Happy first day of Spring! The orange trees are in full bloom releasing their sweet scents into the air. There are many types of oranges and their blossoms have slightly different aromas and properties. Most of them produce very sweet oils that are uplifting to the spirits. Neroli blossoms, which come from the bitter orange tree is said to be named after the 17th century Italian princess Anne-Marie of Nerola, who used the fragrance of orange blossoms as her personal perfume. Due to its rich sweet scent it is still used in many perfume formulas.
This essential oil is also known to help calm anxiety and alleviate heart palpitations. Neroli has also been found to have aphrodisiac properties. In skin care the oil helps to regenerate the skin and promote new cell growth.
Oranges have long been used as altar offerings and symbols of prosperity in China. In many cultures these fruits and their flowers represent joy and good fortune. To bring a little joy into your life try eating more oranges or using the essential oils that they produce…or grow an orange tree some place you can enjoy it often!
Be ready for anything anytime but especially at this time of year! Protect your body, mind and spirit from other people’s negativity, sickness and psychic attack.
A few items and practices that may help with shielding yourself are the following:
- Crystals such as Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Turquoise, Ruby, and Onyx
- Cooking with spices such as Garlic, Tumeric, and Sage
- Burning Sage, Copal, Dragon’s Blood
- Drinking plenty of pure water
- The use of mantras, bells, singing bowls and chimes
- Adequate exercise and fresh air
If you feel like you are battling with very dark energy you may benefit from reading the book pictured below, “The Magic Shield” by Francis Melville.
As the colors of nature shift and fade from one season to another, so do our moods, ideas, and aspirations. These just are a few of my favorite Jon Darkly tracks for reflection or doing quiet work.
Morning Glory is a flower that inspires wakefulness and assists with bringing the subtle bodies into alignment with each other. It is helpful in overcoming substance addictions and sleep imbalances. Taken internally, Morning Glory flower essence can stimulate the vitality of body, mind and spirit.
The delicate blossoms of the Morning Glory vine unravel into bloom in the early morning and always reach toward the sun, reminding us to elevate our own thinking and spiritual ideals. They also remind us to make use of the morning as a special time for setting intentions each day, because it offers a clean slate.
Ginger, aka Zingiber officinale is flowering plant related to Tumeric and Cardamom that offers a multitude of benefits on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. The root commonly is used as a kitchen spice that has many medicinal qualities. It makes a delicious addition to many meals and desserts, particularly in Asian cooking. As a medicine it may be best known for alleviating nausea and increasing blood circulation. It also has potent anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and aphrodisiac properties.
A tea made from ginger root is an aid to digestion and can reduce menstrual cramps. It can be safely consumed during pregnancy to help alleviate early-morning sickness. A strong infusion helps fight infections and can help to reduce both chills and fevers. In a syrup it can help speed the recovery from colds and coughs. Some of the main nutrients and minerals found in ginger include Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium, Niacin, Copper and Zinc.
Dried ginger root can be stronger in flavor and action than the fresh root because it is concentrated, so less is needed. Grating a bit of the fresh root into a cup of hot water with lemon and honey and drinking this before bedtime can stop a cold in its tracks and aid in falling into a deep restorative sleep.
Astrologically, Ginger is associated with the planet Mars, due to its heating properties. It has been worn by some as an amulet to protect overall health and to attract money. As a root that generates much heat it corresponds with the root chakra, representing overall health, security and the ability to manifest whatever is needed for survival.
The flowers of Ginger grow in clusters of yellow and purple flowers that bloom from pink and white buds. Since they are an Indian Rainforest native they prefer warm climates. When worked with closely or ingested in the form of a vibrational essence the energetic properties of these flowers help to heighten spiritual will and spark creativity.