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

 

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

After Sun Oil Recipe

 

It’s summer!! That means sun kissed skin and maybe even sun burned skin, dry skin, and over heated skin.  This after sun oil recipe is soothing and hydrating to skin that has had too much exposure to summer weather. The herbs used in the oil are cooling and healing to the tissues of the skin and are often used in recipes for treating burns. The essential oils in the recipe are also known for their tissue repairing effects after the damage of too much heat and sun.

This oil is not for severe sunburns, severe sunburns need to be treated carefully. If you have a severe and painful sunburn you need to cool it down with cool water baths for the first 4-6 hours after the burn. And drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. Applying aloe to the burn may also help in between the cool water baths.

This After Sun Summer Oil recipe is for mild sunburns, dry skin, wind chapped skin, skin that has had too summer weather exposure or when a severe burn no longer hurts and is in the healing stage.

It can help to repair and restore skin to its natural balance.

I slather it on myself during the summer even when I do not have a sunburn because my skin loves to drink up the herbal infused oils that help it to hydrate, cool, and repair.

 The Healing Herbs in the Mix

Calendula-These happy little flowers are well known for there skin healing abilities from bruises to burns. They are considered cooling in the Aryuvedic tradition, which is exactly what sunburned skin needs.

Lavender-Another herb well known for it’s benefit in skincare, lavender can help soothe weather beaten skin with its analgesic properties and helps repair the skin after exposure to heat and sun.

Chamomile-An anti-inflammatory known for its healing affinity towards the skin offers its ability to cool and soothe.

The Nurturing Oils

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Sunflower Oil-Many of the carrier oils could be used but sunflower and apricot are two oils that always work. Sunflower is high in Vitamin E, making it great for the skin and apricot oil is also known to be high in anti inflammatories (helps cool the skin) and contains anti oxidants to fight against free radical damage. Another great oil is Jojoba Oil.

The Essential Oils

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Lavender Essential Oil-Known for its ability to soothe and heal skin that has been burned.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil-Is used for its ability to repair sun damaged skin and possibly in helping to reverse precancerous skin cells.

Geranium Essential Oil-Is used for its soothing and healing affinity for the skin.

There many choices of essential oils that would be good in this mix, like like frankincense, peppermint, or spearmint, so get creative!

After Sun Oil Recipe

4oz Sunflower or Apricot Oil

2tbs Lavender

2tbs Calendula

2tbs Chamomile

A couple drops Lavender EO, Geranium EO, and Carrot Seed EO

A Mini Croc Pot or double broiler

Cheesecloth

To Make:

1. Combine your carrier oil and dried herbs into your croc pot or double broiler and set on low for at least 40min. I do a couple hours on a low setting. Make sure to keep your oil on the lowest setting. If you see any bubbles, its too hot.

2. After a couple hours, turn off heat, and allow the oil/herb mix to cool. Then strain through your cheesecloth into a glass measuring cup.

3. Add a few drops of your essential oils.

4. Pour into a massage or lotion pump bottle or glass bottle of your choosing.

Wondering what to do with the leftover herbs in the cheesecloth? I’ve got an idea!

You now have a wonderful After Sun Oil infused with healing herbs for mild sunburns or summer exposed skin.

*Please note this is not a remedy for severe sunburns. Please take the necessary steps to treat severely sunburned skin, and take precaution not to let this happen!

I keep a bottle around during the summer, we use it on sunburns, dry skin, rough feet, cheeks that have too much wind, or for generally thirsty skin. I love knowing that as I use it my skin is drinking up nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that help it rejuvenate, repair and maintain health. I also love being able to give my friends and family something when they show up a little too kissed by the sun.

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Wild SkinCare Ingredients

The Wild Ingredients

The ingredients that we use in our herbal products and skincare recipes are so much than just products themselves. They were at one time individual living plants lives in a field or forest. Breathing, eating, reproducing. Amazing plants that have the superpower of turning sunshine into sugar. Pretty sweet.

I call them wild ingredients because they had lives rich with existence spending their days with the wind and the rain. They grew for the sake of growing, of breathing and stretching for the sky. They grew in their own way, bound to none, they were wild and free. Even the plants on a farm. Most of them spent their days under the sun, their nights under the stars, and their lives full of a freedom that many of us long for.

Take Jojoba oil for example.

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The jojoba shrub is native the southwest deserts of the United States. It grows under the searing sun with a heat that drives most other life away. In the quiet of the desert it thrives soaking in the heat, witness to few other lifeforms while it silently produces one of the most healing oils (a wax really) available. I like to remember this when I am soothing my child’s chapped cheeks, that this stoic shrub survived in the burning desert under a scorching sun while making an oil that is now soothing the burn on his cheeks. Amazing.

The plants and oils that we use are more than just isolated ingredients on a list.

The herbs and plants we use were once living and breathing. The rain fell on their leaves and their flowers blossomed in the sun. They were home to small little lady bugs and great big soaring eagles. They had lives out in the forest and field, and some of that life was stored in the very molecules and cells that made up the plant, that you are now absorbing into your skin when you use them in your recipes.

They were living breathing entities that made oxygen for you to breathe and now once again they offer up their medicine to you as they are absorbed into your skin ultimately becoming a part of your own being.

It keeps you grateful to remember where your ingredients came from to be sure. It also deepens your connection with them, remembering that they were living, breathing plants, that gave life for your benefit. It opens the door to understanding their properties on an intuitive level.

Know your plants like you know friends.

Winter’s Essence Essential Oil Spray

We are half way through winter, which for some of us can be the hardest part. We started out strong. We started out loving our big comfy sweaters and hot chocolate, but now our longings have turned to flips flops and sunshine. Our internal sunshine is running low and our endurance and tolerance for the fickleness of coldness is running thin. Sure not everyone is like this, but those of you that are know what I am talking about.

This essential oil spray is for you. And for those of you whose endurance is still running high for cold air and slippery things I commend you but think you will still enjoy this winter essence spray.

This is an uplifting spray for the winter blues with essential oils that bring a combination of joy, warmth, and invigoration.

-Wild Orange is an essential used for it’s joyful effect on the emotions, it inspires happy sunny thoughts and feelings.

-Petitgrain is an essential oil derived from the small unripe oranges before they grow into maturity. It too is used for its happy factor.

-The Chamomile essential oil brings an earthy calming factor to the spray while encouraging feelings of happiness. It is a plant known for its ability to lift feelings of depression while giving one the lightness they need to keep going. It supplies an energy needed to endure and maintain a positive outlook at the same time.

-Cinnamon is included for its warming effect both on the body and the mind. I love cinnamon! It is amazing at increasing warmth in the body and comfort in the mind. Perfect for winter blends.

Mixed all together the essentials combine to offer warmth, happiness and an endurance that can be needed to keep on going through the darker, colder winter months.

It’s like sunshine in a bottle.

Winter Essence Recipe

1oz Witch Hazel
5 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil
3 drops Petitgrain Essential Oil
2 drops Chamomile (German or Roman) Essential Oil
2 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

Combine all ingredients in a 1oz spray bottle.

Tip: It is a good idea to always clearly label your bottles with ingredients and the date. It saves a lot of confusion when you have a lot of bottles, can’t remember what you put in it, misplace it and find it months later, or for others that may pick up your homemade herbal products.

One of the best parts of making your own products is that you can tailor it to be exactly how you like it. Maybe you want to cut down on the Petitgrain and add more Chamomile. Experiment and have fun or buy it here.

Be well & stay wild,
Janet

Running Wild and Beauty Rituals

Running wild outside and following with a beauty ritual tickles that part of us that is both wild child and divine goddess.

It is an epically awesome combination, it is the essence of being a wild women, the balance of being free, rugged, dirty, and downright wild followed by the nurturing of rich healing oils and flower petals.

 

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It leaves you feeling like a divine creature of earth. Which you are. Your body was meant to used, but it was also meant to be loved. I love to get wild outside and then get pampered inside. In that order. There is nothing better than letting your wild child self run free followed by nurturing the body with a beauty ritual.

 

Beauty rituals are grounding. They are powerful moments rooted in time to honor the temple we live in.

 

There is comfort in nurturing yourself, your skin, and your body. It grounds us back into the present moment. When we stop and take time to nurture ourselves it brings our awareness back into our bodies.  Being in nature has the same nurturing and grounding effect. As we move through nature, it too grounds us back into our bodies, back into the present moment, it washes our perspective clean and brings us back to center.

 

The ritual of beauty is something that is cultivated. It is like any act, we can either quickly wash ourselves and slather on some body lotion and consider ourselves clean. Or we can take a pause, a breath, and be in the moment.

 

It doesn’t have to be a shower or a bath to be considered a beauty ritual. It can be any moment you take to give your body, mind, and spirit a much needed breath. It can be long or short. It can involve your whole body or only part of it. It can involve rich smelling luxurious beauty products or maybe it is just some clean pure water, but what it always involves is attention, gratitude, and breath.

 

Whatever it is you do after you have been outside running free, whether it is a shower, a foot soak, a simple mask, or splashing water on your face followed by moisturizer do this;

Pay Attention to Your Body as You Do It

Slow Breaths

Be Grateful

 

Simply doing these three things takes your mind to a single focus and puts you in the meditative space of a beauty ritual. Taking a moment to create a beauty ritual for the skin is a way of saying thank you, of having gratitude for this amazing organ, it is a way of taking a moment to appreciate something miraculous about the human the body while at the same time taking a breath for the spirit. It satisfies that part of our wild women selves that wants to feel gloriously nurtured after being in our natural element.

Beauty Products Can Be High End and Luxurious Without the Cost and Without the Chemicals

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Hey Wild Women, take your power (and your money) back!!

Those high end fancy beauty products can be high end and luxurious without the cost and without the chemicals.

So what is the billion dollar beauty business all about?

Why do women love their beauty products so much?

We as a society of women should not buy into the media that lulls us into a belief of  unattainable perfection or presents to us only a narrow range of sizes. I do not believe we should fall under the spell of the pied piper advertisements convincing us to buy overpriced chemical laden products that promise flawless skin. Nor do I think that aging should be something with the word anti in front of it.

So why do we fall for it?

Is there some kind of internal insecurity in women that gets played upon so that we spend our money on these products. We are sold an idea of how we should look to be successful, accepted, happy and then we are sold products to help us be that image that was presented to us in the first place.

But why do we do this? Why do we buy into the idea that we need to be like the image that they are offering to us and use their products to attain that image? Are we insecure by nature?

No. Women are not by nature insecure. What has happened is the beauty industry (and society, and a whole lot of other stuff) has taken something that is a natural inclination for women and turned it on its head. They have used our natural inclination against us.

What is this natural inclination?

It’s the inclination for adornment, for honoring something sacred through the act of beautification.

There always has been, especially among women, but really among all people of all cultures , the love of self decorating or self adornment. It is a natural inclination. Even children do it when they cover their faces in mud and put flowers in their hair.

The Arapaho Indians of Colorado tattooed themselves with yucca plants and ashes. Certain African tribes elongate their necks. People pierce themselves. At its core these sorts of decorations are often celebrations, rites of passage, and ritualistic in their own right.

A woman’s beauty routine is much the same way.

On a primal level she is honoring that part of herself that is a goddess. She is laying flowers at the feet of the divine feminine when she cleanses her skin at night. When she applies her cream in the morning, it is like anointing a sacred one. Same goes for the makeup.

The beauty routine is often called a beauty ritual, taking the time to honor your skin, your body, your vessel. Taking the time to see through the lens of your face what is your body is needing. More moisture? A lighter diet? Less sun? Excercise? Rest?

That does mean that we want to use products that are full of  toxic chemicals.

This love of nurturing and beauty does not mean that we are willing to buy these chemical laden products in an attempt to look like these photoshopped idols that we have been given as a beauty standard.

We are natural women, we are free women, we are wild women and we are smart women that understand that what we put on our skin needs to be natural, simple, clean, and green.

So we are saying no to the crap in our beauty products. We also saying no to paying high prices for ingredients that are hazardous or  potentially hazardous to our health.

What is the answer?

The answer is we can either make our own products that are just as effective with herbs, organic oils, natural emulsifiers, essential oils, herbal extracts, and food based preservatives. These are clean, better for us, better for the environment, do not cost a lot, and can be tailored to individual needs.

We can also find a green beauty product line that make amazing products that do not contain the toxic chemicals and preservatives. With these do your research, there are some amaziing lines of green skincare products, but some brands may say natural and they really are not. On a label the word natural can mean anything, you really need to read the ingredient list.

Neither one of these options have to be expensive. You can get effective, luxurious green beauty products that are reasonably priced and do not contain the chemicals. Take your power back and nurture your skin without the chemicals and without the cost of high end beauty products.

Join us on our path as we find the things that support our wild women ways!

 

Wild Woman and the Divine Feminine

What is a wild woman?

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She is the embodiment of the Divine Feminine. She is every woman, and in every woman. This energy of the divine feminine lives within man too, but it is women who are bringing it back.

The face of the divine feminine changes across time, across the continents, but she is that part of every woman kept in a secret safe chamber that is unchanged by the society around her. It is this part of women that recognizes and sees, truly sees, another woman, despite any socioeconomic, cultural, or lingual barrier when it is awakened in her. When your eyes meet she SEES you and you SEE her. It is this divine feminine aspect of women that has been silenced and forgotten in many cultures and places.

But while the divine feminine has gone unhonored, she did not disappear. She has roared loudly in some women over the ages, these were the torch bearers. While in others she laid silently gaining strength in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to re-emerge.

And now we have arrived at that time. We are finding the wild women everywhere.

The wild woman is what you find in nature, the unadulterated version of a woman that is fully embodying her divine feminine nature.  She is awake to her nature and she knows it.  As our awareness of nature returns and all that is embodies, so does our honoring of the divine feminine; the wild woman. This archetype of the wild woman is wild at heart, boundless in her beauty, compassion, and power. She is comfortable in her shape, her skin, and her ways, because nature is the only thing that has shaped her.

The wild woman has not suffered the suppresive hand of society, yet she has felt the cold wind, and the warm rain, she has felt the ground shake violently and been soothed by the songs of the birds, she has grown strong to the heavy snow and supple to the raging river, but she has not felt the sting of a society that tried to silence her.

She has developed an understanding of her intuitive nature. The wild woman can sense the creative powers that surge through her. Nature has taught her to nurture. Nature has also taught her of receptivity and the ability to hold something while still setting it free to follow its own course. Nature has held the wild woman’s hand while whispering in her ear that her emotions are great waves of water rising within and to let them flow. Nature has reflected to this divine feminine child of hers that her beauty is beautiful no matter if it is the stark barren landscape of winter or the gentleness of early autumn.

The divine feminine energy that pulses through nature pulses through the wild woman and she is free.

The wild woman is our modern day goddess in touch with her divine feminine nature, a woman who never lost touch with her wild woman self.

And She lives in all of us.