The Amayori Sento — Aromatherapy


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A Healing Journey

I always try to keep things light in this journal, and debated writing about what I am about to share for over a month. But then it hit me: If I don’t share something that could help people, what is it all for? It is my sincere hope that this helps even just one of you. If you have a friend who can benefit from reading this, please pass it on. This past June, I was diagnosed with lupus. It was almost a relief, as this meeting with my doctor explained health issues that had been occurring for years, such as what I thought were frequent bouts of the flu, rashes, thinning hair, fatigue, and more. When I reviewed my...

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An Easy Weekend Morning Ritual

Little moments of tranquility can have such a rejuvenating impact on our lives. There are so many ways to make everyday moments more beautiful and mindful. All that’s required is a bit of effort, creativity, and intention. I love to read after I meditate and exercise on weekend mornings. I just sit on my couch for 30 minutes or so and read whatever book currently is holding my attention, or I pick a random book and just dive in. What makes this moment go from “reading on the couch” to a weekend ritual is this: Tea: I always make a cup of tea to sit down and read with. Tea stops us and takes us out of the day-to-day. I...

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Five Ways to Relax at the End of a Long Day

I used to believe that living a mindful life meant that things would be perfect and calm all the time. I’ve realized over the years that this isn’t the case. Living a mindful life is not about perfection but is about living as close to our souls and true nature as possible. When bumps in the road come up, being mindful is about utilizing the tools that we have to smooth them out. Rather than being passive, sinking deeper into stress, anger, depression, or whatever ails you, a mindful life is about taking ownership. We have control over the way we feel - inside and out, and that is an incredible gift. If you’ve ever had a really bad day,...

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An Autumn Meditation with Rotenburo Air

One of my favorite ways to appreciate autumn is by deep breathing with anything from the Rotenburo Air collection. This fragrance is wonderful for this time of year as it is a celebration of crisp clean air. The conifers in this fragrance, which include white pine and hemlock spruce, encourage deep breathing as does Omani white frankincense, which also encourages slow breathing. The following meditation is inspired by shinrin yoku – the Japanese relaxation practice of “forest bathing”. Shinrin yoku involves venturing into the woods and experiencing it with all the senses. By being mindful and fully present, forest bathers experience stress reduction which has been proven in scientific studies throughout Japan. Turn on our Rotenburo Air Playlist. Take a...

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Enjoying an Evening Alone

I love my husband. He is my best friend in the world and I enjoy every moment we spend together. That said, when he's traveling, I do enjoy (and even look forward to) my alone time.  Following is my ritual for an evening alone. I hope this inspires you to take some time and treat yourself next time you have the evening to yourself. I look forward to this ritual every time. First, I make a dinner that requires little to no cleaning. I eat a very clean diet and I'm not really an "order-in" person, so I usually treat myself to an Amy's Organics rice crust pizza. The key is to keep it easy but delicious. Afterwards I'll have my...

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