Tejomaya Wellness

A Blog About Well-Being

Month: August 2018

Essential Oil Spotlight: Citrus Bliss

     Hi There, Well-Beings!

This week, I wanted to focus on an oil blend that has served me very well over the past year and is a VIP in my emotional support lineup. It smells like liquid sunshine, so I often wear it in my aromatherapy locket and use it in my perfume blends. I have yet to find someone who isn’t enchanted by this sweet, fun-loving, delightful little oil, so I’m pleased as punch to share it with you in this Essential Oil Spotlight.

Citrus Bliss, also known as the Invigorating Blend, is a sunny, sumptuous blend of Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine, and Clementine essential oils, with the sweetest touch of Vanilla Bean Absolute. It is refreshing, purifies and cleanses the air, and reduces stress and uplifts the mood all at once. You can add Citrus Bliss to a spray bottle of water and use it to clean surfaces, add to wool dryer balls to freshen laundry, and diffuse, or dilute and roll on the wrists as a mood boosting personal perfume.

Absolute sunshine. I dare you not to love this blend.

I love lavender, but I find that as an extra-sensitive HSP and an Empath, lavender isn’t a great oil for me in the evening hours. In fact, it kinda makes my mind race. What’s been interesting over this past year has been discovering the special plant magic of certain oils. Chemically speaking citrus oils contain both calming and energizing constituents, and like I said like magic, you get what you need in the moment. Citrus Bliss is an oil I know I can always reach for, day or night. It keeps me cheery and refreshed when the sun is up and calms me down and keeps me happy while I drift off to sleep. Pretty nifty, huh?

So, there’s something important to know about citrus oils, and that’s that most of them are considered photosensitive. In a future post I’ll be going into more detail about exactly what photosensitivity is, but the Cliff’s Notes here are that you want to avoid putting these oils directly onto skin that will be exposed to the sun or UV light or any kind. Photosensitive oils can speed up the effects of the sun’s rays, which can put you in a potentially dangerous situation, and is why I love to wear Citrus Bliss on aromatherapy jewelry instead. It’s safer and more stylish. What’s not to love?

Don’t have diffuser jewelry? You can make your own with lava beads. I get mine at Michaels.

Citrus Bliss is one of my favorite blends to give to the special people in my life who aren’t quite sure about essential oils, because it’s so versatile and is such a home run for both men and women. It’s one of the more reasonably priced oils when you have a wholesale account too, so I go through quite a bit of this stuff and it isn’t hard on my budget when it’s time to reorder. My secret weapon personal fragrance is a mix of Whisper, the women’s blend, with a touch of Citrus Bliss for extra sweetness. It gets a lot of compliments, and my boyfriend enjoys it because it isn’t “perfumey”.

My parting gift to you this week is my all time favorite diffuser blend for warm, sunny days (or maybe just days you wish were warm and sunny). This blend is ready to add ambiance to your next get-together or just to spread joy in whatever room you’re in. It’ll give you those beachy vibes whenever you want them. I call it Sun & Surf, so feel free to put on some Beach Boys or Dick Dale to complete the mood, or put on your favorite Frankie & Annette movie. (Mine’s Beach Blanket Bingo!)

Sunscreen and frozen beverage optional.

Could you use a little Citrus Bliss in your life? Comment below! I’m always happy to share my best tips with you for using oils on a budget, and will give you the scoop on how I get free oils every month. (It’s no scarier than using your Costco or Sam’s Club card and smells a whole lot sweeter!)

Wishing You Total Well-Being,

Jennifer

Tejomaya Wellness: A Written Return

 

     Hi there, Well-Beings!

I’m back after a very extended break and am looking so forward to sharing from my heart with you again. Enough time has passed and there are so many beautiful new faces in my life as a part of my Essential Oil Academy, that I thought it might be nice to do a little re-introduction and catch up with a quick 5W style interview.

Who am I? For those who don’t know me yet, my name is Jennifer, and I am a meditation teacher, an artist, a Usui Reiki Master, an essential oil educator, and after about a year and a half away, I am a wellness blogger again. I’m also dog mom to rescue terrier with a big personality named Harrison (after George), and if you couldn’t tell already, a Beatlemaniac. I’m a novice chef, a collector of plants, an up-lifter, and a dream encourager. I hope those last two are reflected in everything I say and do.

What is this Tejomaya Wellness thing all about? I completely and totally believe we are here to teach the things we most need to learn in this life, and after struggling with chronic illness, debilitating grief, and crippling anxiety and depression , I learned how important Self Care can be. In the worst of it, it was the difference between ending my life and living to see another day. It was the light in the darkness for me. Learning stress management techniques like meditation, using herbs and oils to support the emotions, reaching out to my doctor for help when I couldn’t do it on my own, and reducing the toxic load in my home and in my food choices all contributed to that light burning a little bit brighter, the by-product being a deep desire to spread that light to others who are struggling with the same kinds of things I went through. Tejomaya is a Sanskrit word that means full of light, and I hope you find that light on these pages. You have gifts inside of you that the world needs, Love. I’m here to help you find the spark.

When did you decide to come back to blogging after being away for so long? Somewhere in my heart, I always knew I’d come back, but there was a lot of resistance in the year I spent away. First, because I was healing. I left a job where daylong panic attacks were the norm and I think I underestimated the amount of time it was going to take me to come out on the other side of it. I expected a couple of months, but it took a full 12 and counting. I still have flare-ups from time to time, but I developed protocols with emotional support oils, I check back in with my doctor as needed, and I rest when I know I should. It feels right now though, so I let my heart lead me back. Second, I have been teaching about the thing I’m most passionate about in the whole world, essential oils, but I am an introvert, so I learned pretty quickly that videos and a social media heavy presence aren’t really me. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and tried them anyway. Sure, I could do them, but there’s always been something deep down inside me that knows I’m a writer, and that I find my most authentic voice behind my laptop with a mug of steeping tea to my left, and a snoozing terrier to my right. It’s just my nature. I’m thankful that I heard and heeded that little voice in May that said I should renew my webhosting, because this was always part of the plan. I’m even more thankful that I am listening to the little voice that said it was time to start typing again.

Where do you see this blog going in the future? It’s hard to say anything with any certainty, but I know that right now, I want this to be the central hub for all of my essential oil education. I see Essential Oil Spotlights on the horizon, a space to share blends and protocols that I hold dear, and most importantly a safe space to share with each other and ask questions. Will it be just essential oils? Heavens, no.  I have no doubt my heart will lead me down all kinds of paths when it comes to wellness, but Self Care and Aromatherapy will be at the heart of all I do, because it’s been the thing that’s helped me the most. It’s hard not to talk about what you love. <3

Why did you decide to start writing again? Because there are people in this world who are hurting as I was, and I may have learned something from my own pain that could help. Because when you go through something that’s hard and you let it soften your heart and teach you things, you can’t help but try to help. I do this because sometimes after a long period of not putting my fingers to a keyboard, the words just bubble over and find their way out anyway. I share because it’s a creative outlet for me and as an artist, I’ve learned some of my best life lessons in the quiet stillness of the creation process. I write because my heart says “write”.

I am so happy to be back, Dear Hearts. I hope you find comfort, knowledge, and love here. Let me know if there are any essential oils or topics that are close to your hearts that you’d like to see me cover and I will do my best to make that happen for you. Until the next post, may you be well, may you be happy, and may you live with ease.

Wishing You Total Well-being,

 

Jennifer

 

 

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