Authenticity…Why It Is SO Important

Authenticity…Why It Is SO Important

I know that I have written about authenticity before...but a couple of events occurred recently that brought it "front and center".  I took that as a sign that this important topic needs to be discussed...and explored...again. First...the events.  #1:  I was recently very ill with the cold/flu/what-have-you with the very persistent and lingering cough that has been "going around".  When I say "very ill"...I mean several days with NO...

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Winter is Upon Us…Essential Oils Have Light & Warmth to Share!

Winter is Upon Us…Essential Oils Have Light & Warmth to Share!

When I went outside last night, I turned to my husband and said "I think Winter is officially here!"    Most of the golden leaves have fallen from our stately Cottonwoods, and I find myself succumbing to a vest or jacket when I go outside (I really hate to wear a coat!).  That, and the change back to Mountain Standard Time, tell me that it is time to bring out the essential oils that help me through this time of year. First and...

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Meet The “Golden Girls”!  Golden Essences that Heal & Uplift

Meet The “Golden Girls”! Golden Essences that Heal & Uplift

 I recently held an Aromatherapy Meet Up in Santa Fe, where, inspired by my earlier post on Turmeric...a Golden Goddess for sure...we explored a number of other golden essences and their healing and uplifting properties.  Here are some highlights from that meeting: First, it is good to consider how color affects us.  It is said to be one of the languages of the soul; influences our moods and emotions; sheds light on our personality;...

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EOs for Dreaming…and…the Winner from the Durango Show

EOs for Dreaming…and…the Winner from the Durango Show

I frequently am asked "What essential oils will help me remember my dreams?" ...or some version of that question.  I think there are several techniques to facilitate dreaming and dream retention.  One easy one is to state the intention before going to sleep that you wish to remember your dreams.  Another easy one is to keep a notepad next to your bed, and  jot down your memories of your dreams immediately upon waking.  By the way, just...

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Turmeric – The “Golden Goddess” & Announcements

Turmeric – The “Golden Goddess” & Announcements

Turmeric...Good for What (ever) Ails You! I have recently been working with several clients who are using Turmeric essential oil as part of their healing regimen.  One is working with hepatitis, another with cancer, and a third with high cholesterol.  Interestingly, Pharmaca, a holistic pharmacy that has a store in Santa Fe, recently sent out a newsletter that featured Turmeric (Curcuma longa).  I love such synergy!!  However, I was...

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Taking Control of our Health

Taking Control of our Health

This is such a huge topic...but I would like to narrow it a bit, and share the quote that inspired this blog post:  "Aromatherapy can initiate the first steps on a journey that will ultimately lead to becoming master of one's own health."  This was beautifully and powerfully stated by none other than Kurt Schnaubelt...one of our teachers and mentors, and owner of The Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy.  I read it recently in a student...

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Messages from the Essences…Yes, they do speak!

Messages from the Essences…Yes, they do speak!

Had a wonderful Aromatherapy Meet Up gathering recently in Santa Fe; the topic was "Exploring with the Essences...It isn't always in a 'book' ".  There were people there who have been using essential oils for years, and other "newbies" who were just beginning their journey with the plants and trees via the essences.  I picked 13 essences for our "experience."  I mentioned a little about each one, so that everyone would have...

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Essences and the Chakra System…So Happy Together!

Essences and the Chakra System…So Happy Together!

In our Level 1 Certification Class, we briefly discuss the chakra system (energy system) of the body and essences that support the 7 basic chakras.  As a group, we then choose an essence for each chakra, anoint ourselves with those essences, and then I close that segment with a guided meditation to balance and align the chakras.  Without exception, people in the class (even when I am teaching via Skype!) feel a profound sense of...

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All In Good Time

All In Good Time

Hello again, and welcome to another Essential Thought! It has truly been a "labor of love" to develop my new website over the last six months...and it isn't over yet!  I am now starting work on Phase II - adding E-commerce to the site.  However, if I have learned anything in my almost 64 years, it is to bask in something beautiful that I have created...to truly relish that which is...that didn't exist before.  And to cherish the...

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The Violet Sea….and Upcoming Events

The Violet Sea….and Upcoming Events

Hello again, and welcome to another Essential Thought!  I wanted to share a "day dream", or a "dream upon waking" that I had the other morning...and then mention a few upcoming events for Shining Sun Aromatherapy that you might find of interest. The Violet Sea I awoke a couple of mornings ago with this thought in my mind "The Violet Sea...The Sea of Tranquility".  All I could think of was the ability of Violet essential oil to bring calm...

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