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Plant Spirit Incense in the Making

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On Health & Intuition


Over the years, I have on more than one occasion successfully dealt with personal health issues based on my intuition: gut feelings, daydreams, shamanic journeys, lucid dreams or dream incubations. Sometimes even my cards or my Runes can give clues or confirm my own diagnosis.

It is important to be in tune with your body in the first place, in order to figure out what is ‘normal’ for you from what is ‘out of sync’. So many people live with chronic pain as part of their daily life and think it’s normal, when in fact the first signs of bodily pain should have been a wake-up call.

To me tackling an issue with a ‘mind-body-spirit’ approach is essential, because if one element is out of balance the other ones are likely to be out of balance too. When you’re in tune with your ‘selves’ you are able to notice any imbalance and address any issue very quickly because the root of the problem isn’t deeply embedded yet.

Sometimes all you need is simple adjustments in your daily life and/or in your diet – whether temporary or in the long run. If you have a cyclical pattern of repeating issues, you might consider applying these adjustments as proactive & preventatives measures. The more complex, chronic and/or deeply rooted the issue, the more drastic and painful the changes will be. But it doesn’t have to be so. And there are so many beneficial alternative healing modalities out there that you can learn for yourself (taking care of one’s health is an empowering thing) and apply at home.

Today, somebody of my own entourage needs my help. Being aware of the gut-brain connection is an asset with it comes to dealing with anxiety and depression. I suspect low stomach acid and gut dysbiosis (that intuitively popped up in my head this morning), which can easily be fixed with dietary adjustments: more acidic & fermented foods, supporting the liver, having a nutrient-dense diet (TCM gives some clues about specific beneficial foods) and avoiding sugar.

Keep in mind that your body is your temple, so it’s important to take care of it accordingly. Be well ;).



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Working on Some Incense Formulations


…Based on European folk medicine & European shamanism…Because burning plant material is the original aromatherapy, and there’s much more to smudging and incense than cleansing space and meditation.

It can help relieve physical, emotional, and psychological ailments as well – especially combined with affirmations, visualizations, meditation, prayer, mantras, mudras and/or specific postures.

Your body is the temple that holds & protects your inner holy grail: your soul. Honoring the body is much more than honoring the self: it’s honoring your divinity and the blood of your ancestors running through your veins (their lives, their beliefs, their knowledge & wisdom, what they held dear).

Using herbal medicine is honoring the Land, its spirits & its gifts. It’s honoring ancient & forgotten knowledge, it’s connecting the Earthly and the Divine. Plants are consciousness, they have much more to offer than beauty to our eyes, fragrances to our noses, and flavors to our tastebuds…

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Bring On the Dark: Why We Need the Winter Solstice

“The intensity of the dark and the silence the snow that long ago December was not frightening, but intimate,  a landscape for sleep, for the incubation of dreams, a place to heal from the frenzy of achievement and obligation, a darkness ripe with dormant life. “