Monday, July 2, 2018

clean house by Warsan Shire

to the doormat in me;
you have the right to say no. never apologize for your decisions— explain yourself only at your discretion. never feel pressured to defend your choices. you do not need a reason to put you first. let your favors be in love and come from your overflow. do not starve yourself to feed others out of fear of loneliness. serve you everyday. say “no” today. say it again. don’t waste time trying to figure out who feels what about you. you have the right to be the only person you live for. free up your time that was once full of commitments that didn’t honor you. the kind of love worth a favor is counterfeit. do not become bitter when you see the love you gave was not returned to you. continue to love with discernment. you have the right to boundaries that only abide by you, and cause no harm to others. make it a mantra for others to follow. fall in love with having a voice. now fall in love with hearing your voice. become your favorite sound. you have the right to love that won’t exploit you. there are people who are okay with you living for yourself. the love you seek flows freely within you. you have the right to please you. do what makes you smile. you have the right to relationships with those that you won’t ask you to pay with your life to love them. your love belongs where it’s appreciated most, not with the highest bidder.
to the manipulator in me;
you have the right to engage in confrontations. you do not always have to concede to psychological warfare. allow people to know your wants, needs and desires in its most natural form— tell them. you do not have to live avoiding altercations. let that nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach be a reminder of your release from feeling undeserving. you have the right to ask for what you want directly, confidently. you do not have to plant seeds, use power of suggestion, and create dramatic scenes acting out roles of victim & damsel to access the affection you long for. you have the right to be honest with yourself. you have a duty to remind people how you prefer to be loved. you have a duty to know what to tell people because you know yourself. you have a right to authenticity, and a life void of ulterior motives. you can be yourself and still receive what you need. you will never have to deceive, extort, or exploit others for your needs again because you know there is enough for you. you have the right to ask for more from others. you don’t have accept everything that is given. you have the right to be vulnerable. you have a right to be safe.
to the ugliest parts of me;
you have the right to believe beautiful. you deserve to be showered with compliments. accept every kind word you receive without a counter argument. do not second-guess celebrations of yourself. bask in your moments of worship. you are glorious. we will never experience the unique frequency that is you, again. honor your rare existence. you are precious to me. be the best you there is. walk upright, and have compassion stored for the days that you don’t. you have the right to forgive yourself. the love you demand does not rely on successes and failures but on inherent self-worth. you are allowed to be imperfect, and you are allowed to receive love while imperfect. be proud of your work. there is healing in every mistake you made. they have a right to be seen so they can touch others. you are a picture best when shown when complete. find beauty in your own right. join hands with the rest of your existence. i am not complete without you.
Warsan Shire

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Human Beings Being Human

Human Beings Being Human

It would be great if human beings
Were great at being human
And if all of mankind
Were made up of kind men
It would be wonderful if common knowledge
Was knowledge commonly known
And if the light from being enlightened
Into every heart was shown

It would be fantastic if the war to end all wars
Was the last war that we fought
It would be amazing if we learned the lessons
From every lesson we were taught
It would be cool if our freedom
To us was freely granted
And if every seed of kindness
Would grow wherever planted

It would be glorious if neighbors were neighborly
And prejudice a forgotten word
It would be awesome if we shared everything
And being greedy was absurd
It would be spectacular if the golden rule
Was golden to every man
And the good things that we ever did
Was everything that we can
Copyright ©  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

15 Powerful Quotes From Margaret Atwood BY BETH ANNE MACALUSO

It turns out the woman behind such eerily prescient novels as The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake is just as wise as her tales are haunting. Here are 15 of author, activist, and Twitter enthusiast Margaret Atwood’s most profound quips.

1. On her personal philosophy
 “Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I’m a realist."
— From a 2004 interview with The Guardian

2. On the reality of being female
“Men often ask me, Why are your female characters so paranoid? It’s not paranoia. It’s recognition of their situation.”
— From a 1990 interview with The Paris Review

3. On limiting how her politics influence her characters
“You know the myth: Everybody had to fit into Procrustes’ bed and if they didn’t, he either stretched them or cut off their feet. I’m not interested in cutting the feet off my characters or stretching them to make them fit my certain point of view.”
— From a 1997 interview with Mother Jones

4. On so-called “pretty” works of literature
“I don’t know whether there are any really pretty novels … All of the motives a human being may have, which are mixed, that’s the novelists’ material. … We like to think of ourselves as really, really good people. But look in the mirror. Really look. Look at your own mixed motives. And then multiply that.”
— From a 2010 interview with The Progressive

5. On the artist’s relationship with her fans
“The artist doesn’t necessarily communicate. The artist evokes … [It] actually doesn’t matter what I feel. What matters is how the art makes you feel.”
— From a 2004 interview with The Guardian

6. On the challenges of writing non-fiction
“When I was young I believed that ‘nonfiction’ meant ‘true.’ But you read a history written in, say, 1920 and a history of the same events written in 1995 and they’re very different. There may not be one Truth—there may be several truths—but saying that is not to say that reality doesn’t exist.”
— From a 1997 interview with Mother Jones

7. On poetry
“The genesis of a poem for me is usually a cluster of words. The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation.”
— From a 1990 interview with The Paris Review

8. On being labeled an icon
“All these things set a standard of behavior that you don’t necessarily wish to live up to. If you’re put on a pedestal you’re supposed to behave like a pedestal type of person. Pedestals actually have a limited circumference. Not much room to move around.”
— From a 2013 interview with The Telegraph

9. On how we’re all born writers
“[Everyone] ‘writes’ in a way; that is, each person has a ‘story’—a personal narrative—which is constantly being replayed, revised, taken apart and put together again. The significant points in this narrative change as a person ages—what may have been tragedy at 20 is seen as comedy or nostalgia at 40.”
— From a 1990 interview with The Paris Review

10. On the oppression at the center of her dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale
“Nothing makes me more nervous than people who say, ‘It can’t happen here.’ Anything can happen anywhere, given the right circumstances.” 
— From a 2015 lecture to West Point cadets

11. On the discord between men and women
“‘Why do men feel threatened by women?’ I asked a male friend of mine. … ‘They’re afraid women will laugh at them,’ he said. ‘Undercut their world view.’ … Then I asked some women students in a poetry seminar I was giving, ‘Why do women feel threatened by men?’ ‘They’re afraid of being killed,’ they said.”

12. On the challenges of expressing oneself
“All writers feel struck by the limitations of language. All serious writers.”
— From a 1990 interview with The Paris Review

13. On selfies
“I say they should enjoy it while they can. You’ll be happy later to have taken pictures of yourself when you looked good. It’s human nature. And it does no good to puritanically say, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be doing that,’ because people do.”
— From a 2013 interview with The Telegraph

14. On the value of popular kids' series (à la Harry Potter and Percy Jackson)
"It put a lot of kids onto reading; it made reading cool. I’m sure a lot of later adult book clubs came out of that experience. Let people begin where they are rather than pretending that they’re something else, or feeling that they should be something else."
— From a 2014 interview with The Huffington Post

15. On why even the bleakest post-apocalyptic novels are, deep down, full of hope
“Any novel is hopeful in that it presupposes a reader. It is, actually, a hopeful act just to write anything, really, because you’re assuming that someone will be around to [read] it.”

— From a 2011 interview with The Atlantic

Monday, March 27, 2017

And Then I Sat Down Via Meagan Morris

Via Meagan Morris
on Jan 14, 2015

woman sitting thinking meditating

It has been a long road.

A really long, bumpy, maybe-I-rolled-my-car-over-a-few-times-on-this-journey kind of long road.
And I don’t think that makes me different from anyone else. It makes me…well, me, and my road has been long and maybe hazardous.
I don’t know if you are anything like me. I have come to learn a few really important things about myself:
I can be stubborn.
I can be cynical.
My inner rebel will sometimes win even if it doesn’t serve me.
I have held the fundamental belief that I can fix everything with my mind and abilities.
These four things have kept me from doing the one thing I have known I should do for at least the last 365 days.
The me that kept me from doing this thing was the me that said all of the following:
I don’t want to give in. I don’t want to accept that other people know something I don’t understand. And, as terrible as it is, I sometimes just don’t want to do something for the simple fact that someone told me to do it. Most importantly in my life, I don’t want to be a cliche. (I think if you asked me if I had a phobia it would be being a cliche.)
So I resist…a lot.
Ironically (at this point it is ironic, brilliant, beautiful, and maybe even funny) I had the honor, privilege, and life-changing opportunity to work for Elephant Journal. During this time I met, talked to, listened to, read, and was enriched by some of the most amazing—and I don’t use that word lightly—people on this planet.
Fantastic people.
Brave people.
People who made me want to be better.
People who made me understand that what they were saying made sense.
And yet despite all of those things, I couldn’t give in.
I learned two very important lessons from this experience.
1. There is something more out there than what I, Meg, can do.
2. Giving in and allowing that something more in, is really f*cking hard.
It is either a cosmic joke or cosmic intervention that life has gone as it has in the past months.
I was born a fighter (maybe not by choice). I was born a person who was seemingly programmed to resist injustice, the wrongs of the world, etcetera. This can be an awesome thing. But it also allowed me to develop the idea that I can use my intellect and hard work to solve any problem, to make anything right.
Enter the debilitating idea that will hold a person back for pretty much forever—the idea that we can control the world around us through our actions. (I really, really loved this idea for a long time.)
In my life I have fought everything:
I was holding on.
Holding on to the one thing that made the world make sense—the idea that made the world safe and okay—if I just work harder, try harder, keep being more it will be okay.
I kept fighting. I fought my divorce. My friends. The man who didn’t want to be in a relationship with me. I fought. I resisted.
Everything. Endlessly.
I tried everything I could to make things work with what I could do. Guess what? It didn’t work.
My desire was to keep intact this idea that I can affect the world around me by being a good person, a hard working person, a “smart” person—a person who doesn’t have to give in but instead can do more. This desire kept me from doing the simplest and yet most profound thing a person can do: sit down.
Let go.
Life kept getting harder. Relationships kept falling apart. My notion of my self became more tarnished. My sadness and disbelief grew, and what I was doing wasn’t working.
And finally a straw came and broke it all.
The deep loss, disappointment, disbelief, and confusion that overtook me was like a wave so powerful I could only play dead to survive (If you surf you know what I mean; play dead until you are okay) and a person can’t live “dead” forever.
There was nowhere else to go and nothing I could do. (That is a really scary feeling.)
I couldn’t fix it. (That is a really frustrating feeling.)
And so…I sat down.
I gave in.
I decided to be present with myself.
To connect to my breath.
I needed guidance, so I did a meditation offered by Lodro Rinzler. It helped, and I was grateful for that because I was absolutely lost. Life felt out of control—which it may still be—but this was a beginning.
I have a long way to go and for the first time in my life I know I won’t get there by winning the race…but I may just get there by staying still.
By breathing.
By being.
By sitting.
Every day

Monday, March 13, 2017

12 Pieces of Buddhist wisdom that will transform your life… by Matt Valentine

Buddhist Wisdom


Compassion is one of the most revered qualities in Buddhism and great compassion is a sign of a highly realized human being.
Compassion doesn’t just help the world at large, and it isn’t just about the fact that it’s the right thing to do. Compassion, and seeking to understand those around you, can transform your life for a number of reasons.
First, self-compassion is altogether critical towards finding peace within yourself. By learning to forgive yourself and accepting that you’re human you can heal deep wounds bring yourself back from difficult challenges.
Next, we can often be tortured because of the fact that we don’t completely understand why people do certain things.
Compassion is understanding the basic goodness in all people and then seeking to discover that basic goodness in specific people. Because of this, it helps you from going through the often mental torture we experience because we don’t understand the actions of others.
But even more than that, expressing compassion is the very act of connecting wholeheartedly with others, and simply connecting in this way can be a great source of joy for us.
The reasons for practicing compassion are numerous and powerful. Seek to live in a way that you treat everyone you meet as you would yourself. Once you begin trying to do this, it will seem altogether impossible. But keep at it, and you’ll realize the full power of living with compassion.


In Buddhism, a community of practitioners is called a “sangha”. A sangha is a community of monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen who practice together in peace towards the united “goal” of realizing greater awakening, not only for themselves but for all beings.
The sangha is a principle which much of the world can greatly benefit from. People come together in groups all the time, but it’s usually for the purpose of creating monetary riches or obtaining substantial power and rarely towards the united goal o1f attaining peace, happiness, and realizing greater wisdom.
The principle of the sangha can be expressed in your own life in many ways. The sangha is ultimately just one way of looking at life, through the lens of the individual “expressions” of the totality.
By living in a way that you’re fully aware of the power of connecting with others, whether it’s one person or a group of 100, and seeking to nurture those relationships in the appropriate way, you can transform your life in ways that will pay dividends for years to come.


One of the most powerful points on this list, the power of simply living in a way that you’re fully awake to every moment of your life pretty much couldn’t be exaggerated even if I tried.
Mindfulness, greater awareness, paying attention, whatever you want to call it- it changes every facet of your life and in every way. It’s as simple as that.
Strive to live fully awake to each moment of your daily life and overcome your greatest personal struggles, find a great sense of peace and joy, and realize the greatest lessons life can teach you as a result of living fully awake to the present moment.


To live deeply, in a way that you become keenly aware of the precious nature of life, is to begin down the path of true peace and happiness.
Why? Because to live in this way is to gradually become aware of the true nature of the world. This will happen essentially in “sections” of the whole, such as realizing your interconnectedness (you begin to see how everything is connected to everything else) and impermanence (you begin to see how everything is ever-changing, constantly dying only to be reborn in another form).
These realizations are the bread and butter of Buddhism and all spiritual practice. These “sections of the whole” are fragments of the ultimate realization, ways for us to understand that which can’t be fully understood in the traditional sense.
By living in a way that you seek to realize these various “qualities of the ultimate” you find greater and greater peace in realizing the natural way of things. This cultivates in us the ability to savor every moment of life, to find peace in even the most mundane activities, as well as the ability to transform your typically “negative” experiences into something altogether nourishing and healing.


Buddhists understand that you can hardly help another before you help yourself. But this isn’t referring to you gaining power or riches before you can help others, or living in a way that you ignore others.
This is mostly referring to the fact that because we’re all interconnected, by you helping yourself you create an exponentially positive effect on the rest of the world.
If you want to make an impact on the world, don’t falsely convince yourself that it’s “you or them”. You don’t need to drag yourself through the mud to help those around you. If you do this, you’ll greatly hamper your ability to create a positive impact.
At the deepest level of understanding, by making it about you you’re also making it about them because you know there’s no separating “you” and “them”.
Take care of yourself and seek to be more than just a help, but an example of how to live for others to follow and you’ll create waves of exponential possibility that inspires others to do the same.


Death is an often taboo topic in Western society. We do everything we can to not only avoid the subject, but pretend that it doesn’t even exist.
The reality is, this is really unfortunate and in no way helps us lead better lives. Becoming keenly aware of your own impermanence and deeply understanding the nature of death with regards to our interconnectedness are both things which can help us find great peace.
In Buddhism, students in many sects at one point or another “meditate on the corpse” as it were (a practice which is said to have originated at least as far back as the Buddha’s lifetime).
This is literally what it sounds like. They meditate on the image of a corpse slowing decomposing and imagine that process through to its end, eventually resulting in a deep and profound realization on the true nature of death.
That might sound a little intense to you, but the truth is, if you live you’re entire life acting as if you’re never going to die or ignoring your own impermanence then you won’t ever be able to find true peace within yourself.
You don’t necessarily have to meditate on the image of a corpse, but simply opening up to yourself about death so that you’re no longer shielding it from your mind (which you’re likely doing unconsciously, as that’s how most of us were brought up in the West) can begin to be a great source of peace and help you appreciate the many joys in your everyday life.
A true appreciation for life can never be fully realized until you come face-to-face with your own impermanence. But once you do this, the world opens up in a new and profound way.


Buddhist meditative practice, particularly mindfulness and contemplation, helps you realize the precious nature of the food in front of you. Indeed, with how integral a part food plays in our lives, to transform our relationship with food is to transform a key aspect of our entire lives, both now and in the future.
By contemplating on the food in front of us, for example, we can come to realize the vast system of interconnectedness that is our life, and how our food coming to be on our dinner plate as it is depended on numerous elements coming to be.
This helps us to deepen our relationship with food, cultivate a deep sense of gratitude before each meal, and learn to respect the delicate but ever-pressing balance that is life.


Giving is more than the act of giving Christmas and Birthday gifts, it’s also about those gifts which we give each and every day which we don’t typically see as gifts at all.
Buddhists hold a very deep understanding of the nature of giving, particularly in that life is a constant play between the act of giving and receiving. This doesn’t just help us find peace in understanding the way of the world around us, but helps us realize the amazing gifts we all have within us that we can give others in every moment, such as our love, compassion, and presence.


The easiest way to sum up all “spiritual” practice is this: spirituality is the act of coming in touch with the ultimate reality or the ground of being, and as a result spiritual practice is the act of overcoming those obstacles which keep us from realizing that.
The primary obstacle in our way? The ego.
To put it short and sweet, the reason the ego is the major obstacle in spiritual practice, or simply the practice of finding true peace and happiness (whatever you choose to call it, it’s all the same), is because it’s very function is to pull you away from the ground of your being by convincing you that you’re this separate self.
The process of unraveling the ego can take time, as it’s something which has been with us, intertwined with us, for years. But it’s infinitely rewarding and altogether necessary if we want to realize our best life.


Life is filled with vices, things which attempt to bind us to unwholesome ways of living and therefore do the very opposite of cultivate peace, joy, and greater realization in our lives. Among these, the 3 poisons are some of the most powerful. The 3 poisons are:
  1. Greed
  2. Hatred
  3. Delusion
Together, these 3 poisons are responsible for the majority of the pain and suffering we experience as a collective species. It’s perfectly normal to be affected by each of these poisons throughout your life, so don’t knock yourself for falling for them.
Instead, simply accept that they’re something you’re experiencing and begin working to remove them from your life. This can take time, but it’s a key aspect on the path towards realizing true peace and happiness.


We should all strive to work and make our living in a way that’s more “conscious” or aware. This generally means not selling harmful items such as guns, drugs, and services that harm other people, but it goes deeper than that.
There’s ultimately two aspects to this: making a living by doing something which doesn’t inhibit your own ability to realize peace and making a living doing something which doesn’t inhibit others ability to realize peace.
Facing this can lead to some interesting situations for some people, and as Thich Nhat Hanh has mentioned this is a collective effort as opposed to a solely personal one (the butcher isn’t a butcher only because he decided to be, but because there is a demand from people for meat to be neatly packaged and made available for them to be purchased from supermarkets), but you should strive to do your best.
Following the teaching on right livelihood can help you realize the harmful effect that your own work is having on you and therefore coming up with a solution can result in a largely positive shift in your life as a whole. Only you can decide if a change needs to happen though.
Whatever the case, seek to make a living doing something that promotes the peace and happiness of yourself and those around you as much as possible.


This is a difficult point to put into so few words, but a profound one I felt would be greatly beneficial to mention nonetheless.
To realize non-attachment in a Buddhist sense doesn’t mean to abandon your friends and family and live alone for the rest of your life, never truly living again just so that you don’t become attached to these desires.
Non-attachment refers to living in a way that you exist in the natural flow of life and generally living a typical modern life, building a family, working, etc., while simultaneously not being attached to any of these things. It simply means to live in a way that you’ve become aware of and accepted the impermanence of all things in this life and live in a way that you’re ever-aware of this fact.
It’s perfectly normal for a Zen student in Japan, once having completed his training, to actually de-robe and go “back into the world” so to speak. This is because, once they’ve reached this level of realization, they see the beauty in all things and are compelled to live fully absorbed in all the beauty and wonders of this life. From this point on, they can truly “live life to the fullest”, while not clinging to any of these things.
Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that you stop feeling emotions. On the contrary, these emotions are welcomed and expected, and fully experienced with mindfulness in the moment of their impact. But this is simply the natural course of things.
Once these emotions subside though, and when we have no mental formations or obstructions to block our path, a natural healing process takes place that heals the wound and allows us to continue on living in peace and joy instead of dragging us down into darkness.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

50 Aromatic Essential Oil Recipes You’ve Got To Try In Your Diffuser by Janice Taylor

Whether you’re not sure what to do with all of those essential oils in your cabinet or simply looking for some fresh ideas, we’ve got you covered.  Here is a collection of 50 fantastic essential oil recipes for your diffuser, gathered from around the web!

Not got your own aromatherapy diffuser yet? Try this ZAQ Allay Litemist Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser and spread the healing properties of essential oils around your home.

Essential Oil Blends for Mental Clarity

Combine oils like Peppermint, Lemon, Rosemary, and Hyssop in these 5 diffuser blends by Aroma Web to improve concentration and memory.
In her article 10 Must-Try Essential Oil Recipes for Your Diffuser, Jill of The Prairie Homestead recommends a blend of 2 drops each of Wild Orange and Peppermint essential oils “to increase alertness, or when you need a quick pick-me-up.”
To soothe a headache, Lisa P. on Birch Hill Happenings recommends diffusing equal parts Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Lavender oils.  “This remedy works well if you can have the diffuser near your head while it is being used.”
Try this Focus Blend from Laura on Green Living Ladies by combining 2 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Vetiver, and 4 drops of a synergy blend like Eden’s Garden Align or doTERRA Balance in your diffuser.

Energizing Essential Oil Blends

Combine earthy oils like Frankincense and Ginger with powerful green herbs like Basil, Peppermint, and Rosemary in these 4 diffuser blends from Aroma Web to increase your energy levels around your home or at the office.
Laura of Green Living Ladies offers her Energizing Blend combining 4 drops each of Peppermint and Wild Orange essential oils.
Laura also recommends for Workout Time, diffusing 2 drops each of Peppermint and Grapefruit essential oils with 2 drops of doTERRA Slim & Sassy metabolic blend to increase vigor and performance.
To boost the overall energy level in your environment, Birch Hill Happenings recommends mixing this Stimulating Living Room Blend of 8 drops Grapefruit, 4 drops Lavender, 4 drops Lemon , and 2 drops Basil essential oils in your diffuser.

Essential Oil Blends for Sensuality

To set the perfect mood for a romantic encounter, try this Sweetly Sensual Diffuser Blend from Easy Aromatherapy Recipes. Combine 7 – 10 drops Sandalwood, 2 drops Vanilla, and 1 drop Jasmine or Ylang Ylang in your diffuser.
Set the mood For a Romantic Dinner with this diffuser blend from Birch Hill Happenings by combining 2 drops each of Black Pepper, Grapefruit, and Jasmine essential oils.  “It will set the evenings atmosphere for what lies ahead!”

Holiday Celebration Essential Oil Blends

Aroma Web offers an excellent Essential Oil Recipe for Celebrating, Giving Thanks and Expressing Gratitude using Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cypress, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, and Ginger. “Combine all oils in a clean glass bottle and diffuse as you would other essential oil blends as you give thanks, pray or meditate.”
To warm up the atmosphere in your home this holiday season, try the Cinnamon Spice Diffuser Blend of 4 – 6 drops Patchouli, 2 – 4 drops Cinnamon, 3 – 5 drops Sweet Orange, 1 – 2 drops Clove, and 1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oils from Easy Aromatherapy Recipes.
Laura on Green Living Ladies suggests two great blends for celebration of the holidays.  Fall In Love With Fall by mixing 4 drops each of Wild Orange and Cassia essential oils.
Or mix up some Holiday Bliss with Laura’s blend of 2 drops each White Fir, Cassia, and Wild Orange essential oils.

Insect Repellent Essential Oil Blends

To keep the creepy-crawlies away, Jill of The Prairie Homestead recommends diffusing a combination of 1 drop each Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Thyme, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils.
This insect-repelling blend from Easy Aromatherapy Recipes will also help to cool you down on a hot summer day.  Diffuse a mixture of 4 – 6 drops Spearmint, 3 – 5 drops Peppermint, 3 – 5 drops Citronella, and 1 drop Lemongrass essential oils.

Essential Oil Blends for Stress Relief

When you’re feeling stressed, Aroma Web suggests these 4 diffuser blends using the soothing power of Lavender, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Citrus, and Floral oils.
Take this edge off with this Calming Diffuser Blend from Birch Hill Happenings.  Combine 4 drops Roman Chamomile, 3 drops Lavender, 2 drops Clary Sage, 2 drops Geranium, and 1 drop Ylang Ylang in your diffuser.
To help you wind down, diffuse this Relaxing Woodsy Diffuser Blend from Easy Aromatherapy Recipes combining 4 drops Lavender, 2 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Orange or Petitgrain, 1 drop Palmarosa or Ylang Ylang, and an optional 1 drop of Vetiver essential oil.  “It’s a nice aromatherapy diffuser essential oil for men (with the palmarosa) because it’s not too girly. Adding a drop of vetiver will give this recipe a smoky undertone.”
For stress relief, Laura on Green Living Ladies recommends her Calming Diffusing Blend of 3 drops each of Lavender, Geranium, and Roman Chamomile, plus 2 drops each of Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang essential oils.
Or try out Laura’s Stress Relief  Now essential oil blend of 4 drops Lavender, 3 drops Clary Sage, 2 drops Ylang  Ylang, and 1 drop Marjoram in your diffuser.

Mood Lifting Essential Oil Blends

Aroma Web suggests 4 mood-lifting recipes using Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Lavender, as well as several Citrus and Floral oils. “These recipes may help during times of depression and anxiety.”
To create a wonderful atmosphere when friends and family are gathered together, try this Entertaining Blend from Birch Hill Happenings by combining 3 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Geranium, and 3 drops Lavender essential oils in your diffuser.
For a quick pick-me-up, Laura on Green Living Ladies recommends diffusing Be Happy, a mixture of equal parts citrus oil blend such as Eden’s Garden Simply Citrus or doTERRA Citrus Bliss plus a mood-lifting oil blend like Eden’s Garden Joy or doTERRA Elevation.
Or try Laura’s Emotional Healing Blend of 2 drops each Wild Orange, Bergamot, Cypress, and Frankincense essential oils in your diffuser.

Essential Oil Blends for Immunity Support

During the spring and summer months, Jill of The Prairie Homestead suggests diffusing 2 drops each of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils “to maintain clear breathing and a healthy immune response.”
To strengthen respiratory function during cold and flu season, Jill also recommends blending 1 drop each of Lemon, Lime, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus essential oils.
On Birch Hill Happenings, Roberta Wilson recommends mixing this Cold Combating Blend, a combination of 20 drops Orange, 10 drops Eucalyptus, 10 drops Juniper Berry, 10 drops Pine, 6 drops Basil, 6 drops Rosewood, and 4 drops Ginger essential oil.  When you feel a bug coming on, add a few drops to your diffuser to help your body fight it fast!
Also for Cold and Flu Prevention, Birch Hill Happenings offers this excellent blend of 5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Eucalyptus, 3 drops Ravensara, and 2 drops Bay Laurel essential oils. “This blend should be diffused throughout the cold and flu season.”
For allergy symptom relief, Laura of Green Living Ladies offers her Allergies Be Gone blend of 2 drops each Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender essential oils.

To Purify The Air, Laura suggests adding equal parts of a citrus oil blend such as Eden’s Garden Simply Citrus or doTERRA Citrus Bliss plus a cleansing oil blend like Eden’s Garden Purification or doTERRA Purify to your diffuser.
Laura of Green Living Ladies also delivers a blend to help you Breathe Easy during cold and flu season.  Combine 4 drops of a respiratory blend like Eden’s Garden Breathe Easier ordoTERRA Breathe with 2 drops each of Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils.

Essential Oil Blends for Relaxation & Sleep

To create a relaxing atmosphere, Lisa P. of Birch Hill Happenings suggests diffusing her Basic Calming & Relaxing Blend using 2 drops each of Lavender, Marjoram, and Orange, with 1 drop each of German and Roman Chamomile.
Birch Hill Happenings also suggests creating A Great Relaxer and Soother by combining 6 drops each of Grapefruit, Bergamot, and Lime, as well as 4 drops Ginger and 2 drops Sandalwood essential oils in your diffuser.
To create a soothing atmosphere that will help you wind down at the end of the day, try the Floral Lavender Diffuser Blend from Easy Aromatherapy Recipes combining 8 – 10 drops Lavender, 2 – 3 drops Palmarosa, and 2 – 3 drops Rose Geranium oils.
In the evenings, to aid with falling asleep, Jill of The Prairie Homestead recommends diffusing a blend of 1 drop each Bergamot, Lavender, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang essential oils.
Aroma Web suggests this diffuser recipe using Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, and Bergamot to help you relax and get a better night’s rest.