Frankincense; The King of Essential Oils.

Frankincense is often associated with churches, meditation and for many people, the birth of baby Jesus and the gifts from the Magi.

With several variations of the story of the Magi’s visit to baby Jesus, one thing that seems certain is, they travelled a long distance from the east to welcome their new king, and present him with the precious gifts of gold, frankincense and Myrrh. It is interesting to note that these same items were typically offered as gifts to honour a king or divine being, and baby Jesus was indeed honoured as royalty.

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Mushroom Spotting in Drummin Wood

If you know me you’ll know that I love nature. There’s nothing as refreshing as a walk on the beach or a stroll through the woods. I love all the seasons but Autumn is my favourite; for many reasons. I love the crispy morning air, the cool temperature, weaning myself back into my winter woolies and warm boots.

An Autumn wood is always beautiful. The earthy smells are so invigorating and uplifting. The damp fallen leaves have their own scent too; sweet and sometimes musky. Even the trees have their own unique smell!

Last weekend we took a walk in Drummin Wood, which is located between Foxford and Pontoon R318 (Co.Mayo). The first thing I noticed was the wood’s natural beauty. It’s untouched; pure and authentic!

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Every Hug and Every Handshake – Now I Get it!

I’m not sure any of us can say that we fully understand life and death. We all have our own beliefs and that’s okay, but that’s all they are – beliefs. What is life all about, and where do we really go when we die? I don’t let myself think about it too much because it’s confusing and sometimes scary. I take comfort in my beliefs and it keeps me from freaking out.

All my life I preferred to avoid people who have just lost a loved one. Not always, but many times. I’d tell myself things like: I’m not to bother them. I’ll make them sad if I mention their loss. I don’t need to go to the wake because they have enough people there, and we’re not even related. I won’t go to the funeral because I hate funerals, they make me cry. (You could say that’s selfish.) I’ll send a sympathy card instead. (And then forget to send it.) I always thought if I lost someone close, I wouldn’t want to see lots of people. I wouldn’t want them to say anything, or I wouldn’t care if they went to the funeral or not.

Well…my eyes have been opened! How wrong I was about death and funerals; how wrong I was to think all those things.

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My Top 5 Summertime Essential Oils

Ireland isn’t well known for hot summers, but it hasn’t been too bad in the last couple of years. But as we all know, we don’t need a heatwave to cause sunburn and skin damage. We also don’t need scorching sun to be plagued by flies and creepy crawlies. (The spiders are getting bigger every year!) Here’s how I use my essential oils to deal with this.

The essential oils that I wouldn’t be without during the summer months are; lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), eucalyptus smithii (Eucalyptus smithii), peppermint (Mentha piperita) and patchouli (Pogostemon cablin).

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Aromatherapy and Meditation

With so many distractions nowadays, even the experienced meditation lovers can sometimes find it hard to relax and focus. Appropriate use of essential oils during meditation or yoga can make relaxation easier and can help to expel unwanted emotions or thoughts. Base note oils that are extracted from trees or grassy roots are most often used for grounding and are known as ‘Root Chakra’ oils. Some of these essential oils also contain a high percentage of chemicals that are known to have a tranquilising effect on the brain. They act as natural sedatives and mood enhancers.

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