Stephen Harrod Buhner
Most of us move through the natural world not realizing that the forms we encounter are not the apparent superficial objects we think they are - they are condensations of meaning, wild poetry created from the dreaming of the earth . . .
Stephen Harrod Buhner
Seasonal Self Care Ideas for Winter:
"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you...in spring, summer, and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself."
- Ruth Stout
Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I love the opulent array of rich colors in nature, as well as the spicy scents, comforting food, and the overall introspective feeling of Autumn. Here are a few of my favorite ways to nourish mind, body, and spirit during these cooler months.
Seasonal Self Care Ideas for Autumn:
What are your favorite self care ideas for Autumn?
The Fairy stood in the midst and in the usual manner asked what she would take with her into the great world.
Sylvia paused for a moment, and then answered: ‘A quiet spirit.’ And the Fairy granted her request.
This lovely gift makes life a constant happiness to its possessor, and to all who are brought into contact with her. She has all the beauty of gentleness and contentment in her sweet face; and if at times it seems less lovely through some chance grief or disquietude, the hardest thing that one ever hears said is:
‘Sylvia’s dear face is pale to-day. It grieves one to see her so.’
And when, on the contrary, she is gay and joyful, the sunshine of her presence rejoices all who have the happiness of being near her.
From "Fairy Gifts," The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Long
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Summer Aromatherapy is based on healing traditions around the world, including Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism, and Aromatic Medicine.
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“It was June, and the world smelled of roses.
The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”
― Maud Hart Lovelace
It's been an exceptionally slow Spring here in the Midwest. Based on the weather, it seems like Spring is running several weeks behind schedule. But the plants are resilient; they know how to adapt. They are patient.
Now that the temperatures are in the 40's and 50's, I'm getting back outside. It's time for general garden clean up, bit by bit. Pulling up dead plants, removing leaves, and surveying the landscape. There is some otherwordly weed growing; something tall and tenacious in this garden that I cannot identify, and I am not capable of yanking out. Note to self: Get help with that. It's time to lug out my old shovel and break up the earth a bit. Make it light and airy. After that, I'll add compost and incorporate it into the earth. Then it's time for good topsoil. I say hello to the faithful chives that come up every year in my garden. They're always there first. In an ever changing world, I can rely on my chives.
It's cathartic to clear out the garden...to survey the remains of your past, discard as necessary, and reassess. I think about what worked well last year and what didn't work well. What endeavors flourished and brought joy, and which ones were plucked away by the birds. And while it helps to reflect, I also know: there are no birds in last year's nest. It's a new year. Time to say farewell to the last one. Thank you for the lessons and the memories. What kind of garden do I want this year? What beauty do I want to bring into the world? What you contemplate can actualize.
As a gardener, you receive a lot of advice. Other gardeners make suggestions or insist on what you need to grow or do. This is fine. I just remember that it is my garden. It must be fulfilling to me. I am grateful for this sanctuary and a chance to begin anew. I won't look back too long; I'll go towards the good. And I can't wait to see what gets growing this year.
I would love to hear from you! What are you growing in your garden this year?
1. Visit the Red Butte Botanical Gardens. Located on-site at the University of Utah campus, the Red Butte Garden is stunning! Temperatures in October range from the 60's to 70's, making for ideal autumn weather to take a stroll. Make sure to visit the Fragrance Garden. You can drive, walk, or catch a free University shuttle to the garden.
2. Expand your knowledge. I'm especially looking forward to learning more about clinical Ayurveda aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of hydrosols, creating custom plant-based tincture blends, and so much more!
3. Shop the Trade Show. Chat with fellow aromatherapy enthusiasts as you discover hundreds of exotic essential oils and plant extracts from around the world. Take your favorites home with you!
4. Community. Reconnect with your aroma buddies! The NAHA community is warm and inclusive. If you've never been to a NAHA conference before, rest assured that you'll make inspiring new friends.
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by Mary Oliver
I thought I could not
go any closer to grief
I went closer,
and I did not die.
had his hand in this,
as well as friends.
Still, I was bent,
and my laughter,
as the poet said,
was nowhere to be found.
Then said my friend Daniel,
(brave even among lions),
“It’s not the weight you carry
but how you carry it –
books, bricks, grief –
it’s all in the way
you embrace it, balance it, carry it
when you cannot, and would not,
put it down.”
So I went practicing.
Have you noticed?
Have you heard
that comes, now and again,
out of my startled mouth?
How I linger
to admire, admire, admire
the things of this world
that are kind, and maybe
also troubled –
roses in the wind,
the sea geese on the steep waves,
to which there is no reply?
Sweet smells wafting from the kitchen
spiced hot cocoa & warm fireplaces
mittens, hats, and boots . . .
Winter Aromatherapy is coming soon!
Savor new recipes, feel uplifted and inspired, and experience living in harmony with the seasons.
This program is nourishing, informative, and fun with a few surprises thrown in too!
Winter Aromatherapy is based on healing traditions around the world, including Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism, and Aromatic Medicine.
You will receive:
All promptly delivered right to your doorstep!
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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
As the year winds down and I reflect on all that has happened, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support. All of your comments, likes, shares, emails, and orders keep my spirits and Kindred Earth Botanicals going. I love getting to know each of you, and I deeply appreciate your support of my aromatherapy products and musings. Thank you so much!!!
I hope you'll enjoy this simple & easy aromatherapy recipe . . .
Winter Body Oil for Tired Feet & Legs:
Mix all ingredients together in a glass bowl and massage into feet and legs. Cup the palms of your hands to your face and take a couple of deep inhalations.
I hope you'll love this recipe as much as I do!
Wishing you a Blessed Solstice, Happy Holidays, and a Healthy & Joyful 2018!