Palo Santo

Palo Santo, uses and how to

Palo Santo tree from South America

Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America. Related to Frankincense, Myrrh, and Copal, it is part of the citrus family carrying notes of pine, mint and lemon.

Palo Santo is wild crafted, sustained, and harvested by a family that has planted over 30,000 trees in the area over the last 10 years. We use the wood of the tree much like sage (to cleans the energy – see below) and from the dead trees or fallen branches, a unique essential oil is made.

Smoking palo santo stick

Like sage and cedar, palo santo is strong medicine. The smoke cleans, or grounds, the air.  This pleasant fresh smelling smoke works well to keep flying insects away – mosquitoes especially, while it raises your vibration and allows for a deeper connection to Source. Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open.

Palo Santo Essential Oil, Young Living

Healing: Palo Santo is used to relieve the common cold, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflamtion and emotional pain.

To light your stick: Use a candle, match or lighter . Hold the stick at a 45 degree angle pointing the tip into the flame. Allow the stick to burn for 30 to 60 seconds, then blow the flame out.  Move the smoke with a feather or your hand.  When finished, place the stick in a fire safe bowl and allow the glow to end on its own.

See video here!

Shinrin-Yoku

It’s been awhile since I last wrote anything for the blog.  Since the beginning of April I have been traveling. I’ve been to Germany; California; Grants Pass,  Florence and Newport, OR.  And I have one more short tripstill to go.

Each trip has been different and unique with their own lessons and fun times.  That said, all that coming and going is a bit disquieting and tiring and it’s hard to stick to any kind of routine.

During the trip to Florence,  I was with a great group of women.  We stopped at Sweet Creek Falls to try the practice of Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing.  It is simply just being in the forest.  You take your time, walk slowly, breathe, open all your senses and experience being in nature.

Sweet Creek Falls was perfect for this.  There weren’t many other people there, the hike is easy and there are 11 waterfalls to see if you hike the whole trail, about 3 miles round trip.  We took our time, stopped when we felt like it, took pictures, looked at plants and birds, relaxed and enjoyed being out in the forest.

Just that short amount of time spent out in nature and really being present has made such a difference in my attitude,  my overall peace of mind and my sense of joy.  I still have lots to do, but I feel more at peace, unhurried and at ease.

If you get a chance, I highly recommend you try Shinrin-Yoku and soak in the essence of the forest.

 

July, Metaphysically Speaking

Spiritual work for July

July: Adventure, motion, radical change, unpredictability, travel, mind, body, spirit, active, freedom, wilderness, journey, vitality, healing invention, choice, courage, flair, actor, boldness, spiritual growth.

Spirit animal for July – Dragonfly

Spirit Animal: Dragonfly

Numerology Power Numbers: 7th, 16th, 25th

July shows signs of activity and hard work. If we are to succeed in July, finding a way in which we can be the center of attention is paramount. Change and transformation of all kinds are asked of us in July.  The double 7 energy shifts in July bring about a strong vibration to work with on a spirit growth level.

July’s flower, the Water Lily

Love and relationships of all kinds will progress forward this month with communication, providing you are clear and direct in your words and actions. (This) is an auspicious time for rekindling relationships. The month of July augers a time when we can see through our destructive behaviors and change that which is not working for us. If there are situations and circumstances that require your communication and action, this is the month to achieve those goals.

Author, Ian Scott. Website 

Intention

We are now most of the way through March and the Spring Equinox is upon us.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  I usually don’t.  I just kind of wing it, with a vague idea of what direction I want to head during the year.

This year I tried something different.   For me, this year will be full of changes, new starting points, moving forward, personal growth and awakening.  I wanted my theme for the year to be  Intention.  I wanted to set down all the baggage I’ve been bringing forward, leave it behind, let it be finished.

Right away, a beautiful poem by Mary Anne Radmacher showed up on my Face Book page.  It put into words exactly what I was feeling and wanted to do:

She danced.                                                                                                  She sang. She took. She gave.                                                            She loved. She created.                                                                         She dissented. She enlivened.                                                           She saw. She grew. She sweated.                                                     She changed. She learned.                                                                   She laughed. She shed her skin.                                                       She bled on the pages of her days.                                                   She walked through walls.                                                                  She lived with intention.                                                                                              Mary Anne Radmacher

I love to dance, so this spoke to me right away and created a picture in my mind.  I immediately printed it out and taped it up in my kitchen where I see it several times a day.  It energizes and focuses me and reminds to infuse my day with Intention .

Setting down baggage and letting things end is not easy.  It is not an all or nothing decision.  For me it is about letting things end in the form they are currently in, and then feeling if there is a new form taking shape or if there is space created for something completely new to come in.  And it’s a process.

To go along with this idea, I randomly selected three Angel Cards.  I ended up with Freedom  – “You are free to change your experience by changing the criteria upon which you base your decisions.  Let go of old trappings and express your uniqueness”; Forgiveness – “Let go of resentments, judgments and fears and reduce your investment in staying hurt or angry. To forgive is to live in a world that is at peace with human nature”; Enthusiasm – “Be present with zestful alertness! Loosen your constraints and let your passion for life uplift others and generate new opportunities”.

All of this has come together to support me on my journey.  Who knows where this will lead?!

What is your Intention for the year? I hope you enjoyed reading this.  Peace Love & Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At random I chose 3 Angel Cards and came up with Freedom, Forgiveness and Enthusiasm .

Healing Gemstone Grid

Send healing energy to someone in need

Sending Healing Crystal Grid

Use this grid to send someone healing energy. To tie it to the person place a photo of the person, or simply write a name on a paper, and slide that under the grid.

Gemstone Healing Grid

You will need:

1 Chlorite Phantom Quartz (Key Stone)

3 Petrified Wood (Triangle Crystal Grid)

6 Quartz Points (Triangle Crystal Grid)

1 Petrified Wood (Grounding Stone)

The chloritie phantom quartz (key stone) is a powerful healer detoxifying the body on all levels preparing it to receive the healing energy from this crystal grid.
Paired with the petrified wood (triangle grid), a powerful healer to the physical body as well as to a  help speed up the recovery after injuries. The quartz points (triangle grid) (pointed in on each other) send this essential healing energy out towards the person as well as draws it to them. The petrified wood (grounding stone) fortifies this healing energy into the physical plane, and “locks” its potential to the person in need of it.
Author: James Goings Jr.
-Inner Oasis’ Gemstone Expert

New Products from the Clever Brits

Kitchen Gadgets to make your life fun and easy

Thanks to your recommendation, Inner Oasis has just unpacked and shelved a group of cute, clever and well-priced kitchen gadgets from New Soda in Great Britian.

The Sinkstation from New Soda

The Sinkstation – a food preparation Colander, fits nicely into any rectangular sink allowing water to flow through while catching peelings, seeds, stems, or the blueberry escaping from your hands as you work.

 

Bit Pots are stack-able pots that fit in the shelf of your frig.

Stackable bit pots fit on your frig shelf

Great for those to take lunches to school or work.   Talk about space saving and clever!  Warning:  Don’t try to carry liquids in these  and no microwaving, Please.

Is the print on those directions (or contents) getting smaller and smaller?

Frig Magnet – within easy reach

We’e got the perfect answer.  New Soda’s Frig Magnet.  Two magnets on the back of the handle hold it on the side of you frig within easy reach.  2 x optical magnification, 4 x effective magnification.  Wipe clean with a damp cloth – no dishwasher on this one.

Herb Scissors right in the pot and waiting.

Spring is on the way – here’s a bright idea for those who like to grow their own herbs.  The Love Herb (herb scissors) slide into a case that goes right in to the pot beside the herb you are cutting. Take it to the sink with you to wash the herbs and use the stripper in the handle.  Wipe scissor blades with clean damp cloth before putting your Love Herbs back into the pot.

The Just So measures one serving of speghetti

Never sure how much spaghetti or rice to cook?  New Soda’s Just So is the answer. Weighted to it won’t tip over, the Just So holds 1/2 cup of rice in the base or one serving of spaghetti in the top.  When it’s not busy measuring, it’s a bright colored, clever way to hold items you’ll need in a  hurry. Right now mine is holding those pills I have to take before I go to bed tonight.  I won’t forget this time!

The Just Sop measures 1/2 cup of rice equaling 1 cup of cooked rice.

Manifesting Tarot Readings Crystal Grid

Utilize this grid to bring more power to your stones and reading

Manifesting Tarot Readings Crystal Grid

Manifesting Tarot Readings Crystal Grid
1 Red Jasper Egg (Key Stone)
1 Red Jasper Spear (Grounding Stone)
5 Septarian (Double Pentagram Crystal Grid)
5 Smooth Poppy Jasper (Double Pentagram Crystal Grid)
5 Tourmaline (Pentagram Crystal Grid)
This crystal grid helps protect, ground, and manifest your tarot readings.  The red jasper egg is used to help the reader tap into their own clairvoyant ability, while using the red jasper spear (grounding stone) to manifest and ground the intentions of the reading to the physical realm. The 3 Pentagrams formed are to manifest the 3 aspects needed for a clear and personal reading. The black tourmaline (pentagram crystal grid) is the outer most shield, blocking any negativity, entities, or attacks on you or the reading. While the Septarian (double pentagram crystal grid) is used to clearly interpret the divinatory meaning of each of the cards from your reading. Septarian also brings a harmony to you and the cards, allowing for a deeper connection and understanding. The smoothed poppy jasper (double pentagram crystal grid) places a shield around the reader and your reading, blocking any outside influences from diverging the insight gained from the reading.
Keep the grid up, until the reading that you received has                  manifested itself completely.
Author: James Goings Jr.
-Inner Oasis’ Gemstone Expert 

Heart Chakra Protection

Create a gemstone Grid to protect and shield the Heart Chakra

 HEART CHAKRA PROTECTION & SHIELDING GRID
1 Spectralite Hematite (Grounding Stone)
1 Clear Quartz Pyramid (Keystone)
8 Peridot (Squared Grid Formation)

Gemstone Grid

The 8 Peridot (Squared Grid Formation) anchoring the intention to shield and ground the heart chakra (promoting peridot’s healing, comforting, and loving energy). It creates a double square shield around the heart chakra, protecting it’s emotional well being, allowing the heart to experience a state of emotional peace encouraged by tranquility and promoting calmness.
The Quartz Pyramid (Keystone) encourages your subconscious in this newly found state of emotional being to grow in understanding,  exploring and enlightening the physical mind to the “Truths” of our universe.
The Spectralite Hematite (Grounding Stone) adds another layer of spiritual and emphatic shielding, protecting against outside negative influences and beings, while at the same time grounding the negativity burdening it.
Author ~ James R. Goings Jr.
Inner Oasis’ Gemstone Expert

Fascinating Gemstones

Amplifying gemstone energy with grids

The Fascination with Gemstones Continues –

Gemstone Mini Grid Kits

Did you know that by putting stones with other stones you increase their energy?  By adding mixed stones to a grid you amplify the energies still more.

Inner Oasis Mind Body Spirit  now carries Mini Grid Kits from Spirit Whisperings (an Oregon Company). Each 4 x 4 kit is complete with a grid, stones, instructions and an activation affirmation.  Each kit is focused for ease in use. Shown above are Sooth Nerves, Create Balance, and Becoming Love.

Try one of these on your home alter.. or in a gift card to a friend.