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5 Ways to Love + Pamper Thyself

via Cute Kittenz

These days, it seems the fundamental act of truly caring for one’s self (spirit, mind, and body) has been somewhat lost and forgotten amidst the whirlwind of modern life. Our fast paced lives combined with the disintegration of time and space barriers that once meant less scattered living leaves little room for a most important part of well being: uninterrupted, unforgiving self-care rituals. For the sake of world peace, love and pamper yourself.

1. Devote an amount of time each day (or at least each week) to yourself. No phones, no interruptions, just you. Use this time to clear your head, think, dream, and just be. Play music, read a book, take a walk, or simply close your eyes. If you can, establish a ritual that carries as much importance as a meeting for work. I used to treat myself to a cappuccino every Friday morning at my favorite cafe in Prague. Even 5 minutes of solace a day can work wonders.

2.  Listen to your body. If you are craving a certain food or feeling like you need that cat nap midday, don’t immediately shut out the notion. Too often the body is trying to tell us what we need but we are too busy to listen. When to give in and when to resist? A rule of thumb is if you can readjust your priorities without shirking responsibilities, indulge.

3. Tap into the healing power of scent. Aromatherapy is a proven practice with powerful effects. One way is to take an herbal bath. Add 5-10 drops of pure essential oil of chamomile, lavender, and neroli into a warm bath. The heady aroma will transport you to another time and place. It’s amazing how simple and effective this age old pampering technique really is.

4. Respect and tune into your dreams. Sometimes dreams are more important than reality. They can reveal our fears, hopes, and the parts of us that need some love and care. Make a dream pillow with lavender, hops, chamomile, roses, and mugwort – the dreamer’s herb. Before sleep, ruffle the pillow and take in the scents of the herbs. Keeping a dream journal can prove invaluable over time and are often the door to our deepest, wisest selves.

5. Honor your spirit and body. Be grateful for the blessings you do have and make a conscious effort not to dwell upon perceived flaws or shortcomings. A good friend of mine who is a master of positive thinking and believing in herself once taught me a lovely little technique for evoking self-praise. She chooses a letter and thinks of words that inspire and empower her. For example, if the letter is “C” she thinks of creativity, compassion, and courage.

In all, pampering and loving yourself is a matter of listening to your own inner voice. Trusting yourself and your wisdom. Inside each of us there are unique needs and passions that when honored bring about sincere joy and well-being. Wishing you happy pampering.

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Herbal Savior: Kloss’ Liniment

If there is one remedy every household should have, I believe it should be Kloss’ liniment. Formulated by Jethro Kloss, one of the most revered herbalists of the 19th century, it is a cure-all for any type of external infection or skin ailment. Kloss was born on a farm in Wisconsin in April 1863, the year Abe Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and Jacob Grimm (of the Brothers Grimm) passed away. Kloss’ magnum opus, Back To Eden, sold over 3 million copies and is known as the classic guide to herbal therapy. In its nearly 1,000 pages, he lists endless herbal formulas and recipes for wholesome foods and general well-being. One of his most famous formulas is this liniment that Rosemary Gladstar revised a bit for a truly magical medicine:

1 pint of rubbing alcohol
2 ounces myrrh gum (powdered)
1 ounce echinacea powder
1 ounce golden seal root (powdered)
1/2 ounce cayenne pepper

Combine the herbs and cover with the alcohol. Leave in a dark, warm spot for at least 10 days (the longer the better). Shake it daily because the herbs get clumped together. It will turn a black color with a golden hue.
Strain it and bottle it in amber bottles and store in dark, cool place. Label it with the date and make sure to write “for external use only!” Use it freely on any skin problems such as sunburn, scalds, burns, bruises, sprains, oozing infections, zits, and recently I discovered it works miracles on swimmer’s ear. *Do NOT ingest the liniment as it is for external use only! 

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Herbal tincturing: memory tonic, no stress potion, thyme for pure skin

For the “no stress” potion, combine equal parts hops, catnip, milky oat tops, and pink rose petals. These are all “nervines” that help you relax and de-stress.

In the magical world of herbs, there are many ways to extract  the essence of an herb or flower to be used for medicinal/healing purposes. One of the simplest ways is tincturing. Tinctures are liquid extracts of herbs made with vinegar, alcohol, or glycerin. Tinctures are taken internally for all types of ailments, or for general improvement of health. They can also be used externally on the skin. All that it takes to make a long lasting, effective tincture are the herbs of choice, a glass jar, and apple cider vinegar (preferably raw, organic, with the ‘mother’.)

The tinctures I am making are as follows. Feel free to experiment and adjust the formulas to fit your personal needs:
1. No Stress Potion: includes hops, oat tops, catnip + rose petals. Take 5 drops when feeling stressed.
2. Thyme Skin Purifier: includes only fresh thyme leaves. Use as a skin purifier in cases of rashes, fungal infections.
3. Memory Tonic: includes gotu kola, fresh peppermint, fresh sage, dandelion root. Take 5 drops daily for improved memory and mental clarity.

Using warm organic, raw apple cider vinegar, (with the “mother”), pour it over the herbs. Warming it helps to release the herbal constituents.

After measuring out the dried/fresh herbs, add warm apple cider vinegar to cover the herbs. Cover the jars.

Label the tinctures with dates + ingredients. Allow the tinctures to macerate for 2-4 weeks in a warm, dark place. Stir them daily, infuse them with good energy, surround them with crystals, flowers, and lots of love.

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