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Agate Crystal Family


Picture Name Chakra Properties


  Agate 1, 3 Protection, grounding, stability, harmonizing Yin & Yang, physical strength, balance positive and negative, Working with universal forces
  Banded, Brown 1 Protection from psychic attacks, concentration, centering of the emotional body, memory, present moment awareness
  Banded, White 1, 7 Protection, strength, prevents bad dreams, reduces stress, helps against energy drain, purification, clears obstacles in one’s life
  Black 1 Grounding, protection, inner strength, helps in clear decision making, helps when doling out tough love, keeping peace in stressful households, muscle and joint pain, keeps body in balance, peace and calming
  Blue Lace 5 Peace and calming, speaking one’s truth, crop production, joy, grounding, centered, balanced mind body and spirit, communication with totems, and guides, blocks negative energy, blocks EMP stress
  Botswana, Apricot 2 Emotional balance, heals disorders in reproductive organs (especially women), ease discomfort from menstruation, help minimize problems during pregnancy, fertility, relieve constipation and stomach aches, instill lust for one’s partner, instinctive nurturing, for energetic support during cancer treatment and its side effects.
Botswana, Brown 4, 6, 7 Understanding others’ points of view, realizing inner gifts, reduces anxiety, communication, freedom from worry, speak from the heart
  Botswana, Pink 4 Softens rough personality, optimism, banish fears, gentleness, instinctive nurturing, compassion, fertility, friendships, overcome self-limiting beliefs
  Crazy Lace 1, 3 Protection, grounding, low vibrational stone, stability, strength, balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energies, harmonizes Yin and Yang, clear decision making, helps deal with emotional pain, brings laughter, stamina and energy
  Dendritic 1, 4 Connection with nature, communication with tree spirits, grounding, intuitive wisdom, personal growth, branching out to new pursuits, connection with nature spirits
Fire 1, 2, 3 Strength, connection to Fire element, vitality, reduces fevers, allows one to send bad energy back at those who send it out (like a mirror)
  Leopardskin 1, 2, 3 Communication with animals, helps one determine their animal totem, connection with one’s roots, courage
  Marble 6, 7 Communicating with angels, clarity, clear memory, intuition, clarifying difficult situations
  Medicine Bow 1, 3, 6, 7 Shamanic journeying, ritual or ceremony, connection with totems and guides, wisdom and insight from ancestors, healing on all levels
  Moss 1, 4 Connection to nature (especially plants), balance the chakras, spiritual growth, healing of the physical body, confidence, joy, relieves worries and stress, shamanic journeying, intuitive knowledge (especially herbalism)
  River 1 Reduces negativity, helps with one’s sense of humor, going with the flow, feminine power
  Shiva’s Eye 6 Connection with the energies of Lord Shiva, enhances the power of prayer, deepens meditation, spiritual ascension, karmic upliftment (by removing karmic obstacles and karmic debt), intuition, helps one develop psychic skills, balance and harmony
  Snakeskin 1, 3, 7 Provides energy when exerting large amounts, peace and calming, self-love and relationships, initiate rise of Kundalini, helps on camouflage themselves in crowds or situations, self-esteem, self-awareness, finding lost items, reduce stress and worry
  Tree 1, 4 Roots one to the earth to feel more grounded, deep appreciation for nature and all living things, allows one to channel from tree spirits, aids in all types of growth (physical, spiritual, and mental), encourages exploration, helps clear blockages in Heart Chakra
  Turritella 1, 2 Creativity, heals past emotional pain, sense of oneness with all beings, release unwanted energy, staying grounded during times of great spiritual shifts

The sun is in Aquarius. What does that mean for your sign?

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by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

Aquarius:  January 20 – February 20

While the Sun is in the sign of Aquarius, our egos become more sensitive to the human experiences of group energy. Friends, colleagues, comrades, and community draw our attention in ways that heighten our awareness of collective values, visions, goals and activities and how we fit into that. The desire to “belong” to a tribe of peers is universal. By aligning our personal energy with that of others, we can get a taste, here in the physical world, of the synergy and magic that reflects the spiritual oneness of all our souls in the divine dimension. Thus, our experiences with groups are opportunities for learning how to guide our soul-inspired egos toward soul-fulfilling expressions of divine love.

Look below for your birth sign (sun sign) to see what particular challenges/opportunities are being brought to your awareness this month. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Rising sign or a number of planets in the sign.)

Aries: As a natural leader, it’s important that you find a way to assert the strengths of your individuality and independence for the benefit of any groups you are in. It may be difficult for you to follow others, so consider leading, being the spokesperson or accepting independent assignments. Just be certain you have let yourself identify with the group’s cause or purpose so that you are not tempted to use the group for your own agenda.

Taurus: Your participation with groups can contribute an earthy, grounded stability and consistency to the team and build your own sense of self-worth. The problem can be that you become too attached to a particular idea or plan of action, your own or the group’s, and unable to muster the flexibility to adapt to the inevitable and unpredictable group process.  If you make sure the overall values and goals of the group align with your own, and don’t look to the group for validation of your individual self-worth, you will remain free to disagree, yet remain loyal.

Gemini: What could be more interesting for a Gemini than being in a group, right? But that rational and chatty curiosity can come across as cold and detached from feeling or empathic intuition, leading to unintended slights and alienation. Also, a too busy mind can create distractions from group focus. The key is to direct some of your curiosity to understanding the individual contributions of others, which creates energy of appreciation in you. This builds a love vibration that allows others to receive your objective and otherwise emotionally detached ideas.

Cancer: Your natural tendencies toward feelings, empathy and nurturing can make you a valued member of any group, especially when emotions are in play. Of course, this is only true if the group values and respects emotion. Otherwise, your greatest strengths become everyone’s frustration. So choose your groups wisely. Also, realize that groups are seldom organized around your own emotional needs. So don’t look for them to build your emotional security and self-worth. Rather, offer your own emotional strength to others in the group or to those whom the group may serve.

Leo: Your natural confidence in expressing your individual authenticity can inspire any team and could result in your leadership. However, if it’s about enhancing your own ego by appearing to be a cooperative team player, and receiving kudos for it, then it’s a disruptive suck. The challenge is to bring your magical child’s awareness to the magical child in your teammates, playfully inviting them to add their own unique gifts to yours and others in a dynamic synergy of creativity. This allows you to lead without leading and still honors your need to shine.

Virgo: Your dedication to being of service and getting things right can either keep a group focused, effective and moving forward or invoke judgment, fault-finding and splintering. The challenge is for you to soften your need for perfection and appreciate that not everyone holds your standards. By extending an empathetic appreciation for the feelings and unique contributions of each member and embracing the collective and expressed standards of the group, your critical observations are better received and valued.

Libra: Your tendency to highly value one-to-one connection can be a natural contribution to group harmony, but when aimed toward your own personal needs, can be disruptive and get in the way of your own need for connection. It’s best to use your relationship sensitivities toward helping everyone exercise a balanced, fair and egalitarian teamwork. Your warmth and objectivity in these matters will support everyone and keep the love flowing. Just keep the caretaking appropriate or you will lose yourself.  

Scorpio: For you, it’s about power and transformation. You may fear committing to groups, even those with lofty goals, because your keen insights into hidden group dynamics can reveal that which is out of alignment with the group’s expressed ideals.  But rather than fearing to be a provocative threat to the group, your challenge is to trust your gift of perceptions by sharing it with others within the context of the group purpose and trusting that though you may get temporary push-back, after time to digest, the others will discern what is true in your information and allow it to cause transformation as needed.  The key is for you to not be attached to your own sense of power or need to manipulate, knowing you are merely part of a collective process.

Sagittarius: Your good intention to seek truth can come across as arrogant and judgmental, even if you stay silent, and thus disrupt the effectiveness of the group and your connection to those in it. Make sure you choose groups already aligned with your truth so you aren’t trying to change their purpose. Also, recognize and express appreciation for the wisdom others bring to the table, directing your own insights to building a collaborative sense of vision and truth. After all, that is how the “magic” of synergy furthers us all.

Capricorn: You bring managerial authority and organizational skills to your collective experiences. Any group that has goals needs someone like you to help manifest them. Where you can get stuck is by aligning yourself with people and groups that keep you in a safe zone of conformity to the status quo.  In truth, your leadership skills are best applied to group ideals that move society forward. By committing to a collective vision of universal progress, you act as a cautious reality check that helps keep a successful pace toward group goals.

Aquarius: Your Uranian impulses for authenticity, freedom and change make you both an inspiring catalyst for the potential synergy of group creativity and a rebellious detractor that can bring that synergy to a halt.  The challenge is to first choose groups that align with your ideals and then make sure there is room in the group for your original, inventive, intuitive and eccentric contributions to be valued and applied. Otherwise, you will feel a need for freedom and leave.

Pisces: Your subliminal feelings of connection to the wholeness of divine unity bring an inspired idealism to your collective experiences. This can be a problem if you expect any group of peers to live up to your high ideals, in which case you will either not find any suitable groups or be constantly disappointed and fuel disention, confusion and alienation. The challenge is to let go of expectations, feel the flow of love, allow yourself to share your visionary perspectives, and trust that this will plant seeds of inspiration for others to channel similar visions that build the collective vision to new heights beyond your own.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology,  energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit for more information or email Barry at

The Many Varieties of Quartz (rock crystal)


Picture Name Chakra Properties



(Rooster or Angelic)

6, 7 Harmony and serenity, confidence, overcoming obstacles, joy, abundance, love, empathy, integrity, amplifies energy, selfless light work, restful sleep, lucid dreaming, clear decision making
Blue 5, 6 Communication, detoxification, calms hyperactivity, helps with scatter-mindedness, helps focus, speaking one’s truth, communication between chakras, dream healing, harmony, mental clarity, eases fear
Cherry 4 (MANMADE STONE) Enhance divine energy, reduce pain & inflammation, helps one lose weight, general heart health, transformation (physical, mental and spiritual)
Chlorite 1, 4 Stimulate the metabolism, absorption of nutrients and antioxidants, general physical healing, rehabilitate strained or injured muscles, connection with nature and Mother Earth
  Clear All Most powerful and energizing crystals, powerful healer, purifier, cleansing of physical and ethereal bodies, amplifier of energy and intentions
Diamantina 7 Align the energy body, chakra balance, healing energy from the universe, project universal healing light
  Dream 6 Dream healing, astral travel, enhance lucid dreaming, helps ailing houseplants, calming vibrations to distraught Indigo children
Elestial 7, Soul Star Emotional healing, balance, wisdom, helps with adjusting to change, awareness of one’s immortality, confidence, manifestation, detoxify, connection to the Angelic realm, abundance, intuition, psychic abilities, clairvoyance, meditation
  Faden 2, 3, 6, 7 Psychic energy, spiritual insight, meditation, connection and communication with one’s inner and higher self
  Girasol 6, 7 Stay connected with inner-self during times of turmoil or great change, ascension, helps with deciphering clouded or unclear intuitive messages, connection to the Angelic realm, seeing hidden messages behind a situation, karmic upliftment, safely protect one with a white light, spiritual awakening, healing mind body and spirit, aids channeling
Golden 3, 7 Success, spirit cleansing, self-confidence, helps one see one’s spiritual purpose, focus, creativity, spiritual communication over long distances, enhances psychic abilities, meditation
  Golden Healer 3, 7 Enhance flow of energy during healing work, aids healer or energy worker to stay grounded while healing, opens healer to Universal source of energy for their client, inner strength, personal power
w/ Graphite 4, 6, 7 Strong energy conductor, sends healing energy to others, breaks unneeded or unwanted bonds, independance, relieves anger, channeled writing, connection to ethereal plane,
  Hematoid 1 Cleanse and purify the blood, vitality, protection, relieve pain associated to strained muscles or damaged ligaments or tendons, courage and bravery, guidance on one’s career path
  Herkimer Diamond 6, 7 Astral travel, lucid dreaming, helps one fully access the Dream consciousness while in the Waking State, balances and aligns the chakras, clarity of thought (Good companion stone for Moldavite. When used together they enhance the other’s qualities)


1 ,6, 7 Enhance connection to ancestors, increase esoteric knowledge and understanding of the occult, astral travel, protection while traveling, understanding of Tibetan Buddhist, spiritual beliefs and ritualistic practices, karmic release, divine connection, connection to Water for emotional healing, dissolve the ego, deeper states of meditation, conscious awareness
Lemurian, Clear 6, 7 Drawing Universal energy to the Earth plane, connection to the ancient civilization of Lemuria (aka Mu) and esoteric wisdom from them, communicate the idea of oneness and love to all other crystals on the planet
Lemurian, Pink 4, 7 Brings Universal healing energy to the physical and energetic bodies, opens chakras that have closed due to emotional trauma, brings peace and calming (Also look at Clear Lemurian for additional properties)
  Lithium 4, 6 Banish depression, balances the hemispheres of the brain, peace and tranquility, dispels anxiety, emotional healing (especially related to trauma or grief
  Milky 5, 7 Creativity, overcome intuitive blocks, shields the psychic body, inner peace and tranquility, deepens meditative state, keeps one grounded during astral travelling, prayer, worship
Nirvana, Pink 4, 6, 7 Opens heart chakra, protection for mothers and children, healing disorders of the heart, blood circulation, love and compassion, earth healing, reveals importance of eco-friendly practices, spiritual ascension, peace and harmony
  Nirvana, White 4, 6, 7 Raises energetic vibrations while healing or meditation, astral travel, enhance healing work, connection with knowledge of ancient peoples,  repair on a cellular level


Ouro Verde






1, 3, 7




1, 2, 3


Spiritual illumination, removes obstacles on the path to enlightenment, enhance inner knowing, self-confidence, reminder of karmic debts, astral travel for healing or gathering information



PTSD recovery, emotional balance, removing negative energy, past life healing


Red Wine


1, 2


Grounding, relaxation, internal organs, keeping steady during chaotic times, good for veterans



Rose 4 Unconditional love, peace, compassion, self-love, attitude of Lovingkindness, tenderness, spark a romance, ease mid-life crisis, soothe a broken heart, emotional balance, friendship, trust, forgiveness, understanding, fertility, connection to Water element

(Gold, Green, Red, Silver)

3, 7 Vitality, transferring vibrational healing energies, balance, cleanse the aura, manifest spiritual abundance, scrying divination, channeling, removes barriers that interfere with spiritual growth, opens divine energy of the universe, protection from negative energy, forgiveness and compassion, remove depression, heals and repairs aura, spiritual ascension, increase fertility
  Shamanic Dream 1, 6 Shamanic journeying, conscious awareness, deepen meditative states, meaningful astral travel, heighten one’s intuition and psychic powers, protection during spiritual work, has the ability to stimulate amazing Shamanic Journeying, as well as pulling people back to the earth plane during Astral Travel
Smoky 1 Grounding, protection from negative energies, increase energy during meditation, relieves stress, reduce stress caused by electromagnetic frequencies, removes fear, enhance passion, dispel bad dreams, promotes insight during scrying, concentration, communication, stilling the mind for meditation, manifestation, relieve physical pain, headaches, helpful for those undergoing chemotherapy
(sometimes known as Cactus Quartz)
3, 6, 7 Connection to Spirit Guides, Totem Animals or beings from the Fairy Realm, safety and security (especially after physical abuse), recovery from addiction, connection with one’s inner child, spiritual ascension, meditation, promotes psychic phenomena, accepting universal healing light
Strawberry 4 Seeing good in all things, take time for the sweet things in life and to appreciate them, generosity, connection with inner child
  Tangerine 2 Recovery after trauma, relieve symptoms of PTSD, past life healing, karmic release, emotional balance, enhance creativity, work through self-limiting beliefs, removes negative energies from aura, prosperity, abundance, receive accurate outcomes when practicing divination
1, 7 Grounding, protection against negative energies (amplified protection), release stress, promotes peace and calming, balances mind body and spirit, physical healing

Everything you need to know to get started with essential oils

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Category: Aromatherapy

Introduction: Aromatherapy is a form of complementary medicine based on the therapeutic use of herbs — a practice that combines ancient roots with the fruits of modern research. The principal tool of aromatherapy is essential oils.These are not really “oils” at all, but rather highly concentrated plant essences distilled to maximize aromatic properties. Hundreds of pounds of plant material may go into a small bottle of essential oil.

While they are a natural product, these oils are very concentrated, and we need to take care when using them. This handout should give you all the information you need to use essential oils safely and effectively for yourself and your family in everyday use. If you use these oils as part of a professional practice — for example, as a massage practitioner or counsellor — please consider pursuing certification, if you have not already done so.

Safety notes: We would like to emphasize three important rules for using essential oils safely:

  1. Never use essential oils directly on the skin. Always dilute them with a carrier oil.
  2. Never use essential oils internally unless under the direction of a medical professional.
  3. Extra precautions need to be taken when using the oils with people who have certain medical conditions, pregnant or nursing women, and infants and young children.

Using the oils with a diffuser: A diffuser is a safe and effective tool designed for use with essential oils. It’s a quick way to distribute scent throughout your environment, which can be enjoyed by more than one person at a time. Following is a run-down of various types of diffusers and other delivery mechanisms. You don’t need to keep the diffuser running for a long period of time; ten minutes at a time is plenty.

Nebulizing diffusers and cold air mist diffusers: These high-end diffusers are the best choices for therapeutic use of oils. They’re somewhat expensive, but do the best job because they distribute scent throughout your space efficiently and without heating the oil. Heat can burn off some of the chemical constituents of the oil.

Mechanical diffusers come in many styles. The inexpensive ones we sell at Mimosa use electricity to heat up a small patch of felt, which you sprinkle with oil before turning the machine on. These little machines can distribute scent throughout a single room for a few hours, and are safe to leave on overnight. To conserve the felt patches, you can designate one for each oil you use, and keep it in a marked plastic baggie. Diffusers use heat to release scent into the air.

An oil burner uses a small candle (tealight) as its heat source. The candle heats an attached dish, in which a few drops of oil are diluted in water. When using a burner, it’s very important to make sure to add water to the dish as the contents evaporate; if the candle is left burning beneath a dry dish, the glass dish can crack. Also, as with any open flame, you should never leave the burner unattended while its candle is lit. Oil burners are great for scenting one room for a short time while, but a tealight can only burn for a few hours. When you leave the room, it’s fine to snuff the candle and relight it later. These are great for scenting a room, but are not the first choice for therapeutic use of oils.

Essential Oil Mists: In these, essential oils are diluted in water and sprayed into the air. While this is not a long-lasting way to use the oils, it’s a great way to purify your environment, or to blend several oils for a specific intention. We sell ready-mixed sprays at Mimosa which are formulated for particular intentions, and also as smudging and yoga mat cleansing sprays.

You can also make your own mists by diluting essential oils in water in a small mister bottle. Mimosa’s recipe consists of about 10-15 drops of essential oil, mixed into an ounce of water with a tablespoon of vodka as a preservative for the water.

If you live somewhere where you can’t burn sage or incense, or someone in the household is sensitive to smoke, this can be a great way to purify your home environment. Sprays are also great for the office, when you don’t want anyone to know what you’re up to!

Nasal Inhalers: These are small tools you can carry along when you want to take a little oil along with you, or for personal use. Despite the name, you should never insert the inhaler into your nostril; instead, use it under the nose.

Pendants: An essential oil pendant contains a small piece of cloth which you soak with essential oil before wearing. This is a great way to carry the scent with you. You can also put a little oil (preferably diluted) in a small bottle to carry or wear on a cord.

Other Fun and Safe Ways to Use Essential Oils:

  • Put a few drops into the bathtub.
  • Add a few drops into natural cleaning products. Grapefruit oil is great for this!
  • Add a few drops to unscented soap, lotion or hand cream. Be sure to mix thoroughly before applying to skin.
  • Soak a little oil into a piece of felt, and use it to scent a drawer or closet.
  • Use small amounts for candle-making or other crafts. (It’s fun to be creative — this year I misted my Christmas cards with a little peppermint!)
However you use essential oils, remember, “Less is best.” A tiny bit of these concentrated oils goes a very long way.

Using Essential Oils on Skin:
When using an essential oil on your body, you should first combine it with a carrier oil. Not only does promote safety and give better skin coverage, it actually helps the skin to absorb the essential oil. Thus carrier oils increase safety, effectiveness, and economy of use.

Many common oils make excellent carriers — from kitchen oils, such as olive, sunflower or grapeseed oil to the sweet almond oil often sold for this purpose. A good ratio for adults is about 15 to 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. An ounce is an amount roughly equivalent to the size of a shot glass. (If you’re too young to know how big that is, you should be doing this under adult supervision anyway!) Test your blend on a small patch of skin, to test for sensitivity, before trying it on a larger area.

We need to dilute the oils more when using them with children; see the separate section below for more information.

Once you have blended your essential oil and the carrier oil, they can be stored in an amber glass bottle in the refrigerator for up to six months, and used as massage oil or personal scent. Essential oils can also be blended at this same approximate ratio into unscented soaps, lotions, etc. However, they should never be used in any product that will come in direct contact with the eyes.

Undiluted essential oils should never be used directly on the skin. There are several reasons for this:

  • Some undiluted essential oils can burn the skin, causing contact dermatitis, accelerating sunburn, and/or causing more serious reactions.
  • Undiluted essential oils can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
  • They can be drying to the skin.
  • Placing undiluted essential oils directly on the skin is simply not an effective way to use them, since they will evaporate quite rapidly.
  • Essential oils can interact with medications, herbs, and homeopathics

Using oils internally: We do not recommend using any essential oil internally without the guidance of a medical professional. Without proper guidance, even essences derived from food plants are not safe. There are many reasons for this:

  • Highly concentrated plant essences may burn the mouth, throat or other parts of the digestive system.
  • They present a high risk of overdose.
  • Internal use of oils can cause nausea, vomiting, and/or liver damage.
  • Ingestion is not an effective way to use the oils. Food can interfere with absorption, and digestive chemicals can break down the oils before they have a chance to do any good.

Storing essential oils: Essential oils should be stored in tightly sealed containers, away from sunlight and heat. If possible keep them in the refrigerator. It’s best to use dark-colored glass containers to store oils or anything you make from them, to protect the contents from light. When stored properly, essential oils can retain their potency for up to five years. (Exceptions are citruses and tea tree, which should be used within two years.) As long as the oil still smells strong, it should be fine to use.

Using aromatherapy with infants and children: Essential oils can help children under age twelve in many ways, but we must take care when using them. All essential oils and mixtures made from them should be kept out of reach of small children, and used only with adult supervision.

It’s generally safe to use a diffuser in a room when children are present, as long as the diffuser is out of their reach and the smell doesn’t bother them. Obviously, we need to take special care when using tealights or scented candles.

For topical use with infants, safe oils are lavender, chamomile and rose. Use a ratio of one to two drops per ounce of carrier oil.

For topical use with children ages one through twelve, safe oils are lavender, chamomile, rose, neroli, orange and tea tree. Use a ratio of two to four drops per ounce of carrier oil.

Other oils may not be safe for use with young children. Please consult with a certified aromatherapist if you are interested in using other oils besides the ones mentioned above. One special caution: Never use eucalyptus or peppermint on infants.

Using aromatherapy during pregnancy: It’s best to avoid using essential oils during the first trimester of pregnancy. The body is very sensitive at that stage, sometimes in unpredictable ways. Besides, many women find any strong smell unpleasant during this time.

Oils that are safe to use during the second and third trimesters are cardamom, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, ginger, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, rosewood, rose, and sandalwood.

After the baby is born, you may carefully re-include other oils, but be patient. Keep in mind that our senses of smell and taste are closely linked, so that even a scent on the air could cause a baby to sense something “off” about breastmilk or formula. Great caution must be used with topical application with infants. Neonatal skin does not mature until 3 months of age, so for beginning essential oils users, it would be best to wait to use oils topically until baby is at least 3 months old.

Avoid the following oils during any stage of pregnancy: aniseed, basil, birch, camphor, cinnamon, hyssop, mugwort, parsley seed and leaf, pennyroyal, sage, tansy, tarragon, thuja, wintergreen, and wormwood.

Using oils with people who have other conditions or sensitivities:
Special care should be taken using essential oils with people or pets who have serious health issues, including asthma, epilepsy, seizure disorders, high blood pressure, or certain mental disorders. If these conditions are present, or if you have any question about using oils with an individual experiencing any kind of health challenge, consult your physician.

Essential oils are a complementary therapy to be used in conjunction with regular medical care. Aromatherapy does not replace proper medical care. When in doubt, always seek the advice of your doctor.

We would like to thank Christina Wilke-Burbach, PhD, RMT for her help in preparing this article. Christina is a  offers in-depth aromatherapy courses at Mimosa and other venues. You can find out more about these courses on her website, While Christina was a great help in preparing this article  MImosa is solely responsible for all content.


Essential Oil Correspondences

Balsam Fir rejuvenate body & mind, respiratory, muscle aches, pain
Basil refreshing, restore mental alertness, fatigue, muscle aches
Bergamot uplifting, confidence, enhance mood, skin problems, balance, stress, depression, mental health, emotional control
Cedarwood relaxing, massage, oily skin
Clary Sage menopause, menstrual issues including PMS, relaxing, stress, depression
Clove stimulation, revitalizing, immune enhancement, pain relief
Copaiba recovering from injury or irritation, digestion, inflammation
Cypress security, stability, comfort during winter, skin problems, transitions
Dill revitalizing, balance
Eucalyptus cooling, refreshing, energizing, respiratory support, exercise, sore muscles, communication, assertiveness, standing up for oneself
Fennel circulation, glands, respiration, digestion, well-being during menstrual cycle, energy, vitality, balance
Frankincense meditation, elevating the mind, spiritual connection, centering, comfort, mental focus, overcoming despair, stress, aging skin
Geranium revitalizing, releasing negativity, nervous system support, balance
Grapefruit energy, uplifting, weight management, detoxification, reducing excess water retention
Jasmine relaxation, self-confidence, romance, balancing female energies, lunar connection, positive experience with the night, relationships, sexuality & sensuality. Jasmine is a potent aphrodisiac.
Juniper detox, cleansing, purification, urinary support
Lavender adaptogen (adapting to stress or imbalance), relaxation, sleep, energy, beauty, cuts & burns, healing, protection, purification, seeing the whole picture
Lemon purification, fasting, vitality, nervous system
Lemongrass stimulating, mental clarity, balance, rejuvenation
Melrose skin health, cuts, burns & rashes
Myrrh meditation, purification, uplifting, regulating emotions
Orange calming, peace, happiness
Oregano immune & respiratory support, electrical alignment of body
Palo Santo spiritual development, purification, cleansing, release of negative energy
Patchouli happy house, releasing negative emotions, general health, digestive system, connection to Mother Earth, trust, protection
Peppermint supports digestion, respiratory system & liver, concentration, mental sharpness, clarity, dieting
Pine energy, muscles & joints, exercise
Rosemary mental alertness, energy, memory
Sage strengthen senses, support metabolism, respiratory, reproductive & nervous systems, coping with despair, mental fatigue, cleanse & purify the home, release negativity
Spearmint open & release mental blockages, balance, well-being
Spruce relaxes mind & body
Tangerine uplift the spirit, security, occasional nervous irritability (moodiness), calming
Tarragon digestive support
Thyme immune system
Valerian calming, grounding, emotional balance, restoring nervous system
Vetiver grounding, recovering from emotional trauma, good behavior in children, calming, stability, stress
Wintergreen soothing, headaches, exercise, enhance children’s moods. (Caution, should never be used with anyone on a blood thinner or daily aspirin therapy.)
Ylang Ylang love & romance, releasing anger, relaxation, beauty, sensuality, balancing male & female (yin & yang), awakening kundalini



Root Chakra Aromatherapy Recipe

January 2017 Root Chakra Reading
By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA
Mind, Soul, and Self LLC

New Year, new you, new plans, new resolutions! As someone who specializes in the Chakras, I believe they are the perfect blueprint for human growth and development.  The Chakras are the foundation of my entire business. I offer Chakra Wellness Retreats, Chakra Boot Camps, Chakra Intuitive Readings, Chakra Balancing, Chakra Aromatherapy, Chakra Products, Chakra Classes, Chakra Certification, and now Chakra Forecasts! Starting in 2017, I will write up one chakra a month, give an aromatherapy recipe to help bring balance to that Chakra, and give a forecast about what the Chakra energies hold for that month. Don’t worry, there are more than 7 chakras and enough information for the entire year! If you want to dive deeper into the Chakra themes of each month, I have a new Chakra Mini Series of 60-minute monthly chakra classes that includes a 30-minute chakra hypnosis session. I am also available for individual Chakra Intuitive Readings. So in January 2017, we will begin with our foundation, the Root Chakra.

Brief Overview of Chakras: The Chakras are the main energy centers in our subtle body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura or electromagnetic field. There are 8 main Chakras, minor, subpersonal, and transpersonal chakras. The Chakras’ function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each chakra is associated with certain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interactions. Each chakra has personal growth themes, functions, and purposes. The concept of the Chakras has been around for thousands of years.

The Root Chakra: The Root Chakra is the most physical and instinctual of all the chakras. It is located at the base of the spine/tailbone/genital area. Its themes include grounding, survival and basic needs, home, work, car, finances, career, food, nutrition, shelter, physical health, manifestation, trust, survival, security, and the right to be here. It is your foundation. It represents the element earth. This chakra brings health, prosperity, abundance, success, security, and dynamic presence. Lessons: right to be here, right to have, security, survival.

January 2017 Root Chakra Forecast: I have found through my work that many people, especially those on the spiritual path, struggle with the right to have, success, abundance and manifestation (functions of the Root Chakra). Why is this? Why do you believe you are not worthy? What is holding you back? Since the new year is traditionally a time to lay the groundwork for the upcoming year and make goals, collectively in our group consciousness, the energy is strong right now for manifestation work. If you have an idea, project, or a personal goal, focus your energy and awareness. Now is the time for you to set a solid plan of action to make this become a reality. Focus on what you desire, not what you fear.

Root Chakra Aromatherapy Recipe

  • 1 drop Patchouli
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Vetiver

Put drops on a cotton pad or tissue. Breathe in and state the following affirmation: “I am abundant and successful and deserve good things in my life.” Repeat as needed.

If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Root Chakra, Manifesting, and Abundance,’ please visit Christina’s Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly online chakra classes

Join us for the next ‘30 Day Chakra Boot Camp: Chakra Intuition,’ Starting January 31:

Join us for our ‘Spring Equinox Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend Wisconsin March 17 to 19:

About: Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Holistic Health Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra Retreats, Chakra Classes, Chakra Bootcamps, Aromatherapy Classes/Certifications, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit Many Blessings and Be Well!