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Aromatherapy: Make Your Own Flower Essences

Aromatherapy: Make Your Own Flower Essences

Think of flower essences as the Reiki of the plant world, as they work on the emotional and energetic levels of the body and mind. Flower essences are useful for people with highly sensitive nervous systems. Flower essences can also be thought of the homeopathy of the plant world. They were developed by a homeopath, Dr. Edward Bach. He believed many illnesses and ailments have emotional origins. Dr. Bach believed the health of the body depends on the health of the soul.

Herbal preparations come in different forms: fresh and dried herbs, tinctures, soups, teas, essential oils, hydrosols and flower essences. Essential oils are the most concentrated of the plant modalities, using a large amount of plants to create a small amount of concentrated plant oil. Because of the concentrated nature of essential oils, they must be used in dilution. I use them only in dilutions appropriate for sensitive people. 

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Beeswax to Oil Ratios for Salve

I’ve been making salves for my friends and family for a few years now. And I am still just winging it as far as measurements of beeswax and oil! I’ve had some people ask me about the ratios. In general, I think I do use a 1 – 4 beeswax to oil ratio, but then again, I don’t use exact measurements, so it may vary.

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Valentine’s Day: Lavender Rose Body Butter

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Is there anything more beautiful, relaxing and intoxicating all at once than standing near a real lavender field? What lovely color and romantic scent! Nature brings us such joy and beauty!

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Self-care: Affirmations, positive emotions and flower essences

Affirmations alone won’t enact change within yourself, but are a wonderful addition to insight psychotherapy to aid in your transformative process. Adding strong positive emotion to the words will help enlist the cooperation of your wary limbic system. And adding a subtle  flower essence works supports you on an energetic level.

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Self-Care: Essential Oils for Emotional Support

Self-Care: Essential Oils for Emotional Support

Safety note: Please realize that self-treatment has its limitations. You must seek professional help for any chronic, lingering or severe emotional or psychological symptoms you are experiencing. The use of essential oils for emotional support is discussed here as just one piece of the pie in your healing, as complementary care only. In addition, this website promotes the safe use of essential oils by these methods only: inhalation, intermittent diffusing and safe levels of dilution in a carrier oil for use on the skin. This website does NOT promote the ingestion of essential oils.

Can essential oils be used for emotional support? Is there evidence to back these claims? There is a small, but growing, body of research indicating that essential oils have a positive effect on mood. And research has also focused on the psychophysiological effects of essential oils at the molecular level as well. The studies indicate that there are positive effects and better designed and additional studies are needed.

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Hobby Corner: Fall Warming Herbal Salve for Pain Relief

Hobby Corner: Fall Warming Salve for Pain Relief

This spring and summer, I wildcrafted some herbs to infuse in base oils for use in making some fall  and winter salves. I made comfrey, dandelion and calendula oils.  This November, I made my first fall/winter warming salve. Because, like any others,  I do intense work as a psychotherapist, I tend towards hobbies that being me in contact with nature, such as hiking, gardening and herbal and aromatherapy studies.

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Hobby Corner: Arnica Oil Infused Salve for Muscle Pain

Arnica Oil Infused Salve for Muscle Pain

My work can be very analytical and intense, so I offset this by exercise and engaging in pleasant hobbies.

Here’s another easy remedy for you to make for simple comfort in everyday life. Make this salve for use in your home and to give to friends, too! Making salves with plant essences is a lot like cooking.  So, if you like to cook as a hobby this is a meditative fun way to pass a rainy day at home!

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HeartLife Holistic® Healing: Infusing Carrier Oils for Self-Care

  Herbals: Infusing Carrier Oils for Self-Care

One of my hobbies is aromatherapy. I see studying the plant world as an extension of my life-long gardening hobby. I studied at Liz Fulcher’s Aromatic Wisdom Institute, and had the best time learning about how to judge the quality of essential oils, how to mix them and all about carrier oils as well. I especially love infused carrier oils and salves. They have such nice scents and are so calming and have strong, grounding energy.

I myself use the plant world as part of self-care, as emotional balancing, whether it is practicing forest bathing by walking in the woods, spending a day working in my garden, going to a local arboretum to enjoy the professional naturalized plantings, bringing cut flowers in the house or using the grounding energy of the carrier oils and flower essences during stressful times.

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