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The Flower of Life – Sacred Geometry – Sacred Lunar Eclipse Oil

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 I have only made 6 of these sacred alchemy oils, which are available on my ETSY store.

This is one of my newest intuitive creations, called The Flower of Life.

Every aspect of the process of creating, and bottling this beautiful oil has been deeply intuitive, personal and sacred to me and designed for your personal sacred use. I didn’t think up this blend, it came to me from the Source of all that is.

Compiled and blended at the Full Red Moon, Lunar Eclipse in Libra on 14 & 15 April 2014 in Perth Western Australia with with my powerful Fluorite crystal, and infused with Reiki nightly during the waning moon. The intention of this Sacred ‘Flower of Life’ Oil is based on Balance/Harmony, Expansion yet grounding, and removing blockages on all levels to allow new patterns to take hold and unveiling a hidden harmony or connectedness.

Fibonacci numbers frequently appear in the numbers of petals in a flower. The positions and proportions of the key dimensions of many, if not most, animals are based on Phi. Examples include the body sections of ants and other insects, the wing dimensions and location of eye-like spots on moths, the spirals of sea shells and the position of the dorsal fins on porpoises. Even the spirals of human DNA embody phi proportions.

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Creation & Ingredients

The infusion of the 15ml (0.5oz) oil is made according to the golden ratio measurements (the fibonacci sequence, Phi, the Divine Proportion) and is an infusion of Organic Sunflower Oil (Sunflowers are prime examples of growing in the Fibonacci sequence), and local Western Australian pure aromatherapy grade essential oils of Agonis Fragrans (Fragonia) and Santalum Spicatum (Australian Sandalwood) -up to 40% EO in the bottle. A piece of Western Australian Mookaite crystal is anchored in the bottle.

My beautiful and aromatic Santalum Spicatum, a male (Yang) oil, is sourced from a special population of Sandalwood trees in a particular part of Western Australia. The supply is 100% managed and sourced by indigenous Australians and has been used for thousands of years by indigenous Australians as a relaxant and to promote focus. For tending to the unseen wounds of the heart and spirit, healing them so that you can be strongly and fully in the power of who you truly are. The spirit of this oil provides strength to persevere and overcome your fears and challenges so you can become the person you were truly meant to be.

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The uniqueness of Agonis Fragrans, a female (Yin) oil, is its ability to work at a deep level, releasing both physical and emotional blockages. This gentle yet powerful essential oil possesses the ability to bring harmony, peace and balance to both physiological and emotional conditions, it is effective on all body systems. My oil is sourced from the southwest region of Western Australia.

A French aromatherapist, Dr Daniel Penoel, discovered that the ratios between molecular families in Agonis Fragrans EO and the proportions between the various molecules are arranged according to the Fibonacci Curve / Phi ratio / Golden Ratio! Because this Golden Proportion is reproduced at several levels, we obtain a picturesque molecular structure that is described in modern physics as Fractal. To find a single essential oil displaying the Golden Proportion within a Fractal structure is absolutely unique and helps explain Agonis Fragrans’ amazing power to energetically harmonize and rebalance.

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Green & Purple Fluorite – my 10 year companion stone cleanses and stabilises the aura and all chakras. It absorbs and neutralises negative energy and stress. It encourages positivity, balances the energies, and improves balance and coordination, both physically and mentally. Fluorite boosts the immune system and stimulates the regeneration and restructuring of cells and DNA.

crystalMookaite – reflects the various colours of the Australian earth. She gives the desire for new experiences and the openness to see all the possibilities and choose the right one. Mookaite also encourages a deep connection to the wisdom and ancestors of Australia as well as helping to release emotions such as fear and anger.
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How do I use the blend?

The blend can be used wherever you feel the need. The oils are blended in a base oil (organic Sunflower oil) so can be applied straight to the body (meditation, reflexology, chakra work) or sacred object (Jewellery/amulet/candle). Because it is a pre-blended oil it can’t be used in a diffuser.

When doing any form of healing on yourself you can apply a drop or two to your palms and inhale the aroma. You can also apply a drop or two to your feet or wherever you feel the blend and healing is needed whether that be a chakra, meridian or for example the heart.

If you are doing a healing on another ask the person who is having the healing session to inhale the aroma. Another way is to put a drop or two on a tissue nearby where they can smell it. You can also add a few drops to some base oil for massaging or apply straight from the bottle where where needed as above.

It works well when applied to the upper chakras of the body, where blockages occur and have become stuck. These can involve issues of grief, lingering hurts and emotional enmeshments stemming from unresolved family and other core issues and of course, pain and hurt from loss of love and relationships.

 This is oil is priced at $30A and can be purchased here – ETSY store.

My Clairscentience shop is my way of giving service to others, I do not make much profit from sales, and what I do get goes into my love of oil therapy and towards ensuring my life affected by illness is enriched.

 

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How one run changed my life – part 2

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This is a continuation from part 1 of exploring how my life has dramatically changed but also what I have had to face about myself and learn.

One of the most interesting lessons I have learned is about body image and self worth. I have always had self worth issues and earth has been such a big school by providing me with events that have challenged me to find strength as a woman. There are a few memories of mine that initially stand out such as my first ever relationship at 19 where I suffered 5 years of emotional abuse which caused severe panic attacks and to the point of suicide, workplace bullying,  to times as a little girl where after a kidney operation a boy at school randomly punched me in the kidney, or when my sister and I walked across the school oval and two senior males intimidated us and put rubbish down our clothes. I never had a good relationship with my body, in fact when ever I felt hurt by something externally I wanted to punish myself for it. These days that is called self harm.

I am bringing this all up because I want you to see that what we experience in the outside environment, and what we feel, can eventually reflect in our body too. Not surprising that I have a condition whereby my body attacks it’s own tissue in every cell of my body.

Before I became ill, I was the fittest and happiest in my body, but you see that was all still too superficial because I had not dealt with the emotional scars that were there. We seek so much outside of ourselves when what we really we need to do is search within. When I went to Brazil on my spiritual trip, we all got pedicures one afternoon as a treat and bonding experience. This was extremely emotional for me and I was very uncomfortable with it. I had so much grief in relation to my body and I didn’t love it. Having someone touch my paralysed feet, and withered legs, and showing them love, reduced me to tears.

The thing is, I cannot control my body anymore, and I had to move to a point of acceptance – let go of the shame, feeling ugly, frustrated or sad. This is my body, but I am not my body.  I am slowly learning to love parts of my body, that I didn’t like when I was well. This body has changed so much it is not so recognizable to me anymore, but I have to make the best of my relationship with it. I entered this life in this vehicle, this body, and at the end of my life I will be leaving it.

This is me now, 58kg (from 70kg illness has eaten away at the body), I have no balance and cannot stand unaided, no muscle strength, and in this picture I am in pain  after a bad fall (I have fallen over 100 times at a guess), but I have and honour who I am and choose to smile regardless – because it’s hitting home more and more these days that I am not my body.  And I am learning more about who I really am and why I am here and that I am valued, beautiful and worthy and you would never treat your best friend the way we do to ourselves sometimes!

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Here is a really good article called MIRROR MIRROR – 5 Relational Skills to Heal Body Image that I recommend reading if you are struggling with self destructive thoughts about your body.

Advice from your body

  • Realise that this is your body, but you are not your body
  • Listen to the pains, or changes, and don’t leave it too late to seek medical help
  • Be conscious of your emotions and how that affects your body
  • Focus on your positive attributes
  • Adorn your body in your own unique way – it really is your temple, your abode
  • What you put into your body – from environment, to food, water and thoughts, affects your well being now and in the long run
  • Do not take the body for granted, do not push it too hard, slow down
  • Do  not punish the body for things you feel emotionally
  • Balance activity with good rest and sleep
  • Connect with nature, stand on the earth barefoot
  • Breathe properly
  • Love the body you are in, you are uniquely beautiful

How one run changed my life – part 1

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The truth is I am not the woman I was 5-6 years ago. I don’t even recognise that woman any more!

She thought she had figured everything out in her future life. All her disappointments, heart aches and early life feelings of not belonging were meant to be swept away and replaced with security, love and belonging. I talk in past tense because it is like a ghost, this is haunting me now.

Everything was heading in a direction of  destruction and lessons that would be a test of every aspect of my life.
The title is correct, one run run did ‘instantly’ change my life.  But the anatomy of dis-ease is comprised of a life time of circumstances in my environment, and possibly even triggered from lives before this.

Who was I then?

I was the fittest I had every looked and been in my entire life and 31 years old. I was strong and adventurous, couldn’t sit still. I ran 10 kilometres (6.25 miles) regularly, did martial arts, walked, did yoga and boxing. I weighed a healthy 72 kgs (158 pounds) for my 6’1 frame. I had a good job, was married, lived in a nice place by the beach and adored two cats who were like my babies.

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But… there were cracks

I was missing something in my life, my now ex husband rarely saw me, I was suffering severe panic attacks and anxiety through bullying at work, I punished myself through exercise and I didn’t nurture my heart and soul. I felt trapped and lost. Deep down I felt I had left a part of me locked away and I was convincing myself this was how things were supposed to me. The thing was I was living his life not mine. My dream in life has never been focused on the physical or the money. It was about shared experiences embraced with my love, and feeling free to be the person I was.

I still didn’t know it would get worse…

Illness began to manifest….

I began to get severe back pains running, and excruciating calf muscle cramps every night. There was something happening in my body but no one knew what. Then one winter afternoon as I always did, I put my sneakers on and walked to the oval to go for a much anticipated run. I took off and then my right foot gave away, no pain, just a limp at the ankle and unresponsive – it just wouldn’t work and I couldn’t stand up on my toes.I felt quietly scared, and this just amplified when I got referred to doctors, specialists and every other type of therapy in between with no results – this would continue until today. My husband dismissed my fears and eventually  gave up on me.  Facebook publicly told me my marriage was over and he replaced me with someone he could live his dream life with. I look back and realise now, he would never have handled what I have become now and I could not offer anything. I began to wonder if any one would be willing to pick me up, dust me off and help me put myself back together, and love me again.

I spiralled into an abyss of an uncertain future…

I lost the strength I felt I had. I lost independence, security, love and a life, even though not perfect, I lost the chance to change course whilst I was healthy.I even nearly died one night, I punished myself for everything and slept in a makeshift bed in a room of the house and cried myself to sleep. I had the door closed and candle burning. I woke to alarms (thankfully) and the room full of smoke. There was soot on the walls and carpet, around my nose, mouth and eyes. I was alone.

To see through these eyes and heart in life now is so different, and I have been grieving for a long time.  Sometimes we have to lose everything in order to face what we really want in life.

to be continued…

The Golden Outback

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I have been so busy lately following my joys and creating art from my heart with Aromatherapy. Something I gained a Diploma in many moons ago now when I realised my inner witch was calling me. I’ve always been drawn to nature and healing and it’s no surprise the energies of essential oils speak to me.

Many of my special creations seem to just intuitively create themselves…I hear the name or see the image and I get blending!

I sell my natural oil art (as I call it on my Clairscentience ESTY site and Facebook page) for others to purchase and enjoy. Anyway, digressing now…

The G o l d e n  O u t b a c k  – is a lotion stick / balm I have created to reflect the scent and spirit of Australia, my island home. This is also the name collectively given to a large part of Western Australia, the state I love in. Learn more about the region via this link.

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It features some beautiful precious essential oils:

Fragonia -(Amazing Essential Oil) This oil was only discovered in the 1990’s in Western Australia’s south west region. It is a humble little bush tree that has the most appealing scent that I cannot stop smelling!! It has an ability to work at a deep level, releasing both physical and emotional blockages and bring harmony, peace and balance. It’s properties are Analgesic, Anti-allergenic, Anti-asthmatic, Anti-fungal, Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-viral, Expectorant, Hormone balancer, Strengthening. Appears to have a very positive effect in preventing or minimizing the symptoms of jet lag.

Spiritual Profile: 2nd Chakra – relationships, creation energy, 4th Chakra – unconditonal love, 6th Chakra – perspective, Balancing, Clarity, Expansive, Grounding, Source Energy, Unconditional love, Uplifting

Blue Mallee Eucalyptus -highly valued and recognised as highest quality Eucalyptus and it has a softer and less harsh scent in my opinion to other Eucalyptus oils. Eucalyptus trees were discovered by explorers in the late 1700’s. The Australian Aborigines have used the leaves to disinfect wounds and treat infections for thousands of years.

It is used for the temporary relief of headache, arthritis, rheumatism and muscular aches and pains. Effective as an insect repellent and is used to treat burns, blisters, cuts and wounds.Temporary relief of coughs and colds, flu, sinusitis and mucous congestion.

Spiritual Profile:  It brings relationships into the light -to our self, to others, to our work, and the divine. It allows us to see the patterns that hold us back with others, by showing us the big picture. Promotes opening of the solar plexus and heart chakras.

Buddha Wood -(Also known as Bastard Sandalwood or Australian Desert Rosewood) It is very relaxing and sedating and described as smelling like wood and whiskey like (and it so does!). Buddha Wood is analgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, calming, cooling, anti-bacterial, and a stimulant for the immune system. Helpful for sore muscles and joints. Used in sacred ceremonies to purify and remove negative energy.

Spiritual Profile: 1st Chakra – survival and support, 3rd Chakra – personal power, 7th Chakra – higher information, Expansive, Grounding, Meditative, Protective

My Golden Outback is a push-up lotion tube for easy dispensing for the areas you need it most, and is great for at home use or on the go. Carefully formulated with skin conditioning oils and butters full of nutrients, vitamins and emollients that are great for dry skin, and glides on thin yet is not too greasy.

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Solid at room temperature, but your normal body temperature causes the lotion to soften and quickly melt into your skin.

Suggested uses
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ི♥ྀ. dry hands, cuticles, rough elbows, crocodile legs – wherever you have dry skin!
ི♥ྀ. scars and stretch marks
ི♥ྀ. relaxing and soothing as a massage bar
ི♥ྀ. use as a lip balm
ི♥ྀ. temple or sore spot balm (Sports aches and pains)
ི♥ྀ. travel friendly, perfect for the airplane and trips
ི♥ྀ. keep in your bag, backpack, bathroom shelf, desk drawer
ི♥ྀ. great for gardeners, mechanics, welders, artists, hikers, and anyone else who works with their hands

Frangipani (Plumeria) Oil in healing and symbol

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Frangipani is one of my favourite essential oils to work with and it is also expensive to purchase (10ml =up to$40).  But I couldn’t simply live with out it – the  sweet scent of buttery soft  floral petals enhanced by citrus is very appetizing!! I remember in my teens I would try to make my own flower infusions (not successfully I might add). I find Frangipani a wonderful companion to Australian Sandalwood (another favourite of mine).

My house is blessed with this beautiful tree, one sheltering my bedroom window and the others framing the front of the house. It’s beautiful waxy cream and yellow flowers make me happy, and it is a joy to see the flowers reappearing between December and April each year.

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Frangipani is one of the most enticing and captivating scents due to its uplifting and soul soothing qualities and Ancient Indians believed it to be the “Tree of Life” due to its healing capacity. The oil will instantly relieve stress and replenish the mind and body, to induce peace and tranquility in your internal and external awareness. It also helps one to regain confidence and self-esteem, while soothing and relaxing the nerves and muscles of the body.  

In the language of flowers, Frangipani (Plumeria) are said to stand for love long in absence and it is associated with “love” in Feng Shui. According to Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (by Scott Cunningham; Llewellyn Publications, 1984) the frangipani (plumeria) is associated with the feminine, ruled by Venus, its element is water, its deity is Buddha, its power is love and its magical uses are in love spells.

“Warming” oils — such as those from Frangipani, Sandalwood, Lotus flower, Frankinense, Cinnamon and Basil — are said to have a calming influence on those suffering from fear, anxiety, insomnia or tremors, according to the principles of Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old Indian holistic science that seeks to balance mind, body and spirit.

Here is an overview of the oil properties

Fragrance: sweet, heady, fruity, floral

Emotions: Relieves stress (sedative), refreshes, instills high self-esteem, inspires romance, fearlessness, self harmonizing; Uplifts overall emotions about the self and the surrounding environment.

Skincare: Moisturizing on the skin (used by massage therapists to moisturize during massage). Smoothes dry and cracked skin, absorbs easily and helps keep skin soft. In India the oil has been used as the treatment for itches and fevers. It is believed that Mayan people added it for skin treatments.

Physical: Aphrodisiac, astringent, relieves inflammation, antioxidant, purifying, tones, reduces headache, relieves back pain and tinnitus, soothes and relaxes nerves and muscles; Excellent for maintaining well-functioning systems throughout the body.

Spiritual: Inner and outer self-awareness, inner peace and harmony, uplifts spirits and nourishes the soul.

Chakras Affected: First Chakra: Represents Courage, Passion, and Loyalty. This chakra allows one to be grounded and connected to the Earth. Fourth Chakra: Promotes love and a sense of trust in the grand design

Please visit my ETSY Shop to purchase ILUKA Desert Dew, it combines the beauty and benefits of Frangipani and Sandalwood.

Here is a photo of some energy around the Frangipani tree at my house.

Here is a photo of some energy around the Frangipani tree at my house.

The art of fluid emotion

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I’ve coined a new word inspired by my love of all things sensual and in particular the profound psychological and physiological effects of natural oils. Clairscentience (the art of fluid emotion) will be my goal when creating my natural perfumes or skincare products. I want to invoke a theme, a story, a memory. Blending oils is therapeutic and a creative process for me and it connects me energetically with nature; essential oils are considered to be the blood or life force of a plant, flower, herb, wood etc.

I have a large selection of pure essential oils as well as cosmetic grade fragrant oils, and I am currently awaiting the order of some very fine and rare pure essences which I am ready to be inspired by. Here’s a little journey into some more rare and expensive oils which I will be using:

blackcurrentBlack Current Bud (Ribes nigrum) from France -Smells like sweet raisins, dry-fruitiness with tangy and deep earthy undertones. Adds an almost wine-like note to fine perfumes (middle note). In perfumery, Tom Ford’s Black Orchid features black current. It is rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties.

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Hay Absolute (Foin coupe) from France – Smells like deep, balsamic, tobacco, grassy rich aroma of freshly cut hay. Delightfully sweet, herbaceous, tenacious. Blends well with ylang ylang, bitter orange, tobacco absolute, clary sage, lemon and bergamot.

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Sea Buckthorn (organic) (Hippophae rhamnoides) from Lithuania – smells like sweet, strong musky scent. Skin benefits include aiding the healing of wounds, burns, acne, dermatitis, and skin balancing. In fact the extract is a super oil. It comprises the rare Omega 7 fatty acid, which promotes the proper cellular function and health that benefits hair, skin and nails. It is key in collagen production that slows down ageing.

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Tobacco Absolute (Nicotiana tabacum) from Bulgaria -smells like sweet, slightly smoky, rich aroma reminiscent of fine pipe tobacco. Adds depth to natural perfumes, especially masculine, creating intrigue to the most exotic florals…Jasmine, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang.

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Tuberose Absolute (Polianthes tuberosa) from India – smells like warm, honey-like, sweet flora aroma, peach leaf and spice-like underones. Theraputic use includes overcoming intimacy blocks, nervousness, stress, and negative attitudes; benefits intuition, creativity, sensuality, peace of mind, a positive resolve.

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Carnation Absolute (Dianthus caryophyllus) from Egypt -one of my favourites, it smells like spicy, floral with strong green notes. It promotes healing of the skin and to increase vitality that not only softens and replenishes the skin, but creates a scent that many find soothing and calming to the spirit. Good for wrinkles, eczema and rashes.

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Douglas Fir (organic) from France -smells like fresh, balsamic, soft aroma of fir needles -very christmassy!. It is a lovely oil that lifts your mood and acts as an antiseptic, antifungal, calmative, disinfectant, expectorant, and nervine. Great for colds and chest infections.

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Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus aurantium) from Egypt -another favourite of mine, smells like an intense rich aroma of Orange Blossoms. It is very sensual and heady!! I want to try it with Frangipani and Violet Leaf :).

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Jasmine Absolute (various – from Egypt and India) -One of the most comforting oils it smells like sweet floral or can be darkly opulent and spicy. Often used as an aphrodisiac, balancing hormones, good for pregnancy as it eases childbirth, antidepressant, sedative, and dispels emotional blocks. Improves the skin elasticity, scars and marks.

Poem expressing the art of fluid emotion…

The Rabbit is Dancing in the Garden
by Tiffany Anne Tondut
(inspired by the fragrance Ambre Noir by Angela Flanders)

You give me
le jardin and le lapin. Untying
with my tongue, I try:
le lapin dans le jardin.

“Oh?
The rabbit is dancing in the garden?”
No, the rabbit is IN the garden.
“Ah! Zhen pronounce it ‘dohn’ not ‘danse”
you laugh.

 Ce soir
you mock my le’s and la’s, catch out
my stuttering accent as I
process into compounds, into
stems.

Then
merci pour les corrections…….I blush,
dispersing blooming pheromones
of scent, evoking lingerie…

……….its girlish spread…………….
……….of budding…………….
print…………………………………..

arousing words I needn’t say,
enough
to make you twitch.

Raw Food Dessert – Apricot Nut Pie with Coconut Vanilla Cream

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apricot nut pie

Makes 2

Crust:
1 1/2 cups cashews, hazelnuts and almonds (pre-soaked in filtered water over night to sprout, rinsed and dried)
1 Tbsn agave syrup
1 Tbsn cacao powder
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
7 soft medjool dates, pitted and chopped

Filling:
1/1/2  cups raw (very ripe apricots) cubed
1/2 cup desiccated organic shredded coconut
1/4 cup cashews (pre-soaked in filtered water over night to sprout, rinsed and dried-I used left over nuts from crust)
1/4 cup coconut water (or filtered water)
1 Tbsn agave nectar or maple syrup or honey
1/4 tsp sea salt
Topping
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp guar gum
1 can of organic coconut cream (chilled in fridge for a day)
you can add a tsp of liquid stevia or agave if you want it sweeter

 

Spray two 4 inch pie or tart pans, lined with plastic wrap to make removal easier. To prepare the crust, process nuts, agave, and cinnamon in a food processor until the nuts are fine crumbs, then add the dates and process until the mixture holds together when squeezed between your fingers. Firmly press crust into the bottoms of the pans, and set aside in the freezer to firm up.

To make the filling, combine the apricots, coconut shreds, coconut water, nuts, agave and salt until smooth and creamy. Pour the filling into the prepared crusts. Place in the freezer until it is set,about 2 hours.

To make the cream, pour the can cream into a bowl, add the guar gum and vanilla, and whip til it thickens and move beater in a way that creates air in the cream, as this will make it lighter.

Once pies have set (usually about 15-20 minutes to defrost a little) remove from tart pan and top with dolloped coconut cream and garnish as you desire.

Coconut Oil Moisturiser

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I have been interested in natural oil therapy since I was a teenager, and even before I gained a Diploma in Natural Oil Therapy, I was studying and reading about plant healing properties, and would be found grinding herbs and making my own concoctions.

One of my favourite ingredients, that I swear by, for skin and general health is organic extra virgin coconut oil. I use Nuilife certified organic Virgin Coconut Oil, that is non-GMO, non bleached, fair trade and extracted and packaged within an hour. If you are interested in this product you can visit the KokonutPacific website.

Coconut oil is an exfoliant and all over skin food, providing deep nourishment for dry and damaged skin and is the ideal anti-aging ingredient. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture. It prevents free radical formation and can protect against developing liver spots, blemishes caused by aging and sun damage. It is so easily absorbed into the skin and cell structure limiting damage.

Coconut oil has an abundant source of Medium-Chain Triglycerides, which when applied to your skin, your natural good bacteria convert these Medium-Chain Triglycerides into Antimicrobial Fatty Acids. Antimicrobial Fatty Acids prevent viral, fungal, and bacterial infections, including yeast! Antimicrobial Fatty Acids act like nature’s natural bodyguards for your skin.

I have created a lovely moisturiser, that not only smells divine but is enriched with pure essential oils (not fragrant) properties that will compliment the properties of coconut oil.

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15ml of extra virgin organic coconut oil

2 drops of Bulgarian Rose essential oil

2 drops of Neroli essential Oil

2 drops of Frangipani essential oil

2 drops of Violet essential oil

(shake well before each use, then roll onto the skin and blend with fingertips. Use morning and night)

Summary of essential oils

I use premium ingredients and organically sourced where possible.

BULGARIAN ROSE -The antibacterial property helps regulate skin oil production, and has anti inflammatory properties, can reduce redness. The rose oil creates a feeling of calm, antidepressant and well-being.

NEROLI -can help to regenerate skin cells and is a rejuvenating oil useful to prevent ugly scar tissue, promote a smoother skin, fighting stretch marks and broken capillaries. Great for anxiety, depression, fear, shock and stress too.

FRANGIPANI -emotionally uplifting properties.  Restores inner peace and harmony which guides us to honour the sacred in all relationships, especially intimate ones. Absorbs easily and helps keep skin soft and smooth.  It is also reported to offer some protection against UV-B rays.

VIOLET -It helps circulation, and helps aging skin look younger and has a shrinking effect on enlarged pores. Soothes and comforts sensitive, dry, itchy, red and problem skin. Good for calming and reducing tension.

If you would like to purchase  a vial of this oil, please contact me

Tea for Two

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On Sunday, Mother’s Day, mum and I decided to have a little autumn afternoon tea for two outside with a selection of finger food, and premium tea. I’ve included some recipes and tidbits for you also….

Menu

Fruit platter with banana, papaya, watermelon and mint

Scones with Organic Jam & cream

Pecan maple pastries

Mini quiches

Potato rostis

Bagels with philadelphia cream cheese, salmon, avocado and dill

English Breakfast Tea

About Mother’s Day in Australia:

In Australia, and like the US, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. The tradition of gift giving to mothers on Mother’s Day in Australia was started by Mrs Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt Sydney, in 1924. She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at the Newington State Home for Women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women. Traditionally, in the past,  the Chrysanthemum was given to mothers for mother’s day as the flower is naturally in season during Autumn and ends in “mum”, a common affectionate shortening of “mother” in Australia.

Mini Rosti Potatoes

Ingredients

2 (550 g)  Potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated, squeezed excess water with kitchen towel
2 Tbsp Regular Butter, melted
¼ tsp Sea Salt & pepper
¼ tsp Chopped Rosemary
1 to 2 Tbsp Olive for greasing

12 Cups Muffin Pan

Method

Preheat the oven to 425˚F. Grease the muffin pan with olive oil.

Mix together the potatoes, melted butter, sea salt, and rosemary. Scoop 1 heap Tbsp (about ¼ Cup) of the potato mixture into the muffin pan, press with the back of a spoon, and bake for about 13 to 14 minutes. Then switch to the top-heating element or turn over the potato patties and bake for another 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes 12 Mini Rosti Potatoes

Easy Peasy Mini Quiches

Ingredients

3 eggs
2 rashers of bacon – diced (grilled first)
1 Tablespoon of chopped avocado
2 Tablespoons of tasty cheese – grated
2 pre-made frozen puff pastry squares
salt & pepper to taste
Dash of thickened cream – Optional
Optionals -Sprinkle of fresh or dried Parsley, Danish or Persian Feta instead of tasty cheese, or Salmon and Avocado (as we did).

12 Cups Muffin Pan

Method

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees C.

Lightly grease 2 patty cake pans (12 cup) with cooking spray or butter. In a bowl, mix the eggs, bacon, avocado, cheese, salt & pepper, cream & parsley (optional)with a fork until all mixed together well.Using an egg ring, glass or pastry cutter, cut circles out of the defrosted puff pastry and place into the greased patty cake trays (you can use muffin trays but the patty cake ones fit better). Spoon the mixture into the pastry. Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 12 Mini Quiches

Best Ever Scone Recipe

Ingredients

3 cups self-raising flour
pinch of salt
1 cup cream
1 cup lemonade

Makes 24 light and fluffy scones!

Method

Sift flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in cream and lemonade. Mix with a knife until mixture comes together. Turn dough onto a lightly-floured surface. Knead gently until smooth and pliable.Cut scones into rounds using a scone cutter or tall glass. Arrange close together on a lightly greased tray.Bake in a very hot oven (220°C) for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Serve with jam and cream. Freeze if desired.

The Teas I love the best!!!

              

            Stockholm Blend: Black tea, orange peel, safflowers, calendula blossoms, rose petals, vanilla and apricot.

  

 English Breakfast: Blend of leaves from India and Ceylon with a strong flavour.

     

    Chai: A strong base of India teas, blended with rich warm spices; cinnamon, cloves, cardamon and ginger.

French (Fauchon – One of the oldest tea houses and boulangerie’s in Paris): Happiness (Le Bonheur) – black china tea, flavours, saffron, green tea, blueberry and sunflower. An afternoon in Paris (Un Aprèsmidi à Paris) – black china tea, rose petals, orange peel, a balance of vanilla and orange aromas.

How to Make the Perfect Tea (Old Style)

  1. Heat water to appropriate temperature in a kettle.
  2. Add tea to the strainer basket or infuser of your teapot (if your teapots does not have an infuser, just add the tea leaves directly to pot).
  3. Pour the hot water in your teapot and steep (wait) for the recommended steep time.
  4. Once done, remove the strainer basket or infuser from the pot and enjoy your tea. If your teapot does not have a built-in infuser, use a hand-held strainer to remove the leaves as you pour out the tea into your favorite tea cup.
  5. Put the teapot over a teapot warmer to keep the tea warm for hours (optional).


Sensing the Seasons

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I have always felt very sensitive to my environment and the energies of the seasons and weather. At one stage I created a sensing the seasons journal to observe the energies, cycles and events as the wheel of the year turned in the southern hemisphere (I’m quite certain I must have been a healer or heathen in a previous life ;)). I thought it would be nice to share this, and for me to have record which I can add to and refer to.

There is a notion that we could adapt our lifestyle to earth’s seasons (wherever we may be) in a holistic and harmonising way (within ourselves and the world). Many of us have long forgotten our connection to but also the observations of nature, and the energies that abound. We now live in artificial environments with heating, air-conditioning, we work odd hours, and may sleep during light or stay awake in the dark.

The Chinese culture have always used metaphors in their medical system by observing nature, the seasons and human behaviour in sickness or health – that discord of harmony creates imbalance. As we are apart of everything in nature, it would make sense to find ways to harmonise with nature rather than against her. And when we are connected to Nature, we are connected to the energy (call it Chi, Ki, the Source) that creates and maintains all living things.

Everything in our universe is in perpetual motion, everything has rhythm, and as the saying goes ‘as above, so below’ and ‘as within, so without’. What the self projects out is reflected back, all in harmony and rhythm. Why struggle against the tide, when we can harmonise our efforts with nature, and tune into it’s very power.

What if you created your own Sensing the Seasons journal, to learn to appreciate what is happening in nature during a season or cycle, how animals or people behaviour, what energies you feel. You can then look back like a wheel of life cycle, to see what you have done, and if you found yourself moving in alignment or against the energy of the time.

It’s a great personal development exercise to take some time to contemplate and meditate on the energies of each season on or near the times of seasonal changes (solstices & equinoxes). For myself I have followed the astrological periods, in order to see the subtle changes that occur from month to month. Setting your conscious intention to allow yourself to come into alignment with these energies is all that is needed to begin the processes of being in harmony with the natural rhythms and cycles of nature.

Overview of the Seasons

  • Spring – awaken, fertilize, rebirth, express, new beginnings, new life, planting new seeds, initiation. Spring is the best time to establish patterns of new energy, situations and goals in your life
  • Summer – grow, ripen, refine, intend, affirm, manifest. Summer is the time to tend the garden so to speak. Water the seeds of the new and weed out choking stifling energies so that your growing ‘plant’ will yield plentiful fruit in the fall
  • Autumn (fall) – harvest, receive in abundance, celebrate, fullness, give thanks, honor. Fall is the time to reap the rewards of what you’ve sown. Celebrate your successes and prepare for the time of going within during the coming months.
  • Winter – rest, nest, retreat, heal, release. Winter is time to till the soil and prepare the growing field for new seeds planted in the coming months.

March 21st to April 20th “The Balancing Act & Letting Go”
This period is the start of Autumn, a time of seeking balance. The energy is male, assertive, spontaneous, and daring. Time to overcome obstacles, break from influences, experiment and letting go.Its on the verge of light and dark, yin and yang.
Weather is mild and temperate, not yet so windy and some early rain.
Lemons start appearing on the trees, leaves still on plum and nectarine trees, and grass shoots emerge from the summer baked earth.
I’ve noticed that friction abounds, there is dissatisfaction, new homes or short trips away. Also various car malfunctions, also equipment and dramas with things including relationships, endings or disagreements.Cultural issues. Time of training or learning, exercise and travel and high sexual energy. This period of time I am always weary!!
This period relates to Aries – denoting energy, initiative and assertiveness. In the old calendar, this is the autumn equinox, element of earth, and represents sacrifice and separation.
*earth fruits/veges* apples, avocados, limes, grapes, pumpkin, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, eggplants,mandarins.

April 21st to May 20th “Expect the Unexpected & Strength and Determination”
Still autumnal, with fine days, morning and nights are clear but chilly.Venus appears in the night sky (the west) and Mars (the east). The earth energy beats like a slow steady drum.
Lots of crows and galahs and honeyeaters hiding. Family and relationships focused on with some unstability and power struggles. Dissatisfaction with many things, and feeling assertive and assured. Lemons are ready on trees and Parsley, Basil and Strawberry grow. The leaves on the plum tree hang downwards – and begin to turn red.
Ants not so prevalent, but millipedes and spiders make their appearance. There is a planning theme, people are in preparation mode, there is anticipation but a sense of not knowing what will happen.’
In the zodiac this is Taurus, representing strength and endurance. The earth energy is slowing down and the days are becoming shorter and nights colder. There is a stillness in nature, yet a stance of groundedness.
*earth fruits/veges* apples, avocados, limes, grapes, pumpkin, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, eggplants,mandarins.

May 21st to June 21st “Journeying Time”
This is a transitional time between Autumn and Winter, and a time about learning within, about finding ground, planning for future changes and making connections. Time moves quickly, yet sometimes it feels the pendulum can swing both ways, like a step forward, then step back. Sometimes we feel we struggle not knowing where things will go, energy is anticipative and mercurial like the Gemini influence of this phase, and we try to “figure things out”. Watch your health, sometimes we find ourselves reflecting on our past, this can be a healing time too. We dream, we Quest and urge to travel and be free. Longer nights beckon us, citrus trees become full with lemons, and mandarin. Plum and Nectarines in dormant mode, leaves falling. Jonquils, basil bloom. The energy of the earth is dark, yet stablising, rain falls, weather cocoons us. Colours for this time are Orange, Yellow, Gold.
*earth fruits/veges* beetroot, broccoli, spinach, rocket, carrot, apples,beans, figs, mandarins,pears, passionfruit.

June 22nd  to July 23rd  “Contemplation”
This period is influenced by the sign cancer, and also winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. The shortest day of the year and the sun’s lowest ebb. It’s a time of caring and nurturing. As the sun tranverses through the sign of the crab, he stops in his path and changes direction, like the crab that walk sideways. As the sun returns, the light will increase and days grow longer. The moon represents the mother and ebb and flow of tides, with without nothing would be born, or grown or flourish. With the rebirth of the sun in Cancer we become more aware of other people’s needs. This period is one of reflection and contemplation. I notice few ants and creatures stirring, all are quiet and hibernating. Some conflicts or resolutions being sought within relationships. Very cold mornings, dead branches, and autumn leaves litter the hard compounded ground. Rainy days cocoon us in once in a while. The cat wants to stay in and disappear under covers. Sleep and rest are important as energy levels lull. Fog sits low in mornings, and opening up on fine days to cloudless skies. It’s a time of friends and family. This is also a time of things going missing, loss or endings of things. In turn it’s a growing season for the soul which wants to move forward. It requires change.
Colours for this time are  Silver, white, cream, pale pink and blue.
*earth fruits/veges* apples, avocados,mandarins, oranges, pears, plums, strawberries, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, beans, parsnips, celery,eggplants, snow peas, garlic.

July 24th to August 23rd  “The Adventurer”
The earth is in recovery stage and some creatures are still in hiberation mode. With the sun fixed in Leo, growth of vegetation is at standstill. While the earth sleeps, we and with the sun in leo we focus awareness on our self, and finding that unique vital spark or motivating force. Weather produces fine days with clear skies and blossoms flowering (apple and almond flowers in hues of baby pink and purple). Feeling active and preparing or thinking of the future. Finding old passions. Shrills coming from new season birds. Lots of grass sprouting up. Taking action by undertaking passions. Confidence grows, making connections, reaching goals, being fearless and feeling advenurous. People re-evaluation themselves and relationships shake and crumble. New doors open. Confidence to break from comfort zones.
Colours for this time are gold, orange, yellow, sunny hues
*earth fruits/veges* apples, avocados,mandarins, oranges, pears, plums, strawberries, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, beans, parsnips, celery,eggplants, snow peas, garlic.

August 24th to September 24th  “The Awakening”
The earth has fully awakened and magically renewed her energy and fertility. The seeds that have lain dormant throughout winter are waiting to be charged with the lifeforce of spring, but for the most part they still remain hidden. Virgo, the virgin represents the unmanifested potential in all of us. Mercury has much to do with our own potential since he is the messenger that brings our throughts up from the subconscious to the conscious mind, representing the capacity  for clear and intelligent thinking. By now we must surely know, that when the time comes, we must reap what we have sowed. Life is awaking. Plum and nectarine tree are budding flowers and new branches of greenery. Weather produces fine days with clear blue skies or cloudy or clear nights. Morning frost is dissipating. I am fully immersed into plans  I put into action in the last phase, and becoming focussed. Lots of natural disasters around the world. Preparation time for what we know or could be coming. Time to set goals and seeds of the future. Lots of baby ducklings, and furry catepillars and millipedes almost gone.
Colours for this time are fawn, brown, beige, black, earth colours
*earth fruits/veges* lemons, carrot, beetroot, parsnip, silverbeet, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, onion, peas,

September 24th to October 23rd  “Energy of Life”
At the equinox day and night are equal measure. The scales of Libra depict the delicate balance that is crucial in nature. We are ruled by Venus the planet of love, beauty and harmony. In Spring, natures creatures choose their partners for the courtship dances, and abundant new growth thrives and prospers. This is a time of plenty for the times ahead. With the sun in airy Libra starting the seasonal round, this is a good time to weigh up and weed out anything that has been obstructing your path of growth. Fertile plans and ideas come to fruition in due course, but only if we nurture them properly. A sense of proportion and harmonious relationship can be the greatest value at this time. In nature I’ve noticed warm to hot clear days, birds nesting and swooping (honey eaters, ducks and ducklings, magpies, all collecting for their nesting), nectarine and plum trees are nearly all green again, lemons still on trees, the sun is rising early (6am) and setting early (just after 6pm), lots of white butterflies and singing birds, wild flowers and a feeling of spirited free energy vibrating as fast as butterfly wings.
This is a good time to commit to a new path or chapter in your life, start gathering information about what you really want to do or achieve in aspects of your life. Clear your house and your body, create a treasure map collage of your ‘wants’ in life, do things to communicate with your subconscious the things your are seeking to achieve.
Colours for this time are earth colours like green, aquamarine, lilac, coral, fawn, lemon.
*earth fruits/veges* beans, capsicum, carrots, celery, cucumber, melon, lettuce, squash, tomatoes, basil, dill, sweet potatoes, mint, blueberries, broccoli, strawberries, pineapple, snowpeas, sprouts, mandarins, papaya, plums, rosemary and sage.

(to be cont…)

Australian Wheel of the Year (picture from greeting card)