intentional new year’s blends

Cheers!

By the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, I am typically excited to commit to the possibilities the new year holds (not to mention eager to say goodbye to what the year-that-was held). As we roll up on New Year’s Eve in 2012, I find myself contemplating the perfect way to encourage and anchor my resolutions for 2013 (which include everything from improved fitness and wellness to more time with friends and family). Here are just a few ideas to strengthen your own resolve:

Drown It: A Bath for Banishing

If you do some of your best, most critical thinking or deepest, most meaningful meditation in the bath tub, I highly recommend you start there in contemplating the year ahead! (Hot baths with aromatherapy bath salts, oils, and herbs allow you to not only soak up benefits through your skin, but also through inhalation of steam.)

If you’re looking to banish behavior (like breaking a bad habit or addiction), consider soaking in a hot tub infused with any combination of herbs including sage, lavender, lemon verbena, and lemongrass (the HERBS, not essential oils) along with Epsom salts and sea salts. Visualize your bad habit seeping out into the water as your body is penetrated by the properties of the herbs and salts. Imagine yourself in your new life–without that habit–as you soak. Remain in the tub as the water drains to ensure all of the negativity associated with your habit drains off of you! Rinse completely with fresh, hot water.

Toast It: A Drink to Nourish Love

If you’re celebrating the New Year among friends, a hot bath may be impractical in the middle of the festivities. To that end, you can always move the magic to your glass where no end of possibilities abound. You’re especially in luck if you have someone in mind with whom to toast as aphrodisiac associations abound in many of this season’s favorite spices and flavors. Apples, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, vanilla–all are associated with love and romance!

If you prefer your toast to be of the high octane variety, I recommend a version of the Love Potion we shared with friends this holiday. Designed to secure a love already in place, it is a heady, highly-alcoholic concoction intended to be romantically sipped and shared from a snifter warmed by both parties’ hands.

love potion #11

In a large bottle, place the following in the bottom:

  • organic raw honey, about 1 T per 1/2 cup capacity in the bottle
  • pinch of chopped dried apricots and dried candied ginger, chopped
  • fresh grated orange peel
  • whole cardamom seed, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, and cloves

Fill half of the bottle with one half Apple Brandy and remaining half with high-end Vodka. Close and seal tightly. Shake to mix flavors. Allow to stand so flavors blend for at least 8 hours. Share a toast with your loved one at midnight to secure your love in 2013–just be sure to have a designated driver among you!

If you prefer a nonalcoholic brew, you can enjoy the same magical associations in the love potion above (passion, fidelity, love, fire, truth) through a hot spiced apple cider that incorporates the spices without the alcohol. We recommend oranges pierced with cloves and plenty of cinnamon sticks and honey to warm you from the inside out.

If 2012 has left you so weary you have little left to set against your hope for 2013, what about a simple perfume protection blend of 2 drops parts Black Pepper and 2 drops Petitgrain essential oils mixed in a one ounce jojoba base? That should at least cover you until the next year rolls in…

Whatever you resolve to attract or dispel this holiday seasons, we wish you a Happy New Year!

Bless and blessed be!

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