Self Care for PMS
Essential Oil PMS Bath
Add 5 drops Clary Sage, 5 drops Ylang Ylang, 4 drops Grapefruit, 3 drops Geranium and 1 tsp carrier oil to your bath water. I like to fill the tub with just enough water that I can lie down with my face exposed and put my legs up the wall. Then I can breathe in the smells while getting the benefits and relaxation of the inversion as well.
Clary sage is an incredible essential oil. In the book, “Ayurveda & Aromatherapy,” by Light and Bryan Miller, it reads, “Clary Sage is a gift to the female; no woman should ever be without it. It gives women a sense of clarity and empowerment, helping to get rid of monthly bloat, depression and anxiety, regulating menses, and cooling down hot flashes. It is a gift to the Goddess.” It also says that it is especially effective at feeding estrogen through the skin. I rub it on my lower abdomen when I start feeling the feels of PMS. You can put it in a diffuser as it will enter your blood stream breathing it in, add it to a carrier oil and rub it on, or in the bath.
Hormonal changes can be rough: insomnia, mood swings, intensified emotional states, fatigue, bloating, cravings…but it also is a time to listen, to slow down, and carve out space for yourself, to nurture and affirm your worth and inherent goodness.
I used grapeseed oil because I have it so am using it up; but, I have fractionated coconut oil on my shopping list. There are lots to pick from: almond, jojoba, avocado, etc.
For the essential oils, I really love Plant Therapy and their oils. They have aromatherapists on staff that you can email and ask questions, fair prices, free shipping, and lotsa great info on their site; check them out (www.planttherapy.com). I have no stake in the matter, just sharing the love. There are a lot of wonderful companies in business today.
Oh, and for any bath to be complete, add chill BFF for good vibes.
Hello & Happy Summer!!
Well, I am leaving for India on Monday (June 17th), for a month, a whole month, wow! I am very excited. I have experienced a lot of apprehension leading up to this pilgrimage for a couple of reasons. First one being my pup, Teddy. Without my permission, he has become a senior, and a very sweet, loving, wise senior at that! It is hard to leave him though as he is dependent on me emotionally, and if I am honest, me on him too. A month feels like such a long time in regards to absence from him. I am going on ahead with my plan and if for any reason I need to return early, I can do that. I am allowed, I have permission to honor what I feel needs to be done, that is so empowering in the face of fear.
For myself, it is also a little intimidating to go for a month. I have a full and active life here both professionally, and personally. Where I go in India is named Meherabad (www.ambppct.org). It is located in a rural area and is quiet. My whole reason for going is spiritual, to be at the feet of my Master, Meher Baba. This reaches me and feeds my soul in a way that nothing else in my life does, thus the journey. I have to admit though, the trepidation is mostly because there is little distraction there, I have a ton of time alone, I meditate every day for a couple of hours which I love. The energy there is potent, intense, loving, strong, beautiful. My stuff comes up and I have plenty of time to sit with it, journal, breathe, move, work it out. I never come back the same, ever. So I go on ahead. I can take fear by the hand and say yes, I understand. Thank you for having my back and trying to keep me safe. I can hold space for my fear and still walk in the direction of my soul, my dreams, my heart. I can allow love to win inside of me because isn’t this where it all begins?
Keep well, be happy and brave, see you in a month!
Yin is In
The healing quality it provides the mind is incredible. There is something special that happens in a yin yoga class; it is a gentle, kind spiritual experience. We strive a lot in life: to pay the bills, accomplish, provide, keep up, progress, take care, etc. In yin we allow ourselves to be where we are and to press pause on the strive button. We come into a posture and notice how it feels, how our bodies feel, we surrender into it…as we breathe the tension releases, it is therapeutic, like a mini vacation.
Striving is important, we must continue to grow and accomplish and slay our goals. But balancing the striving with being, allowing, unfolding, feeling, gestating… these are essential. At times, underneath the striving is a need to be seen, to be loved, to be cared for, to be enough. In our Yin practice we are able to witness our own beingness in the Presence of Beingness. In this experience there are glimpses of our enoughness, our completeness, of our lack of truly lacking anything. It isn’t about “it” being out there and we gotta get it so we are somehow ok, worthy, lovable. We already are.
More and more I recognize the universality of whatever I am experiencing. It may be in different degrees, may manifest itself differently, may have different circumstances attached but underneath, we are all very much alike. That being said I thought the following incident could be helpful for you:
I tend to be critical of myself and this morning I looked in the mirror and started to mentally pick. I realized what I was doing (yay!) and stepped back so I could take a good look. I looked at my eyes and said, “I love my eyes”; then my teeth, “I love my teeth”; my face, skin, neck, etc. all down the line. I really looked at myself as a whole person and affirmed myself. “I love how my neck is nice and long.” “My hair is so thick, I really like it.” It felt nourishing and kind and made me feel better inside.
So much of our lives go by without really cherishing and appreciating who we are and it is easy to be critical and hard on ourselves. Take a moment today to really look at and appreciate your physical being. Make a point of saying good things: what do you like about yourself? Hold yourself in the light of appreciation and drink in the good feelings it creates. We all blossom with a little kindness and affirmation.