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Spring is Here!

Do you usually acknowledge the Spring Equinox? If you do then you’ll already know what it’s all about and may have something special you do to celebrate it. If not, then you’re probably more aware of it than you realise. Physiologically speaking, our body moves from that ‘hibernating’ type of energy to want to take action, and our get up and go comes back (or we at least want it to and become aware of what needs to change!) We move into that ‘out with the old, in with the new’ time of the year.

This year the Spring Equinox falls upon 20th March this year at precisely 5:37 am and marks that awakening from winter months and the hibernation that goes with it, a real breath of fresh air that marks the first day of spring, where the day and nighttime hours are exactly equal. It has been celebrated for centuries and has become a symbol for new beginnings, fertility, rebirth and the renewal of life.

There are many ways to celebrate this equinox. Whilst getting really into it appeals to me, you don’t have to make a ritual out of it unless you want to. Just being outside, enjoying nature, noticing the buds and new life sprouting through on the trees and shrubs, enjoying the weather when the blue skies appear, or planting seeds and flowers is enough to connect with this awakening time of the year. There is so much joy to be found in nature.

Think of the term ‘spring cleaning’ which we can naturally feel like doing, as an inner calling nudges us to ‘lighten up’ be that with de-cluttering, de-cob-webbing (gosh, the spiders are starting to appear on the boat, a daily job for me – eek!), or a deeper clean of your home. If you have not come across Marie Condo yet, look her up, the Japanese lady that loves tidying ‘mess’. I loved her Netflix series and since watching it, my clothes drawers have never been the same! (in a good way that is).

Physically too, our body’s needs change as we move from winter into spring, a much easier time to implement healthier ways of being because we’ve come out of that slowing down season where we naturally ‘hold-on’ to ‘reserves’. A body cleanse can be a helpful thing to do in springtime.

Mentally, it’s a good time to revisit our goals and intentions, especially if you find like me you have more motivation and energy to get stuff done. We can re-focus our mindset and perhaps address some old thinking that is not serving its purpose anymore. A bit of a review or even overhaul is good for springtime! If you haven’t considered a Vision Board, this would be a good thing to do to help make your goals and dreams visual for some daily attention –every manifestation has started off as a thought.

Chakra speaking, it is the time for the Solar Plexus to get some attention. It is represented by the colour of the sun, yellow (I like to add gold to my visualisation for extra sparkle!) but also the energy of the sun too when you think about what the sun brings to us – energy! This chakra is about confidence, energy, movement, and taking action which can all feel possible and doable, particularly in spring.

Essential oils representing that spring-like energy would be the uplifting ones. These are my favourites for spring:

  • Lemon – energising, sharpens my mind, helps me get stuff done!
  • Lime – wakes me up and makes me happy with that gorgeous smell
  • Grapefruit – good for cleansing, and honouring the body, smells like it’s going to do me some real good in a more nurturing way rather than just being practical
  • Lemongrass – stimulates the body, has a cleansing effect emotionally and physically
  • Marjoram – mild sweet herby fragrance, makes me want to take good care of myself, it helps me with self-love
  • Spearmint – clears my mind, and gets my imagination going, it also works on the throat chakra too, expression!

Ideal springtime therapies include:

  • Reflexology to wake the body up and get everything moving
  • Massage too to stimulate adding in Aromatherapy for bespoke blends/needs
  • Angelic or traditional Reiki healing for direction and getting back into the flow or opening to inspiration
  • Chakra balancing focusing on the Solar Plexus!
  • Zyto scan perfect for helping to assess what your body’s physical, emotional and energy needs are at the time of scanning in terms of essential oils to support you

Join me in taking a moment to appreciate this time of year where nature is showing us that possibilities and new beginnings, are all around us.

Here’s a short 11 mins Spring Meditation for you. The video is from the bow of Heaven Scent, my lovely houseboat where I’m blessed with the sounds of birds every day…. even the noisy parakeets bring me joy!

To give yourself, or someone you care about, a springtime treat, book a session with me where some treatments can happen over Zoom. It’s the time of year to feel inspired and ready for action!

Matters of the Heart

Valentines Day is just around the corner, and whether you love it or loathe it, it provides an opportunity for us to talk about love. For many, February 14th symbolises romantic love: the giving and receiving of cards and gifts between partners. However, it can also be an opportunity to explore love and emotion at a deeper level, within ourselves.

Love is not limited to romantic relationships, as we know. It includes friendship, love for family, compassion towards others, and of course self-love. Far from being a selfish action, learning to love ourselves, and attend to our emotional needs, is essential for us to truly offer love to others.

Is the past holding you back?

There are many emotions that we experience throughout our lives, which can affect how we love and who we love. There may be positive experiences where we have developed healthy emotional bonds with others, enjoying mutual love and support. There may also be negative emotions attached to situations where we have been hurt, let down, or engaged in obsessive or possessive love.

As we move through our lives, it is important to let go of any residual emotion that comes from negative experiences. Holding on to past emotions can hinder our ability to love unconditionally and to willingly receive love from other people. We can free ourselves of unwanted emotions by working to balance the Heart Chakra – the flow of energy that affects our emotional state and capacity to love.

Healing the Heart

Working with the Heart Chakra is all about locating and healing any negative emotions we are carrying. We use a number of techniques to bring priority emotions to the surface, which will then be used to guide healing work. This is an opportunity to discuss what’s behind the emotions, so our head can make sense of what our heart has revealed.

Balancing and clearing the Heart Chakra creates the opportunity for growth and self-development: to grow beyond the things that may be holding us back. We can then move to a place of acceptance, with a clearer mind and an open heart.

Living with Love

Healthy, loving relationships are about finding that delicate balance between love of others and love of ourselves. Whatever kind of love we desire: friendship, family or romantic love, we have to be ready to accept it. By clearing away any pain, insecurities or fears, we make way for new love to enter our lives and strengthen the love we have around us.

We are the happiest versions of ourselves when we feel secure, accepting of who we are and what we have experienced throughout our lives so far. Once we achieve this, we can open our heart to opportunity and to enjoying loving relationships with others.

To give yourself, or someone you care about, a gift that is truly from the heart, book a Heart Chakra session with me which can be done over Zoom. You will feel lighter and brighter, with a heart that’s ready to accept love.

A Week in the Life of an Essential Oil Kit

Alternative remedies, such as essential oils, can have something of an ethereal quality – a nice idea in theory, but how can we be sure they really work?

My client had experienced the benefits of individual oils and wanted to purchase an essential oils kit, for use by the whole family. I therefore asked them to make a diary of the oils they used, what they were used for, and how well they worked. Even better, they agreed to keep away from traditional medicines and, where possible, only use essential oils.

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Introduction to Essential Oils

Essential oils are concentrated liquids found in plants that serve to protect, restore and respond to the plants environment. They are a mix of volatile organic compounds extracted from various parts of a plant, for example: seeds, bark, leaves, roots, stems or flowers, most commonly done through steam distillation. Citrus fruit peel is best processed differently through cold-pressing.

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Introducing the Chakras

For those of us who are unfamiliar with Chakra work, the term may carry a rather mystical quality – associated with the recent wave of ‘new age medicine’. However, understanding chakras and their role in our health is a return to a more traditional and intuitive approach to medicine and healing.

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Archangels & Essential Oils

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Petitgrain Essential Oil

Three essential oils derive from the bitter orange tree: Petitgrain is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tree, Neroli is distilled from the blossoms, and Bitter Orange oil is produced by cold pressing the rinds of the fruits. Petitgrain has a fresh floral citrus scent with a woody herbaceous undertone that is popular with men as well as women, and is widely used in the perfumery industry. It’s Latin name is Citrus Aurantium.

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Drinking the best water?

Approx 70% body weight should be water and the regular replenishment of fluid lost through urine and sweat is essential for our basic survival.  If we do not replenish enough of this fluid, we become dehydrated with symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, muscle pains and loss of concentration. Chronic dehydration has been identified as a major factor in degenerative diseases, chronic joint pain, digestive problems, allergies, hypertension and even asthma.

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