Blessed Ostara and Happy Spring!
The wheel has turned once more and today on the northern hemisphere we are celebrating Spring!
Since moving to Arizona I have already experienced a full winter here and now I am grateful to experience Spring (which then, of course, turns into a full blown summer here in AZ – Oh Boy!).
It is exhilarating, captivating and Magickal!
Never have I experienced the blooming of the orange blossoms and I am in complete Love! The scent is hypnotic. I have spent HOURS just sitting outside embracing this Magickal scent. I really want to bottle it up!
To celebrate Ostara I go for simple rituals that I have engaged in for quite some time. I buy beautiful Spring flowers to adorn my home. I have an affinity for daisies so I fill my home with these little beauties.
A few years ago I started utilizing what I call my 3 Essential Spring Elements to invite and embrace the season(s). I choose an essential oil, and herb and a crystal to work with through each season. Each season I choose a different element for each. This is also a great way to truly get to know your plant allies, oils, and crystal companions.
Below you can see which ones I have chosen to work with this Spring. From Ostara to Beltane (which I then switch up – or I choose to stick with what I started with during Ostara if I find I need more time to work with these earthly gifts.
Jasmine Essential Oil
Normally I am not a heavy floral scent fan but there is something about Jasmine that I have always been enthralled with. First I love that these flowers only bloom at night. It has a strong yet sweet, pleasing, romantic and seductive fragrance. To me, it screams Spring!
Aside from its romantic qualities, Jasmine has some pretty awesome benefits too.
- Anti-depressant – The aroma of jasmine has a pleasing and uplifting scent actively releasing certain hormones in the body, including serotonin, which results in a boost of energy and uplifted mood. Jasmine works with the neurotransmitters in the brain to help fight depression.
- Antiseptic – Believe it or not, Jasmine makes a great antiseptic. Its constituents like Benzaldehyde, Benzoic Acid, and Benzyl Benzoate have very effective germicidal, bactericidal, fungicidal and antiviral properties. When applied externally, it helps fight against infection and when taken internally (through inhalation) it is known to reduce infections in the respiratory system and can relieve colds and coughs.
- Restful Sleep – When paired with Lavender and/or Chamomile, Jasmine makes an ideal tool for inducing long, restful, and undisturbed sleep. Jasmine is an expectorant, sedative, and antispasmodic and when combined creates the best situation for falling asleep and staying asleep for the entire night.
There are many other benefits of Jasmine but this is just a quick peek into this glorious and sexy essential oil. I use it to help support sleep but I also use Jasmine, mixed with Ylang Ylang and Rose for a seductive Spring perfume.
“Nettle infusion is the energy of the Earth. Nettle rebuilds the adrenals and the kidneys, keeps the blood vessels flexible, shines up the hair, improves skin tone, nourishes the immune system, and moderates or eliminates most allergies. Nettle infusion (not tea, not tincture, not capsules) provides lavish amounts of protein, all macro- and trace minerals in excellent amounts, and every vitamin we need – except vitamin B12. Nettle is considered an anti-cancer herb in South America. ” – Nourishing Herbal Infusions the Wise Woman Way
Nettle herbal infusions are one of my favorites. I feel that part of the reason I rarely get sick is from this green ally, baby! Pure, green earth medicine. Nettle tastes very green and something to acquire to if you are not used something so green.
The recipe for this is quite simple:
Use bulk herb only. I get my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. Put one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of the dried nettle herb in a quart jar. Fill the jar to the top with boiling water and cover tightly. Let steep for at least four hours; overnight is fine. Strain herb out and drink the remaining liquid.
Make sure to drink fairly quickly so it does not begin to ferment.
Ahhhh….!! Crystals Baby! My absolute favorite obsession!
When I think of Spring, I think green (and pink, yellow, lilac, and other Spring colors) and this Ostara I am working with Green Aventurine.
Green Aventurine cleanses and stimulates the lymph, supporting the nervous system and improving circulation. It helps contain and remove feelings of negativity, overwhelm and exhaustion. Green Aventurine opens you up to joy.
“Green Aventurine carries a strong connection to Earth and the Devic kingdom, providing a better understanding and appreciation of nature and its soothing vibrations upon the mind and body. It is an excellent stone
Green Aventurine is a mystical stone of prosperity and is associated with the Heart Chakra. for gridding houses or gardens against geopathic stress. [Hall, 73][Megemont, 36][Ahsian, 56]
I use this beautiful stone during meditation, especially in focusing on my heart center to assist in opening me up to more Love, More Joy, More Prosperity!
I carry my stone with me as well as wearing it close to my body in the form of either a pendant or bracelet. I prefer to wear a pendant close to my heart.