Julie A Carda

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After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Calendula Ointment

This plant has spirit enough for everyone--from babies to elderly. Safe internal and external. The yellow-gold flower reminds me of the energy of the sun and the sticky resin reminds me of the healing properties of honey.

Calendula Ointment

Ingredients:
2 oz calendula infused oil (olive oil or coconut oil base)
2 oz extra virgin coconut oil
½ oz beeswax
1 tsp. lanolin


Combine the above ingredients in a Pyrex measuring cup. Place cup in a shallow pan of water and gently heat. When ingredients have assimilated, pour into a 4 oz container with a tight lid. Long shelf life if kept away from heat and light.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Favorite Herbal Recipes

As an herbalist I often get asked what kinds of skin care products I recommend. My answer is to make your own. By making your own you needn’t compromise on ingredients. You can have exactly what you want in the proportions you want. I recommend starting with simple products and working into the more complex. For the next few blogs, I’ll share some of my recipes. These have been time tested . In the days when I grew and produced products this was one of my top sellers.

Lip Balm

Ingredients:

2 oz of beeswax (real chunks or refined pellets okay)
6 oz of coconut oil
8 ml of calendula flower oil (olive oil base)
6 ml of St John’s Wort Flowering Top oil (olive oil base) optional
10 drops of vitamin E (oil)
¼ tsp of raw honey
8 drops of tangerine oil (optional)

In a two cup glass measuring container add the first two ingredients. Set the glass container inside a shallow pan of water and melt the oil and beeswax together. When liquefied, stir in the remaining ingredients. Immediately dispense into appropriate containers.

The small round tins are nice, although I have filled individual tubes also. The recipe makes about sixteen small round tins or twenty-plus tubes. Since I no longer sell these, what I do is I fill a few containers, and then let the rest solidify in the glass container and refill the same tins later in the season. In a shallow pan of water, you can gently reheat the glass container with the leftover product. I purchased a Pyrex cup just for making lip balm, so that I could save my extra in the same container. Kept away from heat and light, this has a really long shelf life.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Ideas For Using Home Shrines.

Now when a blockage or undesirable pattern is identified, an individual can sit in meditation at each shrine. One of the shrines will connect and give clarity to the blockage or undesirable pattern. If it’s a pattern which needs to change, determine in your mind what the change looks like. Give the mental image of change, shape, color, depth, and details. Go to the shrine and say, “this is how my change looks. This is what I want in my life.” Now express this new image using one of the shrines. Cleaning and arranging a shrine to revive the energy and to give a fresh look is important.

By visiting the shrine of change, it can assist with the blockage or pattern reminding the individual to do the work given to him/her by the guides in the Akashic realm. The shrine becomes the concrete form of the metaphysical experience.

Naturally there is great depth to the use and application of indigenous ritual. The ritual here is in a very relaxed and simple form. Sometimes in the Western world people hold the belief that if something is too easy than it isn’t going to stick. In the case of ritual, it has to do with frequency not with complexity. Simple ritual is easily performed and easily maintained.