I gravitate towards different items each month. These are the items that I found myself reaching for a lot during the month of November.
I love supporting small shops and I love natural products. So when I got the chance to review some products from Daily Holistics, I was super excited.
Daily Holistics is owned and operated by Margareta Thorsen. She’s a certified reiki practitioner, yoga enthusiast, doTERRA wellness advocate and tarot card reader.
In her shop, Daily Holistics, she offers an assortment of natural skin and body products as well as custom essential oil blends. Her products are great and her prices reasonable.
I received three of her products to try out. A hand sanitizer, an energizing body spray and some lavender oatmeal soap.
The hand sanitizer comes in a 3 ounce plastic bottle. A really generous amount! It’s 100% alcohol free and is made with aloe Vera gel which adds extra cleansing benefits, almond oil for moisturizing, and essential oils for sanitizing.
I really liked this! It was my first time trying a natural sanitizer gel and I was pleased. It is a bit of a different consistency than standard hand sanitizer, but I’m not complaining. At first when you rub it into your hands it feels a bit gooey and almost slightly sticky. But it dries and absorbs very quickly and then you’re left with perfectly soft and sanitized hands.
Traditional hand sanitizers are really rough on our skin and aren’t really the healthiest. So this natural option is a big win for me! Also, a little bit goes a long way! So one bottle should last you awhile.
The second product I was able to try was the energizing body spray. It contains water, witch hazel, lavender and grapefruit essential oils and comes in a 4 ounce glass spray bottle.
I loved using this spray first thing in the morning to help me wake up, or at other times during the day when I needed a bit of a pick me up. I would spritz it above my head and towards my face a bit, breathing in the lovely scent. It smells freaking delicious.
You could also use this spray as a room deodorizer or even spritz it on your bed. I also had it in my car and sprayed the interior. Made for a very pleasant drive.
Last but not least is the lavender oatmeal soap. This smells so good! It’s made with goats milk, lavender essential oil, dried lavender flowers and oatmeal.
It’s super moisturizing and cleansing. And it lathers up like a dream!
This soap felt super special to me, so I’ve been using it for special occasions. I feel like I pick up a lot of energy with my hands, so before I do any magickal workings or meditate, I like to cleanse my hands. And this soap has been absolutely perfect for this!
The lavender in it is cleansing to my energy and it’s also calming. Getting me in the right mindset for spiritual or magickal work.
If you’re looking for some beautifully handmade and natural products, I highly suggest checking out and supporting Margareta with Daily Holistics.
You can find Daily Holistics on Instagram, Facebook and Storenvy by searching @DailyHolistics or clicking the links above.
From acne to dry skin to discoloration to aging and everything in between, our skin can really cause us some issues. Using a lot of store bought, chemical filled products only makes things worse. Even those products that claim to fix your problems are usually bad for you. Luckily, there are companies that make truly great skin care products. And even more luckily, you can make your own really easily by using essential oils!
In this prerecorded, Facebook Live video class I talk about various skin concerns, which oils are best to combat those issues and how to use them. I also walk you through creating your own primer water and makeup setting spray that can be tailored to your specific skin needs!
In the video I mention carrier oils. Savory Lotus has an excellent post about various carrier oils and their skin benefits.
Here is a handy reference to figure out which oils are best for your skin type…
Ready to get some high quality essential oils (at a discount) and start taking your skin care game to the next level? Head to my dōTERRA site and enroll either as a wholesale customer or a wellness advocate!
Stress can wreak havoc on our lives! There are some serious health issues that can occur when we are under daily stress. The good news is there are some simple techniques and tools you can incorporate into your life to really lower your stress, make your life happier and your body, mind and spirit healthier.
Check out this Facebook live class I hosted on relieving stress. Learn which crystals and essential oils to use plus how to use them. Also learn simple, easy and quick techniques you can start using right now to relieve stress today.
Rainbow Moonstone (also sometimes called White Labradorite) is an excellent meditative crystal. Here are some of its benefits and uses.
Rainbow Moonstone has a very feminine energy. You can use this crystal when looking to connect more to your divine feminine and balance your feminine energies. Men too can use this crystal to help them tap into that side of themselves more easily.
It helps you feel calm but powerful.
This crystal can help you enhance your intuition and psychic gifts, particularly clairvoyance.
It’s a fairly high vibrational stone that raises your energies but it’s also calming to the mind and can help you deepen your meditation.
It’s energy can help you become aware of areas in your life, body and spirit that could use some healing and attention.
Use with your sacral, third eye and crown chakras.
Physically, Moonstone can help balance females hormones, balance menstrual cycles and boost fertility. Could also be helpful for working with the womb and endometriosis.
I’m not a medical doctor. My blog posts are for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor for any health concerns.
On this site I talk a lot about using crystals for emotional, spiritual and magickal purposes. But there are also some amazing physical benefits to using crystals!
Like a lot of people, I’m starting the new year with the intention to shed a few pounds. I’ve decided to incorporate some crystals into my weight loss and fitness journey. I want to share with you three crystals for weight loss and how you can easily incorporate them into your life.
This crystal is excellent at helping to suppress your appetite. Really good for people (like myself) who sometimes have a hard time with portion control.
This crystal is a metabolism booster! Also helps to give you energy.
This crystal, like carnelian, can help boost your energy. It also is excellent for the digestive system and keeping things operating smoothly. It can also help decrease bloating.
How to use the crystals
- Hold the crystals during meditation. Especially good if doing a guided meditation for weight loss motivation.
- Create a crystal elixir or gem water.
- Keep the crystals near you during your meals.
- Carry the crystals in your pocket.
Super easy and effective ways to use these babies!
Please note, I am not a doctor and I am not giving medical advice.
Winter. It sucks. With the cold temperatures, snow and gray skies, it’s easy to see why lots of people suffer from a major case of the Winter Blues. Myself included.
But there are some ways to conquer these blah feelings! I’ve compiled a list of seven of my personal tried and true methods to beat the winter blues.
Crystals are great to help uplift your mood. They work both as a form of color therapy and their energy frequencies can help boost your mood. You can meditate with the crystals, carry them with you, set them around your home where you can see them. So many ways to use them. Some of the best crystals for the winter blues are:
- Orange calcite
- Red jasper
Want to learn even more about using crystals? Check out this online certification course!
2. Essential Oils
Essential oils are a must have for your arsenal of winter blues busting tools. Really, essential oils should be in your arsenal for life in general. Essential oils are some of the best and easiest ways to boost your mood. Put some in a diffuser, apply some topically or even smell it straight from the bottle.
Some of my favorites are:
- Citrus Bliss from dōTERRA
- Elevation from dōTERRA
Looking to purchase oils? Head here.
3. Lights and lamps
There are two types of lights for this category. The first would be a Light Box Therapy Light. These lights are supposed to mimic the suns natural light. Our bodies need sunlight to function properly. Part of the reason so many people feel down in the winter is due to the lack of sun. These lights help boost your vitamin D and other good stuff. You can find these lamps at stores like Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, etc. Make sure you’re getting a light therapy light though, otherwise it may not actually do much for you.
Another type of light to get is a Himalayan Salt Lamp. These are excellent for so many things. They emit negative ions into the air. Negative ions are responsible for the “feel good” energy around us. Negative ions are found naturally in places like the woods, beach, waterfalls. These salt lamps are a great way to boost these ions in your living space. These lights can be found on Amazon, Home Depot, etc.
When it’s cold and disgusting outside, we tend to hole up inside. Snuggled on the couch and staying warm and cozy. This also means that we are probably a lot less active than we are in the warmer months. Making sure to include some form of regular exercise into your day can really help you beat the blues. Exercise and body movement help to release endorphins and make you feel great. Try some easy indoor exercise like yoga. Even doing some sets of planks and crunches each day can be beneficial.
There are lots of holidays and festivities within the winter months. Which usually means lots of food and eating. It’s easy to consume lots of sugary and fried foods this time of year. It’s ok to indulge in some goodness every once in awhile. But try to increase the good foods. Make sure you’re getting enough fruits and veggies in your diet each day. Even increasing your intake of fruits and veggies can be helpful.
Ugh. I know. It’s COLD outside. But getting outside frequently, even when it’s cold, is really good for you. If you can, try to get outside for 10-15 minutes at least. Especially on sunny days. You’ll get the benefit of the sun plus the fresh air. Both of which can really boost your mood. Combining number 4 (exercise) with the outdoors is even better! Go for a short walk each day if you can.
Having a regular meditation practice is really great for your whole being. Especially during these winter months. Meditation helps to decrease your stress, tension and anxiety and in turn will help boost your mood.
Want to really kick the winter blues away? Go nuts and combine as many of these suggestions as you can!
Go for a short walk outside then come in and meditate. Make sure you have your salt lamp and light box on, with some oils in the diffuser and crystals in your hand. Once done meditating, make sure to refuel with a healthy snack. Woohoo!
What are your favorite ways to combat the winter blues?
After years of horrible periods and pain that eventually became part of my every day life, I was almost relieved to finally have an answer from the doctors. I most likely have endometriosis. Ok, great. I have a diagnosis of sorts, but now what? I went to a couple different doctors and they told me the same thing. Being on birth control was my only option to help control the endometriosis and pills were my only option for the pain.
I didn’t want to just take some pharmaceutical and call it a day. Not to mention, my body detests birth control. Even the low dose hormonal pills, my body (and mind) freak out. This just wasn’t going to be an option for me, personally.
I decided instead to incorporate holistic and natural modalities to my healing. Here is a list of some of the things I’ve incorporated into my life that have made a drastic improvement to my reproductive health. Please watch the YouTube video below, where I explain each of these in more detail.
- Serra Peptase
- Sacral Chakra work & healing
I thought it would be convenient to have a master list of books I recommend. This is not a complete list, and will be growing with time. Please feel free to check back every so often to see any new additions.
This list is of non-fiction books.
- Chakra Awakening by Margaret Ann Lembo
This book is amazing in regards to the chakras. It covers the chakras, crystals, oils, and more. I reference this book almost daily.
- The Crystal Healer by Philip Permutt
Great easy to access reference book! I highly recommend this book to any crystal lovers.
- The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals by Judy Hall
This is a bit detailed, but is full of color photos and lots of information.
- The Enclyclopedia of Crystals, Herbs & New Age Elements by Adams Media
This book covers so much information on crystals, oils and other healing modalities. Breaks it down and covers both physical and spiritual uses.
- The Second Book of Crystal Spells by Ember Grant
- Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing
If you’re looking for emotional healing with essential oils, then this book is for you. Super easy reference and wonderful.
- Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
This book covers all you need to know about the physical and health uses of essential oils. It’s almost like an easy to read text book.
- Magical Aromatherapy: The Power of Scent by Scott Cunningham
I love this book for when I need to reference the use of essential oils for magickal or ritual purposes. Great book.
- Aromatherapy For The Soul: Healing the Spirit with Fragrance and Essential Oils by Valerie Ann Worwood This book is absolutely amazing. Breaks down using essential oils to connect to your spiritual side. It’s written in a very clear way that easily combines science with Spirit.
- The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing by Margaret Ann Lembo
- Essential Oils for Beginners by Althea Press
- Essential Oils Natural Remedies by Althea Press
- Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing by Margaret Ann Lembo
Female Empowerment/Divine Feminine/Strong Women:
- Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D
I just can’t even say enough good things about this book. If you’re a woman you NEED to read this book. Heck, even if you’re a man, you need to read this. It is some DEEP stuff. Will really get you looking into your soul and empowering and connecting to your divine wild woman inside of you.
- Quotable Women: A Celebration
I’m a sucker for quotes. This book is full of great quotes by great women.
- Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell
- Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel
Great journal prompts!
- Instant Happy Journal by Karen Salmansohn
Easy daily journal prompts that get you to focus on the good in life.
Kids Books & Parenting:
- My First Little Workbook of Wicca by Rev. Velvet Rieth
A wonderful little workbook that teaches kids all the basics of being a lil witch.
- Gods and Goddesses from Greek Myths retold by Pat Posner
A colorful storybook that shares the famous Greek myths, kid style.
- Hand Writing Analysis: The Complete Basic Book by Karen Amend & Mary S. Ruiz
So much great info! This book has been in print for a loooooong time. And that’s because it’s that good. Great for beginners.
- The Dream Book: Dream Spells, Potions and Rituals by Gillian Kemp
This book is pretty neat! It has different spells, potions and rituals you can do involving your dreams.
- The Little Giant Encyclopedia of the Zodiac
Great book with info on both the western zodiac and the Chinese zodiac.
- Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind To Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D
Easy to read but full of wonderfulness! Being kind to ourselves is crucial.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book will get you to break out of your fears of living a creative life. Incredible.
- Find Your Happy: Daily Mantras by Shannon Kaiser
Omg, omg, omg. I can’t say enough good about this book! This book has 365 mantras (or affirmations). With each mantra Shannon shares a small paragraph talking about applying this to your life, she shares a prayer or meditation in regards to the mantra and also a question that can be used as a daily journal prompt. It’s amazing. You need it.
- Change Me Prayers by Tosha Silver
This is one of those books that you can reference each day or as needed. I like to flip the book open to a random page and receive the guidance written there, for that day.
- Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools by Gabrielle Bernstein
Another one of those books that I like to read one “tool” each day (or a couple times a week) and apply it to my life. Excellent and practical.
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Duh, it’s a classic for a reason.
- Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell
AH! LOVE THIS BOOK! Makes you feel so good and empowered and ready to step into your freaking light!
- Awakening The Heroes Within: Twelve archetypes to help us find ourselves and transform our world by Carol S. Pearson
Healing and Alternative/Natural Health:
- You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
Healing your life with your thoughts. Great stuff.
- Nutrition: An Applied Approach by Janice Thompson and Melinda Manore
Interested in nutrition and how to best use it to heal your life? This book breaks it alllllll down. Textbook style.
- Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A to Z Reference to Drug Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
This book is AMAZING! Basically covers anything and everything in regards to healing naturally. If you’re wanting to have a natural life and healing, this is for you.
- Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine by David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG
More of a textbook, but FULL of information on using herbs to heal.
- The Tapping Solution: A revolutionary system for stress-free living by Nick Ortner This book breaks down the steps to tapping and how it works. Gives excellent examples of how to apply it to your life.
Spirituality, Religion and Witchcraft:
- Ascension: Connecting with the Immortal Masters and Beings of Light by Susan Shumsky, DD
- The Soul Searchers Handbook by Emma Mildon
This book really has it all! If you’re wanting a reference for everything spiritual (mind, body & spirit), you need this book.
- Buddhist Inspirations by Tom Lowenstein
Great little book all about the history of Buddhism and what it is.
- Wicca: A Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick
Even if you don’t do each activity each day, this is still a great book to help you incorporate more witchy spiritual into your life.
- Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi
Exactly like it says. Full of anything and everything Wicca and witchcraft.
- Tao Te Ching: A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell
The tao te ching is classic. This book is one I like to pull out, flip to a page and use the wisdom within to apply to my life.
- Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer by Gregg Braden
excellent read. Really gets you thinking about life and how to incorporate prayer, regardless of your religion.
- The Energy of Prayer by Thich Nhat Hanh
explains really well how prayer truly is a form of energy and can be used by anyone to positively impact their life.
- Sacred Ceremony: How to create ceremonies for healing, transitions and celebrations by Steven Farmer, Ph.D
Excellent read! Explains very easy and understandable ways to create ceremony big and small for many different occasions.
- The Green Wiccan Herbal: 52 Magical herbs, plus spells and witchy rituals by Silja Wonderful reference to various herbs and their magical uses. Even goes into how to plant, grow and harvest herbs and the history of herbs and herbal healing.
- Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
Wonderful book on learning to be a solitary Wiccan.
- Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook by Denise Alvarado
This book goes into a bit of the history of Voodoo and hoodoo, has tons of recipes and spells and traditional hoodoo ingredients
- Illuminata: A Return to Prayer by Marianne Williamson
- Moon Spells by Diane Ahlquist
- Moonology by Yasmin Boland
- Guide to the World’s Supernatural Places by Sarah Bartlett
- The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead by Gordon Melton
- The World of the Unexplained: An Illustrated Guide to the Paranormal by Janet and Colin Bord
Tarot & Psychic Growth
- Idiot’s Guides: The Tarot by Avia Venefica
I still reference this book if I get stuck on a card or reading (hey, it happens!). It’s a great book for beginners and experienced readers.
- Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners by Joan Bunning
Lots of info!
- The Natural Psychic by Ellen Dugan
Covers the various types of physic powers (the “Clairs”), very well! Great explanations of the different types of psychics and how to figure out which ones you are.
Looking for an easy DIY all natural makeup setting spray? I have the perfect solution! There are all kinds of recipes online to make your own primer water and setting spray. So I took what I liked from various recipes and came up with this one. And it can be tweaked too depending on your skin type!
So first, why use a primer or setting spray? Using a primer before you apply your makeup helps to create a flawless and smooth canvas to apply your makeup to. A primer helps fill in any fine lines and just makes your makeup go on smoother. A setting spray is used once you’ve applied all of your makeup. A setting spray helps to seal in your makeup, making sure it doesn’t go anywhere. And when you use a spray that has all sorts of amazing ingredients, it’s even treating your skin too! You can also use this spray to wet your brush to use with your eye shadow pigments to really make them pop!
The spray I made has four ingredients. Glycerin, witch hazel extract, Immortelle essential oil and purified water. I’ll explain why I chose each of these ingredients and their benefits, I’ll also give you the recipe that I used and how you can tweak it for your skin type.
-Helps lock in moisture on the skin
-Is an emollient which makes the skin soft and smooth
-Can help fade hyper-pigmentation and dark spots
-Helps make skin look glowing and youthful
If your skin is more dry, add a little more glycerin than witch hazel to your recipe.
Witch Hazel Extract:
I got my witch hazel extract (and cobalt bottle) from Apothecary Shoppe
I should note here that witch hazel extract is different than regular witch hazel. The extract is more concentrated and stronger than the regular witch hazel usually found in stores. If you’re using regular witch hazel for your recipe, add an extra tablespoon or two.
-Helps fade redness and skin irritation
-Helps control oil and excess sweating
-Can help prevent acne
-Helps to tighten skin and reduce puffiness
If your skin is more oily, add a little more witch hazel than glycerin.
Immortelle (or other essential oil):
Adding essential oils to your spray isn’t required. However, it does add yummy smells and added skin benefits (as well as emotional benefits too)!
-Reduces redness and puffiness
-Promotes cell growth
-Is an antioxidant
-Is calming and can help relieve stress
This helps to mix all the ingredients together, adds moisture and acts as your base.
This is what I did to create my spray. I have combination skin, so I used equal amounts of witch hazel extract and glycerin. Tweak the ingredients and measurements to your needs.
-3 tablespoons of glycerin
-3 tablespoons of witch hazel extract (use 5 tablespoons if using regular witch hazel)
-3-5 drops of essential oil
-fill rest of bottle with purified water
I used a 4 ounce cobalt glass spray bottle for my spray. If you’re using essential oils, I suggest using glass bottles as some essential oils can eat away at plastic. Plus, glass is more sanitary than plastic anyway.
Mix the glycerin and witch hazel together until combined. Then add essential oil and fill up the rest of your bottle with purified water. And voila! You now have a natural and good for your skin primer water/setting spray!
I personally like to spray my face with the primer water, then apply my makeup, then seal it in with the spray. You could also use the primer water, then regular primer, makeup and setting spray. My skin and makeup has never looked more flawless!