Sacred space for the home

LivingRoomA sacred space for a home…

Where we live is truly a sacred space. It isn’t just a place to eat, sleep, shower and get dressed. It is where we recharge after a long day and is a place where we should be able to relax, rejuvenate, have insights and also create beautiful memories. I believe what makes a home feel good is to come inside and see beauty in the things that you love, as well as a home that is clutter-free and most importantly for myself – my aromatherapy burner is always on!

I think the biggest step in creating a sacred space is to get rid of things that you don’t “light up” with excitement when you see it. When first beginning the minimalist lifestyle, de-clutter any unnecessary furniture which will invariably create more open space and of course open space allows energy to flow through effortlessly creating good chi. And try to incorporate the use of Feng Shui principles to organize the remaining furniture.  And most importantly, take the time to release unloved decor, duplicate items, old photos, and anything that you do not use daily or monthly. The key to creating beauty at home is to de-clutter absolutely everything which is not beautiful to your eye. Give it your best shot to be discerning and ruthless with this process.

And, while your in the midst of de-cluttering, have your aroma diffuser simmering – and I suggest  “Aphrodite delight” (bergamot, cinnamon, mandarin, and neroli).  A sweet synergy that adds a little harmony to the home!

Calendula Oil

Calendula is such an easy and fun flower to grow. Besides being beautiful to look at, it offers a wealth of beneficial healing properties for your skin. It is an herb that will definitely earn its place in the garden! Calendula

Creating calendula oil
What you will need:
• dried calendula petals;
• carrier oil (sweet almond, cold pressed sunflower, or golden jojoba oil); and
• a sterilized glass jar with lid.

How to infuse the oil:
There are two different methods to infuse your oil with the healing properties of calendula. We’ll look at the two different methods below and talk about the pros and cons to each method.

1. Cold Infusion Method
As heat damages the delicate calendula petals, cold infusion is the preferred method. Steps for the cold infusion method are as follows:

• Place desired amount of dried calendula petals in glass jar
• Fill the jar with your carrier oil of choice to cover the petals by one inch.
• Place in a window (sunshine preferred) to infuse for 4 weeks.
• Drain petals from oil and store oil in a container with a lid for up to one year.

Simple! Voila. If getting the oil is time sensitive, then refer to hot infusion method.

2. Hot Infusion Method
Again, this method will contain healing properties, just not to the same extent as the cold infused oil.
Steps for the hot infusion method are as follows:

• Place desired amount of dried calendula petals in glass jar
• Fill the jar with your carrier oil of choice to cover the petals by one inch.
• Now place oil/petals in small saucepan and place on stove (low heat) for 4 hours
• Stir occasionally and allow to cool.
• Drain petals from oil and store oil in a container with a lid for up to one year.

Uses for your calendula oil:
Now that you have the oil, the things that you can do with it are almost limitless. Here is a list of ideas to get you started.

• Use as a body oil after bathing
• Make a calendula salve
• Use oil as a carrier for homemade lotion
• Apply to specific problem areas; or dry skin, inflammation or rashes.

Enjoy!

 

Belly Balm

A Buttery Belly Balm!

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200g jar of custom made Belly Balm

So you’re with child! Congrats!

I know the Bliss Body Butter is heavenly and we all love to slather it on our body. However, during the first trimester (and 2nd too), its best to eliminate essential oils from your body care line. As I always say…….’when in doubt, keep them out’. The majority of essential oils have emmenagogue properties which stimulate the uterus and basically, bring on the baby! This, of course, is something we do not welcome at this early stage.

This balm is packed with vitamin-rich nut oils, butters galore, and infused hibiscus with aloe especially formulated to help lubricate the skin as the tummy expands during pregnancy. Scented delicately with neroli and tangerine essential oils as these oils are safe for use during pregnancy and are great for skin elasticity.
Apply regularly to help prevent stretch marks.

Organic Lip Polish

Pamper your pucker with Organic Lip Polish
conditions, nourishes, polishes lips

LipPolishContains: organic coconut oil, organic coconut sugar, shea butter and organic honey.

Treat your lips the same way you treat your eyes. For these delicate areas, you need ingredients that not only smooth but also protect. With this in mind, I have blended effective organic ingredients with sublime textures for a nourishing formula that offers soft, supple, and youthful-looking lips.

Eliminate dry flaky and chappy lips by rubbing our sugar polish directly onto your lips for about 30 seconds and then rinse. For ideal results and SPF protection, follow with your favorite ‘Get Lippy”. Leave your lips soft n’ kissable and don’t worry if you ingest this tasty polish – as its 100% edible!

Net wt. 0.5oz (15g) glass jar – $8.95

Class Testimonials

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The “Natural Sun Protection” class! Great group of gals!

The best thing about this course:
…a knowledgeable instructor with a broad knowledge base well able to handle lots of questions and works well with a variety of personalities. Thank you Cheryl!” Gillian S.

“… Cheryl being incredibly knowledgeable and explaining in great detail; I also really enjoyed making the products.” Catherine R.

“…seeing all of the raw ingredients transform into a great product so easily!” Sheila J.

“The course was fun and informative plus very rigorous and Cheryl was very generous in providing extra information.” Pamela J.

“…making the products and discovering the truths behind some of the myths.” Winnie A.

“… the amount of product we take home, the simplicity in the creations and Cheryl’s inspiring personality. She explains everything in great detail; I also really enjoyed making the products.” Justin Y.