Reaching a deeper, greater understanding of mothering

Reaching a deeper, greater understanding of mothering

Please see the class announcement at the end of this E-news! Exploring the relationship between mothering and personal growth I had a very interesting conversation with someone recently about emotions...specifically, the perspective that you can choose your emotional response to something rather than believing that you have no control over your response, that it is shaped by your personality and your history.  However, if you...

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The importance of being centered in times of chaos and discord

The importance of being centered in times of chaos and discord

Energies seem to be swirling around at an unprecedented pace…relationships, health, community, work, political, social, local, global.  If you are not feeling them, you are either very, very fortunate or very isolated.  I honestly do not know anyone who isn’t feeling upended in one or more aspects of their life. As we have just passed a marriage milestone…10 years as of 7/18/18…Leonardo and I were recently talking about how much we have...

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21 Ways to Find Your Heart Connection

21 Ways to Find Your Heart Connection

: Hand Poured : Ancient Wisdom : Ways to Find Your Heart Connection This Season...or ANY Season Many people feel a sense of disconnection or loneliness...sometimes fleeting but recurring, other times, pervasive...and don't have an understanding of why they feel that way.  One of the greatest gifts pure, natural essences give us is facilitating a deeper connection to our own heart/soul purpose...with the effect of helping us feel more...

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Heroes Among Us:  Cherishing Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Heroes Among Us: Cherishing Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

: Hand Poured : Ancient Wisdom : Heroes Among Us Cherishing Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness From Top Left: Riccardo Muti, Roberto Clemente, Maya Angelou, Karen Clay and Mike Phillips, Cam Perron (with an unidentified player from the former Negro League) Independence Day was created in 1870 as a Federal holiday to celebrate the birth of the United States as an independent nation.  I would like to take the opportunity of this...

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Rites of Passage:  Aromatherapy to Consecrate Your Ceremonies

Rites of Passage: Aromatherapy to Consecrate Your Ceremonies

: Hand Poured : Ancient Wisdom : Rites of Passage Aromatherapy to Consecrate Your Ceremonies Summer months traditionally are a time for wedding ceremonies, though, of course, people get married throughout the year! So, it’s a good time to consider the role of essential oils and hydrolats in weddings, as well as other ceremonies such as birthdays, baptisms, and passage events such as adolescence, retirement and death.First of all...it is...

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Cool It!  Aromatherapy Solutions to Beat the Heat

Cool It! Aromatherapy Solutions to Beat the Heat

: Hand Poured : Ancient Wisdom : Cool It! Aromatherapy Solutions to Beat the Heat Too hot to be out and about? If you want to hike or engage in some other outdoor activity in the heat, try this: Take a bandana, dip it in cold water, wring it out, and put a drop or two of peppermint on it. Fold it in half to make a triangle, then continue to fold the smaller end toward the larger to form a long, folded strip. You can tie it around your...

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Intoxicating Essence of Lavender Indulge Yourself!

Intoxicating Essence of Lavender Indulge Yourself!

: Hand Poured : Ancient Wisdom : Intoxicating Essence of Lavender Indulge Yourself! Wisdom of the Earth’s Albanian Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia) is wild-crafted in the lowlands of this beautiful country. A calming, yet uplifting essence, She is the perfect remedy as we head into the long hot days of summer! Too much wind or sun exposure on that camping trip?  She is just the essence to sooth your troubled skin.  Headache...

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Welcome Back! Essential Thoughts Have Returned!

Welcome Back! Essential Thoughts Have Returned!

: Hand Poured : Ancient Wisdom : Welcome Back to Shining Sun Aromatherapy! Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back! (Sung to the tune of Welcome Back, Kotter…If you are old enough to remember it!) I say “back”, because it has been some time since I have communicated via email, as I have been focused on creating exciting new offerings, while retiring or modifying others.   Over the next several months, you will see a...

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Whatever your Passion or Profession…Essential Oils Can Work With You!

Whatever your Passion or Profession…Essential Oils Can Work With You!

The basic nature of essential oils is to be in harmony and to bring harmony.  They are also wonderful additions to a surprising number and variety of professions or practices.  I think you will be surprised at the interesting and powerful ways our Essences are enhancing all sorts of business endeavors!  But first, a few announcements: Level 1 Certification Class in Medicinal Aromatherapy I will retire from teaching...

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The Identity Crisis in Aromatherapy

The Identity Crisis in Aromatherapy

I have been getting a number of calls and emails regarding recent statements concerning aromatherapy in social and other media.  They vary in content from "myths about essential oils" to "research on essential oils" to blanket generalizations about essential oils.  I will discuss what I am calling the Identity Crisis in Aromatherapy later in this newsletter, but first, I would like to share an important announcement...

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