Tejomaya Wellness

A Blog About Well-Being

Month: April 2016

Gratitude Review: April

tulip-1271715_1920     Happy Sunday, Sweet Readers! How has your April been? Mine has been mostly fantastic and I’m ready to share some of the brightest spots in this month’s Gratitude Review! The weather has been so gorgeous that I want you to promise me you’ll get outside today after you read this, deal? Okay, let’s get to gratefulness!

I say mostly fantastic because honestly, my heart is still very broken and raw from the news of Prince’s passing on Thursday. His metamorphic music served as soundtrack for so many of my own transformations, that I always felt an affinity for him that I have tried and failed many times over to explain in the past few days since he’s been gone. I am forever grateful for the ways his music, and him boldly being exactly who he was, helped me to understand myself. That’s the kind of gift you can never repay.


I’m still loving my Drops of Joy Jewelry diffuser necklace. I’ve worn it as often as I’ve had a chance. It smells great and looks pretty darn cute, too. It’s wonderful to have a pretty little boost of happy around my neck whenever I need it.


I stocked up on supplies for several fun tutorials that I can’t wait to get started on. Whenever a Mountain Rose Herbs box arrives, I know there’s awesomeness inside! I cannot wait to get busy making stuff and shooting my photos for these DIYs! This kind of work really makes my heart happy.


I bought a new camera recently, and while I’m still getting to know it, I absolutely love the feeling of being behind the lens. It’s so relaxing and brings me so much joy. I’ve tried to pick it up and get a few photographs every day, and I’ve been really good about sticking to that. If you’re following me on Facebook or Instagram, you’re probably seeing evidence of that! I’m so thankful for taking the leap and doing this for myself.


I want to hear from you! What’s made you really happy this month? Are your flowers blooming? Did you book a great vacation? Are you working on a creative project that’s making your heart sing? Tell me all about it in the comments below! I want to help you celebrate the joyful moments! I’m also here if you want to share your memories about Prince. I know he touched a lot of lives, and I’d love to hear about how he changed yours. Much love to you, Darling Hearts.

Wishing You Total Well-Being,



Essential Oil Spotlight: What is an Absolute?

jasmine     If you’re an aromatherapy lover, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the word “absolute” as you’ve scanned bottles of essential oils online or in your health food store. If you’re curious like me, there’s a good chance you’ve wondered what in the heck an absolute is and what makes it different than the other oils it shares shelf space with. Today, I’m answering your burning questions about these oft misunderstood members of the aromatherapy family. Stick around until the end because I’ve also put together a lovely recipe for you!

What is an absolute?    When working with certain fragile flowers, the normal methods of extraction are not always feasible. The heat employed in steam distillation cause the super-delicate plant material to collect in a mass that is too large for steam to pass through and when this happens, a two-stage process is employed to extract the oil. First the material is placed in a cylindrical drum along with a solvent (typical solvents are toulene or hexane) and this drum rotates to allow the material to absorb the solvent and separate the aromatic extract. The extract is then vacuum distilled to remove the solvent, and what remains is classified either as a concrete (if the result is waxy) or a resinoid (if it has a resinous texture), Concretes and resinoids are useful products on their own, but in order to create a liquid from the heavy consistency, a second process is performed. In this step, alcohol is introduced (usually ethanol) and it goes to work to separate the aromatic compound from the wax or resin. Once cooled, the wheat separates from the chaff if you will, the resulting aromatic essence is filtered and the alcohol is vacuum distilled off. What’s remaining is an absolute.

What other differences are there?    The consistency is often heavier, and sometimes requires a little ingenuity to get out of the bottle. If you’ve ever liquefied solid coconut oil by setting the jar in warm water, then you’re already a pro at this. The same method works quite well when dealing with sticky absolutes. The fragrance of an absolute is also pretty dang identical to it’s live, growing source. For this reason, some producers even use this method to extract fragrance from plant material that can endure traditional steam distillation. Absolutes are often more concentrated than their steam distilled counterparts, as well. In some cases, they are so powerful that someone who isn’t trained in aromatherapy cannot even recognize them without heavy dilution. They can be wonderful for naturally scenting beauty products or making perfumes because so little is needed and the benefit is still so great.

Wouldn’t the chemicals used in the process ruin the therapeutic benefit?    You’d think so, but not if the producer can be trusted to uphold good manufacturing standards. This is why it’s so important to align yourself with a company who has a good reputation for clean, quality products and not just slick marketing and pretty packaging. If you trust your company of choice with essential oils, it’s probably safe to assume their absolutes are safe, too. If you’re concerned about solvent use, it’s good to know that they cost a pretty penny, so most companies making absolutes will want to make sure they get as much out as possible for recycling purposes.When in doubt, ask for a recent GC/MS report. If the company is one of the good guys, they will be happy to provide you with one and will take the time to educate you about the process their absolutes go through to put your mind at ease. If they aren’t upfront or something doesn’t feel right, keep looking. As for the alcohols, there are barely detectable amounts left in a properly produced absolute. As long as they are diluted properly and not being applied neat, which you should never be doing unless guided by a certified aromatherapist or physician, you’d be looking at parts per trillion. If you’re still concerned about applying absolutes to the skin, you can simply diffuse them instead, and still get the benefits.

Speaking of diffusing, didn’t I say I was going to give you a recipe? I created this Absolutely Uplifting Diffuser Blend just for you! The beauty of this blend is that while it’s making your home smell amazing, it also contains oils and an absolute that have been reputed to help lift your spirits, too! How rad is that?! Here’s what you need:

Absolutely Uplifting Diffuser Blend

Follow the directions on the diffuser of your choice, hit play and enjoy!

I want to hear from you! Do you have experience using absolutes? Which ones are your favorites? Are there any you’re excited to try? Leave me a comment below and feel free to share any recipes you’ve made using these awesome members of the aromatherapy family!

Wishing you Total Well-Being (and Happy Sniffing!),


P.S. You can get the oils I mentioned above through my affiliate link. If you buy them through me you get good prices on great oils and absolutes, and I get to spend a little extra each month putting together more recipes and future tutorials!


Losing Sleep: Natural Solutions for Good Nights

sleeping    Hi there, Darling Hearts!

It’s been a long week. I’m working on a new set of classes, still working on the details I need to get the shop set up, and I’ve been dreaming up lots of fun projects for the blog and my social media pages. Sleep isn’t exactly a struggle for me at the moment, but in case it is for you, I wanted to share this article I wrote for Inner Child Magazine.  After you read it, maybe you could snuggle back in and take an epic Sunday nap? Those are my favorite!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,



Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the cornerstones to good health. Sleep is the time our bodies repair themselves, and if we don’t get enough of it, it can affect our mood, our ability to concentrate during the day and even affect our weight. Losing sleep can cause us to have a short temper with others, make us reach for unhealthy snacks, and in some cases can even increase the symptoms of certain health issues like hypertension, diabetes and memory loss. What’s a sleep-deprived soul to do? Creating and maintaining proper sleep hygiene and seeking supportive supplements may be the answer.


The first thing you can do to help yourself get to sleep is to create a sleep schedule and stick to it as best as you can. This means setting both a time to get in bed and a time to wake up. Nice though it is, it also means not sleeping in for more than an hour on days off, unless you are sick or healing your adrenals. Experts also recommend keeping your bedroom sacred. Watching TV, eating or bringing work to bed invites stress into our sanctuary, so use this room for sleep and intimate moments only. You can also create a bedtime ritual like sipping chamomile tea, reading a book, or meditating 30 minutes or so before bed. If done consistently, it will eventually signal sleepy-time to your body and will help you drift off more easily.

herbal remedy

Supplements can also lend a helping hand when sleep evades you. If insomnia is stress related, reach for Magnesium. Because of our highly processed diets, most of us are deficient in Magnesium, but taking a supplement or eating foods which are high in this miracle mineral will help relax both muscles and moods. Ashwagandha, or Indian Ginseng, can offer some assistance as well. Ashwaghanda is an Ayruvedic and adaptogenic herb, and it offers relief by helping our bodies cope with both external stressors and internal ones, like anxiety and insomnia. Valerian Root can be helpful, too. A sedative herb which has been used for hundreds of years, Valerian is reputed to not only help you fall asleep faster, but also improve the quality of sleep you’re getting. Of course when you consider any supplements, it’s smart to talk to your doctor to make sure they won’t interfere with any medications or supplements you may already be taking. Causing yourself harm in the attempt to improve your sleep would clearly be a nightmare!

counting sheep

You don’t have to lose sleep over insomnia. Making a bedtime plan you can stick to and adding the right supplements to your regimen can keep you from tossing and turning. Tell those sheep to hit the road and get some shut-eye at last. Sweet dreams!

The Joy of Diffuser Jewelry

DOJ PACKAGE     Hi there, Darling Hearts! Hope your Sunday is treating you well. I had the pleasure of sampling a really cool product recently and I want to tell you all about it. The awesome folks at Drops of Joy Jewelry were kind enough to send me a beautiful diffuser necklace to sample and I’m smitten. As an aromatherapy aficionado, diffuser jewelry has been on my radar for a while, but having worn mine for a couple of days now, my only regret is that it took me so long to try it.

Drops of Joy Jewelry is a husband and wife team who create beautiful, unique jewelry that look and smell fantastic, thanks to their ability to diffuse the essential oils or blends of your choosing. Aside from having a really fun product to put out there in the world, they are also giving back by donating a portion of each purchase to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Doing something you love and helping others at the same time is kinda what it’s all about, right?

My package arrived on the first day of my vacation which was perfect timing! When I opened it I was immediately taken by the adorable wrapping. Little things like this always make the whole experience feel special!


Inside were the locket-style necklace (mine has a super-cute flower design on it), three small leather disks for adding the oil, and a set of instructions explaining how to use it. I took the necklace out of the package and noticed right away how well made it was. The locket is sturdy and quite solid, and the chain is very high quality.


I opened the locket, added 2 drops of my favorite lavender oil to one of the leather discs, placed it inside the locket and snapped it closed. Then I placed it around my neck and pretty much fell in love. I’m wearing it as I’m writing this and the lovely scent of lavender is wafting up under my nose and the leather disc is on its third day without any refreshing. Drops of Joy, indeed!


I love wearing essential oils as personal fragrance, but this really takes it to another level. I absolutely love the benefits I get from applying essential oils to the skin in perfumes I’ve blended or in skincare products, but the scent does sometimes evaporate a little sooner than I’d like. Wearing the necklace allowed me to smell the fragrance of my choice all day and I really appreciated that it was still there when I took it off to go to bed.


After checking out the website, I have a list of other items I can’t wait to try! There were some gorgeous beaded earrings, antique bronze necklaces, and lava stone bracelets that I plan to add to my collection soon. If you’re looking for something really special to give as a gift or to treat yourself, I whole-heartedly recommend you visit their website and do a little shopping! You’re sure to find something really special.

Wishing You Total Well-Being,




P.S. If you do take the leap and buy a beautiful piece from Drops of Joy Jewelry, post a photo of your selection below! I want to see what you picked out.


Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for review, but all of the opinions are mine.

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