Aromatherapy for the Winter Blues
This is the ‘season’ with quite a bit of hustle and bustle. Nostalgia of times gone by or sadness due to sad memories, loss of a loved one, and dealing with winter can add to the depression, sadness and loneliness. You or your friends and family may need healthy assistance in raising your spirits and to find ways get some relief from the stresses of everyday life.
The Winter Holidays are a time when we are ‘supposed’ to be happy and have fun which adds another pressure to many – the pressure to act happy during a time they are sad or depressed. At the end of the year, many people reflect on what they have achieved or accomplished during the past year and may feel the blues or low self-confidence. Keep this in mind and be gentle with yourself. Also, remember that many people will act or react differently than normal because of sadness or stress that is hidden below the surface. Here are some essential oil blends to help you at this time of year.
Euphoria and Lift Me Up!
There are a few essential oil blends that I made specifically with these people in mind. In this post you will learn about two blends – Euphoria and Lift Me Up! All the essential oils used in The Crystal Garden Brand formulas are Medical Grade Oils.
Euphoria Essential Oil Blend has four essential oils that specifically balance and reduce the challenges of anxiety, stress and fear. Inhale Euphoria Essential Oil blend when you feel hysterical or out of balance. Euphoria helps cancel out angry, vindictive, or negative thoughts.
It is very effective to relieve PMS and menopausal symptoms. Use Euphoria essential oil blend to rebalance yourself while you are experiencing hormonal havoc.
This synergistic blend of essential oils reduces blood pressure. If you have low blood pressure, please use it sparingly and through inhalation only. Otherwise, it is very effective to put a few drops into a dollop of moisturizer and massage it into the bottom of your feet. Euphoria can also be used as a sleep aid.
Lift Me Up! also available as Bliss Mist is a floral, mild, rosy, soft, sweet, and woody synergistic essential oil blend that I made created many years ago for a dear friend who was having a hard time. She was feeling emotionally and mentally sad and lacking worthiness. Her self-confidence has diminished for so many reasons.
Lift Me Up! formula and Bliss Mist have the same ingredients – Lift Me Up! is available neat in a 1 dram bottle while Bliss Mist contains the same oils plus water as an aromatic spray.
Lift Me Up! essential oil blend to renew your self-confidence. This essential oil blend increases joyfulness and self-esteem and is helpful for relieving the symptoms of depression. It helps to relieve the symptoms of depression and mental illness stemming from mood swings.
In the hustle and bustle of busy holiday days, remember to take the time to nurture yourself even if you have to make an appointment with yourself. Schedule the time to rest, rejuvenate and relax. Create a sacred space using candles, incense, crystals, aromatherapy, flowers or whatever makes you happy and then stop and enjoy it. Open your heart, mind and spirit to all the Love that is and that YOU ARE!
Crystal grids are simply a much larger bigger-than-life version of a crystal alignment used with the intention of realigning the body of Mother Earth through the activation of the Grids of Light. To create crystal grids use people and crystals to create geometric configurations in conjunction with intention, meditation, guided imagery and prayer.
It has been my experience to create crystal grids at Sacred Sites around the planet. My first grid came to me in the form of a vision around 1991 while I was voice channeling with and for my friend, Melissa. I rarely voice channel in semi-trance yet in that moment in time, I was practicing that gift of voice channeling. The information that came through was received as a vision in my mind’s eye. That first realization of creating crystal grids was revealed at my third eye center in a true clairvoyant fashion. Remember – clairvoyance is the ability to see visions that someday you may need to act upon. I saw myself facilitating a visualization process with a group of people that I brought with me at the pyramid sight of Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Pennisula in Mexico. I had never been there
The vision revealed the specific placement of people at various points within the site. In the vision, I saw the grounds or compound of Chichen Itza, but I didn’t know the magnitude of the vision until I arrived at the site many years later. Everything was exactly how I saw it and I was able to place people and their crystals around the site just as if I had been there.
That vision was around 1992 and it wasn’t until January of 1994 that the first tour to the Yucatan occurred. It was called Ruins and Rituals: Explore the Yucatan Peninsula, a spiritual learning vacation. The interesting part unfolded between 1992 and 1994. In 1992, a client asked me to personally escort him and his family on a spiritual journey in the Four Corners region. The Four Corners is filled with Sacred Sites mostly of the Anasazi, Hopi, Ute and the Dine(Navajo) native cultures.Then I co-facilitated two Sacred Journeys to the Yucatan, one in 1994 and the other in 1995, with a cousin of mine who was an anthropologist.
On these trips we visited and activated the grids of light that extend at Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Dzibilchaltun, cenotes and connected with the records encoded in the glyphs at these sites. We performed the visionary Crystal Grid ceremony at each location.
Starting with Chichen Itza, which is the location of my vision, we activated the grids. I was pleasantly surprised that the site looked extremely similar to my vision even though I hadn’t been there or ever seen pictures of it. I knew exactly where to place everyone.
We all gathered on the Venus Platform which is directly in front of the Temple of Kukulcan. It is speculated that this platforms were used as stages or where rulers may have given public proclamations. While gathered there, I handed out tabular quartz crystals to each of the participants. These same tabular crystals or tabbies went on to be used throughout the Yucatan and on into Peru, the Four Corners region in the U.S. as well as England and France at sacred sites.
Each participant was directed to various positions. I was on the Venus platform directly facing the main pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, Temple of Kukulcan. There were a number of people that climbed to the top of that pyramid, others went to the Temple of the Warriors and others on the top of the Platform of the Jaguars and Eagles. Each person held a tabular quartz crystal, tabbies, specifically designated for planetary grid activation.
I stay on the Venus Platform. With the sound of tingshas, I signaled the start of the activation process.
Everyone had instructions to visualize and imagine that our third eyes, hearts and our crystals were to link up like laser light beams creating a triangular geometric formation. The way were place on the site created triangles if you connected the dots, each of us being a dot and our bodies, heart, mind and crystal created the base of the triangle. The beam of intention is sent out as 2 beams of Love, Light and Well-Being forming a triangle where the point hooks up with the point of other participants sending the same triangular formation.
I sent a very specific crystal with my friend Pam that I knew was a key to activation. That crystal fit perfectly into a slot or opening at the top of that pyramid and she felt the activation take affect. When Pam was on top of the pyramid of Quetzalcoatl, no one was on the top landing while the toning and actual grid activation took place. Other participants also felt inspired to place their crystals on certain spots or into openings within the structure at various times through out this activation process.
During the second visit a year later after the completion of this process. while at Chichen Itza, we performed a group crystal alignment by the Caracol which is one of the most famous structures there. It appears that this structure was used by the Maya as an astronomical observatory. The Caracol has two alignments. The western front aligns with the sunset position at summer solsctice and the northernmost point on the horizon where Venus sets. Venus was revered by the Mayan and Mesoamerica cosmology.
It felt important to open our heart centers at this location based on the western view of Venus from my astrological background. During this meditation I had placed some gemstones on each of the participants. I provided a guided meditation with the crystal alignment. It was a beautiful morning and it was quiet. I did notice that almost everywhere we went throughout the Yucatan that the large groups of tourists arrived after our meditations and ceremonies were complete.
During this meditation and group crystal alignment, we closed our eyes for the meditation. No one was around. We were grateful for the quiet and the privacy. When we opened our eyes about an hour later, there was a big Mayan family who sat near us on the ground. They sat in quiet respectful meditation. It was apparent that they had joined our crystal alignment meditation. Maria’s watch stopped for the hour during this meditation.There was nothing wrong with her watch as it started later again no problem. Just like the moment when Pam was on top of the pyramid of Quetzalcoatl, no one was on the top landing while the toning and actual grid activation took place As soon as we were done, swarms of tourists arrived. And here it happened again as we sat up and started to share our experiences, we realized the large numbers of people walking by us.
At Uxmal the impressive Pyramid of the Magician rises 93 feet with an incredibly steep stairway. I had no interest in climbing this nor did I have any visions where this pyramid needed to be climbed by anyone for the activation process. Thoughtforms included acknowledging its presence within the site yet my visions centered on a ceremony that needed to take place in the Nunnery Quadrangle. This name was given by the Spaniards. This complex was more than likely a residential area. The mosaics on these buildings had many Chaak masks to honor and invoke the energy of rain. There were also many lattices of X-shaped stones which formed double-headed serpent bars. The count of these X-mosiacs coincide with the synodic period of Venus. In other words, using naked eye astronomy, it takes Venus 584 days to complete the cycle of it first appearance as Morning Star, it disappearance and then reappearance as Evening Star, disappearing again and then finally reappearing again as the Morning Star. So why is this important? It was so important to the culture of the land where we stood. If they built buildings to replicate this cycle then there was a reason important enough to make these beautiful buildings mirror what is happening above. As above, so below.
To me, it is important to honor the traditions, culture and heritage of the people whose land we stand in while activating these grids. Although we many not fully comprehend what this ancient culture meant by all of its ceremonies and markings, there is a part of us that is related. Part of the activation process is to gain some understanding and connection, even if just an iota, to help trigger these grids of light.
In this quadrangle, our Sacred Sites group had the whole courtyard to during the meditation and grid activation experience. It made it easier for me to sing and pray aloud with many crystals and feathers abound. It wasn’t until our grid meditation was completed that tourists arrived in massive numbers. Ironically, it felt as if someone somewhere was holding them back and that as soon as we were done it felt as if someone opened the gates to let the crowds through. It felt to me that the guardians of the site who probably were downloading these visions to me were also orchestrating and controlling the crowds that might have been a distraction or prohibited me to feel free to truly do the work. The prohibition would have come only from self imposed self-consciousness which would have limited the ceremonies I facilitated.
At the site of the Temple of the Seven Dolls at Dzibilchaltun, the site obviously showed the openings where the sun shines through at sunrise at the Spring Equinox. Dzibilchaltun, whose name means” writing on the stones,” is located less than 10 miles north of Merida on the way to Progreso and was excavated starting in 1993 when they consolidated four areas at the site. Dzibilchaltun was one of the great urban centers that fluoresced in northern Yucatan before the arrival of the Spaniards. Carbon dating indicates occupation from 350 B.C. to AD 1521.
When the Temple of the Seven Dolls was excavated and restored recently, it was found to be well preserved because another structure was build over it. The Temple of the Seven Dolls is built so that its east and west doorways are exactly in alignment with the sun when it rises on the days of the spring and fall equinox. The doorways on the north and south sides of this temple are placed exactly in alignment with the winter solstice at sunset. The light enters the out right of the south doorway and illuminates the inner edge f the left doorway wall. This phenomenon happens on the summer solstice sunset through the north door.
I found this site to hold extraordinarily high energy and it felt as if the site was still activated when we arrived. Of all the sites we traveled to in the Yucatan, this one somehow felt the most sacred. I perceive that this is a lesser known site relative to the crowds that descend upon Uxmal and Chichen Itza. I was pleased to find the energy in tact and clean.
Almost all of these sites in the Yucatan as well as around the world have buildings, temples, or some type of structure that allow for light to shine through at specific points in time in the calendar. Usually the light shines through an opening at an Equinox, a Solstice or a cross-quarter which is the mid-point between an Equinox and a Solstice. It is my opinion that the light shining through is another avenue for activation of the grids of light, year in and year out all the way around Mother Earth.
Let’s pause here and contemplate time, as time is not really relevant in the bigger scheme of things in a quantum-physics, simultaneous-reality kind of way. You could almost say there is no such thing as time on a galactic level. Think about this and ponder, please. Time is a peculiar thing. Some people wear watches and constantly look at them. Some hurry up to do something or get somewhere, only to wait, and wait, and wait some more, once the task is completed or arrive at our destination. It appears that we are driven by what time something will occur and whether or not we will arrive on time.
Being human you are progressive by nature. You are constantly striving for the next goal, accomplishment, or desire to be fulfilled in your life. There is nothing wrong with that. Yet, perhaps you can observe yourself when you are trying to make that goal or desire manifest. What do you observe? You pray. You light candles. You make manifestation lists. You visualize. You act as if “it” has already occurred in your life.
Aromatherapy Essentials is written for my friends and colleagues who are Retailers and Spa Directors. It's published in Retailing Insight in the October/November 2015 Issue.
The article covers key points like
- What's in an oil?
- Shelf life of essential oils
- Important safety precautions
- My top 10 best-selling oils and their qualities
- Cross-selling aromatherapy sidelines (for the retailers reading this)
- Common carrier oils for topical application of essential oils
I've been playing with essential oils since the 1980s and working with them as an aromatherapist since the late 1990s. Over the years, the hands on experience has helped me develop my "nose." The "nose" of an aromatherapist is important to discern quality of an essential oil and is crucial in blending formulas.
I have my own line of medical grade oils. The Crystal Garden brand oils and aroma-energetic mists are sold throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK.
My new book, The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing is now available for pre-order.
Fall Equinox: Manifest Dreams with Inner Vision
This time of year brings you more in touch with the power of “being” in a passive and receptive state of awareness.
This time of year holds the vibration of the Great Void, also called the Great Mystery, from which all dreams are birthed and reality becomes manifest. Take some time today or within the next few days to establish clearly written goals and intentions for this next quarter of this year. (if you happen to read this at another time of year, please move forward and do this exercise of writing down your dreams anyway.)
The energy of the Autumnal Equinox provides access to the door between worlds and communicate with your ancestors. Use this energy as a tool to help you align with your personal power and courage to grow. This is a time to manifest your dreams!
Using a power animal as an ally adds more energy to the mindfulness.
One animal association is bear. She and her cave teach you that, in certain circumstances, there is more value in doing nothing than in taking action.
Raven is the totem for this time of year and symbolized birth, death, mysticism, and magic. In order to give birth to a new reality we often must clear out the old or that which is no longer serving us. This could be certain friends who have worn out their welcome or situations that just aren't appropriate. Use the energy of raven medicine when you want to enter the void of Great Mystery to create and manifest. Raven teaches you that you are your own magician and creator of your life. It is a potent time for creation.
Spider medicine adds energy to inner-work realizations to become a conscious creator of your own fate. Spider helps you understand your past and then grasp how it links to your future. Spider is my own writer's totem. Spider's energy contributes the ability to weave words together in a way that assists in feeding our souls.
Use essential oils to help amplify your intentions. Essential oils are allies, too!
Inhale the aroma of bergamot, cinnamon, cedarwood, clove, fennel, petitgrain, and ravensara. For example,cinnamon raises your confidence and self-esteem. It helps to unblock the energy you call “blocks,” allowing you to move beyond the perception that something is standing in the way of your goals, desires, or the completion of creative projects. Inhale this essential oil while you repeat the affirmations above. It warms up emotional voids that feel cold and stagnant.
Tap on the hyperlink of the essential oils to read more about that oil or delve further into the vibration and use of essential oils in my upcoming title, The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing. It will be available in March and is available for pre-order now.
I'm looking forward to an event I am facilitating tonight at my store, The Crystal Garden. It's more than just an event, the FALL EQUINOX EVENT! HARVESTING & MANIFESTING is an active ceremonial workshop to establish clear goals and intentions in a Sacred Circle. We will work with a selenite wand while we manifest and everyone who attends will go home with their Fall Equinox gemstone. Join me!
I will leave you with this postitive thought. Repeat it. Memorize it. Post it on your Social Media Page with the hashtag #MargaretAnnLemboPositiveThoughts and watch your life transform. Happy Fall!
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Smudging and clearing negative energy
Many years ago in the early 1990s I had to stop using smoking products to clear negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Smudging using sage bundles is effective and yet I was inspired to create a liquid alternative to smudging. I made myself smudge in spray form. But first, let's delve into what's all this about smudging. Why smudge and what is it?
What is Smudging?
Smudging is the traditional spiritual practice of clearing away negative thoughtforms (the manifestation of mental energy) and other negative vibrations with the smoke of burning herbs, typically dried sage. The sage used for smudging is usually either high desert sage or white wide-leaf sage and is often bound into a bundle called a smudge stick. Other dried herbs, such as cedar, are sometimes added to the bundle as well. Loose dried herbs and resins (like incense sticks) can also be used for smudging.
After years of using the burning herbs I had the realization it was affecting my respiratory system. My ability to breathe well and talk or sing after burning the herbs challenged my lungs and vocal cords. They say that 'necessity is the mother of invention' and this is what is true for my experience when I created Smudge in Spray over 11 years ago.
The Real Purpose of Smudging
The real purpose of smudging originates from the part of you that remembers your true nature, which is calm, peaceful, and happy. Smudging isn’t simply the removal of negativity, but more important, it is the remembrance of love, kindness, compassion, and true happiness. Remember your magnificence! Connect with the wisdom of your ultimate nature. Find inner strength, cultivate self-confidence, and serve others with your love and joy. Know that your existence is truly meaningful! Excerpted from eBook, All About Smudging
With these elements in mind, Smudge in Spray has medical grade essential oils which mirror the herbs one would use for clearing energy. The best part is that this liquid smudging alternative has essential oils, Holy Waters, and Sacred Site essences that invite and bring forth blessings and well-being. The components of the formula that I find the most important are the ones that replace the negativity with love, abundance, good health, joy, happiness, loyalty, and goodness in all arenas of life.
Testimonials for the original Smudge in Spray
Here are a few words from people who have used Smudge in Spray for years.
I love this product so much! It smells just divine and, like the other reviews have said, it's instantly calming. I actually use this as my personal fragrance. I know a lot of people who are sensitive to perfumes and this doesn't bother them. It's stays in my purse. I'm addicted!
Jacquie Berkey 04/15/2012
I love this spray; it's so relaxing. Anything that has a scent to it usually gives me a headache. I was surprised, after all these years of having no scents, that this one doesn't give me a headache. I spray it constantly and just walk through it. I might even spray it over my dog. Thank you for the wonderful product!
And I think this is my favorite review for Smudge in Spray
Love the Smudge in Spray aroma and use it all of the time
Name:Vanessa Morgan, R.N. Boca Raton
Review:bought Smudge in Spray and have used it often in the Emergency Room where I work. I am an RN and work in a very chaotic environment. I pray the ER rooms I have been assigned. It's amazing how calm the patients remain during their stay in the ER. I have to admit, at first, my co-workers thought I was crazy. But in very little time, it's been noticeable how just a subtle shift in the energy of a space can affect not only the patients but also the people I work with as well. Now my co-workers are always asking to use the Smudge in Spray. Thank you for your great product!"
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Finding balance in life comes with experience and self-awareness. Many move along at a whirlwind pace without conscious awareness - mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. In cases of non-stop activity and avoidance of the stillness, it is hard to realize anything until some traumatic event or illness brings life to a screeching halt.
For some, peace and harmony may feel a bit boring. There I said it! Yes, inner peace and calm can be perceived as boring. When the pace slows and realization that there is no drama to talk about or hurt feelings to express, what's left? Many are married to the stories they tell themselves. Stories include staking a claim and owning an illness based on diagnosis from an outsider. Another story is about being a victim of circumstances. It's their story and they are sticking to it.
The only thing that keeps those words, feelings, and experiences alive is the repetitive replay in your body, mind, and spirit. Once you disconnect and throw away those beliefs, they really can't affect you any more! It may take a little time to reintegrate the truth of balance and harmony. And, I said "a little time" with the emphasis on little. It doesn't need to take thousands of dollars in therapy sessions where you repeat the story again and again thereby engraving it into yourself.
Instead, remove and replace.
It's when we release the need to own the belief and claim of a chronic condition that will plague us for the rest of our lives and the meds to match that the true self arises. The need to be distracted by who said what to whom and how it hurt feelings, uses up precious space in our consciousness. It is when we release the story, the incident, the illness - the whatever - that our true nature is revealed. And, it is when we replace that vibration with the ultimate true nature - love -that balance is restore.
I'll share a quick story. It was my story and thank goodness I didn't hold onto the story for very long - just one summer. I'll share the short version . . .
Once summer around the year 2000, I hit my head while traveling to Sacred Sites. When I returned home, I had optic neuritis. I went blind in my left eye. It was scary. I had to take strong steroids per the neurologist to bring down the inflammation. I won't bore you with the side effects. The internet and the nurses constantly told me that having optic neuritis is a precursor to MS (multiple sclerosis) which I refused to accept. I decided that having that challenge for the rest of my life wasn't an option. I went forward with my life replacing that possible reality with one of good health and balance. I took care of my physical body with healthy food and supplements. I took care of mental body by focusing on positive thoughts and the realization that I am healthy, whole, and complete. I took care of my emotional body through journaling, flower essences, and essential oils. And, I took care of my spiritual body through prayer, contemplation, and meditation.
The result? I am healthy!
Every single one of us has the choice to be healthy, happy, and balanced. There are many studies and documented stories of healing and wholeness through the power of healthy eating, positive thought, prayer, and emotional support.
It's always up to you. What will you choose?
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Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; The Angels & Gemstone Guardians Cards and Color Your Life with Crystals and seven spoken audio CDs. She is the creator of a line of award winning Aroma-Energetic Sprays including Smudge in Spray™ and the seven Chakra Sprays. She is a spiritual entrepreneur and practitioner, aromatherapist, and the owner of The Crystal Garden — a book store, gift store, and spiritual center in southeast Florida.