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Friday, July 31, 2015

The Magick Muse Chakra Series - Your Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra - Spirituality

Located at the very top of the head, the Crown Chakra 
represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

The crown is associated with all beauty, inner and outer.
It is our connection to pure happiness and spiritual bliss.

"I am one with all that is."

Sanskrit Name – Sahasrara “thousandfold”

Represented – a lotus of 1,000 petals

Color –violet, white

Element- thought/cosmic space

Essence - Connection to Source

Planet – Uranus

Astrological Sign – Aquarius

Glandular Connection – pineal

Associated Body Parts – upper skull, cerebral cortex, skin

Associated Sense – beyond self

Sound – ee (bee)

Crystals – moonstone, clear quartz, diamond

Animal – None

Archetypes – Guru/Egocentric

Food – Fasting

Physical imbalance – Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, sensitivity to pollutants, chronic exhaustion

Emotional imbalance – confusion, depression, obsessional thinking

It is within you that the Divine lives.
 ~Joseph Campbell

The Mystic Inner Knowing is our crown chakra. 
It is our higher self, our higher power.

The Crown Chakra is
 selfless service - spiritual unity - idealism - understanding - devotion - faith - stillness - oneness - the divine - bliss - peace - liberation - knowing - self-realization

An imbalanced crown chakra creates feelings of 
despair, loneliness, and spiritual alienation. 
The biggest block of your crown chakra is refusing to 
believe in higher powers.

When the crown chakra is in balance 
you live your life directed by Spirit. 
A balanced crown chakra brings 
wisdom and intelligence with an open mind. 

You are present in the moment and connected to your spirituality.
There are many ways to heal and 
balance the crown chakra.
You can try one or 
combine many for more beneficial results.

  • Fast. Fasting opens us to self-knowledge.
  • Detox. Use herbs such as holy basil, ashwaganda, fo ti, and gotu kola. These herbs help us develop spiritual consciousness.
  • Take yarrow flower essence. Yarrow knits holes in your energy field.
  • Clear your head through cardiovascular exercise.
  • Spend time outside in clean air and sunshine.
  • Practice calmness.
  • Meditate focusing on your crown chakra.
  • Chant the sound sound "ee" as in bee.
  • Use crystals. Choose one and carry it with you. Meditate with it.
  • Use affirmations. I have listed eight excellent affirmations below for balancing your 7th chakra.
  • Use essential oils. Remember, oils are the souls of plants. This plant energy can help balance our energy.
Essential Oils for the Crown Chakra

Cypress essential oil brings balance and stillness. It encourages will power and wisdom.

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. Geranium instantly uplifts the spirit. When you need to reclaim balance, the soothing aroma of geranium brings your emotions back to more relaxing levels.

Lavender essential oil is a hug in a bottle. It soothes and calms, promoting natural balance. The essential oil of lavender is one of the most popular aromatic oils. Inhaling lavender essential oil calms your mind, body, and soul.

Myrrh essential oil is protection and spirituality.

Neroli essential oil invokes lightness, joy, regeneration, peace, and completeness.

Rosewood essential oil removes other’s influences and thoughts bringing us back to our true selves. Now we can implement the changes we need to make to fulfill our authentic being. It reminds us to be ourselves and live in the moment.

Sandalwood essential oil brings a deep state of relaxation that takes place on the spiritual level. It increases devotion and awakens intelligence. Sandalwood increases a sense of peace in meditation and prayer.
Affirmations for The Crown Chakra

I tune into the union with my Higher Power.

I am starting to accept myself as I am, with love and gratitude.

I cease to limit myself intellectually and in my creativity and connect my spirit to the Source of all knowledge.

I am a unique, radiant, loving being.

I choose to live my life from a place of love and contentment.

I choose to transform my life and become free.

I release all limited thoughts and lift myself up to ever higher levels of awareness.

I am who I am and glory in that.


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 holistic 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, July 29, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Cayenne


*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!

Cayenne 

Latin Name: Capsicum frutescens 

Plant Family: Solanaceae

Character: drying, pungent, very hot 

Constituents: Vitamins A, B1, C, alkaloids, fatty acids, flavonoids, carotene pigment, iron, sugars 

Actions: anthelmintic, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, gastric stimulant, promotes digestion, promotes sweating, stimulating nerve tonic 

Parts used: fruit 

Culinary uses: chilis, curries, salsas, sauces 

Contraindications:
~Excessive consumption of cayenne leads to gastroenteritis and liver damage, so watch dosages.
~Avoid therapeutic doses of cayenne in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
~Be cautious with the compress, if left on the skin for too long could cause blistering.
~When handling, avoid touching the eyes or any cuts.
Cayenne increases blood flow, tonifies the nervous system, relieves digestion, stimulates yang energies, cleans the blood, and increases the appetite. 

As an antibacterial, it is ideal for colds and chills. 

Cayenne is good for throat issues like 
hoarseness and laryngitis.

To create the infusion:
Add a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne to a cup of boiling water.
Dilute a tablespoon of the infusion with 
more hot water to make a cupful. 
Sip as required.

The infusion is ideal for colds, chills, 
cold hands and feet, depression and shock.

To stimulate digestive function take 2-3 drops of 
the undiluted infusion.

For rheumatic pains, bruising and sprains, soak a pad in the infusion for a compress.

Dilute 5-10 drops of the tincture in half a cup of hot water to take as a circulatory stimulant and tonic.

For throat issues create a gargle by 
diluting 5-10 drops of tincture in 
half a glass of warm water.

Create an infused oil for a warming massage 
for arthritis and rheumatism.
 The infused oil and ointment are less burning 
and irritating to the skin than the raw fruits.

A couple of HOT tips: 

To increase circulation, mix cayenne with shea butter 
and rub on the skin.

Putting a bit of cayenne between your shoes and 
socks on a cold winter day helps to keep the feet warm.

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Spiritual Cayenne 
On a spiritual level, cayenne's karmic lesson is 
to provoke choice. 

Cayenne energy stimulates all actions on a spiritual plane. 

Cayenne accelerates psychic development.

Cayenne opens the heart chakra. 

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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a holistic 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, July 28, 2015

Ronda Rousey Inspires Me

Even though I worked for The Golf Channel 
for 10 years of my life, 
(I know. Sometimes I don't believe it, either.)
 I'm not into sports.

Nope.
No sports for me.

And I always hated P.E.
I would take an extra class to get out of physical education.

Despite all of this, I have found something I like,
and dare I say, even love?

I love kickboxing.
I love going to the gym and punching the crap out of that bag.

It's truly empowering.

I feel strong.

I feel more secure.

I feel like I can take better care of myself.

So - I've also opened up to watching some 
female fighters go at it.

And I was completely floored when I witnessed this - 



14 seconds. 

In 14 seconds, she won.
In 14 seconds, the other girl had no idea what happened.
In 14 seconds, I got a new role model.

My jar on the floor, I was captivated.

This chick has mad skills.

She looked so mean, so fierce at first.
Afterwards, she smiled and just wanted to eat chicken wings.

I started researching her and damn...
she is truly beautiful inside and out.


Confident and powerful, she is
an inspiring role model for women everywhere.


Ronda can teach us the importance of -


  1. Focusing.
  2. Living in the moment.
  3. Celebrating your wins.
  4. Owning it. 
  5. Being who you truly are, your authentic self. 


She doesn't shy away from being a sex symbol. 
She doesn't shy away from being awesome. 
She doesn't shy away from being a badass.


Ronda Rousey is an amazing combination of beauty and strength. 



“I think that women fighting in the octagon really affects everything that women see as possible for themselves,” she told USA Today. “It’s not about trying to find a role that already exists that you can fit into. Now it’s about trying to dream up all the different roles that you can create for yourself—just like we did in fighting, we can do in every single profession out there.
-Ronda Rousey




Her next fight is this Saturday night.

I am looking forward to seeing her mad skills in action again.



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Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a holistic 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, July 24, 2015

The Magick Muse Chakra Series - Your Sixth Sense

The Third Eye Chakra
Intuition, Your Sixth Sense

Located on the forehead between the eyes, is 
the Third Eye Chakra. 
It is connected to our intuition, imagination, and our wisdom. 
Our third eye allows us to focus on the big picture.

Sanskrit Name – Ajna “to perceive, to know” 

Represented – a lotus of 2 petals

Color –indigo

Element- light, telepathic energy

Essence - intuition

Planet – Neptune, Jupiter

Astrological Signs – Sagittarius, Pisces

Sound – ih (in)

Crystals –tourmaline, amethyst, fluorite, azurite

Animal – none

Archetypes – Psychic/Rationalist

Food – None

Associated Sense – sixth sense

Glandular Connection – pituitary

Associated Body Parts – eyes, base of skull

Physical Imbalance – poor vision, glaucoma, headaches, neurological disturbances

Emotional Imbalance – hallucinations, learning difficulties, nightmares

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Our Third Eye
intuition - the spiritual - inner sight - purity - clarity - spirituality - wisdom - awareness - clairvoyance - imagination - concentration - insight - discernment - peace of mind

The third eye is the boundary between human 
and divine consciousness. 
It is where the unconscious and conscious meet. 
The phone rings, and you know who it is...that is your third eye. 

If your 6th chakra is depleted, you don't trust your intuition. 
You have fixed and narrow thinking. 
If your 6th chakra is in excess you can become disorganized, disoriented, spacey, and ungrounded. 
Feeling lost, melodramatic, confused, and cynical 
are all signs of an imbalanced third eye chakra.

When our third eye chakra is in balance we 
trust our intuition. 
We recognize our soul's true path. 
We observe without judgement. 
We are self aware and have heightened clairvoyance.


There are many ways to heal and 
balance your third eye.
You can try one or 
combine many for more beneficial results.

  • Enjoy mineral rich and superfoods, like wheat grass juice, chlorella, green algae, royal jelly, and bee pollen.
  • Eat purple fruits and vegetables, such as grapes and eggplant.
  • Indulge in some chocolate, the vibration of chocolate replenishes and stimulates the third eye.
  • For opening the inner eye, fast on stinging nettle tea.
  • Wear purple clothes.
  • Use yoga postures such as Child's Pose and forward bends.
  • Spend time star-gazing.
  • Watercolor.
  • Meditate focusing on your third eye. Chant the sound "ih" as in in.
  • Use crystals. Choose one and carry it with you. Meditate with it.
  • Use affirmations. I have listed ten excellent affirmations below for balancing your 6th chakra.
  • Use essential oils. Remember, oils are the souls of plants. This plant energy can help balance our energy.
Essential Oils for the Third Eye Chakra

Cedarwood essential oil induces introspection. The woody aroma brings on self-observation and allows our inner thoughts to come forward.

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

Lemongrass essential oil protects, purifies, and uplifts making this oil fantastic for the third eye. It calms, revitalizes, and inspires.

Violet essential oil heals while filling one's soul with love and peace. Violet protects and has luck on its side.

Bay, myrtle, and nutmeg essential oils are also great for 
opening and balancing the third eye chakra.


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Affirmations for The Third Eye Chakra

I recognize the need for silence and stillness in my life.

The answers to all my questions lie within me.

I trust my inner self to guide and protect me. I trust my feelings.

I have nothing to prove. I am the Divine Plan manifesting itself.

I am full of wisdom.

I trust that my imagination will create a world of happiness and security for me.

Imagination is the life-blood of my creativity.

I choose to accept myself and others exactly as we are.

Making mistakes enables me to learn, grow, and develop.


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 holistic 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.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Ivy

*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!

Ivy


Latin Name: Hedera Helix

Plant Family: Araliaceae - Ginseng family

Character: bitter

Constituents: saponins, flavonol glycosides

Parts Used: leaves, woody stems

Blooming period: July to August

Actions: antibacterial, antispasmodic, antifungal, expectorant, pyretic, respiratory

Contraindications: Falcarinol, which is found mainly in the leaves, can cause contact dermatitis. Oral ingestion of the bitter ivy berries can be toxic.


Ivy is used by some practitioners to treat cancer, rheumatism, ammenorrhea, swelling, tumors, lymphatic tumors, chronic catarrh, and candida infections.

Ivy has an expectorant effect in dry cough, common cold, and chronic respiratory tract disorders.


Extracts have been used as antispasmodics and as topical treatments of dermal infections and itching, 
as well as for weight loss.

It is used externally in cosmetics.

Ivy is a prominent plant in legend and lore.
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It is associated with the god Bacchus.

Ivy was highly respected by the Ancient Greeks who wove it into crowns worn to celebrate victory.

Its tenacity and ability to survive most climates possibly led to its reputation as an herb symbolic of fidelity and valor.

Ivy is an herb of love, immortality, and consecration.

Ivy is associated with the suit of Pentacles.

Ivy is used with quite a few sabbats - 
Beltane, Yule, and Candlemas. 

Wreaths of Ivy may be worn for Beltane Eve.

Ivy may be woven into wreaths and included in floral arrangements when one is decorating for the union of a couple.


In Ogham, the ancient Celtic tree alphabet, Ivy is called Gort.

Gort stands for
prosperity, abundance, and new lessons to be learned.

It is the completion of one phase and 
the beginning of something fresh and new.

Color ~ green
Stone ~ aventurine, malachite
Animal ~ cow

Ivy gets us moving towards our goals.

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Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a holistic 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, July 17, 2015

The Magick Muse Chakra Series - Your Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra
Communication

Located in the throat is the Throat Chakra.
It represents self-expression, truth, and communication.

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Sanskrit Name – Vishuddha, “purification”

Represented – a lotus of 16 petals

Color – blue

Element- Ether

Essence - Active Intelligence

Planet – Mercury

Astrological Signs – Gemini, Virgo

Associated Sense – sound/hearing

Glandular Connection – thyroid, parathyroid 

Associated Body Parts – mouth, throat, ears

Sound – eh (feather)

Crystals – turquoise, lapis lazuli, azurite, aquarmarine

Animal – bull

Archetypes – Communicator/Masked Self

Food – fruit

Physical Imbalance – asthma, neckache, sore throats, thyroid issues, tinnitus

Emotional Imbalance – blocked creativity, inability to express emotions, perfectionism

The throat chakra is all about "this is who I am". 

the balance between physical and spiritual worlds - communication - listening - honesty - clarity - creative expression - manifestation - expressive truth - your voice

Find your inner voice! Speak the truth!

Free your creativity!

When you have a depleted throat chakra you may be unclear in your speech. You may not express the truth. You may lose your voice and develop laryngitis. Fear of speaking or excessive shyness are signs of a deficient throat chakra.

With an overactive throat chakra one may talk too much and also may talk about nothing of real importance.

When our throat chakra is in balance, we express ourselves clearly with personal integrity. We are considerate and thoughtful in our communications. We are honest without being hurtful to others.

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

  • Eat fresh fruits. 
  • Eat seaweed. It is fabulous for the throat chakra.
  • Drink echinacea tea.
  • Wear blue clothes.
  • Sing, chant, use that voice!
  • Journal.
  • Write poetry.
  • Play a musical instrument.
  • Use inverted yoga postures.
  • Learn Alexander Technique.
  • Meditate focusing on your throat chakra. Chant the sound sound "eh" as in feather.
  • Use crystals. Choose one and carry it with you. Meditate with it.
  • Use affirmations. I have listed seven excellent affirmations below for balancing your 5th chakra.
  • Use essential oils. Remember, oils are the souls of plants. This plant energy can help balance our energy.
Essential Oils for the Throat Chakra

Black pepper essential oil increases alertness and improves concentration. It is great for fatigue and exhaustion. Black pepper gives us the feeling of accomplishment.

Chamomile essential oil increases honest communication and compassion. It soothes and calms any feelings of anger or frustration.

Cinnamon essential oil is an excellent brain booster. It improves memory and takes away nervous tensions.

Clove essential oil helps us release the causes of our pain understanding they no longer serve us. It is helpful with mental fatigue, memory loss, insomnia, and relieving stress.

Palmarosa essential oil encourages a free flowing flexibility while providing a sense of security. It helps us to trust in the divine flow of life.


Affirmations for The Throat Chakra

I am starting to speak up for myself.

What I have to say is worthy of being listened to.

I delight in my self-expression and in all my creative pursuits.

I listen to and acknowledge the needs and wants of others.

I always speak from the Heart.

My thoughts and speech are considered before I utter them.

My voice is becoming stronger and more compelling.


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 holistic 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.