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Mother’s Day!

Sunday is Mother’s Day! How will you be celebrating? I was going to go camping with the kids, if you haven’t figured it out by now I love camping, but we chose to stay home and work on finishing up the flower beds.

So I was thinking of Mother’s Day gift ideas and figured I would share a few simple things I personally love. I love plants, homemade gifts and just quality time and..to sleep in!

Some great ideas:

The Happy Thought Jar-My child went around asking random people what makes them happy and filled a jar with positive thoughts for me!

Brownie Batter Sugar Scrub:

1 Cup of Sugar

1/3 Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2/3 Cup of Softened Coconut Oil

pinch of salt

Dried Rose Petals (for decorating the top)

Mix sugar, cocoa powder salt and coconut oil until smooth. Put in a glass jar with an air tight lid and top with rose petals!

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding!

This is one of my favorite snacks / breakfast foods. It’s easy to make and super yummy. Make this for breakfast and add some fruit and maybe whole grain toast and a flower and it will be a hit!

Here is a good and easy recipe. Needs to be made the night before!

https://www.wellplated.com/coconut-chia-pudding/

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mothers. Spoil yourself to some of these favorites and let me know what you thought!

Beltane

Beltane is fast approaching this weekend. This is one of my favorite Sabbats as it brings us together and celebrates union and love. May first, also known as May Day or Beltane, is celebrated with feasts, flowers, dancing, bonfires and coming together in fellowship.

Beltane is a celebration celebrating the halfway point between spring and summer. Pagan tradition celebrates the union of the Green God and the Goddess joining masculine and feminine energies.

This is a great time for cookouts and foods served fresh like salads, strawberries, fresh baked breads and wine. I love to make Cresent Cakes and add flowers to my home fresh from the garden.

If you are looking to celebrate further add the colors Green for the Earth in full bloom, White for peace and harmony and Red for the hot sun, in your decor! Celebrate love and gratitude for loved ones on this day!

Here is a link to a simple Cresent cake recipe:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/11421/crescent-cake-cookies/

Blessed Be!

Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! I will be celebrating this weekend as I go camping in the cooler temps and rain. Still going to enjoy grounding work and nature with a few wet hikes and meditation. How are you celebrating? Here are a few ideas you can celebrate.

Planting ritual: Write on a piece of paper something you would like to see grow to fruition like a goal you want to achieve, safe and healthy family, protection of the home etc.. Next get some plants or seeds you want to plant. When you plant the seed or plant put the piece of paper under the soil and watch your intentions grow throughout the season and year.

Celebrate the backyard wildlife by putting out fresh seed, clean bird baths, trim the dead off bushes or forage for some wild violets or dandelions, as long as they are pesticide free.

Take a meditative walk and clean up trash as you go. Make your neighborhood beautiful by removing trash on the ground, or go clean a local park or beach!

Use reusable shopping bags to reduce plastic bags in our trash and landfills.

Involve the family in a fun project. Maybe make pine cone bird feeders, or paint some garden stones.

Either way you celebrate enjoy nature and enjoy the day!

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Taurus Season

We all love zodiac signs and what they say about us. Different times of the year, different planet positions all play a beautiful role in our day to day lives. April 20st until May 20th is Taurus season. You of course don’t have to be a Taurus to love and appreciate them.

Spring time is in full bloom and I love gardening and herbalism so I figured we should look into some of Taurus’s flowers and fun things to do with them.

Taurus flowers include:

  • Roses
  • Poppies
  • Daisies
  • Violets

Roses are some of my favorite flowers ever since I started getting into herbalism. A younger me would tell you they where my least favorite, but love for them grew as I got older. Roses can be made into rose water which is my favorite facial toner and cooling spray. They have anti-aging properties and nice cooling effect which helps calm the skin and heal inflammation. Perfect as a facial toner, hair rinse, and great for sunburn relief.

rose water

Poppies!! I have always loved poppies and if anyone can tell me a secret to successfully growing poppies I will just adore you for ever. Poppies boost immune system, aid in digestion and help digestion issues, relieve headaches and help promote healthy bones. I love lemon and poppy seed anything! You can take as a tincture as a supplement or eat the seeds in yummy foods.

Daisies are great for teas and of course just simply lovely to look at. Health benefits to daisies are respiratory health and common cold symptoms. helps with loss of appetite, stomach issues, if used as a poultice or balm can help eczema and wounds and sores. Helps with mouth sores if used as a gargle. Most of the time it’s the dried flowers that are used but the leaves can be used as well.

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Violets are the last flower of Taurus. These are the wild violets found in our yards not the furry African violets. They are so pretty and dainty little things. You can add the flowers to your salads, make a violet tea or tincture. Violets are high in vitamin A and C, which make them perfect for allergy season. They help ease sinus infections and respiratory issues aid in healing sore throats and make the pretties purple tea. Using violet essential oils can help with insomnia and even help promote better skin.

Viola odorata (Sweet Violet)

Include some of these lovely flowers in your home this week. Fresh cut flowers, a nice warm tea, a delicious and beautiful salad, take a ritual bath and just enjoy them. This Taurus season we will be gifted comfort, better communication, personal growth and the shedding of what no longer serves us. Enjoy Taurus season!

Much Love,

Sandi

Relieve Your Sinuses

Yay allergy season, not really. Pollen is in the air turning our cars yellow and green and our sinuses on fire. There are few ways I alleviate some of the pressure and congestion during this time of year. I use my oil diffuser, some steams and breathwork during the day to help keep my sinuses clear. Essential oils and fresh herbs can be your friends. A few essential oils and herbs that are helpful to relive sinus and allergy issues are

  • Lavender – great antihistamine
  • Peppermint-opens clogged sinuses
  • Eucalyptus-good for headaches, runny and stuffy noses
  • Tea Tree-good for congestion, runny and stuffy noses
  • Rosemary-relives swollen sinuses
  • Thyme-good antibacterial

Sinus Essential Oil Blend for diffuser

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  • 2 Drops Eucalyptus
  • 2 Drops Rosemary
  • 2 Drops Tea Tree
  • 1 Drop Peppermint

Steam these herbs or oils and put a towel over your face for 5 mins or add these oils or fresh herbs to a shower or bath

  • Thyme
  • Mint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
How to do alternate nostril breathing

Alternate Nostril Breathing is a great way to help clear out the gunk clogged in there. Make sure to have some tissues handy. I like to do this while diffusing the oil blend.