In the first week of December I was invited to participate in a 21-day abundance challenge and I accepted. The timing was an interesting opportunity to explore a practice of gratitude during the holiday season when graciousness is illuminated, as well as, increased activities with work, family dynamics, and finances. Everyday I did tasks that involved writing in my journal and meditating. Throughout the practice I struggled with judgement, comparison, and self acknowledgement. It became clear that self love was very difficult. I was also holding myself hostage by seeing others successes as separate from the pure love of life and connection that I so often speak about. A week prior to this revelation, my inner voice declared, “2020 for Stacey would be SELF CARE and FLOWERS!” I repeated it over and over, “Self care and flowers, self care and flowers, self care and flowers.” I even started to imagine the ways I would make this incredible statement real. It was so simple. True abundance holds on to nothing. In a space of nothing there is everything. In essence, I am going deeper with love for myself. I invite you to do the same. And, of course, I have made a blend for that. Moss Botanicals is a timeless aromatic journey for me because each formula calls me back in rediscovery.
When I created the "Self Love" blend I chose to build the formula with Magnolia essential oil at the heart (the middle note). Intuitively I knew that the other essential oils would support and enhance the aromatic experience I was intending. Vetiver being the oil of tranquility, ylang ylang as an aphrodisiac, and sandalwood and amyris for its grounding and relaxing qualities. Lightly anoint your heart and pulse points on the body. Breathe in this luxurious aroma and say to yourself. "I Love you."
The Magnolia is named after French botanist Pierre Magnol.
Magnolias are considered one of the first flowering plants on Earth. Fossil records date back to the Cretaceous Period, about 60 million years ago. They were pollinated by beetles because bees had not evolved yet. They symbolize longetivity, love of nature, beauty, dignity, purity, and perseverance. Traditionally, the medicine from the flower and bark treat a wide variety of ailments. As an essential oil Magnolia (MIichelia alba) is known for its relaxing effects due to the high linalool content. 1) Linalool and linalool-rich essential oils are known to exhibit various biological activities such as antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-oxidant properties and several in vivo studies have confirmed various effects of linalool on the central nervous system. Linalool also plays an import role in nature as a key compound in the complex pollination biology of various plant species to ensure reproduction and survival.
1. Kamatou, Guy Paulin & Viljoen, Alvaro. (2008). Linalool - A review of a biologically active compound of commercial importance. Natural Product Communications. 3. 1183-1192.