CBD Essential Oils? They make those?!

I’ve always been a sucker for essential oils…so naturally my very first order from Kannaway included the essential oils trio set. And I’ve been using them often lately, coming up with different simple ways in which to incorporate them in my routine.

The pack came with 3 blends: Energize (citrus, eucalyptus, cinnamon blends), Tranquility (Ylang Ylang, lavender blends), and Defense (like a CBD Thieves’ Oil). I am not quite sure that using them in a diffuser realizes the full potential of the cannabinoids in them, but when I use them with my aromatherapy bracelet or implement the pressure points therapeutic approach, I get a better sense of absorption. Maybe it’s a placebo effect with all essential oils, including ones with cannabinoids, but I really don’t think so. Science has gone both ways. But for me, these are heavenly additions to my oils in the herb cabinet.

Some of the simple ways I’ve been using the trio pack lately:

Tranquility:

*in a carrier oil for massage: achy joints, sore/cramped/tense muscles, general relaxation; applied to temple pressure points for headache relief

*in a diffuser for aromatherapy/promote better sleep

*drop on finger and rub on inner wrist pressure points for stress & anxiety comfort

Energize:

*in a diffuser in the morning, during a workout, during general activity (I even use my diffuser in class!)

*in a carrier oil or drop on finger and rub on pressure points located between thumb and index finger

*drop on finger, stimulate top of forehead pressure point for a quick pick-me-up

Immunity:

*in a diffuser to promote air purification (and a lovely air freshener)

*homemade cleaners and disinfectants

*small amount of oil blend (Immunity in carrier oil) just under the nose to inhibit environmental pollutants/germs

All in all, I would recommend adding essential oils to your own home medicine cabinet. Utilizing essential oils in general is a positive practice, and can offer a natural alternative for many healing and even household products. Just avoid oils that are not 100% natural, or have artificial fragrances or additives. Food grade is usually safe. More to come with recipes and blends using these wonderful oils!

Grounding in the Sea

The beach is one of those places I go when I’ve a need to ground myself– to feel the connections and energy currents that help release the constraints and stresses of modernism.

It is here at the shoreline, at this place of in-betweens, where I let my feet sink into the sand as the surf rolls in and out, pulling with it that which I choose to let go. It is remarkably easy to do, like a sigh of contentment exhaled from a happy soul.

The Sea is so effective in Her ability to heal, cleanse, and recharge, that I favor grounding my energy in this manner. Earth has its methods and own currents of energies, but the Sea is so mutable, so ever-changing, that these characteristics are what makes seeking comfort there so desirable.

So how can one ground themselves, in general and at the beach? Is it all just an elaborate placebo effect? Does grounding really work?

Just start by getting there. [Or at least get outside in nature if you’re not able to get to a beach.]

Once at the beach, find a spot near the shore to set yourself up. Walk in the surf, search for shells and treasures, let yourself become aware of the salty breeze, the sound of the waves and gulls, remind yourself not to hurry. Seeking solace in the sea is just as effective as using Earth to center yourself.

Stand in the surf, with your feet shoulder-width apart, and let the surf rush in to cover your feet, pulling the sand you felt was stable away as the waves recede. Each time the waves roll in and back out, your feet will sink further into the sand. Each time the waves pull away, the sand with it, imagine that all your stressors, anxiety, exhaustion, stale energies (or anything you feel you need to release) are being pulled out to sea with the sand that leaves the soles of your feet along with the waves.

Let yourself be in the moment, in the present. Imagine you are an electrical current in human form, and let your feet be the conductor through which the polarities exchange: absorb the flow of energies from the ground through your feet, while allowing the positively-charged energy currents release through the crown of your head along with those emotions, negative thinking patterns, etc. We are healthier when we vibrate in frequencies in tune with the environment. Birds, fish, mammals–they all operate at this frequency. When we attune ourselves to this frequency, we ultimately give permission for all that is at ease to enter us, as well as allowing that which doesn’t serve us to float away with the tide.

Pray, chant your certitude, meditate on your strengths and vitality. There is an ocean of wisdom in front of you when you stand on the shore, and the answers you seek can be better realized through the practice of grounding yourself.

When you attune yourself with the energy frequencies of Earth and Sea, what once were obstacles should now be nothing more than signposts pointing you in a different direction. No blockages, just alternate pathways. Similarly, you can catch a suntan while meditating. Soak in the solar energies, pray and meditate on the force of life given to us, and the vitamin D will do the rest.

Science has already given us proof of the healthful benefits of soaking in nature at the beach (but hey, intuitively and instinctively we already know), and it’s no doubt consciously grounding ourselves while beach-going can heighten these benefits and bring spiritual health around to being in tune with nature–both our innate/inner nature and that of our physical environment.

Where are some favorite spots of yours to go to ground?