Oshun’s Reminder

Our work is sweetness rarely felt, rarely held in the world, a sweet fire rarely burned, sweet water rarely tasted, sweet words rarely spoken, sweet caresses rarely given. Be sweet, sweet, sweetness love. So says She.

I am an earthworker. I am a daughter of Oshun. I am a daughter of the Earth. I am a learner. I am a healer. I am a warrior. I am a lover. I am a sister. I am a friend. I am a writer. So say I.

Ase! Ase! Ase O!

This Is A Peppermint PSA

Never overdo peppermint essential oil.

EVER.

(Honestly, this is legitimate advice for ALL essential oils.)

I wanted a relaxing, ache relieving bath after a long night out and of course I turned to lavender and peppermint. Which is fine, except that both came in bottles with no pour control, and I was too lazy to go locate my dropper. I assumed it would all be fine seeing as I was in this giant tub of water.

Big mistake.

I pour the lavender in, using my eyes to estimate. It’s fine. Lavender is actually a relatively mild oil compared to most, and while you should always use caution and dilute by default before applying or ingesting any essential oils, I didn’t feel any side effects and was rather basking in the immediate calm it induced.

Then I added the peppermint oil.

For a while it was fine, and I was enjoying the mingling of floral and minty relaxing scents, then the cooling tingly sensation spread and that was new, but expected. What I didn’t expect is for that cooling tingly sensation to intensify exponentially and start to feel like a very cold chemical burn, even in the hot water! I wouldn’t wish that feeling on my worst enemy. You see, even in that much water, oil will float (and I knew this but the vast amounts of water had always seemed to help spread the oil around)! The peppermint oil just settled around my skin, wherever near the surface, and coated it every time I moved. Needless to say, when the burning started, I immediately jumped up, drained the water, and started the shower.

I ended up spending quite some time under the shower soaping up and rinsing my skin, over and over till the sensation abated. I also applied olive oil (standard carrier oil) to the worst hit of the skin in hopes of diluting whatever was left of the peppermint essential oil. I did worry about this locking in the peppermint oil and not letting it evaporate but the burning stopped after I did this so I’m currently okay with this. Also, with the rather vigorous soaping, my skin was dry and tight and was crying out for moisturization. I’m writing this about fifteen minutes after all of this, and let me tell you, there are parts of my body STILL feeling that cooling tingly sensation (but no longer burning, thank God)!

All this is to say, for God’s sake DILUTE, and NEVER overdo essential oils. Add to that, handle with care and be aware that accidents happen so I recommend handling even the bottles in gloves, just in case some spills.

Trust me, you don’t want to know what a cold burn (keep in mind, some essential oils burn VERY HOT) feels like.

Lesson learned.

Sweeping Out Essential Oil Blend

img src: Demeester @ Wikimedia

img src: Demeester @ Wikimedia

Is a space you’re often in (office, workroom, bedroom, bathroom, etc) feeling stuffy, chaotic, or draining?

I don’t mind a little chaos, but given enough time, it’s usually a signal that not only have I been letting things go, I also need to do some physical and metaphysical cleaning and clearing. I also find certain acts of cleaning particularly rewarding: I know that cleaning my bathtub means I get to take a bath sooner, alphabetizing my bookshelf makes me feel organized; changing my sheets is sometimes all I can do but sleep always comes easier; sweeping floors puts me in a meditative state and circulates mine and the room’s energy.

Good for when you’re doing some cleaning and clearing, material or metaphysical. This blend is composed of oils that work to clarify a space, moving out negative energy, protecting what’s left. It’s also meant to inspire and sustain the dynamic of a space, during and after the cleaning, useful as stagnancy easily breeds negativity. In fact the best way to clear a space of malcontent is to shake it up, even if it’s as little a movement as lifting objects in a room to dust beneath and around them.

This is also a good oil blend to diffuse in a space after saging/smudging. Carry in an oil of your choice (olive, jojoba etc) if you’d like to use it on your body not just your space.

Remember:
Do not use a carrier oil in diffusers unless manufacture’s manual says it’s alright;
Do not use on body, internal or external, without a carrier oil.

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Bath Delights: Abundant Joy & Abundant Sweetness

Abundant Bath Delights

Making bath salts and scrubs is one of my favorite things to do. They are quick easy, and endlessly fun. I recently made two of these as gifts, and I did it in about an hour, and I’m very excited about how they came out.  Continue reading

Calm & Clear Epsom Salt Bath Soak

img src: Dawn Endico @ flickr

img src: Dawn Endico @ flickr

Epsom salt is an absolute gift. Made of magnesium sulfate, it has a myriad of uses for our health and wellness. It has been used to remove splinters, lessen foot odor, and ease swelling. Personally I love throwing them in the bath, enriched when I mix them with essential oils. I find that a bath taken with epsom salts doesn’t even need bubbles to feel lush.

Here’s a favorite mix I particularly enjoy when I need to calm myself or when I’m suffering aches and pains, especially headaches. I also love that this sets me up for a great night’s sleep. Continue reading

Ecstatic Sweetness Essential Oil Blend

Inspired by Oshun and the beautiful spirit of those who walk with her.

art of Oshun

img src: thaliatook.com

This is an oil blend created for relaxation with intention. It will calm you down, inspire sweetness, and excitement to create. Great for encouraging the spirit of peaceful energy spaces (as after yoga or meditation) to extend and activate creative energy spaces. Continue reading

Sugar Scrub Delight

I made my first sugar scrubs the other day and discovered decadence like nothing else. Sugar scrubs are a great, and relatively quick, way to renew and exfoliate your skin. They are especially recommended in winter months, when skin can get dry and flaky. The best part is you can easily make your own at home with all natural products so you never have to worry about what is going on your skin, and often with ingredients already in your pantry. As a treat, add some essential oils to immerse yourself in some instant aromatherapy as well as receive all their benefits. The recipe possibilities are endless. Continue reading