Auntie Kandy’s Giveaway!

I want to learn all about you. What do you like? What do you know? What do you want to know more about? I’ve put together a quick 9 question survey to help me serve you better.

Complete the survey to receive a coupon code for free shipping and a chance to win a great AKA basket full of goodies. This basket contains more than $35 worth of Auntie Kandy’s Apothecary products and 6 sample sizes so you can try out a little bit of everything.

AKA Survey GiveawayThe basket includes:

The survey will be open until April 2nd and the winner of the give away will be drawn via Randompicker.com on April 3rd and announced. The free shipping discount code will be emailed to all who have entered on Sunday the 13th, 20th, 27th and 3rd. The discount code covers shipping in North America only. The prize will be shipped to the winner via USPS priority  service.

I can’t wait to learn all about you!

Be Well,
Aunt Kandy

Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra)

Manipura (solar plexus yellow-solar-chakra-symbol-imagechakra) is our Will, Power and Assertiveness energy center.  It is a source of personal power and governs self-esteem, warrior energy, and the power of transformation. 

The third chakra is called Manipura, which means “lustrous gem” and is located around the navel in the area of the solar plexus and up to the breastbone.

When you feel self-confident, have a strong sense of purpose, and are self-motivated, your third chakra is open and healthy. If your third chakra is out of balance, you can suffer from low self-esteem, have difficulty making decisions, and may have anger or control issues. The element is fire and the color is yellow, bright like the sun.

 

Balance in Manipura is important

A overcharged Manipura

A sluggish Manipura

Some physical symptoms of imbalance are poor circulation, pain in lower back, dry skin and hair and constant constipation or diarrhea.

Check out some ways to balance your overcharged or sluggish Muladhara.

 

Lavender (Lavandula spp) Monograph

eLAVENDER-botanicalLavender (Lavandula spp)
Family: Lamiaceae
Common medicinal properties: Analgesic, AntiCancer, Antifungal,  Antioxidant,  Antiperspirant, Antirheumatic, AntiViral, Aromatic, Cardiac tonic cordial, Chlagogue, Cicatrisant, Cytophylactic, Deodorant/Perfumes, Diaporetic/Sudorific, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Hypotensive, Insect repellents, Muscle Relaxant, Nervine, Parturient, Sedative, Splenic, Vermifuge, Vulnerary
Current Research:
Migraine. Some research suggests that rubbing 2 or 3 drops of lavender oil on the upper lip, so that the vapor is inhaled, might reduce migraine pain and nausea, and help stop the headache spreading.
Contraindications:Sedative medications (Barbiturates) interacts with LAVENDER, Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with LAVENDER

Parts Used: Flowers, leaves and stems

Constituents: volatile oil (up to 1.5%, containing linabol, linalyl acetate, lavendulyl acetate, terpinenol, cineole, camphor, borneol, pinene, limonene), tannins, coumarins (coumarin, umbelliferone, hemiarin), flavonoids, triterpenoids, rosmarinic acid

Energetics:  Cool and Dry

Folk applications: Clothing smelling of lavender attracts love (thus the drawer sachets). Rub lavender against anything you want to attract a man. It is burned or smoldered to induce peacefulness and rest. It is carried to see ghosts.

Balancing a sluggish Muladhara

When your Root Chakra (Muladhara) is sluggish you are poorly grounded and have trouble functioning on the physical plane. Try some of these to connect more fully to the material.

  • Choose one or two of your favorite items and think about the way you use them in the physical world. Thank them for helping to ground you.
  • Drink a long steeped hibiscus tea
  • Add more whole grains into your diet
  • Wear dark reds to strengthen the chakra
  • Treat yourself to a deep aromatherapy mister with vetiver and cedar.
  • Carry or wear a deep red jasper stone

Balancing an overcharged Muladhara

If your root chakra is overcharged it means you are relying too heavily on the material realm for your sense of security. Here are some great ways to work towards balance.

  • Clean out a closet, drawer or box that is full of things you don’t need. Keep only what you know will be used in the coming year.
  • Take a nice relaxing pink colored bath to lighten up that deep heavy red chakra (wearing pink is also helpful).
  • Treat yourself to a nice lightening aromatherapy mister with sage and geranium.
  • Carry or wear pink quartz

Svadhisthana (Sacral Chakra)

Sacral chakraSvadhisthana (sacral chakra) is your creativity and pleasure center and is located above the pubic bone and below the navel, and encompasses the genital region. While the Root Chakra is satisfied with survival, the 2nd chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment. The gift of this chakra is experiencing our lives through feelings and sensations. The second chakra is the center of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection.

It is part of the nature of all beings to create. This creativity can be expressed sexually as procreation but the second chakra energy is certainly not limited to making babies. When we craft, write, or garden, we are creating. We create when we find a new solution to an old problem. Any time we take raw materials, physical or mental, and transform them into something new, we are using our creative energy.

Our current societal structure begins tamping out our innate desire to create and revel in pleasure at a very young age. When you compile this with Western cultures complicated messages about sex and sexuality it is no wonder that many people find regular work necessary to achieve and maintain balance in Svadhisthana.

A overcharged Svadhisthana can present as exaggerated emotions that do not suit the situation at hand, being caught up in an illusion of self, being extremely ambitious and being overly indulgent.

A sluggish Svadhisthana can manifest as shy insecurity, being fearful of judgement, emotionally sensitive and carrying undue feelings of guilt (especially sexual guilt).

Some physical symptoms of imbalance are pain in the legs and groin, depression, mood swings, lower back pain, menstruation difficulties and painful urination.