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How to Air Dry Your Flowers and Herbs

Have you ever wanted to dry out herbs or plants? Maybe it’s to add to your tea. Maybe it’s to save them for later cooking use. Or maybe it’s to make your house look damn cute. For whatever reason, here’s a few tips on air drying your own herbs at home!

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How to Dry Flowers & Herbs

What You’ll Need:

  • Fresh herbs (mint, lemon balm, dandelion, etc)
  • Paper towels
  • Rack or grid (basically anything you can put your herbs on that promote airflow above and below)
  • Cotton string
  • Jar or other air tight container
  • Dehumidifier (optional, especially useful if your drying space is humid)

Preparing Your Herbs

First, wash your herbs with care to rid them from grit, dirt, and dust. With dry paper towels, gently pat them down. Prepare your rack or drying apparatus with fresh paper towels and place your towel dried herbs on top to air dry.

Next, gather bundles of your herbs and tie them together in their bundles using your cotton string. Depending on how many bundles you have, cut a string to hang them from. Be sure that you can spread the bundles in well spaced intervals so they balance out, and have room to dry. Do not crowd them.

The Drying Process

Find a room in your home that has good ventilation, and filtered sunlight. A kitchen or bedroom that doesn’t have extreme direct sunlight is ideal. Hang your stringer where you can. If you have a humid room, a dehumidifier will help with the drying process.

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After about a week, you can begin to test your herbs to see if they are ready. To determine their readiness, the leaves should be dry enough to crush/crumble if you press a few of them together. If this happens, your herbs are ready! If it doesn’t, wait a few more days.

Finally, take the stringer down, and strip the leaves off of the stems in a gentle manner. Now, your leaves are ready for use! You can leave them as full leaves, or you can crush them for a filter tea bag. To store your leaves, place in a jar or airtight container to keep them fresh for your next use. Try to store your freshly dried herbs in a dry, cool, and dark area. The pantry works wonders! Or for flowers, you can keep them hanging for a cute & rustic look! Just remember, after awhile, they will begin to flake and fall – so maybe prepare another set the following week!

Enjoy!

 

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Blog reposted from Om in Bloom with full permissions by Colleen Ordonio of Om in Bloom

Visit her at:

Website: www.ominbloom.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ominbloom
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ominbloom

Colleen, founder of Om in Bloom, is a travel and holistic wellness writer based in Southern California. With a certification in Reiki energy healing, an active yoga practice, and a passion for clinical herbalism, Colleen is adept in opening her mind to wellness and the benefits it offers. She believes that with great care, we can indulge into our own journeys of self exploration, conscious growth, and compassionate love of both the self and others. She enjoys traveling the world with her loved ones and taking her wellness practice along to each destination. With firm intentions and gratitude, she wishes to experience the culture of wellness in each and every corner of the world.


The 5 Best & Easiest Herbs You Should Grow for a Modern Holistic Home

If you’re like me, you would love to channel your inner sage burning, yogi, spiritual earth child self, at home – all the time! Of course, I’d love to wake up each morning, get an invigorating yoga practice on, make some tea, and start my day. Have my own garden, pickle my own, home-grown vegetables…

Do I necessarily have the time to all this? Not really. Do I want to make time to? Yes.

Let’s start with something simple. Essential herbs! I’ve put together a list of the 5 Best (in my opinion) and Easiest (I’m lazy and forget about my plants sometimes) herbs you should grow for your modern holistic home. They’re generally easy to grow, and they’ve got some great benefits for you and your home!

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Sage

Healing Benefits: Cleansing, Relaxing, Improves Memory, Lowers Bad Cholesterol

  • Growing Sage: This plant, once settled and established is extremely easy to grow and maintain. Grow this plant in full sunlight and soil that is well draining. Well draining. This is important. An ill-draining pot will rot your plant. Don’t forget to water regularly until your sage is fully grown. After it’s fully grown, this little guy is pretty drought friendly. Show it some love every now and then. *Fun fact: This plant also helps repel garden pests!
  • Consuming Sage: Sage is also studied to have memory improving qualities in young, healthy adults when consumed. It is said to also lower blood glucose and bad cholesterol.
  • Sage Therapy: Sage is a very common aroma therapeutic scent. Sage leaves are said to promote happiness, cleanliness (of the home and the mind), and spiritual purification. As a spiritual and metaphysical aid, burning dried sage promotes cleansing – and is primarily used in the home. It also promotes energy clearing.
  • Try at Home: How to Make Sage Oil

Mint

Healing Benefits:Uplifting, Invigorating, Eases Gas, Eases Indigestion/Inflammation, Freshens Breath

  • Growing Mint: Mint is extremely easy to grow. Literally, plant it, keep the soil moist, and keep that baby in some partial shade. You’re good to go! It might even grow so large it’ll be invasive. Like, get out of my bubble invasive.
  • Consuming Mint: Not only does mint help to freshen your breath and your mouth after a meal, but it also is a great digestive aid. Brew some mint in your tea to soothe a stomach ache, or infuse some in your water to get you feeling energized for the morning!
  • Mint Therapy: Mint, is proven to be uplifting, energizing, and invigorating. As an oil, rub a tiny bit on the temples, behind the ear, at the base of the neck. As a spray, a few spritzes will make the energy and space around you instantly revitalized!
  • Try at Home: Mint Citrus Water

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Lavender

Healing Benefits: Alleviates Headaches, Reduces Anxiety and Emotional Stress, Calming, Improves Eczema and Acne, Improves Mood, Helps Dandruff

  • Growing Lavender: Lavender enjoys full sun, adequate drainage. Water this plant sparingly – dampness is the absolute lavender enemy. Make sure that the soil becomes completely dry between waterings, but don’t go so long that the plant becomes dehydrated.
  • Consuming Lavender: Lavender has grown to be a common artisanal, hip way to make baked goods and drinks fragrant and delicious. Try lavender in your next macaron recipe, your mocha, anything! Lavender, especially in a hot tea, also helps to reduce anxiety, depression. It’s known to help improve the mood, alleviate headaches, and promote relaxation.
  • Lavender Therapy: As one of the most common essential oils, lavender as both a topical oil and a spray promotes mood improvement, relaxation, and stress relief. Lavender has also been proven to help regulate over excretion of sebum – helping to decrease the appearance of acne and calm irritations in the skin.
  • Try at Home: How to Treat Dandruff with the Help of Essential Oils

 

Chamomile

Healing Benefits: Relaxing, Eases Anxiety, Eases Restlessness, Treats Gas

  • Growing Chamomile: Chamomile prefers full sun, but partial shade won’t hurt it. Ensure to give this guy some room to grow, as it does begin to get a bit tall in its full growth. Water regularly, but ensure the pot has well-draining soil.
  • Consuming Chamomile: Chamomile is an all time favorite for winding down after a long day. Maybe a short day. Just winding down in general – chamomile is your go to. Brew chamomile in your tea for a nice, mild drink. It aids sleep, aids relaxation, eases anxiety, and also eases restlessness. After a hefty meal (especially with dairy), chamomile helps to ease gas and indigestion as well. What a superhero.
  • Chamomile Therapy: Chamomile, as an oil is especially relaxing, calming, and aids insomnia. It’s also great for massage, helping to relax muscular pain, swelling, and inflamed joints.
  • Try at Home: How to Brew Chamomile Tea With Fresh Flowers

Lemon Balm

Healing Benefits: Mental Clarity, Alertness, Calms + Clears the Mind, Antioxidant, Protects Brain Cells, Eases Nerve and Muscle Tension, Relieves cold sores.

  • Growing Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm – begin this plant indoors, and transplant it outdoors once it starts to get some good growth. Best times to transplant: spring or fall. Lemon balm enjoys full sun/partial shade. Keep soil moist, but well drained.
  • Consuming Lemon Balm: Consuming lemon balm first of all can spice up your salad or water with a refreshing zing! But otherwise, it can be consumed to help achieve mental clarity, to detoxify the body, and also ease cramping! Maybe throw some in your mint water for a great morning powerhouse.
  • Lemon Balm Therapy: Lemon Balm is known to not only bring mental clarity, but to sharpen the memory and aid problem solving. With a clear head, the possibilities are endless! A popular oil in aromatherapy, lemon balm helps to calm the mind, revitalize the muscles, and even clear and draw toxins from the body. Did you know topically, lemon gbalm can also help heal cold sores?
  • Try at Home: Lemon Balm Lip Cream (helps with cold sores!) Thassss it!

Happy planting, eating, and healing and anything (and everything) else! 🙂

 

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Blog reposted from Om in Bloom with full permissions by Colleen Ordonio of Om in Bloom

Visit her at:

Website: www.ominbloom.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ominbloom
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ominbloom

Colleen, founder of Om in Bloom, is a travel and holistic wellness writer based in Southern California. With a certification in Reiki energy healing, an active yoga practice, and a passion for clinical herbalism, Colleen is adept in opening her mind to wellness and the benefits it offers. She believes that with great care, we can indulge into our own journeys of self exploration, conscious growth, and compassionate love of both the self and others. She enjoys traveling the world with her loved ones and taking her wellness practice along to each destination. With firm intentions and gratitude, she wishes to experience the culture of wellness in each and every corner of the world.


Fresh Sage Cold Remedy

It’s flu season (or maybe the tail end) and let’s just say that I’ve caught both the flu, gotten over that, and just a month later, I’ve caught a cold! During the day, I’m constantly talking to, meeting, and interacting with different people so you can imagine the germ exposure I experience throughout my day. As much as I try to fight it and manifest that I’m not sick, more often than not, it still gets me one way or another.

So here I am, sinuses congested, mind in a fog – the real deal. I can hardly breathe through my nose and as a result, my mouth is now really dry.

Feeling the same? Or maybe you’re just stuck in a congested head cold just as I am? Read on, friend.

Today, I took a look in my kitchen and the freshest herb I had available was sage. So why not use it? Sage has extraordinary qualities that I have come to know and love. I love burning sage in my home by the way – it’s got a great cleanser!

Benefits of Sage

Since Sage is the main star here, let me list a few great benefits for you:

  • Brain Boost – Sage, when consumed or smelled, has a wonderful quality that aids in boosting cognitive function. It has been researched and prove to increase memory, clarity, and concentration. For those in a fog, utilize sage for that clarity you need!
  • Antioxidants – Sage has wonderful antioxidant properties that help to neutralize any free radicals. Combined with lemon, you’ve got a free radical fighter, and a subtle alkalizer!
  • Anti-Inflammatory – Sage also has anti-inflammatory properties, most specifically in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. This will help with inflammation in the cardiovascular, and also help those who suffer arthritis and gout! (Also great for menstrual cramps, ladies!)

Fresh Sage Cold & Clarity Remedy

What You’ll Need

  • 6 or 7 (or just a nice little handful) of Fresh Sage leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons of lemon (I love lemon, so I go a little crazy)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (it’s all up to how sweet you’d like your tea)
  • A few optional pinches of cayenne (great for breaking up your congestion!)

Directions

  1. Bruise your sage leaves and put them in a cup, jar, or other drinking vessel.
  2. Bring water to a rolling boil and then pour into your cup over your sage leaves.
  3. Steep for about 7-10 minutes.
  4. Strain.
  5. Add honey, lemon, and cayenne to taste.
  6. Enjoy! (careful, it’s hot!)

Let me know your thoughts, or if this at all worked for you in the comments below!

 

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Blog reposted from Om in Bloom with full permissions by Colleen Ordonio of Om in Bloom

Visit her at:

Website: www.ominbloom.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ominbloom
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ominbloom

Colleen, founder of Om in Bloom, is a travel and holistic wellness writer based in Southern California. With a certification in Reiki energy healing, an active yoga practice, and a passion for clinical herbalism, Colleen is adept in opening her mind to wellness and the benefits it offers. She believes that with great care, we can indulge into our own journeys of self exploration, conscious growth, and compassionate love of both the self and others. She enjoys traveling the world with her loved ones and taking her wellness practice along to each destination. With firm intentions and gratitude, she wishes to experience the culture of wellness in each and every corner of the world.


Tools for Getting Mindful, Organized, and Happy in 2017

The start of a new year is a pivotal point for launching yourself into new beginnings, new projects, new resolutions. Essentially, this is your time for all that, “New Year, New Me,” jazz, and I say EMBRACE IT! In numerology, 2016 equated to be a “9 year,” meaning it signifies the end of an era. Which means, this is the time to empty your bucket and let go of what does not serve you. 2017 on the other hand, is a “1 year,” which means we’re in for a great journey. A “1” in numerology represents doing, it represents producing results, creating pathways, starting projects, and embarking on new beginnings.

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All of those challenges, strifes, problems, and conflicts that you may have seen in 2016? It’s time to let go. This is your time to change your vantage point! From the ground level, problems may look scary and intimidating, but with a little change of perspective, these problems can shrink infinitely. Embody a bird in flight, or maybe you’re in a plane, and look at your problems from a bird’s eye view. With that sudden switch of a vantage point, problems begin to shrink, just as people, cars, buildings, and plots of land seem so small and faraway at such a great height.

So with that in mind, let’s just say that this year is the year to get the ball rolling, let go of your struggles, and move forward. Get organized. Get happy. Get passionate.

Mind Tools: Resolutions VS Intentions

Set Intentions

Resolutions, resolutions, resolutions. It’s time to let go of the statements we never keep and forget the resolutions that last for 3 days and bounce back in full backfire on the 4th.

Let’s set some intentions for the New Year instead! Try these on for size:

Repeat after me – “I am…”

  • Passionate
  • Driven
  • Happy
  • Emotional
  • Loving
  • Adventurous
  • Grateful
  • …the list goes on and on!

What are you, or what will you be this year? (and maybe fo’ life!)

Meditate

Meditation. I still find this extremely difficult in times when my brain is cluttered with stress, lists, and everything else on the face of the Earth. But I promise you, with the help of a nifty app, or even a calming playlist or youtube video (ocean waves are great), you are one step closer to reaching meditative, peace-of-mind bliss. Use this time to really appreciate yourself, open your mind, and relax. I recently watched a, “How I Met Your Mother Episode,” where Tracy told Robin that three deep breaths can change everything. It can.

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Organization Tools: Passion Planner

**This post is in no way sponsored by Passion Planner**

This year, I’m using my Passion Planner to get all my ducks in a row.

I love my Passion Planner because it embodies everything I’ve ever wanted in my nerdy need for organization. Growing up, I always loved the ideas of planners but I would purchase one, use it for three months, and completely forget about it. I can’t even begin to tell you how many I bought because I thought they were cute with the intention, “I’m going to use it, this time.” Passion Planner is different. It is the game-changer.

It feels amazing to be able to organize your life, create lists, cross off “to-do’s,” – and when you can do it in style? Why not. Passion Planners have designated spaces (if you’d like to use them of course) to prioritizing goals, time slots for appointments and events, space for monthly reflections, and whimsical & quirky notes on nearly each page. Not to mention the abundant blank and grid sheets in the back – I use those for anything and everything. I’m inspired just using it!

I’m addicted. I love putting plans into my planner. And I’l admit it – I’ll break down tasks into tons of smaller tasks so that I can make lists that I know I can cross off. It’s very satisfying, give it a try. I also have been finding myself making plans and then getting so excited because I can put it in my planner. And finally, there is so much space to doodle in this thing. It’s therapeutic!

Happiness Tools: 52 Lists for Happiness

**This post is in no way sponsored by Moorea Seal/52 Lists for Happiness**

I received this cutesy book, the 52 Lists for Happiness as a gift from a friend. This book is a vessel for weekly journaling and inspiration for positivity, balance, and joy. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but its stimulating and relaxing! At least for me, that is. With all the mind noise of workloads, stress, and other such clutter, this book provides me with an outlet to release. You know how adult coloring books seem to be on the rise? This is my version of the adult coloring book.

Every week, this book gives you a list prompt such as:

  • List everything that makes you happy right now.
  • List the things that you like to do that don’t involve technology.
  • List the best opportunities others have given you throughout your life.
  • … the “list” goes on! (see what I did there?)

What’s especially unique about this book however is the fact that it isn’t just a book of lists. After each list, you are prompted with a thought-provoking question related to the list you just completed. Some of us want to journal, but don’t know what to journal about! This book gives you easy prompts to do all year! The prompts promote a strong aura of positivity, of gratitude, of happiness, of appreciation – and if you’re someone who needs this kind of push and inspiration from time to time, I highly recommend!

Writers, List-Makers, and anyone and everyone who is willing to give this a try, here is your “coloring book.”

What tools are you using for the New Year?

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Blog reposted from Om in Bloom with full permissions by Colleen Ordonio of Om in Bloom

Visit her at:

Website: www.ominbloom.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ominbloom
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ominbloom

Colleen, founder of Om in Bloom, is a travel and holistic wellness writer based in Southern California. With a certification in Reiki energy healing, an active yoga practice, and a passion for clinical herbalism, Colleen is adept in opening her mind to wellness and the benefits it offers. She believes that with great care, we can indulge into our own journeys of self exploration, conscious growth, and compassionate love of both the self and others. She enjoys traveling the world with her loved ones and taking her wellness practice along to each destination. With firm intentions and gratitude, she wishes to experience the culture of wellness in each and every corner of the world.


Everything You Need to Know About Reiki

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REIKI

How do you check into your emotional and physical wellbeing during the balancing act of life? Whether it be of work and play, intention and surrender – the most important balance that people most often forget is that of our own personal inner energy. This is where Reiki healing becomes essential.

When I had my first Reiki treatment, I had no idea what to expect. I was confused with my general direction in life, I was often sick, and felt for lack of better terms, I was stressed about being “lost.” During my treatment, I chose to be completely open, I chose to fully receive, and I chose to just give my all into being accepting of the treatment – and this worked wonders for me.

After, I left with a sense of direction. I was exhilarated, energized, and refreshed – like I had been living my life in a cloud and like a cliche allergy commercial – I felt like my perspective was fresh and clear. Everyone has different experiences, but the common factor is the feeling of moving towards equilibrium – both physical and emotional.

What is Reiki?

Reiki, originating in Japan, literally translates to “universal life energy.” Reiki healing pertains to a spiritual healing technique of energy balancing. We as humans have a natural and unseen life force energy that flows through us, and when we neglect or abuse our life force energy, our physical and emotional health can begin to dwindle.

Reiki practitioners receive training and certification so that they are able to administer these healing powers to themselves and others as both a stress reduction and relaxation process that promotes healing of the body and mind. When the energy within is balanced, your internal body finds harmony that then sends signals to the brain of this harmonious flow. In turn, the brain understands this harmony and the emotions are able to fall into this peaceful cycle.

How Does Reiki Heal?

Think of Reiki like acupuncture without the needles. Acupuncture is a practice that stimulates certain points on the body to alleviate pain and treat health conditions by promoting a response in that region. Reiki, just like acupuncture, does the same. Through yourself or your practitioner, you are able to receive stimulation through the energy centers (chakras), that correlate to both different emotional and physical ailments. When your energy centers are imbalanced, the areas of that energy center become negatively affected. The Reiki practitioner channels energy to balance these areas of your body so that you may work towards the balance your body craves, which in turn helps to heal the physical and emotional ailments of the affected area.

What to Expect

Many seek Reiki for stress relief and equilibrium. What we must understand is that the mind does not solely exist in the brain, but also throughout the body. Our brain sends signals to our organs, or muscles, our nerves, and vice versa. So what should you expect during your Reiki session? A balance of both body and mind – to further achieve full balance through your energy centers from your top of your crown through to the tip of your toes.

In a Reiki session, a fully-clothed recipient may be lying on a treatment table or relaxed in a chair similar to a massage chair. The practitioner then, based on the recipient’s preferences, offers a non-invasive touch on a series of locations of the body from the crown down to the feet. None of this touch is intrusive, nor is it inappropriate – and the practitioner will ask you your preferences. The practitioner can practice the treatment hands-off as well. Relaxing music may be played and of course at all times, before and during the treatment – it is absolutely okay to tell your practitioner if something is working, or if you feel uncomfortable and they will make the adjustments as needed.

This treatment itself is subtle, subjectable, and spiritual – the recipient often receives as they choose to. One may feel warm or cold sensations, pulsations, waves of energy, and other physical responses during the treatment. Most often, one will leave feeling relieved of stress, extremely relaxed, and with a sense of serenity. Some may have an uneventful treatment, but reap the benefits of the healing long after the treatment is finished.

Where to Find a Reiki Practitioner

Reiki, a growing treatment, has become pervasive in many locations – whether it be in homes, in spas, and private practices. Most practitioners are just a google search away.
I myself, am a certified Reiki practitioner, and am more than happy to offer services to local recipients. If you’d like to book a session, please do not hesitate to Contact Me.

 

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Blog reposted from Om in Bloom with full permissions by Colleen Ordonio of Om in Bloom

Visit her at:

Website: www.ominbloom.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ominbloom
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ominbloom

Colleen, founder of Om in Bloom, is a travel and holistic wellness writer based in Southern California. With a certification in Reiki energy healing, an active yoga practice, and a passion for clinical herbalism, Colleen is adept in opening her mind to wellness and the benefits it offers. She believes that with great care, we can indulge into our own journeys of self exploration, conscious growth, and compassionate love of both the self and others. She enjoys traveling the world with her loved ones and taking her wellness practice along to each destination. With firm intentions and gratitude, she wishes to experience the culture of wellness in each and every corner of the world.


Beginner's Guide to At-Home Chakra Healing

Hi friends! If you’re like me, you’re always wishing there was more time in the day. We need more time in our busy, hectic, and crazy lives to somehow get out of bed, go to work, hang out with friends, spend time with family, walk the dog, go to the gym, and somehow fit a meal in somewhere. But where does that leave you?

We must always remember to make time for ourselves – especially our inner selves and our chakras.

Chakras are our seven main centers of spiritual energy within our bodies. Life can put you and your chakras all out of balance – causing both physical and emotional imbalance. So now it’s time to tune in, and get those chakras running smoothly.

 

The 7 Chakras and the Crystals You’ll Need to Work Em’

Each chakra has it’s own unique vibration – it’s own frequency. These frequencies are aligned to the unique energies of the chakras, and they express themselves in different colors.

When our chakras are all out of whack – so are these frequencies, putting us at an imbalance of both the physical and emotional. Crystals are used to balance the chakras because they have similar frequencies that can help bring our chakras back to the equilibrium they need. Imbalances are known as instabilties or blockages within the chakra.

For more in depth information on the chakras, check out my Beginner’s Chakra Guide!

 

1st Chakra – The Root Chakra – “I Am”
The root chakra sits at the base of your spine and corresponds with the colors red and black.

Crystals: Garnet, Hematite, Smoky Quartz


2nd Chakra – The Sacral Chakra – “I Feel”
The sacral chakra is located below the navel and corresponds with the color orange.

Crystals: Orange Calcite, Carnelian, Vanadinite

 

3rd Chakra – The Solar Plexus Chakra – “I Will”
The Solar Plexus is located at the solar plexus, the breastbone and corresponds with the color yellow.

Crystals: Yellow Jasper, Golden Calcite, Citrine

 

4th Chakra – The Heart Chakra – “I Love”
The Heart Chakra is located in the center of chest and corresponds with the colors green, and pink.

Crystals: Rose Quartz, Jade, Green Aventurine

 

5th Chakra – The Throat Chakra – “I Speak”
The Throat Chakra is located at the neck/throat above the collar bone and corresponds with the color blue.

Crystals: Blue Turquoise, Sodalite, Blue Calcite

 

6th Chakra – The Third Eye or Forehead Chakra – “I See”
The Third Eye Chakra is located at the third eye, centered above the brows and corresponds to the color indigo.

Crystals: Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Sugilite

 

7th Chakra – The Crown Chakra – “I Know”

The 7th Chakra is located at the top of the head or the crown and correpsonds with the colors purple, violet, white.

Crystals: Amethyst, White Calcite, Quartz (clear, crystal)

 

Grounding Crystals:  Black Tourmaline, Black Obsidian, Smoky Quartz, Hematite


Step by Step Guide to Balancing the Chakras

Now let’s get to the good stuff. Get your crystals, grab a yoga mat, a comfy blanket, or hell just lay on the floor and get comfortable!

  1. Ambiance. Set aside some time for yourself – I’d say at least 15-20 minutes where you won’t be disturbed. We’re trying to create an ambiance here! Put on some relaxing, zen music. If you’re having some trouble finding some, take a look at these Spotify playlists: SPA Treatment, Yoga & Meditation (my favorite one for getting in the zone), Lost in the Clouds. Light a candle (in a safe place, & don’t forget about it after!), lay on the deck, lay on a yoga mat, on a comfy blanket. Get comfortable. Lay down. If you’d like, spray some of your favorite essential oils in the air. Pick a candle of a scent you love. Hydrate yourself.
  2. Preparation. Have your crystals handy – one for each of the seven chakras. For a guide, check out the list above for some suggested crystals you can use. Tumbled or raw is fine. I prefer to use tumbled because they’re smooth, they feel nice, and rest easily on the body.
  3. Grounding. Lie down and set your grounding crystal. You can place this between your feet, or a few inches below your feet. Place this crystal first, and remove this crystal last.
  4. Crystal Placement. Place the rest of your stones right on top of the chakra the correlate with. Root crystal can be placed at the tailbone, the sacral at the pelvis, the solar plexus at the breast bone, the heart at the chest, the throat at the neck or base of neck, the third eye  centered above the brow, and the crown at the top of the head, or right above you. Play around with the placing, do what feels right. Refer to the guide and photo above for some extra guidance on where the chakras sit.
  5. Visualize, Feel. Now is the where the magic happens. For the next 15 minutes, 30 minutes, whatever you choose, begin to be present. Visualize the chakras from the grounding crystal all the way up to the crown. Visualize the chakra, radiant in it’s color, spinning – not too fast, not too slow. Balanced, stable, without wobble. Visualize the clarity of the color, the aura of the chakra, and focus on the positive attributes of the chakra. If you aren’t much of a visual person, feel the balance, feel the problems dissolve, feel your connection with the energies. Feel any blockage as it begins to disappear and dissolve. Make the experience your own.
  6. Ungrounding. After your chosen amount of time – or really, when you feel at your best inner peace of this moment, complete your balancing with an act of grounding. Grounding ensures your stability, your connection to the Earth. Ending the session without grounding can leave you feeling lightheaded, dizzy. Begin to remove your crystals from the crown down. Leave the grounding crystal for 5-10 minutes, depending on how you feel – feel confident in your practice. Pick up the grounding stone when you feel comfortable. You can carry this stone with you, just in case you don’t feel quite ungrounded. 🙂
  7. Be present. Enjoy your time after this, feel the positive vibrations flowing through your body. Oh, and drink some water. Hydrating is always good for the soul. I hope you feel all sparkly and new and radiant – because even just writing about it, I’m getting excited for my next self-session.

 

Thank You – Share Your Experience With Us!

Thank you for checking out this sweet little beginners guide. I am by no means an expert, but I am always learning – and this is what works for me. Share your experience with me – new tips, fresh ideas. Let’s get the positive energy going!

 

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Colleen, founder of Om in Bloom, is a travel and holistic wellness writer based in Southern California. With a certification in Reiki energy healing, an active yoga practice, and a passion for clinical herbalism, Colleen is adept in opening her mind to wellness and the benefits it offers. She believes that with great care, we can indulge into our own journeys of self exploration, conscious growth, and compassionate love of both the self and others. She enjoys traveling the world with her loved ones and taking her wellness practice along to each destination. With firm intentions and gratitude, she wishes to experience the culture of wellness in each and every corner of the world.


Why Meditation Benefits the Mind, Body, and Soul

Meditation is an all-around comfort food for the mind, the body, and the soul. You’ve probably heard that meditation is good for your health and that you should meditate every day. Whether it’s in a yoga class I’m taking, or I see it in a article on Facebook, or if I read it in a book or magazine – I’m constantly seeing that meditation is great for you! But why? Here’s why:

Why Is Meditation Good For You? Because Science. That’s Why.

Okay, not really because of science, but science has proved that meditation has both real and tangible, mental and physical benefits. Studies are everywhere! Just google them. Or don’t google it, and just listen to the knowledge I’m about to drop right here – Google will tell you the same thing, I promise. In all honesty, I love to meditate. I’m not very good at it, but meditation is a work in progress, it’s a practice, and some people won’t get the hang of it right away. But that doesn’t mean you should do it! I mean, just look at the facts. Studies show:

Physical Benefits of Meditation

  • Improves the immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases production of serotonin. What’s serotonin? It’s the stuffs in the brain that can improve your mood and your behavior!
  • Increases levels of energy -> inner energy = outer energy. It’s not just science. It’s math. Math always has an answer.
  • It can decrease pain and inflammation. By coming to terms and increasing awareness of the self, body, and bodily functions – The mind can put pain at ease.
  • Lowers anxiety and can reduce anxiety attacks
  • Decreases tension based pain. Mental decompression & relaxation = physical decompression and relaxation. There’s the math again.

Mental Benefits of Meditation

  • Increases your level of happiness. It’s a snowball effect. The trials in your life become smaller and insignificant. And so do the negative emotions. Cheers to happy!
  • Improves your creativity – Your mind is a endless space. Explore that S.O.B.
  • Promotes clarity in the mind
  • Promotes peace of mind
  • Problems will become smaller. Why? Because with practice, these the bigger picture will be revealed to you. You are you. You are not your problems.
  • Increases your focus – makes you sharper
  • Broadens your horizons – If you are alone with just you, yourself, and your mind, the thoughts and ideas will come – the mind will open. Let it.
  • Increases consciousness (YES! That’s what this blog is all about! Live consciously. Let it happen!)
  • Diffuses anger and frustration – Relaaaaaaaaaaaax.

All in all… I’m not going to tell you should meditate. You should tell you, that you should meditate. These facts might convince you, and if they don’t, I don’t know what will!

What I will tell you is, I love meditation. I need to practice it more often. I need to set aside more time for it. Because it’s like a mental health day from work – but instead of from work, it’s a mental health day from life. And life is one crazy erm, thing. There’s so many words I could use to describe it, but I’m trying to go with the peaceful state of mind thing here.

Love & Light! 

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Blog reposted from Om in Bloom with full permissions by Colleen Ordonio of Om in Bloom

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Website: www.ominbloom.com
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Colleen, founder of Om in Bloom, is a travel and holistic wellness writer based in Southern California. With a certification in Reiki energy healing, an active yoga practice, and a passion for clinical herbalism, Colleen is adept in opening her mind to wellness and the benefits it offers. She believes that with great care, we can indulge into our own journeys of self exploration, conscious growth, and compassionate love of both the self and others. She enjoys traveling the world with her loved ones and taking her wellness practice along to each destination. With firm intentions and gratitude, she wishes to experience the culture of wellness in each and every corner of the world.


5 Ways to Add Mindfulness to Your Daily Life

Mindfulness is like meditation! It’s a practice that can be shockingly simple, but dense and profound nonetheless.To be mindful is to be conscious, and to be conscious is to be present in the moment. Mindfulness is a surge of energy that helps us to understand, accept, and recognize the happenings in our lives – especially that of happiness, fulfillment, and contentment.

I think that adding mindfulness to your daily life is a way to open up the mind. It’s to really live in the body you inhabit – to live in the mind you have. Make friends with your mind, make friends with your body. A quote that changed my perspective was this:

“…and i said to my body. softly. ‘i want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath. and replied ‘i have been waiting my whole life for this.” – Nayyirah Waheed

Mindfulness is a source of happiness and inner peace. And with practice, it’s only a few steps away.

5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness

Set Your Ambiance.

Plan a time to practice your mindfulness. Somewhere tranquil, some place quiet, uninterrupted. Just like like meditation or chakra healing, be in a safe place to explore your thoughts and energy. Set your ambiance. Get comfy. Maybe sit on a pillow. Rest against a wall, or sit on your bed against the head board. Maybe even practice as soon as you wake up in the morning.

Focus on Your Breathing

When you’re settled, focus on your breathing. Breathe in, breathe out. Slowly. Enjoy the breath. Feel the moment. Follow it through. I’m a visual person, and it helps me to visualize my lungs willing with calm swirls of fresh air. Feel your your chest expand, than your middle, then your belly as you fill with breaths of good intention. When exhaling, imagine releasing all the feelings and tension that no longer serve you. Rid your lungs of any negative energy, you are safe in your body.

Breathing one of the most common signs of life. Begin to feel the peaceful and calming sensations that come with begin alive. Because that is what you are. Alive and well. Your mind may wander and you may forget about your breathing. Remember to come back and visit it every so often. Close your eyes and tune in.

Be Aware Of Your Body

As you begin to feel the liveliness of your breath, begin to travel to the other parts of your body. Visualize your heart beating, your organs functioning, your brain being stimulated in beautiful colors as your explore your inner thoughts. Appreciate your body – it’s the only one you have, and it is always working just for you. Treat it well. Like Nayyirah Waheed decided, be friends with your body. It’s waiting for you. Hover on these thoughts.

Release Your Tension

It’s not easy to focus on yourself all the time. Your mind will wander. “Did I finish that assignment?” “Is the oven turned off?” “When was the last time I called my friend?” It’s okay to wander. But always remember to come back to yourself. This is your time.

When you focus on yourself, a lot can happen. Good thoughts, bad thoughts. Surrender to it. Let your feelings consume you and then cast the bad feelings away. Hold on to the positive, love yourself. Release all the tension that may have built up over the days, years, maybe even in just the past few minutes. Recognize where you hold your stresses in your body. Maybe your shoulders are tense, or maybe it’s your back. Concentrate on relaxing those areas and continue through the rest of your body. Feel the satisfaction of holding good intentions, self-love, and appreciation.

Take Your Practice With You

Your mindful practice can last as long as you please. Maybe five minutes. Maybe it’s an hour. Explore your practice. Tune into your mind. Don’t try to fight or suppress your thoughts. As said before, surrender to it all. Recognize your feelings. Recognize your body. And then release all that does not serve you. Hold on to the good and find your inner peace through this practice.

Ideally, you’ve just experienced a lot of great energy. If not, practice makes perfect. At least, take all the good energy you’ve experienced and use this to begin your day. When you open your eyes and are ready to end your practice, take a moment to really take note of the way you feel. Come out of this practice nice and easy. Apply your awareness to your daily activities as you see fit. Cultivate good energy, and live that energy from the top of your head, through to the tips of your toes.

Be present. With practice, everything only gets easier from here.

 

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Blog reposted from Om in Bloom with full permissions by Colleen Ordonio of Om in Bloom

Visit her at:
Website: www.ominbloom.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ominbloom
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ominbloom
Colleen, founder of Om in Bloom, is a travel and holistic wellness writer based in Southern California. With a certification in Reiki energy healing, an active yoga practice, and a passion for clinical herbalism, Colleen is adept in opening her mind to wellness and the benefits it offers. She believes that with great care, we can indulge into our own journeys of self exploration, conscious growth, and compassionate love of both the self and others. She enjoys traveling the world with her loved ones and taking her wellness practice along to each destination. With firm intentions and gratitude, she wishes to experience the culture of wellness in each and every corner of the world.

Use Almond Oil to Cure Dark Eye Circles

There are many possible causes of dark circles. While sleep, a good diet and a healthy lifestyle usually makes them disappear, sometimes they are here to stay anyway, and that’s where almond oil can help.

Here are some benefits as to why Almond Oil can help save the day:

 

  • Almond Oil makes for an excellent natural moisturizer, which makes it the perfect moisturizing agent for the delicate skin around the eyes.

  • Massaging using this oil can hydrate and nourish the skin, leaving it soft and supple. This is exceptionally helpful for individuals who have extremely dry skin, which is in turn, more prone to wrinkling.

  • Apart from moisturizing the skin, it also possesses skin lightening properties- perfect for individuals suffering from dark circles possibly due to sun exposure, skin disorders or any other reasons.

  • One of the best reasons why using almond oil for dark circles is a good idea is the fact that it is a natural and healthy option as opposed to chemical laden skin creams, which damage the skin in the long run.

How to use Almond Oil to cure dark circles: 

  • A simple almond oil massage done right before bedtime is the easiest way to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Use the tips of your fingers to lightly massage the area around the eyes in slow, circular movements. This not only hydrates the skin but also improves circulation and makes your eyes look less fatigued and brighter.
  • You could also consider mixing almond oil with some honey in equal quantities and use this mixture for an overall face massage- works as a wonderful hydrant and skin tonic.

  • Using a mixture of milk and Sweet Almond Oil for dark circles, and as a weekly face mask is also a good idea. 

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Heart Healthy Holiday Oats

22 December 2016

Heart Healthy Holiday Oats

Sugar and spice and everything nice. It's the season of chocolates, pies, cookies and all around delicious holiday treats. 

Here at Mello Mae, we have two questions in mind - how to stay healthy and in shape pre and post holiday, and how to make healthy meals that still have a holiday twist. 

That's why we're excited about this simple holiday oats recipe, with just a few easy ingredients. 

Holiday Oats:

1. Quaker Oats

2. Organic Strawberry Jam

3. Macadamia or Almond Butter

4. Fresh Red Fruits

 

To-make, follow the standard directions for making oatmeal, then add your preferred amount of each topping. Use less for a low-fat option, or more for a morning treat.

Enjoy.

 

Xoxo,

Team Mello Mae