Respecting Essential Oils

Approximately 5% of plant species produce volatile (aromatic) organic compounds to protect themselves from predators, to attract pollinators, and for plant-to-plant communication. By physically extracting these compounds, we collect essential oils that we can use for our own protection and support in health and wellness. It takes a considerable amount of plant material to create a small bottle of essential oil. It is important to honor and respect the plant and its intelligence with every drop to ensure its availability for generations to come.

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Reiki From a Distance

Before my introduction to Reiki, I never gave much thought to the idea of distance healing therapies. However, during my journey toward wellness I recognized I was more than just a grouping of cells and organs and there was more to being alive than could be explained by biological processes. There was something else I recognized as Me that existed beyond my physical body. In my second Reiki class, my teacher taught us how to send Reiki across any distance around the world. It was mind-bending (is mind-bending) and I’m still amazed by distance Reiki.

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Reiki and the Mind

When the list of “to do’s” grows long, we can feel anxious as we rush to meet work deadlines and complete our daily tasks. After a traumatic event, we can feel varying degrees of depression, grief, and helplessness. While it’s important to acknowledge and experience these difficult feelings as they arise, we don’t want to become stuck inside them. Reiki can help us process these feelings, release our stress, and reach the other side. This month, I’ll explore how Reiki supports health and wellbeing by helping reduce emotional and mental distress.

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Reiki and Pain

Research studies examining Reiki’s effect on pain make a compelling case that Reiki is a beneficial complement to conventional pain-reduction measures. However, what convinces me most is witnessing firsthand the beneficial changes in my clients. This post explores studies published in clinical journals and presents a couple of my clients’ cases. 

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Our Biofield

Biofield research gives us a greater understanding of who we are beyond our physical existence and how much more we still have to explore. The term biofield was coined at a 1992 meeting of the recently established Office of Alternative Medicine at the US National Institutes of Health in order to unify the concept upon which many energetic therapies, such as Reiki, were established. Here, I present the definition, history, and nature of the human biofield.

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Loving Yourself

Accepting and loving yourself helps you enjoy life and supports your well-being. When a loved one comes to you for help, you most likely do all you can to offer them compassion, kindness, and support. But what do you offer yourself when you’re the one going through a difficult time? Do you give yourself a smile in the mirror and remind yourself that you are strong and smart and will find a way to make it through? Or do you see a collection of imperfections to pick apart? But what does perfection mean?

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Embracing Life's Spiral

Spirals exists all around us from delicate seashells and unfurling ferns to vast galaxies. Spiral petroglyphs from ancient civilizations are found all over the world, referring to such things as water, when to plant seeds, the cycles of seasons, or the journey through life. As we progress through life, sometimes a reminder of a past difficulty arises and we may feel that we are being pulled backward. However, its arrival doesn’t mean we are stuck; it means that it has something new to teach us to help us continue forward along our path.

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The Giving Grass

Vetiver, Chrysopogon zizanioides, is the grass that keeps on giving. I love its deep, earthy aroma as much as I love how much this grass has to offer to the health of our planet. Vetiver is planted around the world to reduce erosion, clean soil and water, and feed livestock. Its essential oil provides profound support to our body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

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Gratitude

Gratitude is the act of bringing our attention to and appreciating the positive aspects of our lives. It is also an emotion linked with feelings of kindness and compassion for the world at large. Infusing your life with gratitude can be a powerful impetus of shifting your perspective from one of lack and uncertainty to one filled with appreciation, wonder, love, joy, and abundance.

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The Beauty of Crystals

It’s hard to argue the beauty of rocks, stones, and crystals. As I searched for ways to ease my own suffering, I came across crystal healing. Nature had always been a place of peace and healing for me, so maybe these stones from the Earth could offer something similar. This is my crystal story about how I appeased my analytical mind and quieted my inner-skeptic.

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Loving the Earth

For as long as I remember, nature has always been my sanctuary, the place where I feel most alive, most connected, and most myself. My relationship with the Earth deepened when I began using plant extracts, crystals, and Reiki to support my health. When it became my dream to support others with these gifts of nature, I wanted to create a truly healing and loving business that also showed gratitude to the Earth. I have incorporated sustainability initiatives into my business and there are many ways we can all show this planet some love on a daily basis.

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Aromatherapy and the Spirit

To offer truly holistic support, aromatherapy must support the spirit, the energetic part of our being, in addition to the physical, mental, and emotional. To do this, we consider several aspects of the essential oil and plant including its therapeutic properties, the plant part from which the essential oil was extracted, and how it survives its natural environment. 


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Aromatherapy and the Body

This blog post is the second in a series of four examining how aromatherapy supports the health and well-being of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This month, we take a look at aromatherapy and the body by examining how essential oils support physical health and comfort. There is extensive scientific research covering the naturally occurring chemical components found in plant extracts. I discuss just some of these components and share examples of how I have used them in my practice.

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Aroma and the Brain

When we hear the term “aromatherapy,” often the first thing that comes to mind is something we smell. Although smell is only a small part of aromatherapy, I find it to be an important method of addressing patterns of stress and trauma held within the body-mind-spirit system. In this post, I examine our sense of smell, the brain, and how aroma connects with memory, emotions, and stress.

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The Path of Spring

With its longer days, scented breezes, and enthusiastic birdsong, Spring brings a sense of renewed hope, expansion, and transformation. As bare and muted tree branches sprout fresh green leaves and colorful blossoms, I feel a sense of opening within myself. How do you feel when you notice the natural wonders around you? Do you get swept up in the stories that Nature tells? 

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Living With Intention

An intention is a statement of purpose that guides future actions. It is like a mission statement for a project, a day, or an entire life. It becomes a blueprint and any actions moving forward support its creation in the physical realm. Our intentions shift and change just as we, and our projects, grow and evolve.

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How Spending Time In Forests Benefits Your Health

In the 1980s, shinrin-yoku, meaning "forest bathing" or "taking in the forest atmosphere," was developed in Japan and has become an important part of Japanese preventive healthcare and healing. Scientific research has established its many health benefits and shinrin-yoku is spreading across the world. Excursions to forests reduce feelings of stress, improve mood and vibrancy, balance the nervous system, calm the stress response, and support immune system health.

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Honor Yourself In The New Year

With the beginning of each new year, many of us make intentions or resolutions to improve one or more aspects of our lives. Usually it comes down to the core goal of being happier, healthier, and living more freely. However, in order for our outer circumstances to improve—better family relationships, making new friends, maintaining physical fitness, choosing courageously—our inner experience must first get better. We must fully accept, love, and be confident with who we are in each moment so that we make self-honoring choices on the way to reaching our resolutions. 

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