This blend was one of my first experiments, and it’s still among my favorites, and often my go-to when I need to relax or for a gentle pick-me-up, as those oils are both calming and uplifting. It’s like comfort food for the soul!… ❤️
I live in Florida and I’m in love with the Orange Blossoms’ smell the evening winds carry in February, so I wanted to recreate that smell! The 1st time I diffused it, my then-husband stepped out on the patio and asked if the lemon tree was in bloom because of the smell. Turns out the poor Lemon tree was half dead, and what he could smell was the diffuser blend I had going on in my room with the window open! That comforted me on the idea that I had nailed it! Lol…
I love it so much that I am thinking about making it into a solid perfume (with mango butter, bee’s wax and jojoba oil…) I’m really into Vanilla and it seems to appear in almost all of my blends, but if you’re not a fan or don’t like sweet things, use only one drop of it.
I hope you enjoy it! … 🌸🍊
Happiness is new tiny blooms on your bonsai… 😍
This morning after my yoga class, I took a walk through Heartwood‘s Labyrinth… I have a special fondness for that place for several reasons, one of them being that it is a replica (almost to scale!) of the famous Labyrinth of the Chartres’ Cathedral in France!… 🤗
It had been a while since I last walked though the labyrinth, and I had forgotten it took so long to get to the center of it.
I was reminded that you have to go through the motions in your journey…
There is no skipping ahead, or cutting corners.
There is no point in getting impatient.
You have to go with the flow, let the current carry you and negotiate each turn the best you can.
And you have to make sure you pay attention to the scenery along the way and try your hardest to enjoy the ride.
If you ever find yourself near a labyrinth, I invite you to take a walk through it. You might be surprised at the thoughts and emotions it triggers in you…
I realized I have a few blends I forgot to post… Here’s one of them…
When I received my Magnolia essential oil, it was different from what I had been expecting based on others’ reviews. 🤔
For starters I didn’t find it sweet at all. I diffused 1 drop and to me it’s quite floral (actually reminds me faintly of Geranium (I hear the gasps of horror from some of you! Lol… 😁), with a tiny bit of mothballs undertones (not in a bad way! I swear I am not trying to turn you off!! 😝) and I find it a little bit earthy too.
I will have to try it again on it’s own, but for the time being, since I was plagged with a nasty stomach bug and being very nauseous at the time, floral wasn’t gonna do, I needed Ginger! Since the 1st notes I smelled (flowers and mothballs) made me think of a Grandmother’s closet, that’s what I called the blend I came up with… 😁
As a side note: I made the blend with 2 drops of Ginger because of my nausea, but unless you’re a big Ginger fan, I would recommend trying it out with 1 and see how you like it…
During Edens’ Garden Black Friday sale, I got a few oils I was not familiar with, out of curiosity… COGNAC was one of them. I like it, but scratched my head a little to come up with diffuser blends containing it! 🤔
I opened my EOs chest and went with my gut (and nose… 😉), and that’s what I created… At 1st it reminded me of an “Old Church” smell, then I thought about old books and maps, hence the name…
If you try it, please let me know what it makes you think of… 🙂
A variation of my Sweet Orchard blend, with Yuzu instead of Grapefruit, which makes it brighter (I really like Yuzu, it’s kind of like a blend of mandarin and lime, and definitely adds some zing and freshness to any blend!…). It smells like a big bouquet of wildflowers to me. 😍
Adding Amyris grounds it, with notes of wet soil and smokiness.
(I left the Amyris between parentheses, because I think I might like the blend better without it personally, but it does bring a nice complexity to it. Something that makes you go “Hmm, what’s that note?…🤔)
Smudging is the act of burning certain herbs, roots, or resins, to purify the air around us. Common choices are California White Sage, Palo Santo, or Sweetgrass…
People usually associate this with a spiritual or esoteric practice (especially by Native Americans), as it is said to evacuate negative energies and spirits, but scientific studies have shown that it actually physically purifies the air, by turning the positive ions back to negative ions (negative ions = positive energy, positive ions = negative energy!…).
Personally I really like the smell of burnt sage (in cooking too! 🙂) which is what brought me to this in the 1st place. An Abalone shell is often used to catch the ashes (and how gorgeous is this one!? 😍), and a big feather can be used to waft the smoke around.
If you’d like to learn more about the subject, check out those links:
Elephant Journal: scientific facts that make me want to start smudging right now
Sivana Spirit: 6 reasons you should try smudging
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by fragrances and perfumes. I have a strong sense of smell which, let’s face it, is mostly a curse, since a lot of modern days perfumes are just unbearable to me and give me a major headache.
I use a lot of Essential Oils, and one of my hobbies is playing mad scientist/perfumer and trying to come up with new combinations of oils to use in my diffuser and suit my every moods. The one below was my 1st attempt.
I am a tea drinker, and for me a London Fog (Earl Grey tea + milk + vanilla) falls into the category of “comfort foods”, so I was eager to try and recreate something evocative of it, especially since Bergamot is one of my favorite oils.
This is what I used “on the spot” in a 100 ml diffuser but the blend can be prepared in advance (which allows the scents to mingle together) and then you just use a few drops of the mix.
Given the properties of the oils I used, this blend falls into the calming/comforting category.
How to bring a little bit of nature inside, a pop of color to the top of your desk and a little inspiration in your daily life? Terrarium succulents gardens. It’s really quite simple, and making them is almost as relaxing as looking at them afterwards.
- Various sizes glass containers (Tall ones are from IKEA, round ones from Walmart)
- Sand (what I used here is crushed shells from Walmart)
- Rocks, glass pebbles
- Assortment of succulent plants
- (Assortment of fake plants)
- Potting soil
- Inspirational rocks or signs (I used engraved rocks from Amazon)
- Gardening gloves
Start by a layer of sand (or crushed shells) at the bottom of your glass container. It adds visual interest to your garden and will insure the roots of your plants are not sitting in soggy soil and rotting, since there will be no drainage.
Add a layer of potting soil and arrange your plants whichever way you like. Try to alternate textures, colors and heights. You can also mix real plants and fake plants as I did in this fish bowl. (The red flower is fake.) Remember to wear thick gloves, or plastic coated ones when handling cactuses! 😉 (ask me why I feel the need to press that point!… >.<)
Add little rocks or pebbles at the edge of your planting.
Add one inspirational stone/sign. You can change this depending on your mood and what message you want to be reminded of. Your little garden is alive, so is its intention!… 😉
Place your little terrarium somewhere safe, where it won’t be knocked off by your zany cat, or attract your curious toddler… Remember that the plants will need light and to be watered every now and then…