Monthly Archives: December 2010

Making Scents #4


I know I have stated that I do not promote any particular brand of essential oils but I cannot help but appreciate Aura Cacia’s transparency when it comes to their sourcing of their product.  Here is a interesting video from them about patchouli oil:


Lori G.


Making Scents #3: Bath Salts


I was listening to a podcast of an energy healer the other day, and she said that to clear negative energy from the body one should take a saltwater bath.  This was intriguing to me so I did some research.  I did not find much about the energetic benefits of saltwater baths, but I did find that hydrotherapy is a health practice with a long and respected history.   In Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide, (Burton Goldberg Group 1994)  I read that the benefits of hydrotherapy includes stimulating the immune system, removing toxins from the body through the skin, easing sore muscles and inducing a state of relaxation.

All that in a tub of water.  Who knew? …..  Well, actually I did know, but I don’t utilize bath salts that often.   Given that my daily activities and preparations for the holidays have left me a bit undone and stressed out, I decided to treat myself to a relaxing soak in a saltwater bath.  After googling around the internet I gleaned this basic recipe:

4 tablespoons of sea salt  (never, never use iodized table salt)
4 tablespoons of baking soda
4 drops of lavender oil.

Just a note about lavendar oil:  if you have no other essential oil on hand, let it be lavender oil.  If you use it for no other purpose, let it be that it relieves anxiety and calms the mind.

I mixed up these ingredients with a fork and then sprinkled it into the tub as it was filling with hot water.  Just a note of caution:  this concoction made the bottom of my bathtub slippery.  If you do this at home, be very careful getting in and out of the tub.

I don’t know if my biofield was cleared of negative energy, but when I emerged from the bath after a thirty minute soak, every muscle was relaxed and I headed off to a good night’s sleep.

Thanks for reading.

Lori G./The Wayward Pelican

Everybody Dance Now


The dance motif often shows up in my writing and artwork.  I’m certainly not a dancer.  No, I don’t have the elegant athleticism of a ballerina or the pixie-build of a Dancing With the Stars hoofer.   Yet, when I turn on music in the privacy of my living room and start bee-bopping to the beat, I become like all the women who ever danced in their tents in front of their sisters, mothers, aunts, and cousins.   Those voluptuous women of ancient times, with curves only childbearing or age can give them, danced to celebrate births, marriages and sometimes just for the fun of it.

Sometimes they danced to connect themselves to the source of all things.    In a qigong class I took a few months ago, the instructor gave us an exercise.  We were to slightly bend our knees and begin rocking in a circular movement while at the same time rotating our arms in front of us like we were stirring a cauldron.   The purpose of this was to visualize stirring up energy from the earth to invigorate our own internal energy.  With all of us in the studio doing this together, it felt like a dance.    It was invigorating because I felt as if I had  tapped a deep vein at the source of my being.

All of us can “dance” like this.  Even the simplest movements can touch this energy.   Another qigong movement is to stand in place and gently bounce by lifting and dropping the heels ever-so-slightly.  It is a barely a  movement, but it can uplift and energize.

So ladies, and gentlemen too, it’s time to start dancing, even if it is only a bounce.

Take a look at this video.  These ladies know what I’m talking about:

The Wayward Pelican