A word about smudging
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
“London Fog” Aromatherapy diffuser blend
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.
Terrarium mini gardens
- 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
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…
I have always had a thing for Zen Gardens… The gorgeous ones with the pristine sand, adorable bonsaï tree, stones, and the little bamboo rake to draw patterns in the sand… ❤
Unfortunately, when you have young kids, or a cat, or both, it’s not really a reasonable option!…
Still, I have been on the lookout over the years, hoping to find something that would work for my household.
As life became increasingly chaotic and stressful, and I tried to connect more with my spiritual side, I felt the need for a special “calm” spot in my bedroom. So I started thinking about the Zen Garden again, and about 6 months ago I finally had my “ha-ha moment” with a somewhat clear vision of what I wanted to do! 😀
This stands atop a bookshelf I use as my bedside table. So it is the last thing I see before turning the lights off, and the 1st thing I see when I get up. It helps me try and remember that I need to find some calm in the everyday chaos, and keep some perspective in life.
I encourage you to create your own happy peaceful place, it doesn’t take much room, and it can be pretty much anything that brings you peace, happiness, calm, or just makes you smile. Something that helps recenter you and keep you grounded. 🙂