Essential Oils for Winter, Part 1

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The temperatures have been blustery here in Vermont. We love winter because it toughens us up, keeps us grateful, and gives us an extreme contrast to balance the seasons.

We’ve found some pretty magical ways to cope with this intensely cold weather through the use and enjoyment of our essential oil candles!  We find they truly help us create these feelings we thirst for each cold season; feelings of warmth and comfort; feelings of inspiration.  Essential oils, along with the finer things in winter life:  snuggles with loved ones, toasty fires, cozy teas, thoughtful books and yummy soups, always provide sustenance and make us smile!

For warmth, we recommend oils of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.  Along with smelling delicious, like a hot mug of Chai, these spices have been prized throughout the ages for their warming, fiery elements!  Sandalwood is another warming essential oil that is easy to love!  Characterized by rich, mellow, smoky notes, sandalwood easily conjures a strong sense of compassion.

Stay tuned for the next post with more essential oils for winter and cheers to staying cozy!

The Creative Sheep

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January has arrived, a new year is here. Many of you may already be aware that January brings forth the year of the elegant, yet timid Sheep. Sheep are associated with the goat and/or ram in the Chinese zodiac. Sheep are gentle, in tune with nature and full of sympathy.

In 2015 the sheep marks pure creativity. The last Sheep year was 2003 and the element was water. In this Sheep year of 2015, the element is wood. Wood is fuel for those creative fires to burn bright; or rather to build them into existence. This year calls for more time spent in and with nature.

Since we at WOW tend to view the world through the lens of pure botanicals, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the essential oils that best complement the Year of the Sheep. In the Hindu (Sanskrit) tradition, the sacral chakra is a power center located between the belly button and the groin. It is linked with our creative fire and intertwines creativity, sexuality and the birth of our creative endeavors. Essential oils that activate and sustain our sacral chakra include Patchouli, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Neroli and other citrus oils.

Patchouli is intense, expansive and layered. If it were an art piece hung in a gallery, it would be sexy, earthy and hard to ignore. If it speaks to you, you want its colors and aromas to follow you everywhere. Truth be told, Patchouli can be the ‘great divider’ with passionate fans and staunch opponents. Love it or hate it, you just can’t ignore it!

So this year, we vow to stoke our creative fires, get outside even more and find the sacred place and/or part of mama nature that calls to us, further open our hearts and get inspired. Join us —let’s CREATE! 🙂