Last year when I travelled to India my friend’s wife bought me a bottle of infused attar that I loved so much and used it till the last drop. Contained inside was so much love of course, and also the essential oil of Champaka (Michelia champaca). Since then I was entranced by her scent. My little secret – I always carry a bottle of Champaka EO inside my bag. It is undiluted hence very powerful and strong. Whenever I feel not myself, upset and the like, I will apply one drop neat which is enough for the wrists, temples, 3rd eye and heart chakra. As an aromatherapist I do not advise neat application of any essential oils onto our skin, except a limited few and on special circumstances. I use Champaka 1 drop neat for energy raising, and also as a stimulating perfume.
Another secret. All my aromatherapy products have a hint of Champaka. I put 1 drop of Champaka to 100 ml of my carrier oil as a product base. When I use the carrier oil to make beauty products, ointments or for therapeutic massage, there is always a very subtle scent of Champaka. This is my signature scent. Unless you live in India, good Champaka oil is hard to find. It is not inexpensive but a 5 ml bottle can last for a very long time use. If you are living in Hong Kong you can find excellent grade Champaka here.
Champaka is of the same plant family as Magnolia, the botanical name is Magnoliaceae. The scent is intense floral, it is a middle-to-light yellow-reddish oil. Good qualities one come from steam distillation of blooms. The main growing areas are India and part of Southern Asia. Champaka is aphrodisiac, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, wound healing, calming and febrifuge.
The sweet floral fragrance has calming effect to the nerves, at the same time able to restore our energy and increase our confidence. Ruled by the Sun and Venus, it is valuable remedy for depression, anxiety, stress and grief-related disorders. If someone has sexual difficulties, particularly frigidity and impotence, massage it (after proper dilution of 2%) onto lower abdomen, sacral and base chakras. Or put a few diluted drops and run a bath. It is good for all skin types and particularly good for mature, dry and sensitive skin. Champaka is regenerative in nature and can help heal wounds, scars and stretch marks. I use it for meditation and otherwise as a parfum. You can also blend Champaka in your face moisturiser. I have been gifting them to friends lately and they all love it. Here is a formula for a 100ml bottle. You will be making a little extra and with that amount you can split them into 3 smaller jars if you wish. Enjoy!
Last weekend I had some quiet time staying at home. Then I looked around and realised my home decorative accessories were progressively replaced by different shades of green – from photo frames to vases to fresh flowers. And so was my wardrobe!
Dark green in particular is a key colour trend this year. So if you are considering to shop for your autumn/winter trench coat or homeware, Irish green is the colour choice.
Green is also one of my most favourite colours. It is my constant reminder of the nurturing quality and abundance of our Mother Earth. Located midway in the chakra system, the heart centre is associated with the colour green.
The heart is nowadays associated with emotions, but in the past it was thought to be the seat of the mind and soul. This chakra balances our internal reality with the outside world. It is concerned with relationships of all kinds. Balancing the energies of the heart chakra can quickly restore life-energy throughout the body, creating a sense of calm and confidence for positive changes. It also helps unblock restrictions (perhaps just in your mind) which deplete our immune system. Balancing of the heart chakra results in expression of love.
It is so easy to wear a green colour crystal as a pendant. Using a necklace that hangs the pendant to the heart level so that the crystal will be in constant touch with your skin. This is going to heal your chakra balance without conscious effort. Any green colour crystals will do, such as Jade that I mentioned earlier. Here I recommend Amazonite.
Amazonite calms and balances the emotions and helps with throat and lung issues.
Often my friends and work colleagues say to me that I am a well-tempered person. I am sure this is a complement. Yet one part of me say to myself that a well-tempered person is so bland, as if there is little colour and excitement in life. Recently when I looked through my tarot journal I was reminded Temperance is my hidden factor card. It describes a trait that is supposed to be not obvious yet a key factor to bring success in life. Temperance…looks like it is best for me to love and embrace. What is so good about Temperance?
The key message with Temperance is balance. With balance and moderation one can mix together diverse elements (fire, water, air and earth) to bring forth a new creation. Crystal therapy is excellent solution to chakra balances, another one is hatha yoga where without knowing we are step by step stimulating and opening our chakras. Temperance also allows us to coorperate harmoniously and patiently with others.
It is wise to slow down and re-evaluate your position, compromise on the issue at hand could be the best solution for now.
Our third eye chakra is located below the centre of the forehead, just above and between the eye brows. It is sometimes called the brow chakra. This chakra is often referred to as our third eye, the eye that see within, versus our 2 eyes that see the outer world.
The third eye is the centre of our imagination, it sees hidden patterns and holds the seat of knowledge. It is no accident that when we think hard we often press this point to make our focus deeper.
Healing at this chakra can benefit many conditions linked to headaches, nightmares, stress and depression. The eyes, nose and ears can also gain from treatment here, with eye strains, clogged sinuses and earache being eased.
How to heal this chakra? Easy! One simple way is to apply an indigo colour crystal to the third eye. Hold the crystal with one hand and gently press onto the chakra for a minute. You can do this in a seated position, almost immediately you will begin to feel calm and your stress released. Your mind will be re-energised to receive and process new information.
Indigo or midnight blue is the colour of the third eye chakra (amethyst is a good alternative), and among the stones I have found Lapis Lazuli works best. They are not expensive. I normally buy them on line. If you live in the US you can purchase from here. If you live in the UK you can purchase from here (type ‘lapis lazuli’ in the search box on the upper right side of the home page). They also deliver to the rest of the World. My preference is the UK site but I found both of them professional and trust worthy.
About Lapis Lazuli
The ancient Egyptians believed that Lapis represents the power of Gods. What is below is a reflection of what is above, carrying the same powers and sharing the same energetic signature. Lapis’s high electrical conductivity channels the pureness of being, transmutes mental and emotional blockages. It can set your soul free to express itself fully.