Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Challenges Continue

Good Sunday to all,

Please accept my apologies for the continued interruption of my postings.  I did obtain a new laptop & am impressed with it.  There is a learning curve.  I'm learning how to set this one up for my needs.  I had to look for some of my websites & get logged back into them.  You all know how that is time consuming.

Then let's throw in my daughter's baby shower.  There is always the planning & the prepping.  So much fun, but, again, time consuming.  But that was yesterday, my time is back to being mine again.

On top of it all is my full time career.  The one that is paying the bills for now.  Yes, it most definitely gets in the way of my passion.  Lol. 

In the meantime I have been using the lavender, lemon & peppermint oils.  I have noticed I have been more relaxed in the evenings when I warm lavender in the room.  Lemon is in the morning as I'm eating my breakfast.

The peppermint I have been using the most.  I have a small bottle at work.  When I feel myself getting a bit uptight, I inhale once or twice from the bottle.  I'm letting go of the negative & focusing back on my task.

I have also been putting a drop or two on a piece of cotton, then place the cotton a the opening of my ear.  I've been dealing with ear infections & then ear aches since flying to Montana & back.  After the usual trips to Urgent Care only gave me some relief I decided I needed a better way.

First I used a 50/50 mixture of alcohol & peroxide.  Alcohol to dry up any trapped water & the peroxide to kill infection.  Once the peroxide stopped having any reaction in my ear, I changed to the peppermint on the cotton.  I believe I have finally beaten the issue. 

I wanted you to know that I have not forgotten you or our talks.  I'm still sorting out what I have & what I need to recreate.  Please continue to bear with me. 

Til our next chat, Be Blessed

LB

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Computer Issues

My dear friends,

I'm sorry I'm unable to post my scheduled blog.  My laptop is in ICU & that's where yesterday's post is waiting, on that computer.  So, in the meantime I wanted to let you know I have not forgotten you, I've just been figuring out what my next step is on this bump in the road.  Do I buy a new computer or do I attempt to fix the old one.  Or do I buy refurbished.  Am I able to retrieve my files from the laptop?  Come back & find out! 

Same Bat time, same Bat channel!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Beginning




Greetings, my friends.  Thank you for joining me again this week. 
As I said last week, we’ll now start on looking at an aroma a week.  But before we start this series there’s a thing or two I wish to make clear.First, I AM A NOVICE.  CHECK EVERY THING WITH A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL & YOUR OWN RESEARCH. I have a curiosity about aromatherapy & how it can improve my holistic health for me, my home & my work.  These writings are my own research & conclusions.
Second, WARNING:  DO NOT ORALLY INGEST ANY ESSENTIAL OIL BEFORE CONSULTING WITH A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL.  Please do not confuse consuming the oil with consuming the spice.  Cinnamon, peppermint, ginger & others are ingested in spice form & sometimes oil, but these are not as highly concentrated as the essential oil. 
Third, EVERYTHING IS BASED ON THE BREATH.  Without air we can only survive about 3 minutes, so everything about us is based on the breath.  Now, I realize you’ve been breathing for a very long time, but how often have you taken the control?  In aromatherapy, yoga & meditation your breath is key.
So let’s start with the breath.  When you wish to meditate, practice yoga poses or reap the benefits of essential oils, then I’ve found you must be aligned.  When I started I couldn’t sit on the floor with a straight back.  That became my first goal.
To reach that goal I would sit against my closet door.  Scoot my hips to right against the door.  Place both sit-bones evenly on the floor & legs out front.  Maybe not straight…yet, but I could work on it.
Then the breath.  I fill my lower belly, slowly extending it as much as I can.  Then I slowly exhale, pulling my belly in, curving under my ribs into a “C”.  As I pull the air back into my lungs through my nose, I fill the spaces between my vertebrae & as I exhale through the nose the space stays & tension is expelled.
When I started I only did it for about 5 minutes.  That’s all I could handle.  But I kept doing it.  Not every day.  May be not even every other day, but it was something that called to me & I go back.  The more I would sit there, the more I learned to focus on the breath.  The more I focused on the breath, the easier it became to hold my self up.  I can now sit straight backed on the floor.  Now I’m working on other muscles & untying the knots, stretching & contracting my soft tissue.
When you’re ready to play with your breath try inhaling to a count of 5, 10 or whatever is comfortable, then exhaling to the same count.  Another way is to fill up the belly, then fill up your chest, splitting the two with your diaphragm.  On the exhale make sure to empty the chest first then your belly.  Add a count to that breath, it adds a different dimension.
There are others, but I’m not as familiar with them.  If you wish to know more, then I would recommend one of the audio books on sale at my store, http://www.lbelitearomas.com/.
Aromas come in with the breath.  The deeper & slower you inhale the more of the diffused oil permeates your cells.  The essence of the oil can help change your mood, your focus, your outlook on the world.
Join me next week, won’t you?  I’ll start our research with Lavender. 
Thank you for being with me.  Til next we meet, may you Be Blessed.
LB

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Aromas



Have you ever looked into aromatherapy?  Have you seen the variety of aromas & carrier oils & what does it all mean?  Has it boggled your mind & you’ve gone looking for something to kind of untangle all that info?  Well, me too!  Unfortunately I’ve not found something that’s been of help to me.
In our home the motto is “No problems, only solutions”, so I’m going to attempt to explain it as I am beginning to understand it.  I’ve seen some cool charts & may attempt to create one of my own as we go along.  I’ll share as it grows & would love to have feed back from you.
So, to recap, fragrances are as old as the world & humans have been utilizing the oils from the plants that produce the oil.  How we learned about the uses of these oils & where it all started is as shrouded in the depth of history’s secrets as the invention of the wheel.
Referring back to Aromatherapy Pt 1, I thought we would go a bit more in depth of the recorded history of essential oils.  And, as always, first things first.
Egypt has the oldest recordings of using aromatic oils.  Over 4500 years before Jesus walked the earth Egypt was keeping healthy with aromatic oils. 
And that’s where I think we’ll start, looking at the oils for our health.  Lately I’ve been dealing with some breathing issues; my area has had a lot of rainfall, so allergens will be heavy.  
 So it’s settled, we’ll look at lavender, lemon, peppermint & tea tree.  We’ll also look at a few carrier oils to find which ones are recommended for inhaling or massaging.
I will research one a week & break it down into categories.  Remember we talked about agni & soma in Aromatherapy Pt 1?  There are also other categories I would like to use, for instance anti-fungal or relaxing.
I will also touch upon the difference in “organic” & “synthetic” oils.  For true Aromatherapy to have any validity, you must be using organic oils.  It’s not just the aroma of the oils, it’s also its essence, the healing, relaxing, energizing essence we need to have seep into our skin, our lungs, our very soul.
I look forward to this journey of aromas.  I hope you’ll join me.  Til next we meet, Be Blessed.  LB

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Putting It Together



Greetings & welcome, my friends.  Thank you for joining me.
In these beginning weeks we’ve talked about the basics regarding aromatherapy, meditation, yoga & music.  Now let’s see if we can put them together.
When I prepare for my yoga/meditation time, I start with my aroma.  At this time I’m finding patchouli in the stick incense to be soothing.  I choose patchouli for its antidepressant, aphrodisiac & sedative qualities.
After lighting a stick or two I light an unscented candle.  I like the ambience of candle light & firelight.  I turn my music on low.  I like it as a background.  Then I roll out my yoga mat & grab Dreamer, my Yoga Stick Person.
I start with the Mountain pose.   They're a couple of ways you can perform this pose.  I prefer to stand with my hands by my side, chest open & balanced on my feet.  I focus on the breath now.
Throughout my whole session I focus on my breathing.  I make sure I’m filling up & emptying.  As I inhale I feel the oxygen expanding the tight places, putting space between my vertebrae.  On the exhale all the tightness leaves my body.  All movement is accomplished around the breath.
I have chosen songs which are known to bring me peace.  When my mind wanders I will hear the music.  The peace settles in, aided by the patchouli & I focus on breathing again.
After getting myself grounded & activated in the Mountain pose I pick up Dreamer.  Dreamer is roughly 5 ft tall & maybe 2 inches in diameter.  Made from the branch of a cottonwood tree, there is a protruding branch near the top.  I have wrapped a length of leather strap, tied on some personal charms & fastened some feathers on this small arm.
Still standing in the basic Mountain pose I grasp Dreamer with each hand at the far ends.  This opens up my shoulders.  Then I bring Dreamer behind me, feeling my chest open up.  First time I held that pose I was amazed at how closed my heart area really was & how just holding a stick could make such a difference!
So far I’ve only found a few poses where Dreamer is an aide.  As I  grow & strengthen I’m sure we’ll find other ways.
Soon I am in position on the floor.  Here is where the meditation really gets started.  I’m sitting either cross-legged, diamond or straight leg on my mat.  I can now sit without an aide to keep my back straight.  Through Yoga & practice I am now able to do it by myself.
As I sit, I meditate.  For me it’s about my God.  I focus on Him.  I open up to hear His voice.  I love these times.  It’s when I feel the closet to Papa.
When that time is over I move into Yoga poses again.  I usually end in the same Mountain pose.
I don’t count how long to hold a pose.  I focus on my breathing & let my body move as it needs.  I have found that when I have my music I tend to hold longer & breathe deeper. 
Experiment, my friend.  Your path will open to you.  Til next we meet, Be Blessed.
LB