Sweet Surrender – DIY Natural Perfume

D.I.Y Roll-On Perfume

It is so very empowering to learn about the healing properties of plant botanicals, and then go forth to create a powerful synergy of essential oils that can then become a scent that is energetically signature to you. 

Here follows my perfume recipe that I would like to share. It captures the sweetness and warmth that I feel about my life. The combination of sweet and spicy essential oils evokes feelings of complete contentment allowing me to blissfully surrender to the sweet flow of existence. Feel free to adjust this perfume blend as you please, using our essential oils.

Making your own natural perfume is intimate and personal. It can be quite the journey from inspiration to creation.

10mL roll on perfume bottle

10mL jojoba oil

3 drops lemon essential oil

3 drops sandalwood essential oil

2 drops jasmine essential oil

1 drop cardamon essential oil

Add the jojoba oil to the perfume bottle, followed by all the essential oils. Ensure the lid is firmly secure. Roll across the upper chest, wrists and back of the neck as often as desired. This perfume will keep for up to three years.

It is important not to exceed 10 drops of essential oils per 10mL of jojoba oil.

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A Day on a Plate With…

A Day on a Plate with…

The Nesting Place – Founder

Some women are just born healers, they are dedicated to serving others and contribute with absolute compassion and authenticity. One of these woman is Briony Goodsell.

This awesome lady, that I am blessed to know, is a Pre & Postnatal Specialist, and is the founder of http://www.thenestingplace.com.au . After having her own challenging experiences after birth, Briony understands the importance of caring for women – physically, emotionally and mentally. Ayurvedic Postpartum therapies is an area she connects with deeply. 


Whats you’re morning ritual and culinary favourites? I usually alternate my mornings between getting up before the sun to go for a run along the beach, or some yoga/meditation practice, with waking slightly later to get straight up and into the morning school preparation…although it’s never much later, as we live amongst the trees in the escarpment and are awoken by many beautiful but LOUD cockatoos at sunrise each morning. I like to eat in line with the Ayurvedic guidelines for both my constitution and the season, which generally means something warm, nourishing, sweet, spicy and easy to digest. My favourite way to start the day would be a bowl of warming porridge, topped with a chai spice blend (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and black pepper), some pure maple syrup or jaggery and a sprinkle of chia seeds.

Morning tea?

Is usually a soy latte on the go, or if I’m working from home, a cup of herbal tea and maybe a piece of fruit or a bliss ball.


Are you a big day-time eater or? I love nothing more than having a delicious, warm lunch. My favourite would be my pumpkin and spinach dahl served with brown basmati rice.

Snacker? Afternoon Treats?

An afternoon snack for me would usually be another cup of herbal tea and maybe a bit of raw organic chocolate or some dark chocolate. Otherwise it might be some brown rice crackers, veggie sticks, olives and hummus with the kids after school. I love food and am definitely a snacker unless I’m on the go and haven’t got time.

Dinner… and, are your mellow night-timer or a party gal?

Dinner is usually something similar to lunch, usually a cooked vegetarian dish but occasionally fish. I love wholefoods and being a Vatta dominant dosha type, cooked and warm foods work best for me. A dahl, yellow curry or lentil Bolognese are some of my favourites. I’m a real sucker for baked veggies too, especially sweet potato and pumpkin. I am sooooo a mellow night-timer, especially when the cooler months arrive. I find myself feeling ready for bed at about 8pm when daylight savings ends! If I’m not teaching an evening prenatal yoga class, then my ideal night includes a delicious homemade meal with my family and then time relaxing together – although with 2 of my children being young boys it’s not always so calm. I try to keep the lights low of an evening so usually we are surrounded by lots of candlelight and some relaxing essential oils in the diffuser.

Dessert… Go-on tell us about your sweet tooth?

I totally have a sweet tooth! When I was young I would indulge it in sugary sweets, but now I’m older and a little wiser I will have some raw or dark chocolate, a bliss ball or sometimes a raw treat (think caramel or peppermint slice). A cup of licorice tea is also a yummy way to curb any sugar cravings.

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Benefits of Seeking a Wellness Coach

If you have decided to make a lifestyle change that goes beyond just getting more exercise, then you need to plan how you are going to get there. It is not enough to push yourself harder or read a couple of self-help books. Depending on your situation and depending on what you would like to accomplish, you may want to consider a wellness coach. A wellness coach will take you beyond just fitness, he or she will take a more holistic approach covering mind, emotional, and, yes, in some cases, spiritual. To hire a wellness coach is to ensure that you have a proper program and that you can reach your goals. Just as even the most talented athletes hire coaches, a wellness coach can ensure that you stick to your plan to change your life.

Why a Wellness Coach?

Why would you choose to hire a wellness coach? There are a few reasons, all based on changes that you may feel are necessary. If you feel that you have elevated levels of stress in your life, a wellness coach can help you manage that stress. Maybe there are bad habits that you know that you must beat. Perhaps you feel that there are parts of your life that are holding you back from where you want to go. Perhaps you are headed to a new stage of your life and you want to get there in the best form possible. All of these are viable reasons to hire a wellness coach.

Hiring a Coach…

Since you are making a commitment to change your life, it is important to do it right. You may want to focus on a coach with a certification from a reputable organisation, specifically the International Coach Federation (“ICF”); however, the wellness coaching field is not in the mature stage where no such accreditations would be a prerequisite to becoming a coach. The alternatives are to get a coach with strong referrals or to interview several coaches (or both). Look for a coach that will fit your needs and goals.

Remember that you are hiring a coach, not a therapist. A therapist, physician, or similar health professional job is to diagnose the issue and suggest or administer a treatment. A coach, on the other hand, is responsible for designing the program that gets you from where you are now to the goals which you set for yourself. Since this should be a life-changing decision, you need to pick a coach that who will build a relationship with you. They must understand what it takes to change your life, like any coach would. The commitment is going to be anywhere from six months to a year or more, so it better be someone that you feel comfortable with.

With the internet and the all the literature available, you may think that having a wellness coach is an unnecessary expense. However, since you have already recognised the importance of your health and well-being, have you not also realised the importance of doing it correctly? You should get the most out of the changes that you are making in your life. You are putting in the time, so a reasonable expense to get the most out of the time is money well spent.

What to Expect From a Coach

A wellness coach is generally as an individual who focuses on the whole person when making life changes. While a nutritionist is focused on eating habits, a fitness coach on exercise, and a counsellor may focus on emotional needs, a wellness coach will focus on these and more. A proper coach will focus on the holistic wellness approach that changes your life by changing those things that prevent one from getting to his or her full potential. This could be caused by bad habits, a life situation (such as a stressful job), or by a bad perspective or attitude that can be modified. As part of these changes, a wellness coach should be able to get you to focus on your possibilities within.

You can even get a more specialised coach. Maybe you think something is missing from your life. There are life coaches who can take you on a spiritual journey that improves your mind as well your body. Others focus on bringing emotional stability. Still, others will help with career changes, either moving forward in the same field or changing fields altogether.

How much will the coach cost. Plan on spending at least $150 per month. This is not a lot to ask for someone who is going to change your life. So plan what you want to accomplish with the coach, find a coach who fulfils your needs and bring wellness to your life!

This article was written by Nina Wells from https://steamandshoweruk.co.uk/steam-showers.html Nina has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community with her articles high in demand.

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A Day on a Plate With…

A Day on a Plate With… Asia Suler 

She is the creator & concoctress behind One Willow Apothecaries, a heartfelt business that offers handmade treasures and sacred herbal medicine. Asia is a wonderfully gifted writer, herbalist and energetic worker. Asia’s work is a unique combination of western and energetic herbalism, shamanism and intuitive healing.


I am a creature of habit, so I tend to relish the same breakfast every morning. A large carafe of tulsi tea poured into loving tea-cupfuls at ten minute internals. Time taken while the tea steeps to sit in front of my altar and give gratitude for my life, existence, the small things of my day. Cozy socks and bird watching out the window. My journal, where I devour and discover my dreams from the night before. And two pasture eggs, over easy with gomasio and sauerkraut on the side.


Is usually eaten in the midst of writing, working, or busying myself on the computer. I like simply foods to accompany the whirlwind of my mid-day mind. I tend to like to eat fresh and small for lunch. Apples, salads, nuts.


…Is my main event, and something I like to carve out space for with good lightening and a well-thumbed book. Dinner is my time to ground after a busy day of thought, so I like to cook dishes with a wealth of butter, wild meats and root vegetables. I am normally full and content as a Buddha after such a meal.

Sweet Tooth?

I am a night owl by nature so sometimes desert becomes second dinner. Pancakes, chia pudding or golden turmeric milk. Other times I’m sated by a bit of sugared ginger or a deliciously bitter single square of chocolate. Whatever it is I’m eating I try to take time to savour. To remember its roots in sunshine, seed and soil and give gratitude for such abundance.

Asia Suler

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Cardomom Truffles

Cardomom Truffles

These little bites of bliss take the classic truffle to a whole new level. Sweet, rich tones of decadent cashew butter, crunchy coconut and perfectly spiced with exotic cardamom. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said these little dessert balls are somewhat addictive!
Cardamom is traditionally used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as being used medicinally to treat digestive issues, inflammation and nausea.

1 C almond meal
1 C desiccated coconut
2 T coconut oil
1/2 C cashew butter
3 T organic honey
1/2 C crushed pistachios
1 T cardamom powder
1/2 t sea salt

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and thoroughly combined to all is well incorporated. Place mix in the fridge for an hour or so to firm.

Remove from the fridge and roll 1 teaspoon of mixture into little balls, and place on a plate or tray. Refrigerate again for at least 30 minutes before enjoying every mouthful of these unique and delicious truffle delights.

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