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.

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

Luscious Lemon Lip Scrub

This Luscious Lemon Lip Scrub brings your lips back to their soft moist natural state when they have become dry and flaky after.

When you lips have become chapped to the point where they have little flakes of skin peeling off them it doesn’t matter how much lip balm you put on, you will still be dealing with those chapped little annoying flakes of dead skin.

This scrub gently takes off the dead skin and the flaky skin so that when you do apply your balm it can protect and moisturize your lips, instead of just sitting on top of already dead skin that needs exfoliated.

This lip scrub recipe also smells incredible. You could also add your own scent, as long as the essential oil is one that can be used safely internally, just incase some accidentally gets in your mouth.

Luscios Lemon Lip Scrub

1 part Sugar

1 part sunflower oil

1 part honey

A drop or two of Lemon Essential Oil

1. Mix all ingredients together and store in sealable jar or container.

That’s it.

Direction for use;

Simply rub onto your lips. I like to let it set there for a minute and then massage it around my lips. Follow with a rinse and some lip balm.

A lip scrub is a nice thing to have around during the dry summer months or the winter when cold followed by indoor heat confuse our lips.

It’s also great to have on hand when you know you will be spending a lot of time outside doing extreme activities like climbing in the sun or stand up paddle board at the sunny beach.

Wild women love to play. And they love to nurture themselves.

Enjoy!

My Path from Herbs to Green Beauty

I have always been some what of wild woman, in the sense that I love being in nature, getting dirty in the garden, I feel better when I am barefoot, and dancing free comes easily for me but finding my way to green beauty was a bit more elusive. I have had to come around to the idea of honoring that part of my wild woman that has to do with beauty and nurturing.

It was a combination of things that kept me from honoring my own beauty. Partly I think I did not feel beautiful. Partly I felt like physical adornment was an ego trap. Really the ego trap was me feeling like I was too holy spiritual to get caught in something like caring for this transient physical body. I was still acting out of my ego until I saw the irony it my ways and then I began to care and honor this vessel even though I knew it would one day be gone.

But still I resisted much of the modern day beauty world, because I knew they were chock full of chemicals and toxins.

I did not really want to be part of the green beauty movement until I worked in holistic spa as a massage therapist.

In the spa I met these wonderful naturally oriented estheticians. They were earthy and natural and beautiful. And women would come to see them for this essence of beauty that they carried with them, and these women would leave glowing. It was here for the first time that I was bitten by the natural green beauty bug, which lead me to getting my eyelashes tinted with a natural dye, and I felt glorious. It was in that glory that everything shifted.

I understood that to adorn my body, my face, my skin, did not mean I was hiding from the world or pretending to be something I was not. In a sense it meant the opposite. It meant that I was ready to be seen. It meant I was grateful for this physical body, and that I was putting that appreciation into action by nurturing my skin and adding to its natural beauty with clean and natural beauty products.

I was honoring myself and my beauty, in my own natural way…..

This is probably something a lot women figure out early on but I needed to understand the spiritual foundation behind it first.  I also needed to find some beauty products that I felt comfortable using, something that was alive, something that was like food for the skin, not chemicals for the skin.

Herbs!! Plants!! Botanicals!!

I had been trained as an herbalist and had been using herbs for healing and this rich world of herbs is the foundation of green beauty. I fell in love with plant science all over again. I saw herbs and botanicals in a whole new way. They could be used for beauty, for healing the skin, for nurturing the skin with vitamins, minerals, and herbal properties.

I had fallen in love with plant science all over again.

And this is the journey of ancient herbal wisdom blended with plant science by women who are connected and in tune or intuitive.

 

Summer Solstice Sunshine Meditation

Summer Solstice Sunshine Meditation

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The summer solstice is a magical moment, one that has been well observed by many cultures throughout time and it is the best time for a summer solstice sunshine meditation.

The summer solstice brings warmth and sunshine and an outward expression of spirit. It is the warmth of summer that helps us through the dark of winter. Now during the time around the summer solstice is time to is the time to gather and strengthen your Light.

Winter definitely serves its purpose, but it is much easier to move into the silence of winter with sincere appreciation when we come from a place that is full of light. And in our modern world today working inside as much as we do, we need to make a point of being outside and gathering light.

In Ayruvedic medicine the yogis believe that the hue of golden light is the most nourishing and strengthening. They sit at sunrise at and drink in the gentle golden hue.

The ancient Atlanteans believed that absorbing the hues of the sunset imparted the healing vibrations of that color directly into our systems. (Colors that are alive and vibrant and are born of that golden hue that the yogi’s love.)

Modern science states that we need to directly absorb the sun’s rays for about 10min a day for optimal health. From Vit D production to keeping our spirits high.

People use lights to help them get through SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

You can store up all that warm summer sun and save it for later, with simple recognition of its force and a meditation to help seal the deal.

 

Summer Solstice Sunshine Meditation

This meditation serves the purpose of literally storing up the sun’s rays for the upcoming winter. It can be done all summer, but at the height of the summer solstice the energy is the strongest.

(take care and watch the time, don’t get a sunburn, doing it later in the day helps with this!)

Find a quiet place where you can lay outside for 5-10min with out being disturbed, preferably directly on the earth.

Lay down, place your feet (your barefeet) directly on the earth (your knees will be up).

Say your thanks to the sun, ask that the being of the sun impart its life force directly into your system. Ask your angels and Archangel Ariel to help you with this.

Lift your shirt up so that your belly, (your solar plexus chakra) is exposed to the sun. You are going to absorb the sun directly into your third chakra where it will be stored for winter, think of this chakra as your own personal little sun, your place of will and warmth. It is your power chakra, intensely yellow, and expresses your divine power.

Lay and meditate. Feeling the sun enter your being, filling you up with energy and warmth. And know that you are storing this for the winter, a time when you will need to call upon that internal warmth and brightness.

~Enjoy!

 

This meditation can be done several times during the summer, giving you ample storage of light.

Happy Summer! (And winter, but we don’t have to talk about that yet.)

 

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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.

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.