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blue tiger’s eye for power + communication

Like other forms of tiger’s eye, the blue variety (often called Hawk’s Eye) is a form of quartz in which silky asbestos fibers have been trapped, giving it a distinctive sheen. The form of asbestos is crocidilite, and iron-bearing mineral that’s normally blue in color. When that iron rusts before it gets trapped within the silica, it turns brown and results in golden tiger’s eye. But if the silica infiltrates the fibers before the iron has time to rust, the blue color is retained, resulting in blue tiger’s eye.

Combining the raw power of tiger’s eye with the blue color association gives an interesting and useful combination of metaphysical characteristics. All tiger’s eye is great for removing habits that no longer serve, plowing through details of your to-do list, and getting down to business. It can make you feel grounded, empowered and protected. Along with this, the blue variety boosts the power and effectiveness of all forms of communication. When it comes to setting and achieving goals, communication is an important factor that’s  sometimes overlooked. Another traditional use is for averting the evil eye.

One way to use this stone: Blue tiger’s eye makes a great pocket stone — one you’ll want to keep with you throughout the day. It’s a great choice for a palm stone or worry stone, but a small polished piece in your pocket or bag can serve just as well. You might want to keep it on your desk as you work, study, and manage various projects in your life. Then when you’re done for the day, keep your blue tiger’s eye near your phone to “recharge” it overnight.

sodalite for mutual understanding

Sodalite increases empathy between speaker and listener, which promotes a more meaningful understanding between people who are trying to communicate. If you have anyone in your life who talks past you, talks over you, or just doesn’t seem to “get” you, sodalite can help make dealing with this person more manageable — possibly even pleasant! It’s also good for lifting the emotional “overlay” in certain conversations that can distort perceptions and make it hard to understand what the other person is getting at. Some people also use it to help prepare for public speaking, and/or give them confidence while giving a speech or presentation. On a more spiritual level, you can also use it to tune in to spirit guides, angels and other non-human guides. Sodalite is associated with all forms of communication: spoken, written, nonverbal, telepathetic, interspecies — basically whatever kind of communication is needed in a particular situation. In fact, some writers have found sodalite so helpful that it’s sometimes called the “poet’s stone”!

Metaphysical properties: Use at 5th chakra (Throat chakra) or at 6th chakra (3rd eye/brow chakra) for increasing accurate intuitive thoughts, to encourage successful stilling of the mind during meditation, to bring out the truth in any situation, to help you stand up for yourself, for protection from electromagnetic pollution, to enhance group cooperation, to aid in speaking your truth, to banish habits & negative thinking patterns, to aid in absorbing new information, to remove fear, to banish guilt, to encourage confidence, to promote a healthy metabolism, to remove insomnia, and to reduce fevers.

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Rosemary for clearing the way

by Christina Wilke-Burbach

Note: The Aura Cacia rosemary essential oil we carry at Mimosa is Rosmarinus officinalis grown in Morocco.

New Year, New You! The beginning of the year is traditionally a time for us to assess the previous year and to plan for the upcoming one. Many of us make resolutions and then abandon them halfway through the year. We start with really good intentions and begin the year highly motivated to bring change to many areas of our lives. But then discouragement sets in as we either get overwhelmed, stressed out, or unforeseen obstacles spring up along the way.

Rosemary essential oil can assist you in clearing the way and overcoming these barriers. Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) is a woody perennial aromatic shrub in the mint family. It is native to the Mediterranean area and grows well in the Midwest. The flowering tops are steam distilled to produce the essential oil. Rosemary can have several different chemotypes depending on where and how it is grown. Chemotypes are the same plant species, but the chemical makeup is different due to environmental differences like temperature, amount of light, elevation, etc. For example, Rosemary grown in Spain will have different chemical constituents that Rosemary grown in the United States. Due to the chemistry, each chemotype of Rosemary can have similar, yet slightly different uses. When a plant has a chemotype, it is designated in the botanical name. For instance, Rosmarinus officinalis ct. cineole has higher levels of the chemical 1, 8 cineole in it and is great for respiratory concerns. Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor contains more camphor and is better for muscles aches and pains. Rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenone is a cell regenerator for the skin and is not quite as stimulating as the other two chemotypes.

Overall, all the Rosemary chemotypes are invigorating, stimulating, and refreshing. Rosemary empowers the mind and is helpful for overcoming mental fatigue and sluggishness by stimulating and strengthening the entire nervous system. It enhances memory, focus, and mental clarity while aiding alertness and concentration. Rosemary (especially the Cineole and Camphor chemotypes) can help you cope with stressful conditions and see things from a clearer perspective. Rosemary can also provide you with support and self-confidence to help you trudge forward during difficult times. Rosemary also helps clear negative and dense energy in both your aura and environment. Often times we are our own biggest barrier with self-defeating beliefs and self-talk. Rosemary can help clear this rubbish out of the way. Inhalation and diffusion is the safest and most effective way to use essential oils for memory, mood, and concentration. Always make sure to dilute essential oils in a vegetable oil if applying topically. Please do not put Rosemary essential oil near or on the face of infants and children due to some of the active chemical constituents in Rosemary.

Recipe for Mental Clarity:

  • 3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Peppermint Essential oil
  • 6 drops Orange Essential Oil

Directions: This blend is to be used in a diffuser. As you prepare the blend, have the thoughts and intent that you are ready to release energy, beliefs, patterns, and obstacles in your way. Turn the diffuser on and breathe in the aroma and state the following affirmation. “My thoughts are clear and focused. I am motivated, energized, invigorated, and will break through any barrier that gets in my way.”

Interested in learning more about aromatherapy and herbs? Join Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach for Holistic Healing with Herbs, a 6-month certification program starting April 14, 2018 in West Bend, WI.

About: Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Spiritual Counselor, Holistic Health Consultant, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Master Gardener, and Reiki Master Teacher with a PhD in Health Psychology. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine, or Natural Perfume classes or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit Many Blessings and Be Well!


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Your first thought may be that the fox is cunning and swift, and that this might go for you as well. While foxes are both cunning and swift, they have many more qualities as a guide and totem. This quick canid is excellent at adapting to any situation or overcoming any obstacle with creativity and wit. Their wisdom and intelligence guide us to all possible ways to overcome problems and obstacles. With the fox as your totem, you are more introverted, as foxes tend to keep to the shadows and watch from a distance. While this may seem dark, it really just means you actively take an interest in the lives of those around you, and that you care enough to pay attention. However, this doesn’t mean that foxes can’t be playful or outgoing. While they may not exactly be a social butterfly, foxes do have a gregarious side. This goes well with your ability to adapt to any situation, including ones where you have to portray a different aspect of yourself. Seeing a fox in a dream may indicate that someone is deceiving or tricking you. But being a fox, this will give you the wisdom to overcome this trickery. Being a fox also means you may find yourself more active at night than during the daytime. As foxes are nocturnal, you may also find your creativity or wit working overtime during the peak hours of the night.