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Normally this time of year I like to feel inspired by certain oils that create an exciting, happy space. But lately the theme of grief seems so much stronger. So in times of deep reflection and sadness I like to turn to Frankincense. Latin name boswellia carterii, Frankincense has a deep resinous scent, almost “balsamic” in nature. It’s a middle/top note oil with earthy undertones. Renowned for millennia (and mentions in historical and biblical texts) for its healing and symbolic spirit, Frankincese evokes a grand presence. But is also offers soft comfort. It has powerful wound healing capabilities (both physical and emotional), supports the immune system, calms inflammation and eases headaches. Frankincense is a meditative oil that encourages us to reflect inward and embrace our grief and sadness, so that we may move gently of it when the time is right.

“The only cure for grief, is to grieve”-Earl Tollman

Diffuse a few drops in a diffuser, or add to a topical blend in a 2% dilution (10-12 drops/ounce of carrier oil or lotion).

Be peaceful and happy blending.

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Spring is such an energetic and exciting time of year. Nature is flexing her wings and expanding and the energy is flowing! I love bright, effervescent oils this time of year, and I always revisit the florals! I love diffuser blends with Geranium, Lemongrass, Hyssop and Lavender. Florals tend to be emotionally supportive and act as tonics to the nervous system. Blending with some bright citruses, like Grapefruit, Mandarin or Sweet Orange can add some immune support and promote joy! Spring is such a great time to throw open the windows and do some cleaning, so making a household cleaner with essential oils adds a natural, earthy and healthy aspect! I love taking pine and balsam needles in a ball jar, covering in white vinegar and letting strep for a month, then I strain and add Spike Lavender and Lemon oil- the smell is heavenly, and it is a powerful cleaner with no toxic chemicals. Have fun with your blending and how to integrate it into your every day life! May your spring be filled with sunshine, flowers and some peace. Happy blending!

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March is a transition month and a time to stretch and lean into the coming spring. Rainy weather can remind us to cleanse; wind blows away the dust and cobwebs of a long winter, and warmer, sunnier days invoke hope and excitement! In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this time of year correlates to the Wood element; a time of anger and frustration as the grasses shoot up through the melting ice. It’s a good time of year for a gall bladder and liver detox, so maybe enjoy some dandelion tea and some yoga! Massage is so beneficial during the change of seasons to help our body’s adjust. And of course, it’s time to start planning our gardens. March is a good time to set intentions for the coming season. My favorite oils this time of year are bright and refreshing: Lemon, Bergamot, Spearmint and Juniper to name a few. Get creative, open your windows, have a breath and ease into the coming spring. Happy blending!

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