. Sometimes a quick answer is needed (like finding your lost keys). Either way, with a few solid ground rules and a little guidance, you may grow to love pendulums, too!

Visit out Events page for details about upcoming pendulum workshops.

Stages of Healing With Essential Oils

Like everything in nature, essential oils are intuitive. Used properly, they guide the whole body through a five-step healing process in which each step lays a foundation for the next level of healing.

  1. Essential oils heal on a physical level. Some are 40-60 times more potent than herbs. They possess a combination of properties that are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, etc. They help the body ward off harmful micro-organisms, often relieving pain and discomfort in the process.
  2. Once the body is relieved of physical symptoms, it can shift focus to healing on an emotional level. As the physical body heals, the vibration increases. when this occurs, frequency gets higher and higher and it becomes more difficult for low-vibrating energy like grief, anger, fear and low self-esteem to remain. During this stage, unwanted energy moves to the surface and cycles out to the universe where it is purified and re-purposed for positive use.
  3. Essential oils promote emotional healing by getting to the root ails us. Once the cause of an issue is revealed at its root, we are able to release false beliefs that have held us hostage. This is the third, and probably most difficult, stage of healing with essential oils. Releasing limiting beliefs is how we clear away stagnant, unwanted energy to make room for positive energy flow.
  4. When space is cleared for positive energy to flow freely, we open to receive messages from higher consciousness/spirit/the universe. We begin to get very clear about what is best and right for our own personal journey in this life. This increased spiritual connection also acts a preventive --- turning us away from destructive and unloving choices.
  5. When we communicate openly, clearly and consistently with spirit, our life's purpose becomes evident. Answers to the big questions are revealed and we develop the time, energy and skills to step into the spotlight that shines just for us.

If you'd like to experience the power of healing with essential oils, come to Wellness Uprising for an aromatherapy session. Our practitioners will create and hold a sacred space for your highest and most complete healing. 

Body Talk: Language of the Chakras

The human body has a communication system that raises consciousness about what has happened (past), what is happening (present), or what is going to happen (future) on physical, psychic and soul levels. In humans, chakras form a bridge between the mundane (material) and the Divine (spiritual) in both the body and the universe. The condition and health of the chakras, how clear and balanced they are, determine our ability to give material form to our thoughts and desires, the process also referred to as manifesting. Chakras may be considered the "voice" of the body, mind and soul, as they communicate to meet mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Each chakra speaks to us in a different way to try and tell us what we need to know to be balanced, healthy and whole. 

Last week I cut my hand while washing dishes. My physical body reacted by stinging and bleeding, sending a root chakra survival message to stop the bleeding and address the pain. The throat chakra chimed in with verbal expression as I hissed and cursed for a few seconds. Intuitively (3rd eye chakra), I reached for a fresh leaf from the aloe vera plant in the bay window to speed the healing process. Spirit speaks to me through music, a third chakra expression, so I could not ignore India Arie's song, Slow Down, playing on my iPad at the time ("thinking the faster that I go, the faster that I will reach my goal. The race is not given to the swift, but the one that endureth..."). It was a combined effort from my crown and throat chakras, alerting me to the need to slow down and pay attention to what I'm doing. Later, while meditating and doing a Reiki self-treatment, Source summed it all up for me by sending a message from my soul through the seventh chakra: "You cut your finger to call attention to your need to slow down, pay attention to what you're doing, and take care of yourself because something is about to happen that will require a great deal of your focus and energy." Three days later, my BFF's father had a massive heart attack and, after seven days in a coma, made his final transition. Because I heeded the signs, I was well rested, clear in my thinking, and able to be physically and mentally present for the family in their time of need. It's all connected.

Physical, psychic and intuitive communication is just one important function of the chakras. They also record and store records of past, present and future events that affect us in the now, and they regulate body functions. These are the reasons it is important to practice good energy hygiene by regularly clearing and balancing the chakras. This can be done through meditation, intentional spiritual work or energy healing with a qualified practitioner. Learn about ways to clear and balance your own chakras with Ancestral Alchemy Chakra Healing Elixirs. The clearer your chakras, the more easily you'll understand what's happening in and around you and the healthier life choices you'll make.

Ancestral Alchemy Chakra Elixirs

Grief is a creative energy. As we release earthbound attachments to the dearly departed, we create space for something new to enter our lives. When someone I love transitions and expands out into the ether, I am often pushed to create something meaningful that furthers the fulfillment of my life purpose as a healer. Death in the flesh is met with opportunities for new beginnings ... on earth and in the Spirit realm. 

We lost my BFF's father last week and, In honor of the soul that is Willie Asberry, an important male figure in my life, I was guided to develop seven Reiki-empowered chakra healing elixirs for clearing and balancing the seven primary in-body chakras.

Willie's energy was calm, patient, snarky and compassionate. He was a heart-centered individual whose sensitivities to the harshness of this world were evident in his life choices. As an individual who lacks a certain kind of patience, I know it is through him that I give birth to this phenomenal line of healing oils.

The mere thought of sitting before dozens of bottles and channeling laser focused energy to build a product one drop at a time is enough to send me screaming for the hills. Yet, with Mr. Asberry's help, I did exactly that. I was tired beyond all reason and trying to sleep when Spirit whispered, "you have to create a line of oils." I argued, "I'm tired and I'm not really interested in that tedious process.." The urging grew louder and more combative until I got out of bed, pulled out the oils, prepped the bottles and began blending drop-by-drop-by-drop.

I laughed, cried, rocked and hummed my way through 26 hours to breathe life into Ancestral Alchemy chakra healing elixirs. It was exhausting and exhilarating! I know it is no coincidence that 26 hours is exactly the amount of time I spent in labor with my only child; and these oils, like he, are precious and rare. Thank you, Willie Asberry, for this parting gift.

The healing energy of Ancestral Alchemy chakra healing elixirs can be released by applying directly to the specified chakra, inhaled from the palms of the hands, applied to the soles of the feet or diffused. 

TREE root chakra elixir is a grounding and earthing blend. In prehistoric times man was in constant connection with the earth; we walked barefoot from place-to-place and slept on the ground in caves. Later, farming became a large part of our existence, so we worked with Mother Earth daily, tilling, planting and harvesting crops. Today, we live and work indoors and wear rubber soled shoes to cover our feet. We use locomotives to travel from place to place and farming tasks are largely automated. We are disconnected from our original nurturer and provider, Mother Earth. Journey back to place of oneness with earth with help from TREE chakra healing elixir. TREE contains pure, therapeutic grade essential oils of spruce, ho wood, frankincense, blue tansy, blue chamomile, bergamot, juniper berry, myrrh, arbor vitae, nootka tree, thyme and citronella in an almond oil base.

FULL MOON sacral chakra elixir helps to release unexpressed emotions, and remove unwanted energy that is stuck and preventing positive forward growth and movement. If you've lost your passion for pleasure and the pursuit of your dreams, FULL MOON can help. FULL MOON contains pure, therapeutic grade essential oils of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, sandalwood, jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, jasmine, vanilla, damiana and wild orange in an almond oil base.

RAIN solar plexus chakra elixir supports positive self-acceptance and courage. Just as rain from above washes away residue from the earth, this oil clears away false beliefs that cloud intellect, thoughts and ideas. The oils in RAIN include wild orange, clove, star anise, lemon myrtle, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, zdravetz and rosemary in an almond oil base.

CAVE heart chakra elixir encourages self-love, peace, emotional healing and internal and external compassion in a protected space. The oils in CAVE were specially selected and blended to aid the light and fluid flow of life-affirming energy that ensures a safe and serene sanctuary within. CAVE contains essential oils of frankincense, patchouli, ylang ylang, labdanum, amyris, sandalwood, rose, osmanthus and clary sage in an almond oil base.

AHEM throat chakra elixir is formulated to remove creative blocks and make way for truthful and authentic expressions of love, life and desire. It opens energy to say "yes" to the life's options. AHEM contains pure, therapeutic grade lavender, frankincense and peppermint essential oils in an almond oil base.

MAARIFA is Swahili for knowledge, and it is the name of our third eye chakra elixir. Like the lens of a camera, the third eye chakra receives, records and sends images, symbols and colors that represent the world around us. It pulls energy from the brain and the crown chakra to provide insightful information about past, present and future events. MAARIFA contains essential oils that help clear, balance and maintain the lens that is the third eye. MAARIFA contains clary sage, sandalwood and lavender essential oils in an almond oil base.

The word "yoga" is derived from the Sanskrit, "yuj" (pronounced "yug"). It means "union," and refers to the union of the higher and lower self. This is the perfect descriptor for YOGA crown chakra elixir. The crown chakra forms a connection to Divine Source and all of Spirit, processing signals and energy needed to fulfill our Divine purpose. Within the crown chakra is the ability to wholly understand our life path and purpose. YOGA crown chakra elixir contains essential oils of lavendin, lavender, Hawaiian sandalwood, tangerine, Melissa, ylang ylang, elemi, osmanthus, lemon myrtle, bergamot, patchouli, jasmine, vanilla, vetiver, cocoa bean and rose in an almond oil base with trace amounts of fractionated coconut oil.

Lemon Lavender Tea

Ingredients: 8 ozs. hot water, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1/4 tsp. lavender buds or 1 drop lavender essential oil, honey to taste Heat water to near boiling on top of stove or in electric pot (do not microwave). Add lemon juice and lavender buds or pure, food grade lavender essential oil (check label or call mfg.) to cup. Steep for five minutes. Add honey to taste and sip slowly. If you cannot find lavender buds, one drop of lavender essential oil will serve just as well.

Ingredients: 8 ozs. hot water, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1/4 tsp. lavender buds or 1 drop lavender essential oil, honey to taste

Heat water to near boiling on top of stove or in electric pot (do not microwave). Add lemon juice and lavender buds or pure, food grade lavender essential oil (check label or call mfg.) to cup. Steep for five minutes. Add honey to taste and sip slowly. If you cannot find lavender buds, one drop of lavender essential oil will serve just as well.

Last weekend, I spent a chilly winter afternoon at the beautiful Temescal Gateway Park. I love the trees there. They are old with deep roots for good grounding energy.

Though we spent much of the day inside, it was cold. Then, the sun came out and it warmed up --- but it was still chilly. We worked indoors, then out, than back indoors and out again. My body temperature fluctuated from freezing cold to hot. I perspired and shivered throughout the entire day. Then, to complete my personal recipe for sickness, the fans came on in the room and we didn't know how to turn them off. By the time I got home my throat was scratchy and I had a low-grade fever.

It's tough, even for healers, to exercise sound self-care when you're not feeling your best. This is when ancestral and Divine intervention come into play.

We are connected to a host of helpers and supporters from the spirit realm to help us navigate life's challenges. In a moment of clarity, the ancestors reminded me of this age-old remedy. Benefits include:

  • Hydrates the body
  • Detoxifies
  • Boosts immune system
  • Calms the nerves
  • Settles the tummy
  • Aids digestion

I drank gallons of this tea for six days, never resorting to prescription or OTC medication. I broke fever within 24 hours and body aches, though still present, were greatly reduced. I enjoyed restful sleep and resumed a regular work schedule (from home) by day five.