Mommy – Get Ready To Bloom!

There is no substitute for a mother’s love.  Some have been fortunate to have loving, supportive mothers.  Others lost their moms at a young age, some barely knew their moms or knew them not at all.

Mother’s Day, like many national holidays, can bring up a mixed bag of emotions.  As I wrestle with my mom’s latest illness, I realize the enormous love my mother has had for me and I for her, but I cannot discount the fact that mother/ daughter relationships can be fraught with complications.  In the end, love is the greatest healer.

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We all need to be mothered in one way or another.  One way to heal the mothering energy is to nurture ourselves.  When we nurture ourselves, it’s easier to nurture others  from a pure place. We bathe those in need with unconditional love.  This is the behavior of a healthy, mother energy.  If you’ve had a mom who has impacted your life in a most positive way, I know you count your blessings daily.  For those who have not had that kind of love, I think of you, especially on this occasion and send you Light and Love.  And for those who have recently lost their Mothers, I feel your pain more now than ever…  Mother’s Day can be a great time to put together a memory shrine for your mom no matter when she made her transition.

We have two botanical offerings to help invoke that nurturing energy, our Spiritual Spritzer called Nurturing and our Sea Scape Perfume.  Both are made with real jasmine essential oil and elements from the sea to calm and heal, not just for this special occasion, but for all year round.  Yemanja, Auset, Mother Mary, Privhti we call on you!

Happy Mother’s Day To All!

 

This Little Piggy Went to Market – In Thailand

Today was a day of incredible markets and unusual experiences. In Thailand like in most markets, they are not just a place to purchase food, goods and pick up desirables. It’s a place to commune, connect, and perpetuate community. This is more than evident in the markets we visited today.

First stop, the Maeklong Railway Market just outside of Bangkok proper in the Samut Sakhon Provence. There is no other market like this one in the world. The story goes that the market was originally on land that became too expensive for the merchants, so they decided to relocate to place that would be free, the railroad.

This market is set up on either side of the railroad tracks and when the train comes through (eight times a day) everyone has the clear the tracks and make room for the train. For shoppers this merely means moving out of the way. For the merchants this means, winding in their awnings, rolling back the carts that their wares are on (a foot or two) and then there are other items low enough to the ground that the train passes over them without harm. It’s a most unbelievable experience.

Once the train passes, awnings are rolled back out, crates with wares are rolled back into place and the shoppers are once again all a bustle. Everything you might need for creating a dish is there, vegetables of all sorts, as well as fruits, seasoning, fresh fish and seafood, meats of all kinds and young girls stringing the worship garland of marigold and jasmine that I purchased and wore around my neck.

The second stop was the Floating Market in Dameoen Saduek. We drove another half hour or so to arrive at the dock to take the long nose boat to the floating market. This is a canal that was dug by hand which is incredible to imagine considering the length of the canal. We were on a pretty fast moving boat for at least twenty minutes.

Two of the elements of both of these markets are the incredible heat and humidity and this is true despite the fact that we began our journey at 7:00 to avoid the height of the heat. Despite that the heat was quite intense a somewhat draining. Thank goodness for the air-conditioned tour bus. The other element consists of droves of people, locals shopping and tourist from all countless far away lands. The largest groups are tourists are from China.

Last stop wasn’t your usual market; it was small and was actually a cocoanut processing compound. At this stop we were taught how the cocoanuts grow, the many ways it’s processed for oil, to make sugar, syrup, soap, oil, milk, juice and of course we were able to purchase, fresh, young coconuts to drink. Most Thai food includes some element of the coconut. As a special treat for us, our wonderful tour guide, Nok, purchased some plantain bananas that were rolled in cocoanut shavings and deep-fried. It was very delicious.

At this stop we were also able to go inside of a traditional Thai home. Made of teak wood, these homes are on stilts to raise the house to avoid flood, to house the water catching device and because having the house high off the ground, makes for a cooler home.

Inside each home is a shrine to the Buddha, in varying degrees of elaborateness.   There are also shrines outside of every home and business. Each home has two shrines, a shrine to the land elements (soil, air, water, plants, all botanicals) and a shrine to the ancestors. The ancestors have their own home outside the house because they are not allowed to live inside the home; they have their own home.

The land shrine is on a single pedestal and the ancestor shrine is typically on six legs. There are offering made to the shrine daily of acknowledgment and prayers, incense burned, food offered and worship garlands made of flowers like the one I purchased. I wore mine all day long and was just enchanted by the fragrant aroma of the marigold and jasmine. I can only imagine the ancestors loving this fragrance too. It’s jasmine that is the primary essence in the Anu Essentials Sea Scape Perfume, a fragrance that has easy access to my heart.

Also, this home, market had many animals, monkeys, birds, roosters, dogs and a cacophony of insects, which made for quite the sound system.  We finally arrived back to the hotel and just as I was about to prepare for a nap, veteran globe trotter Kay called and asked me to go with her to an antique mall.  That would take a whole other blog post if I could even find the words to describe one incredibly fabulous store with antiques that are just mind blogging. That’s another post for another day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally there was a delicious dinner with my two veteran, globetrotting friends who planned this incredible trip, Kay and Patricia at the night market on the river front.  Yes indeed, the market remains a hub for people to come together, to be together, to live and enjoy life.

SeaScape – A Funky Sweet Jasmine Bouquet!

 

 

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Now that the sweet days of summer are officially behind us, you may find yourself reminiscing about sunny days by the seaside.  I grew up in Norfolk, Virginia a city with so many beaches.  It seemed every weekend of the summer my mom would take us to the beach.  My mom would scold me about how far out I’d like to swim; and she still does.  I just have a love and fearlessness about being in the water.  At the age of 10 my family relocated to NY, which is, as quiet as it’s kept, also a beach town, an island surrounded by water, beaches.  I always imagined that one day I’d live within feet of a beach…that no loner seems prudent given climate changeContinue Reading

Natural Perfumes by Anu Essentials

I’m so happy!  I have finally launched my first offerings of the Anu Essentials line of Natural Perfumes and I Give Thanks!


 

The Anu Essentials line of Natural Perfumes has been ‘unofficially’ launched. Finally, we have our perfumes available for purchase online and in the salon!  Made from the highest quality of botanicals (essences procured from flowers, herbs, resins, and fruits) the Anu Essential line of perfumes offers a unique and transporting experience in luxury perfume.

If you are new to natural perfumes, it is important to not just go with first impressions.  Natural perfumes really do evolve, changing slowly on your skin as it travels through its stages and mixes with your body’s chemistry.  I recommend taking the time to study this process.  You would do this by smelling the perfume when you first spritz it on your wrist.  Then smell it again five minutes later, then again 15 and 30 minutes later, as it makes its way, to what is know as the ‘dry down’, the final evolution of the fragrance.

Anu Essentials Perfume Studio

Many of us have never have a chance to smell natural essences or perfumes and it really is a different experience, one that for some means having a paradigm shift, while others embrace it immediately resonating with the spirit of naturals.  Natural perfumes are not for everyone, but I encourage you to give yourself the opportunity of being one of the first (at this time in history) to experience the resurgence of the original art form of making perfumes, created by the ancients in the pyramids of Khamit (Egypt) thousands of years ago.

Ahhh, just for the smell of it!

I feel so fortunate to be able to partake in this incredible experience of working with these gifts from the Universe.  I would be honored if you would join me on this journey by partaking in Anu Essentials Natural Perfumes.

Sea Scape – Bring the ocean closer to you with this unique combination of seaweed, violet leaf, Bulgarian rose, Tunisian neroli, ambergris, and two kinds of jasmine to start the lapping of the waves smoothly rolling in on your consciousness, relaxing your mind and stirring your soul.  My ode to Auset, Yemonja, Teh Virgin Mary, The Great Mother of the Universe whose essence and power resides in the oceans.   Her love of family is as deep as the sea.

Meadow Lark – Is a perfume of inspiration, so inhale deeply.  Made with sustainable sandalwood, clary sage, and an exquisite Bulgarian rose alba, making Meadow Lark a perfect scent for healing the heart, cleansing and uplifting your spirits.  Topping off this fresh fragrance is tarragon and oh my Darling, clementine.

Sita – is a harmonizing of floral, wood,  and spicy aphrodisiacs blended together to release the Venusian Goddess within you.  Sita is formulated with a Bulgarian rose otto, along with organic Indonesian patchouli, jasmine, and coffee Co2.  Also include are the exotic spices of cardamon, coriander, and clove.  Sparking pinks top off this fragrance with pink pepper and pink grapefruit.  This is my ode to Het Heru, Oshun, Mary Magdalene, the ones in charge of beauty, love, the arts and sensuality.

Want take a whiff?  Try a sample size.

 

Smell Good! Feel Good! Look Good!

Anu Essentials / Anu Essentials @ Khamit Kinks