Intuition and Beauty

What do intuition and green beauty have to do with each other?

Intuition and beauty walk in hand in hand for the woman expressing her divine feminine essence. When we are following our intuition we feel better, and everyone knows when you feel good you look good.

Following this common wise woman sense of feeling good means looking good, and we feel good when we follow the guidance that leads us there then we begin to see deeper into a mystery that is woven by a feminine force that lies within us all (both man and woman).

It is the hand of a divine feminine energy guiding us in our daily lives leading us towards greater joy and beauty, and she speaks in the language of intuition and leads us to our truest expression of ourselves.

How does this translate to beauty?

When we are in our truest expression of ourselves, we are in our truth and there nothing more beautiful than being in your truth. Using our intuition leads to this.

We can use our intuition to make choices that make us feel supported, grounded, and nurtured. We can make choices that help us to regenerate and rejuvenate. Sometimes these choices mark huge changes in our lives which brings us closer to our source and other times the choices may be small changes, but these too lead us closer to ourselves, our truth, our source.

The foundation of knowing, of our intuition is a connection to the divine feminine for it is the feminine force that speaks in an intuitive and receptive language. Our intuition often speaks to us in a way that has no words, it is a feeling, a knowing that comes from within.  Learning to recognize this and to feel this on an empathic level is a big key to being able to then use your intuition.

Intuition is like a river running between the divine feminine and ourselves, whose channel becomes more clear and defined as more water flows through it.

The more you recognize your intuition and follow it the easier it becomes to recognize it and follow it. Like any muscle or habit it grows stronger with use.

As we follow these whispers of intuition we become ever more free in ourselves, okay with what comes and what we may be feeling. We learn to embrace what is and is not. We makes choices that support our wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us.

All of this brings us closer to our truth (our authenticity) and this is when our beauty really shines.

Learn more about following your intuition.

In my next article I will talk about how intuition can be used in plant spirit medicine when choosing plants for formulating beauty recipes or picking herbs for the garden.

Until then, be well!

J

 

Barefoot Beauty

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Ask any hippie and they will surely tell you that going barefoot keeps you more in touch with the earth, but the benefits go way deeper than you might think.

The earth has what is called a Global Electron Circuit. This is a fancy way of saying she has an energetic field or an aura. It is this field that is leading scientists to conclusions that the walking, standing, or spending time barefoot on the earth reduces inflammation, helps with hormones, and helps with the circadian rhythms that govern sleep. In other words those hippies were right.

The Earth and her Global Atmospheric Electron Circuit can reduce inflammation, but only if you go barefoot.
The earth’s surface has an ever renewing supplying of free electrons, due to a global atmospheric electron circuit.  When you wear shoes with insulating soles, (rubber soled shoes) you are cut off from the absorption of these electrons. But when you go barefoot your own electrical system absorbs them.

When we wear shoes constantly we are like a batteries that are cut off from our supply. Our circuits are no longer connected. The result is that we are no longer absorbing those free electrons that are mobilized in the earth’s surface. The absorption of these electrons has the effect of reducing inflammation. The  inflammatory response carries a positive charge which is neutralized and decreased by the absorption of the negatively charged electrons.

The benefits of absorbing the Earth’s electrons

~Decreases inflammation and therefore helps balance the diseases caused by inflammation (acid reflux, acne, celiac disease, Chrohn’s disease, chronic pain, cancer, arthritis, and allergies to name a few)

~Sleep patterns

~In today’s modern world sound sleep is a problem for a lot of people. It is thought that the earth’s diurnal electrical rhythms regulate the biological clocks for the hormones that in turn trigger activity and sleep.

~Protection from unwanted energy (like cell phone waves)

I am sure touching the Earth with bare feet affects our health in an emotional way that is not yet understood by science. Your feet need to feel the aliveness of the Earth. Someday science will tell us that there is a vitamin or hormone that regulates happiness that is increased when we play on the Earth barefoot. Or a hormone that is released that decreases level of aggression. Or some other beneficial hormonal regulatory cycle that occurs.

All of these benefits of spending time barefoot on the earth lead to greater health, sleep, and inner peace. And as the saying goes inner peace leads to outer beauty.

Resources

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/20/barefoot-on-electron-deficiency.aspx

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/?tool=pubmed

 

Calendula Soothing Mask

Don’t be fooled this calendula soothing mask is simple but it is so soothing, cooling, and softening to the skin. Perfect for sensitive skin or skin that is needing a soothing touch after wind, sun, or harsh conditions, like a lot of nose blowing or airplane travel.

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Calendula Mask Recipe

1 tbs of dried Calendula flowers

1tbs of whole oats

Water to mix

 

This mix makes enough for several masks. Store what you are not using in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.

 

1.Grind the calendula and oats together into a fine powder. A coffee grinder (that is dedicated to herbs and not used for coffee) works best for this. Make sure to grind to a very fine powder.

 

2. Take a tablespoon of your powder and mix in about a tablespoon of water to form a paste. You can add more or less water to reach the consistency you want.

 

To Use

Masks can be messy. Tie your hair back and spread the paste evenly over your skin. Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes.

 

While your mask is on, sit back and close your eyes. Take a moment to be in the moment with these herbs that are nurturing and healing your skin.

 

When you are ready rinse clean and follow with your moisturizer.

 

Optional;

 

Using water as the liquid to mix the paste makes for a very cooling effect on the skin, but if you want you can substitute the water with Avocado Oil for a cooling yet more moisturizing effect.

Argan Hair Oil

Oh, what have I been missing? All these years and I have just started using Argan Oil in my hair. You know those fancy bottles you see of Moroccan Oil, well that is Argan Oil. And you can make your own! You can reap all the benefits Argan oil and avoid the costs of commercial Moroccan Oil and the extra added chemicals that are often found in hair oils.

The recipe below is really simple and open to all sorts of extra essential oils suited to your own needs.

The benefits of Argan Oil are many, and this holds true for hair as well. Deeply nourishing due its high oleic fatty acid content, Argan oil applied to the high gives a protective and a sparkling sheen while at the same time adding moisture your luscious locks.

Wild Ingredients:

3/4oz Argan Oil
1/4oz Hemp Seed Oil (this is optional, you could go 100% Argan Oil)
1/2 teaspoon Glycerin

8drops Lemon Essential Oil
1drop Geranium Essential Oil
2drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Combine all ingredients into a 1oz jar or pump bottle. Use on ends of hair or wherever needed. A little goes a long way!!

Have fun with the essential oils and create a scent just for you. If you do add essential oils then do not use on eyebrows or eyelashes.

And remember to always label and date your creations!!

Have fun and let me know what scent combinations you came up with…

Massage Bar Recipe

Hello Everybody!

Here I have a massage bar recipe that is similar to my natural lotion bar recipe but glides on a little smoother for massage. If you use lotion bars you are probably a big fan of them. Lotion bars last a long time, they contain no water so they need no preservatives, and they are great for travel, for kids, for the car, or to keep by the kitchen sink. These massage bars are just like a good lotion bar only they are meant for massaging your aches and pains.

Adding the following will give your massage bar more pressure when using it to massage yourself or a loved one.
Coffee Beans
White Beans
Adzuki Beans

The list of essential oil combinations you could add to your massage bar recipe is really long, get creative. You could mix for deep muscle pain from exercise, or for arthritis, or muscle injury, or for muscle tension, or just for relaxation in general. The following is a list of essential oils that you could add to your massage bar for muscle relaxation.

Essential Oils for Muscle Relaxation
Lavender Essential Oil
Cypress Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Wintergreen Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Ginger Essential Oil
Black Pepper Essential Oil
Marjoram Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Thyme Essential Oil

Natural Massage Bar Recipe
3.5oz Cocoa Butter
1.0oz Shea Butter
0.5oz White Beans
1.2g Essential Oils
0.6g Vitamin E

*You can adjust the ratios of your recipe if you don’t want to make such a large batch. If you do adjust the recipe, change your essential oils to 1.0% of your total recipe and the Vitamin E to 0.5% of your total recipe.

Pre-Set Up;
Clean your work space and clean your pots and pans. If this is your first time you might consider dedicating a pan to handmade lotions and body products. Wash your pans, mold, and measuring cups with hot soapy water. When they are dry wipe them down with rubbing alcohol.

Let your utensils dry completely, overnight is great.

Tip: Greasing your molds with just the littlest bit of oil (like sunflower or coconut oil) helps your lotion bars pop out super easily.

Directions:
Measure the cocoa butter and shea butter and place in a clean (and dry) double boiler. Measure the Vitamin E, essential oils, and beans and set them aside for later.

Slowly melt. Do not heat your oil beeswax mixture too quickly or too high. You can use a candy thermometer to make sure you do not heat the beeswax above 85 degrees fahrenheit. Above this temp and it discolors.

When everything has melted, remove from the heat. When it has cooled slightly add the Vitamin E and your essential oils. If you add them when your oils are too hot you will not receive the medicinal effect from either the essential oils or the Vitamin E.

Slowly pour into your molds.

Now for the fun part! You can add anything to the above base to make your massage bar just like you want it. After your pour the massage bar oil mix into the mold, sprinkle in your beans of choice.

Set your massage bars aside to cool for 24hours. Then gently pop out of the molds.

And now you have your own natural massage bars to use on family and friends.

The following is where I get most of my ingredients.
Resources:
https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
http://www.specialtybottle.com/
https://www.brambleberry.com/Molds-C184.aspx
(Michael’s Craft store also carries molds for soap making)

Have fun!
And tell me about your essential oil combinations that you try in massage bars!

Coconut Sea Salt Foot Scrub

Sunshine, warmer days, flip fops and coconut sea salt foot scrub.

Here comes spring! Time to do a little spring cleaning on your feet!

When it comes time to slip on the sandals and show off those cute toes we often realize that our feet are in need of a little love.

Feet in general need a little love. We stand on them. We walk on them. They get cold before the rest of us. We cram them into weird shoes. We dance on them. We owe them a thanks for being our foundation. But on top of all that feet do not have any oil glands in them, so keeping them soft and crack free takes a little extra work.

Keeping soft feet requires two essential steps. One is exfoliating off all the dead skin, and the second is moisturizing. Coconut sea salt foot scrub does both at the same time.

This is a simple foot scrub for your feet that you can make at home and keep on hand to keep those feet soft and smooth all summer.

Coconut Sea Salt Foot Scrub

You will need the coarsest sea salt you can find and coconut oil. Granulated sugar works as well, but the sea salt has the added benefit of being detoxifying. Adding essential oils is optional.

½ cup Sea Salt
¼ cup Coconut Oil
2-4 drops Lavender, Peppermint, or Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)

Combine ingredients in a glass jar with a lid.

To use simply: massage vigorously over feet.

To use like a wild woman who runs hard and then pampers herself:

Exfoliate feet with a pumice stone or foot file.

Soak you feet in a warm oil bath for 20 minutes.

Then massage coconut scrub into feet.

Rinse and pat feet dry.

Then bundle your feet up in a pair of old cotton socks and let all that goodness soak in for at least 20 minutes.

Optional: Put your feet up and enjoy a cup of tea (or wine?).

Or go to sleep.

Or paint some natural nail polish on those pretty toes.

Wild Woman Keeps on Dancing

The wild woman cannot stop dancing

Like the wind in the trees she sings her songs as she moves over the land

She may leave you flustered and frazzled or cool and refreshed

Either way you will not be the same as before she blew across your landscape

We all know this woman

She will not

Cannot

Be kept

It would be like trying to settle an ocean

An ocean that has been dancing in time with the Queen of the sky

Keeping step with the rivers, swinging on the arms of the clouds

Like a laughing circle of women they have danced over the shore, up the mountain and down the other side to find themselves swirling down towards the sea once again

Where they crash and roll like laughing princess at a ball on the sands of the shore

They will kiss your toes and steal your towel and delight your senses

But the wild woman in the surf and in the soul cannot stop dancing

Put in her in a cage and she will dance her way out

This is the way of wild and free things

This is the way of a wild woman

She lives in everyone one of us, both man and woman

She is life

She is rhythm

She is death and birth in a breath

Honey Face Cleanser

I have been wanting to try this honey face cleanser recipe for a while. I have tried the oil cleansing method and I do like it. Although I do like the soft skin that the oil cleansing method leaves you with I was feeling like my skin needed a little bit of deeper cleansing.

So I decided to try the honey face cleanser recipe and so far I am in love with it. That is not an exaggeration. My skin feels cleansed, yet really soft after using it.

It is super simple to make and has only three ingredients; honey, glycerin, and castile soap. It contains no water so it does not require any preservatives or chemicals or waxes. With no chemicals in this face wash, it is pure sweet goodness for your skin and meets all the requirements for an all natural skincare recipe.

The honey has cleansing antimicrobial benefits and is highly moisturizing. The small amount of castille soap gives a nice little bit of bubbles to the honey face cleanser but not so much that your face feels dry or tight after. The glycerin also helps to cleanse and moisturize through its humectant properties.

There are a lot of recipes out there I got this one from http://www.towards-sustainability.com/.

 

Honey Face Cleanser

  • 3 tbs Honey
  • ½ cup Vegetable Glycerin
  • 2 tbs Liquid Castile Soap

 

Mix all the ingredients together. Store in an airtight container.

Now go wash your face, you are going to love this honey face cleanser.

***Make sure not to get water into your container, as this can introduce bacteria.

~Enjoy!

And let me know how you like it!

 

Essential Oil Recipe for Strength & Serenity

Strength & Serenity Essential Oil Roll On
6 drops Lavender
8 drops Frankincense
2 drops Ylang Ylang
1oz Almond, Apricot, or Sunflower Oil

Essential oils are trusted place to turn when times are tough and you need a little lifting up. This blend was intended to help sooth the stress, fear, grief, tension, depression and overall yuck that we can sometimes find ourselves in.

Lavender soothes the tensions we may feel either in our minds and in our bodies. It also helps with stress, irritability, and overall anxiety.

Ylang ylang is an exotic scent that can help with depression and encourage feelings of happiness and peace. Ylang ylang has been known to help release feelings of anger.

Frankincense is a resin and has earned a place of high regard for its many uses. In this blend it is used to address stress, anxiety, depression, fear, loneliness, and grief.

Combined together this blend can help one to find a place of peace and courage when dealing with some of life’s challenges.

Combine your oils in dropper bottle or a roll-on bottle.

To use:
Apply to wrists and behind ears.
Apply to each center point of your chakras.
Apply to bottom of feet (the bottom of your feet contain points for each part of the rest of your body)
Have a friend apply along the length of your spine.

For best results with essential oils, use several times a day.
**Consult a doctor before using essential oils if you are under medical care. Always dilute essential oils before using.

Resources for Essential Oils

There are many places to buy quality essential oils these days. There are big names like Doterra, Young Living, and Mountain Rose which all sell high quality essential oils. Just be sure when you purchase that you are buying 100% pure essential oils that are therapeutic grade.

I hope you enjoy the recipe and you can always purchase from my shop on Etsy as well. Use code WILDLOVE for 10% your orders.

~Enjoy and stay wild!

Osha Root Honey

Osha root is one of the most potent herbs out there and osha root honey is a great way to prepare it.

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When it comes to healing the the respiratory system, battling winter chest colds, and warding off deep chest coughs osha root is a master healer.

Osha (Ligusticum porteri) is a plant that grows high in the south eastern Rocky Mountains, often above 8000ft  beneath the canopy aspen trees.

Medicinal properties;

Osha is one of the best herbs for deep lung coughs and respiratory illness. Its a special herb, and a little goes a long way.

It has an incredibly strong and bitter flavor and quite the pungent smell, and this follows through in its taste as well as in its ability to be a powerful ally in keeping the respiratory system healthy in the winter.

The root contains oils, including camphor, saponins, ferulic acid, terpenes, and phytosterols which all aid in its ability as a respiratory healer.

Osha acts as an expectorant, clearing mucous from lungs and sinuses to aid in decongestion. It also may increase the flow of blood to the lungs, helping to relieve constriction.  It may also have a mechanism that helps the lungs to uptake more oxygen, in other words deeper and clearer breaths.

Preparation

The common method of drinking your herbs in tea does not really go so well with osha, although I am sure there are some people that could do it and like it, but the flavor is intense. The other common method of preparing a tincture out of Osha also maybe not the best. Some herbalist and herb sources out there say that the properties of Osha are not readily obtained from the common method of tincture preparations.

So how do you take it?

My favorite method is to chop up dried Osha Root and cover it in raw unfiltered honey. This serves the purpose of mellowing out the intense flavor and makes it easier for consumption, which is great for the less hardy and for children.  Synergistically the osha root and the honey combine together to make a medicine that can be taken by the spoonful, mixed into tea, or the pea sized chunks of osha root in the honey may be chewed on.

It is said that upon waking from winter hibernation that bears in the high rockies dig up osha root and eat the root as their first meal.  Bears love honey, bears love Osha, osha does well in honey, its a little bit o’ magic.

 

Harvesting and Use

Please please please be aware that harvesting Osha needs to be done with extreme caution.

It looks very similar to Poison Hemlock and although the root of osha has an unmistakable pungent odor that poison hemlock does not have, the foliage looks the same and can be toxic to the touch. So please be very careful when identifying these plants; consult an expert.

On another note, osha root can easily be over harvested. Its growing environment is very specific and limited. Its hard to reproduce the environment of the high rockies on a farm or garden so over harvesting is an issue.

If you do wild craft your own, only take what you need. And keep in mind that a little bit of osha goes a very long way.  A single root is enough to keep you, your family, friends, and neighbors healthy all winter and probably into the next winter too. If you get it from a friend or an apothecary please use it sparingly, it is powerful medicine and a little lasts a long time.

 

Osha Root Honey

Chop about 2 inches of osha root into pea size pieces.  Next place the osha into a half pint mason jar. You want about a 1/8-1/4 cup of Osha. You will have little dusty pieces leftover, swipe those into the jar as well. Cover with honey to the top of the jar. Use raw, unfiltered honey, as it has its own medicinal qualities. Seal you jar and let it sit for a couple weeks.

There is no need to strain the osha root out of the honey. The chunks can be sucked on and chewed on for its medicine.  One half to one teaspoon of the osha root honey for an adult is a good place to start for dosage. It can be taken straight or placed in tea. Take it when you first feel a cold/flu coming on and take a spoonful or two a day throughout as well.

(Don’t forget to label your jar with the contents and the date.)

 

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