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I live in wild celebration of my senses. When, to the best of my ability, I give my senses what they want they, in turn, make my life one festival of delights after another. My nervous system wants to lead me to savory and stimulating experiences. Why would I suppress that? Living in utter gratitude for the lavish gifts of flavor, color, texture, breezes and caresses, harmonic sound and rhythmic movement, shocking color and mysterious shadow, comforting warmth, refreshing coolness, smells that flirt or warn — living in gratitude for these seemingly small things is a smooth road to sustained joy. Your surroundings are constantly trying to seduce you, to
carry you away bring you fully here now. Oh, yeahhhhhhhh.
I let my surroundings have their way with my senses. If I don’t like what’s surrounding me, I adjust or leave. I am guardian of this torrid love affair between the world and my sense of it.
That said, several weeks ago I treated myself to a spring bouquet. I kept them long after they died. Even with no more life or water, they held on to their vivid Yellow, Red and Blue. They didn’t let go (of their beauty); how could I?
So, I let them be.
Until this morning, when I was reminded that Nature has brilliantly designed all plants to defy gravity and draw liquid upwards… making them perfect to use as diffuser reeds. Mhmmmm. Nuthin’ like a Sunday DIY crafty-get-down! Especially when it’s gray and chilly outside. And it only takes about 15-minutes to gather and combine:
- the dead bouquet;
- a glass bottle (I have a thing for collecting glass bottles of all shapes and sizes. Probably because I was an alchemist in a previous life.);
- Clove and Geranium essential oils (all essential oils are NOT created equally. I believe Young Living is the most superior brand of therapeutic-grade oils, and they’re the only ones I use. If you’re in the market, or have questions, I highly recommend my friend Tally Hayden.); and
- some water.
I pruned the stems, clipped the ends, added water and 15 drops of each oil.
Now, what you can’t tell from the picture below is that there are twice as many headless stems as there are flowers. I figured snipping off the heads would more easily release the fragrance as it travels and diffuses upwards. But I also wanted to retain the colors, and not just have a glass of sticks, so I used both.
Then I made a little saucer of potpourri with some leftover flower-heads and several drops of each oil.
How have you used dead floral arrangements, essential oils or both?
To our gorgeous + joyous evolution!
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