5 Ways to Make Your Daily Shower a Spa Experience

Have you ever wanted to elevate your ordinary shower into a spa-like sanctuary? Incorporating natural botanicals into your daily routine will bring a relaxing, resort feeling to your next shower. Here are five ways to bring in aromatherapy to your bathing space!

5 Ways to Make Your Daily Shower a Spa Experience
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  1. Hanging Eucalyptus
5 Ways to Make Your Daily Shower a Spa Experience

Eucalyptus is a calming scent, especially magnified by the steam from your shower. Simply hang a bundle of fresh Eucalyptus on your shower head for an aromatherapy experience in every shower.

2. Lavender Essential Oil

5 Ways to Make Your Daily Shower a Spa Experience

Lavender is one of the most relaxing scents, beneficial in so many ways. If you keep a vile of lavender oil in your shower, you can rub a couple drops on your wrists and neck to immerse yourself in a relaxing state.

3. Aura Cacia Mist

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Aura Cacia is an essential oil brand that uses natural aromatherapy. Use a mist such as lavender, eucalyptus or rosehip to relax your space before bathing and showering.

4. Quality Hand and Body Wash

5 Ways to Make Your Daily Shower a Spa Experience
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Investing in a high quality hand and body wash can elevate your shower into a spa experience. It is important to know what you are putting on your skin, and your body will thank you if you do! Aesop is just one of many brands that produce washes with quality ingredients while focusing on an aesthetic and sensory pleasure.

5. Lotion and Perfume For Post Shower Fragrance

5 Ways to Make Your Daily Shower a Spa Experience
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Ending your shower with a high quality body lotion and natural perfume will seal off your relaxation and carry you through the rest of your day/night! Your skin is soft and open after showering, which makes it the most important time to moisturize immediately after to lock in the hydration. Although perfumes and lotions can be pricey, it is important to invest in products that use all natural ingredients that will not bring any harm to your skin.

Bring nature into your next shower for a true spa like experience from your own home. Use aromatherapy to soothe the soul and create a sanctuary within your space!

5 Ways to Make Your Daily Shower a Spa Experience
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The History of Palo Santo

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of Human compassion.”
​- HH Dalai Lama

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Palo Santo, or the holy tree bursera graveolens, is native throughout Mexico, Central and South America, and the Galapagos Islands. It belongs to the same family of trees as the resins Frankincense and Myrrh, and it emits resonant aromas of citrusy sweet, earthy tones.

Palo Santo trees grow in groups of one male surrounded by eight females. The lone male outlives his female counterparts by up to a couple hundred years. Wood from female palo santo trees is golden, solid and heavy, whereas that of the male is white, hollow, fragile, and light. Shamans teach that Palo Santo trees have a distinct spirit that lives in the wood long after the tree’s life has ended, so they strongly consider this tree as a sentient entity.

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This sacred smudging instrument has been utilized ceremonially for ritual cleansing, purifying, prayer, and healing for thousands of years. In traditional folk medicine, indigenous peoples and shamans across the Americas use Palo Santo to aid both physical and spiritual ailments ranging from stomach aches to stagnant or repressed energies. It is common for it to be forbidden to harvest the holy wood from live trees, but only collected from fallen branches and twigs, and must be allowed to dry and cure for 3-5 years. During this period, a magical chemical transformation occurs. The sap, once fluid in the living tree, proceeds to crystallize and form deposits, giving the Palo Santo its rich resin deposits that are the very essence wood. Thus, Palo Santo must undergo a metamorphosis beginning with a tree falls under natural circumstances, and remains resting for years.

The Incas of Peru and Ecuador use the rising smoke of Palo Santo to eliminate mala energía, or bad energy, rid negative thoughtprints, and clear misfortune. Indigenous peoples also prepare teas and tinctures from wood shavings to aid indigestion, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation. Essential oils produced from Palo Santo are used as topical emollients to treat arthritis and joint pain, and are widely used in aromatherapy as a pleasurable means to treat coughs and bronchial conditions.

Try a sample of this heavenly scent, and notice the healing properties take hold. How do you like to use Palo Santo? Where is your favorite source to buy it? Submit comments and questions below!

 

Himalayan Salt Lamps to Enlighten Your Modern Home

Origins

Himalayan salt is composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea, dating back to the Precambrian Age over 4 billion years ago when planet Earth first formed. Discovered in 326 B.C. by Alexander the Great, the beautiful blush Himalayan salt is a rock salt, or halite, from the Punjab region of Pakistan. The earliest records of mining are around the 1200s, documented by the Janjuna people.

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Purification

In every home, dirt, dander, pollen, and other allergens exist in airborne water molecules in the air around us. When Himalayan salt lamps are utilized in your space, their hygroscopic properties, (their ability to absorb moisture from the air), trap unfriendly particles. The heat produced from Himalayan salt lamps dries the vapor leaving the particles clinging to the salt. Hence, it is important to wipe down your salt lamp every few of weeks to remove any buildup it has been collecting.

Himalayan salt lamps also contribute to the purification of the air in a space by emitting negative ions, which are essential to neutralizing  a percentage of positive ions. Positive ions, which have been linked to ailments such as asthma, seasonal affective disorder, and depression, are released by things including electrical devices and air pollution. Negative ions also increase the serotonin and oxygen levels in the brain, which can minimize lethargy, alleviate stress, and boost your energy level. To achieve these effects, you need to leave your salt lamp on night and day within your space for several days, if not keeping it illuminated all the time. Place your salt lamp next to your bed or in the corner of your room to keep your sleeping environment at the utmost purity.

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Chromotherapy via Halotherapy

Himalayan salt lamps are an excellent way to benefit from Chromotherapy, an ancient therapeutic technique of using various wavelengths of colors to affect well-being. The LED displays of our smart phones and computers emit artificial blue light, which is highly stimulating, so the soft sunset glow of salt lamps in contrast will calm our senses. Curl up with a book next to your Himalayan salt lamp, and notice the tranquil impact on your mood!

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Do you have a Himalayan salt lamp in your home? What effects have you noticed from the lamp in your space? Submit comments and questions below!

Spiritual and Scientific Reasons to Burn Sage

Smudging, or the ceremonial burning of herbs and resins, is an ancient indigenous tradition for cleansing a person or environment of negative and unclean energy.

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Purification

Research studies have proven that the smoke emitted from herbs is a powerful antiseptic that purifies the air of 94% of harmful bacteria for up to 24 hours. The results of a study that set out to examine the uses of smudging in Western medicine were published in a 2006 scientific paper titled “Medicinal Smokes,” in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  According to the abstract, “All through time, humans have used smoke of medicinal plants to cure illness.  The advantages of smoke-based remedies are rapid delivery to the brain, more efficient absorption by the body, and lower costs of production.” 

In the same research periodical, the Journal of Ethnopharmacology stated that the absence of pathogenic bacteria in the open room, even after 30 days, is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the use of medicinal smoke treatment. “We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke, it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”

 

Shifting Energy

Our bodies have a dense electromagnetic field, or aura,  that can become blocked with detrimental positive ions that cause us to feel lethargic and depleted of energy. By burning sage,  the air is neutralized of positive charge, and the smoke releases a surplus of negative ions into the atmosphere. As a result, our energy and the energy in our environment will feel noticeably lighter. Burning sage is also utilized to heal the mind of psychic and emotional trauma. The smoke can be fanned around the body to remove emotional blocks in the energy field.

 

Wellness

Sage has antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is an expectorant, diuretic and stimulant.  Sage also has a profound “estrogenic effect” on the body, so for women experiencing hormonal shifts such as menopause, symptoms of estrogen deficiency, or women who have had a hysterectomy, drinking sage tea can greatly benefit their system’s readjustment. A cup of good infusion can also aid a number of health problems such as joint pain, sprains, sore throat, colds, cough, kidney troubles, liver complaints, and digestive problems.

(Disclosure: Sage should not be ingested by pregnant women or those with epilepsy. Women who are nursing should only drink sage tea if their intention is to decrease their milk supply.)

Aromotherapy

 Sage has a calming effect on the senses, and has a powerful aroma that eliminates all other odors from an environment. Any area of your home that is susceptible to undesirable scents is a great location to burn sage.The aroma from sage smoke increases relaxation,  and can induce an energetic state that enables deeper meditation.

For Hair

If brewed as a tea and cooled, sage can be used as a cleansing tonic for your hair. Especially for those with darker hair colors, rinsing your hair with a sage tea tonic will add a lustrous glaze to your locks. (Those with lighter hair should use this treatment with caution if they do not wish to tint their hair color.)

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A Native American Sage Ritual Utilizing the Four Cardinal Points to Dispel Negative Energy

  • Facing North – I welcome the energy of wisdom and blessing and the Grandmothers and Grandfathers who teach me. Welcome Buffalo, and the spirit of giving away, teach me to be generous and honor all that I receive. I welcome the energies and spirits of the North
  • Facing South – I welcome the energy of service to all my relatives, the heat of the noonday sun and the spirit of action in the world. Welcome Coyote spirit. I welcome the energies and spirits of the South.
  • Facing East – I welcome the energy of the beginning way, the rising sun at the beginning of the day and the light of illumination. Welcome Eagle, flying nearest the heavens, with the clearest of vision. I welcome the energies and spirits of the East.
  • Facing West – I welcome the energy of looking within to find the gifts of healing. Welcome Bear spirit going deep within to seek the gift of renewal. I welcome the energies and spirits of the West.
  • Looking Up – I welcome the energy and spirit of Above. Father Sky, Star people, and Cloud people. Welcome all that is masculine, grandfathers, fathers, brothers, uncles and sons. And that masculine energy that also exists within the feminine. I welcome the energies and spirits of Father Sky.
  • Looking Down (touching the ground) – I welcome the energy of Mother Earth, the feminine principle, the energy and spirit of Below. I welcome the energy and the spirit of our grandmothers, our mothers, sisters, aunties and daughters. And that feminine energy that exists within the Masculine. I welcome the energies and spirits of Mother Earth.
  • Looking within (holding your hands over your heart) – I welcome the energy of Within, the principle of being connected, the energy and spirit of Within. I welcome the gifts of balance, oneness, and the connection with all things, for all things are one and all things are related.

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How do you use herbs and resins in your modern lifestyle? What other herbs do you enjoy burning in your home? Submit comments and questions below!