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Memorial Day is a reverent and beautiful reminder of the sacred sacrifice people made to ensure freedom and safety. I love to take a few moments of silent gratitude for those lost in battle who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day weekend is also the unofficial start of summer and the season evokes images of graduation caps, school field trips and picnics! I love throwing open my windows, dusting off my patio furniture and planting my garden. This year I have decided on more herbs and less vegetables, as the growing season in Blue Mountain Lake, New York is short, and herbs are easier to manage! Plus they make amazing massage oil!

I hope your summer is filled with fun events, warm weather, beach days and BBQs. I also hope you get some down time. Summer, albiet fun and busy, can often leave me feeling depeleted by the time September comes a long. Summer goes so fast, it is important to replenish your own self care coffers. Drink some herbal tea, read a book in a hammock, take a nap on the back porch and take care of your skin with good skin care and sun protection. Schedule yourself a summer massage session to ensure you get some quality down time to restore. This month's aroma blend is designed to elate your spirit while keeping you focused and relaxed.

Keep blooming!

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it got me thinking about Lavender, in my opinion, the mother of all essentail oils. True lavender (lavendula angustofolia) is wildly popular, very accessible and a powerhouse in the bath and beauty industry. But at her heart, she is a gorgeous herbs with beautiful flower, who is capable of so many things. She grows all over the world, and has brought joy, peace and comfort to all she touches. Like a mother should. Lavender is reknowed for its relaxing capabilities, and is an effective nervine and sleep supporter. Lavender is also an incredible pain reliever and antiinflammatory oil. One of the reasons it works well in a massage oil is its versatility and familiarity. I think of my own mother- beautiful, strong, capable- and I am reminded at how lucky we are to live on beuatiful mother earth, and how she provides what we need.

On the massage front, I recently taught a 2-day, “Massage for Women’s Health” course, focusing on reproductive pathologies and how therapeutic massage can support the body. It was soul nourishing to see a room full of women, treating each other in compassion, kindness and empathy. And we used a lot of Lavender! Happy Mother's Day!

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April is a bustling month, and Spring is in full swing! Throw open the windows, clean out the closets, and breathe in the fresh air! While Easter is early this year, it kicks the season into high gear. It is essential to keep ourselves grounded and embrace the change.

Professionally, I am on the move! I will be at the AMTA-NY convention in Albany, New York, with a Bloom booth, featuring oils, massage supplies, CE boxes, and more! I also will be presenting for NYSSMMT on April 10th, with a virtual presentation of “Massage & Menopause,” a one-CE live webinar!

I look forward to seeing everyone in May in beautiful Saranac Lake, New York for “Massage and Women’s Health”, my newest CE offering~ 16 CEUS and so much information! My virtual offerings are expanding as well and I look forward to a busy season!

Add some floral oils to your home or office diffuser for a refreshing and uplifting scent: geranium, hyssop, lavender, jasmine and rose are all powerful essential oils and can be utilized safely diluted in a carrier for some topical support as well.

Get outside, enjoy and take care of yourself!

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