Category Archives: Aromatherapy

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Review: Balanced Guru Body Mists

cropped-chakra-center2.jpgSince I’ve started using essential oils, I’ve become incredibly sensitive to synthetic perfume. Because I love to smell good (what woman doesn’t?!), I’ve been experimenting with different essential oil body mists. And I love finding good ones.

One of my new favorites is from Balanced Guru. Using all organic, cruelty free, recyclable material, this company makes a different body mist to work with each of the seven chakras.

I started with their Intuition and Fearless scents (working with the Balanced Gururoot and third eye chakras). Both mists not only utilize essential oils that assist with the subtle energies of these chakras, but I notice a gentle lightening of my energy body when using them (especially the Intuition, which I’ve been using before doing intuitive readings with clients).

If you’re sensitive to energy at all (especially for those who are empathic) the Fearless mist is an excellent companion for crowded/dense energy spaces. It was on me almost non-stop as I traveled for over a week doing a lot of energy work — definitely a constant source of grounding and comfort — perfect for airports.

The only thing I don’t like about these mists is how small their container is (only 0.27 fl.). As someone who uses essential oils constantly, I went through them a lot quicker than I’d like. I wish they offered them in larger volume.

Essential oil body mists are great for clearing stagnate energy EssentialOils900around your body and helping you connect to your feelings/emotions. There are also hundreds of health benefits associated with essential oils.

It’s worth a quick google search if you’re interested in exploring the topic (or you can also check-out the interview I did with aromatherapist, Athena Ziegler last year, which provides a lot of information and history on the magic of essential oils).

Balanced Guru is currently offering a free gift for first time buyers (no minimum purchase). Simple add in the “notes” section of your order which product of theirs you want to try, and they will send you a free trial size.

My bonus was the No Frizz hair oil. It works just as well as the No frizzargan tree oil I typically use, but I like the smell of it even better (and the scent seems to linger longer, as well).

If you only do one thing to make a difference in the world, choose to support small companies like Balanced Guru (or any of the many, blooming others). It’s important not only for your health and the environment, but for the overall consciousness and vibration of the planet.

Namaste.

For more information on Balanced Guru, visit their website.

 

Tidings of Joy Custom Elixir!

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I forgot to mention to all my Chakra Center followers that Soul Sister Alchemy is now offering a small, custom aromatherapy elixir for the holiday season called “Tidings of Joy!.”

There are only two more days left to order (to receive this lil’ gift of magic by Christmas).
Here is a an except from the website:

“Experience the magic and enchantment of the holidays with your own personal channeled message and aromatherapy blend!

Simply tell us your Christmas wish (for yourself or the recipient of your gift) and we will create a custom aromatherapy blend and personal channeled message. These elixirs are created to facilitate a positive shift in your subtle energy and tune your vibrations to your highest intentions for the New Year!

This alchemical holiday elixir is only $33! A perfect gift for family and friends! Your aromatherapy blend will be intuitively chosen by Athena with three potent essential oils to symbolize the 3 gifts given by the Wise Men to the infant Jesus.

***To receive your order by Christmas, order by December 17th!”

In other news, as many of you may have noticed not much activity has been happening on Chakra Center. This is all due to some major life renovations. Much beautiful change IS coming. I promise. Stay-tuned!

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What is a Meditation Elixir?

Because I’ve received many questions about what *exactly* a meditation elixir is, I thought I’d share the basics:

Meditation Elixirs are ultimate healing elixirs for the mind, body and spirit. Each elixir is different from one person to the next. They are completely custom to each individual. Many of our elixirs assist clients in awakenings, activations, emotional and spiritual healings, as well a physical healing.

These potent elixirs contain personalized, channeled meditations intended to clear energetic blockages and help people move more fully into their bliss. Healing Meditation Elixirs contain both visual and suggested physical ingredients, the symbolic and personal meaning of the “ingredients,” and a personalized, channeled message/meditation (in written form).

Each “ingredient” contains powerful activations and healing intentions. Every meditation is different, depending on what the individuals’ energetic field tells us about what they need. Some elixirs contain past life information that is being reactivated in the person’s current life mission (for healing or expansion), others act as an activation into one’s highest life path, and others are formulated to help heal stagnant energy, clear blockages, or assist in life changes.

Check out Soul Sister Alchemy for more details!

Wednesday’s Wondrous World Giveaway Winners!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of last week’s Wednesday’s Wondrous World Giveaway! Thank you for everyone who entered — we had an overwhelming response!

So without further adieu…

Winner of the Love and Light essential oil blend goes to:

Janelle Fuqua!

Winner of the free Intuitive Reading goes to:

Lisa Verdecchio!

Winner of the $150 off our Tuscan Wine & Aromatherapy Retreat goes to:

Valerie Seolas!

 

 

Winner of free registration for “Writing to Connect to PictureYour Multidimensional Self” class:

Oskar Sepulveda!

Congratulations to all of you! You will be receiving an email from Amanda to arrange delivery! Stay tuned this week for another giveaway announcement!

Much love to all of you!

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Indulge in the Magic and Bliss of Tuscany!

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Tuscany, Italy — October 4th – 11th 2013:

Get ready to lavish in luxury, learn about wine from the experts, experience traditional Tuscan cuisine prepared by Italians (raw and vegan style), steep in the magic of aromatherapy, healing massage, and energy work, connect with like minds, and experience your internal world  through complete indulgence in your senses. This will be an exclusive,once-in-a-lifetime, full immersion retreat in the heart of Tuscany.

So often in the “spiritual community” we are taught to deny our selves. We make a conscious effort to fully activate and engage our upper chakras through meditation, prayer, out of body experiences, and fasting, but we neglect our lower chakras – we discount the purpose and power of our physical experiences.

We came into life in this physical dimension to experience it, learn from it, and expand. Denying the importance and role of our physical expression cuts off a major aspect of our purpose here, and rather than “setting us free” it often leads to repressed and blocked energy in the body.

It’s all about balance. We don’t want to over-indulge the physical, but often we need to create moments and experiences where we can fully allow our lower chakras a place to take center stage. When we activate and allow our lower chakras to do what they were designed to do, we can create bliss that is unparallel in any other dimension – we experience the merging of the physical and non-physical aspects of ourselves which – when fully charged – can allow the flow of energy through our bodies to cause a kundalini experience throughout our entire energetic and physical fields.

Activating bliss through our five senses is a total allowance of our physical and spiritual selves to come together in complete harmony in this 3rd dimension – to give us permission to create and experience beauty; the bliss of such moments is often called “orgasmic” for a reason. It’s the closest we come to experiencing the fullness of our WHOLE selves in this dimension, and it is through our physical senses that these moments of creative and sensual pleasure are made possible.

Italy is a country where beauty reigns. It’s a place where culturally time is arranged to experience the poetry and magic of “la vita bella.” It’s an experience you don’t just live; you enter directly into the music of life. You allow the beauty of the physical world to seep into every cell of your body. It’s about indulgence. It’s about creation. It’s about experiencing the bounty and harvest of our energetic and spiritual work that has been transmuted into physical attributes: Wine, chocolate, living organic foods, music, aromatherapy, massage, and all things blissful. Italy is truly an immersion in the aesthetics of creation.

This retreat provides an experience, an opportunity to allow yourself to let go and fully surrender to the beauty within and
around you, filling your senses, your body, and your spirit with the majesty and magic of what it means to truly live, love, and luxuriate in bliss of being in a body of flesh and blood. It’s about losing yourself in present moment awareness and fully experiencing the gift of our physical world.

Here’s a lil’ taste of the magic we’re weaving together for you:

  • Five-star service and accommodation at a private Renaissance-style Tuscan Villa where wine can be sipped on the terrace over-looking the rustic vineyard hills of Chianti.
  • Exclusive winemaker’s dinner featuring world-renowned winemaker, Count Sebastiano Capponi of Villa Calcinaia Vineyards.
  • Luxurious intuitive bliss massage and energy healing to ground the magic into your physical body.
  • Hand-crafted, world-class wine from some of the greatest producers in Tuscany.
  • Private wine tour/tasting excursion to one of Tuscany’s most well-respected, bio-diverse organic wineries.
  • Tantalizing cacao ceremonies (Italian style!) to experience the bliss and gentle mind-altering/multi-dimensional affects of this magical and alchemical bean.
  • Traditional Tuscan cuisine prepared raw and vegan style by Italy’s most well-known and respected raw food chef and educator, Vito Cortese.
  • Sensual aromatherapy infused in every room of the Essential Oils3house and custom blended for this exclusive retreat by certified, intuitive aroma therapist, Athena Ziegler.
  • Classes on how aromatherapy can assist you both spiritually and energetically.
  • Two fully serviced four course dinner parties at the Villa with food/wine pairing and live classical guitar (yes, you will have a professional waiter for these dinners!)
  • Wine 101 classes (including wine and food pairing, wine etiquette, and wine basics).
  • Raw food classes on classic Italian dishes taught Vito1by Vito Cortese using the freshest and most local ingredients birthed from the rustic soil of Tuscany.
  • Excursions in the medieval city of Florence.
  • Plenty of time to relax, soak in the magic, drink wine, eat amazing food, and enjoy the beauty of Tuscany.

Join us for an entire week full of world-class wine, living/organic Tuscan foods and luxurious self-pampering woven-in the intricate and alchemical magic of aromatherapy, energy healing, love, and unapologetic bliss. Our intention is to create a five-star experience of magic and pleasure that is deeply grounded in and experienced through your physical senses. It will be an otherworldly creation. Your only job is to show-up and surrender to the beauty. We’ll take care of the rest.

Pricing and registration will open Thursday, Jan. 31st. As this is the only exclusive, alchemical, luxury, five star retreat of its kind, registration is likely to go fast. Space is extremely limited. First come, first serve. If you are planning to come with a partner or spouse, or if you wish to have your own room, there is a limited number suites available with a queen size bed. All other rooms will be shared with single beds, so register soon to receive your preference.

We can’t wait to create magic and sip wine with you under the Tuscan sun!

Ci vediamo!

Invoking the Elves through Aromatherapy Magic!

Charmed Botanicals has formulated a very special custom Charmed Botanical logoAromatherapy blend made with the intention to assist and facilitate our minds to travel interdimensionally and connect with the magical Elven realm. Each Elven Bliss-Outer will receive their own blend to use at the retreat and to take home as a gift ♥

~ Sneak peak into Connecting with the Elven Bliss Out Retreat Jan. 2012 ~

Close your eyes, be present, slow your breath, feel the breeze, inhale your surroundings – be aware of all the information flooding your senses through your mind, body and spirit. Can you feel their presence? Can you hear the elves? Can you smell the faintest magic of their realm?! … Sweet, Crisp, Green, Earthy essence of Elves – We invoke the spirit of the Elves!

Basil: Sharpens the senses and encouraging concentration. Uplifting and stimulating. Offers energetic protection, strengthens self confidence and motivation. **Basil will help our minds keep focus on connecting with the Elven realm.

Rosewood: Induces tranquility, assists meditation and helps prepare for spiritual healing. It’s a gentle, embracing oil that gives a sense of safety and protection. Supports the crown chakra. It also has an overall calming effect but without inducing any kind of drowsiness. Use Rosewood oil in meditations for the healing of forests and our beautiful planet as a whole. **Rosewood will assist us in entering a trance-like state of mind while keeping us fully aware of our surroundings. All the while we will be healing the forest as we are present.

Lavender: Stabilizes the physical, etheric and astral bodies. LavenderflowersCleanses and soothes the spirit. Helps bring the higher and lower chakra centers in harmony with one another. Calming, relaxing effects of Lavender can help in reaching deeper states of meditation, and those who channel in trance may also find that this oil enables them to reach deeper levels of trance. **Lavender will also assist us in our meditation and trance work, keeping us calm and relaxed. It will allow us to keep all our bodies balance which is crucial when traveling interdimensionally.

Bergamot: Encourages the release of pent-up feelings, a “let go” oil; cooling; refreshing; uplifting; calming; joyous effect. **Bergamot will allow us to “let go” of our 3D expectations and dive into the mystical world of the Elves.

Cedarwood: Extremely grounding; enhances intuition, meditation; restores a sense of spiritual certainty; calming and soothing. Enhance spirituality and strengthens our connection with the divine. **Cedarwood is our grounding element. It will help us stay aware of our physical bodies and our connection to the 3D world. Protecting us with it’s ancient wisdom.

We look forward to sharing the magic with you…

Living Aromatherapy: It’s Everywhere

City living can take it’s toll on us nature (wannabe) based dwellers. It dulls our senses. Day after day we are assaulting our noses with questionable scents, such as car fumes, artificial fragrances and mystery smells. Many of these artificial, some not, dull our senses to the magical world of aromatherapy that surrounds us.

Most artificial fragrances overpower our natural senses and give us headaches, burn out our sinuses resulting in loss of smell. Why? Because they are chemicals. They are cheap to make, but at a cost to our health and well being. They are not derived from natural sources. Meaning we get absolutely zero therapeutic value from those smells. Why even bother…?

What can you do to gain back your natural sense of smell? Start by gaining an aromatherapy consciousness and begin benefiting from living in our aromatherapy rich world.

Ready?

Stop and deeply breathe in a flower, pine tree or a sprig of organic orange blossomsrosemary or peppermint at a farmers market. Next time you eat an orange, appreciate the aroma that completely surrounds you. Be aware of the joy the aroma is spreading. Make a conscious effort anytime you see a natural source of fragrant herbs, flowers or trees to stop and smell them. Make sure whenever possible that it’s organic. Organics are much more fragrant and therapeutic than non organics and GMOs. Go out and be aware of the natural abundance that surrounds you everyday. It’s here to heal and guide us through this life. Follow your nose and you will be rewarded.

Live like this for one day!

“Living is about capturing the essence of things. I go through my life every day with a vial, a vial wherein can be found precious essential oils of every kind! The priceless, fragrant oils that are the essence of my experiences, my thoughts. I walk inside a different realm from everybody else, in that I am existing in the essence of things; every time there is reason to smile, I hold out my glass vial and capture that drop of oil, that essence, and then I smile.”

C. JoyBell C.

Natural living Aromatherapy:

Orange: Spreads sunshine; dispels gloomy thoughts, tension, stress and depression; encourages a positive outlook. Nourishes the soul, feeding it with feelings of joy.

Rosemary: is a cephalic oil, which means it stimulates the brain and  mental activity. Facilitates clear thoughts and clear-sightedness. At the most subtle level it may help the development of clairvoyance. It’s a psychic protector. Relevant to the brow chakra.

Peppermint: acts upon the ego, dispelling pride and helps overcome feelings of inferiority. It’s associated with cleanliness, and helps people who want to live an ethical life.


Pine: supports a calm inner being; warming and grounding effect

Athena Ziegler is an intuitive Certified Aromatherapist and reiki Athena Zieglerpractitioner. She carries a BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology from San Francisco State University. Athena is the owner of Charmed Botanicals where she heals and guides people spiritually with the help of mystical aromatherapy. Along with the use of essential oils, Athena also utilizes the amazing healing earth energy of reiki to assist in healing the mind, body and spirit.

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Activate Your Higher Self with Essential Oils

“You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.” Morihei Ueshiba

We ask for guidance everyday, whether it’s mundane or mystical. We
are all seeking for deeper, meaningful wisdom of the unknown. Many of us question our purpose in life and our connection with the universe. By activating our higher self (authentic self) we can begin to unlock the answers we seek and gain enlightenment beyond our wildest dreams. 

There are many types of “tools” that help guide us to a deeper awareness of our higher consciousness. Essential oils are one, of many, that can facilitate activation of our higher selves. When experienced first hand one realizes the magical mysticism essential oils possess. They are much more than a beautiful scent. Essential oils are powerful gifts meant to be cherished. They bring peace, love and light everywhere they are sensed. These incredible earth essences elevate and enlighten one’s consciousness to Gaia’s mystical energies. Each one is a precious guide to a deeper awareness of life, energy and spirituality.

Activating Blend:
½ oz any organic carrier oil
8 drops of Lavender
6 drops of Sandalwood
3 drops of Rosewood
3 drops of Frankincense

How to use:

Please always honor and thank all essential oil devas deeply for the guidance you’re about to receive. Set intentions and expectations, let the oils know what you need and they will answer. Finally, anoint oil to the areas that feel right to you. When I use a meditation blend I like to focus applying the oil to my crown and brow chakra. Make sure to breath in the oils deeply, holding the aroma in your lungs for a few seconds to fully activate their magic. Please enjoy and know, “somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” — Carl Sagan    

This blend was formulated specifically for beginners. Essential oils can be overwhelming to a new user. So naturally the oils I chose for this activation blend are gentle and subtle. The synergy of these oils is pure magic. They will lovingly nudge you into a state of full consciousness without completely surrendering yourself to the universe and all its mysteries (for advanced users).

This blend will gently embrace you in a place of stillness, openness, oneness and prepare you in activating your higher self. Once you have acclimated yourself to the powerful magic of essential oils I encourage you to seek out a Certified Aromatherapist to help guide you with custom blends that will speak to you and compliment your unique self.

Why did I choose these oils?

* Lavender is calming, relaxing and soothing to the mind. These properties help facilitate deeper states of meditation. It’s well known for stabilizing and balancing the physical, etheric and astral bodies. Lavender cleanses and soothes the spirit preparing it for spiritual work. It also helps bring higher and lower chakra centers in harmony with one another allowing free flow of the divine.

* Frankincense enhances spirituality and meditation by deepening one’s breathing and easing mental chatter. It facilitates a sense of spiritual liberation and allows the spirit to soar by freeing blockages that may prevent personal growth. Frankincense is a very special oil. It helps us connect to the part of ourselves which is eternal and divine.

* Rosewood induces tranquility, assists in meditation and helps prepare for spiritual healing. It’s a gentle, embracing oil that gives a sense of safety and protection.

* Sandalwood enhances spiritual practices and eases mental chatter. It supports the base chakra and helps keep one grounded. Sandalwood also supports the crown chakra in facilitating spiritual development. A powerful activating oil.

Enjoy this special activating blend -
Peace, Love and Light

Athena Ziegler is an intuitive Certified Aromatherapist and reiki practitioner. She carries a BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology from San Francisco State University. Athena is the owner of Charmed Botanicals where she heals and guides people spiritually with the help of mystical aromatherapy. Along with the use of essential oils, Athena also utilizes the amazing healing earth energy of reiki to assist in healing the mind, body and spirit.

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Aromatherapy 101 with Charmed Botanical’s Athena Ziegler

Meet Athena Ziegler, aromatherapy goddess and Chakra Center’s newest contributor!

An accomplished and talented aromatherapist, Athena creates custom, organic Aromatherapy blends for all purposes through her company, Charmed Botanicals. She uses only 100% pure organic, wild crafted or unsprayed therapeutic grade essential oils.

I was first introduced to Athena’s work through Charis Melina Brown as the fairy who creates the magical blends for the Bliss Out retreats. While prepping for the Park City retreat, I  sampled the euphoric slice of heaven Athena blended for “Blissing Out with the Elves” and was completely transported to another realm. Her craft is pure medicinal magic!

After experiencing Athena’s aromatherapy spell, I couldn’t resist asking her to come on board. We are so excited to have her join our team here at Chakra Center!

To give you a taste of her awesomeness, we asked Athena to share a little bit about her journey into the world of aromatherapy, and exactly what she’s been up to over at Charmed Botanicals!

How did you get started in essential oils and aromatherapy? 

My background is deeply rooted in the idea of using plants for healing and medicine. Growing up I always had a strong connection with nature. It was an integral part of my family life. Both of my parents are incredibly talented at growing and identifying plants for medicinal use. My childhood home was literally a jungle.

We had plants from all corners of the earth. I loved waking up in the mornings and seeing the sun shine on the beautiful plants my mother expertly cared for everyday. I remember the smell in our house: always fresh, earthy, humid and alive. My Father frequently took my siblings and me on nature walks to teach us which plants were edible, poisonous, and medicinal. And he always seemed to know where to find the most magical wildflowers.

I believe Aromatherapy has been calling to me my whole life. It was patiently waiting for the right time when all pieces could fall into place. That time was when I was in college. I was studying Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology and I was completely spellbound by nature based cultures, modern and ancient. These people’s knowledge and connection with nature is mind shattering. They revere plants as the ultimate medicine for mind, body, and spirit health.

Seeing case study after case study of effective plant based treatments was what solidified the notion that I was going to be a natural healer. I was absolutely blown away with the scale of healing that could be done with plants and essential oils.

I came to realize that essences of plants, fruits, flowers, barks and resins were very special. They can physically heal the body effectively and heal the mind and spirit at the same time. After I graduated I immediately became a Certified Aromatherapist and began practicing. It’s second nature to me and I know this was the Universe’s plan for me all along. Everyday my love and respect for these amazing precious gifts of nature deepens. They were given to us to heal the world.

What role have essential oils played in your awakening journey?

They played a vital role in my awakening. Essential oils are meant to guide us. These incredible earth essences elevate and enlighten one’s consciousness to Gaia’s mystical energies. Each one is a precious guide to a deeper awareness of life, energy, and spirituality. They allowed me to break free of the cultural chains and societal norms that urged me to stay comfortable and closed off. They encouraged me to dive deeper into the unknown and embrace it.

Essential oils gave me courage to continue on this unknown path. I deeply THANK sandalwood for keeping me grounded and bringing me peace when I needed it the most. Lavender for calming me and stabilizing my physical, etheric and astral bodies. Rosewood for blessing me with incredible spiritual healing. Frankincense for spiritual liberation and allowing my spirit to soar.

I don’t think I would have ever fully awakened without essential oils. The complexity and multiple layers of magic that essential oils invoke amaze me every day. They are a part of my daily ritual guiding me on my ever flowing journey.

How long have humans been using essential oils?

The history of essential oils is impossible to compile into a few paragraphs. It is vast and never ending. I can share with you a few points of interest:

I believe humans have been using aromatherapy since the beginning of time. In caves that date back to over 50,000 years ago there is evidence of lavender flowers in the sleeping area and rosemary in the common areas. Many archaeologists, me included, believe this is evidence of early aromatherapy.

These ancient ancestors long ago made the connection that lavender was relaxing and useful in supporting a good night sleep and that rosemary is invigorating and strengthening to the mind, helping to relieve exhaustion (which explains why it was found in the common area around the fire).

The first actual archaeological evidence of essential oils can be dated back to approximately 5550 BCE. Clay tablets inscribed by ancient Sumerians left detailed descriptions on how to extract essential oils, methods of use and dosages. These oils were used in all facets of daily life including secular, religious, and medical. One common theme in history is that essential oils equaled wealth and power in civilizations.

Ancient Egyptians’ economy flourished because of their exceptional perfumes which were made from essential oils and resins. They had extensive trade routes all over the ancient world to allow them to gather expensive and exotic spices, resins and herbs to blend into their highly demanded perfumes.

In Europe, rosemary was burnt and sprigs were laid on floors in sick rooms and hospitals because of its powerful antiseptic properties. During the Middle Ages when plagues were common, it was noted many times that perfumers (aromatherapists) always seemed untouched by the plague and widespread illnesses.

Modern science proved that there was a scientific reason for this. A large amount of essential oils have exceptional antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and repellent qualities. Leaving the air in their apocatheratheries incredibly clean and healing. Unfortunately this amazing knowledge died out when the use of synthetic “cheap” scents became popular. The field of aromatherapy dwindled and the revitalization didn’t happen until quite recently.

The birth of Modern Aromatherapy was considered to have taken place in the nineteenth century. René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French doctor, coined the term Aromatherapy in 1928. He was working in his family’s perfumery business and severely burned his hand. He plunged his hand into a bowl of lavender oil, mistaking it for water. He was amazed at how fast his hand healed with no blistering. This drove him into the field of therapeutic aromatherapy and essentially the rest of the modern world.

What are some of the health benefits of essential oils?

Essential oils are a powerful form of medicine. They have been used for thousands of years to treat depression, reduce stress, improve sleep, assist in meditation, improve complexion, treat all type of skin maladies, and eliminate stomachaches, headaches and all types of aches! Just to name a few benefits.

They are also a very safe alternative to modern medicine. They enter the body with great efficiency and are noninvasive. Essential oils treat the target effectively and leave the body completely with no trace and no toxins left behind in a matter of three to six hours in a healthy body. They stimulate the body’s electromagnetic fields contributing to the stimulation of the body’s own natural healing mechanisms.

Exactly how aromatherapy works is still a mystery. Specifically, aromatherapy through inhalation has forever boggled scientist’s minds. Some researchers speculate that odors influence feelings because the nasal passage opens directly to the part of the brain that controls emotions and memory.

Some psychic healers believe that essential oils work on the subtle, still-undiscovered energies of the body. Scientists cannot say for sure why these physical and emotional responses happen in the body when inhaling essential oils, but they have documented them and proven in studies that they always elicit similar responses. Examples such as by merely smelling an essential oil it can alter hormone production, brain chemistry, stress levels and general metabolism. Powerful indeed!

The physical application of essential oils is much more straightforward. Scientists have mapped out hundreds of possible individual chemical components that each essential oil could possess via gas chromatography and mass spectrometry reports. Each chemical component has its own therapeutic property. On average every essential oil contains over 100 chemical components. With this in mind, you can begin the see the complexity of essential oils and why they are such powerful healers.

Tell us a little bit about Charmed Botanicals (what is your method, what do you focus on, etc)?

I blend based off intuition, life-long education, and with the help of my spirit guides. I also have a deep connection with all my lovely oils. They “speak” to me in subtle ways letting me know which one is right. I like to speak with a client in person or over the phone. It helps me understand their energy and guide me to create exactly what they need.

I blend for all purposes, but my main area of focus and interest is spiritual healing, enhancing and enlightening one’s self. I want my clients to benefit from the same wonderful guidance I have received and help them on their own personal journey.

Aside from custom blending, in the near future, the Charmed Botanicals website will be getting a slight facelift to make a room for some new products! They will be available for purchase directly on my site. I will be featuring four seasonal blends that help with the transition of each season, chakra specific blends, zodiac blends, full moon blend and much more!

What are some of your favorite essential oils to work with?

Lavender is a very special oil. It’s one of the most versatile essential oils. I use Lavender on a daily basis. I put a drop on my pillow at night for peaceful dreams (sedative), scent my dresser drawers (insecticide) with a few drops, I use it on cuts and burns (antiseptic and analgesic), diffuse in the evening to unwind (restorative), make cleaning sprays with it (antibacterial properties). Plus many more amazing useful purposes.

Jasmine is another oil I have a strong connection with. I literally melt  when I smell it. It’s intoxicating, euphoric and pure magic. Jasmine is incredibly calming to the nerves and warming to the emotions. Ahhh I can smell it now.

Ylang-Ylang is another oil I adore. It always puts a smile on my face no matter what I’m feeling. It regulates adrenaline flow and relaxes the nervous system, resulting in a wonderful sense of joy.

Are essential oils for everyone?

Essential oils are safe for most people to use when directed by a Certified Aromatherapist. There are some situations and conditions that generate areas of concern. If you are pregnant, have a heart condition, are taking prescription drugs or are epileptic you need to make Certified Aromatherapist aware of these health concerns. I would also avoid readymade blends since the dilution percentage is usually based off a healthy individual.

How can people order a custom blend from you?

I love doing custom blends. I feel they really speak to the individual on so many levels that I can’t even fully understand. Having a custom blend made for you will be a magical experience. I have a form on my website www.charmedbotanicals.com to open up communication.

Or you can email me directly athena@charmedbotanicals.com. Another way to connect is through Facebook. Private message me at http://www.facebook.com/Athenaz. After the initial connection I usually like to speak with a client. It helps me understand their energy and guide me to create the perfect blend.

Anything else you want to share?

I love books. Aromatherapy. Nature. Tea. History. Moon. Stars. Pearls. Jasmine. Owls. Chocolate. Bonfires. Butterflies. Ocean. Candles. Moonstones. Lilacs. Trees. Sun. Beaches. Houseplants. Reiki. Fairies. Waterfalls. Apple cider.

Athena is heading-up our newest column at Chakra Center, named after her company, Charmed Botanicals.  Submit questions or any topics you’re interested in exploring about aromatherapy to the Contact Us section of this website, attention Athena Ziegler.

Welcome, Athena! We are thrilled to have you as part of the Chakra Center team!