Vetiver Days

Vetiver days and velvet nights Layers of wool and glowing lights Candle gazing and spicy mulled wine Orange blossom, lemon myrtle and thyme These winter rituals restore our flesh and bones Sustain our spirits and guide us back home ... Vetiver essential oil comes from the fibrous roots of a tall, tufted grass native to [...]

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ASHRAM YOGA

Many years ago I was recommended by my yoga teacher to go to Ashram Yoga Retreat to have my own teacher training experience. At the time I was flattered to think that anyone could see the potential in me to become a yoga teacher, even though it seemed like something I would love to do. [...]

Artemisia absinthium

Wormwood Silvery feather-like fingers Soft, inviting and feminine Steadfast, resolute and masculine And essentially sacrosanct Offering purification and strength Both subtle and powerful An enigma.   Ethnobotany  Carol Fisher describes the historical purgatory relationship with Wormwood as a herb that counteracts ... "the effects of poisons including hemlock and toadstools." As far as poisons go, our [...]

Holy Basil

Holy Basil | Ocimum tenuiflorum Sacred Basil | Ocimum sanctum Tulsi | The Incomparable One   Holy Basil is a highly revered Ayurvedic herb, traditionally planted around Indian temples to purify the air and create a sacred space within. It is used within herbal medicine for a similar effect. Holy Basil has a seemingly endless [...]

LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE

It is true that you are what you eat. Quite literally, your body transforms your food into your skin, or your bones, or something as subtle as your mood.   On a macroscopic level you see a gorgeous, rich, dark chunk of chocolate, you smell its intoxicating sweetness and your body automatically responds by preparing [...]