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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Magick Muse Chakra Series - Your Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra
Moving up from the root chakra we find 
our 2nd chakra, the sacral.

Located at the lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel, the sacral chakra is connected to 
pleasure, desires, sexuality, and our well-being.

It represents our ability to connect with others 
and is the seat of our emotions.

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Sanskrit Name – Svadhisthana “sweetness”

Represented – a lotus of 6 petals

Color - orange

Element – water

Planet – Pluto

Astrological sign – Cancer, Scorpio 

Associated sense – taste

Sound – oh (mow)

Animal – alligator

Archetype – Sovereign/Martyr

Food – liquids

Crystals – carnelian, golden topaz, tiger's eye

Glandular Connection – ovaries, testes Associated

Body Parts – sex organs, bladder, prostate, womb

Physical Imbalance – impotence, frigidity, lower back pain, bladder and prostate issues

Emotional Imbalance – emotional instability, feelings of isolation, unbalanced sex drive

The Sanskrit name, Svadhisthana translates roughly as 
“to sweeten” and this chakra is all about sweets!

The sacral chakra is: 
optimism - desire - activity - pleasure - happiness - change - creativity - passion

With an overstimulated sacral chakra, 
we are overly focused on satisfying our desires.

If our sacral chakra is depleted, 
we may be depriving ourselves of pleasure. 
Our creativity and passions could be stifled.

A balanced 2nd chakra brings a 
passionate approach to life, full of vitality.

There are many ways to heal and 
balance the sacral chakra.
You can try one or combine many for 
more beneficial results.
  • Eat oranges, cantaloupes, and carrots. Nuts are a good sacral chakra food, too.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Wear orange clothes.
  • Be creative! Take on a hobby and let out your inner artist.
  • Use yoga postures such as cobra and pelvic tilting.
  • Meditate focusing on your sacral chakra. Chant the sound sound "oh" as in the word mow.
  • Use crystals. Choose one and carry it with you. Meditate with it.
  • Use affirmations. I have listed six excellent affirmations below for balancing your 2nd chakra.
  • Use essential oils. Remember, oils are the souls of plants. This plant energy can help balance our energy.


Essential Oils for the Sacral Chakra

Bergamot essential oil reduces worry and anxious feelings. It eases the stress of everyday life. It's aroma brings happiness and uplifts your inner being.

Jasmine essential oil relieves anxiety and uplifts the spirit with its exotic warm scent.

Juniper Berry essential oil takes away that feeling of failure and gives you the determination to succeed. It allows us to overcome life’s obstacles, purging the feeling of worry.

Lavender essential oil is the ultimate calming oil for me. When I smell lavender, I feel like someone is giving me a really good hug. Lavender essential oil eases stress and anxiety. It helps eradicate mental stress, headaches, and migraines. Lavender soothes and balances your mind, body, and soul.

Orange essential oil is comforting. The smell of orange brings a positive outlook. It is warming, refreshing, and uplifting. 

Rose essential oil soothes emotions and worries.

Rosemary essential oil stimulates and helps us tune back in to our life’s true path. It boosts our confidence getting rid of gloom and apathy. Rosemary essential oil uplifts the heart and the mind bringing light to dark. It also expands the mind’s ability in seeking and finding answers.

Ylang Ylang essential oil opens and centers us. It soothes and entices, bringing us the gift of a peaceful paradise. Ylang ylang essential oil unifies from the inside out allowing us to feel self confident and good all over. It has a highly sensuous aroma that makes us feel all warm inside.


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Affirmations for The Sacral Chakra

I am moving toward a time when I am totally happy and fulfilled. Life offers me everything I need for that journey.

I am worthy of love and life's pleasures.

I have a right to express my desires to myself and others.

Who I am is good enough.

Life is unfolding as it should.

I honor my body and feel good about my desires.

Affirmations from "The Book of Chakra Healing" by Liz Simpson

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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Yarrow

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!


Yarrow

Latin Name: Achillea millefolium

Plant Family: Asteracae/Compositae (Daisy)

Character: astringent, cool, dry, slight bitter taste, sweet

Constituents: volatile oil, isovalerianic acid, salicylic acid, asparagin, sterols, flavonoids, bitters, tannins, coumarins, potassium, Vitamin C, fiber

Actions: astringent, digestive stimulant, diuretic, febrifuge, restorative for menstrual system, uterine stimulant

Parts used: Flowers, essential oil, leaves, and aerial parts

Harvest the flowers during summer and autumn.
Harvest the leaves throughout the growing season.



The essential oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and
an anti-spasmodic.

It can be used in chest rubs for colds and influenza.

Create a massage oil for inflamed joints ~ dilute 5-10 drops of yarrow oil in 25 ml of St. John's Wort oil.


Flowers are used for hay fever and 
various allergic mucus issues.

The leaves can be used fresh for nosebleeds 
for they encourage clotting.

You can wrap fresh leaves on cuts as a poultice.

Yarrow stimulates blood circulation and 
can be used for high blood pressure.

It can be used as a sweating remedy bringing down fevers.

Use yarrow in a compress to soothe varicose veins.


Yarrow was used to treat wounds during the Trojan wars.



Contraindications: Avoid large doses in pregnancy, it is a uterine stimulant. Prolonged use can increase the skin's photo-sensitivity and in rare cases can cause severe allergic skin rashes.


Flower Essence
Yarrow is a great flower essence for sensitive people.

It resets one's aura.

Yarrow flower essence bestows a shining shield of light which protects and unifies the essential self, allowing compassionate healing qualities to flow freely from one’s soul to another.

Folklore
As long as you carry a small sprig of yarrow, 
no one will be able to cast a spell on you.


Spiritual and Emotional Properties
Yarrow is the plant of "support", 
call on Yarrow energy whenever you are feeling discouraged.

Yarrow fosters self-worth plus emotional and mental strength.

Yarrow can guide you on the path of righteousness.


Yarrow Plant Spirit Prayer
"O glorious melody, upon your strings, 
enchant us with divine harmony. 
 And unto us, heal the fruits of our many labors."

(from "Plant Spirit Journey" by Laura Silvana)

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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Magick Muse Chakra Series - Your Root Chakra

Located at the base of our spine in the tailbone area,
the root chakra is connected to our personal survival.

It represents our foundation and 
the sensation of being grounded.

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Sanskrit name – Muladhara “root”

Represented by – a lotus of 4 petals

Color – red

Element – Earth

Planet – Saturn

Astrological Sign – Capricorn

Associated Sense - smell

Sound – oo (loot)

Animal – elephant

Archetypes – Earth Mother/Victim

Foods – proteins, meats

Crystals – agate, bloodstone, garnet, hematite, obsidian, smoky quartz, tiger’s eye

Glandular Connection – adrenals

Associated Body Parts – bones, skeletal structure

Physical imbalance – osteoarthritis

Emotional imbalance – spacy, lethargic mind, incapable of inner stillness


The first chakra is the seat of our consciousness.
It is our connection with the earth and 
our basic need for survival.
The root chakra covers matters such as finances, food, 
shelter, and your job.

If the root chakra is blocked or depleted, our connection to nature and the world could be weakened. 
This can cause us to feel ungrounded and less stable.

An overstimulated root charka may cause one to become
attached to material things and wealth.

In Balance = Our core basic needs are being met.

There are many ways to heal and balance the root chakra.
You can try one or combine many for more beneficial results.

  • Focus on your basic needs and make sure they are fulfilled.
  • You could incorporate more protein in your diet and red colored foods such as beets. Add cayenne and hot spices to your food. Make a hearty soup. Eat more potatoes and vegetables from the ground.
  • Use yoga postures. Bridge Pose and Wheel will open the lower spine. Engage Warrior Pose to ground yourself and feel your need for survival thrive. Tree Pose is beneficial for grounding as well.
  • Meditate focusing on your root chakra. Chant the sound sound "oo" as in the word root.
  • Use crystals. Choose one and carry it with you. Meditate with it.
  • Use affirmations. I have listed six excellent affirmations below for balancing your root.
  • Use essential oils. Remember, oils are the souls of plants. This plant energy can help balance our energy.

Essential Oils that Balance and Cool the Root Chakra

Cedarwood essential oil calms and soothes the nerves. 
It is very grounding.

Clary sage essential oil drives out negativity - in your environment and in your thoughts. Sage purifies and cleanses. It brings you courage, strength, and protection while grounding you.

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Frankincense essential oil enhances enlightenment and connects the spirit with the divine.

Geranium essential oil restores a sense of harmony and equilibrium. It is considered to be a great balancer oil.

Rose essential oil soothes emotions and worries.

Sandalwood essential oil calms, relaxes, lifts depression, and banishes anxiety. Sandalwood increases a sense of peace in meditation and prayer.

Vetiver essential oil is a money drawing oil. Use it to enhance your finances. Its rich scent also brings tranquility to the soul.

Lemongrass and myrrh are also fabulous essential oils to bring balance to the root chakra.

You can use cinnamon, ginger, or patchouli essential oils to open and stimulate the root chakra.


Affirmations for The Root Chakra

My body is becoming more important to me. I nurture it constantly.

I am taking responsibility for my life. I can cope with any situation.

I recognize the abundance of love, trust, and care surrounding me.

My internal mother is always here for me, protecting, nourishing, and soothing me.

I deserve the best that life has to offer. My needs are always met.

I am connected to Mother Earth and know the security of being grounded in reality, in the moment.

Affirmations from "The Book of Chakra Healing" by Liz Simpson

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Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy


 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Thyme

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!

Thyme

Latin Name: Thymus Vulgaris

Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Character: Drying, pungent, slightly bitter, warm

Constituents: Flavonoids, saponins, tannins, volatile oil

Actions: Antibiotic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, antimicrobial, diuretic, expectorant, vulnerary

Parts used: Aerial parts

Harvesting: Harvest before and during flowering in summer, discard the woody stems.

Some Thyme Info

The name thyme comes from the Greek word, 
thymos, meaning spirit.

Thyme attracts butterflies and honey bees.

Thyme is a wonderful antioxidant and 
has antimicrobial properties.

It is an excellent source of vitamin K.

Thyme is full of iron, manganese, calcium, and dietary fiber.

Thyme can be found fresh, dried, or ground.



Culinary

Thyme is a popular culinary spice.

Aromatic and pungent, thyme adds great flavor to stews, soups, gumbos, clam chowder, stuffings,
and slow-cooking beef dishes.


I absolutely love the savory taste it gives chicken.

It's also a nice addition for salads and vegetable dishes.


Medicinal

Thyme is stimulating and opening.

Thyme is an expectorant that is excellent for deep chest infections with thick yellow phlegm.

It is great for coughs and asthma.

Use an infusion or tincture for chest infections, irritable bowel, and stomach chills.

Gargle the infusion for a sore throat.

For coughs and lung infections, take thyme syrup.

You can use the leaves as insect repellant.



Essential Oil

To produce thyme essential oil the leaves and flowers are distilled.

The fragrance of thyme enlivens the spirit.

The essential oil is uses for chest rubs, insect bites, infected wounds, and arthritic conditions.

When ingested, thyme essential oil soothes sore throats, coughs, and laryngitis.

You can inhale thyme essential oil for relief of asthma, bronchitis, sinus issues, and lung congestion.

Apply the oil to the skin to help clear acne, oily skin, dermatitis, and eczema.

You can soothe insect bites by applying thyme essential oil.

Add thyme to your favorite massage cream or oil to ease muscle and joint pain.

It relieves sprains and strains.

To reduce water retention and cellulite, add thyme to a carrier oil and massage into the skin.

Thyme essential oil can be found in soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, perfumes, and cosmetics.


Folklore

Cicely Mary Baker "Wild Thyme Fairy"
The Greeks associated thyme with restoring vigor and valor.

Romans believed this as well, their soldiers bathed in thyme before battle to gain courage, strength, and valor.

In the Middle Ages, ladies embroidered a sprig of thyme on their knight's scarf as a sign of their bravery.

Egyptians used thyme in their mummification brew.

Thyme was used as a religious incense.

A sprig of thyme was placed in the coffin of the dead.

It was believed that the souls of the dead would live on in the flowers of the thyme plant.

Nicholas Culpeper recommended thyme to get rid of nightmares.

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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Muse News June New Moon


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~Amy
 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Magick Muse Chakra Series - Intro to your Chakras

-Introducing The Chakra Series with The Magick Muse-
Every Friday, now through August 14.

From the brilliant Alex Grey

What are chakras?

We are all made of energy. Every cell of our being vibrates constantly. The chakras are the energy centers of the body. 

Chakras are wheels of energy that form a vortex. 

The word chakra translates to "wheel of light" in Sanskrit.

We have seven major chakras that are constantly 
moving and interacting.


Each chakra governs particular organs and body parts. They also represent parts of your personality and your psychological and emotional make-up. The chakras affect us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually .

When balanced, your chakra system provides 
powerful benefits to you and your health. 
When our chakras are out of balance,
 this can cause illness, frustrations, and stress. 
If our chakras are not aligned, we want to remove 
any blocks or imbalances to our natural flow of energy.

There are numerous healing techniques to align the chakras and stay balanced. Toning exercises, specific gemstones, yoga poses, meditation, and essential oils can help balance our chakras.


When our energy centers are flowing freely and 
working together as an integrated whole 
we function at our optimum level of 
mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Next Friday, we will talk all about the root chakra. 


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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Lavender

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!

Lavender

Latin Name: Lavandula

Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Parts Used for Medicine: Flowers

Harvest toward the end of flowering when the petals have begun to fade.

Character: bitter, dry, mainly cooling

Constituents: Volatile oil, tannins, coumarins, flavonoids, triterpenoids

Actionsantispasmodic, antiseptic,antibacterial,analgesic, carminative, circulatory stimulant, cholagogue, increases serotonin, nervine, relaxant, vulnerary

Lavender comes from the Latin word "lavare" meaning to wash.


Lavender Essential Oil

In the 1920’s, French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse was working in his perfume lab and burned his arm. He plunged it into the first batch of cool liquid he could find which happened to be lavender oil. The burn healed quickly with no scarring. After this miracle, Gattefosse devoted his life to researching the healing properties of essential oils.

We have discovered that lavender essential oil has a multitude of uses for our health. It is used in creams, lotions, massage, aromatherapy, and as a sleep aid. The essential oil of lavender is one of the most popular aromatic oils. Inhaling lavender essential oil calms your mind, body, and soul.

  • Add lavender essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water. Spray your sheets and pillow prior to hitting the sack for blissful sleep.
  • For eczema, add a few drops to chamomile cream.
  • Add lavender oil to lotion for soothing a sunburn or to moisturize dry and chapped skin.
  • Used in massage lotions and oils, it aids in relieving pains, sprains, muscular aches, and rheumatism.
  • For minor burns, apply 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to the affected area.
  • Apply the undiluted oil to stings and insect bites.

Lavender is an excellent addition to your first aid kit!


Lavender essential oil blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, patchouli, pine, rosemary, and sandalwood.



Other Lavender Uses
  • Make a tea with the flowers and drink up for headaches, nervous exhaustion, and indigestion.
  • One can make a sleep pillow with the dried flowers.
  • Make a tincture for headaches and depression, dosage up to 5 ml, twice a day.
  • For halitosis, use as a mouthwash.

Lavender Folklore

Lavender Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker
  • The Egyptians used lavender for mummification.
  • The Greeks liked to anoint their feet with lavender.
  • The Romans used lavender for baths and laundry.
  • Roman soldiers found it was quite useful for wound healing and fighting off infections.
  • Queen Elizabeth the 1st drank lavender tea to soothe her frequent migraine headaches.
  • Rumor has it, Cleopatra seduced Mark Antony and Julius Caesar while wearing lavender perfume.
  • To lure suitors, young ladies would wear little lavender bags in their cleavage.
  • Lavender is used to heal a broken heart.
  • Lavender was also used for protection. It was hung on the bedpost or made into a candle to keep evil energies away from the home.
  • On Midsummer, one can call upon the faery world by mixing chamomile, lavender, mugwort, and rose petals.

Lavender is definitely one of my favorite herbs. It's great to have on hand for almost anything - bug bites, a sleep aid, burns, bruises, relaxation - and the faeries like it.

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Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.