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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Palmarosa

Palmarosa

Latin Name:
Cymbopogon martinii

Plant Family: Poaceae (grass family)

Actions: antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, digestive, febrifuge, stimulant, tonic


Palmarosa essential oil has a sweet, floral aroma similar to a mix of rose and geranium.



What's the deal with Palmarosa?

  • Palmarosa is valuable in skin care. It hydrates, rejuvenates, and promotes cellular regeneration.
  • Because of its antiseptic properties it is beneficial for acne, dermatitits, and other skin conditions.
  • Palmarosa activates a sluggish digestion and increases your appetite.
  • With its bactericidal properties, palmarosa prevents and treats intestinal infections.
  • Add to a massage blend for alleviating anxiety and nervous exhaustion. It also relieves stiff, sore muscles.

The invigorating scent of palmarosa uplifts the spirit, calms the mind, and clears muddled thinking.
Palmarosa essential oil is also great for purification.
It washes away abuse, guilt, shame, and old, stale emotions.


Palmarosa essential oil blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, geranium, rosemary, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.



Looking for a way to rejuvenate your skin?

Try out this recipe.

Skin Rejuvenator Recipe

6 drops palmarosa essential oil
3 drops rose essential oil
3 drops frankincense essential oil
5 drops evening primrose
3 teaspoons apricot kernel oil



Shake it up and massage into the face in the evening.

Recipe taken from "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies" by C. Norman Shealy MD, PhD


Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Spirit Dancer

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bergamot

Bergamot

Latin Name: Citrus bergamia

Plant Family: Rutaceae

Parts Used: the oil expressed from the peel of the fruit

Actions: analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, sedative, vermifuge, vulnerary

Constituents: bergamotine, beraptene,
d-limonene, linalool, linalyl acetate

Characterisitcs: cool, dry

Element: wood

The fruit of the bergamot tree was originally cultivated in Italy, where it has a history of use in folk medicine. Bergamot oil is documented in old herbal texts. Bergamot is joyous and refreshing. It has a sweet & fruity scent. Bergamot essential oil is highly fragrant, so you will find it in colognes, perfumes, cosmetics, and lotions. It is also used as an ingredient in Earl Grey tea.

What can you do with bergamot?

Bergamot essential oil is good for skincare.

It can help with acne, boils, cold sores, eczema, and psoriasis.

You can use it as an insect repellent and to soothe insect bites.

Internally bergamot essential oil can strengthen the immune system preventing colds and flu.

Fight a mouth infection with bergamot.

Create a mouthwash by mixing a few drops with lemon juice.
Bergamot essential oil encourages appetite.

It reduces fevers.

It balances the nervous system.

You can spark sensual feelings by adding some bergamot essential oil to your favorite massage lotion.

Bergamot oil encourages restful sleep.

Bergamot eases the stress of the day. Inhaling the scent of bergamot essential oil is quite uplifting. It is a stress reducer, helping anxiety and depression.

Emotionally, bergamot relieves emptiness, grief, helplessness and hopelessness.


Bergamot blends well with chamomile, cypress, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, myrrh, neroli, sandalwood, and tea tree.


Use caution in sunlight with bergamot use, it increases the skin’s sensitivity.


Peace,
Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Spirit Dancer

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Goddess Oracle of the Week~Hathor


Hathor


Pleasure

When you come to me
I take your spirit
from the stars
and clothe it
in a body of sensation
to finely focus you on form
to benignly bask you in bliss
You are here to experience delight
enjoy gratification
know satisfaction
have pleasure
in all ways
in all modes
in all aspects.
Pleasure makes you juicy
twinkles your eyes
enlivens your life force
The exquisiteness of existence
is pleasure
Get ready to feel soooooooooooo good.

By Amy Sophia Marashinsky

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Now this is more like it! Last week I chose Kali which represents fear. This week, pleasure. Thank you universe. I am feeling my life force twinkling more and more every second. Thank you Hathor!


Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Spirit Dancer

Friday, September 23, 2011

Amy, Amy, Amy~Where's our moral parallel?

Amy, Amy, Amy~Where's our moral parallel?



If you act like you know what you're doing, 
you can do anything you want.

If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.

My justification is that most people my age spend a lot of time thinking about what they're going to do for the next five or ten years. The time they spend thinking about their life, 
I just spend drinking.

~Amy Winehouse



It's been 2 months since Amy Winehouse died.

Sigh.

I can't say "Oh, I'm so surprised." or "Wow, didn't see this coming."

But I didn't want it to happen. I watched her downward spiral into the 27 Club Abyss.

I wanted more. I wanted more Amy. More songs oozing with booze, love, heartache, and life.

Amy for some reason, couldn't get it together. No one could help her and she could not help herself.

But Amy helped me.

It's true. I've spent a great deal of time with Amy since my Itunes library met her back in 2007. I've listened to her songs more than anyone else.

Her lyrics cut deep. They are raw. They are real.

Amy was the real deal. She lived, she loved, she drank, she sang her heart out.

She wasn't afraid of love. Not like I am.

Amy wasn't afraid to bare all of her naked emotions to the world in her lyrics.

Back in 2007, Amy got me through 16 hours on the back of a motorcycle on a road trip from Myrtle Beach, SC to Metropolis, IL. My ass hurt, I wasn't allowed to move, there wasn't a radio, or anyone to talk to. All I had was the wind through my hair and my thoughts. I would sing her songs over and over while cruising down the interstate. I could belt out each song. The biker couldn't hear me over the roar of the bike and the helmet and the wind. I don't know how I would have survived those 16 hours being a biker bitch if Amy hadn't been there.


Amy helped me to see my emotions clearly. Listening to Amy invoked my deep feelings. They came out, no longer in a bottle.

I let them out.

Eventually, she encouraged me to go ahead and let my heart soar and fall deeply in love. Plunge in, head first, giving it all your might.

Amy let me know it was okay.

Amy, I want you to know...YOU helped me.
Thank you. Thank you for your lyrics. Thank you for your voice.
Thank you for throwing your soul out to the world.

I am forever grateful for the gifts you have given me.






May light and love guide your spirit eternal.


Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Magick Muse

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sandalwood


Sandalwood

Latin Name: Santalum album

Plant Family: Santalaceae

Parts Used: wood, volatile oil

Energetics: astringent, bitter, cooling, sweet

Actions: alterative, anti-aging, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, nervine, sedative, tonic


Good for the digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems.


Sandalwood essential oil has one of the most appealing smells.
It is sweet, woody, and floral.

The best sandalwood comes from India where it has been used for thousands of years for medicinal and religious purposes.


Sandalwood Essential Oil Knowledge

  • The oil contains constituents that reduces inflammation, soothes the stomach, reduces digestive spasms, and relieves fluid retention.
  • Sandalwood soothes and hydrates, which makes it excellent for skin issues such as dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and shaving rashes.
  • The essential oil calms, relaxes, and induces sleep.
  • Deep states of relaxation take place on the spiritual level with sandalwood.
  • Sandalwood cools and calms the mind and body.
  • It helps lift depression and banishes anxiety.
  • The rich, woody smell of sandalwood can instantly have a powerful affect on an individual. Because sandalwood relaxes the body, mind, and spirit, it is a great healing herb . A deep relaxed state allows the healing process to occur.
  • Apply a few drops of sandalwood essential oil to the third eye to empower your meditation experience. It increases devotion and awakens intelligence.

Sandalwood blends well with bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, myrrh, patchouli, rose, tea tree, and ylang ylang.



Attention men...you can create an aftershave soother…
  • Add 4 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 6 drops benzoin essential oil
  • 4 drops chamomile essential oil
  • to 4 teaspoons of hazelnut oil
After shaving, warm a tiny bit in your hands
and smooth onto the face.





Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Spirit Dancer

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Why wrap?

Why wrap?

Why not?

  1. Immediate results. You lose inches in just 45 minutes.
  2. It tightens, firms, tingles and feels good.
  3. It's the Fountain of Youth for your skin.
  4. It's easy to do and comes ready for use.
  5. You can wrap yourself in the privacy of your own home.
  6. The ingredients are all natural herbs and not tested on animals.
  7. You'll be able to fit into "that dress" again.
  8. It detoxifies you. It has nothing to do with water loss.
  9. You will increase your self-esteem. You look and feel sexy, baby!
  10. It is affordable. (one wrap=$25 vs in spas where you pay at least $100)


Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Spirit Dancer

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tea Tree



Tea Tree

Latin Name: Melaleuca alternifolia

The Greek genus name, Melaleuca, means black and white, named after the trunk color of one of the species.

Plant Family: Myrtaceae

Parts used: Essential oil

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled

Actions: analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiparasitic, antiviral, expectorant, vulnerary

Character: pungent, warm

Aromatic: cleansing, strong

Native to Australia, tea tree will not grow in most of the United States. It is used traditionally as an Aboriginal remedy. They use it to treat skin infections by creating a poultice from the leaves.

Tea tree essential oil is powerful. It is soothing. It is uplifting.

Fragrant and effective, tea tree essential oil is an all purpose remedy.

Tea tree essential oil contains constituents called terpenoids, which have been found to have antifungal and antiseptic activity.

It even kills airborne bacteria.

The sharp cleansing aroma clears congestion in the head, lungs, and sinuses. Inhaling tea tree oil’s scent can help with respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, and cough. Tea tree oil has proven quite useful in skin conditions such as acne, blisters, boils, burns, eczema, rashes, and warts.

Tea tree is also found in shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothpastes, mouthwashes and deodorants.

It is essential in your first aid kit. Make sure when you go camping, you have a bottle of tea tree essential oil with you. From athlete's foot to a sore throat to a bug bite, tea tree can save the day.


I always have a bottle of tea tree oil nearby. The uses are limitless.


Tea Tree is fantastic for: acne-athlete's foot-boils-burns-candida-cold sores-corns-dandruff-eczema-gingivitis-herpes-insect bites-insect repellent-insect stings-lice-nail fungus-pain-psoriasis-radiation burns-respiratory infections-ringworm-sore throat-strep throat-thrush-trichomonas-warts-yeast infections


Tea tree blends well with chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, geranium, lavender, lemon, majoram, myrrh, pine, and rosemary.


Contraindications:
  • Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not use essential oil internally unless under guidance of a competent health professional.
  • Undiluted tea tree oil may cause skin irritation.
  • The tea tree oil in toothpastes and mouthwashes is usually considered acceptable because it is not swallowed.


Acne Treatment Oil Recipe:

4 drops tea tree

3 drops bergamot

3 drops lavender

added to 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil



The Spirit Dancer's Tea Tree Essential Oil Tricks:

  • I use it as deodorant. My secret to not being stinky is tea tree essential oil. I actually take a couple of drops to my armpits before I apply my deodorant. It seems to work quite nicely. I caution this may not work for everyone, because undiluted tea tree oil may cause skin irritations. Try a small patch of skin first to see if it works for you.
  • I treat spider bites with it. I successfully treated a spider bite with a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oil, added to comfrey infused organic olive oil. It was remarkably better and the swelling went down significantly within 24 hours. No prescription antibiotic needed!


For me, tea tree is a miracle herb.



Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Spirit Dancer

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Queen Anne's Lace - Natural Birth Control

Queen Anne's Lace,
Natural Birth Control
or Fondly Named,
Anti-Baby Herbs

Yes, I'm bleeding!

I get especially giddy when I get my period. Because this means - no babies, no babies, no babies. I absolutely love sex. However, I do not love babies. Well, let's just say I don't want one. I don't want some parasite growing inside me sucking my life dry.

So what do I do? The pill? A shot? Surgery?

No. I eat herbs.

What??? I can hear your surprise.

I eat herbs for birth control - Queen Anne's Lace to be exact. She is also known as Wild Carrot, however I have nicknamed her anti-baby herbs.

Queen Anne's Lace comes from the plant family, Apiaceae, which is the carrot family. She flowers from May through October and you probably have spotted her on the side of the road.

QAL is an empowering contraceptive herb for women. Women have been using QAL as birth control for centuries. Queen Anne's use as anti-baby herbs was first described by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, over 2,000 years ago.

From my research and experience, the most effective way to use QAL is by chewing the seeds within eight hours of intercourse for three consecutive mornings in a row. After the third morning, discontinue use. Queen Anne likes a break.

The act of chewing the seeds releases the volatile oils that prevent implantation. The seeds are not my favorite flavor in the world, not my second favorite either - actually I don't even enjoy the taste. However, I love what they do for me, and it's all natural. I have found it helps to chase the seeds with apple juice.
Some ladies prefer drinking a tea or ingesting drops from a tincture. There are studies on the three different ways to take QAL. From what I've read, chewing the seeds remains the most effective. Some say, this way can create vaginal dryness, but I've never had an issue with that.

How does it work?
QAL makes the womb slippery which prevents implantation.

Where can I get it?
Harvest your own or purchase online.
I've used Wild Pantry before.

Reasons Queen Anne's Lace may fail as a contraceptive...
  • You took antibiotics. This messes with your gut flora.
  • You just got off the pill. Women who just got off the pill need to give their body three months to regulate their hormones.
  • You've experienced any major change in your hormones.
  • You are taking QAL every day and not giving it a break. Seriously, only chew the seeds three mornings in a row and then stop.
  • You forgot to take it after sex or waited until the day after to take it.
  • You got Queen Anne's Lace confused with Water Hemlock. Don't do that. It could be fatal. Know the difference. You can spot QAL by her hairy stalks.

As women, it is important to listen to our bodies and tap into our natural rhythms.
No birth control method is 100% except for abstinence, and that is not gonna happen!
I have been using Queen Anne's Lace successfully as my only means of birth control for almost three years.

Research, use your head, and do what is right for you.


Peace, Inspiration, and Love,
~Amy
The Spirit Dancer