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Top 5 Essential Oils to Boost Immunity + Bonus Tips

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Yup, it’s here. There’s a discernible nip in the air, the trees are starting to shed their leaves and it is time to put away all our cute summer dresses. Dang. Fall is upon us and with that, many of us fall victim to the dreaded common cold. Sensual lovers, there is nothing glamourous about red runny noses and big puffy eyes. I am here to help. In order to keep your immune system strong, there is a lot you can do NOW to set yourself up for the entire winter.

Cold Season

Of course my favorite place to start is with essential oils. In my book, Aromatherapy for Sensual Living, I talk about the medicinal value of essential oils. By simply incorporating them into your daily routine, you will find that you get sick less often and have the added benefit of being surrounded by potent and delightful aromatics. Essential oils are effective healers that I describe as the “anti-anti” meaning that they are all anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, anti-stress and more. Essential oils have a particular intelligence to do exactly what your body needs. This comes in handy during cold and flu season.

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Top 5 Essential Oils for Clear the Mind

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Do you ever have mental fog that coffee just can’t clear? Does outside atmospheric pressure make your eyes gloss over and leave you in a dopey haze? Do you ever stare at your computer cursor blinking, blinking, blinking and are unable to do anything about it? Fret not Sensual lover, essential oils can powerfully and effectively lift the fog and help you get back to a focused, clear, directed place. Welcome back, productivity! You have been missed.

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5 Oils for a Clear Mind

Cypress

Cypress is a powerful circulatory agent and mood booster. I specifically use cypress in all of my blends to help things move: bad moods, stuck phlegm, or even cellulite. Cypress is additionally an excellent essential oil for improving mental faculties. It brightens one’s mood and effectively boost mental power within minutes. One drop used in one of the methods I outline below will bring you back in action and allow you to do the things you need to do. Stat.

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Aromatherapy: 7 essential oils to make you purr

Aromatherapy: 7 essential oils to make you purr

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Essential oils have a powerful effect on the pleasure centers of the brain, and can (and should) be used to enhance erotic desire and bedroom play. This isn’t wishful thinking but an ancient healing modality grounded in science. Plants emit natural aphrodisiac pheromones to encourage pollinators to feast on their beauty. We get to use these pheromones (or plant perfume) in the form of essential oils to do the same thing. With a little bit of knowledge and some clever placement, you can have them eating out of the palm of your hand. In my twenty years of years, I have often employed essential oils to captivate the imagination of a potential suitor…and the results are too juicy to share.

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June Strawberry Full Moon: Harvest the Ripened Fruit

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Wowee Sensual Lovers, this is the 12th and final installment of our full moon series. I am thrilled to be ending it in June; my favorite month. June is amazing for so many reasons. The weather warm and breezy, the days are long, the solstice is upon us and strawberries make their way into smoothies, desserts and salads. Did I mention it’s also my birthday month?  It’s time to celebrate all that has taken root and started to bloom (Geminis love to party and birthdays are an excellent excuse to stretch out the celebrations).

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Aromatherapy for Eye Health

Aromatherapy for Eye Health

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Essential oils are incredibly powerful in supporting all body systems. In fact, you can use them in places where you wouldn’t expect, like in and around the eye. Are you surprised? The truth is, I have used aromatherapy to support eye health for many years with great success. When I was teaching Aromatherapy in Japan, I demonstrated how to use rose hydrosol; first in my mouth, then misted on my face and finally, in my eye. The reaction was one of shock and then explosive giggles.

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Use with Awareness

Essential oils close to or in the eyes require careful instruction. They can be caustic and excruciating if used in the wrong way. If you have ever gotten essential oils in your eye, you will know what I am talking about; it’s burning (often curse-inducing) experience.

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Full Flower Moon

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Sweet sensual lovers, I can’t express my joy in seeing life thriving everywhere around me. It’s a Sensual Living Christmas. Flowers are bursting forth, my garden is overflowing with life and the air smells undeniably sweet. It is hard not to fall in love when everything is so beautiful and alive.

This month’s full moon is tonight and darlings, it’s a delicious one. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the May full moon is called the Full Flower Moon, also called Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon and Corn Planting Moon, makes a time of increasing fertility with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young,  there is a near end to late frosts and plants are in bloom. It’s finally warm enough to squish our feet into the ground and feel the receptive, nurturing energy of the earth, meeting and healing us. Gosh how I have missed barefoot grounding.

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Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon Rising: An Inspiring Light

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Alright Moon lovers, on Saturday we are hitting the second and final eclipse of this cycle. It’s a big one as it’s a Blood Moon. The moon will turn bright red for about an hour. Blood moons are seen as omens of big change or events about to happen. It doesn’t necessarily mean dark ominous mayhem and destruction are immanent. Change can be positive when we meet it with enthusiasm and trust in the divine plan.

Do you fear change? Are your habitual patterns keeping you small, safe and disempowered? That isn’t the way for any Sensual Lover. Use the power of the full moon to galvanize your life, dreams, hopes and aspirations. Remember the New Moon/eclipse/equinox a couple of weeks ago? It was a powerful and important time to set intentions and do ceremony. The last couple of weeks were an incubation period for your manifestations (albeit a potentially turbulent one).  At this full moon, complete the ritual by gathering what is not serving you and set it ablaze. Free yourself from the shackles of stagnation to actualize your potent New Moon manifestations.  Open sacred space, give offerings to your altar or to the earth, be clear and firm in your prayers. The great mystery is listening. What are you truly asking for?

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Last Full Moon of Winter: Flowers are Just Around the Corner

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In many parts of the Northern hemisphere, snow is melting away and little sparks of life are coming to the surface. It’s an exciting time of regeneration and renewal.

All this week, I have been cleansing with Ayurvedic kitchari to gently release the sludge of winter and prepare my body and my mind for the upcoming season. March goes in like a lion out like a lamb, so they say. How can you use the energy of the March full moon? Is it time for you to let down your armor and allow the soft sweetness of life into your life? How can you soften your edges? What can you do to support yourself through this transition?

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Detoxing with Essential Oils

Detoxing with Essential Oils

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I am in here in Toronto at the end of February waist-deep in snow on the coldest day on record. Grump. It is hard for me to imagine the generous warmth of spring but from what I can see on Instagram, flowers are shooting up all over the world and people are shedding their layers. When that happens, our bodies leap to life. It is essential to open detoxification pathways to help our bodies be as productive as possible in this time of transition. Of course, I turn to essential oils to assist me.

Here are some ways to use essential oils to be your most juicy moving into spring. Viva!

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Juicy in the Afternoon: Aromatic, Superfood, Enlightened Passionfruit Juice

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For many, there is nothing more depressing than a Monday morning in January in the Northern hemisphere? From this vantage point, there are at least six, probably closer to eight more weeks of winter’s wrath. To be a Canadian, one needs to know how to survive with lightness in our hearts.

Eating tropical or raw food in the winter is not something I generally recommend for myself or for my clients. Cold causes constriction in the body and the last thing we need in the winter is more tightness… However, every now and then, we need to break the rules. We need to remember that even in the bleakness of winter, somewhere, life is growing and thriving. We can feast on that inspiration.

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