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Friday, August 28, 2015

I feel the call of the sea...

I haven't been feeling quite myself lately.

These mountains suffocate me. 
I feel they surround me as barriers not letting me out of this town. I'm stuck in the middle of the mountains. 

Landlocked. 

My soul is crying to get out.
I need more. I need to breathe. I need water.

More specifically, I need the ocean.
The ocean calms my soul. 

When I'm at the beach, my spirit comes alive. 

I bask in all four of the elements.


I have the earthy grounding feel of the sand under my bare feet.

I have the airy breeze softly caressing my face and 
blowing through my hair. 

I have the fiery rays of the sun warming my skin. 

And I have water
the massive energy of the ocean and all of her power.
Cozymel November 2014
I'm super giddy right now because the car is loaded up.

It's time for a road trip to the ocean!

I'm going to renew my spirit, replenish my soul, 
and soak up every single moment of the ocean's power. 

I feel the call of the sea
and I'm on my way.

What part of nature soothes your soul? 

Where do you feel most balanced?

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~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.




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Stinging Nettle

*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!



Stinging Nettle


Latin Name: Urtica dioica

Plant Family: Urticaceae

Character: astringent, slight bitter taste, cool, dry

Constituents: vitamins A, B, C, histamine, formic acid, serotonin, tannins, potassium, iron, sodium, calcium, formic acid, mucilage, mineral salts

Actions: astringent, diuretic, nutritive, lowers blood sugar levels, promotes milk flow, stops bleeding, circulatory stimulant

Parts used: aerial parts, root

Harvest while flowering. Harvest the root in the fall.

Stinging Nettle has a high vitamin C content and it helps ensure that iron is properly absorbed by the body.

Nettle stings because of histamine and formic acid in the hairs that trigger the familiar allergic response.


Stinging Nettle Knowledge

Caesar's troops introduced the Roman nettle into Britain believing they needed to flail themselves with nettles to keep warm.

A standard folk remedy for arthritis and rheumatism is urtication, beating with nettles.

Nettle root is traditionally used to treat hair loss and dandruff.

Drink the infusion as a tonic and for allergies. It's super yummy.

As far as drinking nettle, you can also make nettle lemonade and even nettle beer.

Use the tincture for arthritic conditions, heavy uterine bleeding, and skin issues.

Make a compress by soaking a pad in the tincture and apply to painful arthritic joints, sprains, tendinitis, gout, and sciatica.

Apply the nettle ointment to hemorrhoids.

The wash is good to apply to insect bites, burns, and wounds.

The powdered leaves can be used as an herbal snuff for nosebleeds.


Eating Nettle?

Yup. I like to throw stinging nettle in a stir fry of mushrooms and garlic. Once cooked down, it loses its sting, so don't worry about hurting your tongue and throat. Nettle is also very mineral rich, I love to add it in bone broths and soups. Nettle also makes a yummy addition to lasagnas and pesto.



Many herbalists tap in to the spiritual and 
emotional properties of plants. 
The spirit of the plant is just as important as 
the physical part of the plant. 
For true health is whole, and 
wholeness encompasses all, 
spirit and matter.

"Stinging Nettle" by Liselotte Eriksson

Spiritual & Emotional Properties of Nettle

  • Energetically the action of Stinging Nettle is deep.
  • The nettle plant helps to heal the energy around bitterness and scorn.
  • Stinging Nettle is a great elixir to ease any type of emotional pain experienced in the present.
  • It helps bring one out of a state of selfishness.
  • Nettle helps with possessive, obsessive, and controlling people.
  • Stinging Nettle can bring about a change of heart in a person.

Nettles Plant Spirit Prayer
from "Plant Spirit Journey" by Laura Silvana

"O loving kindness, drench the fires of our bitterness and scorn. Weep not, for the ills of the human heart can only be appeased by your unbounded, gracious love."

Nettle is excellent for grounding and aligns your source of power with that of Divine Right.

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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, August 21, 2015

The Magick Muse Chakra Series - Chakra Meditation

A Chakra Meditation for You
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Now that we've had an overview of your chakras, 
it is time to combine that knowledge for 
a simple chakra meditation.

This exercise will allow you to tune in and tune up 
those chakras!

What do you need to get started?

You need a quiet space, a comfortable position, a receptive attitude, and focused attention. 

Create your ambiance.
Will you be using essential oils? 
Will you be listening to soothing music?

Once you and your atmosphere are settled...


Sit in your quiet space in a comfortable position.

Close your eyes.

Disregard everyday thoughts.

Relax your muscles.

Take a deep breath in, slowly breathe out.

Let go of your thoughts.


Bring your focus to your root chakra.

Visualize the bright red circle at the seat of 
your physical existence.

See it bringing energy up from the earth, through your feet, 
into your legs, 
and right into your root chakra.

Feel like a tree.

Grounded.

Say the sound oo as in the word loot.

Repeat oo as many times as you feel you need.


Take a deep breath.

Move up to your second chakra, your sacral.

See the vibrant orange gently circling and expanding.

Breathe into your sacral chakra.

Know that you are worthy of life's pleasures.

Say the sound oh as in the word mow.

Repeat oh as many times as you feel you need.


Breathe deeply.

Move up to the third chakra, your solar plexus.

This is your power center, circling a bright yellow.

Watch it gently circling and expanding.

Tap into your personal power.

Say the sound aw as in the word door.

Repeat aw as many times as you feel you need.


Another deep breath.

Now we move up into the center of your chest 
for the heart chakra.

Breathe into your heart, seeing a beautiful green color.

Feel your heart chakra expand with love.

Connect with compassion and unconditional love.

It circles and swirls and is full of pure love.

Say the sound ay as in the word hay.

Repeat ay as many times as you feel you need.


Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Breathe into your throat chakra, 
right in the center of your throat.

See a beautiful cobalt blue color circling.

Open your throat chakra.

Visualize yourself journaling, singing, and 
letting your creative self soar.

Say the sound eh as in the word feather.

Repeat eh as many times as you feel you need.



Another deep breath.

Now we move up into our sixth sense, the third eye.

Visualize the color violet, circling and cycling gently.
(To see the artist and purchase this mandala click here.)

Sense beyond, allow your intution to strengthen.

Listen to your inner voice.

Say the sound ih as in the word in.

Repeat ih as many times as you feel you need.


Breathe.

Move up through the top of your head, the crown.

See the white light of the seat of your connection to the divine.

Open your crown to Spirit.
Allow the universe to bring you energy 
filling you with pure goodness.

Say the sound ee as in the word bee.

Repeat ee as many times as you feel you need.

When finished, take a few more deep breaths and ground.



Open your eyes slowly.

Take a few more breaths.

Greet the world with a renewed - refreshed self!

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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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Tulsi:Holy Basil

*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!


Holy Basil in my garden.

Holy Basil~Tulsi 


Latin Name: Ocimum sanctum

It is given the Sanskrit name "tulsi" 
which means incomparable.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae-the mint family

Parts Used: the whole plant

Actions: adaptogen, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, galactagogue

Take as a delicous tea, tincture, capsules, 
or you can even eat the fresh herb.

In India, holy basil is worshipped as a deity.

This Ayurvedic herb is uplifting and good for the spirit.

Holy basil is one of India’s most powerful herbs.


Benefits of Holy Basil

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It is an incredible adaptogen, an herb that helps us adapt to stress. 

Holy basil enhances cerebral circulation and memory.

Holy basil helps repair cells over time and protects against environmental damage.

David Winston, herbalist, uses holy basil to treat people with allergic rhinitis and allergies to animal dander and mold. He says it can reduce the symptoms of hay fever and allergic asthma when combined with reishi and a solid extract from blueberries.

It can be used as a natural antiseptic due to the compound eugenol, found in the essential oil.

Holy basil kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, and can be used as an insect repellant.

It is an effective treatment for snake bites.

It is also used to treat many skin conditions, as well as coughs, bronchitis and diabetes.

One of my herb teachers taught us that holy basil is 
a long term life insurance policy.


Holy Basil on a deeper level

Holy basil represents harmony, happiness, purity, serenity, luck, and good health.

Holy basil calms and brings goodness and joy to your being.

Holy basil nourishes us to perfect health and enlightenment.

Daily use of holy basil helps maintain the balance of our chakras, the energy centers of the body.

In the Puranas, a sacred Hindu text, everything associated with the plant is holy.

Because of the spiritual significance of this plant, its roots have been used to carve Hindu sacred rosary beads.They are used in meditation to give clarity and protection.
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It is a purifier of 
body, mind, and spirit.

You can find a holy basil plant in almost any Hindu home.

Many Indian women begin the day by offering blessed water to the plant.They walk around it and pray before it, to promote well-being and encourage the grace of the goddess as a living presence in the home.


Invite holy basil into your life, 
only good things can come of it.

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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, August 14, 2015

The Muse News ~ August New Moon


It's a new moon - so that means it is time for
The Muse News.

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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.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Get Your Shit Together


Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed? 
Are you sick of obligations and 
not truly taking care of yourself? 

It's time to get your shit together and 
live like the Goddess you are! 

Own it, sista.

I present to you:
Get Your Shit Together~The Balanced Goddess
7 week Class at The Goddess Underground, downtown Asheville

The weekly breakdown:

Week 1 - Sleep like a Goddess. Everything is better with sleep. From feng shui to herbs that help, learn how to sleep like a Goddess.

Week 2 - Establish a relentless morning routine. You must have time for YOU in your life. Set aside time in the morning for journaling, reflection, meditation, YOU-time.

Week 3 - Clarity on who you are and what you really want out of life. Your goals and aspirations and how to set them into motion.

Week 4 - Saying no to shit you don't need! Declutter inside and out. From your physical house to your inner house, simplify your home and release guilt, obligations, negative friends and family.

Week 5 - Live in tune with the moment. Live your life with the rhythms of the moon and the seasons.

Week 6 - Living and breathing a holistic lifestyle. Truly live authentically, balancing your body, mind, and spirit. Embracing your true beautiful self. 

Week 7 - Energy Awareness. You are responsible for your energy, your actions. Karma, baby. Learn all about the chakras and how your thoughts, your energy, and what you put out to the universe holds power.



Getting your shit together begins Sunday, September 13 with the new moon. The series will run for 7 weeks concluding with the full moon on Sunday, October 25.


Sundays 2pm-4pm
September 13-October 25
Goddess Underground 57 Broadway, downtown Asheville, NC



Get your shit together, The Balanced Goddess is $30 per class or snag the whole series for $150.

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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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Lemon Balm

*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!

Lemon Balm

Latin Name: Melissa officinalis

Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Character: cold, dry, slightly bitter, sour 

Constituents: bitter, flavonoids, polyphenols, rosmarinic acid, tannins, volatile oil

Actions: antibacterial, anti-depressant, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive stimulant, nervine, relaxes peripheral blood vessels, sedative

Parts used for medicine: leaves, fresh leaves, dried leaves, fresh aerial parts 

Harvest before flowering. 

Melissa comes from the Greek word for "honey bee". 
Lemon Balm has the same healing and tonic properties as 
honey and royal jelly. 


Lemon Balm Knowledge


Lemon Balm was a favorite in medieval times for it was considered to be an elixir of youth.

The leaves are great for depression and for anyone suffering from anxious digestive upsets.

Lemon Balm leaves are good for feverish colds.

It makes a refreshing lemon tea in the summer.
Check out this refreshing recipe.
I plan on drinking it on a warm summer day.

Make an infusion for nausea, indigestion, nervous exhaustion, depression, and the early stages of a cold. 

Use fresh leaves if possible.

The tincture has similar actions to the infusion but stronger. Small doses are usually more effective, dosage 5-10 drops.

Make a compress using a pad soaked in the infusion to relieve any painful swellings, like gout.

Use the ointment for sores, insect bites and as a bug repellent.

For depression, tension, asthma, and bronchitis use hot infused oil as a gentle massage oil.

The essential oil can be used in an ointment base to treat and prevent insect bites.

Just a few drops of lemon balm essential oil creates an excellent antidote for depression.

Make a massage oil with the essential oil in a carrier oil of almond or olive oil and use for tension or chest complaints. 


Lemon Balm Plant Spirit Prayer 


"Fly, little fairy, as fast as you can, 
and bring magic to each lemon balm with 
the stroke of your hand. 
Using your wand, filled with God's grace, 
make nectar of its leaves for the entire human race."
by Laura Silvana

The spirit of lemon balm gives you 
courage, plus emotional and mental strength. 

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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, August 7, 2015

The Magick Muse Chakra Series - Cliff Notes

The Magick Muse Cliff Notes 
for Your Chakras

The Root Chakra
Survival

Color = Red
Stone = Bloodstone
Sound = oo (loot)

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


The Sacral Chakra
Creation

Color = Orange
Stone = Carnelian
Sound = oh (mow)


Essential Oil = 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.




The Solar Plexus
Empowerment 

Color = Yellow 
Stone = Citrine 
Sound = aw (door) 

Essential Oil = Ginger essential oil invokes our fire energy, 
giving us the oomph to take action and 
achieve what we set our mind to.


The Heart Chakra 
Compassion 

Color = Green 
Stone = Rose Quartz 
Sound = ay (hay) 

 Essential Oil = Rose essential oil is the ultimate oil for the heart. Rose holds the highest frequency known to man. 
Rose essential oil frees our emotions and 
clears and balances our heart chakra. 
It is love. It is healing. 
It is beauty. 
Rose is an aphrodisiac that can make our hearts sing.


The Throat Chakra 
Communication

 Color = Blue 
 Stone = Turquoise 
 Sound = eh (feather) 

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


The Third Eye Chakra 
Intuition

Color = Indigo 
Stone = amethyst, fluorite 
Sound = ih (in) 

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




The Crown Chakra
Spirituality 


Color = Violet or White 
Stone = Moonstone 
Sound = ee (bee) 


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


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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.