purple-lilac-500x500I will share a few secrets with you here today. Eighteen years ago, I was informed by a psychic that part of my ‘gift’ is to offer ‘the sweetness of life’ to others I meet. A couple years later, my teacher told me that one of my spiritual practices is to offer others sweets, literally. It’s true, I have always taken great pleasure in preparing elaborate sweets and offering them.

Just recently, while traveling through the Andes in Peru, I had a coca leaf reading with Vilma, a local curandera, medicine woman. In the coca leaf reading, she asked me to get clear about my hearts inquiry and desire and then blow my breath into the bundle of sacred coca leaves. She then opened the bundle and shared many interesting points about my personal life. Vilma concluded the reading by offering me a remedy to ‘restore the sweetness within my life so that I may offer it to others’.

She gave me a recipe for a sacred healing bath. This is personal to me but it is so good that I have to share it with you!

The remedy is to take a fruit and flower bath every full moon and new moon. Now, I have long delighted in taking luxurious baths with oils, salts, milk and flowers but…..fruit?! She told me to squeeze one ripe mango and a medium-size bunch of grapes, strain it and put it aside. She also said to take a large pot of boiling water and steep flowers and herbs. In late April in the Pacific Northwest, my flowers and herbs of choice are: lilac, rosemary leaves/flowers and mint. There is an abundance of these all around now. Be careful to use only non-toxic, non-irritating flowers and herbs.

So, once you have steeped these in hot water, with the lid on, for about 15 minutes, go ahead and strain the mixture. At this time, you may add the flower-herb tea to the bath, along with the fresh fruit juice. I also add about ½ cup honey, ½ cup sea salt and 1 Tablespoon sesame or almond oil. This blend of goodness in the bath is nearly over-the-top! It leaves the skin not sticky but silky. It infuses the soul with nectar. When we are infused with nectar, offering forth our gifts feels like a pure blessing. Wishing you bathing bliss and sweetness in all areas of your life.

Steamy Wonder Steam Tent 

I have recently acquired a new steamy wonder steam tent for my practice. Steam treatment, ‘svedana’, enhances Abhyanga treatment and is an integral therapy in Panchakarma.

The client can remain lying down on the massage table after massage. In the hot steam unit, I add herbal teas and essential oils. It feels great, especially in the cooler months of the year.

Svedana is included in the ‘Day of Ayurvedic Rejuvenation’ and ‘Panchakarma’. 

Svedana is an additional $45 add-on to other treatments   You are welcome to come try it out!