Some say that the beauty of flowers is one of Nature’s means of awakening in us the quest for our own soul. Flowers have known spiritual meanings, and flower colors also represent specific qualities. For instance, Lavender represents magic, love, protection, healing and vision. The violet color can be used as a vibrational therapy for the nervous system and helps restore vitality. Or, as another example, Chrysanthemum is a powerful remedy for fatigue or lack of energy. Just holding these flowers can help restore one’s energy.

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Of course, if a certain flower means something to you because it’s associated in your mind with a special memory or positive emotion, then using that flower in connection with that meaning can be very powerful. Think about the flowers that you love, and bring them into your home whenever you have the opportunity.

 

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metaphysicalPeppermint is a fragrant healing herb that is extremely safe when infused as a tisane (an herbal tea). This herb is known for strengthening the heart and nerves, as well as aiding in digestion. It calms an upset stomach, even helping with symptoms of morning sickness during pregnancy.

Peppermint is also useful in treating headaches. Two to three cups of peppermint tea can help alleviate a headache and has no known side effects. The essential oil of mint can be inhaled, or small drops rubbed on the skin on the forehead or the base of the skull to relieve pain

In general, peppermint is a stimulating herb that causes dilation of the capillaries, increasing blood flow and hence affecting digestion and headache pain. It also aids in detoxification of the liver and has been used throughout history for fever and chills. If you’re feeling under the weather, a cup of peppermint tea could be just the thing you need.

If you’re a gardener, peppermint is extremely easy to grow. It’s so easy, it becomes invasive, so if you want to add it to an herbal garden, plant it in a large container with drainage holes in the bottom and sink it into the ground.

 

 

metaphysicalIf you are going to plant a cold and flu themed garden, or simply have an herbal medicine cabinet in your home, Rosemary is a ‘must have’ herb. Not only can Rosemary be used therapeutically, it smells lovely and tastes delicious.

Rosemary can easily be brewed like tea to make an herbal infusion. Drinking this tisane can bring about a feeling of well-being and increase your energy, because Rosemary is known as an anti-depressant. It works as a soothing tonic for those with anxiety or tension headaches, too.

Using Rosemary alongside meditation can amplify its effectiveness and help one achieve internal peace and harmony. The bonus here is that Rosemary is extremely easy to grow and therefore always have on hand. If gardening isn’t your thing, dried Rosemary is available in bulk at many health food stores. So, if you’re feeling stressed, fill a tea ball with Rosemary and brew yourself a cup of relaxation.

metaphysicalMyrrh has a rich, smoky, balsamic aroma that is purifying, restorative, and revitalizing. It is a helpful aid to meditation, having a direct effect on the brain centers where our emotions originate. In ancient times, myrrh was used as perfume, incense, for embalming, as medicine and as an anointing oil. Its medical uses were many, including being used for cleaning wounds and as an analgesic. As late as the 19th century it was used in the treatment of coughs, colds, sore throats, asthma, and gum disease, and is still used for those purposes by alternative medical practitioners.

Not only is myrrh oil of great benefit to the respiratory tract, the digestive system, and gum and mouth disorders, but also in skin care. When used in a cream or lotion, amazing results can be achieved in the treatment of chronic skin issues. It accelerates wound healing and very chapped and cracked skin, as well as acne and other skin ailments show dramatic results when myrrh oil is used to treat them.

Many people are familiar with myrrh because it was one of the gifts of the Magi in the Christmas story. It’s use in funeral preparations made it symbolic of death, but it was also burned as incense and its smoke symbolized prayers rising up. But myrrh is more than an exotic gift of Christmas. It’s truly wonderful for meditation, and its healing properties abound, making it a gift we can give ourselves any day of the year.

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Derived from tree sap, or gum resin, frankincense is prized for its alluring fragrance. Frankincense is a milky white resin extracted from trees which thrive in arid, cool areas of the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and India. These plants, which grow to a height of 16 feet, have papery bark, sparse bunches of paired leaves, and flowers with white petals and a yellow or red center.metaphysical

Frankincense historically had a personal, religious and medicinal use. In a time before regular bathing, people would burn the resin and use the sweet smoke as a camouflage for their own personal odor. Egyptian women utilized the ash of frankincense in making eye shadow. These substances were also widely used in religious ceremonies and burials. Frankincense also had medicinal uses. In ancient times, priests recommended the resin for the treatment of wounds, along with a whole host of other ailments (including baldness!).

Frankincense is most widely know because it was one of the gifts of the Wise Men in the Christmas story. This resin was widely available when the Magi visited the baby Jesus around 5 B.C., and would have been considered a practical gift with many uses although the expensive resin was symbolic as well. Frankincense, which was often burned, symbolized prayer rising to the heavens like smoke.

Frankincense is not the hot commodity it once was. However, it is still a fragrant incense that can bring a beautiful aroma and spiritual feeling to the celebrations of the winter season.

 

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The fragrant aroma of incense can help make any space more pleasing and inviting. Virtually every culture has used incense in its history and some, like the Japanese, have developed ceremonies around incense that are almost religious in nature. If you choose to burn incense, make sure it is high quality and choose a fragrance that most appeals to you.

This list of ten virtues of incense were believed to have been written by an anonymous Zen monk of the sixth century. 

1. Incense brings communication and the transcendent.
2. It purifies mind and body.
3. It removes uncleanliness.
4. It brings alertness.
5. It is a companion to solitude.
6. In the midst of activity, it brings a moment of peace.
7. When there is plenty, one never tires of it.
8. When there is little, still one is satisfied.
9. Age does not change its efficacy.
10. Used every day, it does no harm.

 

Triloka Herbal Incense Cones are handmade according to the ancient tradition of India using traditional formulas. Herbs, resins and essential oils are blended in a base of pure sandalwood powder. Each cone is hand pressed and sun dried. Used traditionally for aromatherapy or purification purposes, each fragrance has a unique formula. Angelic Frankinsence purifies the atmosphere, adding energy and improving concentration. Did you know that 90% of incense is made by dipping sticks into a perfumed mixture? The scent on these incense sticks is gone after just six months. Triloka incense can be enjoyed even after years of storage. These cones are handmade by Indian cottage industries with 150 years of tradition.  Use these cones as a natural air freshner, mood enhancer or for meditation.